Detroit Docs is back! Michigan's first and only documentary film
festival is celebrating year three, and will screen over 100 world-renowned
works from November 11 - 14. This year, the fest will kick off at
Wayne's Welcome Center with an opening night gala featuring live
music, refreshments and a special short film program. Michigan local,
will be presented with a special achievement award from Detroit
Docs in recognition of his highly regarded documentary filmmaking
Over the past year, the festival received hundreds
of submissions to the juried competition. A panel of local filmmakers
and film lovers selected the films based on qualities like captivating
subject matter, creative technique and pacing. "We were happily
surprised by the content and quality of entries this year,"
said executive director Chris Walny. "The judges really struggled
with some of the final selections and had some lively arguments
over personal favorites."
Film screenings will run throughout the weekend, at
all six venues simultaneously. Doc lovers will have a smorgasbord
of award winning options including "Bum's Paradise," "Seeds,"
"Go Further," "Monster Road," and "Checkpoint."
"Audiences are in for a magical surprise this year," said
programming director, Lucie Bourgeau. "These docs will move people
beyond anything they could possibly see in a conventional Hollywood
film." Detailed descriptions and further film information is
available at www.detroitdocs.org.
Wayne State University, in the heart of Detroit's cultural
center, is an important new venue for the festival. "We're thrilled
to be sharing this incredible event with Wayne," said festival
director Tod Hardin. "The match between film topics and
Wayne State experts should make for lively discussions following screenings.
We're also very proud to be offering free admission to all events
for Wayne State students."
The university will also host lectures and workshops
on filmmaking, featuring esteemed filmmakers from around the country
and will feature student films and awards on Sunday, November 14.
Screening over 100 documentaries from all over
the world including the United States, Canada, Scotland, Australia,
Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Poland, the Netherlands, and Japan
Introducing two new venues; Wayne State University & the Detroit
Institute of Arts
Welcoming 30+ filmmakers and visitors from out of town to attend
the festival with their works
Festival kicks off with an Opening Night Gala at Wayne's Welcome
Center, Thursday, November 11, 2004, 7 pm - 10 pm
Highly acclaimed line-up of films, including a special screening
of award winning "Go Further" with special guest filmmaker
Six new filmmaker workshops hosted by acclaimed documentary filmmakers
Wayne State University: 313-577-2150
Detroit, Michigan 48202, www.wayne.edu
Welcome Center, 42 West Warren
General Lectures Auditorium, 5045 Anthony Wayne
Bernath Auditorium (David Adamany Undergraduate Library) 5155 Gullen
Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium, 471 West Palmer
Detroit Institute of Arts:
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202, 313-833-7900, www.dia.org
Uptown Birmingham 8:
211 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI 48009, 248-644-FILM, www.uptownbirmingham8.com
Detroit Film Center:
1227 Washington Blvd. Detroit, MI 48226, 313-961-9936, www.detroitfilm.org
General: $7 Film Block, $10 Day Pass, $25 Weekend (Detroit Docs members
receive 1/2 off)
Students, seniors, DFC members: $5 Film Block, $8 Day Pass, $20 Weekend
Wayne State Students receive FREE ADMISSION to all events.
Seats are first come, first serve to all screenings. A pass does not
guarantee a seat to a particular film. Please arrive early.
Please visit website: www.detroitdocs.org
for complete film schedule & times