Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Media City's art & video fest coming right up

The 16th edition of the Media City Film Festival takes to screens in Detroit and Windsor May 25-29. The festival features award-winning mostly short films from around the world and has gathered substantial international acclaim....This year will see more than 75 films and videos, opening with U.S. filmmaker Kevin J. Everson’s Erie at Detroit’s Burton Theatre May 25......Erie focuses on several events that take place around, well, Lake Erie including – sadly appropriate for a Michigan audience – the human impact of the closure of a GM factory. Everson, who teaches at the University of Virginia, has long concentrated on African-American working class culture. He’ll be in attendance.....Festival films will be shown at  the Burton, Windsor’s downtown Capitol Theatre (the main site) and the Art Gallery of Windsor.....The International program has 31 new films and videos from 12 nations, with many of the filmmakers in attendance......Premieres, say the festival, will be of new works by veterans like Ute Aurand, Julie Murray and Vincent Grenier along with newer artists like Mati Diop, Arnaud Gerber and Alexandra Cuesta.....The Retrospective program May 26 features five films by Dutch documentary filmmaker Johan van der Keuken who died in 2000. Viennese filmmaker and photographer Friedl vom Groeller May 28 attends with 15 films she made from 1968-2009, as well as an exhibition of her photographs.... On May 27 the Regional Artists Program shows the latest flics from Windsor and Detroit area filmmakers....Rounding out the event May 29 will be a program of Canadian Film and Video.....Each fest screening is “pay what you can” with $5 suggested price. You can pick up a festival pass for $20.....For more info go to www.houseoftoast.ca

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