Greater Farmington Film Festival Goes Digital May 28-30

Greater Farmington Film Festival Goes Digital May 28-30

Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization kickstART farmington announces the 2020 Greater Farmington Film Festival will take place online this year. The virtual festival takes place May 28-31 with viewers having the opportunity to watch some great films from the comfort of their home.

More information about films available are available here: https://kickstartfarmington.org/2020/05/18/join-us-for-the-virtual-edition-of-the-2020-greater-farmington-film-festival/.

The 2020 Greater Farmington Film Festival is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by Anton Art Center, and is made possible by a grant from the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families and the generous support of our sponsors, including the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Farmington Friends of the Library, Bill Brown Ford, WOW 1 Day Painting, David & Abigail Viane, Falcon Community Foundation, Lindhout Associates Architects, Kirco Manix, Farmington Civic Theater, Oakland Community College, and Holocaust Memorial Center.

The film lineup includes:

Normie

Directed by Kurt Neale

(Documentary Feature, 74 Minutes)

When Annemarie looks in the mirror, she sees Down syndrome. She hates it. To her, the diagnosis is a giant barricade keeping her from the independence and intimacy she desperately desires. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to understand what it means to be normal.

“NORMIE is an incredibly powerful film about love and the fundamental, universal truth that despite our differences, we all have something special and unique to contribute to this world. Every life has value and I firmly believe that the true beauty of this world lies in us all being exactly who we are. This film will inspire meaningful, deeper conversations about inclusion and disrupt the status quo as we know it.”

Anthony K. Shriver – Founder, Chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International

Driveways

Directed by Andrew Ahn

(Narrative Feature, 83 Minutes)

Kathy (Golden Globe® Nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe®, Tony® winner and acting legend Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.

NYICFF Kid Flicks One (FREE with code to be emailed when you register) Catch the best short films from around the world for ages 3-7! Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival

Children young and old will enjoy KID FLICKS ONE, brimming with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation.

If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script. These shorts and so much more await you!

AND A SPECIAL BONUS: NYICFF Kid Flicks Two (FREE with code to be emailed when you register) Catch the best short films from around the world for ages 8 and up! 72 mins, In English or with English subtitles

These short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival show that playfulness, big ideas, and feelings small and large are all just fine! With these great films for slightly older kids, you’ll have plenty of inspiration to continue the conversation with your kids long after the screening is done.

Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos. If you’re curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.

For great films for kids ready to grow in experiences and ideas, NYICFF’s Kid Flicks Two is just the ticket!

Skid Row Marathon

Directed by Mark Hayes

(Documentary Feature, 85 Minutes)

When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change.

SKID ROW MARATHON follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.

Their story is one of hope, friendship, and dignity.

By the Grace of God

Directed by François Ozon

(Narrative Feature, French with English Subtitles, 137 Minutes)

François Ozon’s gripping drama follows three men who band together to dismantle the code of silence that continues to protect a priest who abused them decades ago. Based on events from the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon for concealing the conduct of Father Bernard Preynat, BY THE GRACE OF GOD compassionately illustrates the varying effects of trauma on survivors and their families in this urgent portrait of resistance, the power of mobilization, and the mysteries of faith.

The Euphoria of Being

Directed by Réka Szabó

(Documentary Feature, Hungarian with English Subtitles, 83 Minutes)

Human Rights Award, Sarajevo Film Festival, 2019

“Throwing all caution to the wind, I asked a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor to create a dance theatre piece with me. I wanted everyone to see Éva Fahidi and to provide a space for her traumas in a dialogue with a young dancer, Emese. Where would the boundaries of understanding, of finding common ground lie? Would they be able to slip into each other’s skin? Can we ever learn from the past? This rehearsal period was one of the most profound periods of my life. The film takes us on a journey through the history of the 20th century, through loss, the power of dance, the ageing body, love, a relationship across a 60-year age gap, and life’s hidden strengths.”  — Réka Szabó, Director

More information about the festival and tickets available at https://kickstartfarmington.org/2020/05/18/join-us-for-the-virtual-edition-of-the-2020-greater-farmington-film-festival/.

This festival is made possible in part by a grant from the Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families. The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families supports programs and provides funds to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in need within the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills.

kickstART farmington is a non-profit arts organization that aims to strengthen the community through the arts.

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