ArtPrize On Screen Films Announced

ArtPrize Film Festival
ArtPrize Film Festival

A film festival featuring Michigan-made short films will once again be part of ArtPrize this year.

For the second year in a row, ArtPrize has teamed up with Michigan Film & Digital Media Office and Celebration! Cinema for ArtPrize On Screen, a film festival featuring six feature-length documentary films, each accompanied by a Michigan-made short.

The film festival runs Sept. 20-23. Celebration! Cinema programmed the festival’s feature film lineup and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts curated the collection of Michigan-made shorts that will proceed the feature films.

All films will screen at the Ladies’ Literary Club, at 61 Sheldon Blvd. SE, next door to the ArtPrize HUB/HQ.

Eric Kuiper, chief creative officer for Celebration! Cinema and film programmer for ArtPrize On Screen, said some of the “most innovative, creative and truly artistic” storytelling is happening in the documentary film genre.

“Docs are pushing the boundaries of how and what stories are being told,” he said.

He said the selected films are the “perfect sample of what is happening with doc films right now.”

While all ArtPrize On Screen films are eligible for the ArtPrize Nine public vote competition in the time-based category, the films also have a chance at one of two additional cash prizes.

Film goers have the opportunity to award a $2,500 prize for Best Short, presented by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, as well as a $2,500 prize for Best Feature, presented by Celebration! Cinema.

Film Lineup (feature film followed by Michigan-made short):

Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Dina” – Winner of the Grand Jury Prize: U.S. Documentary at Sundance Film Festival, shares the story of a neurologically diverse couple and their relationship in a world blind to the value of their experience.

It Ain’t Over” – A retired pastor tells his story of living with ALS, and how he coped with the forecast of death quickly approaching.

Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

12th & Clairmount”- A look back at the Detroit riot of 1967, featuring home movie footage donated by metro Detroiters. The documentary is produced by the Detroit Free Press in collaboration with Bridge Magazine, WXYZ-TV, and a group of metro Detroit cultural institutions, led by the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The Festival” – A look into one of Michigan’s most unexpected and unique regional events, The Bay-Rama Fly Fish Festival.

Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.

More Art Upstairs” – Follows four artists participating in the 2015 ArtPrize event, each vying not only for critical recognition, but for every public vote they can drum up.

“How Do We Sing?” – Protagonists hear a voice in the sky, though it may not be what they think.

Sept. 22 at 6 p.m.

The Vietnam War” – Written and produced by Ken Burns, the film tells the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never been told before—through a selection of yet-to-be-aired footage from the 18-hour PBS documentary. 

“Official Shorts” – Short’s Brewing Company shares its journey from infancy to a successful business.

Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.

More Art Upstairs” – Follows four artists participating in the 2015 ArtPrize event, each vying not only for critical recognition, but for every public vote they can drum up.

“Red Skies” – A red sky foretells the coming of creatures that cause havoc. When the sky illuminates red; creatures cause havoc.

Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

Human Flow” – A chronicle of the staggering breadth of the global refugee crisis, directed by acclaimed artist Ai WeiWei.

Manifesto” – The story of a young man blinded by love who carries out a dangerous task at the Los Angeles Staples Arena.

Sept. 23 at 10 p.m.

The New Radical” – A mind-bending look at how crypto-anarchists seek freedom of information and challenge economic structures.

The Party Foul” – Follows a registered sex offender whose first task after being released from jail is stopping by a party.

Visit ArtPrize On Screen for more information. Film screening tickets are free and represent reserved seats in the auditorium. Reserve tickets at Celebration! Cinema.

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