The eighth annual Frankfort Film Festival, presented at The Garden Theater in Frankfort, Michigan will take place from October 20th to 23rd during Northern Michigan’s spectacular fall color season. The Frankfort Film Festival 2016 Schedule starts at noon on Thursday, October 20th and ends at 8pm on Sunday, October 23rd. The mission of the Festival is to bring the award winning films from film events around the world to Benzie County’s beautiful coastal city, Frankfort. Twenty impressive award winning foreign, short and full feature indie films will be shown over the four-day festival.
Three filmmakers will appear during the festival:
- Producer Bill Latka from “Year by the Sea”, a comedy, drama, romance, will appear for an audience Q&A on Thursday at 4:30pm. Los Angeles based Latka will discuss the film that has received awards for Best Feature at Memphis International Film & Music Festival, Best Screenplay at Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Film at Vail Film Festival.
- Director Edd Benda who filmed “Superior”, on location in Upper Peninsula Michigan, will be present at his Saturday 4:30pm film showing for a Q&A with the audience. “Superior” is a feature film about best friends in 1969 that set out to ride two speed bicycles 1300 miles around Lake Superior and encounter many unusual experiences along the way.
- Director Michael Bolshever will be present on Saturday at 8pm for an audience Q&A to discuss his short feature film debut of “Echo Park Blues”. Bolshever is known for his reoccurring role in the TV AMC hit “Breaking Bad” where he played Mr. Pinkman, Jesse Pickman’s father. He also appeared in the 2006 film “United 93”, a real-time dramatic film about the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
In addition, three short films by students from the Interlochen Motion Picture Arts program will also be shown throughout the four-day event (times TBD). Interlochen’s Motion Picture Arts program provides students with a progressive interdisciplinary education through writing, critical studies, and hands-on curriculum.
Live music performances will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights prior to the 8 p.m. film showings. Oh Brother, Big Sister from Traverse City will perform at The Garden Theater on Friday, October 21; Dot Org Jazz Trio from Alma, Michigan will perform on October 22; and Robby Provo, singer / songwriter from Frankfort (a talented high school student!) will perform on Sunday, October 23. All musical artists will also appear at Stormcloud Brewing Company, next door to The Garden Theater, after their Frankfort Film Festival appearances.
Passes for the four-day film festival are $85 for the entire weekend. Individual tickets for each showing are $10 and can be purchased one-hour in advance of each showing (based on availability). A Director Sponsor pass is also available for $115 (one person) and $200 (two people) allowing VIP access for the entire four-day event and 20 film showings. Director Sponsors will also be listed in the film festival program if sponsor tickets are purchased by October 13th.
A listing of the festival schedule and weekend passes are available online at frankfortgardentheater.com. Attendees of the Frankfort Film Festival can vote for the John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award for “best film” during the event.