• Frankfort Film Festival 2016 featuring 20 International Award winning films

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    Name: Frankfort Film Festival 2016 featuring 20 International Award winning films
    Date: October 20, 2016 - October 23, 2016
    Event Description:
    Shorts and Full Feature Award Winning Films from Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, and other International Festivals will be shown in Northern Michigan’s Coastal City Frankfort this fall and will include appearances by 3 filmmakers
    The eighth annual Frankfort Film Festival, presented at The Garden Theater in Frankfort, Michigan will take place from October 20 - 23 during Northern Michigan’s spectacular fall color season. The Festival Schedule starts at 12 noon on Thursday, October 20 and ends at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. 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 4:30 pm. 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 4:30 pm 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 8 pm 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 HBO 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 and listed in the attached press release. Attendees of the Frankfort Film Festival can vote for the John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award for “best film” during the event.
    Interlochen Motion Picture Arts
    Three Interlochen MPA shorts will be shown during the four-day Frankfort Film Festival.
    The Motion Picture Arts program provides students with a progressive interdisciplinary education through writing, critical studies, and hands-on curriculum. 
    Visit Benzie County during the Frankfort Film Festival
    Benzie County in Northern Michigan invites visitors to experience Pure Michigan’s newest Byway, M-22, during the 2016 fall color tour season. The 116-mile stretch of M-22 that runs through Benzie County is frequently listed as one of the country's best routes for scenic drives, especially during the fall months. 
    Benzie County offers charming lodging locations and a special lodging package called  "Benzie Treasure Trove" for visitors who stay and play for two consecutive nights at participating lodging establishments through October 31, 2016. Benzie County also features numerous art galleries and shopping, the award winning Stormcloud Brewing Company, Lake Ann Brewing Company, Iron Fish Distillery, and St. Ambrose Meadery and Winery, as well as, creative dining establishments. 
    For more information about Benzie County’s color tour routes, fall activities, and lodging see www.visitbenzie.com or contact the Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 800-882-5801. For a fall color tour guide, see m22colortour.com.
    About the Garden Theater
    The Garden Theater, located at 301 Main Street in downtown Frankfort Michigan, was originally built in 1923 and renovated beginning in 2008. The Garden shows first-run, independent and foreign films, and is home to the annual Frankfort Film Festival. The Garden Theater is available to rent for private and corporate gatherings, charity fundraisers, wedding receptions and other special events. Learn more by visiting frankfortgardentheater.com.
    Garden Theater
    301 W Main Street
    Frankfort, Michigan
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