Documentaries, filmmakers, musicians, and parties await metro Detroiters next week at the Freep Film Festival! The film festival showcases films that are about or are relevant to the Motor City over the course of five days while also celebrating the filmmakers that brought the stories to the big screen. It’s a fun event for movie-buffs and Detroiters alike, and there’s more to see than just great films. Here are five events we think you should check out while at the festival.
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes bring their classic characters to the opening of the Freep Film Festival with a special performance of Jay & Silent Bob Get Old. The comedy special will takeover the Fillmore and is a great way to kick off the film festival with two of pop culture’s biggest movie aficionados. Tickets are sold separately and can be found on Ticketmaster, beginning at $20.
The Freep Festival will not only be full of great documentaries and films about Detroit, but it will also host a special performance from Wayne Kramer & the Kollaborators at the DIA. The legendary guitarist of MC5 will lead an all-Detroit band for a rocking performance on Friday, April 13. Kramer will also be at the premiere of “The Russian Five,” a documentary about the Detroit Red Wings for which he wrote the score.
One of the best reasons to visit any film festival is to meet filmmakers and directors that you wouldn’t be able to meet anywhere else. The “Everybody Wants to Change the World” panel will give guests the opportunity to meet a group of filmmakers and activists who are trying to provoke change in local communities. The panel includes: Detroit documentarian Bree Gant, Founder of Story Matters Patricia Finneran, director of “The S Word” Lisa Klein, co-director of Netflix’s “Flint Town” Zackary Canepari, and director Capella Fahoome. Admission is free, but registration is required and can be found here.
The official afterparty of the Freep Film Festival will take place at the new Lost River on Friday, April 13. You can enjoy the bar’s signature tiki drinks along with a Short’s Brewing Co. takeover with an even wider selection of drinks. Proceeds of the brewery’s signature Fruit Rye Ale, Soft Parade, will benefit the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre.
The last event at this year’s Freep Film Festival is arguably the biggest as the DIA will be hosting the Roaring Twenties Gala on Saturday, April 14. The event will celebrate the best of 1920s culture and glamour with drinks, a strolling dinner, and of course, dancing. Part of the proceeds will go towards benefitting the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre and you can find tickets here.