In Spring 2011, with a grant from the Bob Allison (Allesee) Endowed Chair in Media, Wayne State University Department of Communication was able to host Academy Award-winning film editor Richard Chew (Star Wars, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, etc etc) as a guest Professor.
Mr. Chew had a specific vision for his class - to have students create several short documentaries that would challenge the negative image often associated with the city of Detroit. My film Corktown Pheasants is one of those docs and will be featured during the Detroit Voices program at the 2015 Cinetopia International Film Festival.
The 2015 Cinetopia Festival info:
More than 70 films.
Over a dozen venues throughout Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.
The 2015 Cinetopia Festival is bigger & better than ever before! In addition to the impressive array of films, curated specifically for Cinetopia by a dedicated team of programmers led by Michigan Theater CEO and Cinetopia founder Russ Collins and Elliot Wilhelm, Director of the Detroit Film Theatre series at the DIA, a majority of the screenings will include special post-film events, including presentations, discussion panels, and Q&A sessions with directors, writers, and stars of the films being presented.
Detroit Voices info:
Who speaks for Southeast Michigan? Who speaks for Detroit? We’ve all seen the headlines from every media outlet about the lives and people of our region. But what do the filmmakers have to say? . We laugh, we love, we fight, we fear, we defy, we cherish, we create; but above all, we have something to say. Don’t we deserve a platform to share our voice?
Detroit Voices is a short film program that shows us just that. With films from high school students, college students, and professionals, this program showcases rising talent and interesting stories from our region. Through dozens of entries, we’ve whittled down the competition to some of the sharpest stories out there. Animations, short docs, narrative, and experimental pieces will be showcased in this rich program. Filmmakers will be present to discuss their work and the motivation behind their stories.