SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) – A local film festival presents films from Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca to local audiences at the Court Street Theatre.
The idea is to bring movies not normally available in the area, which residents would need to travel to New York, Los Angeles or Detroit to see.
“People have said there are some wonderful films out there and we just don’t have any in that area. They’re not necessarily the kind of films you’d get in a big theater and yet they’re really stories powerful and wonderful,” said festival director Irene Hensinger. “People love to stand in the lobby and talk about the movie or have coffee and talk about the movie they saw. And that’s what makes it a festival rather than just going to the theater and then getting in the car and driving home.
More than twenty volunteers organize the festival.
Each film costs $5 and all of them have been hand-picked by the organizers after performing well at famous film festivals around the world.
No reservation is necessary to see them.
The festival has also partnered with some local restaurants to provide coupons for viewers.
“We have people coming from Flint, Bay City and Midland, because again, those movies aren’t showing there either. In addition to a lot of people coming, there are people coming to see all the movies in one weekend,” Hensinger said.
The festival used to take place around the city in museums and libraries, but now it’s all happening at the Court Street Theater after its refurbishment.
“We thought it would be good for the community because people who love the movies will be traveling, they’ll be shopping, they’ll be buying gas, they’ll be eating at local restaurants, so it was really designed as a community event. in the town of Saginaw,” Hensinger said.
The festival started on April 21 and continues until the 24th.
Each of the seven films is screened twice, with screenings at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
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