Waterfront Film Festival 2010

June 12th, 2010 at 8:01 pm by under Entertainment

2 down, 1 to go for movies shot in West Michigan, but for now I have much more on twitter (http://twitter.com/aaronlafferty) and facebook (Laff at the Movies), check those out…

2010 Waterfront Film Festival will include 3 movies shot locally

Three movies filmed in West Michigan will be featured at this year’s Waterfront Film Festival.   The 12th annual festival in Saugatuck is scheduled for June 10-13, 2010.

“What If…” will play Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th

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“What If…” was shot in Grand Rapids and Manistee June/July 2009.   The family drama stars Kevin Sorbo (“Hercules”), Kristy Swanson (“Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”), John Ratzenberger (“Cheers”), and Debby Ryan (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”).  The film is a co-production between 10 West Studios in Manistee and Jenkins Entertainment and Pureflix Entertainment, both of Los Angeles.

“Cherry” will play Saturday, June 12th and Sunday, June 13th

“Cherry” filmed on the campuses of Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo for about three weeks in October/November 2008.    Other scenes were also filmed at various locations around Kalamazoo.  The production used students from Kalamazoo College and WMU to fill roles in front of and behind the camera during the filming of “Cherry”.

The independent movie stars Kyle Gallner, Laura Allen and Esai Morales.  “Cherry” tells the coming of age story of a sheltered college freshman learning about life at Ivy League College.  The movie premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX on March 12, 2010.

“Tug” will play Friday, June 11th

“Tug” filmed in the Holland area in the summer of 2008.  “Tug” was one of the first movies to start production in West Michigan after the the passing of the state film incentives April 7, 2008.  Tic Tock Studios in Holland produced the movie.

The movie – starring Sam Huntington, Haylie Duff, Sarah Drew, David Zellner, Maulik Pancholy, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Yeardley Smith, and Zachary Knighton.

“Tug” is written and directed by Abram Makowka, his directorial debut.

The plot synopsis from TicTock Studios:  A small town Michigan guy (Sam Huntington) has his life begin to hilariously unravel as he is torn between staying with his current girlfriend (Sarah Drew), or bouncing back to his psycho ex (Haylie Duff).  Life would be so much easier if he could just follow his better judgment.  But he can’t.

The movie made its premiere April 29th at the 2010 Newport Beach Film Festival in southern California.  The movie also has a very limited website: http://www.tugmovie.com/.

For more about the festival, check out the Waterfront Film Festival website.

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