Waterfront 2013: First Look

May 16th, 2013 at 10:31 pm by under Entertainment
Waterfront Film Festival welcome event in South Haven courtesy https://twitter.com/WaterfrontFilm

Waterfront Film Festival welcome event in South Haven courtesy https://twitter.com/WaterfrontFilm

The first glimpse of 2013 Waterfront Film Festival, now in South Haven!

After 14 years in Saugatuck, Waterfront Film Festival has a new home, just 15 minutes south in South Haven.  Well, at least for this year.  Last fall, organizers of the non-profit event had to make some alternate plans due to financial and logistical challenges.

The result was a short move down the road to South Haven, where the city pledged $50,000 in sponsorship and fundraising efforts, committed local business organizations and volunteer groups, shuttle service, office space, and donations.

Today, organizers announced three of the movies coming to the four day festival from distributor Magnolia Pictures.  The festival will take place June 13-16 at four new venues: Michigan Theater, Listiak Auditorium, the AV Auditorium at South Haven High School and the screening room at Foundry Hall.

The annual Opening Night Celebration on Thursday, June 13 will be held at South Beach and includes live music, beer garden and food, celebrity guests and an outdoor film screening beginning at dusk.

South Haven wasn’t the only city to make a bid for the 2013 Waterfront Film Festival.  Grand Haven and Saint Joseph both submitted proposals, and organizers say they will begin working with these cities to plan future events, and with Saugatuck to plan a future return to its original home.

Organizers are finalizing the schedule of more than 70 features and film shorts, but announced three films today:

“Muscle Shoals”, aquired during the recent 2013 SXSW FF exposes the much under-told story of Muscle Shoals, a unique town in Alabama and home to some of the greatest music ever recorded.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals’ magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today.
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:  http://youtu.be/FNGtfpim0OM

“Blackfish”, a Sundance FF favorite, tells the story of Tilikum, a notoriously aggressive Orca Whale that killed three people while in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowpethwaite uses shocking footage and emotional interviews to present a convincing case against keeping these wild animals for human entertainment.
WATCH THE TRAILER HEREhttp://youtu.be/nNMR_ryelTI

“V/H/S/2″, a follow up to the critical and fan favorite late-night horror film “V/H/S/”, chronicles the search for a missing student. Two private investigators break into a house to discover a collection of chilling VHS tapes. Viewing the shocking contents of each cassette, they realize the terror of the unexpected.
WATCH THE TRAILER HEREhttp://youtu.be/sjh-v9Sj-8E

Tickets and passes for the festival will be available at the festival’s website: www.waterfrontfilm.org in late May.

More posts on Waterfront Film Festival:

2013 WFF moving 10-3-12: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2012/10/03/waterfront-2013-to-be-in-south-haven-future-sites-considered/

News post 10-2-12 on Waterfront 2013: http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/entertainment/Waterfront-Film-Festival-moves-for-2013

2012 Waterfront Film Festival Preview: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2012/06/14/2012-waterfront-film-festival-preview/

2011 Waterfront FF: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2010/06/12/waterfront-film-festival-2010/

2009 Waterfront FF wrap-up: http://blogs.woodtv.com/2009/06/18/waterfront-ff-2009-a-blast/

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