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Wayne State hosts a celebration of Detroit film and media art


For Further Information Contact: Festival Coordinators Joel Silvers & KristineTrever

(313) 965-8189; joelsilvers-detroit@msn.com


Wayne State hosts a celebration of Detroit film and media art


May 17th through 21st, 2005


This year’s annual Wayne State University Film and Media Arts festival, MovingMedia, has widened its scope and expanded into a five-day event with the theme “The Myth of Detroit.” In addition to an evening showcasing the best film and video works produced by WSU students, this year’s greatly expanded festival will also feature screenings, guest filmmakers and panel discussions focusing on a wide range of films either made in or about the city of Detroit.    


While there is no doubt that this particular city has long engaged the imaginations of its talented local artists, writers, photographers and filmmakers, there is only an emerging appreciation of how the city has achieved the special status of a “mythic space” within our national culture. This year’s MovingMedia festival will therefore explore the representation of Detroit in terms of our society’s “core cultural myths” through a series of events that include screenings of rarely seen films, guest speakers and forums composed of filmmakers. artists, scholars and community activists,


Among the highlights of this year’s festival will be opening night screenings of two classic films about Detroit Finally Got the News and Poletown Lives! -- as well as the thought-provoking recent film Detroit: Ruin of a City. This event will be followed by an open forum that will include filmmaker Rene Lichtman, activist filmmaker George Corsetti, writer - scholar Jerry Herron, artist - web designer Lowell Boileau, Detroit City Councilmember Sheila Cockrel and others.


Wednesday night screenings will feature a rich array of films about Detroit made by independent filmmakers including the recently acclaimed film about the 1960s Detroit civil rights martyr Viola Liuzzo Home of the Brave, Still the Champ about Joe Louis, It’s in the Constitution! about the late civil rights pioneer George Crockett and Taking Back Detroit. The theme for Thursday night screenings will be Detroit’s legendary music scene. Among the highlights of this evening will be 20 to Life, a recent film about John Sinclair, the founder of the Detroit Artists Workshop in the 1960s, as well as the winners of this year’s Detroit Music Video Awards.


Friday night events will focus on the city’s unique multi-ethnic cultural life and celebrate the accomplishments of women filmmakers in the Detroit area. The filmmakers will be present at this rare showcase of their work, and Detroit performance artist Sue-Carman-Vian will premiere her latest work Candy Store.


The festival will culminate on May 21 with a Michael Moore “retrospective” in the afternoon and then a gala showcase and awards ceremony honoring Wayne State University student productions in Shaver Recital Hall beginning at 6 p.m. The special guest of honor at this event will be Academy Award winner Sue Marx.


All screenings and events occur at Wayne State University, and are free and open to the public. MovingMedia is funded, in part, by the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, the Wayne State University Department of Communication, the Public Benefit Corporation and the Detroit Film Center.


We encourage the public to attend this rare five-day event celebrating local film artists and exploring “the myth of Detroit.”  


Please see the calendar of events below for schedule details and a list of our features, times and locations. For updates and a complete schedule, please check the festival website: www.comm.wayne.edu/movingmedia