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Posted: Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:35 a.m.
DETROIT - Matrix Theatre Company presents its inaugural Detroit Dreaming Film Festival Friday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 27. Each of the 11 featured films focus on Detroit, and through a diversity of techniques and subject matter, they showcase the diversity, struggles and triumphs of the city.
Categories include narrative and documentary features and shorts. The opening night reception takes place on Friday Jan. 25 from 7 - 8 p.m. and offers the audience a chance to mingle with the filmmakers before a presentation of the popular feature documentary "Deforce."
The 2013 DDFF offers a wide range of subject matter and techniques. "Films feature everything from documentaries on the Arab Israeli crisis transported to Michigan, to a documentary on the infamous Brewster Douglas Projects in Detroit," said Matrix director of production Megan Buckley. "Documentary features include Deforce, the popular documentary which chronicles the city's long struggle with political oppression, and narrative features include 'Detroit Winter,' the story of a morally desensitized, wise-cracking jerk who suffers the consequences of a hit and run accident. We are excited about some of these films that really think outside the box. There's a lot of buzz about this festival."
The DDFF is sponsored, in part, by Quicken Loans.
Prices for all film blocks during the Festival are a suggested donation of $5 per block, and a schedule for the entire weekend can be found at www.detdreamingfilmfest.org. There will be talk-backs, dialogues between the audience, artists and staff, after each block. An award will be presented for each category at a special ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
The DDFF takes place at Matrix Theatre, 2730 Bagley St., Detroit, MI 48216. Call Matrix Theatre at 313-967-0599 for further information.
2013 DETROIT DREAMING FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Jan. 25
7 p.m.: Opening reception and mixer with filmmakers
8 p.m.: "Deforce" (documentary feature)
Saturday, Jan. 26
3 p.m.: "Detroit Winter" (narrative feature)
4:45 p.m.: "Late" (narrative short); "Best Girlfriends" (narrative short); "Nain Rouge" (narrative short)
6 p.m.: DINNER BREAK
7 p.m.: "Brewster Douglas You're My Brother" (documentary short); "Arabs, Jews and the News" (documentary short)
8:30 p.m.: "A Thieve's Game" (narrative feature)
Sunday, Jan. 27
3 p.m.: "Solitaire" (narrative feature)
5:30 p.m.: "Death of an Imam" (documentary short); "Our School" (documentary feature)
7:30 p.m.: Awards Ceremony