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The Freep Film Festival Returns to the Fillmore

Ready for another exciting round of documentary films? The second annual Freep Film Festival is this weekend, March 19 through March 22.

The documentary film festival showcases stories from Michigan and Detroit. Michigan and the Detroit area have a unique tale to tell, and each of the 27 films share their unique struggles and personalities. With six world premieres, one U.S. premiere and seven Michigan premieres, the festival is sure to excite audiences.

The Freep Film Festival, unlike many other festivals, is a curated festival. The films were selected by the festival organizers, as well as Elliot Wilhelm of the Detroit Film Theatre and Josh Newman of Live Nation Michigan/Fillmore Detroit.

The festival opens Thursday night at the Fillmore with a water and fire double feature! Explore the depths of the great lakes and discover their mysteries in Eric Seals’ “Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past.” Eric followed David Trotter, who has found 100 shipwrecks in just 35 years of exploring what lies beneath the Great Lakes. After you’ve finished adventuring the waters of Michigan, you’ll learn about the life of Detroit firefighters through the photos of Bill Eisner in Brian Kaufman’s “Fire Photo ->1.”

For all of you aspiring documentarians and storytellers, the Freep Film Festival is offering a full-day session focusing on directing, editing, cinematography and producing documentary films. Classes will be taught by award-winning Detroit filmmakers Harvey Ovshinsky, Rola Nashef, Brian Kaufman and Doug Blush.

Tickets are sold for each individual screening. You can view the complete list of films and buy tickets at

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