Micah Walker Detroit Free Press
Published 7:25 PM EDT Aug 14, 2019
Two festivals coming to Detroit this weekend do their part to address the concerns of film lovers who feel that mainstream movies and TV shows don’t adequately showcase diverse storytelling or give minority filmmakers a chance behind the camera.
The 13th annual Trinity Film Festival runs Wednesday-Sunday at the Boll Family YMCA, while the African World Film Festival, now in its fourth year, takes place Friday-Sunday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.
Trinity International Film Festival
What’s it about?
Husband and wife duo Marshalle and Lazar Favors are the organizers of the festival, which focuses on films from emerging filmmakers from Detroit and around the globe. The event will showcase 67 films from 18 countries, including feature-length films, shorts and documentaries. Twenty of the films are from metro Detroit filmmakers, said Marshalle Favors.
On Sunday, the Favorses will host the Trinity Film Honors, which will showcase five performing arts organizations: the Detroit Actors Society, Detroit Narrative Agency, Detroit Scriptwriters, Cinema Detroit and the Coattail Collective.
“Festivals are great for highlighting art in the community,” said Marshalle Favors.
“It’s not only a way to showcase talent here, but to invite other people to show what Detroit is about.”
• “Fantastic: The Legacy of Slum Village”: The documentary showcases Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village from its beginnings on the city’s east side to success, tragedy and breakups.
• “Sincerely Brenda”: After a sudden tragedy, a recovering alcoholic attempts to reconcile with his two estranged sons over a weekend, but the encounter reveals skeletons from the family’s past that he must accept or risk losing his sons forever.
• “Barren and Empty the Sea”: This feature film from Spain focuses on Esteban, who one day wakes up with no one recognizing him. After an accident occurs in his village, Esteban realizes that he is no longer himself, only a stranger.
When and where is it?
The Trinity Film Festival is at the Marlene Boll Theatre at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway in Detroit. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday.
How much does it cost?
VIP festival pass, $100; festival pass, $50; day pass, $20; individual tickets, $10; Trinity Film Honors, $20.
African World Film Festival
The festival is part of the larger African World Festival, which celebrates African culture with food, shopping, live entertainment, a fashion show and a college fair. The film festival aims to showcase the work of independent filmmakers in Detroit and around the world, with a focus on films about African Americans or Africans. AWFF will present documentaries, shorts, feature-length films, animation and music videos. The festival is fronted by sound engineer and stage manager Eric (Kwame) Wells and his partner, filmmaker Letia Solomon.
• “Knock, Knock”: A short film from Detroit native Kennikki Jones about a young girl who likes to look over the kids next door. “However, when they are in danger, she does nothing,” said Wells. “Stricken by guilt, she decides to check on the kids, but she discovers a chilling reality that pushes her over the edge.”
• “Influencers”: The short film focuses on a YouTuber who has to choose between marriage, her career and a high-risk pregnancy.
• “Horror Noire”: The festival will kick off with this documentary about the history of black horror films and African-Americans’ impact on the genre.
When and where is it?
The African World Film Festival will take place at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Friday, 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30-10 p.m. Sunday.
How much does it cost?
$30, weekend pass; $15, feature and short film screenings; $10 for “Horror Noire” screening.
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