Annual film festival prepares to change the world one ticket at a time

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published March 5, 2019


FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS  — The sixth annual Greater Farmington Film Festival is preparing to change the world again this year.

The six-film lineup will be shown at Farmington Civic Theater March 7-9.

Offerings include recently released films that delve into relevant, present-day issues, with the hopes of inspiring action: good films for a better world.    

According to a press release, the Farmington Hills-based nonprofit organization kickstART Farmington recently announced the film lineup and the schedule for this year’s festival.

At 9 p.m. March 7, opening night will feature native Michigander Zachary Fink in a question-and-answer session following a screening of a film he co-directed, “The Rescue List.”

Also directed by Alyssa Fedele, the 81-minute film centers around a Ghanaian safe house. A team works to assist two boys who were trafficked into slavery to fishermen on Lake Volta, the press release states. The film takes the viewers on a journey with the boys, through their recovery and beyond.

Fink, based in San Francisco, said that the film has been shown at about 20 film festivals.

Some movies at film festivals aren’t typically seen in theaters or on Netflix, he said.

“(It is) a unique opportunity to see creative films from independent filmmakers from around the world,” Fink said. “They are all about stories that inspire hope and inspire change — inspire people to make the world a better place.”

Also on opening night, “The World Before Your Feet,” a 95-minute film directed by Jeremy Workman, will be shown at 7 p.m.

According to the press release, there are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City, and for the past six years, Matt Green has been walking all of them.

Green gave up his engineering job, his apartment and most of his belongings, and lived on a $15-a-day budget.

“Intelligent Lives,” which will be shown at 7 p.m. March 8, looks at the lives of three young American adults with intellectual disabilities who “challenge perceptions of intelligence” as they go through life, according to the press release.

“Emanuel,” which will be shown at 9 p.m. March 8, details the violence of June 17, 2015, when churchgoers were shot and killed during a prayer service in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21-year-old white supremacist. Interviews with survivors and family members tell the true tale of forgiveness.

Dwayne D Hayes, the director of the Greater Farmington Film Festival, said that the festival is fun to put on, and there are always exciting films to look at.

“It’s an opportunity to share some positivity — share some good in the world,” he said. “Certainly, we can use more of that.”

The Farmington Civic Theater is located at 33332 Grand River Ave.

The children’s film “Best of the NY International Children’s Film Festival” will be presented for free.

Tickets cost $6 each or $30 for a festival pass. They are available at