Directors of three in-progress documentaries will be on hand to show off short samples of their work at the annual Works-in-Progress event, co-presented by Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and Facing Change: Documenting Detroit. A recurring highlight of Freep Film Festival’s educational programming, this free event features the filmmakers talking about their films while showing clips of the in-process docs. They will then receive feedback from a panel of documentary filmmakers and producers. The feedback team includes filmmaker and cinematographer Kevin Shaw, whose film “Let the Little Light Shine” is having its Michigan premiere at the festival; Debi Wisch, a film producer for “The Art of Making It”, which is screening at this year’s festival; and Brian Kaufman, an executive video producer at the Detroit Free Press, and director of “12th and Clairmount”, which premiered at the 2017 Freep Film Festival.
The featured films include:
“Tales of Geometry”: Tales of Geometry is a continuing exploration into the art that came out of the Cass Corridor in the late 1970’s through the 1980’s and beyond. The film explores the counter culture explosion that happened in Detroit at that time and its lasting effects on the Arts.
“Sons of Detroit”: Filmmaker and performer Jeremy Xido grew up in Detroit as the only white kid in his neighborhood, raised by neighbors who took him in when his parents were struggling. After decades away, Jeremy returns to the city to perform a stage piece he’s presented all over the world and to find out what happened to his childhood best friend, Boo. As he attempts to mount the show, his search for Boo takes over, unexpectedly thrusting him into the complex, painful, and beautiful history of the home and neighborhood he left behind.
“Aired Out Quilts”: “Aired Out Quilts” utilizes the oral histories of native and long-time Detroiters and one Highland Park resident who have lived in neighborhoods that are either distinct, in transition, enduring, or on the edge of abandonment. These stories served as inspiration for the making of contemporary quilts which were hung at the homes of the interviewees for an outdoor exhibition, as well as in a gallery. Executive Producer: Yvette Rock. Director: Timashion Jones.
12:30 p.m. Sun., May 1, Cinema Detroit, Detroit. Free.