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About Us

We are Freep Film Festival

Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused festival produced by the Detroit Free Press — Michigan’s largest news organization — in cooperation with its business and events arm, The five-day festival features films with a strong connection to the issues, people and places in and around Detroit and Michigan.

In addition to screening films, Freep Film Festival embraces the journalistic and community-minded mission of the Free Press, hosting in-depth discussions after most films, to encourage conversations that spin off the issues raised on-screen. The festival also hosts parties, music shows, dining events and more.

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Thanks to our festival sponsors & supporters

Film Festival Team

We deliver your festival

Steve Byrne

/ Cofounder and executive director

Kathy Kieliszewski

/ Cofounder and artistic director

Jewel Gopwani

/ Engagement director

Brian McNamara

/ Web Director

Inney Prakash

/ Programming and production associate

Katie Camaiani

/ Event Partnerships

Juanita Anderson

/ Screening Committee

Nichole Christian

/ Engagement Specialist

Rob St. Mary

/ Screening Committee

Since 2014

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