Freep Film Festival 2020 virtual lineup

Here’s the lineup for the virtual version of Freep Film Festival being held April 22-26. Direct links to the freep.com pages hosting the screenings will be available here and at freep.com in the coming days. 

And don’t forget: We’re planning a rescheduled physical version of our festival for the first week of December. 

WEDNESDAY/APRIL 22 

1 p.m. PALLIATIVE + TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY 

These two shorts put their lens on health caregivers. “Palliative” tells the story of a Detroit-based doctor doing extraordinary work with children with special needs. “Today Was a Good Day” focuses on several Detroiters who are helping family members suffering from dementia.  

THURSDAY/APRIL 23 

1 p.m. PERSONAL STATEMENT 

The film follows three Brooklyn high-school seniors as they try to get themselves  and their entire graduating class  into college.

FRIDAY/APRIL 24 

1 p.m. ST. LOUIS SUPERMAN 

This Oscar-nominated documentary short profiles Bruce Franks Jr., a 34-year-old battle rapper, leading Ferguson activist and state representative from St. Louis, who is known as Superman to his constituents 

7:30 p.m.: SHELBY AMERICAN: THE CARROLL SHELBY STORY 

Matt Damon played Carroll Shelby in the Oscar-nominated film “Ford v Ferrari,” but now here’s the full story of the trailblazing, automotive visionary behind the Ford GT40. 

SATURDAY/APRIL 25 

4 p.m. BERZERKERS + PIE IN THE PUSS  

Two arts-themed shorts comprise this program. “Berzerkers” explores Chef James Rigato’s relationship with the band that inspired his lauded Hazel Park restaurant, Mabel Gray. In “Pie in the Puss,” Michigan native and MSU grad Stacey Davis explores the evolution of pie-ing in film  from pies in the face to pie tosses to pie fights. 

7:30 p.m. MAKING A MARK (Kresge Arts in Detroit film) + MARIE WOO, 2020 EMINENT ARTIST  

Meet some of metro Detroit’s top working artists in this documentary profiling the 2019 class of Kresge Arts in Detroit fellows. Accompanied by a short film on recently announced Kresge Eminent Artist Marie Woo. 

SUNDAY/APRIL 26 

3 p.m. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER + THE GIRL WITH THE RIVET GUN 

It’s a 40th anniversary screening for this documentary, which introduced viewers to five women who took stereotypical men’s jobs during World War II, giving rise to the cultural icon of the film’s title — the archetypal woman whose labor kept America moving while a generation of men were fighting in Europe and the Pacific. The feature-length doc is being paired with a new animated short, “The Girl with the Rivet Gun,” which is based on the real-life adventures of three Rosie the Riveters. 

7 p.m. THROUGH THE FLAK: WAR STORIES OF THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN  

Detroiters Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson and Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart, both in their 90s and two of the last living Tuskegee Airmen, recount their pulse-pounding and often heartbreaking experiences as the first African-American military pilots who not only fought a World War, but fought for the right to fight for their country.