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‘American Revolutionary’ joins the Freep Film Festival

Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs

By Grace Lee Boggs
Special to the Michigan Citizen

The Freep’s inaugural film festival will showcase Detroit and Michigan-themed documentaries, along with film discussions, panels and a few other surprises. The curtain rises March 20-23 at the Fillmore Detroit and the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The latest films to join the schedule will be included in the “News” and “Films and Schedule” sections.

The film series will initially highlight the legendary Packard Building, which was once a symbol of hope and endurance in Detroit, but has now become synonymous with Detroit’s blight, and will end at 2 p.m. March 22 with the biopic “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” produced and directed by filmmaker Grace Lee (no relation). Both films will screen at the Fillmore Detroit.

After the screening of “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” PBS’ Celeste Headlee will conduct a Q&A with myself and Grace Lee.

These films are important, as they not only give a frame regarding the population, economic and industry boom in Detroit, but also provide a perspective on how we found ourselves with these current financial challenges in Detroit.

Watch the trailer for the film festival and learn more about how to purchase tickets at www.freepfilmfestival.com.  The trailer to “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” can be viewed at www.americanrevolutionaryfilm.com.

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