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Starring role for the Motor City

Festival screens films made in and about Detroit

The Mitten Movie Project Detroit Night is a night of short films either about the city of Detroit or shot prominently in the city. A monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent short films, the MMP, generally held at Royal Oak’s Main Art Theatre, returns to Michigan’s largest city for the second time.  This year’s MMP Detroit Night will be held Oct. 22 at Cinema Detroit at the Burton Theatre (previously known as the Cass City Cinema), 3420 Cass Ave.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., a pre-screening reception will give moviegoers a chance  to mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q & A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre.

The films are tentatively scheduled to run as follows:

N’kisi Concorde (documentary trailer) — directed by Nikki Sass and Brittin Richter

Detroit Unleaded (narrative trailer) — directed by Rola Nashef

X Games Detroit Bid — Official Video (promotional video) — produced by The Work Inc.

Waffles Doc: The Doc Waffles Documentary (documentary) — directed by J. Walker

Accentinav (Detroit and Dearborn) (commercial parody) — directed by Denn Pietro & Denver Rochon

The Ghetto Dump (animation) — directed by Electric Otto

A New Generation of Riders (documentary) — directed by Nora Urbanski

Specificity of Tiny Lights by Doc Waffles (music video) — directed by Eddie Logix

The Motor City PSA: an Honest Conversation (Part II) (documentary) — directed by Anton Bassey

Theme 2013 by Carjack (music video) — directed by Michael Rozman & Carjack

Sometimes in Detroit (documentary) — directed by Geoff George

Fools in the Living Room of a UFO (animation) — directed by Electric Otto

Dreadlock Mike: This Is Ours (documentary) — directed by Colin Duerr

We Almost Lost Detroit by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (music video) — directed by Andrew Smart

Strong from Detroit  (documentary) — directed by Jeremy Olstyn

Geoff George works as a director of photography and camera operator in the city of Detroit, where he was born and raised. His film “Sometimes in Detroit” was entirely improvised, based off of a “hastily written” treatment.  “It was a very slow time of year in film-making and I wanted to get all my friends together and shoot something that captured the feeling and atmosphere in Detroit at the time (2011),” George told the Michigan Citizen.  “As my friends showed up or visited the set, I put them in the film.” Local musician friends weave their way through the story, however “the star, of course, is Larry Mongo, who is really the most talented non-actor I have ever worked with,” George confessed.  “He has a natural propensity for storytelling and a lot of charisma and those qualities translated really well to film. It’s no secret that Ryan Gosling later cast Larry in his own film this summer, in part after seeing him perform in this film…”

George glowingly describes the Detroit film scene. “I’m glad I did not follow my friends to L.A. and chose to stay behind and pursue a career here. The creative energy in this city is unparalleled. And there is a tight knit community of filmmakers here who, in general, tend to be more collaborative than competitive. I look forward to seeing all the great work to come from Detroit filmmakers as we grow together.”

To submit a film for consideration in the festival, visit facebook.com/mittenmovieproject for submission and technical guidelines. Submission is free.

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