The in-person festival ends today, but there is more time to watch from home.
Freep Film Festival showcases great documentaries, specializing in films with strong connections to Detroit or Michigan — or throughout the Midwest.
Next fest: April 27-May 1, 2022. Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused event, with special attention paid to films connected Detroit and Michigan -- or with special resonance there. It also presents related panel discussions, parties, music events and more. Centered in the downtown Detroit core, the festival is produced by the Detroit Free Press and its business arm, Michigan.com.
The in-person festival ends today, but there is more time to watch from home.
Tom Izzo stopped by the Freep's popular sports podcast to chat about the new They Call Me Magic docuseries.
The legendary coach offers some sage advice during the discussion: Go see the first episode at Freep Film Festival.
It happens at 6 p.m. Sunday at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre. Tickets are still available!
And the featured installment focuses on Magic's time in Lansing and at MSU.
The guys talk about the "They Call me Magic" doc with Tom Izzo. Then Matt Verderame from FanSided.com joins the fellas to break down the NFL draft.
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Three Detroit-set stories will be in the spotlight today at the Works-in-Progress event, where national-level filmmakers provide feedback to documentaries that are still in the making.
The annual event, happening at 12:30pm Sunday at Cinema Detroit, is always a highlight of the festival.
There are still some seats left, and they are free.
Reserve right here.
About these events In addition to screening dozens of documentaries at this year's festival, Freep Film Festival is looking to help some great movies get made. The ninth annual festival is hosting a variety of free events geared toward the local filmmaking community at this year's event, scheduled f...
Our official fest hangout tonight is at Two Birds.
Stop by for a drink at this most excellent bar in Detroit’s West Village.
Fest staffers will be hanging out, and probably some filmmakers, too.
Discounts for fest ticket-holders and pass-holders!
Happening now! World premiere of AMERICA YOU KILL ME at the Redford Theatre.
We much appreciate this extended coverage of the festival from WDET 101.9FM's "Culture Shift" program and host Ryan Patrick Hooper.
Exec director Steve Byrne stopped by to discuss AMERICA YOU KILL ME (world premiere tonight at the Redford Theatre), Bad Axe Film (Michigan premiere tonight at DIA's Detroit Film Theatre), "2nd Chance" (Michigan premiere on Friday at the DIA) and a bunch more.
The city-centric documentary film festival is now in its ninth year and runs from April 27 through May 1. Standout documentaries include “America You Kill Me,” which highlights the work of queer rights icon Jeff Montgomery, and dinner-and-a-movie showcases at Frame in Hazel Park.
The folks at Taste the Diaspora Detroit have some very tasty plans for our event in partnership with Frame.
A Detroit food agency draws inspiration from Black cooking techniques for the Freep Film Festival screening of the Southern Foodways Alliance shorts
In today’s Detroit Free Press!
Our print guide has everything you need to know about all our events.
A closing night slam dunk!
The first episode of ‘They Call Me Magic,’ a new Apple TV+ documentary series, will be in the festival spotlight with a screening at the DIA
Some real experts from the world of documentary film will be in town for Freep Film Festival.
These free community events are the chance to pick up some of their wisdom and do a little networking.
Expert guests and filmmakers from around the country will share knowledge at free public events during the Detroit fest, which lands April 27-May 1.
We're proud to be presenting some of dream hampton's work at our upcoming festival.
Short video "Freshwater," which arrives Friday at MOCAD, is "probably the most personal thing I’ve done,” says Motor City native dream hampton.
It seemed inevitable, but it's still a big bummer.
Royal Oak's Planning Commission votes to demolish the Main Art Theatre in favor of a mixed-use building, despite community support of theater.
Freep Film Festival updated their info in the about section.
As they like to say: "Due to popular demand ... "
Freep Film Festival is adding a second opening night screening of "Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit" following an initial sellout.
2022 tickets and passes are on sale! To see the lineup and to purchase, visit https://freepfilmfestival.com/. Buy your tickets today before they sell out!
Congrats to Summer of Soul! Amazing doc and very much worthy of that Oscar.
In Theaters and on Hulu July 2In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and transporting documentary—part music f...
Great documentary storytelling in short bursts?
We've got it.
Short films about the city's flooding issues, the battle over Poletown and Detroit's thriving pheasant population are part of just-announced lineup.
Check it out at freepfilmfestival.com.
This program is always great: Talented filmmakers profiling talented Detroit artists. Tonight on Detroit Public Television.
Premieres: Monday, March 21, 9 p.m.Nine Detroit filmmakers worked with the current Kresge Artist Fellows in literary and visual arts to co-create 20 films sp...
And here we go!
Highlights of the 2022 lineup include docs on Detroit gay rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery, Lake Erie's troubles and a notorious Pez collector.
See you at 11 a.m. Monday. We're about to unspool our 2022 lineup.
Some of metro Detroit's top chefs are preparing meals to match four super cool documentaries we'll be screening at
frame in Hazel Park as part of this year's fest.
Tickets went on sale at noon today. As they say, don't delay!
Food and film. At Frame, we love them both.
Reservations for our Opening Night film opened at 10 a.m. today. We had a LOT of demand for "Gradually, Then Suddenly," the new documentary about Detroit's bankruptcy. As a result, the fest's website has gone up and down. We're very sorry.
Here's a direct link to reserve free tix. It will work for the in-person event at the DIA, or the at-home streaming — while supplies last.
Freep Film Festival and Frame restaurant are presenting food documentaries with meals prepared by some of metro Detroit’s top chefs.
We've got our Opening Night film. And there are multiple opportunities to see it. For free.
A free screening of "Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit" will launch the 2022 Freep Film Festival.
We are super saddened to learn of the death of comedian/magician/force of nature The Amazing Johnathan, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 63. The metro Detroit-born performer is easily one of the most memorable guests to ever appear at our festival. He graced our presence in 2019 in connection with the "Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary," which went on to win our best of festival award.
Johnathan's over-the-top style of comedy and communication consistently left our staff pie-eyed, laughing or both. (We'll never forget that thong, as just one for instance.)
Our condolences to his wife Anastasia (shown here with him at the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre) and all who knew and loved him.
Through the Banks of the Red Cedar tells the story of Michigan State Football's crucial role in integrating the college gridiron in the 1960s. The documentary got its world premiere at Freep Film Festival in 2018, including an appearance by filmmaker Maya Washington and her father Gene, one of MSU's stars of that era.
The film is hitting PBS stations nationwide, including Detroit Public Television at 10 p.m. Mon./Feb. 7. It's also available there on-demand.
Festival fave Hamtramck, USA is now available for streaming via Projectr (Grasshopper Film) and also on iTunes. The heralded doc is set in the remarkably diverse city amidst its somewhat fractious 2017 municipal elections. https://projectr.tv/
"A Choice of Weapons: Inspired By Gordon Parks" explores the enduring legacy of photographer-director-artist Parks, who brought a visionary, deeply felt approach to his explorations of Black life in America.
If you missed it at our festival this fall, the new documentary makes its broadcast debut at 10pm EST Mon. on HBO, then heads to HBO Max for streaming.
#AChoiceOfWeapons @GordonParksFoundation @HBO #gordonparks
The founder of the new #FilmFestDetroit, Josh Gardner, has been a great friend to our fest over the years, including working formally as part of our team in 2021.
We wish him all the success possible with his newest venture, which kicked off Thursday night and continues through Oct. 21. Check it out!
Cinema Lamont, a nonprofit pop-up, launches a new film festival tied to its mission of fostering cross-cultural understanding through global movies.
Nice news from our friends at DIA's Detroit Film Theatre. We're a little bit geeked about that Velvet Underground documentary, to say the least.
Masks, a current photo ID and proof of vaccination will be required at the venue at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Our fest's Spirit of Michigan Award honors the movie that best exemplifies the state of Michigan's spirit of ingenuity and creativity — both in filmmaking quality and topic.
This year's winner is @HamtramckDoc, which examines the city through the lens of its 2017 municipal election. The festival jury felt the film captured both the changing demographics of our state and a collective desire for democracy to persevere and thrive.
Our Shine a Light Award honors the doc that best celebrates journalistic perseverance. We couldn't have a better winner than @StormLakeMovie, in which a small-town family fights to unite and inform their rural Iowan community through the biweekly newspaper, the Storm Lake Times.
The Real Fresh showcase featured documentary work from students U-M, MSU, Wayne State, Oakland U and the University of Windsor. There were two prizes associated with the event, and they were swept by "Every Color at Once," directed by U-M student Caleb Phillip James.
"Smelly Little Town" was named the festival's top short documentary this year. It details Bay City’s decades-long drama over whether to capitalize on the celebrity of its most famous native: Madonna. Congrats to director Zach Neumeyer!
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Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused event, with special attention paid to films connected Detroit and Michigan -- or with special resonance there. It believes great journalism and great documentary storytelling can inform, inspire and help push the region forward -- shining light on its challenges and celebrating its achievements. In addition to films, it also presents related panel discussions, parties, music events and more. Centered in the downtown Detroit core, the festival is produced by the Detroit Free Press and its business arm, Michigan.com. We went virtual for the initial element for our seventh annual event (April 22-26, 2020), and we are planning a physical element for the first week of December, 2020.