The Freep Film Festival is back for 2016! The documentary-focused event, which is produced by the Free Press and Michigan.com, will be held March 31-April 3. The festival’s programming will lean heavily on movies with strong connections to Detroit and Michigan in the hopes of fostering engagement and discussion about the issues and challenges we face while at the same time celebrating what makes us unique.
The event’s venue partners are the Fillmore Detroit, the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cinema Detroit, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Elizabeth Theater at the Park Bar.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S JOURNEY FROM MOTOWN TO OFF THE WALL
Michael Jackson makes his mark with his first solo album as an adult: “Off The Wall.” But to tell the story of this album you have to go back to the beginning. This film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael’s evolution from the early days as a member of the Jackson Five to the point Michael decides it is finally time to release his first solo album — featuring his own music and with him having ultimate creative control. Lee then offers an in-depth look at each of the tracks on this seminal album, the cultural significance of “Off The Wall” and the impact it continues to have on today’s artists. The individuals interviewed for the documentary include some of today’s most important artists, including John Legend, Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd and Mark Ronson, as well as other cultural icons, such as Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryant, L.A. Reid, and Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. It is clear that the influence of The King of Pop and “Off The Wall” continue to be felt today.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall at the DIA. (Buy Tickets Here)
11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 3, at Emagine Theatres Royal Oak (Buy Tickets Here)
For more information, visit Freep Film Festival.