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UICA Showcases Local Directors with New Cinematic Program

Posted June 8, 2018 in UICA

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University's (KCAD's) Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has announced a new cinematic series that will highlight local talent. The Local Director Series is a recurring event that showcases feature-length films by Grand Rapids’ based Directors. The inaugural event takes place on select Tuesdays throughout the summer.

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The Local Director Series is a premier forum for directors to share their work with the Grand Rapids film audience. The event acts as a vital resource for the West Michigan film community by increasing public awareness about independent filmmaking as well as the established and expanding film industry in Grand Rapids, MI.

“There is a talented workforce right here in Grand Rapids that deserves recognition,” shared Nick Hartman, UICA’s Film Coordinator. “It’s essential that filmmakers be given a space where they can show and celebrate their accomplishments with the community, with their crew, and with industry professionals. We’ve booked an impressive lineup of films by local directors for the inaugural event series, and we’re thrilled to offer a platform to these dedicated film artists.”

The directors selected to show their films as part of the series include: Lisa Enos (Ivansxtc), Joel Potrykus (Ape), Daniel Falicki (An Anti American), Bret Miller (Some are Born), and Chris Randal (America’s Most Haunted).

Lisa Enos, Ivansxtc - Jun 26, 2018

Blonde woman starting sardonically at a man in a suit and sunglasses

Joel Potrykus, Ape - Jul 24, 2018

Man using a flamethrower

Daniel Falicki, An Anti American - Aug 28, 2018

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Bret Miller, Some are Born - Sep 18, 2018

Man shrouded in smoke

Chris Randal, America's Most Haunted Oct 9, 2018  

Man staring threateningly into the camera

“The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts has been instrumental in my growth as a filmmaker, both in education and application,” shared Bret Miller, “UICA has given me the incredible honor of screening my films in the company of filmmakers and fans alike. I would not be where I am today without UICA.”

UICA’s Dolby© certified 195-seat movie theater presents independent films in downtown Grand Rapids Tuesday - Sunday year-round. Audiences can see critical favorites, festival award winners, and special one-night screenings in the state-of-the-art underground theater outfitted with a concessions counter serving fresh popcorn, soda, candy, and specialty treats. 

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Alongside first-run, independent film screenings, UICA presents programming designed to highlight local and regional artists throughout the year including the popular Open Projector Night series presented with support from Ferris State University and the Michigan Film and Digital Media Office.

Open Projector Night is a short-film festival that showcases the work of local, regional, and national filmmakers with a connection to Michigan in either content, location, or crew. Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their short-films for consideration through an online form and a panel of UICA staff and dedicated volunteers curate selected works into a seventy-minute program that takes place four times a year. The Local Director Series is part of UICA’s dedication to present high-quality works by emerging and established artists living in the region.

The UICA Movie Theater is the only independent, art-house theater in Grand Rapids and and since its inception, the downtown theater has been a hub for both film artists and movie lovers alike.

“Even with the evolution of streaming services and video rentals, independent cinema endures,” continued Hartman. “That’s due largely in part to the fact that there is nothing quite like the experience of going to a theater and that independent theaters offer an alternative to the mainstream fare often presented at traditional multiplexes. The independent theater is a place where stories, perspectives, and talent are celebrated and we want to nurture that culture alongside, and with the support of, our local film community.”

The Local Director Series kicks off on June 26, 2018 and runs on select Tuesdays throughout the summer. More information can be found at uica.org/movies.