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Ypsi Independent Film Festival Organized By Local Filmmakers Happens Online & With Drive-In Theater

International Film Festival Ypsilanti

Originally planned to premiere last April, the "Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti," otherwise known as iFFY, is now scheduled to take place August 20-22.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with one of the festival's creators, filmmaker Martin Thoburn, and festival curator Hafsah Mijinyawa about the film festival also organized by Donald Harrison, now happening in person and online due to COVID-19.

iFFY was originally intended to be a regional program with an emphasis on local work pre-COVID scheduled to take place last April.  It was originally set up to appeal to Southeast Michigan but now includes lots of international work and, since it is taking place online, could potentially have an even bigger reach.  The anticipated audience ranges from creatives and artists to overall film enthusiasts.


Thursday, August 20th - DRIVE-IN

Things kick off w/ a free outdoor Drive-In hosted by the Ypsi DDA at the parking lot under the Ypsi water tower.  We'll be screening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5-GsEojpbg" target="_blank">Midwest Products: Regional Short Film Showcase with a couple of bonus films by local filmmakers.

Friday, August 21st  - LIVE STREAM | pay-what-you-can

7pm Skin. Sound. Synth.  These short films are a celebration of people of color—black and brown—telling their stories and expressing themselves with visual and sonic experimentation.  *All ticket proceeds to benefit Detroit Impact Center.

9pm Best of Ottawa Animation Festival 2019 offers a sampling of exceptional animated short films that explore moments of humor, profundity and inspiration.  *All ticket proceeds to benefit Riverside Arts Center.

Saturday, August 22nd  - LIVE STREAM | pay-what-you-can

7pm Midwest Products showcases some of the best, most adventurous local and regional short films from the past year.  *All ticket proceeds to benefit We the People Opportunity Farm.

9pm Flip the Script features short films that defy the status quo and boldly take paths less traveled or make their own.  *All ticket proceeds to benefit Riverside Arts Center.

For full festival info, please visit the iFFY website.

*A video version of the interview can be watched below.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu

Lisa Barry was a reporter, and host of All Things Considered on 89.1 WEMU.
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