Annual Film, Music Festival Kicks Off Thursday 9-29-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Annual Film, Music Festival Kicks Off Thursday 9-29-2010

The Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival is celebrating its fifth year by bringing in some of the talent behind this year’s line-up of independent films, according to event organizers.
Hell’s Half Mile rivals much larger film festivals in both the films presented as well as the talent it attracts to appear at the downtown Bay City event.
“For many people, the highlight of the festival is getting the chance to attend a screening and then hang around for the panel discussions with the filmmakers,” said festival director Alan LaFave. “It gives people a chance to ask questions and get a glimpse of what goes into making a feature film.”
Actress Laura Allen, Producer Matthew Fine, Director Ben Hickernell and Screenwriter Christopher Weekes will all be attending the grassroots event. Each will be available to discuss their current film projects and to share their experiences in making independent film.
Organizers said leading the list of festival attendees will be Laura Allen, who stars in the Festival’s opening-night film, "Cherry."
Allen also stars in one of cable television’s best-reviewed new series, Terriers on FX.
Sci-fi fans may remember Allen from her role in the Steven Spielberg-produced USA Network series "The 4400," where she played Lilly Moore Taylor, one of mysteriously returned abductees.
Allen has also appeared in numerous television series including CSI: Miami, Grey’s Anatomy and House.
Appearing along with Allen at the festival is "Cherry" producer, Matthew Fine. Fine, whose brother Jeffrey wrote and directed the film, will be available to discuss his experience with filmmaking in Michigan, having shot Cherry entirely in Kalamazoo.
Both Allen and Fine will be available following the 8:15 p.m. screening of "Cherry," for a panel discussion on the film.
Also on tap is Writer/Director Ben Hickernell with his film Lebanon PA, which premiered at the 2010 South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX.
The film stars Josh Hopkins from the ABC hit comedy Cougartown, along with Samantha Mathis who starred in such films as "Pump Up the Volume" and "Broken Arrow."
The festival runs Thursday through Sunday at the State Theatre, the Delta College Planetarium and the Masonic Temple.
For more information on the event, visit
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