'Horizontal Accidents' World Premiere

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Celebration Cinema North will host the world premiere of “Horizontal Accidents,” the Grand Valley 2010 Summer Film Project directed by Tom Seidman, son of Grand Valley founder L. William Seidman.

The 7 p.m. screening, Thursday, April 7, at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Drive NE, Grand Rapids, will be followed by a question and answer session, a making-of showing, an alternate ending screening, and a reception. Admission is $5.

Seidman has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, including as assistant director for such films as Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People,” Clint Eastwood’s “Honkytonk Man,” and Peter Weir’s “The Dead Poet’s Society.” His local work includes: “The Christmas Bunny,” starring Florence Henderson, filmed in West Michigan and scheduled for release in November; and “Horizontal Accidents” for Grand Valley’s Summer Film Project.

“Horizontal Accidents” explores a week in the life of two modern-day grave robbers. It is a dark, funny story about robbing the dead, and rejoining the living. Grand Valley’s Summer Film Project was established in 1995, to offer junior and senior students the opportunity to earn credit while working on a short film under the direction of professionals.

Seidman directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with film and video student Tom Castillo. It was adapted from a short story written by Grand Valley alumnus Michael Salisbury, while a student in the Writing Department. Kim Roberts, associate professor of film and video production in the School of Communications, was the film’s producer.