Grand Valley is a gold sponsor of Grand Rapids Film Festival, which runs Wednesday, May 15, through Sunday, May 19. Billed as the area’s only family and culture-centered film festival, it draws thousands of movie lovers, film enthusiasts and students for film screenings and educational workshops.
Film screenings at Grand Valley’s Loosemore Auditorium and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts will run concurrently, beginning May 16 at 5:30 p.m. Additional screenings are held each day of the festival, though times vary. Workshops are held each day at various venues, and the Awards Ceremony will be at Loosemore May 17, starting at 7 p.m. For a complete schedule and ticket information, visit http://www.grfilmfestival.com. Printed copies of the festival program are also available in the School of Communications office at Grand Valley.
Several School of Communications faculty members are involved in the festival. Associate Professor John Harper Philbin is part of the executive festival staff and will be part of a free production workshop on May 18 beginning at 11 a.m. He is also moderating an educational panel about film distribution on May 18 at 2 p.m., which includes Associate Professor John Schmit. Assistant Professor Marie Ullrich served on the festival film jury.