2015 Festival Events/Happenings/Discounts

Friday, November 13th at 8:00 pm on the third floor of the Saginaw Club
Please note this replaces one showing of Slow West.


During the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, Charlie is on his way to Michigan Tech University, and Derek is counting the days to his inevitable military draft eligibility. Before their futures take hold, the lifelong best friends embark on one final adventure: a 1300 mile bike ride along the shores of the gargantuan Lake Superior. With two-speed Schwinn bicycles and limited preparation, Charlie and Derek pedal through the massive northern backwoods of Michigan, Minnesota, and Canada. Along the way they face hunger, exhaustion, and the kind of people in the world who never wanted to be found.

Superior was filmed on location in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the summer of 2014. The production team behind the film consists of eleven young filmmakers that traveled more than 7,000 miles round-trip in a truck and three sedans from Los Angeles to the most remote regions of the Keweenaw Peninsula to tell a story true to its origins. Inspired by the real journey taken by Karl Benda and Dan “Dudza” Junttila more than 40 years ago, SUPERIOR is a snapshot of America in 1969 when futures were uncertain, and yet the most outlandish adventures remained possible. 

This screening, which wraps up the premier tour in Michigan, features an appearance by the film’s writer/director, Edd Benda for a question and answer session following the film. 

Admission is $6. To purchase tickets in advance, visit or call (989) 601-1070.  Admission to this show is included with you festival pass.





In tribute to No.1 Vulcan Leonard Nimoy, who died this past year, on Nov. 11 the festival will show two of the most popular "Star Trek" movies on the big screen at the Temple Theater.

Showing at 5pm is "Star Trek II:  The Wrath of Khan" (1982). With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis (Khan, played by Ricardo Montalban) from using a planet-generating device. In this installment, Nimoy's Spock dies.

And showing at 8pm is "Star Trek IV:  The Voyage Home" (1986) To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to 20th century Earth to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it -- the now extinct humpback whales. Nimoy also directed as well as starred.

In between the films, diehard Trekkies dressed in their "Star Trek" best are invited to parade across the stage in a contest. First place $50 and a festival T-shirt, second place $25 and a festival T-shirt, third place a festival T-shirt. Organist also will play between shows on the theater's historic Barton pipe organ.

$10 admission for the evening. Festival passes not accepted. 

Films sponsored by Janet I. Martineau, a Trekker from the beginning.


Amateur Night

Amateur NightHome movies, anyone?

Don't laugh. That is exactly what the 9th annual Riverside Saginaw Film Festival is offering this year. Created and distributed by the Center for Home Movies, the 84-minute "Amateur Night" features 16 amateur films from a collection of American film archives.

They are funny, poignant and even strange and pierce together family moments, historical scenes, animation, drama, comic routines and travelogues from 1915-2005.

Films by average Joes are shown alongside those by notables like Alfred Hitchcock, Richard Nixon, animator Helen Hill and Smokey Bear with audio commentaries from family members and newly recorded music.

Center for Home Movies is a nonprofit organization that began as the organizer and sponsor of Home Movie Day, an annual worldwide celebration of amateur filmmaking. It also encourages the use of home movies in multidisciplinary research, study and publications, and collects home movies and related materials of national and international significance.

In addition, a vintage excerpt of a Midland family's 1965 Christmas will be shown after the film.

And there is a method to our madness in showing this. We hope to encourage and inspire attendees to search their own personal archives for films from their childhood to be shown at RSFF X. See our website later this year for how to get started.

Meanwhile, check our schedule for the two showings of "Amateur Night" this year.



.....all these films are shown at Hoyt Library and honor actors who passed away this year. Free admission, free coffee/tea/hot chocolate.

Gigi/Louis Jourdan
Jourdan is cast as a restless Parisian playboy who moves from one mistress to another while also spending platonic time with Gigi (Leslie Caron), a precocious younger friend learning the ways of high society. 1958 release. Director: Vincente Minnelli. Runs 2 hrs.

They Live/Roddy Piper
Piper portrays a wanderer who discovers a pair of sunglasses showing the world the way it truly is. As he walks the streets of Los Angeles, he sees that most of the social elite are skull-faced aliens bent on world domination and begins a fight to free humanity. 1988 release. Director: John Carpenter. Runs 1 hr 37 min.

Funny Girl/Omar Sharif
Vaudeville bit player Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand), valued for her vocal and comedic talents, works her way up to stardom on Broadway. But as she thrives her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Sharif), is another story. 1963 release. Runs 2 hrs 35 min.

The Serpent and the Rainbow/Wes Craven
Craven attempted a slight change of pace from his usual slasher milieu with this chiller loosely based on a true story. Bill Portman stars as Harvard researcher sent to Haiti by a drug company to investigate the zombie legend and any possible connection it might have to a rumored drug that could be used as a new powerful anaesthetic. 1988 release. Runs 1 hr 38 min.