2015 Festival Events/Happenings/Discounts


garberPre-Festival Concert- Heroes of the Silver Screen sponsored by Garber Automotive Group.

At 3pm Sunday, Oct. 18, the 40-piece Riverside Saginaw Film Festival Orchestra will perform a "Heroes of the Silver Screen" concert as a prelude to our Nov. 11-15 festival of films.

The music played will honor real-life heroes on the battlefield as well as the likes of Superman and his comic book cohorts. David Valasek conducts. David Oppermann narrates. And Ricardo Verdoni will compile a video of scenes from some of the movies.

The location is Pit and Balcony Community Theater, 805 N. Hamilton in Saginaw.

Admission to the concert is FREE, however we be taking a free will offering and encourage donations of items to Aaron’s Gift’s from Home, a local non-profit whose mission is to improve the morale of American Troops serving abroad by sending care packages to deployed troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Korea, Japan, Cuba, Africa and ships at sea, or wherever they are on deployment.  A list of items needed is available here




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 Kahn" (1982). With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis (Kahn, 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.



.....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.