2013 Festival Events/Happenings/Discounts

Stay tuned for more details for this year's festival!


Special Film-Related Presentations and Events


LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women.

On its tour this year are nine films dealing with blind dating, an immigrant domestic worker, a wrestler preparing for her first co-ed high school match, six competitive women in their 70s playing basketball, a woman and a mailman exchanging presents via her mailbox, and a young girl with Tourette’s Syndrome trying to cope with her tics.

Proceeds benefit the Saginaw Underground Railroad.

For more information about the films and their filmmakers: LUNAFEST Website


Movies and the Music

Music and the movies have long been a dynamic entertainment theme ... and this year Riverside Saginaw Film Festival is celebrating that partnership.

The newly-formed, 40-member, woodwind-percussion Riverside Saginaw Film Festival Orchestra, conducted by David Valasek, will perform movie theme music in an hour-long concert starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at First Congregational Church, 403 S. Jefferson Ave.

On the bill are compositions by John Williams, Dimitri Tiomkin and Charlie Chaplin. Ryan Wilson, a film critic for Delta Public Radio, will offer comments about films on our schedule between numbers.

Admission to the pre-festival concert is by freewill offering, with proceeds donated to a local charity.

Refreshments follow. Co-sponsors Absolute! Building Maintenance and Hensinger Study Group.



Film Showing and Presentation/Discussion

Synopsis: One of the great adventurers of the 20th century, George Plimpton co-founded and for 50 years edited one of the most influential literary magazines in history, The Paris Review. And in the process, he innovated a writing technique called participatory journalism -- hanging out with presidents, playing quarterback for the Detroit Lions, photographing Playboy models.

Special Guest:

Saginawian Dave Oppermann, the founder of the New Reformation Band, was a personal friend of Plimpton and will talk about their friendship and collaborations.

Sponsor: Randall/Cinda Schantz.


RSFF Short Film Contest 2013

Film Showings and Awards


Special Event: Short Film Festival

Short films submitted to our contest from around the area, the nation and even overseas are shown in two installments.

A panel of judges also will vote on their top selections.

Visit for RSFF Shorts Contest page for more info.