Our festival committee is hard at work viewing, reviewing and selecting films for our upcoming SEVENTH ANNUAL Riverside Saginaw Film Festival. Stay tuned to our website and FACEBOOK pages. We'll post more information on our 2013 films as the festival approaches. BUT it's going to be a GREAT Festival this year!
NOTE: Many past festival films are available at the HOYT Library for viewing!
Feature Presentations - Narrative Films I
Feature Presentations - Narrative Films II
Feature Presentations - Documentaries I
Feature Presentations - Documentaries II
Special Film-Related Presentations & Events
Sponsored by First Congregational Church.
Various, 90 minutes
A traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. On the tour this year are nine films dealing with chemotherapy, getting dumped, a gymnast, a mother and daughter selling tacos, a bicycle designer, a shy photographer and a day at the river.
SPECIAL Short Film Presentation: Chick Book
At the 6 pm Saturday showing, at First Congregational, the evening will also include refreshments and a special showing of a 30-minute film by Saginawian Kelly Coffey. Titled Chick Book,, it finds a sports-loving guy expecting Detroit Tigers tickets from his girlfriend for his birthday – but instead receiving a life-changing book. Coffey also will speak briefly about filmmaking and answer questions.
Just the Lunafest films will also show at a 3 pm Thursday at Hoyt Library. Proceeds from this presentation will benefit the Saginaw Underground Railroad.
Sponsored by Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union
USA, 2011, 104 minutes, Comedy/Crime/Drama, PG-13
Synopsis: In small-town Texas, the local mortician (Jack Black) strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow (Shirley MacLaine). And when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.
“The director surpasses himself in this true story."”
–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Sponsored by Public Libraries of Saginaw
Span, 2011, Western, 92 minutes, R
Synopsis: In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy – now calling himself James Blackthorn (Sam Shepard) – pines for one last sight of home; an adventure that aligns him with a young robber, gangs and lawmen. Based on the legend that Butch and the Sundance Kid were not killed in a shootout in Bolivia.
“"It ain't Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it ain't bad.”
–Tom Long, Detroit News
France, 2012, Drama/History, 100 minutes, R
Synopsis: A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her ladies in waiting – and the passions, debauchery, nobility and chaos that engulfed the court – in the final days before the French Revolution.
“Matching the strength of the actresses and their personal drama is the film's masterful sense of time and place.”
–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
USA, 2012, Comedy/Drama, 94 minutes, PG-13
Synopsis: An offbeat romantic comedy about a street performer who paints himself silver and the soft-spoken zoo worker who falls for him.
Filmed in Detroit.
“It won't change your life but it might lighten your heart.”
–Tom Long, Detroit News
Sponsored by Mondays at 7 Book Club/ David and Audrey Lewis.
UK, 2011, Comedy/Romance, 100 minutes, R
Synopsis: A surprising story about how Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science, at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. Also stars Maggie Gyllenhal, Jonathan Pryce.
“Good vibrations all around.”
–Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
Poland/Germany, 2012, Drama, 145 minutes, R
Synopsis: Based on a true story, a sewer worker and petty thief in a Nazi occupied Polish city encounters a group of Jews trying to avoid capture. For money, he hides them in the labyrinth of the town's sewers and thus begins an unlikely alliance.
Oscar nominee for best foreign language film.
“When it's over, you'll be relieved to come up for air. You'll also be glad you took the plunge down under.”
–Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
Sponsored by Delta Public Broadcasting.
France, 2011, Comedy/Drama/Biography, 112 minutes, R
Synopsis: A rich Paris quadriplegic seeks a live-in caretaker. A young offender from the projects is hired. And a close friendship blossoms.
Cesar,Tokyo Film Festival winner.
“The superb actors demolish stereotypes about race and social class by finding a common humanity in their characters. Acting this good forgives a lot of sins.”
–Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Visit for Schedule Page for a list of films, times and to download the current program/schedule.