In a news release received this morning, September 9, 2013:
The Jaxon Film Fest is almost upon us.. Scheduled for September 27-29, it will be held at the historic Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson, MI. This year's festival, hosted by the South Central Michigan Film Alliance, will be three days long and Saturday include a costume party with awards given for best costume.
According to South-Central Michigan Film Alliance interim president David W. King. "The opening night festivities will include three feature films, including the award winning Dar He: the Lynching of Emmett Till. Following the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the acquittal of George Zimmerman, we thought this film was timely. Afterwards we will have a Q &A with Rob Underhill, this film's director. Although originally from Lansing, Rob is coming in from North Carolina for opening night. This film is remarkable in that it is actually a one-man play, with actor Mike Wylie acting all 36 roles.
Saturday we kick things off at noon with several shorts of a lighter nature. Mid-day we will then get dark and ugly with films dealing with everything from zombies to science fiction and paranormal activities. The films will grow darker as the day dims and shadows grow." chuckles King demonically for effect. " Thus from the afternoon hours until close things are going to get increasingly darker. This decision was made based on the submissions we have received this year, something that should not have surprised us as Michigan was home to Sam Raimi (of Evil Dead fame). Sunday we will continue with more of the same with a matinee and indie feature film.
"The historic Michigan Theatre in downtown Jackson we feel is an ideal setting for this darker turn. Although it is not haunted, (or so we have been assured) the theater, with its rich plaster carvings, heavy velvet curtains and ghostly lighting is very atmospheric and creates a feeling conducive to darker, scarier films.Saturday we will host a band and a costume party. We will be awarding cash and prizes for the best costumes. We encourage every one to dress their scariest best.
The proceeds from this year's festival will go to the Michigan Theatre , earmarked for their preservation fund.
About the Jaxon Film Fest
The Jaxon Film Fest launched in 2012 as south-central Michigan’s premier film and music festival. Held within approximately a forty mile radius of several key Michigan cities that extend like the ends on the spokes on a wheel, Jackson, Michigan is the hub.
With a focus on Michigan films, the Jaxon Film Fest will also screen the very best of independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and students films from around the world, and is dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan in order to expose our audience to diverse cultures, ideas, and creative works.
About the South-Central Michigan Film Alliance
To promote a thriving film and video production community in South-Central Michigan. Established to make certain Michigan film related talent, and crew can be found by producers who are searching to hire for projects or productions.
The South-Central Michigan Film Alliance, its members, whether veteran professionals with an impressive resumes or a newcomers who want entry-level experience, offers the only peer-reviewed crew listing in South-Central Michigan.