In what has quickly become a tradition, the idyllic resort village of Saugatuck, Michigan comes alive each June with filmgoers, actors, producers and directors sharing the excitement as outstanding independent films from all over the United States are screened in casual, intimate settings. Entertainment professionals from Los Angeles, New York and Michigan created the Waterfront Film Festival in 1999 to provide a “middle coast” venue for independent filmmakers eager to show their work to sophisticated audiences. Now in its eleventh year, the festival has succeeded with growing support and recognition each year, and enthusiastic reviews from attendees.
The June 10th, 2009 kickoff of the four-day festival will feature the documentary “Surfing 50 States“. Actress Yeardley Smith, better known as the voice of Lisa Simpson, will be there, as will Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund and world renowned street artist Ron English. The opening-night party will also include a musical performance by South Florida rock band, Fallbrooke.
The festival itself will run June 11th-14th. Michigan’s own Jeff Daniels will be there for the Midwest Premiere of his film, “Answer Man“, and Daryl Hannah is scheduled to attend to promote her film, “Fierce Light“.