Indie Film Fans Invited To Annual Royal Starr Film Festival

The festival is being hosted by the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak

Terri Lee-Sylvester
September 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The metro Detroit area is a hotbed for people who love independent film with a number of events held annually that support indie filmmakers.  The latest event, starting Friday, September 6, 2019 is the Royal Starr Film Festival, an annual offering from the Royal Starr Arts Institute.

"We're showing films locally, across the country, and actually internationally from all over the world, Luke Castle, president of both the institute and the festival, told WWJ Newsradio 950's Terri Lee.

"What they can expect is a range of curated films by our film community and people that are just in the Michigan area," Castle said.  "They picked the best films that are submitted from everywhere and we show them at the Emagine Theaters in Royal Oak."

Castle says the films are all by independent filmmakers, both up-and-coming and established.

"They range the gamut from action films, to drama, to thrillers ... we have something for just about everybody; documentaries, we have lots of documentaries pertaining to multiple issues."

The festival also includes an educational component, called Fanme.

"This Fanme is the Film and New Media Expo, and what that is, is workshops and seminars by some of our local talent that will be teaching different things, like acting and scriptwriting; different crew positions," Castle said.  "We're working closely with Oakland Community College in Royal Oak to supply those."

The festival runs this weekend and next at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak.  More info on the festival can be found here.

See you at the movies!

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