5 things you should know about Waterfront Film Festival
Holland, MI —
- If you’ve attended any of the 12 previous Waterfront Film Festivals, you’ll have to adjust your GPS a little for the opening night festivities. The party, music and outdoor screening of comedic film shorts is at Coughlin Park instead of the Singapore Yacht Club parking lot. The park is a natural outdoor theater venue, festival founder Hopwood DePree said. The park is grass-covered and slopes down to the river. The stage and screen is planned for the waterfront area, with Douglas and the Blue Star Highway behind.
- Expect to see some well-known names. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday at Coughlin Park with the music of Shaggy, a Jamaican-born Grammy-winning recording artist best known for his 1995 hit single “Boombastic.” Judson “Fabio” Birza, “Survivor: Nicaragua” winner, will be present.Among others slated to appear are Joshua Leonard (star of 1999’s “Blair Witch Project”), Jess Weixler (star of 2007’s “Teeth”), Rick Gomez (in all 10 episodes of HBO’s miniseries “Band of Brothers” and in “Sin City” and “Ray”), Christopher Farah (of FunnyOrDie.com) and Erik Baiers (from NBC Universal).
- The 80 films range from documentaries and dramas to comedies and shorts. Midwest premieres include “The Lie, ” a selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that concerns the misadventures of two Gen-X’ers muddling through the early days of unplanned parenthood; “A Bag of Hammers,” a comedy about two misfit best friends; “Hot Coffee,” a profile of the McDonald’s hot coffee case and a selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; and “Senna,” an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival about the story of the life and death of Brazilian motor-racing champion Ayrton Senna.Other entries include a horror film about zombies, a drama about autism and documentaries about The New York Times and becoming Santa Claus.