Thursday, June 2, 2022

iFFY Starts Tonight


Independent Film Festival Ypsilanti is back.  The festival runs thought through Saturday with screenings at 7pm and 9pm at the Riverside Arts Center. Masking is required, due to high COVID levels in the county.

iFFY features independently-made films including animation and documentary. I am particularly excited about tonight's showings: the 7pm showing features Michigan-made films and the 9pm showing is a documentary about Hamtramck.

I asked one of the festival programmer, Hafsah Mijinyawa, what she was most excited about this year. Here's what she had to say:

This will technically be our first *official* in-person presentation of the festival's programming and I think I can speak for the whole IFFY team when I say that I'm mostly excited to finally be able to share a stellar crop of films with our community live and in the flesh! Our programming speaks for itself, it's been curated with a ton of intention and passion from our small but mighty team, and it does a great job of offering a bit of a sampler of genres, vibes, and moods. Part of our intention is to elevate local voices as much as possible, and showcase the amazing creative talent we have among us. And in addition, we look to bring smart, evocative perspectives from a truly diverse range of communities, both social and global. I think everyone will find something they enjoy and hopefully something new that they didn't expect to love. All in all, I hope that the festival introduces folks to something that gets them thinking and maybe even inspires them.
iFFY runs tonight through Saturday, June 4th. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance. The festival organizers suggest buying tickets in advancce because space is limited.

Check out the festival trailer below:

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