Glitz and glamour descended on Port Huron as the third annual Blue Water Film Festival gave the city its own taste of Hollywood.
The festival began with a night of stand up hilarity from Michigan native and “Full House” star, Dave Coulier, on Thursday, Oct. 6, and the red carpet premier of “Mimesis,” starring horror movie master Sid Haig on Friday.
Saturday saw a showcase of stellar cinema from Michigan filmmakers. The film flickered from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., showing something for everybody.
“Regional Roots” is a short subject documentary from Detroit area director, Carrie LeZotte, that examines the economic history and ethnic diversity of Detroit. I appreciated the way that it took time to show the different cultures and different layers of the city in an effort to show that Detroit isn’t as terrible as people make it out to be.
As with any short subject of this nature I personally felt that it short changed itself by being so short and not going in depth in other areas that it should have, such as showing the subtle ways that the cultures come together.
“Strong from Detroit,” another short subject documentary from director Jeremy Olystyn of Berkley. This film shows how after suburban area senior Marcellous Strong’s father loses his job that he must go outside of the Detroit city limits to continue his education.
This movie also makes it hard to convey its point because as with “Regional Roots,” it’s another one where they could expand on how Marcellous intends to plan his future in a city that builds prisons based on a third grade level.
“Being from Another Planet” is a feature length comedy/drama from director Joseph Parcell, of Okemos, that explores the possibility of two astronauts having the major first of a successful pregnancy in outer space on the first manned mission to Mars. The pregnancy is successful, but it turns out to be a media circus and the baby ends up being as big of a deal as Michael Jackson’s son Blanket. As with everything however, the media hype does die down and the child ends up falling into obscurity.
The 2011 Blue Water Film festival was a rousing success. I hope that if this year is any indication of next year, future years to come, it will keep getting better and better. Roll em!