Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Local filmmakers “Bare” all at Blue Water Film Festival

Nick Wedyke

Staff Writer

You never know who you’ll run into.

The fourth annual Blue Water Film Festival ran last weekend; Oct. 4 through the 6, from the short film submissions to a guest appearance by Curtis Armstrong, the festival affirmed itself as a Midwest staple for independent film.

“Bare” a short film by Katherine Nofs, a Kalamazoo resident and an SC4 alumni, took the top spot by winning the Blue Water Film Festival’s Platinum Award, which included a $1,000 cash prize.

Even though the final day ended with a bang, there were many events leading up to the awards ceremony.

A contestant of the Film Festival

The film festival started the weekend off with the midwest premiere of Jamie Meltzer’s feature length documentary “Informant”; the film was produced by Michigan and Port Huron’s own Steve Bannatyne, who co-founded Lucky Hat Entertainment.

The Blue Water Film Festival showcases tons of Michigan talent each year.

“I think we’re all Michigan talent, and if we do what we’re capable of doing it’ll help Michigan out all around,” said Jeremy Stemen, executive director of the Blue Water Film Festival.

Day two of the festival featured comedian Loni Love, who hails from Detroit and can be seen on television shows “Chelsea Lately” and “Worlds Dumbest.”

Love entertained an audience with an evening of comedy; this set the stage for a much anticipated day three of films.

The Blue Water Film Festival

Large groups gathered in the McMorran Theatre lobby, Saturday, Oct. 6, anxiously awaiting each block of films that the festival provided.

Labeled A through D, the blocks featured all 27 films chosen to be in the festival.

After block D closed, the fourth annual Blue Water Film Awards commenced.

The awards began with a keynote speech by Curtis Armstrong, an actor whose accomplishments include “Revenge of the Nerds” and “Risky Business.”

Armstrong received the E-nerd Award, sponsored by Nerds-on-Site; and reminded the audience that “nerds rule.” Armstrong then showed a never before seen promo for his upcoming TBS reality show “King of Nerds.”

Following Armstrong’s speech and promo, the film awards began.

It was an exciting spectacle as each award from “Best Direction” to “Best Lead Actor” was given out.  The final award had the director and cast of “Bare” called to the stage to accept the award.

The Film Festival closed with a Q&A with the directors and “Red Carpet” mingling as “cine-buffs” and filmmakers alike, conversed about the day.

For those interested in getting involved next year you can write the festival at BWFF@ BlueWaterFilmFestival. com, or “Like” the Blue Water Film Festival on Facebook.

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