Showcasing a smorgasbord of films submitted from the neighborhood and across the continents, Detroit Docs, is the area’s first documentary film festival. As a non-profit organization, Detroit Docs intends to recognize the need and demand for quality documentaries, and is pleased to bring a wonderful collection to the Motor City.
The festival kicks off Friday with “Silvio: A story about Art and Pizza” from Ferndale native Matt Cantu. “Silvio” is the heartwarming and taste bud tempting story about Roseville resident Silvio Barile, pizza maker, jovial folk art sculptor, philosopher, historian and travel guide. Pizza, wine and cannolis are part of the opening reception.
Other films that evening include “Documentary Bootcamp,” a humorous “mockumentary” on the trials and tribulations of filmmaking, “Clyde,” a story about a homeless man’s response to 9/11 and “Kennewick Man: An Epic Drama of the West,” about the 9,000 year old skull found near Kennewick, Washington.
With over 30 films running from 7 p.m. on Friday and all day beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, documentary devotees can make a whole weekend out of the inaugural festival.
Detroit Docs takes place at the Hastings Street Ballroom. Tickets are $10 per day or $25 for the weekend.
For a complete listing of the documentaries and show times, visit the Detroit Docs website.