LOCAL FILM: Clips Beer & Film Tour; Thriller! Chiller!


New Belgium Brewing is bringing its incredibly popular Clips Beer & Film Tour back to Ah-Nab-Awen Park on June 27. Attendees will be able to enjoy great short films and 20 tastily special brews from New Belgium, as well as games, raffle prizes, and more. Proceeds from raffle tickets and beer sales will go towards the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s Room to Ride program, which is working to install 100 miles of bike lanes in Grand Rapids.

The Community Media Center’s Annual Membership Meeting is June 4 at 6 p.m. at the Wealthy Theatre. This is a great opportunity to meet Tom Clinton, the new executive director, and get more information on what they have planned for the next year. Anyone interested in doing any filming should definitely come check it out.

Thriller! Chiller! International Genre Film Festival recently announced that it will be adding an extra day to its already packed schedule, now running Oct. 22 through 25. Now in its ninth year, the festival features approximately 50 genre films from around the globe. Viewers can expect everything from horror to sci-fi to action films to grace the screen. The festival will also work to incorporate other local businesses into the affair, giving everything a more open atmosphere akin to Sundance or SXSW. Genre films have given cinema some of the greatest films out there, and also some of the corniest. While everyone hopes they make the next Star Wars or Alien, films like Dead Alive show that starting off ridiculous (reverse-birth into the womb of a giant zombie-rat-monkey) can take a filmmaker to wondrous places (later made The Lord of the Rings trilogy).

Waterfront Film Festival has unveiled the poster for this year’s event. Artist Ron English delivered his take on South Haven as a potential art hub with a truly unique design, a large pirate ship with butterfly masts amidst other striking visual oddities. With the festival’s June 12 start date fast approaching, now is a great time to get excited for what other visual oddities will be on display along the gold coast of South Haven. –Sean Murphy

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