Freep Film Festival: All Sports Shorts - Program 2
Move over Pistons, Tigers and Lions. Under-the-radar Michigan sports are the focus of this program that features a legendary motorcycle hill climb, canoe-racing legends, a group of women divers attempting a distinctly Great Lakes feat and a southwest Detroit community keeping hockey alive in Hockeytown.
“Clark Park”: The story of the Southwest Detroit community that saved a rink, helped stabilize a neighborhood and gave inner city youth the opportunity to play hockey. Directed by Troy Anderson and Steven Stark. 33 minutes.
“North Branch”: Brothers Jeff and Jerry Kellogg became legends along the Au Sable River by competing in the 120-mile Au Sable Canoe Marathon, battling 15 hours of steady paddling from Grayling to Oscoda. Directed by Andrew J. Morgan & Nick Nummerdor. 19 minutes.
“Big Five Dive”: The story of 14 female divers from all walks of life, intent on a shared mission: Diving at a historic site in all five Great Lakes in less than 24 hours. Directed by Elizabeth Kaiser. 29 minutes.
“Hill Climb”: For nearly 100 years, motorcyclists have roared up the hill at Mt. Garfield in Muskegon for the biannual Mt. Garfield All Pro Motorcycle Hill Climb. The film is a snapshot of the riders, their bikes, and the enthusiasts that camp on the shores of Lake Michigan for this exciting event. Directed by Andrew J. Morgan & Nick Nummerdor. 11 minutes. Some profanity and adult situations.
Total running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.
The fifth annual Freep Film Festival arrives April 11-15 at a variety of venues centered in greater downtown Detroit. Full schedule, links to buy tickets and more at freepfilmfestival.com.