For Immediate Release
Friday, October 12, 2012
Saturday & Sunday
October 20 & 21, 2012
Made-in-Michigan Film Festival
FREE Fall Event Includes Color Bus Tour & Cultural Events Downtown
As autumn reaches it peak in Southeast Michigan, the first annual “Colorful Lapeer” is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 2012. The event will include a free color bus tour that departs from the Historic Lapeer Courthouse as well as several other cultural events in Downtown Lapeer.
The bus tour will travel some of the most scenic routes in Lapeer County, making several stops along the way including the working studios of local artists Mike Monville and Dale Vronch, the historic Hadley Grist Mill & Covered Bridge, lumber baron William Peters’ Mansion in Columbiaville that is now an elegant bed & breakfast, and Paste Tense Antiques & Cider Mill in Lapeer, now hosting their Fall Festival. The event is presented in partnership by the Made-in-Michigan Film Festival and the Lapeer County Film Office and is geared towards Michigan film industry amateurs and professionals as well as the general public.
“We wanted to make it as easy as possible for filmmakers to come to the area and visit some of the gorgeous prospective filming locations,” said Made-in-Michigan Film Festival founder, Wally Green. “What better way to do that than to give them a free ride and show them around?”
Color Tour busses depart at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day and will last about 3.5 hours. General public tickets for the bus tours will be available on the day of the event at the Historic Courthouse on a first come-first serve basis.
“Colorful Lapeer” also includes complimentary film screenings of “Mary’s Buttons” and the premier of “Marbles”, both filmed in Downtown Lapeer.
“We will be showing these films in the exact locations that they were filmed,” Green said, “Mary’s Buttons” in the Historic Courthouse and “Marbles” in the old-fashioned bank building across the street.”
Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to dress in period garb for the film screenings. Filmmakers Samantha Smith of “Marbles” and Roy Govaere of “Mary’s Buttons” will be on hand for a Q&A session after the films. “Mary’s Buttons” will be shown inside the Historic Courthouse at 2:00 p.m. each day. “Marbles” will be shown at 3:30 p.m. each day at the St. Anglican Church (formerly Lapeer County Bank & Trust) across the street from the Courthouse..
Other events scheduled for the weekend include the Joyful Noise Singers performing “Old Fashioned Favorites” at 12:30 p.m., short-subject live theater by the Lapeer Community Theater group at 1:00 p.m., Lapeer Storyteller Jan Curtis presenting “Tales of Ireland” at 4:00 p.m. and local singer/songwriter Jamie Marvin performing her own compositions at 5:00 p.m. The Lapeer Historical Society will also be on hand at the Historic Courthouse to answer questions and speak about their ongoing restoration efforts.
“The Lapeer Farmer’s Market will be happening on Saturday as well,” said Green. “It will be a great weekend to visit Downtown Lapeer.”
All events during “Colorful Lapeer” are family-friendly and presented free of cost. Free-will donations will be accepted. For the full schedule of events and tour departure times, visit www.madeinmichiganfilmfestival.org or call the event info line at 810-882-1022.