Freep Film Festival announces 2021 lineup

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The U.S. premiere of a documentary about Detroit-born music star Ray Parker Jr., an incisive look at the changing dynamics of Hamtramck, and the story of efforts to save Boblo Island’s famed steamships are among the highlights of the just-announced lineup for the 2021 Freep Film Festival.

The documentary-focused festival produced by the Detroit Free Press will feature 35+ screenings (in-person and virtual), filmmaking events, and more across five days, Sept. 22-26. The lineup includes 19 feature-length films and 19 shorts, most of them making their Michigan premieres.

Screenings will be held at a variety of venues throughout metro Detroit, with activities centered in downtown and Midtown. There will be both indoor and outdoor events.

The full lineup can be explored in greater depth at freepfilmfestival.com. Tickets and passes are on sale at the same site.

About the Freep Film Festival

Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused festival produced by the Detroit Free Press — Michigan’s largest news organization — in cooperation with its business and events arm, Michigan.com. The five-day festival features films with a strong connection to the issues, people and places in and around Detroit and Michigan.

In addition to screening films, Freep Film Festival embraces the journalistic and community-minded mission of the Free Press, hosting in-depth discussions after most films, to encourage conversations that spin off the issues raised on-screen. The festival also hosts parties, music shows, dining events and more.

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