Guest Appearances

We are proud to welcome a wide variety of writers, directors, producers and stars to discuss their films at the festival. Please note that all appearances are subject to change, and we will do our best to make sure this list accurately represents those scheduled to appear.

Leonard Maltin and the Wonderful World of Disney

The renowned film critic, historian, and creator of the Walt Disney Treasure series joins us onstage to talk about the iconic works of Walt Disney and his talented company of illustrators, artists, and animators!
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Director/screenwriter/producer MICHAEL CURTIS JOHNSON (an Eastern Michigan University alum) and screenwriter/producer/lead actor TOMAS PAIS will take part in post-film discussions following all the festival screenings of the film HUNKY DORY.

JON RENNIE, executive producer of BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS, will participate in post-film discussions following all the festival screenings of the film.
SEMBENE! director/producer JASON SILVERMAN (a University of Michigan alum) will take part in a live Q&A following the opening night June 3 screening of the film, as well as a post-film moderated Q&A via Skype following the Friday, June 10 screening.
RAE TUTERA, the onscreen subject and co-founder of Bindle & Keep Clothiers of SUITED, will take part in a Q&A following the opening night June 3 screening of the film. DANIEL FRIEDMAN, onscreen subject and co-founder of Bindle & Keep Clothiers, will take part in a Q&A following screenings on June 8 and 9.
Director/screenwriter (and Grand Rapids native) JOEL POTRYKUS , along with cast and crew, will join us following the opening night June 3 screening of THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK. Joel Potrykus will also take part in a Q&A following the June 8 screening of the film.
PAMELA TOM, director of TYRUS, will join us at the June 4 screening of the film.
Director and screenwriter SLÁVEK HORÁK will discuss his award-winning feature HOME CARE moderated live via Skype from Prague following the June 4 and June 10 screenings of the film.
Director/screenwriter JULIA HART and screenwriter/producer JORDAN HOROWITZ of MISS STEVENS will take part in a post-film Q&A for both the June 4 and 5 screenings of the film.
AARON BROOKNER, the director, onscreen subject and nephew of the films subject, Howard Brookner, will take part in a live Q&A following the June 5 screening of UNCLE HOWARDBrookner will also take part in a Q&A via Skype following the Saturday, June 11 screening.
The onscreen subject of PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW, SAMANTHA MONTGOMERY (a.k.a. Princess Shaw), will take part in a post-film moderated Q&A following the June 8 screening of the film.

Director/screenwriter LOGAN KIBENS and screenwriter/producer SHARON GREENE will take part in post-film discussions at the June 9, 11 and 12 screenings of OPERATOR. The film’s lead actor MARTIN STARR will join them on June 9 & 11.

Director and onscreen subject WILL ALLEN and producer TRACEY HARNISH will discuss their documentary HOLY HELL following the June 10 screening of the film.

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LITTLE MEN lead actor THEO TAPLITZ  will take part in a post-film Q&A following the June 11 & 12 screenings of the film.

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Director/screenwriter LEYLA BOUZID will discuss her award-winning feature AS I OPEN MY EYES moderated live via Skype from Tunisia following the June 7 and June 10 screenings of the film.

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Director and photographer ADAM SJÖBERG will take part in a post-film Q&A following the June 11 screening of the film SHAKE THE DUST.

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JESSICA DEVANEY, the producer of the powerful documentary SPEED SISTERS, will be present at the June 6 screening of the film.