Fashion Friday: Black Tie Affair

Black Tie Affair

By Stephanie Saviola | Jeffrey Buck

The Second Annual Uptown Film Festival opened yesterday and will be showing movies today before wrapping up Saturday evening with the Third Annual Michigan Films Awards Ceremony. Films are bring shown at the two Uptown venues in Birmingham, the Birmingham 8 at 211 S. Old Woodward and the Palladium 12 at 250 N. Old Woodward. This years Presenting Sponsor is Oakland County with Motor City Casino & Hotel and Olympia Entertainment as Platinum Sponsors.

With film festivals comes movie premiers and afterglows. Stephanie has put together two elegant outfits that would be fitting for a walk down the red carpet. The film festival will be holding a special VIP Charity Gala and Afterglow with a showing of Machine Gun Preacher  at the Palladium 12 followed by an exclusive afterglow at newly opened What Crepe in downtown Birmingham. The price per person is $100 or for $150 you also receive reserved seating for all films during the festival. For more information click here.

A list of films being shown can be found here. A festival pass which allows reserved seating into all film screenings as well as the Michigan Film Awards Ceremony costs $75. This excludes the film Bully. Tickets to individual showings can also be purchased for $10 a seat. The film Bully has already sold out. For a list of films offering tickets click here.

Below is a few movies be shown through the festival but a full list can be found here.

  • Blood On Canvas

Produced By Wendy Campbell,
Directed By Gerard Pizarro
Alabama, USA
90 Minutes
Friday | 8:30 PM
Birmingham 8

Inspired by true events. Blood on Canvas, a legal drama, follows the intersecting lives of a talented and struggling artist, Emma, and an ambitious and brash young lawyer, Henry. Henry’s client is Emma, an aspiring San Francisco painter who escapes from her domineering mother and tumultuous home life to follow her dreams and artistic aspirations. In her quest for freedom, she finds herself in a violently, intoxicating world of romance, wealth, and passion.

Nominations | Domestic & International Best Feature


Metro-Detroit Premiere
Directed By Daniel Falconer
Michigan, USA
88 Minutes
Friday | 8:00 PM
Birmingham 8

For decades Detroit has been an emblem of Urban decay. From the high school graduation rate, to the corruption in leadership, to the staggering crime rate, Detroit is hurting. DEFORCE delves into the largely untold HOW and WHY of these problems. Looking beyond over-reported factors like the decline of the American auto industry, the film explores the systemic divisions at the core of Detroit’s crisis. The conditions revealed and the history explored are, at once, specific to Detroit, and universally shared with nearly all of America’s poorest, forgotten urban centers.

Nominations | Best Michigan Documentary

  • Detroit Winter

World Premiere
Directed By Barbara Troy
Michigan, USA
74 Minutes
Saturday | 11:00 AM
Birmingham 8

Todd runs into his ex-girlfriend, literally, with his car. Not seriously injured, they begin a date until all hell breaks loose. Detroit can be a very dangerous place in the winter. Film features Elizabeth Keener as Officer Lenin.

Nominations | Best Actress – Feature -Jaclyn Strez


Along with the large list of films being shown there will be several workshops and panel discussions throughout Saturday including:

  • MI Filmaker Panel: Trends & Updates

Saturday, March 10 | 10 AM

Palladium 12 | Free

  • MI Interactive Gaming Panel: The New Frontier

Saturday, March 10 | 11:30 AM

Palladium 12 | Free

  • Camera Solutions & Work Flow For The Independent Filmmaker Workshop

Saturday, March 10 | 11:00 AM

Palladium 12 | Free


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