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WMFVA and UICA team up to bring notable film artist, writer/director Paul Schrader, to Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Film Video Alliance announced a new partnership with the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA) to bring a notable filmmaker to Grand Rapids for a two-day presentation and workshop.

Thanks to a grant from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), were bringing Mr. Paul Schrader, writer/director (Taxi Driver, Hardcore, Raging Bull, American Gigolo), to Grand Rapids for an
innovative visiting artist program this September, said Deb Havens, founding and current Chairperson of WMFVA. The grant was written by well-known local actor and WMFVA member Victoria Mullen, who has successfully written grants on behalf of a number of nonprofits in West Michigan.

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The goal of the Visiting Film Artist Series is to share with our West Michigan film
community the talent, knowledge, and artistic vision that produced an acknowledged
contribution to the world of film and/or television, says Havens. Paul Schrader is a
Grand Rapids native and an internationally known screenwriter and filmmaker. We are
very privileged to be able to bring him here.

The program includes a Thursday, September 3rd afternoon press panel at 4 pm, followed by a screening of one of the filmmakers notable works with remarks, a question and answer panel, and a reception at the UICA beginning at 7 pm. Tickets
($15) for the screening and reception will be available to the public. UICA and WMFVA members will receive discounted admission ($10), and WMFVA Film Premier members will enjoy free admission. (Reservation procedures will be announced at a later date.) A
reception featuring local craft beer, wine, and appetizers will follow the Q&A.

On Friday September 4th, UICA will host a three-hour morning workshop with Mr. Schrader from 9 am12 pm for up to 50 student and professional filmmakers. The workshop will be followed by a luncheon with Mr. Schrader limited to workshop participants. Tickets for the workshop and lunch are $85 and will be available online and at the UICA Guest Services desk starting in July.

The WMFVA and UICA formed a partnership in 2014 to develop the concept of the Visiting Film Artist Series. For more information about the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs visit the website (link below).


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