Downriver - Michigan Creative Film Alliance (Summer 2012 - Spring 2013)

downriver-posterDate: Summer 2012 - Spring 2013

Authors: Students of the Michigan Creative Film Alliance (MSU, U of M, and Wayne State) along with select faculty:
Michigan State University - Bob Albers, Troy Hale, Gary Reid, Valeta Wensloff
University of Michigan - Jim Burnstein, Robert Rayher
Wayne State University - Juanita Anderson

Downriver is the result of a collaboration between three universities' top film and video students. The world premiere of Downriver took place Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the Detroit Film Theatre. The program was followed by a dessert afterglow.

DOWNRIVER: In the wake of his father's sudden death, sixteen-year-old Alex is thrust from his posh, suburban lifestyle, into life on the other side of the tracks. There, Crystal, his older, estranged half-sister, rules the roost with her crazed son and live-in boyfriend. Alex's struggle to build a home with Crystal, and her downriver family is the stuff heartfelt classic comedies are made of.

The Michigan Creative Film Alliance is an exciting, joint venture between three top research universities: Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. These universities proposed a historic, innovative, collaborative alliance to drive talent and resources toward the creation and sustainment of an indigenous film community across the state. This collaboration begins with a one-semester class for select students of the three universities. These students have the opportunity to create a short film, utilizing their own talents and skills while being mentored by top instructors in the field.

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