Opening Reception - A Man Called Ove

A man called oveWe invite you to help us kick-off the 10th annual Riverside Saginaw Film Festival with a special event appealing to film lovers and book lovers alike. We are offering a one-time only screening of a lovely film based on a beloved bestselling Swedish novel, A Man Called Ove at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 10th, at Pit and Balcony Theatre.

When Atria Books Editorial Director Peter Borland was sent the first 50 pages of a novel translated from the Swedish just 3 years ago, he never could have imagined that it would become a national sensation. Published in hardcover in 2014, the book by Fredrik Backman did well, and, driven by independent bookstores and book clubs throughout America, sales of the paperback published last year took off through the roof. A Man Called Ove has been firmly planted on the best seller lists for the past year and over 650,000 copies have been sold in the U.S. with broad appeal in every demographic and long waiting lists at public libraries across the country.

Now, Swedish filmmaker Hannes Holm brings the beloved Ove to life in the 2016 film adaptation. A touching comedy, A Man Called Ove is the heartwarming tale of a stubborn, short-tempered man with strictly held beliefs, rigid routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot. His world is shaken up by the arrival of new neighbors leading to an unexpected friendship and a turnaround in the world-weary man's life.

A Man Called Ove is Sweden's official entry for an Academy Award for best foreign language film.
6:30pm reception featuring an assortment of traditional Swedish fare. A discussion led by Bill O’Brien of Hoyt Library will be held in the theatre immediately following the film. Reception and discussion are included with film admission.

“If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.”

Booklist, starred review


Double Feature

Friday, November 11 at 5:00 pm and Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 pm (Hoyt Library)

Phils caminoPhil’s Camino 2016 USA Documentary Not Rated 26 mins.
Sponsored by Marie Guimond and Dave Tuskey

A free spirit wants to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain, while facing Stage 4 cancer in his hometown of Seattle. Told he shouldn’t do the walk, he builds his own Camino in the forest behind his house and ends up walking the same 500 mile distance. Dir. Annie O’Neal, Jessica Lewis. Audience Award winner, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival 2016.

A Skype conversation with the Director is planned for the Friday show.


landfill harmonicLandfill Harmonic 2016 Paraguay no rating Documentary/Music 84 mins.
Sponsored by Irene Hensinger

The Recycled Orchestra, made up of materials saved from the trash heap, is the subject of this film which highlights two vital concerns of our time: poverty and pollution. Following the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum, we watch them create instruments and music. When their story becomes known, they go on tour and fulfill a dream: to play with heavy metal band, Megadeth.

"Like recycled garbage used to create symphonic-quality musical instruments, Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley's Landfill Harmonic is a secret treasure.” 

Kate X Messer, Austin Chronicle.


Directors Chair

Saturday, November 12 at 5:00 pm (Pit and Balcony)

buffaloBuffalo 2015 USA Not Rated 78 mins
Sponsored by Delta College Radio

Roger, a lonely cab driver, is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Shaken by the sudden death of his ex-wife, he steals a cab from his job and sets out to find the son he hasn’t seen in more than 30 years. Dir. Michael McCallum. Stars: William C. McCallum, Barb Dalman, Erik J. Keener. Winner, Festival Prize for Best Dramatic Feature, at the 2015 Los Angeles DIY Film Festival.


Director Michael McCallum will be present for a Q & A.



Producer's Corner

Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 pm (Pit and Balcony)

Saginaw native, Sean O’Grady will discuss his three-year journey producing his debut film:

land grabLAND GRAB 2016 USA Documentary NR 76 mins.
Sponsored by Allen Supply

Story of an eccentric finance mogul who dreams of investing $30 million to create the world’s largest urban farm in one of Detroit’s most economically depressed neighborhoods. The project has strong backers and equally strong critics.