Detroit’s Freep Film Festival goes digital amid coronavirus outbreak

Detroit’s 7th annual Freep Film Festival was postponed last month due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Festival organizers announced Tuesday that twelve films that would have played at the festival in April will be screened online instead on the same dates. The physical festival is rescheduled to take place in December.

Guests can watch the festival’s virtual film screenings on April 22-26 at Detroit Free Press’ website.

Officials say the virtual screenings will feature local and nationally produced documentaries, typically connected to Detroit or Michigan, with a mix of feature-length films and shorts.

“This is a great batch of documentaries, and we’re really excited to be able to share them for at-home viewing — particularly considering the unusual circumstances,” said Steve Byrne, the festival’s executive director. “We really appreciate the filmmakers making them available to our audiences.”

Video panel discussions will take place after each screening, comprised of film directors, film subjects, Detroit Free Press journalists and more, officials said.

Virtual screenings of the films will be available for free, but only at their scheduled times, officials say.

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