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ArtPrize and Waterfront Film Festival team up for new event

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Two of West Michigan's largest events are teaming up in 2015, and that means some big changes to the Waterfront Film Festival.

Waterfront organizers announced on Thursday morning that they have partnered with ArtPrize.  The two organizations have created a competitive film event called "ArtPrize On-screen: Presented by Waterfront Film Festival" that will be held during ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

Details are still being worked out, but Waterfront co-founder Hopwood DePree says this deal has been in the works for quite some time.

Questions about the future of the film festival surfaced earlier this month when a rumor circulated that it had been cancelled.  The original plan was to hold two separate events:  one in South Haven in June, and then the ArtPrize event in the fall.  But DePree says the rumor persisted, and organizers decided it was best to move forward and focus on the new co-creation.

A new summer event is already being planned for 2016.

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  • Chuck

    The “rumor”, according to news reports on this station and Mlive, stated that the festival had been cancelled in South Haven. It HAD been cancelled in South Haven. No one said it was cancelled altogether, yet that is how the reporters took the information and spun it in their stories. Perhaps this station – and Mlive – ought to be more careful about getting the full news story before they report to avoid sparking such confusion…

  • Chuck

    Furthermore, why report something like that without even confirming it with the founders first? Very irresponsible reporting.

  • Jennifer W.

    Chuck’s very correct below observations aside, what you have here is two dying events teaming up to get a couple more years of swirling out of them before they completely disappear down the drain.

    The WFF and ArtPrize are two really great ideas that ended up being really poorly executed. ArtPrize in particular. What an awful joke it has become. A handful of amazing art pieces surrounded by thousands of things you could buy at a thrift store. No wonder they are having to start to pay people to come and enter it!

    Ultimately it doesn’t matter, because two piles of garbage don’t draw any more flies than one pile does.

    • Lisa Howard

      stating so “factually” that these two events are “dying events” is as reckless and irresponsible as reporting the film festival was cancelled. Who are you to spread this garbage? Do you have special top secret knowledge? LOL

    • Bethany

      Jennifer W you should support the arts rather than attempt to tear them down. There are a lot of people who volunteer their time to support the arts in this city to make it a better place for everyone. I wonder what you have done for anyone but yourself. Feel good about yourself and the world will treat you better!! :)

  • Stan

    Perhaps organizations ought to be more careful about answering truthfully — instead of with “wouldn’t confirm” — when asked whether they will host an event as previously announced. The South Haven cancellation was a story. Journalists sought confirmation from the founders, received a non-response, and filed reports of the story and the silence. Sounds like good reporting.

  • Chuck

    The office that “wouldn’t confirm” was not the official Waterfront Film Fest office. I understand if the official office won’t confirm that that’s a story, however these reports came out before the facts were checked by the official office. So no, that is not good reporting. It is the way gossip rags do reporting.

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