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Will Michigan's new film industry  help our ailing economy? Will the Michigan Film Incentive have a positive impact on the economy? What are the new jobs in this industry and how do I get one? What movies are being made in Michigan? Join us for a month-long series of events investigating these and other questions. 



Wheels to Reels LogoWheels to Reels Kick Off Event
Sunday, February 28 | 1:30-4:30pm | McKune | Drop-in | All ages
This afternoon we'll be showing one of the first studio movies made in Michigan, An Anatomy of a Murder (1959). It is a trial court drama film directed by Otto Preminger based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. Traver based the novel on a 1952 murder case in which he was the defense attorney.  University of Michigan professor Howard Brick will lead a discussion of the movie. Refreshments provided. More information...

Book Discussions

Derby GirlFrom Derby Girl to Whip It
Monday, March 1| 6:00-8:00pm | McKune | Registration Required | Ages 13 +
Read Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, and then watch Whip It, the movie based on the book. Parts of Whip It were filmed in Ypsilanti and Detroit, Michigan. Book quantities are limited, but film screening is open to the public.
The film stars Ellen Page & Drew Barrymore, and is rated PG-13. Call to register...


Anatomy of a MurderGreat Books @ Chelsea Senior Center
Friday, March 5 | 1:00pm | Chelsea Senior Center | Registration Required
Join in on great book discussions led by Library and Senior Center staff. Reserved copies are available for participants; please sign up to get your copy. March's book will be: Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver. We'll be screening the film version starring James Steward Friday, March 19 at 1pm so feel free to drop-in!


Anatomy of a MurderBooks & Banter
Thursday, March 18 |1:30pm | Women's Club Table | Registration Required
Hosted by Michaelina Brown. Reserved copies of the books are available for participants at the Adult Reference Desk. The book for March is Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver.


The Painted VeilInternational Book Club
Thursday, March 4 | 7:00pm | McKune | Registration Required
Join us as we explore cultures around the globe. This month, we will discuss a book that was adapted into an excellent film: The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham.


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Film Screenings

Ann Arbor FIlm Festival LogoAnn Arbor Film Festival Sneak Preview
Saturday, March 6 | 2:00-3:30pm | McKune | Drop-in | Ages 13 +
Curious about art-focused, independent and experimental cinema? Please join us for a free public sneak preview of the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF), featuring short films from the upcoming festival. The AAFF is the longest running showcase of independent, experimental, and artistically-inspired films in North America. Donald Harrison, Executive Director of the AAFF, will present an afternoon of memorable movie watching. More information...

Somewhere in TimeSomewhere in Time
Sunday, March 7 | 2:45-4:00pm | McKune | Drop-in | All ages
Join us for a viewing of this 1980 film. Filmed on Mackinac Island, in and around the Grand Hotel, this time travel romance has earned a large and loyal following and regarded by many to be a cult classic. Christopher Reeve plays Richard Collier, a playwright who becomes smitten by a photograph of a young woman. Through self-hypnosis, he travels back in time to find love. Bring your handkerchiefs! More information...


Escanaba in da MoonlightEscanaba in da Moonlight
Sunday, March 14 | 2:00-4:00pm | McKune | Drop-in | Ages 13 +
The third in our film series is Escanaba in da Moonlight, the 2001 movie starring Jeff Daniels. It is a comedy
about hunting and hunting traditions and is set (and filmed) in the Escanaba, Michigan area. The movie is the film adaptation of the play of the same name, which premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre. Join us for a screening of this uproarious comedy and enjoy our spread of Upper Peninsula-inspired "Yooper" snacks. More information...


Roger & MeRoger & Me
Sunday, March 21 | 2:00-4:00pm | McKune | Drop-in | Ages 13 +
Join us for the documentary that made Michigan's own Michael Moore a household name. Roger & Me tells of the closing of the General Motors (GM) plant in Flint, MI and the huge economic impact it had on the city. Moore shows how GM's decision affected almost every facet of life in Flint, from home foreclosures to tourism. The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film. Light refreshments will be served. More information...


Stranger in the WoodsStranger in the Woods & More!
Monday, March 22 | 6:00-8:00pm | McKune | Registration Required  | Ages 6-12
Meet the filmmakers of the award-winning children's film, Stranger in the Woods (filmed in Michigan), based on the book of the same name. Sisbro Studios show us the creative process behind the book and how they turned the book into a movie. This program is very interactive featuring video clips and music from the movie. Sing, dance, make animal noises, edit photographs and hear the authors' inside stories.
6:00pm : movie & popcorn | 6:30pm : making of Stranger in the Woods

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Workshops & Panel Discussions

SRSLY Scary Cinema Film-making Workshop
Fridays, March 5, 12, 19 & 26 | 3:30 - 5:30pm | McKune | Registration Required | Ages 11-17
SRSLY logoMake movies and have fun, SRSLY! If you're interested in helping make dramatic public service announcements for SRSLY that will be seen all over Chelsea, sign up now! Teens and tweens will work with film-maker Liam White to create mini-movies for SRSLY, with scripts written by local teens. Teens will do the filming, acting and even help edit the final product. Students who sign up must participate in at least 3 of the four sessions.

Guy SanvilleAn Evening with Guy Sanville & Friends
Tuesday, March 2 | 7:00-8:30pm | McKune | Drop-in | All Ages
Join Purple Rose Theatre Company Artistic Director Guy Sanville and his associates for stories about their experiences filming the Michigan movies Escanaba in da Moonlight and Super Sucker. This is a chance to hear about life on a movie set from a performer's point of view. Join us for an evening of conversation and laughter as Guy & friends share their recollections and behind-the-scenes details. More information...

Film Jobs in Michigan

Wednesday, March 10 | 6:30-8:30pm | McKune | Drop-in | All Ages
Our panel of experts will discuss the career opportunities that exist as a result of the film industry presence in Michigan – specifically about what kinds of jobs there are and how to become trained in those fields. The panel will include representatives from the Michigan Film Office, Washtenaw Community College's Digital Video Film Production program and Eastern Michigan University's Electronic Media and Film Studies program. Join us to learn what opportunities exist behind the scenes in this industry. More information...

Historic Chelsea Interest Group Goes to Hollywood
Thursday, March 11 | 7:00 - 8:00pm | McKune | Registration Required
Join Michigan Film Office location scouts and local volunteer location scout, Susanne Vandenbosch, to learn about the location scouting process and how to submit a possible filming site, including things to keep in mind with regard to historic sites and buildings.

Making Movies in Michigan
Wednesday, March 17 | 6:30 - 8:30pm | McKune | Drop-in | All Ages
Our panel of experts will discuss the film industry presence in Michigan –the establishment of the 42% film incentive and some success stories of films that have been made here. Join us to hear from Michigan filmmakers and learn about the economic pros and cons of the film incentive and its effect on our state. More information...

Crafty Costume Design
Thursday, March 18 | 6:00 - 7:00pm | McKune | Registration Required
Corey O'Sullivan, local Costume Designer/Technician and period clothing specialist will talk about her participation in costuming for local films and teach a costuming activity. Space is limited to 15 participants.

Glamour and Gore
Sunday, March 21 | 1:00-3:00pm | River Gallery | 120 South Main St | Registration Required | Ages 13-17
Join us at The River Gallery for a one-of-a-kind interactive, hands-on workshop for young people ages 13 to 17, focusing on the creation of character for camera and film through the application of makeup and hairstyling. Participants will learn how to achieve the effects of "glamour" and "gore" using makeup and hairstyling techniques.

Jenna DrudiJenna Drudi graduated from the David Pressley School of Cosmetology. In the past few years she has shared her passion for hair and makeup with the film industry and has worked on films such as Annabelle and Bear, Trivial Pursuits, and Cedar Rapids. She has also worked with some amazing actors: Isaiah Washington, Ed Helms, John C. Reilly & Anne Heche. Her inspirations include red carpet styles, personality differences and lifestyles.



Alaine KaroleffAlaine Karoleff is a project manager at the Ann Arbor web development firm Inner Circle Media.
"Sewing and costume creation have always been a hobby of mine, as well as expressive make-up and creating Halloween-like characters. "



Harvey OvshinskyWriting for the Movies: How to Get Started & Stay Motivated

Tuesday, March 23 | 6:30-8:30pm | Registration Required  | Ages 12 and up 
Producer and story consultant Harvey Ovshinsky will lead a program open to teens and adults that will help aspiring film writers get their ideas on paper. Harvey Ovshinsky and his production studio HKO Media have been awarded broadcasting's highest honors including four CINE Golden Eagle Awards, a national Emmy, a Peabody, a duPont - Columbia University Award, an Iris Award from the National Association of Television Programming Executives, and the American Film Institute's Robert M. Bennett Award for Excellence.

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Celebrations & Receptions

Somewhere in Time Victorian Tea
Sunday, March 7 | 1:30-2:30pm | Chelsea House Victorian Inn | 118 East Middle St | Registration Required | Ages 10 +
Join us for a special Victorian Tea, held at the Chelsea House Victorian Inn, in celebration of the film Somewhere in Time, being shown at the library at 2:45pm. Filmed on Michigan's Mackinac Island, it ranks as one of the most romantic films of all time and is considered a cult classic. Our host, innkeeper Jim Myles, will be providing us with tea and crepes in the beautiful parlor of the Chelsea House Victorian Inn. All participants are strongly encouraged to come in Victorian costume, even if it's only a hat! Call the library at 475-8732 for costuming suggestions. Limited to 22 participants.

Sue MarxPre-Gala Reception
Saturday, March 20 | 4:30-5:30pm | River Gallery | Drop-in | Ages 13+
You're invited for music, "mocktails" and mingling, at the River Gallery (120 S. Main St.), before the red carpet walk at the Chelsea Reads Together Gala Finale at the library later in the evening. Meet Sue Marx, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, up close and personal, before her talk at the library. This is your chance to see new items from the Anatomy of a Murder 50th Anniversary display, have delicious snacks, and listen to some great jazz! Be sure to "glam up" for the red carpet walk at the library! More information...


Wheels To  Reels LogoGala Finale
Saturday, March 20 | 5:30-7:30pm | McKune | Drop-in | All ages
Join us as we celebrate the grand finale of Chelsea Reads Together, Hollywood-style! We'll have lights, red carpet, velvet rope, photographers..and you are the star! Dress for the press; tiaras and "tails" welcome! Special guest, Academy Award winning filmmaker Sue Marx, will show and discuss her film short, Anatomy of an Author, about John D. Voelker, the author of Anatomy of a Murder. Pianist Brian Brill will also be on hand to play some "Duke" from the film and discuss the technique of scoring music for the movies. Don't miss this party! More information...

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