Nobody is more excited for the 2018 Freep Film Festival than our team at The Great Lakes State. When it comes to showcasing art that brings positive attention to Detroit, we jump at every chance to get more involved. That’s why we’re happy to share that the official t-shirts of the Freep Film Festival, designed by Ink Detroit with original inspiration from the festival's iconic logo. 

Freep Film Festival ShirtFreep Film Festival 2018 Detroit ShirtPaper Boy Detroit Free Press

Three different designs are available for purchase: the festival logo tee, a subtle variation with festival-esque olive branches, and finally a paper boy cartoon prominently displaying the Freep's classic Old English font. Three different designs all celebrating this momentous film event.

Co-founders Paul Marcial and Steve Mansour will be at the festival when doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, selling some of the merchandise (and maybe catching a flick or two). They will also be set up in the DIA at the following times:

  • Friday, April 13 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 14 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Big Attractions at the Freep Film Fest

The Freep Film Festival runs from Wednesday, April 11 through Sunday, April 15 at the Fillmore Detroit. As stated on the website, the event will feature films that are about or relevant to Detroit and Michigan at large. The hope is to foster ongoing engagement and discussion about the issues and challenges we face in the D while celebrating what makes us distinctive and unique.

“This is one of the coolest events in Detroit every year, we're pleased to be part of it,” says Steve Mansour. “Not only does it showcase some amazing independent films, it does great things for the city and the state. That’s why Paul and I are's what we care about the most." 

This year’s festival brings an outstanding lineup of films, panels, music performances and special events including a pre-party on April 10 where Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes will host their iconic “Jay and Silent Bob Get Old” podcast. At noon on Friday, guests with gather for the “Everybody Wants to Change the World” discussion panel, which features a group of filmmakers and activists who look to illuminate important issues and impact change in their communities.

Some of the films this year include: ‘Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route’; ‘Minding the Gap’ about three young skateboarders and friends and the troubles they face in their Rust Belt hometown; and the highly anticipated ‘The Russian Five’ which chronicles the story of the Russian Red Wings players that carried Detroit to two Stanley Cup championships in the 1990s.

A Proud History of Partnerships

"We’ve had the opportunity to partner with The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News before, designing some limited-edition shirts and hoodies on their behalf," explains Paul Marcial. "They were all pretty popular last fall, and we were really pleased to be involved again this year."

Detroit Free Press Step and repeat

The Great Lakes State stays pretty busy around town all year long having partnered with The Pizza Throwdown 2018 at the Eastern Market, run by community leader and Slow Roll Detroit co-creator, Jason Hall. They’ve also been working cooperatively with Emily T Gail to revamp the “Say Nice Things About Detroit” movement in the city and nationwide – a true testament of the enduring dedication to the city and the great state of Michigan.

Tickets for select films are available for purchase through the festival website. A full list of films and special events can also be found on the website

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