Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Uptown Film Festival screens "Kill the Irishman" on March 11th

Uptown Film Festival in downtown Birmingham to Host Michigan Film Awards

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., February 4, 2011 – Leaders in Michigan’s growing film industry have joined together to launch the Uptown Film Festival (UFF), a celebration of Michigan-made movies and the productions created by Michigan filmmakers. The festival will take place March 11-12, 2011 in Birmingham, Mich. UFF Co-Executive Director Jeffrey Spilman made the announcement.

This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Oakland County Film. The festival is also being sponsored by the Michigan Film Office, the Detroit Medical Center, Film Detroit, Huntington Bank and FIT Film Industry Training offered by The Stautzenberger Institute. The UFF will showcase film and television productions that were created entirely, or in part, in Michigan and is being held at the Palladium 12 Theatre, located at 250 North Old Woodward Ave., and the Birmingham 8, located at 211 South Old Woodward Ave., both in Birmingham, Mich.

The UFF, in association with the Detroit Independent Film Festival (DIFF), will also host the Michigan Film Awards, an annual awards ceremony held to recognize the accomplishments of independent films in Michigan, on Saturday, March 12, 2011. Of the more than 235 films submitted to the DIFF, those identified as the best will be screened during UFF. Fox 2 News’ Lee Thomas will serve as emcee of the event.

The UFF will also showcase five larger Michigan film premieres, including Kill the Irishman, starring Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Ray Stevenson [and Vincent D'Onofrio], which will screen on March 11th. Another significant film, Things Fall Apart, starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Ray Liotta, will premiere on March 12th. The Michigan Film Awards ceremony will be held following the premiere of Things Fall Apart on March 12th.

“We are extremely excited to bring the Uptown Film Festival to life this year,” said Spilman. “The films and talent highlighted during this event have played key roles in the substantial growth and success of the Michigan film industry during the past several years. This festival recognizes the hard work and dedication of the state’s film industry professionals, and the productions they’ve created in Michigan.”

VIP passes and tickets go on sale to the public on February 9, 2011. For more information on this event or to purchase tickets, please visit

To Kill the Irishman will be released theatrically starting March 11 in Los Angeles, New York City and Cleveland, then a week later in Detroit.



Anonymous said...

I'm praying this one makes it across the pond!!!

val said...

It's had a lot of publicity, so many people know about it, they MUST bring it our way!

Leigh said...

Maybe then it will make it to Australia!

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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