Riverside Saginaw Film Festival Part 2 • November 12-14th

Showcasing the Finest in Contemporary Cinema

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The second installment of the 14th Annual Riverside Saginaw Film Festival will be taking place November 12-14th at Saginaw’s Court Theatre, offering audiences throughout our region the only opportunity they have for screening a broad range of current dramatic narratives, documentaries, comedies, and foreign films that have received high praise from both critics and festivals across the globe wherever they have premiered.

Each of the films playing at Riverside will be shown twice at the very affordable price of only $5.00 at the door.

Here is a rundown of the films being shown along with a schedule of their screening times:

THE RESCUE                   1 hr. 47 min      2021 documentary                                                                                                                      Showing Friday, Nov. 12, • 7:00 PM & Sunday, Nov. 14 • 1:00 PM

The Rescue chronicles the enthralling, against-all-odds story that transfixed the world in 2018: the daring rescue of twelve boys and their coach from deep inside a flooded cave in Northern Thailand. Using a wealth of never-before-seen material and exclusive interviews, E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they bring alive one of the most perilous and extraordinary rescues in modern times, shining a light on the high-risk world of cave diving, the astounding courage and compassion of the rescuers, and the shared humanity of the international community that united to save the boys.   

 Watch trailer here.



ROADRUNNER:ANTHONY BOURDAIN     1 hr. 59 min.       2021 documentary                                                                                Showing Friday, Nov.. 12, • 1:00 PM & Saturday, Nov. 13 • 7:00 PM

It's not where you go. It's what you leave behind.... Chef, writer, adventurer, provocateur: Anthony Bourdain lived his life unabashedly. Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Won't You Be My Neighbor?), this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.

Watch Trailer here.


COUSINS       New Zealand          1 hr. 38 mi      2021 drama                                                                                                                       Showing Saturday, Nov. 13 • 1:00 PM & Saturday, Nov. 14 • 4:00 PM

Entwines the very different lives of three Maori girls, cousins, through tumultuous decades after one of them is taken from her family and raised in an orphanage. Mata, Missy and Makareta. Three cousins. Three lives. Separated by circumstances, yet bound together by blood. Orphaned Mata believes she has no whanau and lives out her lonely childhood in fear and bewilderment. Back home on the land, educated Makareta flees an arranged marriage to study law and begin the search for her missing cousin. She leaves behind cheeky yet dutiful Missy who takes on her role of kaitiaki (guardian) of the land. As the years pass, loss of the family land seems imminent and the women's promise to bring their stolen cousin home seems more unlikely than ever, until a chance encounter changes everything. 

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HERSELF     1 hr. 37 min.                 2020 narrative                                                                                                                                             Showing Friday, Nov. 12 • 10:00 AM  & Saturday, Nov. 13 • 4:00 PM

Single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help, too. But as her past rears its head in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up?

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STRAY                       1 hr. 12 min                 2020 documentary                                                                                                               Showing Friday, Nov. 12 • 4:00 PM  & Sunday, Nov. 14 • 10:00 AM     

Director Elizabeth Lo's award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.    STRAY explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays' disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets.

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SWAN SONG           1 hr. 45 min               2021 drama/comedy                                                                                                                      Showing Saturday, Nov. 13 • 10:00 AM & Sunday, Nov. 14 • 7:00 PM

A retired hairdresser escapes his nursing home and embarks on an odyssey across his small town to style a dead woman’s hair for her funeral, confronting ghosts of his past and rediscovering his sparkle along the way. Legendary actor Udo Kier stars as retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client's dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past -- and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. SWAN SONG is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one's sparkle, and looking gorgeous while doing so. 

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