Welcome back! Or, if this is your first time to the fest—WELCOME TO YEAR TWO!! We’ve got a brand new batch of fantastic filmmakers, marvelous musicians, and amazing artists (plus a few returning alumni)! We’re here to celebrate unconventional stories, share space, hang out, meet and greet, and eat and drink! This year our music lineup has been curated by the Seraphine Collective, which is all kinds of awesome. We’re also now sponsored in part by the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, which has been an incredible boost and really helped us make this year something extra special. Our crew has put a lot of hard work and heart into this weekend—y’all are in for a fun/cool/weird/powerful experience! Expect to be entertained, but also challenged. Expect to see/hear something you’ve never seen/heard before. And most of all, expect to have a great freakin’ time!! —Jerry 白 | Festival Director
Take a tour of the Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival with Ethan Minsker, the director of VTFF2018’s opening night feature, Man in Camo. Minsker does a deep dive on VTFF—exploring the faces and places, makers and shakers, of our second-year celebration of unconventional stories in film, music, and art!
VTFF2018 is over—long live VTFF2018!! After much consideration and deliberation, we’re thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s fest!
We had a fantastic slate of forty-four short films in competition from around the world—including our Made in Michigan program highlighting homegrown talent. We’re so thankful to have had the opportunity to share all of these films with our audience and are excited to see our alumni’s future projects. Many thanks to our programmers and jury for their curation and dedication to promoting unconventional stories. Prizes have been generously provided by Final Draft, Wacom, ProAm USA, Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, Jungle Software, Red Giant, Couch and other sponsors!!
And now for the WINNERS…
VTFF Kickoff / Man In Camo Premiere • Doors 7:00PM TICKETS $5
This year we’re starting things off a little differently—kicking off the fest with SPECIAL SELECTIONS, including the Michigan Premiere of the feature documentary “Man in Camo,” with director Ethan Minsker in attendance…
Man in Camo (feature) Directed by Ethan Minsker (facebook) Special Selection | Michigan Premiere 8:00 PM 82 minutes
Man in Camo takes a close look at the life of visual artist, writer and filmmaker Ethan Minsker and his drive to create and crusade the making of art. Through the lens of old photographs and films, Minsker leads viewers on a journey through the hurdles that once held him back, from dyslexia to the violence of 1980s Washington D.C. It was these hurdles that forged his love of film and art, and his work now spans across three decades. Man In Camo brings forth not just the love of art, but the reasons for making it in the first place.
Amanda LeClaire interviews Vidlings & Tapeheads Fest director Jerry White Jr. for WDET’s CultureShift.
Curated by the Seraphine Collective
2017 gave us plenty of good with a healthy dose of bad. Perhaps the best new thing 2017 brought us was the Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival in Hamtramck. Anyone looking for a place that supports the arts and culture, with a heavy dose of blue collar work ethic, and buzzing with positive energy, need look no further than Hamtramck, Michigan. Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival fits perfectly within those ethos of Hamtramck. VTFF makes its return for year two later this month, and it has filmmakers, cinephiles, audiophiles and art enthusiasts eager for what’s sure to be an enjoyable weekend of festivities. We’ll chat with Vidlings & Tapeheads founder and director, Jerry White Jr. and give you the lowdown on this year’s lineup. Remember, as always, support #MiFilmFestivals! This interview originally appeared in the MEDC’s July 2018 Newsletter.
The D Brief interviews VTFF founder and director Jerry White Jr. Hear why Hamtramck/Detroit is a perfect place for this fest and find out which native Michigander Jerry hopes will show up this year!! And more!