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Mosaic Film Experience screens at Wealthy Theatre

November 1, 2013
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Mosaic Film Experience screens at Wealthy Theatre
Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids opened in 1911. Photo via

The Mosaic Film Experience is taking over Wealthy Theatre this weekend.

The juried event this Friday and Saturday is a showcase of original films by college and high school filmmakers and a forum for learning, said event founder Skot Swelch, managing partner of Global Bridge Builders.

The top three films in each category will be awarded monetary prizes, with first place winning $1,000.

“All along, the idea behind Mosaic has been to encourage young people to use film as a forum for conversations about diversity and the different views of their community and their world,” Swelch said. “The selected short films are intended to give us a glimpse into the rich mosaic of our combined cultures, through young minds and voices that often aren’t heard, or given credence to, in our community.”

Panel discussions and workshops will include presenters like documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch, creator of the film “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” special effects and makeup artist Chelsea Manifold, who worked on John Krasinski’s 2009 film “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men” and Yodit Mesfin Johnson, who works at the Detroit-based nonprofit Lips & Hips.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

The Mosaic Film Experience 2013


“The Intouchables,“ by Oliver Nakache, Eric Toledano (French with English subtitles)

“The Sapphires,” by Wayne Blair, Hopscotch Films

“Destination Planet Negro,” by Kevin Willmott

“Juggle and Cut,” by Andy Phelps and Eric Machilea, Grand Rapids-based Gorilla Pictures


“Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” by Shola Lynch

“Kumare,” by Vikrim Gandhi

“Brooklyn Castle,” by Katie Dellamaggiori 

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