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Wealthy Theatre documentary premiere co-directed and edited by Grand Rapids’ Libi Hake

The documentary about Michael K. Paxton, an Appalachian Artist/Cancer Survivor, is produced and edited Ms. Libi Hake, who calls Grand Rapids her hometown.
Michael K. Paxton, at work

Michael K. Paxton, at work

Wealthy Theatre premieres "Work at Hand" Documentary

Q & A to follow screening featuring: Libi Hake - Co-Producer/Editor, Peter Hartel - Director, and Michael K. Paxton - the Artist. Roger Mac Naughton - Composer

When: Friday, September 21st, at 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Weathy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St. SE - Grand Rapids, MI

FREE ADMISSION! (Donations encouraged!)

Ample Parking

Concession Stand and Merch table with Composers material will be open

ADA seating available

Libi Hake, Co-Producer and Editor

Libi Hake, Co-Producer and Editor

Libi Hake, the co-producer and editor for “Work at Hand,” has deep roots in the Grand Rapids area. Her father’s side of the family emigrated from Germany in the 1830’s and soon had a successful liquor distribution business. Her mother’s side settled in the Plainfield/Cedar Springs area around the same time.

Libi went to school at Marywood Academy, Michigan Oak Elementary school and East Grand Rapids High School. She also studied at Michigan State, doing stints in acting and stage production at the Civic and Circle Theaters.

Soon, she moved to Chicago to study filmmaking at Columbia College of Chicago, settling there after graduation. She met the director, Peter Hartel, while attending school and stayed in touch over the years.

She honed her craft working on a variety of TV commercials, corporate films, and documentaries. Like most great editors, she brought strong narrative talent to help achieve Peter’s vision for his film, “Work at Hand.” 

"I am so happy to bring this documentary to the Wealthy Theatre, Libi said. "If we can inspire even one other person with Michael's story, then we've done our job," she continued.

The documentary tells the story of another Columbia College graduate, fine artist Michael K. Paxton. He is originally from the Appalachian Hills of West Virginia. Michael’s story is unusual, because he doesn’t come from a family of artists. However, with the encouragement of an aunt, and several teachers along the way, Michael would go on to have a spectacular career in the world of painting and fine arts. During the early years, Michael would also have to survive cancer, to keep on producing his work. He has thrived, teaching and continually painting a variety of subjects and topics. He has travelled far and wide, studying and exhibiting his life's work all over the world.

“Work at Hand,” tells the story of Michael K. Paxton’s journey. This documentary will be premiering Friday, September 21st, 2018 at the Wealthy Theatre.


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