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Fashion forward: Grand Rapids Film Festival to showcase student work

The Grand Rapids Film Festival, GRFF, will host a Fashion for Film Showcase on Thursday April 10, 7–9 pm at the Pyramid Scheme.

Grand Rapids Film Festival: Fashion for Film

FASHION FOR FILM @The Pyramid Scheme Thu 4/10 is just TWO Thursdays away. If you love the film 'Grease', you don't want to miss out! Hang out with local industry professionals: á la MODE magazine director, Aly Nauta, celebrity stylist, Kev Couture, and Film Costume Designer, Bernadine Vida! Bring some extra cash for our vendors and our edgy film block that you can't see anywhere else! Three films, just $5 after the show! 
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Bernadine Vida--world renowned costume and fashion designer.

Bernadine Vida--world renowned costume and fashion designer.

The Grand Rapids Film Festival (GRFF) is excited to host the first ever Fashion for Film Showcase on Thursday April 10, 7–9 pm at downtown Grand Rapids venue, the Pyramid Scheme.

Bernadine Vida, world renowned costume and fashion designer, has been designing featured costumes for film and television programs for many years. Her background includes Billy Crystal’s baseball epic “61” for HBO, Eminem’s bio pic “8 Mile,” “Kid Fitness” for PBS Kids,  and several others. Vida is now taking time out of her schedule to consulte with the students of the Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) Fashion Studies Program.

“One of the highlights of my Costume Design career has been mentoring talented and enthusiastic young people aspiring to careers in the entertainment world,” says Vida. “When I was approached by GRFF organizers to collaborate with Fashion Studies Chair Lori Faulkner and her Fashion Design class on the Fashion for Film Showcase, I jumped at it!” KCAD fashion design students will use scenes from the movie “Grease” as inspiration to create costumes ranging from prehistoric time to the future in seven fun-filled scenes from the movie displayed in a Vaudeville-styled presentation.

"I encourage students to step outside the bounds of traditional dress when they are designing and luckily Bernadine was right on board with the same idea,” says Lori Faulkner, KCAD Fashion Studies Chair.

Jessica Wagley, the event production intern for the 2014 Grand Rapids Film Festival, has been working hard to make this event possible. Wagley, fresh out of a four-year Hospitality and Tourism program at GVSU, was ready to take on the challenge of creating and promoting such a huge event.

"Being a part of this showcase has deepened my knowledge of event production. From securing the Pyramid Scheme venue to scouting models for the show, to even working hand-in-hand with a team of skilled industry professionals; it has been a busy time, but exciting nonetheless. Fashion for Film has given me a great foundation for my future in event management."

After the completion of the 2014 Fashion for Film Showcase, a block of films will be screened. Due to the nature of the films included, the festival has asked that the audience be 17 years of age or older. The films to be included are as follow:

  • "If We Were Adults" is a student short film made in Los Angeles, CA. This short tells the story of an unmarried couple in a married couples world and their eventful journey to "taking the plunge."

  • "Whoop Dreams" is a documentary made in Chicago, IL. Members of the podcast (aka The Frotcast) raised funds to travel from California to Cave-In-Rock, IL to experience the Gathering of the Juggalos.

  • "Methel Island" is a student short film made in Bryon, CA. In this documentary we explore the island, Delta 45 and its inhabitants’ relationship to Crystal Meth.

Tickets for the Fashion for Film showcase are $10. Students will receive a free ticket to a GRFF block of films with the purchase of their Fashion for Film showcase ticket. However, this purchase does not include the block of films taking place directly after the showcase.
For more information, please visit the Grand Rapids Film Festival website here.

The author of this article is a current intern with Grand Rapids Film Festival.



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