BIRMINGHAM, Mich., March 7, 2011 – The Uptown Film Festival (UFF), a celebration of Michigan-made movies and the productions created by Michigan filmmakers, announced today that Producer Warren Zide will attend the festival to introduce the premiere of his latest film Demoted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Birmingham, Mich. UFF Co-Executive Director Jeffrey Spilman made the announcement.
Demoted will premiere as part of the festival’s VIP package at 5:00 p.m. at the Palladium 12 Theatre, located at 250 North Old Woodward Ave. in Birmingham. Individual tickets are also available. Individuals interested in attending the premiere with Zide can purchase the VIP Package or tickets online at www.uptownfilmfestival.com. The film focuses on a pair of prank-playing tire salesman, played by David Astin and Michael Vartan, who find themselves placed in secretarial jobs by their put-upon boss, played by David Cross.
In addition to welcoming attendees and introducing the film, Zide will attend the Michigan Film Awards and participate in the “Making Movies in Michigan” film panel at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. The panelist include Carrie Jones, director of the Michigan Film Office, Christopher Baum, of Film Detroit and the Metro Detroit Visitors and Convention Bureau, Warren Zide, producer of the American Pie movie franchise and lead producer of Demoted, and BJ Rack, producer of Terminator 2, Demoted and High School. The panel will discuss recent industry news, while sharing their expertise with upcoming filmmakers.
VIP passes and tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets for Things Fall Apart, starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, which premieres directly after Demoted on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m., are also on sale now for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.uptownfilmfestival.com.
About the Uptown Film Festival
Established in Birmingham, Michigan in 2011, the Uptown Film Festival (UFF) is a celebration of the Michigan film industry and, in particular, productions created entirely, or in part, within the state. It was established by leaders in the Michigan film industry and will be held annually to recognize the industry and individuals’ accomplishments within the state. Since the Michigan Film Incentives were adopted in 2008, over 7,000 production jobs have been created in addition to the 4,000 acting jobs for extras and day players. The film industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of Michigan’s economy. For more information on the UFF, please visit www.uptownfilmfestival.com.