FREEP Film Festival official selection laurels

Now in its sixth year the Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused festival that offers a unique platform to indie filmakers. The annual Festival will be held April 10-14, 2019 the primary events will be centered in downtown Detroit. The organizers of this festival pay special attention to showcase films connected to Detroit and Michigan — or with special resonance there. Our film “God Said Give Em Drum Machines: The Story of Detroit Techno” has been selected for an advance screening of our latest rough cut as a part of the FREEP Film festival. Come out to get an exclusive preview of the film while we are still in post production.

The World premiere showing of the film The Russian Five during the the Freep Film Festival in Detroit, 2018.

An Exclusive Advance Screening…

“God Said Give Em Drum Machines” tells the story behind one of Detroit’s great contributions to world culture: techno, the electronic-music phenomenon created by Afro American artists in the 1980s that exploded across Europe, transformed dance music and blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry. Techno brought people together on dance floors around the world, but its original creators — Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and others — still struggle for their rightful place in music history. This special rough cut screening of “God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines” will provide an early look at the film as it reaches the final stages of post production.

FREEP Film Festival Screening

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 8 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Ant Hall 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

The FREEP Fest team believes great journalism and great documentary storytelling can inform, inspire and help push the region forward — shining light on its challenges and celebrating its achievements. In addition to films, the festival also presents related panel discussions, parties, music events and more so keep an eye out as we will be announcing a few more film related events soon. We are excited to partner with their team as we continue our tour across the country raising finishing funds for the film. The festival is produced by the Detroit Free Press and its business arm, Michigan.com.

View the 2019 lineup of films and watch this site for the exact date and time of the screening and other film related events at the FREEP Festival.