Last Thursday, Chris and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the premiere of our friend Caleb's short film, "Free Pie." Since Chris did the artwork for the film - logo/poster, invitations, etc. - it was kind of a special occasion, so I jumped at the chance to get all dressed up! I bought this dress from Dethrose Vintage months ago, and hadn't found an opportunity to wear it - until now. Seeing as how the word "pie" was in the title, I decided to go full-on Charlotte Charles of Pushing Daisies. (Even my earrings are little bees!) I think she'd approve, don't you?
Going to the premiere made me realize once again how much I adore my city. Grand Rapids has so much to offer. The event was held at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, which has a gorgeous new theatre (where I was able to see a silent film for the first time last year!) There was food from one of my favorite local restaurants, great beer, and coffee from a local roaster named Rowster - quite possibly the best iced coffee I have ever had. And yes, there was free pie.
But front and center, of course, were the films - and they did not disappoint. There were excellent short films, stunning commercials (including the ad for Microsoft Surface, which was directed by Caleb!) fun music videos, and on and on. Free Pie - "a traumatic comedy about life, death, pie, and death" - was, of course, the standout film of the evening. I laughed and I got chills.
I wouldn't say this if I didn't mean it: the quality of all the films was incredible. There is a ton of talent here. It is a very exciting time to be a Grand Rapidian.
In other exciting news: I just got a fashion column in a local magazine! I'm not sure how much I can say yet, but it's pretty open ended....meaning that I get to explore the city to find the best fashion stories. It's just a side, freelance gig, but it's pretty amazing getting paid to do something I wanted to do anyway.
So there you have it. This was essentially a love letter to Grand Rapids. But it's important to love where you live, isn't it?