AHFEST Film Fest Wednesdays in October at Muskegon Museum of Art

Ahfest 2017 Film Festival

On Wednesday evenings throughout October, the 2017 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival (ahfest) will show and discuss four films associated with WATER, the ahfest’s theme this year, at the Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W Webster Ave. in downtown Muskegon.

Admission is free and open to the public. Each movie will be followed by a brief discussion. All films begin promptly at 5 p.m., when the doors will be closed. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early. A cash bar for beer and wine, along with free popcorn, will be available. For more information, contact Mary Tyler at (231) 777-0327.

The featured films are:


October 4
Manchester by the Sea (2016) is an American drama film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, and Lucas Hedges. The plot follows a man who looks after his teenage nephew after his brother dies.  Manchester by the Sea received critical acclaim upon its release and was counted among the best films of 2016. At the 89th Academy Awards, the film won Best Original Screenplay Award and Casey Affleck won the Best Actor Award. He also received Best Actor at the Golden Globe Award.
The End of the Line


October 11
The End of the Line (2009) Documentary filmmaker Rupert Murray examines the devastating effect that overfishing has had on the world’s fish populations and argues that drastic action must be taken to reverse these trends. The film, narrated by Ted Danson, is based on a book, The End of the Line, written by Charles Clover. In it, Clover, a former environment editor of the Daily Telegraph (London) and now a columnist on the Sunday Times (London), describes how modern fishing is destroying ocean ecosystems. He concludes that current worldwide fish consumption is unsustainable


October 18
Moonlight (2016) is an American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. The film stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali. The film presents three stages in the life of the main character and explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.  The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney.


October 25
The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle (2014) When an environmental ruling shuts the water pumps to a region of the California Central Valley, a community of valley farmers and their farm workers stage a march across the California Central Valley in order to fight for their water. The film stars George Delgado, Joe del Bosque and producer Juan Carlos Oseguera. The movie was voted the Best Documentary Feature at the International Monarch Film Festival and the Vina de Oro Fresno International Film Festival.