DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Detroit International Film Festival (DIFF) has become one of
the hottest film showcases in Michigan.
The festival features over 80 films at four local venues. The
event is underway through Sunday, March 13th, and features world
premieres, documentaries, panel discussions and award
This year, DIFF will focus more on the Michigan film industry
and will capture the essence of true local independent films.
Though, they will also show national and international film
The film festival will have an award ceremony on Saturday, March
12th. There are 25 categories including Best Michigan Feature,
Director, Best Short, as well as technical and acting
One of the films nominated for Best Documentary is Pulitzer
Prize-winning photojournalist John Kaplan’s new film
Not As I Pictured. The upbeat and inspiring film was
partially shot in Detroit. It plays Saturday, March 12th at 3:00
p.m. at the Uptown Birmingham 8.
Not As I Pictured documents John's battle with lymphoma
and also stars two local brothers, high school teacher, Todd Koehn,
and his younger brother, Ryan, a local firefighter, who like John
is a cancer survivor. Ryan was in the news in December 2009 when he
helped rescue a young child from a burning house in Detroit moments
before it collapsed.