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October 04, 2022

Documentaries on Willistead Manor and Boblo Island to be Featured in WIFF 2022 Local Programming

Nineteen films by local filmmakers to be shown at WIFF 2022


The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is committed to promoting and fostering local films and filmmakers, and is thrilled to announce that this year’s Festival features nineteen local films. 

You may be familiar with the subject of one documentary—Walkerville’s Willistead Manor: The Home That Shaped a Community, directed by Nicholas Shields. Through an exhaustive research process, Shields spoke with architects, craftspeople, historians and Walker family descendants to examine the significance of the breathtaking architectural marvel that has been in our community for over 100 years. WIFF will host the documentary’s premier on opening weekend.

Another familiar subject for Windsor audiences is Aaron Schillinger’s documentary, Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale. Schillinger offers us a nostalgic look at the ferry and amusement park that entertained Windsorites and Detroiters for over 85 years, while also highlighting the people dedicated to preserving Boblo’s history and memories. The documentary is narrated by Motown legend, Martha Reeves.

“There is so much local filmmaking talent, and it is always exciting to see the outpouring of support that these filmmakers receive from the community and our patrons,” said Vincent Georgie, Executive Director and Chief Programmer for WIFF. 

The WIFF 2022 Local Features are: 

Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale directed by Aaron Schillinger

Reset directed by Min Bae

Walkerville’s Willistead Manor: The Home That Shaped a Community directed by Nicholas Shields

Wolves directed by Danny Dunlop

A Year in the Forest directed by Michael Evans

The WIFF 2022 Local Shorts are: 

Artifice directed by Gavin Michael Booth 

The Backhand directed by Ken Amlin 

Big Little Show directed by Gemma Eva

Cat’s Got Your Tongue directed by Elizabeth Whitmere 

Chivalric Values directed by Elissa Weir 

Continuum directed by Calum Hotchkiss

Date-saster directed by John Strahl 

From Napoli With Love directed by Luca Cunial

Late Bloomer directed by Nathan Bergs 

Letters from Home directed by Lana Oppen

Purity directed by Carolina DiGrado 

Rent Do directed by Gavin Michael Booth 

Room 15 directed by Ryan Wilson 

Sapphic Dating for Rural Victorians directed by Elissa Weir 

The 2022 festival will run from Thursday, October 27 to Sunday, November 6, 2022, WIFF’s first-ever 11-day festival. The 2022 festival is proudly presented by the Toldo Foundation. 

The full festival lineup will be revealed on Thursday, October 6, with tickets going on sale the same day.


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