Coming Up For Air
This special free Frankfort screening of Coming Up For Air, is the film's northern Michigan premiere. Producer Roger Rapoport will introduce this made in west Michigan feature drama that has won four best picture awards at film festivals in Los Angeles, Detroit, West Virginia and India including the grand prize at the Culver City Film Festival.
This event is generously cosponsored by the The Garden Theater and Munson Healthcare Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. The film won seven awards at the Detroit I See You Festival including best cast, best lead actress (Deborah Staples best lead actor (Chase Yi), best director (Robert CIcchini), best editor (Gene Gamache), and best cinematographer (Bruce Schermer and David Darling).
Coming Up for Air tells the story of ceramic artist Anna Russell (Deborah Staples) and her son Stan (Chase Yi), a straight A college student and high diving champion, seeking an spot on the men’s 10m Olympic diving team. The pressure and stress to succeed in his high-stakes athletic competitions, while maintaining his A average and a social life, begin to take their toll. Stan begins to unravel and withdraws into himself with potentially tragic consequences. Coming Up for Air is a breathtaking family drama that highlights the importance of mental health care. It will take audiences on an all-too-common journey, highlighting the pressures that are put upon teenagers to succeed and on parents to cope. “Amusing,, believable, endearing,” says Common Sense media. “Deborah Staples stands out.”
Filmed on location in Muskegon, Grand Haven, Ludington, Holland, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor.