Alan J. LaFave
Festival Director, Founding Board President
Favorite Movie: I’ve never been able to answer this question, as it changes over time. But if pressed, I’ll always answer The Fifth Element. It’s the first movie I think of. It’s more an always fun movie, more than a favorite.
Favorite Hell’s Half Mile Movie: Uncle John. A beautiful and creative intersection of two completely differently toned stories, with powerful performances and a unique point of view.
Why I’m part of Hell’s Half Mile: I wanted to show our community that we can make things happen in a small city like Bay City if we put in the work, elevate the conversation and listen to our audience. I think we’ve succeeded in our goal and we’ve inspired others to achieve their own, as well.
Film Programming Manager, Founding Board Vice President
Favorite Film: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Hell’s Half Mile
Why I’m part of Hell’s Half Mile: Being involved with Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival is an amazing opportunity to bring independent films, music, and original events to Bay City. In addition, it’s a great way to immerse myself among artistic & inspiring people who are constantly fueling my own creativity and need for art in my life. The friends and talented filmmakers I’ve met along the way have been priceless.
Operations Manager, Founding Board Member
Favorite Hell’s Half Mile Film: The Happy Poet
Why I’m part of Hell’s Half Mile: I was asked to help in the office the 1st year and have continued to be a part of it since then because I love this Festival! Love being able to see movies that I wouldn’t normally get to see, getting to share those movies with others and to meet so many amazing people, from all the volunteers who help make it possible, to our guests from both movies and music, and our audience!!
Volunteer Manager, Film Programmer, Founding Board Secretary
Favorite Film: The Stories We Tell
Favorite Hell’s Half Mile Film: 20 Years of Madness
Why I’m part of Hell’s Half Mile? I love bringing independent film to our community