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Documentaries On Willistead Manor And Boblo Island To Be Featured In WIFF 2022

Tuesday October 4th, 2022, 7:08pm


This years Windsor International Film Festival will feature nineteen local films.

Among those is the local 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 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 entireWIFF 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 27th to Sunday, November 6th, 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. More information can be found by visiting

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