BRIGHTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
On November 22, 2002 The Brighton International Film Festival hosted 2500 people for this first annual event. The festival presented 57 films from 18 different countries, developed a film education program for K-12 students and setup a film exchange with the Santama Short Film Festival in Japan. As a direct result of a successful 2002 Film Festival, the 2003 Brighton International Film Festival moved to a larger venue. The a 2000 seat Brighton Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2006 Brighton International Film Festival will show movies about one of the area's more controversial subjects, the Brighton Biennial, and it might even have a guest appearance by the queen of controversy, Madonna. John Sauvé said there's a good possibility the Material Girl herself will stop by the festival. Sauve said he recently met with Madonna's father, Tony Ciccone, who selected the festival as the place to announce the release of the M series wine dedicated to his daughter. Ciccone and his wife, Joan, own Ciccone Vineyard & Winery in Suttons Bay. "This is the first that people will see of Madonna's (new wine)," Sauve said. He said Ciccone donated five bottles of the Madonna wine for the festival's silent auction, which is a fundraiser for the Southeastern Livingston County Recreation Authority. He said Ciccone also is supplying wine for the tastefest.