Library hosts free event with 'Bad Axe' family in attendance – Huron Daily Tribune

Library hosts free event with 'Bad Axe' family in attendance – Huron Daily Tribune

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Michael Meinhold, Katarina Vasquez, Jaclyn Siev, Jude Harris, David Siev, Michael Meinhold, Rachel Siev, Zach Johnson, Peter Wagner and Chun Siev attend the “Bad Axe” Premiere during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema South Lamar on March 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas.
This promotional image shows Chun Siev of Bad Axe. His son, David, made a documentary about his family during the pandemic in 2020. The film, titled “Bad Axe,” will debut at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, in March.
The official poster for the film “Bad Axe” by artist Andrew Hem.
A movie poster for filmmaker David Siev’s “Bad Axe” hangs on the front of the Bad Axe Theatre on Main Street. Siev’s documentary about his hometown during the pandemic opens at the theatre, and across the country, on Friday. A special Q&A screening featuring Siev and members of his family is planned for Thanksgiving night.
Members of the Siev family, whose son David’s documentary “Bad Axe” opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, will be in attendance for a discussion about the film at the Bad Axe District Library on Monday evening.
The film is described in promotional materials as “a real-time portrait” of 2020 unfolding “as an Asian-American family in Trump’s rural America fights to keep their restaurant and American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, Neo-Nazis and generational scars from the Cambodian Killing Fields.”
“Bad Axe” began a multi-week run at the Bad Axe Theatre on Nov. 18, and the free event at the library, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21, offers Upper Thumb residents a chance to hear about David’s film, the family’s journey and ask questions before or after seeing the film.
The event at the library is free. Tickets to see the film at Bad Axe Theatre are $8.50.
Bad Axe Theatre owner Mark Rolfe said he was very excited to present the film and plans to show it “for at least two weeks.” Check the Bad Axe Theatre’s website for showtimes.
Since his documentary about his hometown debuted in March at the SXSW Film Festival, where it earned a special jury prize and an audience award, Siev has spent most of 2022 exhibiting his film debut at festivals throughout the country and Canada.
On Nov. 13, Siev took home the award for Best First Feature at the Critics’ Choice Awards in New York. The film has been mentioned by the Hollywood Reporter and Variety as an early contender for an Academy Award nomination.
In March, “Bad Axe” won the Audience Choice Award at the Freep Film Festival in Detroit, Best Feature Film at the Traverse City Film Festival, the Fest Best audience award at the Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival in Bay City, Best Feature Documentary at both the Mountain Film Festival and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and the Truly Moving Picture Award at the Heartland Film Festival, among many others.
The film will also be available for purchase on streaming services beginning Nov. 18.
Mark Birdsall has been the assistant editor of the Huron Daily Tribune since April 2022. Mark was first hired by the Tribune in the summer of 2019 to serve as sports editor, covering high school sports and running the Tribune’s annual football contest. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Huron County and shut down high school sports in March 2020, Mark made a temporary move to news and officially joined the newsroom as a reporter in July 2021.

Prior to arriving at the Tribune, Mark was night desk editor for the Cadillac News, where he also helped out the sports department on busy high school football and basketball nights. He previously worked at the Holland Sentinel and the Greenville Daily News.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism from Grand Valley State University, where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Lanthorn.
A native of Bay City, Mark is an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Michigan State Spartans and the Chicago Cubs. He’s also a movie buff and enjoys attending live music events in his spare time.
Mark can be reached by phone at 989-623-3188 or by email at [email protected]


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