Shrek Kicks Off Kalamazoo Fest

The 2007 Kalamazoo Animation Festival Int’l (KAFI) will commence in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, May 17, with a red-carpet preview screening of DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third. Flashing spotlights and limo arrivals will be seen outside of the Rave Motion Pictures Cityplace 14 prior to the 7:15 p.m showing, which will be free to holders of full festival passes and is open to the public at $6 a person,

The screening will be introduced by Kate Skarritt-Swanborg, who was raised in Bangor and gradeuated from Western Michigan University before becoming a technology exec for DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, Calif. A member of the KAFI Advisory Board, Skarritt-Swanborg played an instrumental role in arranging for the special preview in conjunction with the Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s fourth annual animation festival.

KAFI will welcome Simpsons scribe and Queer Duck creator Mike Reiss on Friday, May 18. Reiss, who won four Emmy awards for co-producing more than 200 episodes and penning a dozen scripts for The Simpsons will speak about his experiences on the series at 7 p.m. in the State Theater. A screening of Reiss’ Queer Duck: The Movie will follow later that night at 11 p.m.

A pass to attend the more than 80 2007 KAFI events costs $135 ($68 student discount) and can be ordered online at Shrek the Third tickets for the general public can be purchased at the Rave theater box office on May 17, the day of the screening. All proceeds will be channeled back to the 2007 KAFI as a non-profit event. Shrek the Third opens in theaters across North America on Friday, May 18.