November 11-13, 2010




Welcome to the Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival

When The Community House of Birmingham, Michigan conceptualized the idea of hosting a festival, we felt that there was no better way to do so than by honoring Elmore Leonard, a Birmingham legend who has contributed significantly to the arts in the state. We have assembled a talented committee, many of whom have played a key role in the development of the film industry in the state of Michigan. Through their efforts, they have developed the components of the Festival which includes:

• A national competition for independent/aspiring filmmakers and screenplay writers
• A screening of "Fire in the Hole," the pilot of FX's hit TV series "Justified," based on  
Elmore Leonard's writings, along with screenings of film entries
• Competition for teen writers
• A benefit gala honoring Elmore Leonard’s lifetime achievement and professional    career

Education and outreach is the core element of the Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival. The Community House has a long rich history in developing new cultural programming to educate and enhance the lives of the people in our community. For twenty-five years, we have played host to the OUR TOWN Art Show & Sale, a juried art show providing a forum for Michigan artists to show, demonstrate and sell their work. For fifteen years, we sponsored a free Jazzfest aimed at educating and exposing attendees to a wide range of jazz styles. We hope that the Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival will in turn enhance our continuing legacy of cultural enrichment.

All events held at The Community House




Thursday, Nov. 11:
"From Story to Screen" and "How to Get in the Film/Screenplay Industry in Michigan" Panel Discussions
Award Ceremony for Screenplay and Teen Short Story Contest Winners

Friday, Nov. 12:
"How to Take a Book to a Screenplay to a Movie/TV Series" Panel Discussion
Screening of "Fire in the Hole," the pilot of FX TV’s "Justified"

Saturday, Nov. 13:

More information about Elmore Leonard can be found at

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The Community House
380 South Bates Street - Birmingham, MI 48009 - P (248) 554-6586 - F (248) 644-2476
The Community House is a non-profit organization