‘Bad Axe’ premieres in Michigan slated for late April

To say Bad Ax native David Siev has a busy schedule right now would be an understatement.

Siev, whose documentary film “Bad Axe” won special jury honors as well as an audience award after its premiere at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival earlier this month, will marry his fiancee and producing partner, Kat, in May.

Between now and the day of her wedding, Siev will screen her film at the Freep Film Festival 2022. This event, which will take place at the end of April, combines films with chef’s dinners, wine and cocktails inspired by the genre of each film.

“Bad Axe” will be accompanied by a special dinner prepared by Asian-American chefs from Rachel’s of Bad Axe, owned by the Siev family, which is featured prominently in the film. It all happens at the Frame Restaurant in Hazel Park.

“Audience members will actually be able to eat some of the food prepared by us, by my dad, and then they can watch the movie,” Siev said. “It’s a great all-around event.”

The film will have its Michigan premiere just before the festival at the Detroit Institute of Arts. That date should be announced by next week, he added, and a Bad Ax premiere for fans of the film is also in the works, likely in the run-up to the Detroit festival.

Siev was taking time to catch his breath Thursday night when he spoke with the Tribune about his experiences at SXSW. He said he was particularly pleased with the audience award, although the film also garnered an outpouring of positive feedback from critics.

“It was a great feeling to know that the movie resonated with such a wide audience, from critics to people who love watching movies,” he said.

Siev also described how having his family with him in Austin, Texas was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After the premiere, he and his family were called onto the stage, where they received a standing ovation. He said he felt overwhelmed as he shared the moment with his parents Chun and Rachel, his sister Jaclyn and his fiancée, Kat.

“It was one of those special moments that you will remember forever,” he said.

He laughed as he recalled being starstruck when ‘Harry Potter’ actor Daniel Radcliffe passed him on the red carpet and was thrilled when he was knocked out of his seat for the second screening of his film when it sold out, as did the third. .

“I was seated with Jaclyn and my parents during the second screening, and we were told there was still a line of people outside who wanted to see the film,” Siev said. “It was really special, having to stand up and say, ‘Yeah, please take our seats.'”

As memorable as his experience at SXSW was, Siev said the family was especially looking forward to the Detroit festival and the premiere of Bad Axe. Sister Raquel couldn’t make the trip to Texas because she had to stay behind and watch things at the restaurant, so the whole family will have a chance to be together and celebrate the movie’s success for the first time.

“It’s going to be a crazy few weeks,” Siev said, adding that he was getting ready to go to his bachelor party in New Orleans. “It’s hard for me to stay still, so I plan to start running.”

Watch the sizzle reel for “Bad Axe” at www.badaxefilm.com. Siev’s short, “Year Zero”, is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/IMXbDbGvo1g.

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