June 6, 2014 at 1:00 am

Waterfront film fest brings indie gems to South Haven

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Richard Dreyfuss, Alan Cumming, Tatiana Maslany, Annie Potts, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Virginia Madsen and Barbara Hershey will be among the stars on screen at the 16th annual Waterfront Film Festival, which will be held June 12-15 in South Haven.

This year’s festival will include 34 feature films, 21 of which are mid-western premieres, with the balance being Michigan premieres. Including shorts and documentaries, the festival will feature nearly 80 films.

The Waterfront has built a reputation over the years for highlighting some of the hottest independent films on the festival circuit. In years past it has featured such eventual hits as “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Blackfish,” “Man on Wire” and “March of the Penguins.”

Among the offerings will be “Chu and Blossom,” in which a Korean foreign exchange student forges a relationship with a performance artist in a small southern town. The film stars Melanie Lynskey (“Two and a Half Men”), who will participate in a Q&A session after the movie’s 4:30 p.m. Sunday screening.

Also in town for the festival will be Jason Ritter (“Parenthood”), promoting “Wild Canaries,” in which he stars as part of a couple who suspect foul play when a neighbor drops dead.

Other feature films include:

■“Sister,” a drama featuring Barbara Hershey in which a well-intentioned brother takes in his delinquent sibling.

■“The Odd Way Home,” starring Rumer Willis, about a woman who takes a road trip with a socially awkward hermit.

■“Finding Neighbors,” with Michael O’Keefe and Catherine Dent, a story of neighbors exploring life in L.A.

■“Cas & Dylan,” which has Richard Dreyfuss playing a doctor on the lam with Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”).

For complete information on screening times, venues, parking and more, go to waterfrontfilm.org.

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