Opening night film for the 2019 Freep Film Festival will feature Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine

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 The opening night film for the 2019 Freep Film Festival will feature Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine, “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.”  A monthly rock ‘n’ roll publication described as a  little more raw, a lot more street and a lot less hippie focused. CREEM was  first published in March 1969 by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay.

CREEM Magazine focused not on tedious Eagles and Grateful Dead articles. Instead, it was Iggy and Alice Cooper and Patti Smythe. It was punk rock before there was such a thing (in fact, the words “punk rock” first appeared in print in Creem.)  It was irreverent, snotty, and completely fearless. It was also the home of Lester Bangs, one of the greatest rock critics ever. The rest of the crew was no slouch, either.

This film rips back the curtain on  CREEM’s wild and disruptive newsroom; a dysfunctional band of unruly outsiders not that different from the artists they covered.

Steve Byrne, executive director of the Freep Film Festival said, “Boy Howdy! feels like the perfect film for Freep Film Festival’s opening night. We love that the movie celebrates some of the rowdiest, most exciting journalism ever produced in the Motor City. The Fillmore couldn’t provide a better backdrop for a documentary that digs deep into one of the richest musical eras in Detroit’s history.”

Tickets for Boy Howdy! The Story of CREEM Magazine start at $25 in advance and officially went on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 15, at the Fillmore Theatre box office and

Opening Night events, presented by Chemical Bank, will feature a VIP reception before the film that will be hosted by festival executives, and allow guests to mingle with filmmakers, dignitaries, on-screen talent and special guests. VIP reception tickets start at $55 and include early entry in the Fillmore, reserved VIP seating, food and two drink tickets. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets on sale NOW!

Remember: a Festival Pass includes a ticket to Opening Night. If you’re interested in having an all-access experience at the 2019 Freep Film Festival, consider purchasing a pass. Find out more about what they include at

About the Freep Film Festival

Freep Film Festival is a documentary-focused event, with special attention paid to films connected to Detroit and Michigan — or with special resonance there. It believes great journalism and great documentary storytelling can inform, inspire and help push the region forward — shining light on its challenges and celebrating its achievements.

In addition to films, it also presents related panel discussions, parties, music events and more.

Centered in the downtown Detroit core, the festival is produced by the Detroit Free Press and its business arm,

The sixth annual event will be April 10-14, 2019.

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