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Filmmaker Tom Ludwig
Tom Ludwig

This summer, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is showing movies by local and regional filmmakers. Tom Ludwig will show some of his short films on Thursday, June 9th. Chicago filmmaker Chris Hefner’s movie The Poisoner will screen on July 14th. Both films start at 6:30 p.m.


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