Wednesday, April 5
*FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE* In this 19th century, no dialogue, supernatural winter epic, a drunken applejack salesman must go from zero to hero and become North America's greatest fur trapper by defeating hundreds of beavers. Screens with the short film Chop! Chop!
Selections include: There is a Hole in the Ground, Molly - Don't Be Surprised, Jesse Northey - Picking the Numbers, Roses by Nolia Noon, Flower, Pink Sky - Behind the Sun, Jeff Hilliard - Abandon, Running in Circles, The Hours Before Sunrise, Reka WW - Salt, Spiritual Warfare, Unfinished Business, The Wolf Music Video, Lawla, Wild Music
Thursday, April 6
Friday, April 7
*DIRECTOR AND WRITER IN ATTENDANCE* A blisteringly hot summer day. Psychotherapist Ina notices something is wrong with her. But she doesn't have time to worry about it: Patients are waiting, her daughter is threatening to move, her boyfriend wants to emigrate to Finland, and her self-centered mother is celebrating her 70th birthday. Screens with the short film The Unfaithful One
*DIRECTOR AND CAST IN ATTENDANCE* The Sun Rises in The East chronicles the birth, rise and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Screens with the short film Lifetimes
*WRITER/PRODUCER IN ATTENDANCE* Miserable after her family moves to a small town, teenage aspiring journalist Itsy befriends Calvin, her strange, space-obsessed neighbor who believes his parents were abducted by aliens, and joins him on his journey to find them. Screens with the short film This Wild Abyss
Jack Tuller’s career as a budding San Francisco musician was altered in 1994 when he was diagnosed with a terminal condition and given six months to live. Jack Has a Plan tells the story of the following 25 years as Jack dodges one bullet after the next. How is it possible to be terminal for two decades? Screens with the short film The Desert King
Saturday, April 8
In search of a place between two disparate worlds, three teenage Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs), come of age in the vibrant, loud Deaf community. Screens with the short films The Secret Life of Tom Lightfoot and Silent World; curated in partnership with the ReelAbilities Film Festival
*DIRECTORS IN ATTENDANCE* Will Greenwood, a Chicago teenager forced to come to terms with his father's violent death, visits a small town and finds solace in a group of local kids. When the town bully threatens Will's new friend, how far will he go to protect him...especially with a gun? Screens with the short film The Final Hours of South U Pizza
*DIRECTORS IN ATTENDANCE* Join or Die is a film about why you should join a club — and why the fate of America may depend on it. What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly: What can we do about it? Screens with the short film Born in the Barn
*DIRECTOR AND CREW IN ATTENDANCE* Guanglin is a blind boy in China who displays great skill at the ancient board game called Go, in which two players place black and white pieces on a grid in an attempt to dominate their opponent. Screens with the short film A Glimpse of Paradise
*DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* The story is set in llaveezhapoonchira, a scenic hilltop in Kerala's Kottayam province. Amidst the heavy monsoon season, Sudhi and Madhu receive information at the wireless station of various body parts of a lady scattered in different locations of llaveezhapoonchira. Screens with the short film Party's Over
Tuesday, April 11
Ten leading Indigenous filmmakers interweave eight powerful tales to tell a sweeping story of hope and survival in the face of oppression and colonization, traversing 1000 years from the past to the present and future. Presented in partnership with the MSU Womxn of Color Initiative
Facing a climate crisis, the Reciprocity Project embraces Indigenous value systems that have bolstered communities since the dawn of humanity. To heal, we must recognize that we are in relationship with Earth, a place that was in balance until the modern industrial age. Screens with the short film Mystic Michigan: The Rocks Cry Out
Wednesday, April 12
Thursday, April 13
Friday, April 14
Empowering Lillards and Lillard lovers everywhere, this screening will have musical performances and a very special guest... we really mean it this time.
*FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE* Acclaimed activist filmmaker Martin Duckworth has devoted his life to peace and justice. But now he’s put down his camera to fight for the most important cause he’s ever faced—caring for his wife, Audrey Schirmer, through the final stages of Alzheimer’s. Screens with the short film Blossom
FREE EVENT! // 18+
Saturday, April 15
*DIRECTOR AND CAST & CREW IN ATTENDANCE* This documentary follows the stories of three Latinx high school students in Holland, MI. They struggle with a sense of identity and belonging growing up in this predominantly Dutch community because they are a child of Mexican immigrants. Screens with the short film Brenda's Story: From Undocumented to Documented
*FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE* A small town reels from the sudden and mysterious death of "Feral Boy," a local legend since his discovery in the woods as a child. Father Moss, a priest with a loose grip on the faith, attempts to counsel the forlorn couple that raised the boy. Starring Sherman Augustus (Stranger Things 4, Into the Badlands). Screens with the short film Spiritual Warfare
*DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* Imogene “Queenie” Kennedy was a contemporary priestess in post-colonial Jamaica who catapulted her African spiritual practice into renown. But after centuries of erasure, what remains of the dance between the living and the dead? Screens with the short films The Mud on Their Hands and Eat Pomegranate with Khalid Ibrahim
*DIRECTOR AND CAST & CREW IN ATTENDANCE* After the shocking death of a small-town reverend, insurance investigator Leo Hobbins (Bill Sage) arrives at Emmaus Holy and interviews the church secretary, Darlene Halsey (Ismenia Mendes). Against his better judgement, Hobbins agrees to help Darlene find the actual cause of the reverend's death.
*SPECIAL OVERFLOW SCREENING* After the shocking death of a small-town reverend, insurance investigator Leo Hobbins (Bill Sage) arrives at Emmaus Holy and interviews the church secretary, Darlene Halsey (Ismenia Mendes). Against his better judgement, Hobbins agrees to help Darlene find the actual cause of the reverend's death.
Lace up your combat boots or pop out the summer rave gear a little early for an evening of untraditional sights and sounds in Frandor’s Shopping Center. The festival party lords resurrected the shuttered Sears building to summon cinephiles, music snobs, and scene queens alike to celebrate its 11th(ish) year.