We’re teaming up with the Old Town Commercial Association to bring you some sweet summer fun!
Turner Street Outdoor Theater brings your favorite flicks projected in Old Town Lansing’s Cesar Chavez Plaza/Lot 56. Pull up a lawn chair and cooler or keep it cozy in your car and tune in! FREE and open to the public.
Live music at 9:00pm and cult classic (rated PG) movie at 10:00pm. Full lineup:
When I turned 18 back in the spring of 1971, I became eligible for the military draft and a trip to the Vietnam War. Vietnam then was served up each night on the news. It was a place of death and struggle. A cratered and stripped landscape filled with innocents, insurgents, soldiers and destruction. A nation divided and torn to bits by the ravages of war. Its people were caught in the death grip of world politics and something called, “The Domino Theory,” a thousand miles plus from my relatively carefree life in Flint, Michigan. Each image appeared as nothing but a dark cloud on life’s horizon.
I was indeed a fortunate son, as my draft number was never called in the final years of the war. The unwinnable war and waste of life ended in January of 1975, with the fall of Saigon. Vietnam and its people were finally left to heal and rebuild their country.
Fast forward to February 2014. I have been asked to be a part of the committee to choose films for the Capital City Film Festival (CCFF). And I am about to watch the first of many films; some great and some not so great. One of the films worth seeing is a Vietnamese film called Koan of Spring. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it has anything to do with zombies and English pubs. In fact, it is far from it.
The film is set in Vietnam in the days and times of emperors and martial arts masters. It is a tale of relationships to others and more importantly, to one’s self. It also is a compelling story of movement and vision. The first thing I noticed about this film is how beautifully captured it is. Each shot a portrait of stunning beauty and serenity. The simple and complex are woven like a tapestry into and across the landscapes that the master must traverse, while on his ultimate quest to find his replacement as the emperor’s defender. The sound design, like the cinematography, is full of texture and harmonizes well with the visual richness of this fine film.
Once our master has reached his destination the relationships between a father, his two sons and a daughter intertwine with that of our master. This is where the testing for the next master begins. To tell you anything more would be a spoiler, and therefore I will not say anything more about Koan of Spring, other than it has transformed my thinking about the country and people of Vietnam. It is a film worth seeing.
Because we’re filmmakers ourselves, this is the hardest part. It’s always heartbreaking to narrow down the Fortnight Film Contest entries to just 15 out of so many great teams! Special thanks to our 23 judges who watched every entry carefully and scored from the heart.
This year, we’re playing an extra film that was turned in a few minutes late because, by the scores, they would have made it into the Top 15. We aren’t going to bump anyone who turned in their film on time, so call it a bonus (and a warning to turn in your films on time!) They will not be eligible for any prizes.
Without further ado, here are the Top 16 films, listed alphabetically. They will NOT be screened in this order on April 13th.
Carry the Weight
Everyone’s a Comedian
My Day With Dan
Nights Like These
The Worst Film Ever Submitted to the Capital City Film Festival
With a packed schedule each day of the festival (April 10-13, 2014), there’s no need to leave downtown. The deal we’re offering is simple: Book a room at the Radisson for any night during CCFF through this link, and get 2 all-access festival passes at no extra cost!
This is a limited deal and first-come, first-served. Book your stay now!
Once again we are proud to present the Fortnight Film Contest as part of the Capital City Film Festival! The 2014 contest elements are:
Required Spoken Word: “Lansing” or “Michigan” or both
Required Shot: Silhouette shot
Required Action: Door slam or close
Required location: Bus stop or bus station
Entries are due on Thursday, April 3 and the top 15 films will screen at the Fortnight Film Showcase & Awards on Sunday, April 13. The winners of the Fortnight will be announced and $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded at the event. Get your tickets now!
TWO months from today – we’re excited to announce that this year’s CCFF Red Carpet Premiere Party at Troppo will be presented by MLive Lansing! Here’s hoping for sunshine… and not the 492nd day straight of snowfall.