Thursday, April 10
Five years on from those first four-track recordings in Augie’s dorm room, The Hard Lessons have finally completed the album they were destined to make all along.
In October 2013, Break Science released their much-anticipated new album Seven Bridges, which meshes the classic sounds of hip-hop with cutting edge electronic production. The duos' energetic live performance has graced stages at Detroit Movement, Electric Forest, Electric Zoo and Summer Meltdown - and now CCFF.
U.S. festival premiere! Director Kandeyce Jorden and film subject DJ Sandra Collins in attendance. Kandeyce Jorden's exploration of a blossoming subculture of the electronic music scene slams her face to face with a connection that can only be found by getting completely lost.
FREE party! 21+ only. With her incessant worldwide touring, massive press coverage and hundreds of thousands of albums sold, Sandra has solidified her place as one of the most well-known female DJs in the world.
Friday, April 11
FREE event! Nine short films on civil rights in America will be shown to a panel of judges as part of the 2014 Media Sandbox Creative Challenge. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, these films will cover several aspects of civil rights, including women and LGBT.
Each member of SKATERS came from previously successful bands, but together the trio have developed an even more explosive identity in their live performances. The self-invented youthfulness of SKATERS has many claiming that these ragged bandits will be around for a long, long time.
From its first track, Dessa’s new full-length “Parts of Speech” announces itself as something different. The inveterate wordsmith - having proved her mettle in the fields of creative non-fiction, spoken-word and hip-hop - transcends all genre expectations. Dessa has truly coalesced as an artist, and her live performance showcases her astonishing multi-platform voice.
WORLD premiere! Director in attendance. Reeling from withdrawal effects after a pharmaceutical drug trial, a reclusive aspiring illustrator sets out to form a relationship with an outgoing gal despite his continuous efforts at solitude and isolation in this quirky relationship comedy.
Saturday, April 12
MICHIGAN premiere! A weapon master in Vietnam looks for his successor, and is advised to visit an old famous general. Of the general's two sons, both are well-trained. But the old general also has a daughter, whose swiftness of mind and charm flies far beyond her two brothers…
FREE & family friendly! Miyazaki’s superbly animated tale is considered one of the best-loved family films of all time. The story follows Satsuki and Mei, two young girls who find their new home is by a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of fantastical creatures.
Director in attendance. To the City of Detroit, it's a nine-acre abandoned lot. But to generations of baseball fans, it still feels like home. After Tiger stadium was demolished in 2009, blight sprung up. A group of citizens took action - chopping down weeds, mowing the grass and lovingly maintaining the ball field.
Filmmaker in attendance. Formed by ice, filled by ice, often covered by ice, the Great Lakes encapsulate human exploration, migration, development and where we're headed. PROJECT: ICE views North America's fresh water inland ocean through the prism of ice, from the crossroads of history, science and climate change.
MICHIGAN premiere! Filmmaker in attendance. Mobile in Black and White takes an alternative stance on how race remains a fundamental issue in American life, but offers that the solution doesn't require assignments of guilt or blame - only understanding, commitment and action.
MICHIGAN premiere! On the night of an astrological anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.
Hailing from Detroit, Flint Eastwood's sound is a Frankensteined cohesion of parts one might think jarring conceptually, merging electronic dance beats with rugged, dirty blues, served with a slight western twang.
Filmmaker in attendance. The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on film training program. All of the short films in this block are directed by DWW alumnae.
Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band. Described as “brightening the future of the jam band scene,” UV Hippo mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience.
MICHIGAN premiere! In the harsh, wintry woods of rural Quebec, Bruce, a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator accidentally kills a man during a drunken night joyride. Stricken with panic, he hides the body and takes to the deep wilderness in hopes of outrunning both the authorities and his own conscience.
Sunday, April 13
MICHIGAN premiere! Director in attendance. Freeload is a portrait of the modern train-riding culture. The film follows Blackbird, a lost teenager searching for the answers to life. Young lovers Ponyboy and Rachel attempt to settle down in Texas, but the freedom of the road lures them back. Brothers Skrappe and Christmas - separated most of their lives - try to rekindle their distant brotherhood. Dice, the soft-spoken mystic will risk everything to ride the rails.
SOLD OUT. WORLD premiere, full cast & crew in attendance! The troubled son of a police officer steals from a ruthless drug dealer to save his mother from financial ruin. His descent into the brutal drug world to raise the cash, he is hunted by the dealer, the police, and his own addictions. ASHES OF EDEN is a gritty tale of addiction, betrayal, love and redemption.
A British singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Croll combines blending folk elements and classic Paul Simon-like melodies with electronic beats, African polyrhythms, and guitar hooks. His music is of varying sounds and dimensions.