Wednesday, April 6
Thursday, April 7
Weatherbox hurls itself from a neutral space between pop and progressive, between vague and specific, ultimately leaving it up to the listeners to figure it out for themselves. They howl from the cave in some alien tongue, but the message is loud and clear.
*OPENING NIGHT FEATURE, MICHIGAN PREMIERE* As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott's cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
Peanut Butter Wolf got his start in the early 90s as the DJ/producer for Charizma in San Jose, CA until December 1993 when Charizma lost his life at the age of 20. After taking a break from music, Wolf eventually started Stones Throw Records in 1996.
Friday, April 8
A curated compilation of animated and experimental short films. Selections include: Madama Butterfly, POP, SRY BSY, Eye For An Eye, Scent of Geranium, 2.57k, The Cabinet Decision, Baggage Man, Anima Radix, B., The Beach Boy, Natural Attraction, Umbra (*NOTE: Despite animation, these films are not suitable for children.)
*FREE, DIRECTOR 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.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Just out of college, Will Allen, a young idealist filmmaker, joined a secretive spiritualist community led by a charismatic guru. With his camera in hand, he documented 20 years of living inside a cult that changed how he would see the world forever.
Saturday, April 9
*FREE, PANEL DISCUSSION* He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world.
*FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE* A curated compilation of documentary short films. Selections include: Keeping Balance, Kim Madrid, We Would End the Paintings, The Champion, A Passion of Gold and Fire, Skips Stones for Fudge
*DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE, MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Inspired by true events, The Phoenix Incident is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the Phoenix Lights. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the fact based, sci-fi thriller revolves around a military conspiracy and the controversial missing person’s case surrounding the infamous 1997 event.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE, TRIGGER WARNING* After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Ray Livingston is a relationship-blogging hack responsible for Brooklyn’s infamous blog, “Occasionally Dating Black Women.” The well-written, if not controversial, blog has generated some notoriety, but Ray is chafing from an overextended stay in New York, romantic ennui, and a stagnating writing career.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Beautiful and haunted Joan makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Viva stars Héctor Medina as Jesus, a young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers, who dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama (Luis Alberto García), Jesus finally gets his chance to take the stage.
Sunday, April 10
CCFF is proud to present the Fortnight Film & Game Contest – a competition for teams of amateur, student and professional filmmakers, and game developers in Michigan – in conjunction with the 2016 festival!
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, Morris from America centers on Morris Gentry, a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis to Heidelberg, Germany.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* The party is drawing to an end. In ”Bulkland” migrant workers, factory owners and night club dancers struggle to carve out their slice of the pie in a city dedicated to bulk sales of cheap junk: Yiwu, the raw, throbbing heart of “Made in China”, where every day is a hustle.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Punk rock is thriving in the backyards of South Central and East Los Angeles. A cobbled-together family of Hispanic teens and young adults comprise the scene: bands, fans, production, marketing, and security interwoven into a sub-culture of thrash and noise and pits.
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT. SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him.