Tuesday, April 4
Join CCFF alongside 200+ art house movie theaters across the country in the United State of Cinema – a special screening of the film 1984 based on the novel by George Orwell. Proceeds benefit Creative Many and the Refugee Development Center.
Wednesday, April 5
*FREE* The Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs live with the big screen at CCFF. From BEAUTY AND THE BEAST to FROZEN, journey to far off places around the globe where the stories, tales, and myths of many cultures originated. It’s a small world, after all.
Thursday, April 6
Come one, come all – get fancy and kick off the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival with the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the five-day festival lineup. Plenty of craft beer, wine, and spirits on tap, appetizers to go around, and live music.
People often wonder why Philadelphia’s NOTHING are so damn loud. In the case of many artists, the volume stems from a preoccupation with negativity, misanthropy and the human condition. But while NOTHING's attitude lines up with these ideas, their personality isn’t one that the band picked from a list of cliches.
*OPENING NIGHT FEATURE // MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room out of pure frustration, only to wind up trapped by the fantastical pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.
Friday, April 7
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* When police officer Carter discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a bare bones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* After losing her memory and way of life, a filmmaker gives former Broadway actress Sylvia Gassel the opportunity to act again in an attempt to reinvigorate her. When Sylvia challenges the filmmaker to reflect on his own morality in making the film, the project takes a unique turn.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* A documentary that follows drag queen Panti Bliss: part glamorous aunt, part Jessica Rabbit, she's a wittily incisive performer with charisma to burn who is widely regarded as one of the best drag queens in the world.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Land surveyor Eric, alienated from urban existence and those who love him, travels to a remote and unnamed Irish woodland to assess its suitability for a dubious development project. Intangible elements are at play in this ethereal environment.
Saturday, April 8
*FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE* A curated compilation of international short films. Selections include: It's Drizzling, Lucy in My Eyes, Pink Velvet Valley, Stream of Doubts, The Eliminadora, The Graeme Watkins Project - Love in Abundance, Tilda, American Girl
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* After young Bird moves from the San Fernando Valley to Echo Park, she learns that she has to become a woman whether she wants to or not when she gets her first period and finds herself abandoned by her immature stoner of a mom.
*MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY* A bedazzling compilation of animated shorts. Selections include: All the World is a Stage, AYNY - My Second Eye, Chika, The Dog in the Ghetto, Dawn, E is for Evolution, Engagement, Fruit, HEAD, Killer Recipe, Our Wonderful Nature, Railment, The Box
*FREE* This unique program features Heartland Klezmorim performing live score to Georges Méliès short films! The captivating documentary FURY OF THE DEMON will follow the performance.
Two women, both actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from L.A. to Big Sur for a weekend vacation. Upon arrival at their isolated forest retreat, the pair discover that their once intimate friendship has deteriorated into betrayals, petty jealousies, and deep-seated resentment.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* It's the story of a small town gorilla, Sylvio, who is stuck in his job at a debt collection agency. Deep down he just wants to express himself with his hand puppet, Herbert Herpels, and his puppet show that highlights the quiet moments of life.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, Manuel must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee.
*FREE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) is a hands-on film training program. All of the dynamic short films in this block are directed by women who are DWW alumnae.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* In the wake of his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.
Detroit MC Guilty Simpson has been putting it down since the mid-90s for the city of Detroit and Michigan as a whole. Originating from the crew The Almighty Dreadnaughtz, Guilty has worked with some of most talented producers & MCs in the game.
Sunday, April 9
CCFF presents the Fortnight Film Contest – a competition for teams of amateur, student and professional filmmakers in Michigan – in conjunction with the festival! Come see the top 12 films made as part of the 2017 contest as determined by a wide panel of judges. More than $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded!
The Cool Kids is made up of Antoine “Sir Michael Rocks” Reed and Evan “Chuck Inglish” Ingersoll. It all started with an internet connection. Both members were posting their works-in-progress on Myspace. Both from Chicago, they met up and connected over a love for Outkast and Gorillaz. They’ve collaborated with Drake, Ludacris, Mac Miller, Lil Wayne and Maroon 5, among others.