Wednesday, April 11
Thursday, April 12
Get fancy with us as we celebrate the eighth annual CCFF! Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the five-day festival lineup. Plenty of beer, wine, and spirits on tap, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Troppo.
*OPENING NIGHT FEATURE // MIDWEST PREMIERE* Jessie and Angela, high school dropouts, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent's due, they're about to get fired, and they're broke.
Friday, April 13
*MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY* A curated collection of international short films. Selections include: Alternative Facts, Down Escalation, The Astronaut's Journal, Sog, Good Boy, Spark, Changyou's Journey, Lemon & Elderflower, Patrioska
*FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE* This is what a comeback looks like. Stylized and scrupulous, The United States of Detroit is a fascinating and moving film about the resilience and spirit of Detroit’s neighborhoods, telling the story of the city’s past, its present resurgence and its future potential.
Charmer is a four-piece emo group rooted in Marquette, MI. Signing with emo / pop punk powerhouse No Sleep Records in March 2017, the quartet has subsequently released EPs, gaining traction among fans of related artists Sorority Noise, Remo Drive, and Mom Jeans.
Saturday, April 14
*DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE // MIDWEST PREMIERE* Once exterminated from the lower 48 states, the Gray Wolf's triumphant return to Yellowstone and the surrounding states has been characterized by many as, 'the greatest animal conservation success in human history.' However, to many others living in the areas affected, the story is drastically different.
*FREE* This special program features two dynamic pairings for a unique cinematic experience: Heartland Klezmorim performing live score to Alice Guy-Blaché short films AND They're Dead performing live score to NOSFERATU.
*FREE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* The American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women is a hands-on film training program. All of the dynamic short films in this block are directed by women who are DWW alumnae.
*MIDWEST PREMIERE* Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
*MIDWEST PREMIERE* Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind.
Bevlove is a singer and songwriter based out of Detroit. She began gaining critical acclaim by producing her own shows, most notably Bevlove Connection and the Americana Festival, and released her debut EP “Talk That Shit” in October 2016. She aims to teach the world to love again.
*MIDWEST PREMIERE* Bored with his humdrum life in the city, Alex accepts a mysterious email invitation to house-sit at a picturesque 'Enchanted Cottage' on Long Island in the off-season, only to end up lost on a surreal musical all-night odyssey of misadventures.
Sunday, April 15
CCFF presents the Fortnight Film Contest – a competition for filmmakers in Michigan – in conjunction with the festival! Come see the top 13 films made as part of the 2018 contest as determined by a wide panel of judges. More than $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded!
*WADE RATHKE IN ATTENDANCE // MICHIGAN PREMIERE* THE ORGANIZER is a portrait of Wade Rathke, the controversial founder of ACORN, as well as an exploration of the much maligned and misunderstood occupation of community organizing.
*MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Gabriel is a chaotic young rock drummer desperate to hide his recent Bipolar diagnosis from his band mates. At the therapeutic mixed-ability football game he’s obliged to attend as part of his treatment, Gabriel is upended by Christopher, an institutionalised 17-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome. What follows is a winning and completely unpredictable story of finding your family.
*CLOSING NIGHT FEATURE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE // MIDWEST PREMIERE* "Molly Shannon plays Emily Dickinson in the humorous drama WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY. The poet’s persona, popularized since her death, became that of a reclusive spinster. This film explores her vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years." -SXSW
The Black Opera is a performing arts group that conceals identities of their various group members in order to let their art do all the talking. The group often change up their look for different songs, highlighting their true showmanship and dedication to their artistic brand.