2020 Festival

Archived: Morris From America

MICHIGAN PREMIERE

*PLEASE NOTE: The theater at this venue is on the 2nd level (up one flight of stairs) and there is no elevator available.

Old Town Temple / 502 E Grand River, Lansing MI 48906 /    Alcohol offered

Cost: $5 / Tickets: At the door only

Narrative Feature, Short Film

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Morris from America

A heartwarming and crowd-pleasing coming-of-age comedy with a unique spin, Morris from America centers on Morris Gentry (Markees Christmas, in an incredible breakout performance) a 13-year-old who has just relocated with his single father, Curtis (Craig Robinson) to Heidelberg, Germany. Morris, who fancies himself the next Notorious B.I.G., is a complete fish-out-of-water—a budding hip-hop star in an EDM world.  To complicate matters further, Morris quickly falls hard for his cool, rebellious, 15-year-old classmate Katrin.   Morris sets out against all odds to take the hip-hop world by storm and win the girl of his dreams.

Written and directed by acclaimed up-and-coming filmmaker Chad Hartigan (This is Martin Bonner), Morris from America won two prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Waldo Salt Screening Award and a Special Jury Award for Robinson, who has been receiving tremendous praise for his touching and nuanced performance in his first serious role. Poignant and funny in equal measure, Morris from America is a delightfully original take on growing up, following your dreams, and finding your voice.

Chad Hartigan / 2016 / 91 minutes

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Embarked

When Jimmy moves away from his old house, the tree house he left behind magically comes to life. With nothing else keeping him in the country, the tree house decides to follow to Jimmy to the city.

Adele Hawkins, Soo Kang, Mikel Mugica / 2015 / 4 minutes / English / USA

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