2023 Festival

Archived: Science of Cinema at Impression 5 Science Center (FREE)

Cinema Meets Science at Impression 5 Science Center
FREE but space is limited: RSVP now! This session includes an Impression 5 Science Center Day Pass and all materials.

The fifth annual Capital City Film Festival is partnering with Impression 5 Science Center to present a FREE family-friendly event! Dress up like your favorite movie character and join us as we explore the art and science of cinema. Activities are inspired by films featured in CCFF’s pop-up theater that will play throughout the day for all visitors.

Who Should Attend:
These activities are geared to a K-5 audience and parents are encouraged to RSVP to participate. Ideal for family teamwork and independent explorers alike.

Activity time:
10:00am – NOON
CCFF’s Pop-Up Theater. Featuring shorts for families, this series is presented in a loop all day, to accommodate attention spans and film interests of all ages.

Saturday Morning Cereal Bar. Colors, shapes, textures and flavors combine in a Saturday Morning tradition, so come hungry!

Film Fest Flipbooks. Fast and fun, it’s easy to create an animated short of your own using a flipbook.

– Get creative and a bit messy with hands-on science that explores the concept of water and oil not mixing, making art with the science of immiscible liquids, inspired by the film Simorgh.

– The fun continues with creating your very own cardboard automation. This mechanical device only needs your creativity to come “alive!” Inspired by the film Little Darling – The Secret City.

All Day:
In addition to the FREE morning family session, Impression 5 Science Center is hosting day-long access to the Pop-Up Theater featuring film shorts for families, as well as museum-wide exhibits and activities. So grab your best Harry Potter glasses or Katniss Everdeen bow (leave the arrows home), and join in a day of film and fun that’s anything but ordinary.

This event is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information about Impression 5: www.Impression5.org

Science of Cinema RSVP

Impression 5 Science Center / 200 Museum Dr, Lansing MI 48933

Short Film

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Simorgh is a personal interpretation of The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar. A choreographic piece that incorporates Persian music, calligraphic art and ornament designs to tell the traditional Persian story of life that deals with the fragility of self worth. It centers around a few birds of different breeds, each representative of a particular human characteristic; ego, greed, avarice, etc. The birds are seemingly satisfied with their perceptions of self, but on a chance journey they each embark upon, they find they are stronger as a community and are strengthened by allowing others to complete their true ‘self’.

Meghdad Asadi Lari / 2014 / 5 minutes / English/Farsi

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FOOD is an animated short documentary that brings attention to food, the way we see it, the way we eat it and the way we think about it. The film features interviews with a wide variety of eaters from around the world. Ranging from vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians to some seriously dedicated carnivores, the conversation raises many substantial issues about the environment and modern life. The consequences that food preferences have on the environment, the loss of the relationship with the earth, the often unsustainable methods of food production, the contrast between search for pleasure and responsible choices. The film not only talks about food, but also makes food talking about itself. By pairing real interviews with stop-motion animation, the film presents a group of “edible characters” discussing issues about themselves.

Siqi Song / 2013 / 3 minutes / English / China/USA

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A two minute short dance film, exploring themes of identity. Ideas of how one view oneself, the perception by others and the sometimes disconnect of the two. A person’s complex soul and self-image is seen as a multitude of layers in a physical state.

Set against the backdrop of a lonely stretch of road in the desert, the story is told through the style of a dance battle where the protagonist end up facing themselves.

Emnet Mulugeta / 2014 / 2 minutes / English / Sweden

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The catcher desperately tries on the edge of a steep cliff to preserve the playing children from falling into the abyss. At the end he has no other option to go his own way.

Fabian Koppenhöfer / 2014 / 5 minutes / German / Germany

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The story follows a young girl, passionate about football, and a shopkeeper living in remote village in the desert of Eritrea, on the east coast of Africa. It’s a film about harsh reality, dreams and the blurred line between the two seen thru the eyes of a 6 year old.

Emnet Mulugeta / 2014 / 5 minutes / English / USA

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Little Darling - The Secret City

Set inside an automaton clock, Little Darling tells the story of the enduring love between the clock’s two characters and their frustrations with being unable to embrace after the clock becomes old and broken. When the boy stumbles upon a method to free himself from the clock’s mechanism, he must go on a dangerous adventure to save the one he loves…

Damian Smith / 2014 / 5 minutes / English / Australia