2020 Festival

Archived: Science of Cinema at Impression 5 (FREE)

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is partnering with Impression 5 Science Center to present a FREE day full of FUN!

Dress up like your favorite movie character and join us as we explore the art and science of cinema. Ideal for family teamwork and independent explorers alike, films and activities are appropriate for all ages.

WHO: Open to the public with FREE admission
DATE: Saturday, April 9, 2016
TIME: 10am to 5pm
WHERE: Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing


– CCFF pop-up theater showing independent, short films selected for kids and families
– Hands-on activities inspired by the short films featured throughout the exhibit floors
– Saturday Morning Cereal Bar (10am-noon only): Colors, shapes, textures and flavors combine, so come hungry!

ALL FREE, ALL DAY. No RSVP necessary, but be sure to invite your friends! Science of Cinema is generously supported by PNC and the National Endowment for the Arts.

*To learn more and register for the Moc Doc Workshop, click here.

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

Animation, Short Film

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LOOKS tells the story of a gray lynx that doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. He’s being excluded and bullied by the coloured animals. On his search for acceptance and belonging he finds himself resorting to drastic measures…  The film deals with social exlusion and bullying and aims at children from 4 to 10, showing them how important it is to stand up for victims of bullying.

Susann Hoffmann / 2014 / 4 minutes / German / Germany

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The Beach Boy

A story of two star-crossed lovers in ancient Vietnam. Based on a traditional folk tale and adapted for animation in a style inspired by local Asian art styles.

Hannes Rall / 2015 / 8 minutes / English / Germany, Singapore

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Natural Attraction

NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.

Marc Zimmermann / 2015 / 5 minutes / English / Germany

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Fire Water Earth Air and Time

In a slightly surreal scene, two figures move through time, one forward and the other backward. Nevertheless, they communicate with each other and swap things. Ash turns to paper, water flows upwards. This all happens in a manner where the viewer can not always be sure in which direction the time is running.

Maria Reinhardt-Szyba / 2105 / 4 minutes / German / Germany

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Direction(s) is a dance video shot in Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland. Ittoqqortoormiit is one of the most isolated villages on Greenlandic east coast, a truly beautiful and wild place. In a such savage place, the movements of a passionate dancer will try to find a direction. A dance that wants to honour and merge with the spectacular nature of a remote and little-known land.

Ena Kurtagic Granulo / 2015 / 3 minutes / Italy/Sweden

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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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Scent of Geranium

Immigration is a new chapter in one’s life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one’s life down paths different from the one imagined. This film is an autobiographical account of the director’s experience with immigration.

Naghmeh Farzaneh / 2016 / 5 minutes / English