2024 FESTIVALApr 10-20, 2024Lansing, MI


You heard it here first! Check out the latest Capital City Film Festival announcements below.
POSTED: Apr 5, 2024

Hey Viktor!

Twenty years removed from childhood fame as Little Viktor in 1998’s Smoke Signals, CODY LIGHTNING has been forced to move home to his reserve in northern Alberta. He still believes himself to be famous— even though the only parts he gets these days are porn & fracking commercials. But when Cody learns his wife and […]

POSTED: Apr 3, 2024

D.A. Time

“D.A. Time” follows a young woman in New Orleans who has to wait in jail for more than 60 days after a busted weed deal, before even being charged with a crime. This episode explores the uncertainty families face during this waiting game, and the pressures to plead guilty regardless of guilt due to the […]

POSTED: Mar 26, 2024

Through Our Eyes: Apart

America has the world’s largest prison population, and 1 in 14 children in the country will experience the incarceration of a parent. Apart follows Lyric, Eric, and Nnadji as they contend with the incarceration of parents with whom they maintain a deep connection despite physical distance. Directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Rudy Valdez. Through Our Eyes is a four-part docuseries […]

POSTED: Mar 24, 2024

The First Bluebird in the Morning

The First Bluebird in the Morning is composer Carlos Simon’s newly-commissioned setting of verses by Sandra Seaton—sobering, heartfelt and moving. Shot in stunning black and white, the film is created by director and choreographer Jamar Roberts. In a breathtaking performance, solo dancer Lloyd Knight, a principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, brings life and movement to the piece in combination with the voice of tenor Joshua Blue.



The magic that exists within the world of the vernal pool is temporary. Each spring, the forests of Michigan become home to seasonal pools of water that are often overlooked and under-appreciated.


Tales of Jan Mayen

A team sails to the remote Arctic island of Jan Mayen to recreate the 1921 British expedition to summit the world’s northernmost volcano, Mount Beerenberg. They conduct marine science, alongside discovering how climate change is affecting the volcano’s glaciers today.


Waterfall Hunters

The stakes couldn’t be higher, as the men abseil, climb and hike into the heart of the jungle.


The Illness

This adventure documentary follows a loud-mouthed crew of Appalachian adventure seekers deep into the mountains of the Western United States as they climb, talk shit, fish for their dinner, and try to use their single-pitch skills to summit a 1,300ft rock face.


Birds of Paradise

Alison Világ counts migrating waterbirds at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, near Paradise, Michigan.


Lo-tech Reality

Against the post-industrial landscape of Detroit, visitors arrive from the sky in search of knowledge. They find nothing but traces of civilization, and a coded transmission between the images and sounds of the city. In Detroit, the emptiness evokes a dream from the past: the capitalist dream of Fordism derived in a Lo-Tech nightmare. Its […]