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2019 Festival Schedule

Choose from over 150+ films and 100+ bands/musicians, and more.
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Thursday, April 11th

  • Impression 5 Science Center

    Red Carpet Premiere Party

    Come celebrate the ninth annual Capital City Film Festival with us on the red carpet! Plenty of beer, wine, and spirits for sippin', appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Impression 5 Science Center.

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  • Riverwalk Theatre

    Guest Artist

    *OPENING NIGHT FEATURE // MIDWEST PREMIERE* The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Screens with the short film Hair Trigger.

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  • The Avenue

    Sen Morimoto

    Sen Morimoto is a multi-instrumentalist composer and songwriter born in Kyoto, Japan. His powerful grasp of jazz composition, pop songwriting, and hip-hop styling are fully articulated on Cannonball!, an LP that he wrote, arranged, and produced by himself.

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  • Riverwalk Theatre

    Guest Artist [Encore Screening]

    *MIDWEST PREMIERE* The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Screens with the short film Hair Trigger.

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Friday, April 12th

Saturday, April 13th

  • Hotwater Works Warehouse

    Spartan Shorts [FREE]

    *FREE // FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE* Selections include: Bags to Butterflies / The Boogie Man / Incandescent Hearts / GRIND / Hours Left / Blackout Shades / Juice / Party Foul / Shattered / The Fisherman / Routine Cops

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  • The Robin Theatre

    House of More

    *FREE* A video art exhibition including immersive experiences and live experimental performances. Open 1:00 - 11:00 PM. Live performances by Wing Vilma and Normandd.

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  • Hotwater Works Warehouse

    Owned: A Tale of Two Americas

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Owned is a fever dream vision into the dark history behind the US housing economy. Tracking its overtly racist beginnings and its unbridled commoditization, the film exposes a foundational story that few Americans understand as their own. Screens with the short film Due Process.

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  • The Big Shot

    The Fledge Lansing

    Saturday Shorts @ 2:30

    A curated collection of international short films with subtitles. Selections include: The Big Shot / Nomad / First Disco / Dare Not Fly / Incommunicado / Darling / Carlotta's Face

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  • About A Donkey

    Hotwater Works Warehouse

    About A Donkey

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* When Tim brings home a donkey in a mixture of wanting to rescue both it and himself, all of the characters’ lives are shaken up and pushed forward. Screens with the short films Dearly Departed and Only a Movie!

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  • Little Church

    Riverwalk Theatre

    Saturday Shorts @ 5

    *FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE* Selections include: Little Church / Thirsty Eyes - 838 / Newborn / Bennifer / Nevada / I Can't Even / Hair Trigger / June

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  • The Fledge Lansing

    The Journey

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Sara enters Baghdad station with sinister intentions for its reopening ceremony. As she braces to commit an unthinkable act, her plans are drastically altered by an unwanted and awkward encounter with Salam, a self-assured and flirtatious salesman. Screens with the short film 1-0.

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  • The Loft

    The Crane Wives & Olivia Millerschin

    In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head.

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  • Bernadette

    Hotwater Works Warehouse

    Bernadette

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* 1994 was the perfect summer… for heartache. At 15, Archie Kinsler has an impossible goal: to win the heart of Bernadette, a much older French foreign exchange student and local lifeguard, before she returns home at the end of the season. Screens with the short film Brain Engagement.

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  • A Picnic Table at Dusk

    Riverwalk Theatre

    Saturday Shorts @ 7:30

    Selections include: A Picnic Table, At Dusk / Magnolia & Clementine / Terminally in Love / Safe / Self Tape / Wonderwall / Four-Ninety

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  • The Fledge Lansing

    Albanian Gangster

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE // DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE* Leon was once the righthand muscle of a legendary Albanian mafia boss. Once a legend, respected, feared, with the Bronx and NYC at his feet, a man who took six bullets and survived with the scars to prove it, a man now—after 18 years in the joint—today, a legend only in his own mind. Screens with the short film Four-Ninety.

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  • The Avenue

    The Free Bleeders

    As the Free Bleeders, we sing songs of unity, steeped in Feminist ethos, aimed at challenging people to question individual and group participation in systems of oppression and confront racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, ableist, and all other marginalizing and aggressive behaviors.

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  • The High Wire

    Hotwater Works Warehouse

    Comedy Shorts

    *FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE* Selections include: The High Wire / Nico or (Head of the Family) / Clueless / College Town / Cannonball / 2019: A Home Odyssey / Chirp, Buzz, & Other Sensations / Only a Movie! / Dearly Departed / First Kill

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  • Riverwalk Theatre

    Ms. Purple

    *MIDWEST PREMIERE* A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown, Los Angeles reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father's life.

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Sunday, April 14th

Monday, April 15th

Tuesday, April 16th

  • The Robin Theatre

    House of More

    *FREE* A video art exhibition including immersive experiences and live experimental performances. Open 1:00 - 6:00 PM.

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  • Bad Bad Winter

    The Fledge Lansing

    Bad Bad Winter

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* After the passing of her grandmother, a businessman’s daughter goes back to her birthplace. After a little while, she receives the visit of her former classmates but their reunion take an unexpected turn. Screens with the short film Disfluency.

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  • The Fledge Lansing

    This Teacher

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* THIS TEACHER follows a French Muslim woman as she travels to NYC to visit her childhood best friend. When the reunion proves disastrous, she disappears to a remote cabin upstate but discovers that she’s not alone. Her sojourn in nature descends into a terrifying study of the intolerance and suspicion she encounters and reflects back to an Islamophobic America.

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  • The Fledge Lansing

    Freedom Fields

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* FREEDOM FIELDS follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. An intimate film about hope, struggle and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of team.

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Wednesday, April 17th

  • The Robin Theatre

    House of More

    *FREE* A video art exhibition including immersive experiences and live experimental performances. Open 1:00 - 6:00 PM.

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  • Dawnland

    The Fledge Lansing

    Dawnland

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE // FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE* For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories. Screens with the short film Walking for Ded.

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  • Lansing Public Media Center

    Fight Night: Round 2 [FREE]

    *FREE* FIGHT NIGHT is an eSports event! A combination of live music performances, entertaining announcers, and elite gaming - all designed for your pure joy and entertainment.

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  • T for Taj Mahal

    The Fledge Lansing

    T for Taj Mahal

    *MICHIGAN PREMIERE* Bajjar; a village of complete illiterates with no school. Bansi wants to carve a different future for his younger brother. He starts an eatery by the highway and stumbles upon a unique idea to ask customers for their time to teach instead of paying money for the food. Screens with the short film Ranapakhara.

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Thursday, April 18th

Friday, April 19th

Saturday, April 20th

Sunday, April 21st

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