2022 Festival

CCFF 2021 UPDATE

Hi, all!

Due to this rainy, cold, not-so-great-for-outdoor-films day, we’re cancelling our final night of CCFF 2021 tonight. Darn you, Michigan weather!

Thank you all so much for joining us at the drive-in this weekend! We loved seeing all of your faces (and cars) and we’re always SO grateful for your support. Y’all are the best. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media for more info on our (hopefully) full-on, “normal” festival this April. See you in the spring!

Air hugs,
CCFF team

CCFF 2021: Drive-in & Walk-up

We’re pumped to share the schedule for CCFF 2021, happening THIS WEEK (yeah, you read that right) in Downtown Lansing. We had the highest hopes of having a “normal” festival in 2021, but we’re channeling that energy into a kick-ass drive-in style event, October 21-24. Cozy up in your car or bring lawn chairs (and probably lots of blankets because fall is finally here) and join us for a long weekend of short and feature films! Oh, and did we mention it’s FREE? Here’s what’s going down:

WHERE: 

231 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933 (corner of Capitol and Washtenaw, across the street from Knapp’s Centre).

WHEN: 

Thursday, Oct. 21-Sunday, Oct. 24., 2021.

Each night, we’ll have feature length films and blocks of shorts beginning at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. You can check out the full schedule for each day, including more specific film details, here: https://capitalcityfilmfest.com/schedule 

Other things you’re probably wondering:

Parking is free! Estimated capacity is 50 cars.

A radio station will be available for audio in your car (so you can keep the windows rolled up).

Exterior speakers will be available for walkers/attendees who bring chairs and blankets.

A couple of important notes:

These films (in general) are of adult themes and adult language. 

While these drive-in films are outdoors, we do recommend a mask anytime you’re near other festival-goers and encourage you to follow social distancing guidelines.

Don’t worry, we’re keeping our hopes ultra high for 2022, and are planning to have a full-on “normal” festival in the spring. Stay tuned, and thanks for your ongoing support!

See ya at the drive-in!

2021 Capital City Film Festival

Welp. Here we are. We had the highest hopes of having a “normal” festival in 2021, but we’re channeling that energy into a kick-ass drive-in style event happening October 21-24, 2021 in Downtown Lansing! Join us for some fun fall nights. More details to come, reallllly soon.

Don’t worry, we’re keeping our hopes ultra high for 2022, and are planning to have a full-on “normal” festival in the spring. Stay tuned, and thanks for your ongoing support!

Air hugs,
CCFF team

CCFF 9.5 Film Schedule

We’re excited to finally share the film schedule just in time for CCFF 9.5! Consider this a selection of highlights from those carefully curated 100+ films we originally planned for the 2020 festival. We can’t wait to share two nights of features and short films with you drive-in movie style in downtown Lansing on December 18 & 19—FREE and open to all. 

PS! These films in general are of adult themes and adult language. While these drive-in films are outdoors, we do require a mask anytime you’re moving outside of your vehicle. Please follow social distancing guidelines. 

CCFF 9.5 DRIVE-IN/WALK-UP WEEKEND

Walk-Up (Friday only – Comerica Building)
101 N Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933

Drive-in/Walk-Up (Friday & Saturday – between Knapp’s Building & Cooley Temple Building)
231 S Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
Parking is free – Estimated capacity is 50 cars
Radio station will be available for audio (so you can keep the windows rolled up)
Exterior speakers will be available for walkers/attendees who bring chairs (& blankets!)

SCHEDULE

Friday, December 18 (2 locations)
5:30 PM –Projection mapping pre-show at Comerica Bank Building
6:00 PM – Projection mapping show TERRA FORMS at Comerica Bank Building (encores at 6:15, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00)
6:30-8:30 PM – Short Film Block: Women of Character
9:00-11:00 PM – Feature: SOUVENIRS

Saturday, December 19 (1 location)
5:30-7:30 PM Short Film Block: Comedy
8:00-10:00 PM Feature: WHAT DOESN’T KILL US
10:30-12:30 PM Short Film Block: Adult Animation

FEATURE FILMS

SOUVENIRS, a murderabilia shop clerk discovers her own family’s dark history when she’s asked to sell souvenirs from a crime not yet solved. Showing before this feature is the short film SOMETHING BLUE. 

WHAT DOESN’T KILL US is a mockumentary about rehabilitated zombies (or necro-sapiens, to be politically correct) facing the adversities that come with living in a time when they aren’t yet considered socially equal to homo-sapiens (aka, human beings). Showing before this feature is the short film KILL THE NARRATOR.

SHORT FILM BLOCKS

Women of Character Shorts
Our favorite women characters that have won our minds throughout the eras! This block includes:

  • BORN STILL
  • MIRACLE BABY
  • HATSHEPSUT
  • JACK AND ANNA
  • THE TEA AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TEAPOT
  • ALINA

Comedy Shorts
A (sometimes dark) comedy explosion of all tastes and types! This block includes:

  • THE MEETING
  • TIGHT SPOT
  • URINATION COMPLICATION
  • ADVICE
  • AMITYVILLE WITCH ACTIVITY
  • NEW YEAR’S KISS
  • BUYERS REMORSE
  • BADNAPPING
  • AUTUMN’S BREEZE
  • NUCLEAR FAMILY
  • ROUND UP WINE
  • LOVE POTION NO. 5
  • THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
  • LOST TREASURE OF THE VALLEY

Adult Animation Shorts
These are not animations for the faint of heart—only sturdy and lucid minds should embark on these shorts that range from the enlightened to the traumatic. This block includes:

  • WOOER
  • TOP DEATH
  • MALAKOUT
  • DESIRE ELEGY
  • NO MORE CHICKEN
  • TANGLE
  • THE QUIET
  • PANIC ATTACK!
  • THE WEDDING CAKE
  • DREAMLIKE
  • MIRROR
  • ACCEPT
  • HURT
  • HUMAN BOX
  • GOING ON STAGE

Projection-Mapping Special Preview

Friday, December 18 at 5:30pm
Downtown Comerica Bank Building 
101 N Washington Square

To kick off this weekend’s festivities, we will unveil a special preview of a massive-scale public art project that has been in the making for several years.

On Friday, December 18th beginning at 5:30pm, the entire 14-story facade of our lovely Downtown Comerica Bank building will be transformed by a breathtaking display of 3D projection-mapping artistry and technology.

The title of this 12,000 square foot film experience is TERRA FORMS: THE SAGA OF A COSMIC TREE, which follows the life of an ancient tree from seedling to full-grown super-organism.

And don’t forget that this is only the beginning of CCFF 9.5! Drive-in films will begin at 6:30pm, immediately following the first Projection Mapping show. TERRA FORMS will also continue to run throughout the evening every half hour on Friday. The full film schedule will be announced throughout the week.

 

CCFF 9.5 Drive-in/Walk-up Weekend

CCFF 9.5
Drive-in/Walk-up Weekend 
December 18-19, 2020
Downtown Lansing
*FREE ADMISSION*

Two hundred and sixty-five *short* days ago, we made the painful decision to postpone the much-anticipated 10th edition of the Capital City Film Festival. Back then, we thought we might be able to gather somewhat as normal in the summer. SEVERAL DRAMATIC PLOT TWISTS LATER: oh hai December!

We’ve spent much of the interceding time hatching a plan to share at least the highlights of those painstakingly curated 100+ films with you before 2020 ends. So here’s the deal: We’re bringing a selection of films to downtown Lansing for all to enjoy, drive-in movie style.

Get cozy in your car and join us for two nights of short and feature films! On Friday at sunset, we’ll kick things off with a sneak preview of the massive scale projection mapping installation—planned to officially debut next spring—on the entire 14-story facade of the downtown Comerica Bank Building, followed by drive-in festival films in the area between the Knapp’s Building and the Cooley Temple Building. We’ll pick right back up on Saturday evening with several more blocks of riveting films.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for precise location details and film announcements coming soon!

CCFF Update: COVID-19

After extensive consideration, it is with a heavy heart that we share our decision to postpone the 2020 Capital City Film Festival planned for April 9-18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are sad you won’t get to experience the outstanding full lineup we had nearly ready to announce, the safety of our extended community is at the forefront of our values. 

Don’t despair too hard, though: Our team is already working on CCFF 9.5 — a summertime retooling of our 2020 festival content.

We have been in contact with our Fortnight Film Contest competitors, as well as our Patron Pass and  All-Access Pass holders to work out the details on entry and pass fees. If we missed you, please message us on your social media network of choice or shoot us an email at  info@capitalcityflimfest.com.

REAL TALK: These are weird times. Our thought earlier this week was to scale back some of our larger events, implement precautionary measures at venues and place seats farther apart. The more we processed it, though, we realized that not only would this scenario severely impact the festival-going experience, but we couldn’t in good conscience expect our guests from around the world to make travel plans in these uncertain times. It simply didn’t feel right to continue.

We hope to see you at CCFF 9.5 this summer, and we look forward to celebrating the (real) 10th annual CCFF with you in April 2021. We’ll share more details on both as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime, we hope you stay safe, cozy up at home, and find some good movies to watch. We are grateful for your understanding as we navigate this situation.

With love and virtual high fives, 

The CCFF team

2020 Concerts at The Avenue

Get ready for two full weekends of live music at The Avenue! We’re stoked to bring you five nights of shows at one of our favorite Lansing spots during the tenth annual festival. Scroll through the lineup below, and remember: you can grab a $50 all-access pass for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the 2020 Capital City Film Festival, April 9-18. 

DETAILS: $5 at the door / 9pm doors / 21+

THURSDAY, APRIL 9 // RSVP + DETAILS

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 // RSVP + DETAILS

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 // RSVP + DETAILS

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 // RSVP & DETAILS

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 // RSVP & DETAILS

2020 Concerts at The Loft + Mac’s Bar

We’re partnering with the good people of The Loft & Mac’s Bar to bring you another stacked lineup of shows during the 10th annual Capital City Film Festival. Check out the lineup and ticket links below. As always, you can grab a $50 all-access pass [buy passes here] for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the festival – April 9-18, 2020.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10 AT MAC’S BAR // RSVP + TICKETS

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 AT MAC’S BAR // RSVP + TICKETS

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 AT THE LOFT // RSVP + TICKETS

FRIDAY, APRIL 17 AT THE LOFT // RSVP + TICKETS

CCFF Celebrates 10 Years, Announces 2020 Opening, Closing Night Films

LANSING, Mich. — Today, the Capital City Film Festival announced its 10th annual event and the first Michigan screening of the highly anticipated film FLINT: Who Do You Trust? Named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker, CCFF celebrates artists from around the world by showcasing independent films, live music, interactive media and more. The festival also announced its opening night film, Once Upon a River, another selection with strong Michigan roots.

CCFF 2020 takes place April 9-18 at venues throughout Lansing. Select events are open to the public, free of charge. General admission to film screenings is $5, and concerts range from $5-$15. The $50 all-access pass grants admission to all film screenings, concerts and parties. Passes can be purchased here

“We are thrilled to see the 10th year of this eclectic festival that brings families from all over Michigan together to celebrate art, culture and community right here in Lansing,” said Andy Schor, mayor of Lansing. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy award-winning films, live music and activities with family and friends of all ages.” 

CCFF’s 2020 closing night film, FLINT: Who Do You Trust?, chronicles one of America’s most infamous pollution disasters, shedding light on the devastating variety of stories of people affected by the Flint water crisis. Directed by Scottish filmmaker Anthony Baxter and narrated by Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin, the film calls attention to the crisis itself and the enduring issues of partisan politics and environmental resources. Cameras began rolling at the height of the crisis in 2015, with the documentary spanning the entirety of the story. CCFF will be the film’s Michigan premiere, serving as the festival’s closing film with the director and producer in attendance.

“We are honored to debut FLINT: Who Do You Trust?, a film that tells a necessary and impactful story with a strong Michigan connection,” said Dominic Cochran, co-founder of CCFF and co-director of the festival. “As we celebrate 10 years of the festival, we continue to strive to bring internationally acclaimed films that will resonate with those throughout our state, and beyond.” 

The festival’s opening night film, Once Upon a River, is based on a best-selling novel by Michigan native Bonnie Jo Campbell. The story is set in rural Michigan and has familiar scenes of Michigan’s natural beauty, giving prominence to characters from tribal communities. Once Upon a River has been featured in more than 25 festivals around the country and has won multiple awards including best directing from the BendFilm Festival and Boston Film Festival in recognition of Director Haroula Rose, and best film from Tallgrass International Film Festival. CCFF will also serve as the opening film’s Michigan premiere, with the director and book author in attendance for opening night.

New this year, CCFF is launching the Capital City Film Festival Poetry Project, directed by CCFF’s poet-in-residence, Nancy DeJoy. The program will engage 20 local poets to reflect on and respond to the festival’s films and events, enriching the ways CCFF inspires the community. The call for poets is open through March 5.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Lansing’s writing community to come together and take a deep dive into the stories, art and culture the film festival presents,” said Nancy DeJoy, poet-in-residence.  

The Fortnight Film Contest, CCFF’s competition for teams of amateur, student and professional filmmakers, is currently accepting registrations. The contest officially begins March 19, with films due April 2. Entries are judged by a panel of professional filmmakers and film lovers, and the top films will be shown during the festival and win $5,000 in cash prizes.

Festival venues, live music artists and film schedules will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned!

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