2020 Festival

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!

2020 Brew & View Series

Our beloved Brew & View series is back! We’re showing a couple of throwback flicks paired with live music at one of our favorites, The Avenue. FREE and open to all 21+. Movies start at 8pm and music will immediately follow. Eats and drinks will be available for purchase at The Avenue.

Friday, February 28 :: COMING TO AMERICA at 8pm, live music by JAMES GARDIN at 10pm

Showing before the feature: Pendulum and Hit – 2nd and 3rd place winners in the 2019 Fortnight Film Contest.

Friday, March 27 :: ROMY & MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION at 8pm, live music by RODEO BOYS at 10pm

Showing before the feature: Last Right and Coinrun Park– 1st place and Audience Choice winners in the 2019 Fortnight Film Contest.

2020 CCFF Poetry Project

Capital City Film Festival is excited to announce this year’s Poetry Project, directed by CCFF’s Poet-in-Residence Nancy DeJoy. The program will include area poets who will respond to the festival’s films and events, enriching the ways in which CCFF inspires the community. This new initiative is generously underwritten by Redhead Design Studio.

The Poetry Project will call for 20 local poets who will be asked to respond to a CCFF feature film or collection of short films through poetry. Poets will be required to attend a training session on how to respond to film as a medium using a form of ekphrasis poetry that has been adapted for film. Ekphrastic poetry was originally developed to respond to a painting or sculpture in ways that amplify its meaning, and more recently was expanded to include interpretive responses to scenes. Following their selected film, each poet will have 24 hours to write a poem that responds to the work.

Poet-in-Residence Nancy DeJoy will then write a long-form piece using the individual poems. In addition, she will write and present an original poem that captures the spirit of CCFF, expanding on the elements of film, music, and more. The entire collection of poetry will later be published in a chapbook to celebrate the 10th annual Capital City Film Festival.   

Call For Poets

We’re seeking area poets to participate in the inaugural CCFF Poetry Project! Directed by Poet-in-Residence Nancy DeJoy, the project gives local poets the opportunity to respond to films included in this year’s festival. Chosen poets will receive a full festival pass and a $50 stipend, and will be required to attend a workshop in responding to films poetically on Saturday, March 14 from 1-4 pm at the Lansing Public Media Center. Refreshments will be provided.  The call for poets is open through March 5, 2020. Please submit the 2020 CCFF Poetry Project form to be considered.

Join our team!

We’re gearing up for the 10th annual Capital City Film Festival and we need your help! Well, you and/or someone you know who might be a good fit for us. We’re hiring for three positions; the two producers will work hand-in-hand on volunteer coordination among other things. The associate producer will support overall festival coordination.

PRODUCER description (2 positions available): Click here
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER description: Click here

Interested? Send your resume to info@capitalcityfilmfest.com and tell us why you think you’re a good fit! Include any previous experience you’ve had engaging with CCFF.


Photo by Eat Pomegranate Photography for CCFF

2019 Red Carpet Premiere Party

Come celebrate the ninth annual Capital City Film Festival with us at the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Hang out with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the 11-day festival lineup. We’ll have plenty of beer, wine, and spirits for drinking, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Impression 5 Science Center.

WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:15 – 7:15pm
WHERE: Impression 5 Science Center, 200 Museum Drive, Lansing MI 48933
TICKETS: There are THREE ways to attend the Red Carpet Premiere Party:

1) Purchase a $10 ticket to the Red Carpet Premiere Party here.

2) Buy a $50 all-access pass (includes admission to all film screenings, concerts, and parties during CCFF 2019): ccff.co/passes

3) Volunteer for a shift during the 2019 festival! Sign up for a shift here. Contact CCFF Coordinator Jill Rinckey at jill@capitalcityfilmfest.com if you have questions.

Make a night of it and head straight from the Red Carpet Premiere Party to the Opening Night Feature Film, Timothy Busfield’s GUEST ARTIST, starring Jeff Daniels, right next door at Riverwalk Theatre. Two back-to-back screenings at 7:15pm and 9:15pm. Capacity is limited, so buy your ticket to secure your seat! If you are an all-access passholder, please plan to arrive early.

PLAY at CCFF

PLAY at CCFF powered by Michigan State University is a hands-on, interactive media and gaming showcase for all ages, offering the opportunity to explore and experience the latest in virtual reality technology, gaming, and interactive filmmaking.

The exhibit gallery will feature:

  • MSU produced and award-winning Plunder Panic, a Swashbuckling, up to 12-person multiplayer arcade game where two rival crews battle for supremacy on the high seas
  • Retro arcade cabinets, desktop and mobile stations showcasing student designed games for education and entertainment
  • Virtual Reality Experiences such as H2-O-NO!, VRchery and Mechalangelo
  • PLUS! Get a chance to playtest the latest games in development

PLAY at CCFF is powered by the MSU Game Design and Development Program and on exhibit at Impression 5 Science Center.

EXHIBIT HOURS:
Thursday, April 18th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM (FREE Launch Party)
Friday, Aprill 19th from 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM*
Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM*
*Free for CCFF pass/ticket holders and Impression 5 Science Center patrons. Available to the public at the price of regular Impression 5 admission. CCFF pass/ticket holders who want to experience the rest of Impression 5 receive half-off admission.

House of More Schedule

The Capital City Film Festival’s House of More schedule is here! Come explore the video art exhibition featuring immersive experiences and live electronic and experimental performances highlighting emerging artists.

Taking principles from Laboria Cubonik’s Xenofeminist Manifesto [XFM] and black feminist critical theory, House of More will explore how women, LGBTQ, and gender-non-conforming individuals within art and the world explore technology to change the future. Curated by Crystal Gause.

FREE and open to the public:

Friday, April 12: 7pm-12am
House of More Opening Night soundtracked by BLVCK ICE 8pm-12am

Saturday, April 13: 1-11pm
Live performances by Wing Vilma wsg/ Normandd 7-10pm

Sunday, April 14: 1-6pm
Live performances by Lu Fuki and Divine Providence wsg/ Pete Jon 3-6pm

Monday, April 15: 1-6pm

Tuesday, April 16: 1-6pm

Wednesday, April 17: 1-6pm

Thursday, April 18: 1-6pm

Friday, April 19: 1-11pm
Live performances by River Spirit wsg/ Mel N 7-10pm

Saturday, April 20: 1-6pm

Sunday, April 21: 1-6pm
Live performances by Jes Kramer wsg/ Sophiyah E. 3-6pm

The Robin Theatre | 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48910

The House of More at the 2019 CCFF is supported in part by the First Impressions Grant Program funded by the City of Lansing and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

2019 Concerts at The Avenue

Two weekends of CCFF means two weekends full of live music! Get ready for FIVE shows at The Avenue this year. 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 2019 Capital City Film Festival, April 11-21. It’s an awesome deal, for real.

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 // FACEBOOK EVENT

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 // FACEBOOK EVENT

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 // FACEBOOK EVENT

THURSDAY, APRIL 18 // FACEBOOK EVENT

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 // FACEBOOK EVENT

2019 Concerts @ The Loft + Mac’s Bar

We’re joining up with Fusion Shows once again to bring you SIX stellar shows during the 2019 festival! Check out the lineup and ticket links by clicking on the image below. As always, you can grab a $50 all-access pass [right here] for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the Capital City Film Festival – April 11-21, 2019.

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