2018 Festival

2018 Brew & View Series

Thaw out with us as we gear up for the 2018 festival with our annual Brew & View series! We’re doing a couple throwback flicks and some live music at one of our favorite watering holes, The Avenue.

FREE and open to all – movies start at 8pm and music will immediately follow. Drinks and grub available for purchase at The Avenue (2021 E Michigan Ave).

Friday, February 23 :: BEETLEJUICE followed by LIPSTICK JODI performing
Showing before the feature: Chapter Four, Kidnapped for Good, and Goldfish – 3rd place winners in the 2017 Fortnight Film Contest

Friday, March 23 :: SUPER TROOPERS followed by THE TRASH CATS performing
Showing before the feature: Nazi Punch, Tracker, and Peripheral – Best Original Score, 2nd place, and 1st place winners (respectively) in the 2017 Fortnight Film Contest

2017 Turner Street Outdoor Theater

Turner Street Outdoor Theater returns for its seventh season! Pull up a lawn chair, cooler, and some buddies and tune in for some sweet summer fun. All for FREE in Old Town Lansing’s Cesar Chavez Plaza (formerly Lot 56). Facebook event here

8pm: Live music by Luxury Flux
9pm: Live music by Beat Loaf
10pm: Movie on the big screen – SIXTEEN CANDLES

8pm: Live music by Dirt Room
9pm: Live music by The Arrangement
10pm: Movie on the big screen – WEIRD SCIENCE

NOTE: In case of inclement weather, rain dates are July 28-29.

Brought to you by the Lansing Public Media Center, Capital City Film Festival, and Such Video

Interview: Guilty Simpson


Detroit MC Guilty Simpson has been putting it down since the mid-90s for the city of Detroit and Michigan as a whole. Originating from the crew The Almighty Dreadnaughtz, Guilty has worked with some of most talented producers & MCs in the game, including J Dilla, Mr. Porter, Madlib, BlackMilk, Sean Price and Apollo Brown.

True to his underground roots, Guilty Simpson brings raw hip-hop to whatever stage he occupies. Read our Q&A with him and get ready for his live show at The Avenue on Saturday, April 8.

How would you describe your sound to someone unfamiliar with your music?

Non-commercial underground HipHop would be accurate. Raw lyrics over Raw beats. I try not to focus on the mainstream my music is more for the soul with a rough edge.

Who are some of your influences?

Kool G Rap, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Ice Cube Biggie, Tupac. Really any music that has the street commentary with it. I feel if an artist can put pros & cons to street life in their music is authentic. That’s my separates commentary from glorification in my opinion.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given as an artist?

“Know your worth”- J Dilla. That was the best piece of advice I could receive because we have to set boundaries in this field. Unlike a 9-5 we constantly negotiate our worth/value to each individual job, every day. Working 9-5 you basically know what you are getting every week. It made me understand that I should always handle my business 1st. Wear my business hats in these social environments because they can use me up if I let them.

What inspirations outside of music have an impact on your music?

Sports are a big thing for me. I love football, basketball, UFC, boxing, tennis, baseball and more. It’s inspiring to me because it taught me as a kid to be a team player. I was my mothers only child so it taught me to share and bond with my peers. Also, my family & travel provide inspiration.

What are you working on currently / what’s next for you?

I’m working on a solo album, and EP with MED from Oxnard Cali, and an international EP. All of those things are in production so I will be very active this year.

Event details: http://bit.ly/2nQbtps

Interview: Small Parks

A few friends getting together to write some songs is not an unusual story. And while lineup changes, stagnancy, and moving apart are often the death-knell of these friends turned into bands, that hasn’t been the case for Lansing’s Small Parks.

In fact, the opposite is true. 2016’s Honest Light is Small Parks’ first full-length album, and the result of four years of songwriting. We had the chance to chat with the group in anticipation of their CCFF performance (for the second time!) alongside Stef Chura, Peter J Hochstedler and Lucy on Friday, April 7 at The Avenue.

How would you describe your sound to someone unfamiliar with your music?

I think of us as a band in that emo/punk wheelhouse. We don’t really do any of the twinkly guitar stuff associated with a lot of emo, though. More Saves the Day or Superchunk kinda vibes.

Who are some of your influences?

I think each of us has a pretty broad set of influences, but we definitely share some. Motion City Soundtrack and Death Cab for Cutie are a couple of those. We’re also inspired by a lot of current artists: The Sidekicks, The Menzingers, Weatherbox – things of that nature.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given as an artist?

Honestly, most of us have been playing in bands for close to 10 years now. We’ve gotten pretty savvy, and we’ve learned not to take anything too seriously. We’ve learned that playing a gig to five people isn’t the end of the world, and to give those five people watching everything we have.

I think as artists we’re always learning about ourselves and those around us. Just being respectful to your community is another great idea to live by.

What inspirations outside of music have an impact on your music?

Loved ones, mostly. Situations and experiences. I (James) have always tried to make sure a piece of myself is in every song I write, even when I take some liberties as an artist. I like being honest, and I like writing about the things I’ve experienced.

What are you working on currently / what’s next for you?

We’re getting ready to work on some new music over the next few months, and play some more shows as well! We just wrapped up a short tour that went really well, and we’re looking to get back out and playing more shows. We haven’t worked on new music as a band since our album came out last year, so it’ll be very exciting to bring the concepts and ideas we’ve been working on individually to the band, and to see what happens.

Event details: http://bit.ly/2mTDoWg

Interview: Zoos of Berlin

Formed in 2006 by vocalists Trevor Naud and Daniel I. Clark, along with drummer Collin Dupuis, keyboardist Will Yates and guitarist Matthew Howard, Zoos of Berlin sound touches on glam, jazz, Afrobeat, post punk, krautrock and more. The band operates a Detroit studio helmed by Dupuis (whose recent mixing credits include Angel Olsen’s My Woman and Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence), and is now celebrating the release of their third LP, Instant Evening.

We caught up with Trevor Naud to learn a bit more about Zoos of Berlin and get you even more stoked to see them live at CCFF 2017.

How would you describe your sound to someone unfamiliar with your music?

We are fond of classic songwriters like Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), David Bowie, Tom Waits and The Beatles. I think we are always looking to incorporate a good pop hook here and there, but never want to be too obvious about it, at the risk of coming off like a straight-up pop band… which, truthfully, when you look at the body as a whole, we are not.

To anyone unfamiliar with our music, we ask that you listen to each song at least twice before you decide not to like it. But maybe that’s a tall order? Most people get lazy and just say we sound like David Bowie. Not a bad comparison. If only we were that good!

Who are some of your influences?

Collin, our drummer and engineer, is a massive Elvin Jones fan. We all really like Michael Nyman’s early soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films. We love Ennio Morricone and Alessandro Alessandroni (RIP). Love Talking Heads. Wire. Guided By Voices. Arthur Russell. And the folks mentioned above.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given as an artist?

Never stop making things.

What inspirations outside of music have an impact on your music?

Definitely visual art. But life events, too. I think we all draw plenty of influence from our personal lives and the situations we’re in.

What’s next for Zoos of Berlin?

We’re working on a new record. We have about 22 songs tracked and it tastes very, very good!
Catch Zoos of Berlin live on Thursday, April 6 at The Avenue! Event details: http://bit.ly/2odVx0P

2017 Symphonic Cinema

The Capital City Film Festival and Lansing Symphonic Orchestra bring you the 2017 Symphonic Cinema featuring Disney in Concert: Around the World

ONE NIGHT ONLY! The Lansing Symphony Orchestra performs live with the big screen at the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival. From the cobblestone streets of France in Beauty and the Beast to under the sea with The Little Mermaid, journey to far off places around the globe where the stories, tales, and myths of many cultures originated. It’s a small world, after all.

Wednesday, April 5 | 7pm | Lansing Center | Free Admission

This event is FREE and open to the public! Reserved seating section is available to CCFF all-access festival pass holders only. Grab your pass here.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts © All rights reserved.

This collaboration is made possible with support from Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) and the Sense of Place in the Arts grant program by the City of Lansing, Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and Lansing Economic Development Corporation.

2017 Red Carpet Premiere Party

Come one, come all – it’s time to get fancy and kick off the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival with the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the five-day festival lineup. Plenty of craft beer, wine, and spirits on tap, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Lansing Brewing Company.

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5-7pm
WHERE: Lansing Brewing Company
TICKETS: There are THREE ways to attend the Red Carpet Premiere Party – read on:

1) Purchase a $10 ticket HERE (includes admission to the Red Carpet Premiere Party and the Opening Night Film Dave Made a Maze).

2) Buy a $50 all-access pass HERE (includes admission to all film screenings, concerts, and parties during CCFF 2017).

3) Volunteer for CCFF! Sign up HERE. Once confirmed for a volunteer shift, you’ll receive more info about how to retrieve your volunteer pass (includes admission to all film screenings, Avenue concerts, and parties during CCFF 2017). Questions? Email CCFF Coordinator Jill Rinckey at jill@capitalcityfilmfest.com.

Keep the celebration going all night with CCFF’s opening night film showing at Potter’s Mill in REO Town, followed by live performances from NOTHING at the Loft and ZOOS OF BERLIN at The Avenue. More details on the entire festival lineup coming soon.

P.S. Wondering about that ticket cost? For the first time in seven years, we are charging admission to the Red Carpet Premiere Party. Proceeds from the party will directly advance CCFF’s mission and programming — so it’s all for a good cause!

2017 Concerts @ The Avenue

Hey there! In addition to two shows at the The Loft, CCFF presents three concerts at The Avenue on Lansing’s Eastside during the 2017 Capital City Film Festival. We’re excited to be using this gem of a venue for the first time. Check out the shows we’ve got lined up (and click on each to invite friends on Facebook).

LOCATION: The Avenue (2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing)
DETAILS: Doors at 9pm // 18+ // $5 at the door only

‘1984’ National Screening – United State of Cinema

Join the Capital City Film Festival alongside 100+ art house movie theaters across the country in the United State of Cinema – a special screening of the film 1984 (trailer) based on the 1949 novel by George Orwell.

The protagonist Winston Smith (played by John Hurt who passed away in January 2017), begins keeping a forbidden diary on April 4th, thus the chosen date for the National Screening Day. Participating theaters and organizations believe that the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts is an attack on creative expression and free speech.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7pm, the evening before the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival begins

WHERE: Lansing Public Media Center, 2500 S. Washington Ave, Lansing MI

TICKETS: $10 (buy here), or included in the 2017 CCFF all-access pass (buy here). Spread the word on Facebook (here).

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Proceeds from this special screening will benefit Creative Many and the Refugee Development Center.

Co-hosted by Renegade Theatre Festival, Williamston Theatre, Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Lansing Art Gallery, and Creative Many

2017 Concerts @ The Loft

We’re thrilled to announce two incredible shows as part of the seventh annual Capital City Film Festival!

Buy tickets here and join the Facebook event here.

Buy tickets here and join the Facebook event here.

As always, you can get a $50 all-access pass (instead of concert tickets) for entry to ALL concerts, film screenings, and parties during the 2017 Capital City Film Festival, April 5-9. Here ya go!