2018 Festival

2018 Red Carpet Premiere Party

Get fancy with us as we celebrate the eighth annual Capital City Film Festival at the Red Carpet Premiere Party! Mingle with filmmakers, musicians, and artists as part of the five-day festival lineup. Plenty of beer, wine, and spirits on tap, appetizers to go around, and live music at this year’s party hosted by Troppo.

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 5-7pm
WHERE: Troppo – 111 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing MI 48933

There are THREE ways to attend the Red Carpet Premiere Party:

1) Purchase a $10 ticket HERE (includes admission to the Red Carpet Premiere Party and the Opening Night Feature Film Never Goin’ Back)

2) Buy a $50 all-access pass HERE (includes admission to all film screenings, concerts, and parties during CCFF 2018).

3) Volunteer! Contact CCFF Coordinator Jill Rinckey at jill@capitalcityfilmfest.com to get signed up.

The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary

CCFF presents The Big Lebowski Bowl & View!

Join us Tuesday, March 6th in the Capital Room at Spare Time Entertainment Center for bowling*, specials on White Russians and B. Nektar’s The Dude’s Rug on tap. Film will start at 7:30PM and will be shown on multiple screens, with full audio.

This event coincides with Spare Time Entertainment’s Ladies’ Night, so ladies bowl for FREE from 8:30PM to close and can enjoy 1/2 off appetizers all night! (Shoe rental not included.) Men bowl for $10 (includes shoe rental).

*Or just watching, as bowling is optional. Robes are optional too, but encouraged.

2018 Concerts @ The Avenue

So, we’re going ALL out with music this year. (If you haven’t seen what’s on tap at The Loft and Mac’s Bar yet, check it out here.) CCFF is thrilled to bring you three shows at The Avenue during the 2018 festival! Check out the lineup below with Facebook event links. 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 11-15, 2018.

DETAILS: Doors at 9pm // 18+ // $5 at the door only

THURSDAY, APRIL 12 // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

FRIDAY, APRIL 13 // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

SATURDAY, APRIL 14 // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

2018 Concerts @ The Loft + Mac’s Bar

We’re teaming up once again with Fusion Shows to bring you FIVE stellar shows during the 2018 festival! Keep scrolling for ticket links and Facebook events. 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 11-15, 2018.


BUY TICKETS HERE // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE


BUY TICKETS HERE // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE


BUY TICKETS HERE // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE


BUY TICKETS HERE // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE


BUY TICKETS HERE // FACEBOOK EVENT HERE

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

FRIDAY, JULY 21
8pm: Live music by Luxury Flux
9pm: Live music by Beat Loaf
10pm: Movie on the big screen – SIXTEEN CANDLES

SATURDAY, JULY 22
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.

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