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Free Concert: The Damnwells

This popular up-and-coming band has opened for huge acts such as The Fray, The Dixie Chicks, Blue October, Augustana, Cary Brothers, Nada Surf and Cheap Trick. Their MySpace page continues to have musical downloads in the hundreds of thousands, with many celebrity fans and supporters. Having signed a major record deal with EPIC records, The Damnwells became the subject of the award winning documentary GOLDEN DAYS. This Fall, five songs from The Damnwells will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming Ryan Reynolds film, CHAOS THEORY, for Warner Bros. The Damnwells are currently on a nationwide tour.

Free Opening Night Screening & Street Party

The Festival kicks off at 6pm with an outdoor street party--musical performance by The Damnwells (opening band for The Fray, Dixie Chicks, and Cheap Trick).  Enjoy the Beer Garden by Budweiser and Saugatuck Brewing Company featuring Waterfront's own WATERFRONT ALE.  Grab some burgers and brats from The Butler BBQ!  At dusk enjoy a FREE OUTDOOR SCREENING of "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND" in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Free Outdoor Screening: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Waterfront Film Festival is pleased to present a special 30th anniversary screening of Close Encounter of the Third Kind. Directed by Steven Speilberg, Close Encounters took home the Oscar for Best Cinematography and received 7 other nominations. It was also nominated for 4 Golden Globes and won a Grammy for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture.


American Fork - (Midwest Premiere)

From the Producer of Napoleon Dynamite comes this hilarious story about the life and times of a well-meaning but socially awkward fat grocery clerk who struggles with his troubled family and huge waistline as he seeks a higher purpose in life and, at long last, his driver’s license. Stars Hubbel Palmer and Billy Baldwin.
Preceded by: Little Blue: Live the Dream

Blue State - (Midwest Premiere)

A romantic comedy about a disgruntled Democrat who actually follows though on a drunken campaign promise to move to Canada if George Bush gets re-elected. Stars Breckin Meyer and Anna Paquin
Preceded by: Robots Are Blue

Chapter 27 - (Midwest Premiere)

Jared Leto stars as the infamous Beatles stalker Mark David Chapman as he spirals out of control in the days leading up to his calculated murder of John Lennon. Also stars Linsday Lohan. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: Angel, The

Divergence - (Midwest Premiere)

A wounded soldier returning from Iraq finds solace in the arms of a mysterious and beautiful woman. In a common bond of pain and loss, they must make decisions that will have profound effects on the rest of their lives.
Preceded by: Transgressions

Eagle vs Shark

A funny and wacky tale of two socially awkward misfits who find a strange mutual love connection through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: Death to the Tinman

Garage, The - (Midwest Premiere)

A sweet coming-of-age drama about a young mechanic who dreams of leaving his small hometown in search of a better life. But, when tragedy strikes, he must decide once and for all whether to stay or to leave and follow his passion
Preceded by: Loom

Go-Getter, The - (Midwest Premiere)

A talented young cast rounds out this solid indie about a curious teenager who takes a road-trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. Along the way, he discovers a profound connection with the car-owner and with himself as well. Stars Zooey Deschanel, Jena Malone and Lou Taylor Pucci. Official Selection Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: JPOD

Good Time Max - (Midwest Premiere)

Spiderman’s James Franco directs and stars in this film about two genius brothers who take drastically different courses in life. One becomes a successful surgeon and the other pursues a drug-fueled high life. However, they remain inextricably connected to each other.
Preceded by: Hollow

Johan - (Midwest Premiere)

This quirky and endearing Dutch romantic comedy is about Johan, the 11th male child and black sheep of the Netherlands’ most famous soccer family, as he struggles to win the heart his true love.
Preceded by: Palweiser Label

Memories of Tomorrow - (Midwest Premiere)

A heart-wrenching tale of a successful Japanese businessman whose family life is shattered by early onset Alzheimer's. Winner of Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor - Ken Watanabe.
Preceded by: Delivery


Midlothia is a small, tight knit town, where everyone knows everyone else's business. On Fred's last day in town, he and his closest friends uncover secrets that threaten the fabric of their friendship.
Preceded by: Mute

On Broadway - (Midwest Premiere)

After an unexpected death in the family, an aspiring Boston playwright creates a play about the events. With a misfit group of would-be actors and friends, the gang struggles to stage the production in the back of a rowdy Irish pub. A crowd-pleasing comedy/drama starring Joseph McIntyre.
Preceded by: Fool Me Once

Vanaja - (Midwest Premiere)

Beautifully shot in rural South India, this film explores the chasm that divides classes as 14 year old Vanaja fights ancient social barriers as she comes of age - a tale of class, family, and animus from which there is only one escape. Official Selection Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals.
Preceded by: Push

When a Man Falls in the Forest - (Midwest Premiere)

The intertwining lives of three men and one woman, each consumed with personal struggles, reveals that each deal with his/her problems in different, self-destructive ways. Stars Timothy Hutton and Sharon Stone.
Preceded by: Other Half, The


Can Mr. Smith Get To Washington Anymore?

Told from inside the campaign of Jeff Smith, a 29-year old part-time political science instructor at Washington University, this doc offers an unvarnished look at the inside of what national pundits called one of 2004's surprising campaigns.
Preceded by: Why Not...

Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life - (Michigan Premiere)

A tear-jerking and sometimes hilarious true story of a fifteen year old rapper who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and sets out across the country on a mission to get his wheelchair tricked-out by MTV's “Pimp My Ride."

Dirty Country - (Midwest Premiere)

A raunchy, light-hearted documentary about Larry Pierce, a small town factory worker and family man who moonlights as a singer of country music with dirty lyrics. Forced into early retirement by his factory, he finds himself center stage with throngs of cheering fans and supporters including Howard Stern.

Golden Days - (Midwest Premiere)

Rock band “The Damnwells” signed a major record deal and have opened for huge musical acts like “The Dixie Chicks” and “The Frey”. Unfortunately, you currently can’t find their album in stores. This musical documentary follows the band’s path as they struggle with the record company and nearly have their careers destroyed by the people who signed them.
Preceded by: Fairy Tale, A

Hellfighters - (Midwest Premiere)

An inspirational documentary on Harlem’s only high school football team, the Hellfighters. Organized and coached by Doug Ferguson of the Dallas Cowboys, they play their way out of the ghetto one touchdown at a time.
Preceded by: Guys Guide to Zombies

I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life & Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal - (Midwest Premiere)

Narrated by Academy Award Winning Actress Nicole Kidman and directed by Academy Award Winning Documentarian Richard Trank. This powerful and moving film delves into the life and legacy of famed Jewish Holocaust survivor turned Nazi hunting hero Simon Wiesenthal.
Preceded by: What Hits The Moon

It's Happiness - A Polka Documentary - (Michigan Premiere)

With bouncy Polka music as the backdrop this spirited documentary delves into the lively Wisconsin polka scene, featuring a cast of colorful characters as they dance their way to keeping the Polka tradition alive.
Preceded by: Rover's Return

Life of Reilly, The - (Michigan Premiere)

If, in 1940, you had a lobotomized aunt, an institutionalized father, a racist mother, and were the only gay kid on the block, what do you think the odds would be that you'd end up a Tony winner, a staple of television, and a generational icon? Stars Charles Nelson Reilly as he performs his award-winning one-man show.
Preceded by: Available Men

Row Hard No Excuses - (Michigan Premiere)

Two middle-aged men set out to win “the world’s toughest race”—three thousand grueling miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat. This documentary will make you wonder if it is a noble quest or an ill-fated nightmare.

Twisted: A Balloonamentary - (Midwest Premiere)

A funny and heart warming documentary, this film exposes how eight professional balloon twisters’ lives were dramatically changed by a two cent piece of latex.

Wrath of Gods - (Michigan Premiere)

A documentary about the unbelievable difficulties of shooting a $50 million dollar film in Iceland. When faced with one disaster after another, the crew begins to wonder if the Norse gods are actually working against them.
Preceded by: Toll, The

   Michigan Showcase

Comic Evangelists

In the small mid-western town of Kalamazoo, Michigan, we meet the Comic Evangelists, the world’s first improv troupe on a mission from God. Following the team’s rise from obscurity through the eyes of three longtime friends, this film will leave audiences roaring with laughter and praising the comedic powers that be.
Preceded by: Train Town

Little Thumb - (U.S. Premiere)

A son and grandson travel back to the Netherlands to honor their father's dark past as a concentration camp survivor.
Preceded by: Relative Freedom

Midnight Clear - (Midwest Premiere)

For many people, the holidays are the loneliest time of year. Merry Christmas.
Preceded by: Coldcalling

Nail Polish - (Midwest Premiere)

Nail Polish is a 1980's coming-of-age comic drama set one summer at the Jersey shore about a socially-challenged young woman dealing with her emerging sexuality and her issues with mortality.
Preceded by: Soap

Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance, The

The Reckoning: Remembering the Dutch Resistance is a compelling story and eyewitness account of six survivors in war-torn Netherlands during World War II.
Preceded by: Disappearance of the Preserver

Strictly Background

Sometimes to make it big, you have to start out small. Strictly Background is the story of all the little people, the men and women who become the anonymous faces behind our favorite stars. Find out what life is like for these dedicated aspiring actors on and off the screen.
Preceded by: Copyright, Culture (Remixed): Volume 3 - Illegal Art

Trouble with Dee Dee, The

Like oil and water, Dee Dee and her father have lived essentially separate lives for the past 15 years. Now, on the eve of his retirement, her father finds he's got one piece of unfinished business: to finally make an upstanding woman of his brash, neglected, and undisciplined daughter.
Preceded by: Sweet Dreams


And The Winner Is...

Join our panelists as they discuss taking a chance on the unknown in the hopes of creating the next classic film.

Come On Over!

Join us for this fun, family friendly screening and discussion featuring the stars, creators, and team of the West Michigan based children's television show Come On Over!

Made In Michigan

Join our panelists to discuss the aspects of what needs to occur to bring filmmaking in Michigan to the next level and how you can be involved.

Make A Doc That Rocks

Join our filmmakers as they discuss their passion for documentary filmmaking and the journeys they took to bring their stories to the screen.

Talent Pool

Meet a panel of prestigious actors who have been in the trenches and will tell us firsthand what it takes to make it as an actor.

   Narrative Short

Angel, The - (Midwest Premiere)

An old woman lays dying in an eerie hospital holding onto her grandaughter's hand, believing her grandaughter is the one person who can keep her alive.

Available Men

A case of mistaken identities between a Hollywood agent sent to sign a writer and a gay man waiting for a blind date.

Death to the Tinman

A story of how the OZ Tinman lost his limbs, his lover, his heart and tried to get his life back.


An old man lives a lonely life in the dark shadows of industrial smog until a package arrives that gives him the ability to change his environment.

Fairy Tale, A - (Michigan Premiere)

A toothless fairy must overcome many obstacles to capture his first tooth.

Fool Me Once - (Midwest Premiere)

A clever, coquettish housewife sees her husband off to work with an obligatory kiss and a steaming cup of coffee before her lover shows up with a beautiful diamond necklace.

Guys Guide to Zombies

The definitive A-Z guide to living with the undead!

Hollow - (Michigan Premiere)

What initially seems to be a portrait of suburban domestic life quickly turns into a disturbing journey through a young boy's troubled pathology.

JPOD - (Midwest Premiere)

In the crazy cubicles of video game programmers the story centers on a young man and his stunted but sincere efforts to win the affections of the "New Girl."

Little Blue: Live the Dream

A young penguin breaks away from tradition and pursues his dream.

Loom - (Midwest Premiere)

A street musician risks his life to save a child and meets his death at the hands of an old woman who is much more than she appears.


Eileen plans revenge against her sister who she blames for an accident that left her deaf and mute.

Other Half, The - (Midwest Premiere)

A man can't seem to figure out what's missing in his life until he comes across a man who seems oddly familiar, sleeping in his closet.

Palweiser Label - (Midwest Premiere)

After losing his big break into commercial work, a young Chinese American unleashes his own unique vision.


A man desperate to support his family, agrees to be a part of a simple bank robbery with tragic results.

Robots Are Blue - (Michigan Premiere)

In a future workplace infiltrated by robots, sometimes the line between human and machine becomes blurred.

Rover's Return - (Midwest Premiere)

Seeking the money they need to clear a debt, two lads come up with a plan that affects the relationship between a man and his dog.

Toll, The - (Midwest Premiere)

An animated story of a film student who interviews a troll that lives under a bridge.

Transgressions - (Midwest Premiere)

Set in the future where even the slightest mistake sends one to a public death at the hands of celebrity assassins called Agents.

What Hits The Moon

An animated telling of the cycles of life through a woman and the moon.

Why Not... - (World Premiere)

A dreamer & a pessimist argue over the validity of hope...

   Michigan Showcase - Short

Coldcalling - (Midwest Premiere)

Caught in between the search for someone better and running out of choices, two strangers are forced to face the irreversible nature of their situation.

Copyright, Culture (Remixed): Volume 3 - Illegal Art - (World Premiere)

Featuring the "illegal art" traveling show, this short illustrates the gray areas of US copyright law and fair use.

Disappearance of the Preserver - (World Premiere)

This interactive video installation addresses the eventual loss of Lake Michigan's ice cover -- the lake's preserver -- due to climate change. The sounds and images presented in this work were collected in Muskegon, Grand Haven and Holland in order to preserve a memory of the 2007 winter coastline's stark and beautiful features and a reminder of the importance of this powerful yet fragile Michigan resource.

Relative Freedom - (Michigan Premiere)

Created as part of a filmmaking competition, this first-person documentary short details the director's journey to interview members of his immediate family about how they feel about his homosexuality.


How much can life change during the life-cycle of a bar of soap?

Sweet Dreams - (Midwest Premiere)

What if your dreams just slid away?

Train Town - (World Premiere)

A 1950s conservative patriot battles a 1960s sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll hippie on the minor scale battleground of a model train town.

   Local Filmmakers Showcase

Bird Fan

Larry, a young struggling rocker meets his bandmate's brother, Doug, a nerdy bird enthusiast. He is conflicted when Doug experiences the greatest and most absurd tragedy of his life.  To be shown as part of the Local Filmmakers Showcase.

Generation G

A exploration of Latvian-American culture in Michigan in attempts to preserve the rich history.  To be shown as part of the Local Filmmakers Showcase.
Preceded by: Hunting


When two friends  go hunting, things get explosive when a serious betrayal is revealed.  To be shown as part of the Local Filmmakers Showcase.

In a Single Bound

In a Single Bound takes us from the inception of Superman by his creators Siegel and Shuster to his explosion into comic books, film, and even the courtroom. This documentary is sure to fascinate anyone who has ever wondered what heroes are made of.  To be shown as part of the Local Filmmakers Showcase.

Line of Best Fit

A twist of fate and a mistaken break up call leads Kyle to a new romance.

She Died a Hard Death

A documentary about the sinking of the Hennepin in the Grand River in Ferrysburg, Michigan on August 18, 1927.  To be shown as part of the Local Filmmakers Showcase.

   Student Showcase

27,000 Days - (Midwest Premiere)

A dying man's search for respite collides with the existential and even the spiritual as he awakens to his final epiphany.

Face of Fear, The

Trapped at home a young girl finds herself in a living nightmare.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

In Light

Have you seen the light- a cultural historical look at stained glass windows.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

Knife Grinder's Tale, The

A father sets out on a journey to bridge the distance between love and death in the face of violence.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

Murder on Vine - (World Premiere)

A hard-nosed detective sniffs out the culprit of the Vine Street murder.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

Pickup, The

A promiscuous boyfriend has to learn his lesson the hard way.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

Producing Fiction

A freshman remakes Star Wars in order to impress the girl of his dreams.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

Surviving Grandpop

When an estranged grandfather shows up unannounced, John is forced to face his family’s hard past.  To be shown as part of the Student Showcase.

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