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   2010 Films
   Special Events

Michigan Film Office Advisory Council Meeting

Join us for this free open-to-the-public event!  Get your questions answered by Governor Granholm's appointed Michigan Film Advisory Council as they meet in an open forum for an informative and sometimes rousing discussion about the latest developments in the booming film industry in Michigan. With it's up to 42% film incentive rebate, Michigan has quickly become the go-to place in the nation to shoot your next film.  

Networking Event

Join us for this new forum on filmmaking. Guest filmmakers, actors and industry professionals will share their views and answer questions. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and network.

Opening Night Street Party Kick Off

The evening kicks off with a street party in Downtown Saugatuck: Singapore Yacht Club Parking Lot (Courtesy of the Butler Restaurant)
• Gates open and music starts at 6PM
FUNKTION 
preceded by
JIM SHANEBERGER BAND

Opening Night: Outdoor Concert & Screening Under the Stars

The evening kicks off with a street party in Downtown Saugatuck: Singapore Yacht Club Parking Lot (Courtesy of the Butler Restaurant)
• Gates open and music starts at 6PM

Headliner Band: SECONDHAND SERENADE (Top 10 hit recording artists "Fall For You")
 • Beer Garden by Budweiser and Food prepared by The Butler
 • $10 at the door, kids under 12 and 3-day passholders are free
SURPRISE CELEBRITY GUESTS IN ATTENDANCE!

SPECIAL SCREENING of the 2010 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS
featuring a hilarious and amazing collection of the most celebrated animated short films of the year.  A must-see!!  GOOD FOR ALL AGES - (except final short that will have a pause before it to allow time for children to leave.)  Featuring: French Roast; Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty; Lady and the Reaper; Matter of Loaf and Death; Logorama (Oscar Winner - Final short with Adult Content)

   Narrative

Annabelle & Bear

Featuring an amazing and heartbreaking performance by two-year-old Olivia Walby. The dramatic, tender story of a tough biker who finds himself suddenly thrust into fatherhood, and the unexpected journey that leads him to discover the life-altering love found in the heart of his little girl.  Filmmaker and Cast in attendance.

Bass Ackwards

After being rejected by his lover and kicked off of his friend's couch, Linas needs a change. He sets off on a cross-country trip in a dilapidated '76 Volkswagen van, encountering a variety of off-kilter characters, each leading him to a deeper understanding of himself. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: True Beauty This Night

Cherry - (Midwest Premiere)

Ivy League freshman Aaron Milton gets a different kind of education when he falls for older classmate Linda, a vivacious former wild-child who has returned to college to straighten out her life. The curriculum gets more challenging when Aaron meets Linda's sarcastic 14 year-old daughter, Beth - who quickly develops a crush on him.  Filmmaker will be in attendance.  Official Selection SXSW Film Festival.  (GALA)
Preceded by: There's Bliss in the Kiss

Dangerous Parking - (Midwest Premiere)

Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by the late Stuart Browne, Dangerous Parking tells the story of Noah Arkwright, a cult director in the indie film world, whose life, filled with both success and excess, is on a crash course, with Noah steering himself towards his own destruction.

Dear Lemon Lima - (Michigan Premiere)

As sweet and colorful as a snow cone, this delightful happy-sad confection follows an awkward Alaskan teen as she discovers her Yup'ik heritage while rallying her fellow misfits to compete in her school's Snowstorm Survivor competition. Filmmaker will be in attendance.
Preceded by: Adventures of Justin and Staci, The

Extra Man, The - (Midwest Premiere)

Kevin Kline, Katie Holmes and Little Miss Sunshine's Paul Dano star in this light-hearted coming-of-age tale about a man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. (GALA)
Preceded by: Thong, The

Fanny, Annie & Danny - (Michigan Premiere)

Fanny, Annie & Danny are dysfunctional adult siblings brought together by their horrific mother for the Christmas holiday. As the tension builds like a tsunami gathering strength silently offshore, we sense the impending climax without knowing exactly when it will hit - or how hard.  Filmmaker and Cast in attendance.
Preceded by: Cigarette Candy

Film Festival Favorites Short Film Program

Enjoy this interesting and fun grouping of award-winning and audience favorite short films including: Official Selection; Like Crude Oil; The Lost and Found Shop; My Invisible Friend; Sunshower; Cara o Cruz; Turning Japanese

Gaia - (Midwest Premiere)

Set and shot entirely on the Native American reservations of Arizona, this stark, cinematic and harrowing film is a brutally realistic, authentic slice of life, following a young woman's journey to reclaim her life from a dark past. Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival.

Horror Short Film Program

AAAAHHHHHH!!!  Jump out of your seat at this collection of scary Horror short films: The Resurrection of Officer Rollins; Say Goodnight, Michael; Up Under the Roof; Off Season (LATE NIGHT MADNESS)

Jordan - (World Premiere)

Five-year-old Jordan rides peacefully in the back seat of her mother's car during a cross-country road trip - until they swerve to avoid a deer on a dark mountain road. What follows is a story of psychological suspense and danger about the ferociously powerful bond between mother and child - and how far each one will go to protect it.  Filmmakers in attendance.
Preceded by: Rooftop Wars

Norman

(SNEAK PEAK) Norman, a troubled high-school misfit with a dead mother and terminally ill father, gets caught in a lie in this quirky and unexpectedly poignant coming-of-age tale. Ben suddenly finds himself much more popular now that his fellow students believe he is dying of cancer. Starring Dan Byrd (Cougartown), Emily VanCamp (Brothers & Sisters) and Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Six Feet Under).  Filmmakers in attendance. (GALA)
Preceded by: The Orange

One Week

What do you do when you're told you only have a short time to live? Ben Tyler (Joshua Jackson) impulsively buys a vintage motorcycle and sets off on a road trip that starts in Toronto and ends up on Vancouver Island in this humorous, profound and extremely moving film. In the search for himself, Ben finds out what makes his country, and his life, so beautiful. Canada's Genie Award for Best Actor.
Preceded by: Mind the Gap

Oscar Animated Short Film Program

SPECIAL SCREENING of the 2010 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED SHORT FILMS featuring a hilarious and amazing collection of the most celebrated animated short films of the year.  A must-see!!  GOOD FOR ALL AGES - (except final short that will have a pause before it to allow time for children to leave.)  Featuring: French Roast; Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty; Lady and the Reaper; Matter of Loaf and Death; Logorama (Oscar Winner - Final short with Adult Content)

Photon Effect, The - (World Premiere)

Electrical tower climbers Jay and Derek gain superhuman abilities while working with experimental technology. When Jay discovers a past connection with the research company responsible, they learn they're not the only ones with superpowers. Filmmaker and cast will be in attendance. (LATE NIGHT MADNESS)
Preceded by: Fantastic Magnifico, The

Rec 2

You don't need to have seen Rec to be scared out of your wits by Rec 2. The highly anticipated sequel to one of the scariest films of all time, [REC] 2 picks up 15 minutes from where the first film left off, taking us back into the quarantined apartment building where a terrifying virus has run rampant, turning the occupants into mindlessly violent, raging beasts. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival. (LATE NIGHT MADNESS)

Role/Play

(MIDWESTERN SNEAK PREVIEW) Rob Williams' new gay comedy. A macho soap opera actor suddenly outed by a gay sex tape scandal goes into hiding at a secluded Palm Springs resort. He unexpectedly crosses paths with a recently divorced gay marriage activist who is also in hiding. Sparks fly in a hilarious and poignant way as they confront the price of fame and celebrity within the gay community. (Hosted by The Dunes Resort)

Skateland - (Midwest Premiere)

It's 1983 at the roller rink and the nostalgic music is everything you expect it to be. Richie, the roller rink manager in a small-town in Texas, doesn't yet have a life plan. As he watches his friends make arrangements for college and his own family disintegrate around him, he remains numb to the fact that his world is falling apart. When tragedy occurs, he is finally forced to face the world around him as an adult. A talented young cast including Ashley Greene (Twilight).  Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.  Filmmakers in attendance.
Preceded by: Mosquito

Skeletons - (Midwest Premiere)

Two traveling men meet characters from every walk of life while performing "The Procedure"... servicing clients by literally removing the skeletons from their closets. Embarrassing secrets and guilty memories can all be erased for the the right price.  Official Selection SXSW Film Festival.
Preceded by: Down to the Bone

Tanner Hall - (Midwest Premiere)

Featuring Tom Everett Scott, Chris Kattan and Amy Sedaris. Tanner Hall is a vivid peek into the private world of an all-girls boarding school. In a cozy, but run down New England, the knot of adolescent complexity is unraveled through the coming of age stories of four teen-age girls.  Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival; Best Feature, Gen Art Film Festival.  Filmmaker in attendance. (GALA)

Taylor's Way - (Michigan Premiere)

A girl drinks alone at a bar. There she meets a handsome stranger who lures her away for the adventure of a lifetime. Inspired by countless true stories of women who disappear into the Canadian wilderness, this film is a meditation on beauty and evil.
Preceded by: Kelly Tapes, The

Tender Hook, The - (Midwest Premiere)

Starring Rose Byrne (Damages) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings). Set in a stylized 1920s Sydney, Australia, Iris, a young woman faced with the competing desires of two very different men, claims her own destiny.
Preceded by: Maneki Neko

TUG - (Midwest Premiere)

Sam Huntington (Superman Returns), Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy, Everwood), and Haylie Duff star. A hapless small-town guy turns 25 and must pick who he should be with: The best girlfriend he's ever known... or the worst. Official Selection Newport Beach Film Festival. Filmmakers and Cast in attendance.  (GALA)
Preceded by: Monster Coins

What If...

Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson and Kristin Minter star in this solid example of the growing wave of Christian-funded filmmaking in Michigan. Five years ago, Ben Walker left his girlfriend and his ministry calling for a business opportunity. Now with a high-paying career and a trophy fiancée, he is visited by an angel, who gives him a glimpse into what his life would look like had he followed his calling.  Filmmakers and Cast in attendance.
Preceded by: One For Love

   Documentary

15th Anniversary - RHINOSKIN: The Making of a Movie Star

The fifteen year anniversary of the film that first inspired the Waterfront Film Festival. Festival co-founder Hopwood DePree and programmer Dina Marie Chapman wrote and directed this low-budget hybrid documentary/mockumentary that garnered critical acclaim worldwide. A camera crew follows an aspiring actor from Holland, Michigan to Hollywood in his plucky quest to get "just one line on a network sitcom."  Named One of the Best Films to Exemplify American Independent Filmmaking of 1995.  Filmmakers and Cast in attendance.

8: The Mormon Proposition - (Midwest Premiere)

Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black, a former Mormon himself, narrates this scorching indictment of the Mormon Church's unprecedented involvement in the promotion & passage of California's anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 and the church's secretive, decades-long campaign against LGBT human rights.  Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.  Schedule permitting, Dustin Lance Black in attendance.

A Small Act - (Michigan Premiere)

When Holocaust survivor and Swedish schoolteacher Hilde Back sponsored a young, impoverished Kenyan student, paying roughly $15 per term to keep him in primary school, she thought nothing of it. She certainly never expected to hear from him, but many years later, she does. An uplifting and inspiring film about the power of one small act of generosity to change the world.  Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: Prayers for Peace

Breaking and Entering - (World Premiere)

The most basketballs spun simultaneously is 28. The fastest mile on a kangaroo ball is 15:03 . The question is, why?! This light-hearted film follows would-be record-holders as they take their shot at the Guinness Book of World Records, hoping to enter that elite group of phone-book rippers, finger-snappers, and human cannonballs. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

Deforce - (World Premiere)

An eye-opening and fascinating tour into the legacy and politics of the rise and fall of the late great City of Detroit.  Filmmaker in attendance.
Preceded by: U.S.A.

Family Affair - (Michigan Premiere)

A deeply personal and uncompromising documentary about the complexities of incest and the capacity to accommodate a parent's past crimes in order to satisfy the longing for family. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker will be in attendance.
Preceded by: Martina y La Luna

His & Hers - (Michigan Premiere)

"A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest." This Irish adage is explored through the collective stories of 70 Irish women of all ages, as their personal stories about the men in their lives - fathers, lovers, husband and sons - combine to address the universal themes of family, friendship, love and loss.  Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: Daughters

Pelada - (Midwest Premiere)

An American couple in search of the perfect pick-up game of soccor (called 'pelada') find themselves traveling the globe, interacting with locals while playing the sport that literally unites the world.  Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival.
Preceded by: 6

Secrets of the Tribe - (Midwest Premiere)

The field of anthropology goes under the magnifying glass in this fiery investigation of the seminal research on Yanomami Indians. In the 1960s and '70s, a steady stream of anthropologists filed into the Amazon Basin to observe this "virgin" society untouched by modern life. Thirty years later, the events surrounding this infiltration have become a scandalous tale of academic ethics and infighting.  Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival.
Preceded by: Notes on the Other

Somewhere Near Tapachula - (Midwest Premiere)

Orphans wandering the dangerous streets of Mexico find salvation from Australian couple Alan and Pam Skuse and visiting pro surfers as they teach the children to lose all their problems and find a future by discovering the waves of the ocean, and their new family within the safety of the walls of the orphanage the Skuse's have built. Paired with Born Sweet, a short documentary by Academy Award winning filmmaker Cynthia Wade. Filmmakers in attendance. 
Preceded by: Born Sweet

To Catch a Dollar - (Midwest Premiere)

Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus did the unheard of: He built a bank that offers collateral-free loans to poor women. His astonishing solution has helped 7.5 million people break free from poverty. He is now trying to make his highly-regarded lending program work in the U.S. Honored by Obama and featured on Oprah, Yunus' story will inspire -- especially to those who have lost hope.  Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker and Grameen Foundation in attendance.
Preceded by: No Good Reason

Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, The - (Michigan Premiere)

A high-spirited, feel-good documentary about irrepressible New Zealand music-and-comedy act The Topp Twins. Fun, disarming and musically provocative, Jools and Lynda Topp are New Zealand's finest lesbian country western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. This film has been sweeping Audience Choice and Best Doc awards at festivals across the US, and around the world.  People's Choice Award for Best Documentary, Toronto International Film Festival. (GALA)
Preceded by: Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger, The

   Narrative Short

6

A portrait of modern day small town America told through the story of two 6 Man Football teams vying for the 2009 Texas State Championship.

Adventures of Justin and Staci, The

Making friends is hard to do, especially if you're shy. This award-winning short animation by first time animator and director Staci Gibson tells an autobiographical tale of two friends and their comical courtship.

Cara o Cruz

A day in the lives of two teenagers from the outskirts of Madrid that, to escape the routine, walk the neighborhood, risking on a coin-toss who makes the next prank.

Cigarette Candy

A traumatized teenage marine forms an unlikely bond with a rebellious young girl at his homecoming party.

Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger, The

A children's fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately, the test of a mother's love.

Daughters

When Maple, a quiet 14-year old girl living in rural China, is forced into an arranged marriage, she takes a dangerous path to free herself.

Down to the Bone

Little Michael has vicious allergies and when babysitter Meredith arrives for a night of no-nonsense, he's swiftly dispatched to the yard...where his delicate condition takes a turn for the worse.

Fantastic Magnifico, The

The story of one man's heroic heroism in the face of bombs, bullets and dastardly laws of gravity itself.

Kelly Tapes, The

Based on 18 answering machine messages left by a real life stalker in 1993. The original answering machine tape provides all of the dialog heard in the film in Kelly's own voice.

Like Crude Oil

A world enslaved by petroleum. The disappearance of crude oil. Chaos, anarchy, corruption... and one man who knows too much.

Lost and Found Shop, The - (World Premiere)

In a curious shop with unusual merchandise, a callous shopkeeper searches for a little girl's favorite memory, but how do you find what you can't remember?

Maneki Neko

Redemption of a cruel, relentless life becomes an obsession for Theo, a former member of a yakuza gang haunted by his past...

Martina y La Luna

Martina dreams of another life, away from the bakery where her father has kept her trapped ever since she was born.

Mind the Gap

When a sexy beautiful young woman sits next to a sweet elderly man on a train, the ride is anything but boring. Kumar Pallana (Royal Tanenbaums, Bottle Rocket) stars along with Shelby Fenner (Vantage Point, The Guardian) in this sweet comedy about first and last impressions.

Monster Coins

One night, two naughty kids accidentally stumble across a mysterious, cool-looking monster coin.  When they insert it into a vending machine, a monster suddenly pops out!  But not only is it a monster, it’s one that will grant the person who inserted the coin a wish...

Mosquito - (Michigan Premiere)

Mosquito is the coming of age story of a 13 year-old boy named Cesar, whose awkward bravado and fanciful imaginaion have earned him the nickname of Mosquito. On a memorable Halloween night in 1974, Cesar will fight to gain respect of his teenage tormentors.

My Invisible Friend

With the arrival of Andy—his invisible friend—an extremely shy Tomas starts to realize how much better his life would be if he were able to communicate with the people around him.

Off Season

An alcoholic transient, with only his dog for a companion, steals from summer cottages during the brutal winter of the off-season. When he ventures from his usual path in search of a full bottle he makes a terrifying discovery that unravels his solitary existence.

Official Selection - (Michigan Premiere)

Two filmmakers clash creatively in mid-production, resulting in a metafilm duel of genres as they write the story they are living.

One For Love

A story about second chances and how the power of film can help someone reflect on their life as well as gain a greater understanding of the future.

Prayers for Peace - (Michigan Premiere)

Pastels on a slate chalkboard underscore life's impermanence as the artist confronts the memory of his younger brother killed in Iraq.

Resurrection of Officer Rollins, The

Two paramedics discuss life and religion during the zombocalypse as the rapture takes those worthy and resurrects the recently deceased.

Rooftop Wars - (World Premiere)

A group of ten-year-olds from a Mexican neighborhood on Chicago’s south side decide to run away from the neighborhood’s street parade  in order to wage a children’s war on a rooftop.

Say Goodnight Michael

Workaholic Michael Roth's organized but lifeless world is turned upside down when a strange homeless man takes him hostage in his own home.

Sunshower - (Midwest Premiere)

On a deserted road in the middle of the Irish countryside, a troubled teenage girl and a dying old man find out that fate can work in mysterious ways.

There's Bliss in the Kiss

A princess on the lookout for Mr. Right is willing to give even the most unlikely candidate a try.

Thong, The - (World Premiere)

A lonely man does his laundry at the public laundromat. Out of the corner of his eye he spies a thong, and then crosses the one line you shouldn't cross. And then crosses another one.

True Beauty This Night

Last night, Rhett Somers met the love of his life. Now all he has to do is convince her that she's the one. Not an easy feat considering how they met.

Turning Japanese

A couple struggling with their finances stumble upon an unusual roommate and exploit her bizarre nightly episodes.

U.S.A.

The United States is controlled by an oppressive government. Freedom no longer means what it used to. Now, one man is going to break out, even if it costs him his life.

Up Under the Roof

During the dustbowl era on a dilapidated farm, a lonely ten-year-old boy begins hearing strange noises above his bedroom ceiling at night. The noises grow threatening as the thing in the attic becomes restless and hungry. Through a friendship with a visually impaired girl, he comes to understand that he must face this thing hiding up under the roof before it consumes him.

   Documentary Short

Born Sweet

A boy comes of age in rural Cambodia while struggling with arsenic poisoning and dreaming of becoming a karaoke star.

No Good Reason - (World Premiere)

Natalie Merchant (formerly of 10,000 Maniacs) has less than three days to arrange and record a song written and performed by musicians who have experienced homelessness.

Notes on the Other

Each summer, a crowd of Ernest Hemingway doubles meet in Florida to choose their best impersonator. There was a day in 1924 when the real Hemingway also wanted to be someone else. A beautifully crafted homage to the writer and the town that made him, this is one step closer to unmasking a master.

   Animated Short

A Matter of Loaf and Death

French Roast

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

Kinematograph, The

Lady and the Reaper, The

Logorama

Partly Cloudy

Runaway

The Orange - (Midwest Premiere)

Suddenly, a humble citrus fruit is granted absolute power over the universe. From a story by Benjamin Rosenbaum.

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