| 2013 Films|
| Special Events|
Opening Night: Outdoor Concert & Screening Under the Stars
Energetic outdoor concert with music by ANDY FRASCO, with a guest appearance by E.G. DAILY, to be followed by a screening under the stars. Artist RON ENGLISH on hand to sign posters
The Youth Showcase features films created by local students followed up with a collection of professionally made independent children's films. Commentary provided by visiting filmmaker Robert Hoffman.
45RPM - (Midwest Premiere)
In this feel-good road trip movie with an incredible soundtrack - Charlie, an ambitious artist struggling with the source of her inspiration, finds help from an obsessive record collector in the search for her deceased father’s lost music.
Preceded by: Il Maestro
Ape - (Michigan Premiere)
After years of frustration, Trevor, a part-time stand up comic, part time pyromaniac, finally takes his rage to the streets in this dark comedy. FILMED LOCALLY IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI.
As High as the Sky
Quirky and heartfelt - As High As the Sky tells the story of Margaret, who has always been a little...particular. When her nomadic older sister & niece show up unexpectedly, Margaret is forced to confront and embrace family, love & betrayal.
Preceded by: The Discontentment of Ed Telfair
Be Good - (Michigan Premiere)
In this slice-of-life indie drama - Paul, workaholic independent filmmaker, takes charge of his sleepless baby, Pearl, when his wife, Mary, returns to work after maternity leave. He is slowly driven crazy by his inability to work and becomes the jerk he thought he'd never be.
Preceded by: Idiot.
Between Us - (Michigan Premiere)
An edgy & plot-twisting story of two couples reuniting over two incendiary evenings where anything can happen in this darkly comedic story of best friends, marriage, love, disappointment and dreams.
Preceded by: Cork's Cattlebaron
Breakfast With Curtis - (Michigan Premiere)
In this quirky relationship comedy - Curtis’s seminal summer kicks off when the eccentric bohemian bookseller next door drafts him as a videographer, shaking up tense relations between their neighboring households.
Preceded by: Letters
Child's Play 2
Child's Play 2 is a 1990 horror film that remains a cult favorite. Actress Christine Elise plays Kyle, Andy's foster sister, who must run for her life from Chucky. Christine joins us for a flashback screening to share behind the scenes stories and memories about her experiences with this scary doll.
City Baby - (Midwest Premiere)
Hipster twenty-something Portland resident, Chloe, navigates her way to maturity - fighting every step of the way - in this edgy, sexy indie film.
Preceded by: Hatch
Cool As Ice
Cool as Ice is a 1991 musical romance starring rapper Vanilla Ice and Kristin Minter (Kathy), who joins us for a flashback screening to share hilarious behind the scenes stories and memories.
Crave - (Midwest Premiere)
Terrifying & fast-paced - Crave tells the story of Aiden who craves a better life away from his job of a crime scene photographer, but he is limited once his dark fantasies begin to invade his reality.
Preceded by: A Dark Day's Night
Crazy and Thief - (Michigan Premiere)
A precocious seven year old girl takes her too-cute-to-be-believed two year old brother on a voyage of chance and fantasy which sends them on a quest to find a time machine in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Preceded by: de 54
Eat Spirit Eat - (World Premiere)
A pack of misfit Orphans help Oliver search for his father, who abandoned him when he was a child. But what they come to find is an out of work actor that gave up on his dreams. Wacky & ultimately very heartwarming.
Preceded by: The Things My Father Never Taught Me
Favor - (Midwest Premiere)
A friend helps you move - a good friend helps you move a body. Favor is a thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Preceded by: Fils.
Ghost Team One - (Midwest Premiere)
In this subversive & comedic horror film - two roommates deathly afraid of ghosts both fall in love with a girl who believes their home is haunted
Preceded by: Why I Make Movies
Liars Fires and Bears - (Michigan Premiere)
A precocious 9-year-old hellion, in search of her brother, meets a man-child in search of his stolen belongings and ultimately discover the best way to help themselves is through each other.
Preceded by: S for Sally
Mutual Friends - (Midwest Premiere)
Surprise parties rarely go well. This one is no different, as a group of 30-somethings head through life, love and a day in New York City in this hilarious, indie comedy.
Preceded by: What Happens When Robert Leaves The Room
One Small Hitch - (Midwest Premiere)
Childhood friends Josh and Molly innocently agree to fake a wedding engagement. As family issues unfold, a series of events causes a dilemma between them - do they return to their normal lives in LA or try to make it as a couple in Chicago?
Preceded by: The Future
Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Pee Wee's Big Adventure was a smash hit of 1985, starring Paul Reubens and E.G. Daily (Dottie), who joins us for a special flashback screening to share hilarious behind the scenes stories and memories.
Route 30, Too! - (Michigan Premiere)
A zany, slapstick twist on the conspiracy laden world of X-Files, Route 30, Too! picks up as two members of New York State's Unusual Occurrence and Paranormal Society arrive to investigate the mysterious goings on surrounding a stretch of Route 30 in South Central Pennsylvania.
Preceded by: Pearl Was Here
Sake-Bomb - (Midwest Premiere)
Both laugh-out-loud funny & touching - Sake-Bomb is about a sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American who must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend.
Preceded by: Karen Returns Something to Scott
Shorts Spectacular Program
A collection of award-winning short films - a must see!! Featuring: Laulu; Snap; Telling a You; Light Me Up; Luminaris; Spaghetti Fur Zwei; Crush; The Set Menu; Milo
Syrup - (Midwest Premiere)
Based on the best-selling book, SYRUP is an edgy comedy that exposes the cut-throat world of advertising through the eyes of a young prodigy chasing fame, fortune, and the woman of his dreams.
Teddy Bears - (Midwest Premiere)
Teddy Bears is a dark & unpredictable comedy about three couples who head to the desert to help their friend Andrew heal from the loss of his mother. The friends plan a week of laughter and rejuvenation. Andrew plans a therapeutic orgy.
Preceded by: The Life of a Dog
The Bounceback - (Midwest Premiere)
Former couple Stan and Cathy find bouncing back from their heartache to be unexpectedly complicated as they encounter a bizarre series of events in the Lone Star State in this outrageous & edgy comedy.
Preceded by: Best of Both Worlds
Hilarious at times, disturbing & devastating at others - The Dirties tell the story of two best friends who are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.
Preceded by: The Dark Companion
Twenty Million People - (Midwest Premiere)
When Brian's new girlfriend, a stand-up comedian, suddenly disappears, he enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and imaginary characters from a cliché romantic comedy to find her in this hilarious & sweet romantic comedy.
Preceded by: Crush 472
Unapologetically violent & gory - V/H/S 2 is modern horror at its most inventive, shrewdly subverting our expectations about viral videos in ways that are just as satisfying as they are sadistic.
Preceded by: Grasshopper!
White Reindeer - (Midwest Premiere)
After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne struggles to put her life back together during a sad, strange Christmastime in suburban Virginia in this dark & edgy comedy.
Preceded by: Social Butterfly
A River Changes Course - (Midwest Premiere)
A breathtaking and unprecedented journey from the remote, mountainous jungles and floating cities of the Cambodian countryside to the bustling garment factories of modern Phnom Penh, A RIVER CHANGES COURSE traces a remarkable and devastatingly beautiful story of a country torn between the rural present and an ominous industrial future.
Preceded by: Dimensions
American Man - (Michigan Premiere)
Kevin Turner is a gentle but broken man of 42, a football superstar forced to reflect on the price he is paying for his glory years and to wonder whether in worshiping his sport he prayed to a false god.
Preceded by: America 101
Bible Quiz - (Midwest Premiere)
Warm & sweet, Bible Quiz challenges stereotypes and portrays an even-handed look at religion in these teen’s lives as they explore faith, identity, sexuality and competition at one of the most unique summits in evangelical America today.
Preceded by: Sunny Boy
BlackFish - (Midwest Premiere)
A mesmerizing & heartbreaking psychological thriller with a killer whale at its center, Blackfish is the first film since Grizzly Man to show how nature can get revenge on man when pushed to its limits.
Preceded by: Caterwaul
Blood Brother - (Michigan Premiere)
The unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this heartbreaking & heroic story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among HIV infected orphans.
Preceded by: Good Karma $1
Bound by Flesh - (Michigan Premiere)
Bound by Flesh is the award-winning & fascinating documentary on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, Siamese twins who became the highest paid act in vaudeville but were exploited, robbed, and eventually abandoned.
Preceded by: Margot
Exile By Choice - (Michigan Premiere)
A twenty-four-year-old musician and off-the-grid traveler hops freight trains and travels the U.S. in effort to find his future and avoid his future.
Finding Mercy - (Michigan Premiere)
A gripping, heart-wrenching, and very different documentary about the Zimbabwe area and a woman's desperate search for her lost childhood friend.
Preceded by: Lollywood
Hit & Stay - (Michigan Premiere)
The amazing story of radical priests, nuns, and everyday people who risked prison and took on the government to end the Vietnam War.
Preceded by: Docket 32357
Love at a Certain Age - (Midwest Premiere)
Love at a Certain Age provides a rare glimpse into the window of senior homes, fraternities, bars and community centers - the stories in this film will affirm that intimacy, sex, and true love are not exclusive to the young.
Preceded by: Wednesday's Child
Muscle Shoals - (Midwest Premiere)
Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative and defiant music in American history. The story is told by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono & others.
Popaganda: The Art & Crimes of Ron English
Documentary about street artist Ron English, who vandalizes billboards with elaborate, anti-corporate propaganda.
Not just for foodies - Spinning Plates is a fascinating documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who make them what they are.
Preceded by: Pear
The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.
Connect with talented artists. Actors, directors and producers from the silver screen and television share their stories, views and answer questions. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and network. Two seminars for the price of one! Drinks Available for purchase at this location.
| Narrative Short|
A Dark Day's Night
A psychological thriller about a famous Hollywood filmmaker's descent into madness.
America 101 - (Michigan Premiere)
One man’s life becomes the lesson of the day when he takes a captive audience on a
frenetic ride through his own twisted version of the American experience.
Best of Both Worlds
Best of Both Worlds is about Charlie’s struggle to find a normal woman. When he meets Michelle that night, he has to accept the best of both worlds when she turns into a guy named Michael during the day.
Caterwaul - (Midwest Premiere)
An aging fisherman pursues an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife.
A young protege and his boss sit down for the most epic steak dinner of their lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
One woman's quest to find the perfect chair.
Crush 472 - (Michigan Premiere)
Tim thinks he might just have found the girl of his dreams - again.
de 54 - (Michigan Premiere)
In the push and squeeze of the metro, a disturbing scene unfolds under Eve’s eyes: a man seems to be taking a girl somewhere against her will. Should she interfere?
Dimensions - (Midwest Premiere)
This film seeks to spark discussion and ideas, not knowing where it may lead for each viewer, of whether loss is truly loss, permanence is truly permanent and whether the cords that are embedded in the fabric of our 'life' are in fact illimitable.
Docket 32357 is a drama that examines the need to overcome loneliness even from the most unexpected of places and how we feel once that opportunity is squandered.
Fils. - (Midwest Premiere)
Ivan Bressler takes his son Lucas to have a picnic with his mother. Five hours later, Lucas and a 5 month-old baby are found by the police, alone.
Grasshopper! - (Michigan Premiere)
A suburban housewife tries to stop her neighbor from going on a rampage after he
witnesses a gruesome accident that he attributes to a giant grasshopper.
Hatch - (Michigan Premiere)
A newborn's destiny hangs in the balance, as grownups come to terms with what they cannot have.
A socially awkward man, suffering from acute anxiety disorder, tries to establish an ill-fated relationship with a convenience store clerk.
Il Maestro - (Michigan Premiere)
Three "Young Musician of the Year" finalists battle it out to win the coveted title on the eve of the competition.
Karen Returns Something to Scott - (Midwest Premiere)
A nervous groom awaits an unlikely guest- his ex.
Letters - (Midwest Premiere)
Toine has finally learned to read and write. He celebrates it with his students, but most importantly, with his biggest ally, his daughter.
Light Me Up - (Midwest Premiere)
Light Me Up, a film combining 3D animation, 2D animation, and live-action elements, revolves around the conflict between Louie, an odd flame-shaped bulb, and his parents when they ask him to take over the family business.
In a world controlled and timed by the light, a common man has a plan that could change the destiny.
Margot - (World Premiere)
At the same time as Mae West, there was Margot Rourke, who nobody has heard of but who was responsible for the greatest dirty ditty of all time in female comedy - this is her story.
Milo - (Michigan Premiere)
Milo is a 7-year-old child who hates noise. He decided to record a storm of silence (a common weather phenomenon in this futuristic fantasy world) to solve this problem.
Pear - (Midwest Premiere)
Every night the same dilemma: What to eat? Who's responsible? Pear explores the struggles of a modern couple, as they negotiate the politics of dinner. What happens when you have too many options but not enough time, energy or...love? Part social commentary, part farce, the film shows that life is hard when it's not clear who's taking care of who.
Pearl Was Here - (Midwest Premiere)
A wild child finds comfort in a sea of stuffed animals.
S for Sally - (Midwest Premiere)
When her 10-year-old daughter Sally starts having difficulties, Mona sets out to help her despite no support from her husband Phil, the schools or the church.
A 30-year-old American woman enters a teenage party in the South of France. Some of the guests wonder who she is and what she is doing there.
Spaghetti fur Zwel - (Michigan Premiere)
How a seemingly ordinary day becomes a significant turning point for an unremarkable man, thanks to a minimal shift of fate.
Sunny Boy - (Midwest Premiere)
Danny lives in a world of darkness due to his rare skin condition.
Telling A You
Set in 1960s Bermuda, animated short film TELLING A YOU portrays a couple’s “meet-cute” and the man’s detailed memories making an ordinary moment extraordinary.
The Dark Companion - (Michigan Premiere)
Howard (a puppet) has an existential crisis and nervous breakdown when he, and only he, can see his puppeteer... a featureless, humanoid shape that always looms over him, that he calls his "Dark Companion".
The Discontentment of Ed Telfair - (Midwest Premiere)
Ed Telfair is a simple man. He has a steady job, a beautiful wife and best friend named Doug.
The Future - (Michigan Premiere)
When you're young and in love the future seems bright… but then what?
The Life of a Dog - (Midwest Premiere)
A young boy worries that he will soon be neutered after his older sister explains the fate of their newborn puppies.
The Set Menu - (Midwest Premiere)
On the theme of "Imagination", Leo is on a blind date with a very pretty girl and he starts to imagine his life with her.
The Things My Father Never Taught Me
Melvin gives dating advice to his three-year-old son.
A visually imaginative tale of a dutiful young man, fated to maintain the balance of the world – and his mischievous sister, determined to test the balance.
Wednesday's Child - (Michigan Premiere)
Meet nine-year-old Kelly Marble. She never really meant to kill parents.
What Happens When Robert Leaves The Room - (Michigan Premiere)
Robert, a disgruntled writer, takes out his frustration on a group of young actors.
Why I Make Movies
A short explanation of one filmmaker's unsatisfying life at work and home but glamorous lifestyle when he's accepted into film festivals.
| Documentary Short|
Good Karma $1 - (Michigan Premiere)
"Good Karma $1" is a short documentary that explores acclaimed ad-guru Alex Bogusky's fascination with collecting homeless signs. What starts out as a project to understand the world's simplest form of communication turns into a lesson of generosity.
Edwin G. Kollie – a 15 year old Liberian War Orphan – always wanted to make a Nollywood movie, so one day he wrote a script, built an entire African village, cast the 30 characters needed, and shot it all the next day. And for his lead he cast a natural talent who was out to prove he was Nollywood material.
| Animated Short|
A Tooth Tale - (Michigan Premiere)
This traditionally animated short tells the story of Tommy Malloy, a 6-year old boy who loses his first tooth. When he learns that the Tooth Fairy will give him money for it he hatches a plot to trap and shake her down for all her loot. The rhyming dialog and art direction pay homage to the cartoons of the 1950's and 1960's.
Buy Buy Baby
It's the roaring twenties and things are looking great for Frederick Frinklesworth the second and the rest of the New York Stock Exchange, but when his daughter Betty is left in his care for the day can Fredrick and Wall Street survive the mayhem that ensues?
Laulu is a stop motion animated film in which the leading actor, a mechanical mouth, sings an ancient battle song of the Finnish workers movement.
Make It a Great Day - (Michigan Premiere)
Mother Nature’s peculiar sense of irony creates a convoluted path of survival for a newborn chick with unfortunate timing.
Pasteurized - (Michigan Premiere)
While conducting experiments on a quiet night, a scientist receives an unexpected visitor - whose arrival will change everything.
Underwater life is a challenge for little Snap Haggis until he meets an unlikely new friend. Together they discover a novel solution to his problem.
The Fox and the Chickadee
This charming stop-motion animated fable tells the story of a starving fox and a cunning chickadee, who find themselves trapped in a standoff. Without chance on his side, the chickadee turns the tables on the fox by proposing a plan that would feed him for the winter - however, there's a catch: the two will need to work together to steal the feast.
Many things happen around the kitchen when you're not there. Come along for the ride with the most unlikely character... a slug. Watch as he ventures into a new world filled with vibrant colors and delicious treats. However, the soothing environment is only a disguise for the evil that is lurking nearby.