| 2015 Films|
| Special Events|
Friday Night Penthouse Afterglow
Mix and Mingle with filmmakers & celebrity guests while enjoying beverages in a beautiful penthouse overlooking the night views of downtown GR.
Michigan Film and Digital Media Office Advisory Council Meeting
Join us for this free open-to-the-public event! Get your questions answered by the Governor appointed Michigan Film and Digital Media Office Advisory Council as they meet in an open forum for an informative discussion about the latest developments in the Michigan film and digital media industry. No Cost.
Saturday Night Afterglow
Mix and Mingle with filmmakers & celebrity guests while enjoying festive refreshments in downtown GR.
Waterfront Film Festival Kick Off Party for ArtPrize OnScreen
Free, open to the public, outdoor kick off party and concert featuring Tony Ferrari. Purchase a Film Patron Pass or VIP Film Patron Pass and enjoy backstage VIP access - visit the Pass Info page to purchase a pass.
This unique black and white film is a psychological drama about an Egyptian production designer named Maha. The film takes an unnerving turn when she finds herself transported into a completely different persona – a married housewife. (subtitles)
After learning she only has three months to live, Morgan flips her conservative protected life upside down. That is where she meets Jordan, a purse snatching cross dresser artist, who takes her on an adventure of a lifetime.
A 21-year-old reformed gangster's devotion to his family and his future is put to the test when he is released from prison and returns to his old stomping grounds in Watts, Los Angeles.
Last Days in the Desert
Golden Globe nominee Ewan McGregor is Jesus - and the Devil - in an imagined chapter from Jesus’ 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis, setting for himself a dramatic test. (nudity, non-sexual)
After workaholic Kevin has a drunken one night stand with the beautiful trainwreck Madeline, he's horrified to discover she’s actually his boss’ jilted mistress. When she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin has to keep her awake...and over the course of the night they begin to fall for each other.
The Strongest Man
A Miami-centric comedy about an anxiety-ridden Cuban man who fancies himself the strongest man in the world. In a quest to recover his most beloved possession, a stolen bicycle, he finds and loses so much more.
Mackenzie, a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent by her struggling mother to live with her Uncle in Juneau, Alaska. Although her Uncle seems like a supportive caretaker and friend, the relationship turns and Mackenzie is forced to run. Lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker, Bart, an unlikely father figure with scars of his own. Together, they cross the wilderness and discover sanctuary in the last frontier.
20 Years of Madness
Jerry White Jr., the founder of ’90s public access cult TV show, “30 Minutes of Madness”, returns home to Detroit for a reunion episode on the show's 20th anniversary. In the process, he finds the majority of the cast of disturbed characters struggling with mental illness, drug addiction, homelessness and other dilemmas.
Exported from Michigan
"Michigan’s comeback story told through art, music, craft beer, urban farms and hybrid electric cars. The University of Michigan’s Solar Car Team competes in the 2013 World Solar Challenge in Australia."
A revealing look into the lives of students who put it all on the line to be selected, proving that a free education is never without a cost. Through unprecedented access in a Chicago public school, selectED explores leadership, triumphs and losses in one of the most culturally and economically diverse schools in the country.
This touching documentary follows the return to the stage by a group of elderly entertainers living at the Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside Manhattan. These retirees embark on a journey through Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream” as an opportunity to boost their quality of life.
17-year old Claressa 'T-Rex' Shields from Flint, Michigan dreams of being the first woman in history to win the gold medal in Olympic boxing. To succeed, she will need to stand her ground both inside and outside the ring.
| Narrative Short|
Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story
Just when flannel-clad Tracy Polokowski thinks her 'Yes' day has come, her hipster boyfriend breaks up with her, she discovers she has bedbugs, and she's ostracized by everyone she knows...Maybe the love she's been looking for was right inside her mattress. (Sunday Shorts Program)
On her first day in Afghanistan, an interpreter for the US Army is forced to deliver the child of an enemy bomb-maker. (Saturday Shorts Program)
Dissonance explores the harsh challenges of a young man's stale relationship and stalled career. As everything seems to be going nowhere, he must decide whether he will hold onto love, or face the fear that moving forward may mean letting go. In a moment, everything changes forever. (Saturday Shorts Program)
In a harsh and unpredictable natural environment where people have isolated themselves behind massive walled cities, a socially marginalized Tracker teams up with a black-market merchant to save the industrial society that has rejected his way of life. (Sunday Shorts Program)
Follies of Youth
An office worker blows off his female co-worker's invitation to lunch, but his arrogant attitude is tested when he runs into a group of kids in the park. (Saturday Shorts Program)
It's 1976 and petite 18-year-old Amy is among the first class of female cadets accepted into military service academies. Under incredible emotional and physical strain, Amy struggles to survive her first day, battling vicious sexism, swallowing self-doubt, and fighting to prove she has what it takes. (Sunday Shorts Program)
When the love of his life threatens to go overseas, Stan, a shy daydreamer, must become the hero of his action movie fantasies to win her heart. (Saturday Shorts Program)
While awaiting her father's return from the WW2 front lines, a 9-year-old girl helps the disfigured town outcast secretly nurture a rare breed of moths. (Sunday Shorts Program)
Desperate to find the man of her dreams, sweet and plain Ava tries a last ditch effort, speed dating. But the absurd cast of characters she encounters makes her wonder if being single is not so bad after all. (Sunday Shorts Program)
The heartwarming story of a brave, transgender tween. (Saturday Shorts Program)
| Shorts Program|
Saturday Shorts Program
Short films Screened: Hotwire, Day One, Follies of Youth, Dissonance, Stealth
Sunday Shorts Program
Short Films Screened: Speed Dating, Dust, Moths, Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, The Haircut