Features & Docs A-Z

Short Films Program A

85 minutes
FIRST KILL Directed by Amanda Moresco | 12 min. After best friends Melissa and Rebecca hide the body from their first kill, they find themselves stuck, at night, on a deserted country road. A dark comedy of errors ensues, as Melissa’s parents and the local tow truck driver are called to the rescue. The body… View Article


Saturday, November 3, 2:00 pm, Studio C


Directed By Ferenc Török | 91
On a sweltering August day in 1945, Hungarian villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled “fragrances.” The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired… View Article


Sunday, November 4, 6:30 pm, Studio C
Thursday, November 8, 4:00 pm, Studio C


Directed By Stefan Lindahl/ MI | 79 minutes
A feature length comedy, with a touch of romance, Crandies was 100% written, produced, directed and acted by students from Michigan State University. A young, star chef from a four-star Manhattan restaurant has mysteriously left her job in the big city and returned to East Lansing where she is hired to run the kitchen of… View Article


Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm, Wells Hall Theater B


Directed By Julie Simone / MI | 96 minutes
This uplifting documentary is a celebration of true Americana and artistic expression in the face of adversity, shining a light on what is best about America though the healing power of music. Filmed at the 80th annual Old Fiddler’s Convention where musicians travel from around the world to compete and jam with friends. We watch… View Article


Monday, November 5, 7:00 pm, East Lansing Hannah Community Center

LMFC Short Documentaries 1

75 minutes
NORTH BRANCH Directed by Nick Nummerdor, Andrew J. Morgan/IL/19 min. Throughout the 1970s, brothers Jerry and Jeff Kellogg of Muskegon, Michigan were a force to be reckoned with in the sport of marathon canoe racing. Growing up along the north branch of the Au Sable River as second generation paddlers, the brothers won their first… View Article


Friday, November 2, 8:30 pm, Wells Hall Theater B

LMFC Short Documentaries 2

60 minutes
THE MOON: Big House Melee Directed by Philip Michael Boos, Ryan Jurado/26 min. This film follows Ryan”The Moon” Coker-Welch through his competition at one of Smash’s biggest events, The Big House 6, in his quest to earn a sponsor. Professional Super Smash Bros. competition involves professional gamers competing in the Super Smash Bros. series of… View Article


Friday, November 2, 2:00 pm, Studio C

LMFC Shorts Program 1

78 minutes
YEAR ZERO Directed by David Siev/MI/15 min. When the Khmer Rouge regime seized Cambodia in 1975, the country plunged into civil war and was ravaged by mass killings, torture, and famine. The Khmer soldiers were cold and ruthless, fully embodying Pol Pot’s philosophy towards the common people: “to kill you is no loss, to keep… View Article


Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm, Wells Hall Theater A

LMFC Shorts Program 2

69 minutes
FOUR NINETY Directed by Scott A. Magie/MI/13 min. A pardoned ex-con reluctantly returns to prison as a visitor because an inmate keeps sending him postcards. BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD – Colony Short Film Festival “The hardest prison to escape is a hateful heart” #37 Directed by Matthew Hamel, Danny Kim, MIchelle Hamel/Mi/6 min. There’s something sinister… View Article


Friday, November 2, 8:30 pm, Wells Hall Theater A

OUT OF MY HEAD: Migraine is not Just a Headache

Directed By Susanna Styron | 77 minutes
Nearly a billion people worldwide live with the debilitating impact of migraine, a neurological disease which produces effects far more devastating than a severe headache. Its sufferers come from all walks of life, from infants and veterans to Sigmund Freud and Joan Didion. Featuring doctors, neuroscientists, activists, and patients, Out of My Head blends animation,… View Article


Saturday, November 3, 4:00 pm, Studio C
Tuesday, November 6, 9:00 pm, Studio C


Directed By Javier Reyna / IN | 100 minutes
Based on a novel by Richard Laskowski, Javier Reyna’s narrative  centers around Ray (brilliantly played by Connor Williams), an underachieving teenager, whose attempt to escape to Seattle fails miserably after six months and he finds himself high tailin’ it back to his hometown in an area of Northwest Indiana known as “the region.”  He drawn back… View Article


Friday, November 2, 4:00 pm, Studio C

Rodents of Unusual Size

Directed By Chris Metzler | 71 minutes
The residents of Louisiana never know what will attack them next: floods, hurricanes, even monstrous swamp rats. Gigantic orange-toothed nutria are eating up the coastal wetlands, destroying the landscape, and threatening the very existence of the human population. This invasive South American species breeds faster than the roving squads of hunters and trappers can control… View Article


Sunday, November 4, 4:00 pm, Studio C
Tuesday, November 6, 4:00 pm, Studio C

Short Films Program B

89 minutes
HEATHER HAS 4 MOMS Directed by Jeanette L. Buck | 14 min. When Heather decides to lose her virginity for her 15th birthday, Mom’s wife must convince Mom, and Mom’s ex, and Mom’s ex’s partner that it’s time for Heather to have “the talk”. Which mom is ready to help Heather make a big decision?… View Article


Monday, November 5, 4:00 pm, Studio C

Skid Row Marathon

Directed By Mark Hayes | 85 minutes
Winner of 21 film festival Audience Awards! This tear-inducing, hopeful and inspirational documentary will renew your faith in humanity. Judge Craig Mitchell jogs every morning at 4am on the darkened street of Los Angeles, in an area known as Skid Row. He’s not running alone, he’s joined by a group of ex-cons, addicts and criminals… View Article


Friday, November 2, 6:30 pm, Studio C
Monday, November 5, 9:00 pm, Studio C


Directed By Peter Luisi | 98 minutes
Are you ready for a good belly laugh! Meticulous Swiss schoolteacher Balz has saved school funds over the years to create a museum. His plans are scrapped for a sports stadium. In a fit of anger, he bets all the funds on a fixed soccer match that has a different outcome because a streaker disrupted… View Article


Saturday, November 3, 9:00 pm, Studio C
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 pm, Studio C

Student Shorts and Pizza

57 minutes
WHITE LINES Directed by Stuart Heinlein/MI/10 min. A drug addict escapes to his ex-girlfriend’s house after stealing cocaine from a drug dealer. COS WARS: More than a Hobby Directed by Patrick Linehan/9 min. Two avid Star Wars fans live out their love of the franchise through costuming. THEY’RE NOT THERE Directed by Tyler Hartwig, Dontavias… View Article


Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm, Wells Hall Theater C

The Insult

Directed By Ziad Doueiri | 113 minutes
A simple issue of a broken drainpipe causes an argument between hot-headed Tony, a Christian, and construction foreman, Yasser, a Palestinian refugee. An unforgivable insult is uttered that explodes into injury and then into courtroom cases that gains national attention and releases deep-rooted resentments between the two factions. This extraordinary film, faultlessly filmed, reminds us… View Article


Friday, November 2, 9:00 pm, Studio C
Wednesday, November 7, 4:00 pm, Studio C

The Joe

Directed By Evan Neel | 72 minutes
Although construction began without a budget, architectural plans, or a tenant – Joe Louis Arena became the destination for hockey royalty and the home to champions. This rousing documentary chronicles four decades of unforgettable moments in Red Wings history retold by the players, coaches, and managers that lived them.
Every moment is here – from Gordie… View Article


Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 pm, East Lansing Hannah Community Center

The Sentence

Directed By Rudy Valdez | 87 minutes
Opening Night Film This Sundance Audience Award Winner with Michigan roots is a deeply personal portrait of a Lansing family whose lives are turned upside down. Cindy Shank was a happily married mother of three little girls. For her tangential relationship to a drug dealing ex-boyfriend from a lifetime ago, Cindy is convicted of conspiracy… View Article


Thursday, November 1, 6:15 pm, Studio C

Time For Ilhan

Directed By Norah Shapiro | 89 minutes
Can a hijab-wearing, black, Muslim, mother-of-three, beat a 43-year incumbent in the Minnesota legislature? You betcha! Come see this amazing woman of Somali descent fight against the odds with unapologetic hopefulness and tenacity. Her grassroots campaign and ultimately, 2016 win is one to inspire us as the mid-term elections near. A fresh take on the… View Article


Sunday, November 4, 2:00 pm, Studio C
Monday, November 5, 6:30 pm, Studio C

Up To Snuff

Directed By Mark Maxey | 81 Minutes
The West Wing, thirtysomething, Friday Night Lights, Nashville and dozens of other television shows have one thing in common – American musician and composer W.G. Snuffy Walden. In this amazing film, friends and collaborators share personal stories, laughs and insights about this generous soul who overcame the excesses of rock and roll to find success… View Article


Saturday, November 3, 6:30 pm, Studio C
Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 pm, Studio C

When I Sing

Directed By Robin Russin | 96 minutes
Closing Night Film Funny, irreverent, heartfelt, and real, with Linda Chorney playing herself, this is the story of a singer-songwriter’s wild ride toward finally being "almost famous" after thirty years of gigging on the road. Will being the first truly independent musician nominated for a Grammy be her big break — or break her? After… View Article


Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm, Studio C


Directed By Suzannah Herbert | 98 minutes
From wrestling on the mat, to grappling with hardships, poverty and family problems, this fantastic documentary follows an underdog high school team in Huntsville, Alabama over the course of one tumultuous season. We live vicariously with four boys as they are pushed by their coach, a stand-in father, taxi driver and teacher, to make practice,… View Article


Sunday, November 4, 9:00 pm, Studio C
Tuesday, November 6, 6:30 pm, Studio C