Features & Docs A-Z

Gradually, Then Suddenly: The Bankruptcy of Detroit

Directed By Sam Katz, James McGovern | 93 Minutes
Once heralded as the spirit of American manufacturing, music, and democracy, Detroit kicked its fiscal can down the road for decades plummeting into insolvency, culminating in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. GRADUALLY, THEN SUDDENLY is the inside story of how a state-appointed Emergency Manager and the people of this iconic American city –… View Article


Saturday, March 11, 6:30 pm, Celebration Cinema

House of David: Life Everlasting

Directed By Robbie D. Byrd | 118 Minutes
The House of David is a religious community founded by Benjamin Purnell in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1903. The members came from all around the world, relinquishing all their worldly goods for the promise of life everlasting. They built an amusement park, a baseball league, had many patented inventions and owned 100,000 acres of farmland,… View Article


Saturday, March 11, 4:00 pm, Celebration Cinema

Iron Family

Directed By Patrick Longstreth | 93 minutes
Jazmine Faries, a 32-year old woman with Down syndrome, is obsessed with soap operas, Barbie dolls, and Matthew McConaughey. For the past 5 summers, her family has performed her original stage plays for a small audience in their town of Iron River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We follow the creative process of writing, rehearsing, and… View Article


Sunday, March 12, 5:30 pm, Celebration Cinema


Directed By Laurie Little, Anuradha Rana | 75 minutes
This documentary reveals the bond that four women have between their dogs and the world of dog-sled racing. As each woman prepares for the Copperdog annual race, we learn of the intimate life of the mushing community, the devotion to that lifestyle and how women influence the sport.


Friday, March 10, 9:00 pm, Celebration Cinema

Short Documentary Program

TIM HAWKINS: PROFESSIONAL MORON Directed by Christina Russell/12 minutes After getting swept away by his whirlwind career, a comedian learns the meaning of true success.   TAKING POLETOWN Directed by Tim Hedberg/28 minutes In the early 1980s, General Motors found the perfect place in Detroit to build a factory. That meant jobs, economic development and… View Article


Sunday, March 12, 2:00 pm, Celebration Cinema


61 minutes
Two Soles Directed by André Guima /7 minutes In a world of pairs, Lenny, the left sneaker, discovers individuality in a world where individuality doesn’t exist.  This stop-motion animation is sure to inspire even the loneliest of “soles”.   Under Suspension of Beliefs Directed by Majd Safia /17 minutes A teenager immigrates to America with his… View Article


Sunday, March 12, 4:00 pm, Celebration Cinema


58 minutes
  Miss Hunt Directed by Mya Fullmer /4 minutes A suicide victim’s daily routine allows her to control her life the only way she has left.   Nowhere All at Once Directed by George Maxin Reynolds /9 minutes A jazz piano student is rejected from the graduate school of his dreams. He confronts his loss… View Article


Saturday, March 11, 2:00 pm, Celebration Cinema

The Pez Outlaw

Directed By Bryan Storkel, Amy Bradlein Storkel
This incredible fish-out-of-water story follows the adventures of Steve Glew, a Michigan native from DeWitt, who boards a plane for Eastern Europe soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His mission is to locate a secret factory that holds the key to the most desired and valuable Pez dispensers. If he succeeds, he will… View Article


Thursday, March 9, 7:00 pm, Studio C

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Directed By Johanna Hamilton, Yoruba Richen | 96 minutes
This crucial documentary delves deep into the historic work of civil rights icon Rosa Parks and her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Through interviews with those who knew her, powerful archival footage and her own words, the film tells the story of Parks’ extensive organizing, radical politics and lifelong dedication to activism that is… View Article


Friday, March 10, 6:30 pm, Celebration Cinema


Directed By Alexander Maxwell Adam | 78 minutes
David Sheeran, a successful You-Tuber, can’t escape the scripted world he created. He yearns for human connection. When he finds it, he is forced to confront the negative effects his fake image can have on those around him. Who is he without a script?


Saturday, March 11, 9:00 pm, Celebration Cinema