Features & Docs A-Z

BOBLO BOATS: A DETROIT FERRY TALE

Directed By Aaron Schillinger | 101 minutes
Boblo Island, one of America's earliest amusement parks, sparked the imaginations of both children and adults for more than 85 years. Detroit passengers by the thousands reached the island by way of two majestic steamships, SS Columbia and Ste Claire. Their 90 years of operation witnessed America's industrial revolution and social justice movements. In 1993,… View Article

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Thursday, November 11, 7:00 pm, Studio C

BONE CAGE

Directed By Taylor Olson | 89 minutes
Jamie (Taylor Olson) works as a wood processor, clear-cutting for pulp in a small town in Nova Scotia. At the end of each shift, he walks through the destruction looking for injured animals and rescues those he can. Adapted from a play by Nova Scotian author Catherine Banks, director Taylor Olson sensitively excavates the tragedy… View Article

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Sunday, November 14, 9:00 pm, Studio C

COUSINS

Directed By Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace Smith | 98 minutes
Mata, Missy and Makareta. Three cousins. Three lives. Separated by circumstances yet bound together by blood. Mata is orphaned. Makareta becomes educated and independent. Missy is dutiful and takes on the role of kaitiaki (guardian) of the land. As the years pass, loss of the family land seems imminent and the women's promise to bring… View Article

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Friday, November 12, 6:30 pm, Studio C

HOW DID YOU LEARN TODAY?

Directed By Thomas Grube | 33 minutes
Award-winning director Thomas Grube turns his lens on Willow Elementary School in Napa, California, and captures Artful Learning – one of Leonard Bernstein’s most significant legacies – in action. Based on over 20 years of extensive collaboration, field research, and implementation, Artful Learning is a proven framework that activates the instinctual abilities of learners to make connections and… View Article

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Sunday, November 14, 12:30 pm, Studio C

JASMINE ROAD

Directed By Warren Sulatycky | 120
A recently widowed western rancher takes in a Syrian refugee family in the small conservative town of Red River. The rancher is conservative and loves the world the way it is but undergoes a journey of tolerance. Jasmine Road is a subtle yet positive political film about the power of acceptance, understanding and love.

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Friday, November 12, 9:00 pm, Studio C

KISS THE GROUND

Directed By Josh and Rebecca Tickell | 85 minutes
This important documentary reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the… View Article

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Saturday, November 13, 6:30 pm, Studio C

LANDLOCKED

Directed By Timothy Hall | 81
After his mother’s death, Ray is reunited with his estranged, transgender father as they journey to scatter her ashes off the Georgia coast. Landlocked marks the feature film debut of transgender activist, Delia Kropp, in the lead role of Briana who grew up in East Lansing, went to MSU and taught at LCC.

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Sunday, November 14, 6:30 pm, Studio C

ONE PINT AT A TIME

Directed By Aaron Hosé | 89 minutes
Craft beer generates tens of billions of dollars annually for the US economy. Today, Black-owned breweries make up less than 1% of the nearly 9,000 breweries in operation. Eager to shift the historical perception of who makes and drinks beer, Black brewers, brand owners and influencers across the country are reshaping the craft beer industry… View Article

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Saturday, November 13, 9:00 pm, Studio C

SHORT FILMS PROGRAM A

124 minutes
THE DANCING MAN OF LA Directed by Scott Sheppard, Jen Fodor/26 min. One-man dance party Howard Mordoh is a longtime fixture of the L.A. concert scene. The Covid-19 has put a crimp in his dance moves. FROZEN OUT Directed by Hao Zhou/5 min. An émigré retreats to frozen prairies and swamps, hoping to find meaning… View Article

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Friday, November 12, 3:30 pm, Studio C

SHORT FILMS PROGRAM B

120
FEELING THROUGH Directed by Doug Roland/14 min. Tereek, a teen wandering the streets of New York, desperate for a place to crash when he encounters Artie, a DeafBlind man in need of help getting home. STUCK Directed by Yusif Ziyadzade /5 min. When a mysterious entity knocks at the door of an anxious hermit, he… View Article

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Saturday, November 13, 12:30 pm, Studio C

SHORT FILMS PROGRAM C

99 minutes
FUNNY Directed by Keisuke Sakuma/33 min. After being fired from the supermarket for making funny faces while talking, Harumi becomes a tutor for a young girl who also has a peculiar habit. DOGWATCH Directed by Albin Wildner/36 min. Raphael loses his long-standing job at an industrial corporation. The Austrian Unemployment Office forces him to take… View Article

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Sunday, November 14, 3:30 pm, Studio C

THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES

Directed By Jörg Adolph | 100 minutes
Based on the international best-seller by German forester Peter Wohlleben, this fascinating documentary follows Wohlleben through beautiful forests as he explains how trees communicate and respond in a manner that can only be called thinking. He approaches it with the passionate curiosity of a scientist but with the respect of a fellow life form, understanding that… View Article

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Saturday, November 13, 3:30 pm, Studio C