The 21st annual East Lansing Film Festival

November  1-8, 2018

East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, EL 

Opening Night & Party


T H U R S , N O V . 1  |  S T U D I O  C !
Reception: 6:15 PM | Film: 7:00 PM

Written and Directed by Rudy Valdez / 87 min.

This Sundance Audience Award Winner with Michigan roots is a deeply personal portrait of a Lansing family whose lives were 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 through a little-known law known as “The Girlfriend Problem.” The minimum sentence is 15 excruciating years. Enter Cindy’s filmmaker brother Rudy Valdez, on hand to document every moment of his nieces new lives. As years pass, their mother’s absence feels more and more permanent. We watch as the girls grow up, the family suffers and the brother advocates for a pardon. The result is an impossibly moving and beautiful film that won’t leave a dry eye in the house. Bring tissues.

IN PERSON: Director Rudy Valdez and family.


Studio C


Advance tickets and reserved seating  start 10/15 at, click Studio C!.

$10.50 for general admission,
$8 for seniors and matinees,
$5 for college students
$15 for Opening Night Film and Party, THE SENTENCE, includes reception prior to screening.
Advance tickets & reserved seating start 10/15 at, click Studio C!.


Wells Hall

$5 general admission.
$3 for students. Wells Hall Box Office opens at 6pm; no tickets sold online.
$10 – PIZZA & STUDENT FILMS includes pizza and drinks while watching the films.
FREE – CRANDIE’S at 6:30pm


819 Abbot Road, EL


Monday, November 5 at 7pm


Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm

$8 – general admission
$7 – seniors & students

Box Office opens at 6:30PM

The VIP Festival Pass

The VIP FESTIVAL PASS – $110. Entry to Opening Night Film and Party, ALL festival films at Studio C!, Wells Hall and East Lansing Hannah Community Center. The VIP Pass shows your support of ELFF’s efforts to enhance our community through the art of cinema. At Studio C! you need to reserve your seat at least 15 minutes prior to the screening. To reserve your seat call 517-381-8100, or go to the box office. To purchase the VIP Pass go to


Park in the parking lot between North and South Shaw Lane that is FREE after 6pm. Do NOT park in the lot across the street from Wells Hall you will get a ticket. The parking lots to the east of the International Center are FREE on Friday.