The East Lansing Film Society Film Series (ELFS) was created in the fall of 1998 when the only art house movie theater in Greater Lansing, The Odeon, closed. Now the ELFS has partnered with Celebration! Cinema to present first-run independent films at the beautiful, state-of-the-art Studio C! ()

ELFS gives you the chance to see intelligent, creative independent films that are offered in major cities but until now did not have a venue in this area.

Come enjoy films that stimulate, enthral, amuse and enlighten!

October Indie Film Series


BLAZE
Directed by Ethan Hawke
Rated R 127 minutes

BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. As lyrical and bittersweet as the music its subject left behind, Blaze takes a decidedly unconventional — yet richly rewarding — approach to the musical biopic.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 98%

LOVE, GILDA
Directed by Lisa DaPolito
Rated NR 86 minutes

This touching documentary opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 91%

PICK OF THE LITTER
Directed by Dana Nachman, Don Hardy, Jr.
Rated NR 96 minutes

Follow a litter of puppies from the moment they’re born and begin their quest to become guide dogs for the blind. You will see these pups go through an intense two-year odyssey as they train to become dogs whose ultimate responsibility is to protect their blind partners from harm. Along the way, these remarkable animals rely on a community of dedicated individuals who train them to do amazing, life-changing things in the service of their human. The stakes are high and not every dog can make the cut. Only the best of the best. The pick of the litter.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

WE THE ANIMALS
Directed by Jeremiah Zagar
Rated R 92 minutes

Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own. A beautiful, haunting and lyrical odyssey of coming of age.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 90%

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September Indie Film Series


DARK MONEY
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Directed by Kimberly Reed
Rated NR 99 minutes

Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana- a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide-to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the US Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. A Sundance award-winning documentary.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%

BORG VS MCENROE
Directed by Janus Metz Pedersen
Rated NR 108 minutes

It’s the summer of 1980, and Björn Borg is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship: the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American John McEnroeStarring Shia LaBoeuf and Sverrir Gudnason.

This is a fundraiser for the Todd Martin Youth Scholarship. Tickets are $17 including a reception.

6:15pm – Reception in Studio C! lobby
7:00pm – Film begins

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 83%

THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST
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Directed by Desiree Akhavan
Rated NR 90 minutes

Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) looks the part of a perfect high school girl. But after she’s caught with another girl in the back seat of a car on prom night, Cameron is quickly shipped off to a conversion therapy center that treats teens “struggling with same-sex attraction.” At the facility, Cameron is subjected to outlandish discipline, dubious “de-gaying” methods, and earnest Christian rock songs-but this unusual setting also provides her with an unlikely gay community. For the first time, Cameron connects with peers, and she’s able to find her place among fellow outcasts.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 83%

THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
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Directed by Tim Wardle
Rated PG-13 96 minutes

Three strangers are reunited by astonishing coincidence after being born identical triplets, separated at birth, and adopted by three different families. Their jaw-dropping, feel-good story instantly becomes a global sensation complete with fame and celebrity, however, the fairy-tale reunion sets in motion a series of events that unearth an unimaginable secret — a secret with radical repercussions for us all.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97%

PUZZLE
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Directed by Marc Turtletaub
Rated R 103 minutes

PUZZLE is a closely observed portrait of Agnes (a fantastic Kelly MacDonald), who has reached her early 40s without ever venturing far from home, family or the tight-knit immigrant community in which she was raised by her widowed father. That begins to change in a quietly dramatic fashion when Agnes receives a jigsaw puzzle as a birthday gift and experiences the heady thrill of not only doing something she enjoys, but being very, very good at it.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 82%
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6:30 THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS PUZZLE PUZZLE DARK MONEY BORG VS MCENROE
9:15 THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS PUZZLE PUZZLE THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS
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August Indie Film Series


ON THE SEVENTH DAY (En el Septimo Dia)
Directed by Jim McKay
Rated NR 97 minutes

Bicycle delivery guys, construction workers, dishwashers, deli workers, and cotton candy vendors, they work long hours six days a week and then savor their day of rest on Sundays on the soccer fields of Sunset Park. José, a bicycle delivery worker, is the team’s captain–young, talented, hardworking and responsible. When José’s team makes it to the finals, he and his teammates are thrilled. But his boss throws a wrench into the celebration when he tells José he has to work on Sunday, the day of the finals. José tries to reason with his boss or replace himself, but his efforts fail. If he doesn’t work on Sunday, his job and his future will be on the line. But if he doesn’t stand up for himself and his teammates, his dignity will be crushed.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

UNDER THE TREE (Undir trénu)
Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson
Rated R 89 minutes

UNDER THE TREE follows a man who is accused of adultery and forced to move in with his parents. While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a dispute between his parents and their neighbors over an old and beautiful tree. What starts as a typical spat between suburban neighbors unexpectedly and violently reaches a boiling point, soon spiraling out of control.

This film leads viewers into decidedly bleak territory, but it’s leavened by sly intelligence and a surprising sense of humor.  Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 80%

ZAMA
Directed by Lucrecia Martel
Rated NR 115 minutes

Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit. In Spanish with English subtitles.

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Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 95%
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