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!

Spectacular September Films


THE B SIDE: ELSA DORFMAN’S PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Directed by Errol Morris

Rated R 76 minutes

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20×24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. As pictures begin to fade and her retirement looms, Dorfman gives director Errol Morris an inside tour of her backyard archive. This is the rare Morris movie (The Fog of War) that is led by the warm and engaging personality of its star figure, rather than his need to probe. You can almost sense Morris smiling off-camera as she pulls each exposure from her file drawers for reminiscing and newfound scrutiny – that’s how strong and warm his admiration is for Dorfman and the humble richness of her work.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZSTFnUaKsM

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%

A GHOST STORY

Directed by David Lowery

Rated R 87 minutes

With A GHOST STORY, acclaimed director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, PETE’S DRAGON) returns with a singular exploration of legacy, loss, and the essential human longing for meaning and connection. Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Academy Award-winner Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Academy Award-nominee Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, this film emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience that lingers long after the credits roll.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_3NMtxeyfk 

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92%

THE GIRL WITHOUT HANDS (La Jeune Fille sans Mains)
Directed by Sébastien Laudenbach
Rated NR 73 minutes

In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins a long journey towards the light… This audacious feature debut from acclaimed short filmmaker Sébastien Laudenbach, is a beautiful and dreamlike take on the Brothers Grimm story and is destined to become a classic adult fairytale. An animated film that bears artistry and emotional resonance. In French with English subtitles.

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANbYvxpqx8A

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 100%

TRIP TO SPAIN
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Rated NR 111 minutes

After jaunts through northern England and Italy, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon embark on another deliciously deadpan culinary road trip. This time around, the guys head to Spain to sample the best of the country’s gastronomic offerings in between rounds of their hilariously off-the-cuff banter. Over plates of pintxos and paella, the pair exchange barbs and their patented celebrity impressions, as well as more serious reflections on what it means to settle into middle age. As always, the locales are breathtaking, the cuisine to die for, and the humor delightfully devilish. 

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTvy8ab1NSo

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 83%

 

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