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!

Jubilant June Films


CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

 

Directed by Matt Tyranuer

Rated NR 92 minutes

Citizen Jane is a timely tale of what can happen when engaged citizens fight the powerful for the sake of a better world. Arguably no one did more to shape our understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and writer who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Director Matt Tyranuer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) vividly brings to life Jacobs’ 1960s showdown with ruthless construction kingpin Robert Moses over his plan to raze lower Manhattan to make way for a highway. This resulted in a dramatic struggle over the very soul of the neighborhood.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwf5h3MIdRs

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%

CHUCK
Directed by Phillippe Falardeau
Rated R 101 minutes

Chuck Wepner (played with humor and pathos by Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career who was chosen to fight the greatest, Mohammed Ali in a 1975 much-publicized title match. He went 15 rounds and became the real life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. His fifteen minutes of fame caused exhilarating highs and humbling lows and then he became an afterthought. A human tale of resilience and redemption.

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AQXwOOqNNw 

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 85%

I, DANIEL BLAKE
Directed by Ken Loach
Rated R 100 minutes

The latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer; he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. Graced with humor and heart, I, Daniel Blake is a moving, much-needed reminder of the power of empathy from one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahWgxw9E_h4

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 93%

A QUIET PASSION
Directed by Terence Davies
Rated PG-13 126 minutes

Cynthia Nixon delivers a triumphant performance as Emily Dickinson as she personifies the wit, intellectual independence and pathos of the poet whose genius only came to be recognized after her death. Acclaimed British director Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) exquisitely evokes Dickinson’s deep attachment to her close knit family along with the manners, mores and spiritual convictions of her time that she struggled with and transcended in her poetry.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=offpkwG9zbA

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 92%

 

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AFTER THE STORM (Umi Yori Mo Mada Fukaku)

 

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Rated NR 117 minutes

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again. This lovely film offers timeless and cross cultural observations about parental responsibilities, personal bonds, and the capacity for forgiveness. In Japanese with English subtitles.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 94%

FRANTZ
Directed by François Ozon
Rated PG-13 114 minutes

A mysterious French World War I veteran suddenly appears in a small German town, placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. His bereft fiancée, Anna, gradually gets closer to the handsome and melancholy young man, as she learns of his deep friendship with Frantz. Director Ozon explores the characters’ conflicting feelings – survivor’s guilt, anger at one’s losses, the overriding desire for happiness despite everything that has come before, and the longing for sexual, romantic and familial attachments. A provocative, beautiful period piece. In French and German with English subtitles.

WATCH THE TRAILERhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oop8_CgSgmo

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 85%

KEDI
Directed by Ceyda Torun
Rated NR (suitable for children) 98 minutes
An open, tender-hearted meditation on the relationship between felines and humans, Kedi offers a (literal) cat’s-eye view of Istanbul. Director Ceyda Torun’s roaming camera follows stray cats as they crawl, bound, lounge, sneak, peek, beg, and steal their way through the streets of the Turkish metropolis. Unlike in Europe and America, where strays are rounded up and placed in pounds, Istanbul allows cats to make their homes where they please, relying on the city’s denizens to communally care for them. In Turkish with English subtitles.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1tq7CymQoA

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97%

MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA
Directed by Dash Shaw
Rated PG-13 75 minutes

From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Hailed as “the most original animated film of the year” and “John Hughes for the Adult Swim generation” (Indiewire), the film’s everyday concerns of friendships, cliques and young love remind us how the high school experience continues to shape who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances.
Voices by Jason Schwartzman, Susan Sarandon,Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph, Reggie Watts.

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

Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 91%

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