FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3rd
(Horror Night- For Mature Audiences Only)
6:00pm Film Block #1
The Ultra – Narrative Short – Horror
First-time Filmmaker (13 minutes)
Director/Producer: Matthew Johnson
Wandering alone in the woods, delusional and aimless, Douglas is experiencing hallucinations. Insanity gets out of hand as you unravel the insight, to why he has completely lost his mind.
Beggar’s Remorse – Narrative Short – Horror/Thriller (22 minutes)
Director/Producer: Mark A. France
John has many dark secrets; secrets he plans to take to the grave. And when he finds himself facing off with his personal demons, he knows that the time has come – once again.
6:50pm Narrative Feature
The Alchemist Cookbook – Horror (82 minutes)
Director/Writer: Joel Potrykus Producer: Ashley Young
Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.
8:50pm Narrative Feature
Accidental Exorcist – Narrative Horror Feature (109 minutes)
Director/Writer: Daniel E. Falicki Producers: Daniel E. Falicki/Warren Croyle
Fate has dealt Richard Vanuck a very strange hand; he’s a natural born exorcist. In fact, he’s the best there’s ever been, and with possessions on the rise across the city he’s booked solid. “Riveting, a master piece.” – Awesome Mag.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4th
11:00am Film Block #2
Suburban Man – Narrative Short (13 minutes)
Directors: Sandy Shelton/Russell Thorpe Writer: Sandy Shelton
After some teenagers in the sub take a disliking to Clay, the dirty deeds escalate…
Pride & Poo – Narrative Short (5 minutes)
Director/Writer: Bradley Silvius Producer: Raquel de Paula Silvius
A prestigious award, gorgeous weather, and an ice cold beverage, Robert was having the perfect day. But there’s nothing like a pesky ant to ruin the mood. Throw in a bird set on revenge, and things are about to get deadly.
Closing Time – Narrative Short/Student – Grand Valley State University (15 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Matthew Collazo
A troubled youth fails to rob a bar, and the owner tries to convince him to turn his life around before it’s too late.
Self-Interest – Narrative Short (1 minutes)
Director/Writer: Maha Ibrahim Producer/Writer: Thomas Butcher
A seasoned criminal finally admits to some of his most heinous crimes and devious secrets.
Shitada – Narrative Short (8 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Nicholas Gascho Producer/Writer: Brittany Dunn
Stan goes out with his co-workers after his first week on the job. Will he fit in?
Interlude – Narrative Experimental Short (16 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Ashray Dravidian Producer/Writer: Steven Fairchild
Producer: Casey Penn
Using a mystical eye drop storyteller David O’Moses bends time and space of his reality to attain a Hypnogogic state of mind (Space between dream world and waking life).
FUN BOX– Narrative Short/Student – Alma College (9 minutes)
Director: Zachary Baker
Can you become addicted to fun?
The GIFT – Narrative Short (10 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Anthony Green
A homeless man is motivated to change his life after he receives a picture from a little girl.
The Joy – Narrative Short (10 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Joshua Courtade
12:50pm Film Block #3
Welcome to Ohio – Narrative Short – First-time Filmmaker (14 minutes)
Directors/Writers: Hamoody Jaafar/Joe Vinson Producer: Hamoody Jaafar
After Henry wakes from a vividly emotional dream, a visit to his grandmother re-awakens something that his dream may have already ignited.
These Colors Do Run – Musical/Drama/Student – Michigan State University (6 minutes)
Director/Writer: Angel Paris Producer: Andy Loy
Drawing its character development from the true-life events of Sonny Spears, a convict who was released from prison only to fall upon hard times because he could not find employment. The song: “Tightrope” is an original composition created for this piece and recorded live on set. The film is dedicated to everyone who deserves a second chance.
Dredge – Narrative Short/Student Alma College (17 minutes)
Director: Jon Clark
One man’s survival against the elements in a seemingly abandoned world.
The Girl on the Mat – Narrative Short (27 minutes)
Director/Writer: Robert Butler Writer: Lucie Gillipsie Producer: Harper Shecter
Hayden has been wrestling since childhood. As the daughter of a recently deceased NCAA wrestling champion, and a failed cello player named Rachel, Hayden’s passion to the sport is severely tested once her mom shows a lack of support as she approaches the Michigan Individual regional tournament. With competition getting fiercer, and the relationship with her mother growing more complex and complicated. Can Hayden find the endurance to advance to the state championship?
Conrad – Narrative Short – First-time Filmmaker (5 minutes)
Director/Writer: Brittany Dunn Producer: Nicholas Gascho
The life and trials of Conrad.
WIRED – Narrative Short (23 minutes)
Director/Writer: Charley VanPortfliet
Eric has bad luck with women. His mom plays matchmaker and introduces him to Jen. Everything seems perfect, until Eric finds out the secret truth about his new lady friend, and the dangers they must face to stay together.
3:00pm Film Block #4
The Last Ones – Documentary Short/Student – Oakland Community College (9 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Italia Millan
A brief look at the story of Sherry Griswold, resident of Oakwood Heights, a neighborhood engulfed by the Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Detroit, and her fight to achieve environmental and social justice for her community and others facing the same fate.
Predator / Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves – Documentary Short (37 minutes)
Director/Writer/Producer: Brian Kaufman
Producer: Kathy Kieliszewski
The fragile ecosystem of Isle Royale National Park is dominated by the predator / prey relationship between wolves and moose. But on the biggest island in the biggest lake on Earth, things have unraveled. With wolves dwindling and moose booming, the National Park Service must decide how to manage these iconic species in a time when climate change threatens to undermine both.
Flint: A Ground Zero Perspective – Documentary Short (9 minutes)
Director/Producer: Garret Morgan Producer: Keith Schnabel
The Flint water crisis as told by the people who watched it develop. This brief documentary is composed of news packages from over the course of the crisis as well as original interviews, footage, and animation.
Fire Photo 1 – Documentary Short (35 minutes)
Director/Writer/Producer: Brian Kaufman Producer: Kathy Kieliszewski
Fire Photo 1 tells the story of unassuming, affable Bill Eisner, who has amassed a visual history of the Detroit Fire Department that’s been described as a priceless museum. His archive is gargantuan: hundreds of thousands of photographs, Super 8mm film reels, boxes of video tapes and audio cassette recordings that include dispatch traffic from the 1967 riots.
4:55pm Film Block #5
Sunny Days – Narrative Short/Student – Wayne State University (16 minutes)
Director/Writer: Jesse McAnally Producers: Miranda Moffat, Nick Banko & Frederick McAnally
After the loss of his brother, Ben feels lost and alone. One day Sunny enters his life and brings vast changes that will last forever.
Aunt Jean – Narrative Short (30 minutes)
Director/Writer: Michael Sneed Producers: Michael Sneed, Victor Pytko & Rocco Guirlanda
A sister’s betrayal, and a mother’s guilt lead to the ultimate revenge or and causes her to question her sanity.
Cabin – Narrative Short (16 minutes)
Directors/Writers/Producers: Ryan Kipp & Davis Northern
Producers: Cara Yeates, Susan Herr, Marcin Tyszka & Renzo Spirit Buffalo
Jack journeys to the wilds of Northern Michigan and confronts face to face the power of Family Legacy at the hands of an unexpected visitor.
6:50pm Student Film MPI Workshop Film Premiere
7:15pm Film Block #6
Bear With Me – Narrative Short/Student – Compass College of Cinematic Arts (19 minutes)
Director: Rj Zarzycki Producer: Max Burchart Writer: Jaqueline Jones
A story about a young man named Louie with an anxiety problem who spends his days in a teddy bear suit.
Devout – Narrative Short – First-time Filmmaker (40 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Andy Bisaha Producer: Harper Schecter
When a priest visits a killer in prison, he is forced to examine his own spiritual ideals and must determine the value of his own life.
Menacing Matrimony – Narrative Short/Student – Motion Pictures Institute (15 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Molade Balogun Writer: Sandi Brinn
An unhappily married man goes to great eccentric lengths to gain his disapproving wife’s attention.
Goatism – Experimental Short (5 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Benjamin Armes Producer/Writer: Mary Hourani
Goatism follows the story of a college professor who becomes trapped in an interdimensional flashback after being encountered by a character from his past.
Locked – Narrative Short – First-time Filmmaker (5 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Nicholas Gascho Producer/Writer: Brittany Dunn
Producers: Dan Schippers & Rob Kenagy
A man wakes up to find himself locked in a basement forced to hear his sister’s plea. Will he get out of the basement?
9:10pm Made-in-Michigan Film Festival Awards
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH
1:00pm Film Block #7
Urban Warrior – Documentary Short (28 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Nancy McCauley Branstetter
My story focuses on one man’s personal crusade to protect his family and neighborhood. It became a larger mission, symbolic of an entire city, fighting to revitalize, rebuild and restore pride to Detroit.
Graveyard of the Great Lakes: A Shipwreck Hunter’s Quest to Discover the Past
Documentary Feature – First time filmmaker (50 minutes)
Director/Writer: Eric Seals
Producers: Joyce Jenereaux (Executive) & Kathy Kieliszewski
Great Lakes historians say up to 10,000 shipwrecks are at the bottom and they are full of history. 74-year-old shipwreck hunter David Trotter has spent half his life hunting for them, exploring and telling their stories. This documentary is about three of the many shipwrecks he has found on Lake Huron.
2:35pm Film Block #8
iWish – Narrative Short/Student – Calvin College (9 minutes)
Director/Writer: Hannah Kaylor Producer: Erin Frantz
College student Tyler Williams leads a completely average life until he finds a smartphone lying in the gutter that contains an all-powerful genie.
Mr. Cooper, Who Fell from the Sky – Narrative Short/Student
Compass College of Cinematic Arts (16 Minutes)
Director/Writer: Terry W. Marsh Producer/Writer: Steve Rodenburg
A lonely young boy comes to the aid of a lost hijacker.
Dear Papa – Narrative Short/First-time Filmmaker (10 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: E.J. Parker
A girl whose father has to go away and doesn’t return copes by writing letters to him every day.
The Hard Life – Narrative Short/First-time Filmmaker (7 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Ryan J Gimarc Producer/Writer: Jacob Brouillette
David has a very hard life. One morning will attempt to break him.
Surreptitious – Narrative Short/Student – Motion Picture Institute (12 minutes)
Director/Producer/Writer: Aric Prebelich
After being dropped off at his grandfather’s farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, Jaime makes an astonishing discovery from his grandfather’s past.
UNQUIET – Narrative Short/Student – Michigan State University (4 minutes)
Director/Writer: Braedon Hal Producer: Troy Hale
When a college guy wakes up to find no one around, he must find out why. Is it really the end of civilization as he knows it, or is there something far bigger he has to battle?
Obstruct Sean – Narrative Short/Student – Calvin College (8 minutes)
Director/Writer: Michael Ribbens Producer: Dustin Hibbler
A college student who is running late is impeded at every step by a childish stranger with countless campus jobs.
His & Hers – Narrative Short/Student – Spring Arbor University (17 minutes)
Director/Writer: Kaela Green
Can love overcome a troubled relationship?
4:25pm Documentary Feature
The Stories They Tell – Documentary Feature – First-time Filmmaker (75 minutes)
Director/Producer: Danny Kim
In this inspiring documentary, college students collaborate with 1st & 2nd graders to write children’s books together. As they create these whimsical, amusing and surprising stories, the connections they make with each other have a lasting impact not only in literacy and learning, but in understanding their past and future.