I hope you had the chance to join us for a few screenings during the last film series. We’re excited to program another season of varied and wonderful independent films for the Great Lakes Bay Region. We’ll be back with more shorts programs, art house darlings, new indie finds, and documentaries October 2022 through March 2023. See you at the movies!
Just like the festival, our film series covers everything from quirky comedies to hard hitting documentaries to amazing short films. Proceeds support the Hell’s Half Mile Events nonprofit.
October 20, 2022
France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so…
An adaptation of recent Nobel Prize winner in literature, Annie Ernaux’s novel of the same name.
*In French with subtitles
November 17, 2022
MADE IN MICHIGAN SHORT FILMS
Our always popular Fall shorts program is back! A collection of short films ranging from comedy to drama made in the state of Michigan.
Michigan filmmakers scheduled to attend.
December 29, 2022
A fully practical stop-motion film set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs.
This film is thirty-three years in the making for Phil Tippett — from his earliest sketches and storyboards in 1987 to its completion in 2020 — this macabre magnum opus tracks an enigmatic character as he descends into the bowels of a Dante-like realm plagued with death, violence and grotesque creatures.
The Assassin travels through a nightmare underworld of tortured souls, ruined cities and wretched monstrosities forged from the primordial horrors of the unconscious mind of Phil Tippett, the world’s preeminent stop-motion animator.
January 19, 2023
I LOVE MY DAD
Inspired by writer, director, and star James Morosini’s true life experience, I LOVE MY DAD follows Chuck (Patton Oswalt), a hopelessly estranged father who desperately wants to reconnect with his troubled son, Franklin (Morosini). Blocked on social media and concerned for his son’s life, Chuck impersonates a waitress online and starts checking in with Franklin. But things begin to spiral when Franklin falls for this imaginary girl (Claudia Sulewski) and wants nothing more than to meet her in person, as Chuck has inadvertently catfished his own son.
A thrilling comedy with an unexpected twist, I LOVE MY DAD also stars Rachel Dratch, Lil Rel Howery, Amy Landecker and Ricky Velez.
February 16, 2023
IT’S NOT TOO COLD FOR SHORTS
March 16, 2023
THE RACE TO ALASKA
PRESENTED BY the Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association
The best worst idea ever. This is the story of the Race to Alaska. A race that has changed the lives of hundreds of people. Through one of the most complex waterways in the world. 15 knot currents, gale force winds, cold water, deep water, logs, bears, cold, fatigue, and endless unknowns. First prize: $10,000. Second prize: a set of steak knives. This feature length documentary explores the extreme and impressive individuals who accepted this utterly unique challenge.