2017 films

‘The 24 Hour War’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 99 minutes DIRECTORS NATE ADAMS AND ADAM CAROLLA This film co-directed by podcaster/comedian/auto enthusiast Adam Carolla tracks one of…

‘Dolores’

YEAR 2017     RUN TIME 95 minutes     DIRECTOR PETER BRATT MICHIGAN PREMIERE History tells us that Cesar Chavez transformed the U.S. labor…

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 88 minutes DIRECTOR STEVE JAMES MICHIGAN PREMIERE “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” tells the incredible saga of the Chinese…

‘Dinner in Abruzzo: A Journey Home with My Culinary Godfather’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 30 minutes DIRECTOR MARK KURLYANDCHIK WORLD PREMIERE Take a culinary journey to the real Italy with two of the Detroit…

‘Connections and Identity: Shorts Program #4’

RUN TIME 78 minutes A selection of documentary shorts focused on people searching for personal connections and self-identity. Titles include: “Palisades”: John…

‘A Closer Look at Flint: Shorts Program #3’

A selection of Flint-themed documentary shorts, including several from the ongoing multimedia project “Flint is a Place.” “From Flint: Voices…

‘Citizen Jane: Battle for the City’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 92 minutes DIRECTOR Matt Tyrnauer MICHIGAN PREMIERE In 1960, Jane Jacobs’ book “The Death and Life of Great American…

‘Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 70 minutes DIRECTOR Peter Rosen “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future” explores the life and visionary work…

‘The Ethanol Effect’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 60 minutes DIRECTOR Bill Kubota From Iowa’s farm fields to Washington’s corridors of power, and from the algae-choked surface…

‘Field Guide to Sponsored Films’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 90 minutes MICHIGAN PREMIERE Self-described meta-archivist Rick Prelinger has spent years collecting, cataloguing and digitizing tens of thousands…

‘Finally Got the News’

YEAR 1970 RUN TIME 55 minutesDIRECTORS Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner Made in 1970, the archival documentary “Finally Got the News”…

‘The Force’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 80 minutes DIRECTOR Peter Nicks MICHIGAN PREMIERE “The Force” presents a cinema vérité look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland…

‘From Detroit with Love: Shorts Program #1’

A selection of Detroit-themed shorts, all documentaries unless noted. Films include: “Promised Land”: A Sudanese family is given a new home…

Isle Royale double feature

‘Predator/Prey’YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 37 minutes DIRECTOR Brian Kaufman ‘Fifty lakes One Island’ YEAR 2013 RUN TIME 55 minutes DIRECTOR George Desort This double feature of…

‘Last Men Standing’

YEAR 2015 RUN TIME 65 minutes DIRECTORS Erin Brethauer and Tim Hussin MICHIGAN PREMIERE Rich and distinguished stories unfold among the lives of…

‘Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes’

YEAR 2015 RUN TIME 110 minutes DIRECTORS Brendan Walsh (DP) and Jessica Walsh METRO DETROIT PREMIERE “Making Waves” takes viewers below the surface…

‘Meet Me At The Lindell: The Story of America’s First Sports Bar’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 44 minutes DIRECTOR Jason Danielewicz WORLD PREMIERE For more than 50 years, the Lindell AC was the place to…

‘Milwaukee 53206’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 55 minutes DIRECTOR Keith McQuirter MICHIGAN PREMIERE “Milwaukee 53206” tells the story of those affected by mass incarceration in…

‘On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 117 minutes DIRECTOR Michael Rubenstone MICHIGAN PREMIERE University of Michigan graduate Michael Rubenstone, a first-time filmmaker and Sly and…

‘Skips Stones for Fudge’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 52 minutes DIRECTOR Ryan Seitz MICHIGAN PREMIERE For more than a decade, Russ (Rock Bottom) Byars and Kurt (Mountain…

‘Spaces and Places: Shorts Program #2’

RUN TIME 70 minutes A selection of documentary shorts on the theme of locations, including a look at Rabbit Island in…

‘Strike a Pose’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 83 minutes DIRECTORS Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan MICHIGAN PREMIERE In 1990, seven young dancers joined pop star Madonna…

‘Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 90 minutes DIRECTOR Stanley Nelson MICHIGAN PREMIERE Spanning 170 years of American history, this 90-minute documentary film and multi-platform…

‘Tickling Giants’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 51 minutes DIRECTOR Sara Taksler METRO DETROIT PREMIERE In the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring, Bassem Youssef makes…

‘Tomorrow’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 118 minutes DIRECTORS Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent   Released in France under the title “Demain.” In English and French…

‘Two Trains Runnin’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 80 minutes DIRECTOR Samuel D. Pollard METRO DETROIT PREMIERE “Two Trains Runnin’ ” is a feature-length doc directed by…

‘Uncle Jessie White – Portrait of a Delta Blues Man in Detroit’

YEAR 2016 RUN TIME 57 minutes DIRECTORS Anne Marie Graham-Hudak and Stashu Kybartas “Uncle Jessie White – Portrait of a Delta Bluesman in…

‘White Boy’

YEAR 2017 RUN TIME 75 minutes DIRECTOR Christopher S. Rech WORLD PREMIERE “White Boy Rick,” as he was called, was a novelty: A…