02 Jan ‘All Sports Shorts: Shorts Program 2’

Move over Pistons, Tigers and Lions. Under-the-radar Michigan sports are the focus of this program that features a legendary motorcycle hill climb, canoe-racing legends, a group of women divers attempting a distinctly Great Lakes feat and a southwest Detroit community keeping hockey alive in Hockeytown.

“Clark Park”: The story of the Southwest Detroit community that saved a rink, helped stabilize a neighborhood and gave inner city youth the opportunity to play hockey. Directed by Troy Anderson and Steven Stark. 33 minutes.

“North Branch”: Brothers Jeff and Jerry Kellogg became legends along the Au Sable River by competing in the 120-mile Au Sable Canoe Marathon, battling 15 hours of steady paddling from Grayling to Oscoda. Directed by Andrew J. Morgan & Nick Nummerdor. 19 minutes.

“Big Five Dive”: The story of 14 female divers from all walks of life, intent on a shared mission: Diving at a historic site in all five Great Lakes in less than 24 hours. Directed by Elizabeth Kaiser. 29 minutes.

“Hill Climb”: For nearly 100 years, motorcyclists have roared up the hill at Mt. Garfield in Muskegon for the biannual Mt. Garfield All Pro Motorcycle Hill Climb. The film is a snapshot of the riders, their bikes, and the enthusiasts that camp on the shores of Lake Michigan for this exciting event. Directed by Andrew J. Morgan & Nick Nummerdor. 11 minutes. Some profanity and adult situations.

Part of the Short’s on Short Films series Presented by Short’s Brewing Company.

Total running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes.

2:30 p.m. Fri., April 13, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture at the DIA
3:00 p.m. Sun., April 15, Welcome Center, Wayne State University 

After the films: On Friday: Free Press staff photographer and videographer Eric Seals will lead a panel with filmmakers Elizabeth Kaiser, Andrew Morgan, Nick Nummerdor, Troy Anderson and Steven Stark.

On Sunday: Freep Film Festival screener Inney Prakash moderates a panel with filmmakers Kaiser, Morgan, Nummerdor, Anderson and Stark.