2017 Films

GRFF films fall into two categories: "transformative" or "quality entertainment". Narrowing our search enabled GRFF to find exactly the direct-submit films we wanted. Take a look. 
Most films are screened on Saturday, April 8 at the Wealthy Street Theatre. 

 
 
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Breaking Legs

It's 'Footloose' meets 'Mean Girls' as high school freshman Bloom moves to a back-woods town and must figure out a way to get her dance on!

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Buffalo

Roger a lonely cab driver who is diagnosed with a terminally ill disease. He is shaken by the sudden death of his ex-wife, and steals a cab from his job and sets out to find the son he hasn't seen in more than thirty years.t, varius mi.

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Cloudy with a chance of Sunshine

This quirky, heartfelt comedy follows Ben, a stressed-out single father and former novelist who now suffers in creative purgatory writing instructions for egg-timers, blenders, and other mundane everyday products. At home, Ben juggles being a single father to his precocious 7-year old daughter, Lilly, who peppers him with female-related questions he has no clue how to answer. To top it all off, Ben’s cantankerous father has moved in and brings home an array of floozies half his age to dine with the family. Ben has his life turned upside down when Sunshine, a new-age yogi, mysteriously shows up in his kitchen. She brings color and life into Ben’s world, encouraging him to pursue his long-forgotten dreams. Suddenly, Ben finds his newfound happiness in jeopardy when he is forced to confront his past in a way he never imagined.

Cup of Tea

Cup Of Tea is a short film about the potential we all have to change someone else’s life, and while you’re doing that, might as well change it for the better.

Disturbing the peace

The film follows former enemy combatants - Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison - who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough." The film reveals their transformational journeys from soldiers committed to armed battle to nonviolent peace activists, leading to the creation of Combatants for Peace. At a time in our world when societies are becoming more polarized and painfully few people are speaking of nonviolent solutions to our conflicts, popular movements like Combatants for Peace have the potential to capture the public’s imagination and shift the conversation from the inevitability of conflict, to the possibility and process of establishing lasting peace. DISTURBING THE PEACE evokes universal themes relevant to us all and inspires us to become active participants in the creation of our world.

Dust

Before the dust settles on his life, a young dancer decides to do something about it. He dances off against Death himself in one epic Krump Dance battle.

Ed's Whale

Ed's Whale is a documentary focussing on the life of Lansing poet, Edward Lahti and his artistic output, including a children's book, The Story of Walter the Whale with Wings.

Father Burke's Boss Battle

A young Catholic Priest addicted to video games must control his increasingly frenzied gaming urges, while also avoiding a suspicious and all-too-well-knowing Mother Superior. Father Dale Burke’s grip on reality is slipping! Deep in the throes of video game addiction, Father Burke can’t control his urge to play as daily parish responsibilities fall to the wayside. A game of cat and mouse ensues as Sister Morgan pursues answers from the increasingly erratic priest. A final confrontation erupts in the church sanctuary during a funeral mass when Father Burke bursts in hell-bent on defeating a powerful Demon Boss, as bemused and bewildered mourners witness his maniacal assault against an unseen foe.

Gardeners of the Forest

For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Today, there are around 400 elephants left in Laos. If the Laotian elephants become extinct, not only does it mean a loss of one of the largest mammals on earth but also the loss for Laotian history and culture. This documentary will explore how the Chinese market, deforestation, and tourism all play a role in the imminent extinction of elephants in Laos.

Gardening at night

The period between knowing death is near and death’s arrival forms an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation for Samantha. She is powerless to help Anne, who on the eve of her death, has not come to terms with her fate and remains angry and afraid. Samantha recreates conversations between Elyse and Anne from the hospital in order to comprehend what Anne is facing and the enormity of her own impending loss. 

Hard to Believe 

Hard to Believe is a documentary that examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response—or lack of it—around the world. Produced by Swoop Films, two-time Emmy Award-winning director/producer, Ken Stone, and Irene Silber.

Hold On

A couple works through a trying time in their relationship. Student Short.

HOw Love Won: the fight for marriage equality

“A brilliant and emotionally powerful documentary” about the moment that changed everything in the battle for same-sex marriage. Go behind the scenes and discover the secret psychological weapon Minnesota LGBT activists deployed in this “unwinnable” campaign that had failed in 30 other states. It's an inspiring story of going from sure defeat to winning more than anyone dared hope. Experience the pain and joy of the campaign that not only changed history, but changed the lives of activists in profound and unexpected ways.

I Am Borderline: Self-Regulation Project

I am a psychologist that created a short film for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is probably the most widely misunderstood and stigmatized mental health disorder. Individuals with BPD struggle to regulate their emotions and have interpersonal relationships.

Notorious Corn

It's the story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory. He's going to succeed ... Unfortunately.

Officially Limited

A trip into the booming alternative movie poster world through the lens of a filmmaker, where nerd art is coveted and copyright battles are fought. Synopsis: Officially Limited follows director, John Otterbacher, into the world of collectible alternative movie posters. A copyright war wages between officially licensed merchandise producer, Mondo, and independent artist Tim Doyle. Who will win? 

Rabbit Blood

Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.

Renardo

A murderer finds redemption from an unexpected source. Student Short.

Saving My Tomorrow

From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting the earth. Saving My Tomorrow features kids from around the world who take on our biggest environmental challenges -- from endangered animals and pollution to climate change. Behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, scientists talk with kids about how organisms are affected by a changing earth. A lyrical mix of science, music, and stories of plants and animals in danger, the show is a call from kids to all of us to help take care of the planet and everything on it.

Shipping Home

Shipping Home follows the year-long construction of Asheville, North Carolina’s first shipping container residence. But this is no HGTV fairytale - Ryan and Brook must balance life and parenthood with their aspirations of a sustainable dream house.

Sick

Music Video for the song "Sick" by Matt Rose.

 

Something Fun

Veronica Atburn returns to her home town after a year of traveling the United States, reunites with her high school friends, and forces everybody to stop rehashing the past and start doing Something Fun.

Split Costs

Two young women from disparate backgrounds share a ride to western Massachusetts in this heartrending film of unexpected friends navigating life's bumpy roads and moving forward with hope. An award-winning drama that "passes the Bechdel test with flying colors", Split Costs boasts an all-female cast that deliver "emotionally honest, disciplined performances.” 

Sugar

A frustrated musician, in the middle of a crisis moment, clashes with a pizza delivery guy who tries to convince him that his life would be easier if he gave up on his dreams.

Supermom

A daughter thinks her mother is a real life super hero - she might be right. Starring Justine Herron ("Kevin Hart - Let Me Explain") and John Hensley (lead of "Nip/Tuck," "Teeth," "Hostile III"). 

 

The Joy

A comedic short film about man trying to find his place in an absurd and lonely world.

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A retired bus driver, unable to mourn the loss of his wife, turns to his television for comfort. When the TV breaks, he is forced to look outside his closed world.

What happened in Vega

While on vacation in Las Vegas, filmmaker Ramsey Denison is walking through a parking lot when he sees a group of police officers abusing a stranger in custody. Shocked by what he’s witnessing, he calls 911 to report police brutality -- only to find himself being attacked by police and arrested. After reading a police report filled with lies and discovering that the video documenting his attack by police has conveniently gone missing, Denison investigates a terrifying pattern of police brutality and discovers that behind the shimmering surface of Las Vegas lies a police department with individuals willing to go to any lengths to cover up its crimes. 

Wintry Spring

Nour, is a schoolgirl that lives alone with her father, goes through a crisis when the unexpected arrival of puberty happened to her for the first time and cannot tell her dad and the dad didn't understand these changes that occurred in her life, which results in tension between them.