Friday April 13
8pm – 10pm: Fashion and Music for Film Showcase (F&M)
KCAD students create fashion inspired by short film submissions. Cash bar.
Saturday April 14
12pm - 11pm: Screenings
Quality Entertainment films and Transformative films.
2pm Funding Your Film Panel
Alison Watson, Programs Manager, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Jennifer Rupp, Policy and Program Officer, Michigan Humanities Council
Tony Garcia, Michigan Film and Digital Media Office
Anna Proulx, Alumni Relations, Compass College of Cinematic Arts, and former Manager of Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute
3:30pm “Bad Protagonists, Bad Fans, and Ethics”
Lecture by Carl Plantinga, Calvin College
This talk asks what sort of ethical response critics should have toward stories on screens that feature bad protagonists. Many long-form television serials such as Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Sopranos, and House of Cards feature transgressive male protagonists who would be considered evil by any conventional standards. What is troubling is that some fans, who television critic Emily Nussbaum has dubbed “bad fans,” seemingly respond to these protagonists with uncomplicated approval. This talk examines possible ethical responses to bad protagonists and bad fans. It also considers the possibility that shows with bad protagonists elicit identification with the protagonist through various storytelling techniques, thus implicating the show’s creators in the encouragement of bad fans.
Carl Plantinga is Professor of Film and Media at Calvin College, where he has taught since 2000. He once taught filmmaking, but is now primarily a film scholar and critic. His latest book, due out from Oxford University Press in April 2018, is Screen Stories: Emotion and the Ethics of Engagement.
5:00pm Femme Gaze
Panel of female directors with work screening at GRFF
Sunday April 15
@New Holland Brewing GR, Barrel Stave Loft
5pm Filmmaker Impact Stories
This event features 12 regional filmmakers who discuss how has film transformed their lives. (formally filmmaker PechaKucha)
Currently confirmed filmmakers:
Gabriel Del Castillo, Season of Rage
Dan Falicki, Handyman Dan
Rachel Floyd, Black Girls Be Like
Brad Porter, Cornerstone University
Shane McSauby, Mino Bimaadiziwin
Sam Smartt, Calvin College
David Tappan, Chocolate and Cigarettes