Films

  • Under desperate circumstances, and across vast distances, an intense connection is made. Sweden Director: Andrej Landin
  • super Two art school freshmen with hidden super powers race to get the last seat available in a course on the 13th floor. On the way they discover that, in this school, they’re not as special as they thought. The film is a blending of action, animation and special effects in a short student film produced ...
  • Within Me Is The DevilStudent Short Film. 9m – USA What would you do when a family member is taken from you? The law and not even a strict religious upbringing will be able to save the guilty parties from the wrath of a young Amish man devastated by the loss of his sister.
  • Student Documentary. 18m – USA A Super 16mm documentary portrait of a 40-year old bodybuilder’s seventeen-year, injury-plagued quest to reclaim his title as ‘Mr. New York.’
  • Student Documentary. 17m – USA Although the Montelones must fight Cystic Fibrosis on a day-by-day basis, their passion for love, life and surfing allows them to get through these uncertain times. Known as the ‘Brady Bunch’ of the Cystic Fibrosis world, the ‘Monte Five’ cherish each moment and truly live life to the fullest. Breathe Life ...
  • bloomShort Narrative. 20m – USA Bloom is the story of every artists struggle to the top. Daisy is an up and coming artist grappling with self doubt and discovery, an unsure boyfriend, and the pressures of everyday life. We follow her as she maneuvers over the hurdles life throws her way as she tries to ‘make ...
  • 20 20Short Narrative. 6m – USA 20/20 imagines a world, not too long from now, in which almost everyone wears Google Glass.The film follows Brandon as he floats through his day, blissfully unaware of the true implications of his devotion to cutting-edge technology. Using his Glass, he checks the weather while shaving. He accesses public databases to ...
  • firstmatchShort Narrative. 5m – USA ‘First Match’ is a coming of age tale that is centered on a boy, scared out of his mind, getting ready for a boxing match. With him in the locker room is his father who wraps the boys hands, ties his gloves, and fortifies his fragile heart. In the end, it’s ...
  • Realizism_Joe, Mel & DJ Short Narrative. 31m – USA A suburban family fallen on hard times, relocate to the urban jungle where they meet a group of inner city ‘Robin Hoods’ that force the realization that we all have more in common than we believe.
  • FRINK 1Short Narrative. 10m – USA FRINK is a Supernatural Thriller about a newlywed couple that moves into a secluded home atop the cascade mountains to escape the outside world. Little do they know the darkness within that will soon consume the mind of James as he writes more and more each day ..  
  • The Forever PeopleShort Narrative. 10m – USA  A woman is hunted by a serial killer with supernatural abilities. The trauma at the hands of a killer reveals her forgotten identity and her true unearthly power is unleashed.
  • The One Who Loves YouFeature. 95m – USA  It’s 1974. Gloria Bethune faces a bleak existence after failing as a singer in New York. She retreats to her small hometown where she falls for a grifter, who claims to be the former manager of a famous Country singer. Through this flawed man’s faith in her, Gloria’s passion for singing is ...
  • Sand CastlesFeature. 93m – USA Around the cornfields of small-town Indiana, Noah and his poverty-stricken family wrestle with the mysterious return of his now mute sister, Lauren, who was kidnapped and held captive for over a decade.
  • hopeDocumentary Short. 26m – USA Hope on the Horizon is about facing life’s challenges with courage and facing seemingly insurmountable odds every day. Four hikers, including the filmmaker, set out to summit the 48 highest peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in a single trip on foot. The challenges of negotiating the fragile beauty and ...
  • WhoopDreamsDocumentary. 40m – USA Whoop Dreams is a feature-length documentary about strangers in a strange world. Members of the Filmdrunk.com podcast (aka The Frotcast) raised funds to travel from California to Cave-In-Rock, IL to experience the Gathering of the Juggalos – a music festival unlike any other. Each year, thousands of Psychopathic Records fans, calling themselves ...
  • De Huid VoeltDocumentary Short. 6m – Netherlands  In this observational diptych, the narrator, Daan Bunnik depicts the struggles of observing the aging bodies of his parents. In this project Bunnik expresses the difficulties of not being able to avert this process and must adapt to and cope with the situation.
  • GDaielDocumentary Short. 17m – USA  A short documentary covering an Indiana born swimmer in his pursuits of making the Olympics, the tragic loss and death of his coach, and the coming to terms with the direction of his swimming future and life.
  • Planes, Trains, and AutorickshawsDocumentary. 87m – USA   Three American sisters, raised in India by missionary parents, return to the land of their childhood for the first time in fifty years. Emotional and entertaining, their journey proves that it’s never too late to go home.
  • TuesdayShort narrative. 5m – Switzerland  Tuesday is a poignant, thought-provoking story of how life can take unexpected turns. Your neighbor, your grocer, maybe even your good friend could be in the midst of an unforeseen crisis. This is the story of a man struggling to keep all the pieces of his life together. Can he do ...
  • avocateStudent Documentary. 12m – USA  An educated man named Maurice Young gives up everything to live on the streets and serve the homeless community in Indianapolis. When the city evicts more than 60 homeless people from the camp where he serves as a unofficial ‘mayor’, Maurice believes the city has declared war on the homeless.
  • sorryabouttomorrowShort Narrative. 8m – USA At one point, in the future, Baldwin met a charismatic girl named Cricket at a bar. Over some drinks, she told him she had a time machine at her house. But the time machine wasn’t working, so she recruited Baldwin to help finish it and actually make it server its intended ...
  • Student Music Video. 4m – USA ‘Hoka Hey’ was The Outer Vibe’s debut music video that reached 30,000 views on YouTube. This video showcased the character of the band. The craziness in this video will captivate you and surely make you smile and want to watch a second time. Fire, motorcycles, parties, and a catchy indi-pop ...
  • The FrontierFeature. 90m – USA A retired professor and his ranch hand son try to reconnect after years of estrangement.
  • In Transit Selects tightDocumentary Short. 33m – USA Detroit is in crisis and its future is uncertain – this is the nature of change. While the epic battle between ruins and resiliency rages on transience and permanence have become the ragged twin poles of life for many. Six resident perspectives are presented as they struggle to define a city ...
  • Moo - A DocumentaryStudent Documentary. 8m – USA  Is the nostalgic family farm a thing of the past? Is it inevitably becoming obsolete, strong-armed out of operation by large corporate farms? Maybe, but if so, no one has told the Westendorps. Moo: A Documentary explores the significance of family farms, what technology has to contribute, and the process of ...
  • Anatomy of AnatomyDocumentary. 53m – USA When legendary Hollywood director Otto Preminger chose Michigan’s rustic Upper Peninsula as the filming location for ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959), he not only changed the way movies would be made for decades to come, he forever altered a Midwestern community. ANATOMY OF ‘ANATOMY’ tells the story of how Marquette became the ...
  • Skile 4Student Documentary. 19m – Skile  Can one person change the world? My father thought he could by making music and writing novels. However, In the end he only grew more frustrated and disappointed. Finally, he realized he should change himself, instead of others. And through changing himself he’s witnessed a miracle that the world around him ...
  • Guest House 2Short Narrative. 27m – USA  Lance Wesley lost his job and fiance on the same day. Depressed and downtrodden, he moves back into his parents’ Guesthouse where he spent his youth. As he fights constantly with his frustrated and patientless father, relics from his past pay him a visit. Will his past propel him forward?
  • The Longest Game 1Documentary. 77m – USA Meet Hal, 87; Charlie, 87; and Maurie, 87. Three of a group of ‘elderly gentlemen’ who gather every day at one p.m. in the village of Dorset, Vermont to play a game called Paddle Tennis. They have been playing together for years. A lyrical visual poem, THE LONGEST GAME takes on the ...
  • unconditionalStudent Documentary. 25m – USA Unconditional explores how second-parent adoption laws harm children and parents in same-sex families. A second-parent adoption, for an unmarried couple, allows a ‘second parent’ to adopt their partner’s biological or adoptive child without the legal parent losing their parental rights. The film follows two North Carolina families as they navigate the ...
  • Rose, Mary, and TimeShort Narrative. 38 minutes – United Kingdom  The film is a story of second chances. Barney is married – unhappily. He lost the love of his life around six years ago – she was murdered. Through the magic contained within a clock he inherited, and with the help of an old Indian shop keeper, Barney finds ...
  • IF WE WERE ADULTSStudent Short Film. 21m – USA Mitch and Izzy are the last unmarried couple in a group of friends and so out of spite and with the help of a little booze, they decide to take the plunge.
  • A Child Lies HereShort Narrative. 12m – USA  One man’s life is forever shattered after the sudden death of his young daughter. Now, at a much older age and with that heartbreaking moment years behind him, the man still struggles to find meaning for his existence. When he is unable to escape the pain of her death, previously lost ...
  • 3137434Feature. 105 minutes – New Zealand  It’s 1965 and for 23 year-old Richard Davis, life is all about music and his beautiful artist wife Judy. His big dream is to bring rock n’ roll to the public, and break the Government’s monopoly on State Controlled Broadcasting. As time and money runs out, Richard’s marriage starts to ...
  • Grand Rapids Film Festival is accepting submissions for the 2014 event. Grand Rapids Film Festival is currently accepting submissions for its fifth edition held April 9-13, 2014. Filmmakers and students alike have a chance to enter the festival by using Withoutabox at the GR’s Film Festival website. The categories of film are as followed: Feature, Documentary, ...
  • The Historic Federal Building was the perfect backdrop for this year’s Production Workshop. We wrote the script Thursday, storyboarded Friday, shot Saturday, then, gave the footage to 3 editors: Paul Genzink, Joel Swieringa and Mike Newton. Shotgun Wedding Edit One – Paul Genzink from Grand Rapids Film Festival on Vimeo. Shotgun Wedding Edit One – Paul Genzink from ...
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  • ValhallaBluesShort Narrative. Runtime – 22:38 Ed (Mike Flavin) and James (Ted Neda) are two venturesome youths with questionable intentions. Driven by their highly developed sense of honor, they recruit their best friend with the promise to fulfill his carefully devised plan in a blaze of friendship and glory.   The filmmakers will be in attendance.  This short narrative ...
  • UsAndThemStudent Short Film. Runtime – 3:29 There are only two types of people, ‘us’ and ‘them.’ What happens when you have to decide which side you’re on?   This student short film will screen on Saturday, May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • TownRedShort Narrative. Runtime – 20:50 It is 1952 in Sugar Grove, Kentucky. Something has gone terribly wrong. An unexplainable virus is spreading over the land, and something is happening to it’s residents. They’re acting sick. Really sick. Patrick, a mechanic and farmer, who has lost everything he’s loved to the virus, has caught a local boy ...
  • TonysBigScoreStudent Short Film. Runtime – 12:11 Tony is just your average everyday robot until the day the entire world starts crashing in on him.   This student short film will screen on Saturday, May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • VolareStudent Documentary. Runtime – 13:42 Our story follows Phil Gibbs of Decorah, IA. He is a lively, passionate, and enjoyable man to be around. Gibbs is also a man of many passions, one of which includes flight. Early on in the film, however, we learn that Phil Gibbs is no ordinary pilot; he is also a ...
  • Time2SplitShort Narrative. Runtime – 4:38 A couple, a young child. Life is such that sometimes it is time to separate and live his life.   This short narrative screens on Friday May 17th at UICA. Purchase tickets here. 
  • ThinkingAboutYouStudent short film. Runtime – 19:58 Two telepathic teenagers fall in love and obtain perfect intimacy.   This student short film screens Saturday, May 18th, at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • TheViewFromHereShort Narrative. Runtime – 19:56 An elderly man living alone after his wife takes ill is forced to confront his own regrets and mortality after a possibly fatal accident. The main character passes his days watching the world go by until he is forced to turn his gaze inward and own up to the things left ...
  • TheHuntingTripStudent Short Film. Runtime – 6:00 ‘The Hunting Trip’ is a story of Taylor, a young boy of about seven, who is on his very first hunting trip with his father, uncle and competitive cousin. Taylor, who has been anxious to go with the men of his family to experience the rite of passage, comes across ...
  • TakeMeHomeStudent Music Video. Runtime – 4:51 After losing everything on a street race, Joseph begins the race of his life to return home.   This student music video will screen on Saturday May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • SexAndSpaghettiStudent Short Film. Runtime – 20:12 A short film about a woman who decides to break her routine – a decision which causes her to think about her marriage differently. Filmmakers will be in attendance . This student short fim will screen on Saturday May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • SayCheeseShort Narrative. Runtime – 38:48 Happiness creeps up on a lonely photographer as his reality goes in and out of focus.   The filmmakers will be in attendance. This short narrative will screen on Friday, May 17 at UICA. Purchase tickets here.   
  • SandAndShadowStudent Short Film. Runtime – 9:13 Light and dark forces clash swords in this fantasy action short.   This student short film will screen Saturday May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • ReturningHomeShort Narrative. Runtime – 34:24 A man wakes up in the middle of nowhere – a desolate road divides the baron landscape – all he knows is that he has to get home to his family. He soon discovers that ‘home’ might have an entirely different meaning. The Filmmakers will be in attendance This film will screen Thursday May ...
  • Purple pictureShort Narrative. Runtime – 3:35 Purple is a poetic recounting of a woman who was born into the tragic life of sexual exploitation. Abandoned at birth in a dumpster by her prostitute mother, she grows up being sexually abused for her foster father’s own financial gain and from then on, the life of walking the streets ...
  • PunctureShort Narrative. Runtime – 4:59 When a self-reliant business woman breaks down on a dark and isolated country road, she discovers that help can come from the strangest of strangers.   This film will screen on Saturday, May 18th, at UICA. Purchase tickets here. 
  • PullingMeUnderStudent Music Video. Runtime – 3:18 A young man wrestles with the secrets and monsters of his youth as he confronts the past to find out who he really is, and what he was truly meant to be.   This film will screen on Saturday May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • PrudencePeckerStudent Short Film. Runtime – 14:54 Prudence Pecker fantasizes about becoming a best selling romance novelist but her lack of real life sexual experience thwarts her dreams.   This film will screen on Thursday, May 16th, at GVSU. Ages 15 and over are recommended. Purchase tickets here. 
  • ThePinkRoomDocumentary. Runtime – 44:53 The Pink Room follows the journey of Mien and other young girls in the turbulent world of sex slavery that at times seems unfathomable. At a young age, she enters life in a brothel, and her virginity is sold at a high price. Even when help is within reach, obstacles that appear ...
  • MV5BMTA2NDI4NjAxMjZeQTJeQWpwZ15BbWU3MDM4NjgwODg@._V1_SX214_Student Short Film. Runtime – 10:29 When Lyle’s wife Daisy unexpectedly invites a charming artist to stay at their house and paint her portrait, he sets out to determine if she is having an affair.   This filmmakers will be in attendance. This student short film will screen on Saturday May 18th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • ThePaintedGirlStudent Short Film. Runtime – 8:53 The story of Megan, a closeted gay 15 year old, who runs away from her mother’s expectations. Hiding in an abandoned subway tunnel, she uses spray paint to create art for her mother. Megan hopes that through this gallery of graffiti she can help her mother understand who she is.Director ...
  • OxygenStudent Music Video. Runtime – 3:48 This music video is for the band We are Leo, the narrative to this music video is about a world that is suffering from a post-social digression and how the government’s control has effected the population. During the music video, through a cycle of events, the oppressed people must find ...
  • MyFriendJodieStudent Short Film. Runtime – 9:39 ‘My Friend Jodie’ (2012) chronicles filmmaker Tracy Toscano’s renewed friendship with her estranged friend Jodie, who has recently revealed she has Huntington’s disease, a debilitating and fatal genetic brain disease. After learning of Jodie’s unfortunate circumstances, Toscano visits her in Florida and unflinchingly documents through live action footage and animated ...
  • michaelflynn-pressShort Narrative. Runtime – 39:55 Colorado McBride has led a very evil life as a prizefighter, henchman and gambler who’s malevolently scarred face reflects the exacting image of his dark and loathsome past. Double crossed and left for dead, McBride is drawn to a compassionate country caretaker who nurtures him back to health but shuns his ...
  • TheMaryJaneProjectStudent Documentary. Runtime – 30:00 The Mary Jane Project is a collection of stories told by distant loved ones about Mary Jane, a reticent teenage girl, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 1971.   This student documentary will screen Sunday May 19th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • LotuslandShort Narrative. Runtime – 25:40 A struggling young actor, Danny Isaacs, faces a decision that could make his career but derail his life.   The filmmakers will be in attendance. This film will screen on Sunday, May 19th. Purchase tickets here. 
  • TheLizardKingStudent Short Film. Runtime – 8:20 A young boy and an ex-con find themselves at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere. It’s 100 degrees and tensions start to boil as the mysterious creature inside the boy’s shoebox becomes the center of a struggle for life and death.   This film will screen on Saturday May 18, ...
  • TheIntruder!Short Narrative. Runtime – 18:00 ONE location, TWO characters, and a SPACESHIP!   This film screens on Friday, May 17th, at UICA. Purchase tickets here.
  • HolidayTripofALifetimeStudent Music Video. Runtime – 3:31 Western Australian band, End Of Fashion, released their 2012 track ‘Holiday Trip of a Lifetime’. This is video clip incorporates Capoeira performers.   This student music video screens on Saturday, May 18th, at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • TheHardDayKnightsStudent Short Film. Runtime – 6:50 The angst-filled experience of a struggling Beatles tribute band, beset from without by a barrage of more successful cover acts, and from within by ‘creative differences.’   This film screens on Thursday, May 16th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • GreatAdventuresShort Narrative. Runtime – 6:08 Heroes, villains, legends. Twenty years ago Billy and his Grandad were all of these and more, every Sunday afternoon before tea. Great Adventures is a magnificent, sweeping, suburban epic that celebrates the power of imagination and the bond between generations.   This film screens on Sunday, May 19th, at UICA. Purchase tickets here. 
  • GivenAwayForLoveStudent Documentary. Runtime – 5:39 A five minute documentary, shot on video about a journey of self discovery told through the eyes of an adopted young woman.   The filmmakers will be in attendance. This student documentary screens Thursday, May 16th at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • GirlsInTownStudent Documentary. Runtime – 9:06 This documentary created by students explores the world of prostitution through the words of those involved, sex workers, pimps and law enforcement. Filmed in and around Oakland.   This film screens on Saturday evening, May 18th at UICA. Ages 15 and up are recommended. Purchase tickets here. 
  • FlintsBestRockStudent Documentary. Runtime – 39:52 Once upon a time, FM rock radio was the “KIngmaker.” It helped deliver the meteoric rise to such legendary artists as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. The format also opened the door for Van Halen, AC.DC, Styx, the Police, Boston, Journey, and countless others. The fact is, there was no other ...
  • TheFarmStudent Short Film. Runtime – 9:08 A wanderer stumbles across an abandoned farm and discovers he is not alone.   This film screens on Thursday, May 17, at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • DemurStudent Short Film. Runtime – 5:59 The story of love potential and love lost.   This film screens on Thursday, May 16 at GVSU. Purchase tickets here. 
  • DogBytesShort Narrative. Runtime – 8:27 It’s Sunday in America’s heartland when Alice arrive to cook an unforgettable breakfast for Daddy and his wife. Daddy likes his eggs with tomatoes, lots of hot sauce and no shells so Alice makes them just the way he likes them. Or not.   This short narrative screens on Friday, May 17, at ...
  • The Co-StarShort Comedy. Run Time 13:56   Cloe has big dreams of one day being a star, but her first step towards stardom is mastering the one-line audition.   Whether destiny or greatness The Co-star is a hilarious insight into auditioning for one line parts … Lights, Camera…Surprise!   This film will screen on Friday 8:00, on May 17th, at UICA. ...
  • http://www.lex18.com/news/two-brothers-documentary-about-life-after-war-to-be-screened-in-two-film-festivals An Eastern Kentucky University student’s documentary about his younger brother’s struggles with life in Harlan County after war in Iraq is complete after nearly a year of work. “Two Brothers” will be featured in two national film festivals this spring.   Jason Edwards looks through the documentary he almost didn’t finish.   “Do you move on? Do you want ...
  • http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/flint/index.ssf/2013/04/flint_rock_and_roll_documentar.html GRAND RAPIDS, MI –  A documentary chronicling the last years of rock and roll on the station 105.5 will be showing. The film, “Flint’s Best Rock,” was made by former 105.5 disc jockey Jim “the bad boy” Baade. In the film Baade not only looks at rock and roll, but also the last days of when ...
  • BeachHeadStudent Short Film. Runtime – 6:14   One man’s lonely walk along the beach turns into an obsession as he finds buried in the sand the head of a Mr. Potato head doll. But where is the rest of it?   This student short film will screen on Saturday afternoon, May 18th, at UICA. Purchase tickets here.
  • OscarVShort narrative. Runtime – 13:58 Oscar V discovers a way to view the web-cam on one of his customer’s laptop, without her knowing. The police get involved. What will become of him?   This short film will screen on Friday evening, May 17th at UICA. Purchase tickets here.
  • ManfredAndTheWaitingRoomShort narrative. Runtime – 8:41 In a doctor’s waiting room a frantic Manfred is thrown into a truly bizarre power struggle with a mysterious sociopath.   This film will screen on Saturday evening, May 18th, at UICA. Purchase tickets here.
  • Felix_Graves_01-6Short narrative. Runtime – 40:00 Felix Graves is polite, pleasant, and personable. He works for his mother, takes pride in his work, and is dedicated to customer satisfaction. He also happens to kill people for a living. Over the course of three hits, Felix struggles to maintain his professionalism – even as has victims lose theirs. ...
  • COUCHShort narrative. Runtime – 7:40 Growing up is hard to do. That’s why Casey McElveen never even tried”Margin Call’ Producer, Neal Dodson, presents ‘Couch’. ‘Couch’ is a coming-of-age story about two 20-something New Yorkers, CASEY and KAT, who are trying to give their relationship one last shot, in the form of pre-pre-pre-marriage therapy. CASEY, like so ...
  • TheCoffersShort narrative. Runtime – 22:22 ‘The Coffers’ is a short-form narrative cinema conferring the lamentable exploits of a dominant corporate leader, his efforts to lead his son toward a more fulfilling future, and a capricious friendship that hangs in the balance.   This short film will screen on Saturday afternoon, May 18th at UICA. Purchase tickets here.
  • One.Two.FiveShort Narrative. Runtime – 6:51 Three siblings, each on their own journeys, discover what it means for ‘man to be fully alive’.   The filmmakers will be in attendance. The short film will screen on Friday evening, May 17, at GVSU. Purchase tickets here.
  • MotivationalGrowthFeature. Runtime – 1:45:02 Ian Folivor (Adrian DiGiovanni), depressed and reclusive, finds himself taking advice from a fungal growth after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking chunk of aspergillus born from the filth collecting in Ian’s neglected bathroom, works to win Ian’s trust by helping him clean himself up and remodel ...
  • StevePhoenixTheUntoldStoryFeature. Runtime – 1:33:00 A small time cable TV reporter with dreams of the big time stumbles into a story far stranger than he ever imagined. It takes him on a journey into an underground world of subversion, talk radio and garage bands. Along the way, he discovers the shocking truth about fame, friendship and the ...
  • ReconciliationFeature. Runtime – 1:33:00 RECONCILIATION is a groundbreaking, provocative story about a son, Grant, struggling to reconcile with his estranged father, Jeff, as they overcome the heartbreaking consequences of their past. Jeff, terminally ill, wishes to see his son. Grant reluctantly goes to see the man he disowned at his 10th birthday party, when he found ...
  • TheRacketBoysFeature. Runtime – 1:20:00 THE RACKET BOYS is a modern existential comedy about two men and a woman driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco for individual reasons, but the same goal — finding happiness and a reason for it all. A simple story of friends on the road, searching for meaning in an indifferent existence.   This ...
  • AmericasMostHauntedFeature. Runtime – 1:25:00 This is the story of the popular ghost hunting show America’s Most Haunted. They’re not here to communicate or take some pictures. They’re here to kick ghosts out. Their methods may be questionable   The filmmakers will be in attendance. This film screens on Friday evening, May 17, at UICA. with an encore showing ...
  • TwoBrothersDocumentary short. Runtime – 27:35 Joe grew up in Harlan, Kentucky. He went to war as a young man. When he returned, he was a very different person. Wracked with overwhelming depression, anxiety and anger, Joe tried to make a new life for himself and his family. His brother, Jason narrates the uncertain journey toward wellness. ...
  • StanHerdDowntoEarthDocumentary short. Runtime – 26:32 An intimate portrait of International Earthwork artist Stan Herd as he creates large-scale images on the earth which are best viewed from above. Stan found his canvas in the field on the family farm working with wheat, sunflowers, other crops, and found objects. Two of his first Kansas installations were the ...
  • HomeAtLastPeopleoftheOzarkDocumentary short. Runtime – 26:46 The purpose of the film is to introduce people in the Ozarks to this remarkable group of people, their new, largely invisible neighbors. Those who arrived from Laos and Thailand have suffered enormously, yet they plow ahead to survive and thrive with optimism and a highly- developed sense of loyalty to ...
  • WingsForMaggieRayDocumentary. Runtime – 56:46 WINGS FOR MAGGIE RAY tells the story of an Indiana farm girl who answered her country’s call to duty and ultimately became a flying legend. It is an enlightening documentary about Margaret Ringenberg, a US Army Air Force WASP pilot in World War Two, and later renowned long distance aviation racer. The ...
  • ThePinkRoomDocumentary. Runtime – 46:06 The Pink Room follows the journey of Mien and other young girls in the turbulent world of sex slavery that at times seems unfathomable. At a young age, she enters life in a brothel, and her virginity is sold at a high price. Even when help is within reach, obstacles that appear ...
  • WhereHaveAlltheMermaidsGoneDocumentary. Runtime – 1:18:29 Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor of Inside Job, UPRISING tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall ...
  • BattlefieldOfTheMindDocumentary. Runtime – 1:38:15 Battlefield of the Mind is a documentary focusing on homeless Veterans that suffer from PTSD. How can this happen in the wealthiest country in the world? What can we do as citizens? That’s what this film explores. The documentary screens Saturday May 18 at GVSU. Purchase tickets here.
  • UprisingDocumentary. Runtime – 1:24:47 Produced by an Academy Award-winning team including the Executive Producer of Taxi to the Dark Side and the Editor of Inside Job, UPRISING tells the inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers, including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees. Their success in forcing the downfall ...
  • ThePeopleAndtheOliveDocumentary. Runtime – 1:10:00 A feature-length documentary about the daily struggles and joys of Palestinian olive farmers. When a group of American ultra-marathoners sets out to run 129 miles in 5 days across the West Bank they discover that in replanting uprooted olive trees they are planting hope and building cultural bridges.   The documentary screens Thursday evening, ...
  • Sherri with Mel and Bette leaving hospitalDocumentary. Runtime – 1:00:00 The film chronicles the progression of the disease in Bette VandenAkker–a nurse, wife, and mother–who died in the fall of 2007. Filmmakers Sherri VandenAkker–Bette’s daughter–and Josh WE Hays employ interviews, family photographs, medical records, and court documents to provide a personal and detailed look at the physical, emotional, and mental toll of ...
  • FureverDocumentary. Runtime – 1:20:07 Furever is a feature-length documentary that explores the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. It examines the sociological evolution of pets in the U.S. today, particularly their position in a family unit, and how this evolution is affecting those in the veterinary profession and death care industry. ...
  • RoyalPainAnimation. Runtime – 6:05 A well-intentioned dragon strives to keep his quick-witted princess under lock and key. The princess repeatedly devises clever methods of escape, confounding her distracted guard. To return his princess, the dragon brings his plea to the wicked witch, who begrudgingly grants his wish.   Filmmakers will be in attendance. Purchase tickets here. 
  • DodgeballAnimation. Runtime – 2:22 A lone geeky and taunted 5th grader and his friends take on a few 8th grader bullies in a game of Dodge-ball, and through a bit of luck and some encouragement from his fellow geeks he manages to outwit them and end the taunting once and for all.   The animation screens on Saturday ...
  • TellingAYouAnimation. Runtime – 4:35 Set on the island of Bermuda in the 1960s, TELLING A YOU is an animated short film featuring the voices of Bermudian actors, Dimitri Philpott and Lexy Correia. The story captures the romantic ‘meet-cute’ of a man and a woman colliding at a street corner. While this may not appear noteworthy, his ...
  • AmericanCourtesansDocumentary. Runtime – 1:26:26. A modern day documentary about the lives of American sex workers from inside the industry.   The filmmakers will be in attendance. This documentary will screen Saturday evening, May 18. Purchase tickets here. 
  • AllYouNeedisBrains!Short Narrative. Runtime: 7:13 A recently deceased and love sick zombie reminisces on his former humanity while trying to avoid eating real human flesh and protecting the woman who used to love him.   This short film will screen Sunday afternoon, May 19 at UICA. Purchase tickets here.  
  • MonsterMeAnimation. All Ages. Runtime: 9:16  A young girl mysteriously transforms into something she will learn to love, if it doesn’t kill her first. Filmmakers will be in attendance. This film will be shown on May 18th at UICA. Purchase tickets here.   
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  • GRFF MAPThe 2013 Grand Rapids Film Festival is fast approaching, and this year’s festival is bringing amazing works of cinematography to several different locations across downtown. These venues will be used to screen films, hold panels, conduct workshops and bring together the West Michigan film industry through networking and celebration. The festivities begin May 15 with an ...
  • March 10, 2013; Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Film Festival is pleased to announce its partnership with the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition’s Active Commute Week Celebration. The Celebration will be held on Friday, May 17 at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids as a culmination of a week­long challenge inviting those ...
  • Wikipedia describes a “documentary” as a documenting of reality…cinema’s portrayal of observing life and interpreting the modern world. Where the real and the raw are so much better than actors or fictitious substitutes. This is what we love about documentary films; the portrayal of life. Lives just like ours, but due to some extraordinary circumstance ...
  • Organizing and developing a film festival takes work. Hard work. It involves hundreds of hours building the infrastructure, creating a desirable atmosphere for filmmakers, developing programming that benefits the community (and filmmakers), creating partnerships with community leaders and businesses, getting the word out, pouring over hundreds of movies which requires scores of volunteers ...
  • Every once in a while you come across a story that resonates with the deepest part of you. For some reason, it touches an emotional chord. Many films we’re showing this year do just that. One such film is Butterfly Circus. You’ll enjoy this short story. It’s one that ...
  • In our festival guidelines, we state that we want this film festival to attract international films that are inspiring and challenging and that the family can invest in. Why? Because the family genre is not just about kids anymore. It’s older teens, parents of children and childless adults. Over the past ...
  • Good news! Submissions are coming in from all over the world!  We’ve received submissions from Korea, Scotland, India, as well as several states in the US — California, New York, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and the list goes on.  Not only are are we going to have several perspectives that span the globe, but students, ...
  • What’ in a name?  That’s been the subject of some recent blogging/emails that have been circulating regarding the Grand Rapids Film Festival. One comment said that since our call for submissions are for films that are more family oriented and message driven, we should rethink using typical nomenclature (GR Film Festival) since the ...
  • I love to see creativity in action; when a filmmaker can take the subtle and make it monumental.  When a filmmaker takes different  character attributes and makes them come to life through metaphor and practical application…..and to do it well without being obvious.  Some of the film submittals we’re receiving are indeed impressive.  They hit ...
  • We’ve been talking about doing a film festival for the last three years, only to let other projects and day-to-day business push it off yet again. So this year we decided….let’s just do it.  Let’s pick a date, get a venue and just jump off this cliff and the free fall will force us to get ...