2017 FILM LINEUP

Below you'll find a rundown of all the films screening at this year's Sunrise 45 Film Festival, including the times and venue each film will be screening. Be sure to buy your tickets and secure your seats!

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Spotted Gold (music video)

USA  2m22s

The music video for the single "Spotted Gold" from the new Stef Chura album "Messes".

SATURDAY 8.19 @ 1:30PM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS PROGRAM

Staring Down Fate

USA  1h42m

Staring Down Fate is a film about 7.4 billion people and our relationship with nature, as told through the life of one person. Diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Chris Lucash searches for meaning, while the endangered species he dedicated his career to saving potentially faces a second extinction in the wild.

SATURDAY 8.19 @ 1:30PM

THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

FOLLOWED BY Q&A W/ DIRECTOR

JEFF MITTELSTADT

The Teacher & The Student

USA  25m

The story is told in flashbacks from 2013 during a polar vortex in Flint, MI, to 2003 when the main character Ella St. John is 13 years old. The film explores Ella's journey from bullied teenager to Broadway star with lessons from an unexpected mentor.

SUNDAY 8.20 @ 2:30PM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

FOLLOWED BY Q&A W/ DIRECTOR MARY ELLEN JONES

Technical Difficulties

USA  19m

We're all familiar with the strange noises that emanate from the TV. Technical Difficulties is a late-1980's short about Heather, a woman being haunted by a masked TV hijacker that seems to know her most intimate fears.

SATURDAY 8.19 @ 7PM

THUNDER BAY THEATRE

SINISTER SHORTS PROGRAM

Trample Tino

USA  6m19s

Getting trained in at any job has its challenges, even if you're a hitman-in-training.

SATURDAY 8.19 @ 10AM

THUNDER BAY THEATRE

STUDENT FILMS OF DELTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

20 Years of Madness

USA  1h30m

When the eccentric cast of a mid-90s Public Access show in Detroit reunite after 20 years to make a new episode, they are forced to take a hard look at their lives and reconcile their teenage dreams with the realities of adulthood.

SUNDAY 8.20 @ 11AM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

UFO: The Otis Files

USA  30m

SUNDAY 8.20 @ 12:30PM

THUNDER BAY THEATRE

COMEDY SHORTS PROGRAM

A small town man claims to have seen an alien and becomes a local celebrity. But what did he really see that night?

We Hate Bob

USA  6m30s

SUNDAY 8.20 @ 12:30PM

THUNDER BAY THEATRE

COMEDY SHORTS PROGRAM

Suffering through the constant torments of an extremely annoying person named Bob, a monthly support group secretly gathers to vent their frustrations.

Weavers of Imagination

Iran  21m

FRIDAY 8.18 @ 3PM

THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

This is the story of a group of unsighted people who weave carpets by using Brail. Weaving carpets requires precision and sight and it is difficult even for sighted people.

The Whole

USA  1h

Some say we are incapable of metousiosis; to change our essence. Sartre said only in our death will we be able to define ourselves. What if we could be whatever we want to be? Peter found a way. He encountered something that can only be explained, perhaps in the metaphysics books of Aristotle. He yearns to harness this power, but he must be careful.

FRIDAY 8.18 @ 4PM

THUNDER BAY THEATRE

Zaman

Iran  45m30s

A touching student-made documentary about a Pakastani immigrant called Zaman, who has led a hard life, but still manages to keep a positive attitude.

SATURDAY 8.19 @ 3:30PM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILMS PROGRAM

Borealis

Canada  1h35m

Jonah, an unemployed gambler, takes his estranged pot-smoking teenaged daughter Aurora on a dangerous road trip to Churchill, Manitoba to show her the magnificent Northern Lights - before her vision disorder renders her completely blind. With a volatile bookie in hot pursuit, Jonah and Aurora are forced to finally confront each other, and their complicated pasts.

SATURDAY 8.19 @ 3:30PM

THUNDER BAY THEATRE

FEATURED FILM

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