2018 FESTIVAL LINEUP
Below you'll find a rundown of all the events & films 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!
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH
STUDENT SHORTS PROGRAM #1
ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE
Reel Stories: Empowering Young Women Through the Art of FIlmmaking, was a film program hosted and developed by the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, Michigan and the Palestinian Heritage Museum in Jerusalem. The program focused on 17 high school girls from Detroit/Dearborn and 15 high school girls from Palestine. Through this almost year-long program, each set of girls worked on a film highlighting female empowerment, activism, and youth. The girls also worked together, through SKYPE and in-person visits, to experience life in their country and issues facing their respective communities. They worked together to create their short films and learn about the essentials of filmmaking from local experts.
Maddi Carpenter-Crawford, Lydia Kuzak,
Malak Wazne | 2017 | USA, Palestine | 8m
'Asfoura tells a coming of age story of an aspiring filmmaker who faces many outward conflicts against her identity.
Aseel Sharawneh, Mayar Junedy, Nisreen Abu Ghanam | 2017 | USA, Palestine | 11m
13-year-old Tala discovers that her generation’s societal challenges are like that of her mother’s, and tackles these issues through a street movement.
Barzan Rostami | 2018 | Iran | 3m
Balance is an animated short film about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives in order that the people of the city and future generations can live in peace.
Song of Hands
Hamze Zarei | 2017 | Iran | 19m38s
Song of the Hands is tells the story of a young boy (hiwa) who is fascinated by music, and accompany other children in this passion. But under the traditional and religious environment, his father feels pressured to do something about it.
Blows With the Wind
Hazhir As’adi | 2017 | Iran | 6m30s
This uniquely animated short film tells a story through the eyes of a lonely scarecrow in the farmer's field.
Ilia Antonenko | 2015 | Russia | 23m57s
A quiet domesticated policeman and his happy-go-lucky colleague are investigating a routine suicide. The policeman breaks the law and his own moral principles after he has heard a familiar voice from a victim’s cellphone.
FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHT! SHORTS PROGRAM
ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE
Jon Lecouris | 2017 | USA | 9m44s
After murdering his lover, a young man is haunted by more than just guilt as a detective begins to piece things together.
Consigned to Oblivion
Stephen Florentine | 2018 | USA | 10m30s
An artist loses his mind as he tries to recapture a face he keeps seeing in his dreams.
She Came From the Woods
Erik & Carson Bloomquist | 2017 | USA | 12m15s
A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.
The Barber's Cut
Mark Brocking | 2015 | United Kingdom | 12m
Talk about demon barbers! This one’s a mad scientist with two reanimated severed heads stashed away in a fridge in his basement. They’re none too happy to be separated from their bodies, so they’ve hatched an escape plan. Hijinks ensue in this horror comedy about a haircutter who takes a little too much off the top.
Juan F. Moctezuma II | 1971 | Mexico, USA | 16m
This recently rediscovered Mexican horror classic tells the story of a group of friends on a camping trip who become possessed by an Aztec demon. It is one of the lesser known films of Juan F. Moctezuma, a reclusive Mexican auteur who mysteriously disappeared shortly after the film’s release.
NOR ANY DROP TO DRINK
THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
Cedric Taylor | 2018 | USA | 2h4m | Documentary
Nor Any Drop to Drink focuses on the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In 2014, in order to save money, the state switched Flint’s water supply to the heavily polluted Flint River as a cost-saving measure. Almost immediately, residents complained of rashes, hair and tooth loss and expressed concerns about Legionnaire’s disease, miscarriage and childhood development. Belatedly, officials admitted that the water was contaminated. Both Michigan and the federal government declared a state of emergency. In 2016, the public was inundated with images of children being tested for lead, protests, and crowded water distribution sites. Today, Flint has largely dropped out of national headlines. However, the horrors faced by many residents still remain.
Punctuated by the experiences of ordinary residents, Nor Any Drop to Drink sheds light on how the failure of government and economic policy created the Flint water crisis. Nor Any Drop to Drink seeks to better understand why today in Flint, a city in the Great Lakes State, there is neither trust in governmental institutions, nor any drop to drink.
THE STONE CIRCLE
ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE
Patrick Pfister | 2017 | USA | 1h49m | Documentary
The legendary Stone Circle is a triple ring of 88 boulders located on forested land in northern lower Michigan. Builder and host poet, Terry Wooten, safeguards this national treasure along with a dedicated group of poets and musicians, who perform by a blazing campfire to a background chorus of croaking frogs and howling coyotes. The atmosphere recalls ancient cultures that came together in family and community groups. For three decades they have kept the oral tradition of poetry and the flame of art burning brightly.
The Stone Circle documentary film features interviews with Terry Wooten and the other poets, who arrive for the 30th Anniversary celebration from as far away as Arizona and Rome, Italy. They speak of history, myth, fire, storytelling, the magic of the stones, and the importance of poetry's great oral tradition in modern society. The film follows Terry Wooten through the struggles of building the Circle, memorizing eight hours of verse and story, and keeping poetry alive in a world of screens and buttons. The film also follows the other poets and musicians--many who have performed at Stone Circle since childhood-- as well as a young poet about to perform for the first time.
The Stone Circle is the longest-running outdoor poetry gathering in the United States, and probably the world. The film culminates in the spectacular performances of the 30th Anniversary celebration, a triumph of outstanding effort in the service of Art and Humanity.
ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE
Joyce Wong | 2016 | Canada | 1h20m | Comedy, Drama
We've all driven past the countless, near-abandoned strip malls with nary a second thought. In Wexford Plaza, First-time filmmaker Joyce Wong tells us that, despite our indifference, the brick and concrete have some very human stories to tell. Wexford Plaza is an awkwardly humorous film about a lonely female security guard working at a deteriorating strip mall. Isolated and friendless, a glimmer of hope appears when a make-up salesman shows her kindness, leading to an unexpected encounter. Although our protagonist and her paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behavior ends up causing both of their lives to unravel. Darkly funny, yet often very touching, Wexford Plaza captures almost effortlessly the disillusionment of youth trying to find love and meaning in a desolate suburban landscape.
THE STONE CIRCLE POETS PERFORM LIVE
ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE
Before the screening of The Stone Circle, join us at the Alpena Civic Theatre as Terry Wooten and other Stone Circle poets and performers bring some of the magic of the Stone Circle to Northeast Michigan! This event is free to SR45 passholders OR $5 for those without passes. The price includes admission to the screening of the The Stone Circle film, which immediately follows the performance, then followed by a Q&A session with Terry and others, where they'll take questions from the audience. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity in Alpena!
LIVE MUSIC BY
Randy hasn't yet given us his biography, so instead we're just filling this space with text. Hopefully we'll get his biography soon, but if we don't, you'll just have to see for yourself what kind of music he plays. That should give you plenty of reasons to come down to Latitudes Tavern to find out! Randy is a mystery to most of us. He really rocks on guitar though, there's no mystery about that. He's also a pretty accomplished actor! You can see him on stage in many local plays. What a guy! Maybe you can ask him to recite his play lines in song form! Thanks for being awesome, Randy!
FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER PARTY
Congratulations! You made it through day one of the Sunrise 45 Film Festival! You've watched a ton of great films already, but there's still much more to come. But -- just because we're done watching movies, doesn't mean the night is over! Join us at Latitudes Tavern, where there will be light appetizers and drink specials, and live music by Randy Bouchard.