2019 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!

 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH

SHORT films

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM #1

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

2:00PM

Troy Anderson | 2017 | USA | 33m48s

Clark Park

Detroit is known as Hockeytown. When the city had to close many of its recreation centers in the early 1990’s the once abundant outdoor ice rinks disappeared with them. Except for one. Clark Park is the story of the Southwest Detroit community that saved a rink, helped stabilize a neighborhood, and gives inner city youth the opportunity to play the game of hockey.

The Big 5 Dive

Elizabeth Kaiser | 2018 | USA | 22m23s

This short adventure documentary follows a group of women as they attempt to SCUBA dive one historic site in all five Great Lakes within the span of 24 hours. Directed by Elizabeth Kaiser, and filmed by a female led crew, these women show that there is a place for everyone under the water.

DRAMATIC SHORTS PROGRAM

THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

3:30PM

Blue Peter

Marko Šantić | 2017 | Croatia | 14m28s

Peter is a young police officer who has just begun his career, living in a small maisonette with his parents, who are under threat of eviction. Peter's duties as a police officer force him to reconcile his own morals when issuing a distraint on an older married couple.

FOUR-NINETY

Scott A. Magie | 2017 | USA | 12m30s

A pardoned ex-con reluctantly returns to prison as a visitor because an inmate keeps sending him postcards. "The hardest prison to escape is a hateful heart."

The Snag

Desalos Isabelle | 2018 | France | 8m

When Camille met Etienne, there was something more than usual. But she has a secret. When she runs away and then he catches her, the complicity turns into a lack of understanding. Despite their shared desire, those two hearts will hurt each other.

Watchers

Evgeny Sychev | 2018 | Russian Federation | 16m47s

Two agents. One Object. One day, which will change not only their lives, but, perhaps, the life of all mankind.

Lemon Eyes

Chelsey R. Knapp | 2017 | USA | 9m49s

Detroit, 1928: When disputes in a loveless marriage escalate, a young medical student prescribes a solution with questionable side effects.

Dispirited

Alaleh Izadi | 2018 | Iran | 18m

Dispirited is the story of a lonely old man whose only means of connecting with his family is by social networks over the internet.

GENRE-BENDERS SHORTS PROGRAM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

7:00PM

Mumpsimus and Halcyon Discord

Rolf Klein | 2017 | United Kingdom | 3m

This film explores the connections between mental health and homelessness, challenging common misrepresentations in the media. Using the medium of the spoken word, the film questions whether we can ever view issues such as these in an objective way.

165708

Josephine Massarella | 2017 | Canada | 7m

Shot entirely in 16mm black and white film using single frame photography, 165708 employs in-camera techniques and chemical manipulation of processed film to produce an eidetic study of temporal elasticity. Techniques include flicker, time-lapse, light painting, stop motion, tinting, and toning.

Showbiz

Stephen Florentine, Darren Smith, Bertin van Vliet | 2018 | Netherlands, UK, USA | 3m34s

3 Actors in 3 different cities struggle with the daily grind. Showbiz is a collaborative short film project shot in Detroit, London and Nijmegen based on the Poem Showbiz by Charles Bukowski.

Panic Attack!

Eileen O'Meara | 2017 | USA | 3m

You know the nagging thoughts that start with "did I leave the coffee on?" and turn in to "am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This hand-drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality. 

Drift

Joseph Rybarczyk | 2015 | USA | 18m27s

Drift is a personal moving meditation using spoken word prose over video that was captured over 3 years. It illustrates the inner dialogue of the director, his own personal growth, and how it seems to reflect the broader cultural growth he sees around him.

The King of Oakes & Commerce

Jackson Ezinga | 2017 | USA | 7m47s

The King of Oakes and Commerce tells the story of a night in the life of a pinball wizard.

feature films

FREE FAMILY FILM - HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

AMC STATE THEATER

10:00AM

Hayao Miyazaki | 2004 | Japan | 1h 59m | Animation, Fantasy | PG

As part of Thunder Bay Film Society's dedication to providing free films in the spirit of our Summer Movies by the Bay program, the Sunrise 45 Film Festival is offering this free screening of Howl's Moving Castle, a classic animated fantasy film from the brilliant mind of Hayao Miyazaki. True to form, this film is a magical story about a girl named Sophie who is put under a spell by a witch that turns her into an old woman. You don't want to miss seeing this beautifully animated film on the big screen! 

THROUGH THE WINDMILL

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

11:00AM

Amanda C. Kulkoski | 2017 | USA | 1h20m | Documentary

Through the Windmill is a feature-length documentary which looks at the history of miniature golf in the USA, and how it has evolved over the last 100 years. The film explores these unique, family-friendly roadside attractions through the voice of the talented, often unsung, people who design, build and operate them.

THE ALCHEMIST COOKBOOK

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

3:30PM

Joel Potrykus | 2016 | USA | 1h22m | Drama, Horror

Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.

NOSFERATU RE-ANIMATED

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

8:00PM

Fran Blackwood | 2018 | USA | 1h19m | Horror, Animation

Nosferatu Re-animated is a re-imagining of the classic 1922 film Nosferatu, a tale about love and sacrifice, which many see as the beginning of the modern horror genre. Michigan native filmmaker and musician Fran Blackwood spent thousands of hours painstakingly hand-drawing, coloring and shading over 45,000 frames. He began this prodigious project by writing new dialogue and re-editing certain scenes from the original film for improved continuity. Next, the film was broken-down into individual frames. Over 600 backgrounds and foregrounds were then created and used as a focal point to center the original frame. After the frames were centered, animation was done at 10 frames per second. Finally, Blackwood recorded an original soundtrack specifically for each scene of the film. The results; a brand-new, truly unique, modern version of this timeless classic.

MIDNIGHT MOVIE - ARMY OF DARKNESS 

AMC STATE THEATER

MIDNIGHT 

Sam Raimi | 1992 | USA | 1h 29m | Horror, Comedy | R

The After-After-Party -- Join us at Midnight for the Cult Classic film Evil Dead, playing at the AMC State Theatre. In the third installment of the Evil Dead series, (which holds it's own as a standalone film) we join Ash in 1300 A.D., where he has to take on the Army of the Dead. Written and directed by Michigan native Sam Raimi, this hilarious horror adventure film is the perfect end to a great night. 

other events

SATURDAY NIGHT ALLEY PARTY

THE FRESH PALATE ALLEY

10:00PM

After another great day of watching amazing films, it's time to celebrate at the Fresh Palate Alley Party! There will be live music by the locally-sourced North Country Burnouts, with a silent film projected on the alley. The party starts at 10pm and goes until Midnight. And if you're still hankering for some more movie magic after the party, you can walk across the street to the AMC State Theatre for the midnight screening of the cult classic Army of Darkness!

LIVE MUSIC BY NORTH COUNTRY BURNOUTS

North Country Burnouts is a loose collective of seasoned musicians inspired by Northeast Michigan's sights, sounds, and attitudes flavored with traditional American music. Helmed by Southern exile Charles Adlai Madison on vocals and guitar, Matt Brege on drums (Steve Rea and Borduroy Bones, Brother Wallance and Possum Tea), David Rude (Everything Kills, The Legacy, Human Wreckage, Dr. West) on bass. The group features local artist such as Holden Brisson (Conor Larkin Band), Ian McConnell (Blood Money Men, Local Ninja, Furmunda), and Conor Larkin (Bobbing for Piranhas) in various roles. The Burnouts formed in spring of 2018, making their festival debut at the Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette, MI this July. They are currently writng and recording their first album, due for an early 2019 release.

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