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!

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 19TH

 

Short films

STUDENT SHORTS PROGRAM #2

THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

11:00AM

Meg Sutton | 2017 | USA | 18m 45s

L.A. Fadeaway

Drew's a young female musician working at a local music venue in 1970s Los Angeles. When she books her idol, Marcie, a sultry blues singer, to come play at the venue, she ends up disillusioned with what she initially admired about these successful musicians. Drew has to find the confidence to pursue her aspirations on her own and prove that talent speaks louder than noise.

My Clayey Conception

Zanyar Muhammadineko | 2017 | Iran | 3m

Memories of war. Clay is made of earth, and it has many stories to tell. A sculpture works the clay with his hands, and thus connects with it. He shares his own story and energy with the clay's. This short suffers no less impact for it's short duration.

The Being Who Fell From the Stars

Jacob Padilla | 2017 | USA | 22m 8s

This silent Sci-Fi comedy tells the story of an innocent alien who crashes on Earth, bringing sound to a silent world.

After Ashes

Jesse McAnally | 2018 | USA | 15m

After a plague wipes out most of humanity, transforming them into mindless creatures, The Grim Reaper struggles with boredom as he kills time more than he does people. Kali Kaminski, the lone human survivor, struggles to maintain her sanity while keeping creatures and lethargy at bay. These two individuals inevitably meet and find kindred spirits in one another changing both of their outlooks on the world they find themselves trapped in.

The Lying Sun

Silke Schönfeld | Germany, Israel, Palestine | 2017 | 15m

On a road trip we follow a taxi driver from Bethlehem, a female settler from Tekoa, students from East Jerusalem and many others. The short documentary gives an essayistic perspective on the search for identity of young Israelis and Palestinians.

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM #2

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

1:30PM

Life on the Ledge

Marc Kornblatt | 2017 | Israel | 14m

In this short documentary filmed in Israel, two laughing doves nesting outside his window capture the heart and imagination of a man mourning the recent passing of his mother.

Hill Climb

Nick Nummerdor | 2017 | USA | 10m 44s

Hill Climb offers a candid look into the nearly 100 year tradition of the Mt. Garfield All Pro Motorcycle Hillclimb. The film is a snapshot of the riders, their bikes, and the enthusiasts that camp out on the shores of Lake Michigan for this exciting historic event.

North Branch

Nick Nummerdor | 2017 | USA | 18m 50s

Throughout the 1970s, brothers Jerry and Jeff Kellogg of Muskegon, Michigan were a force to be reckoned with in the sport of marathon canoe racing. Growing up along the north branch of the Au Sable River as second generation paddlers, the brothers won their first local race as teenagers and never looked back. The brothers took home consecutive wins in the 120 mile Au Sable Canoe Marathon; all while battling 15 hours of steady paddling through the night. Their contribution to the sport of canoe racing set new standards for racers to come with over a decade worth of top 5 finishes. 

Mindjimendamowin

(Blood Memory)

Mary Ellen Jones | 2018 | USA | 18m 44s

The journey of a young, contemporary Native American man in a birch bark canoe, following the Old Shore Indian Trail (now the U.S. 23 Heritage Route), carved out by his Native ancestors along the shores of Lake Huron. The film highlights the natural beauty of NE Michigan as well as educating the audience on the historical sites and oral stories along the Route from Saginaw Bay to Mackinaw City. The narration is presented as poems, songs, storytelling as well as traditional narration from Native American tradition bearers and elders. The focus is Land, Sky and Water.

COMEDY SHORTS PROGRAM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

3:00PM

Jeff Vande Zande | 2018 | USA | 4m 23s

Telltale Signs

Disgruntled employees ... Every profession has them.

Shadows in the Dark

TL Westgate | 2016 | USA | 6m 17s

What happens when a small town theater troupe decides to make their own film? This "Airplane"-esque comedy of errors is the hilarious answer to that question. Even the title is a joke!

The Robbery

Jim Cummings | 2017 | USA | 9m 53s

Filmed entirely in a single take (no cuts or editing), The Robbery follows an drug-enduced, unplanned liquor store heist gone very wrong. 

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The Candidate

Michael Hilf | 2017 | USA | 6m

Jenna and Anne are auditioning another candidate.  Their expectations are a little high but this guy appears to have it all.  The nature and outcome of the interview are best left unspoiled in this hilarious, spot-on short directed by Michael Hilf.

Like Totally Hot Couple Seeking Same

Kirsten Russell | 2016 | USA | 17m

This amiable little sex comedy from Kirsten Russell plays on intercultural stereotypes as an uptight French couple visits a pair of downtown New York hipsters for an Internet-arranged foursome.  After strip quarters and liberal quantities of Jim Beam and PBR, the naked truth emerges.

Cake

Anne Hu | 2017 | USA | 9m 22s

The robotics revolution opens whole new horizons for kinky sex.  In Anne Hu’s satirical take on Americans’ hyper-sexualization of East Asian culture, Eliza gets a nifty new gizmo to spice up her relationship with Thomas that looks suspiciously like a Japanese dominatrix.  But Thomas is a mild-medium sort of guy.

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feature films

LOVING VINCENT

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

11:00AM

Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman | 2017 | Poland, UK, USA | 1h 34m | Animation, Mystery, Biography | PG-13

What a better subject for this revolutionary form of animation than famed painter Vincent Van Gogh? Loving Vincent is the first feature-length film ever where every frame of the movie is a painting. Employing 125 artists to this massive task, there are over 65,000 individual hand-painted full-size oil paintings that make up the film. Taking over six years to complete, Loving Vincent tells the story of Van Gogh's final days, and the mysterious circumstances that surrounded his death. Co-directed by Dorota Kobiela and her husband Hugh Welchman, the film was first shot as a traditional film would be, and then later, each frame was projected onto the canvases, where the artists would transform them into an oil painting, using Van Gogh's own paintings, with his signature use of brush strokes, colors, and textures as inspiration. If you're a Van Gogh fan (Gogh?), you don't want to miss seeing Loving Vincent.

A SUBLIME LIFE

THUNDER BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

3:00PM

Luis Diogo | 2018 | Portugal | 1h 45m | Drama, Thriller

Dr. Ivan seeks out new patients who all have something in common -- they're unhappy with their lives. Rather than using traditional methods to help them, he employs some rather unorthodox (to put it mildly) methods to force them to re-evaluate their lives. One is to falsely diagnose them with terminal cancer, and the other? Well, let's just say you'd be senseless to miss it. But will the therapies result in the cure for unhappiness, or do they have unforeseeable side effects?

other events

SUNRISE 45 AWARDS CEREMONY

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

5:00PM

After watching so many amazing films, the jury now has the most difficult task of choosing the award-winners. Join us at the Civic Theatre for 2018 Sunrise 45 Film Festival Awards Ceremony! The audience choice awards will be given for best feature film and best short film. The jury will choose the award-winners for each category. Join us at the theatre and show the filmmakers your support!

2017 Best Feature Award-Winner Jeffrey Mittelstadt for Staring Down Fate

CUT AND PRINT - WRAP PARTY!

THE COURTYARD RISTORANTE

6:30PM

That's a wrap, folks! Join us at the Courtyard Ristorante to celebrate the convergence of diverse talent and creativity at this year's Sunrise 45 Film Festival -- including the filmmakers, musicians, and volunteers that made this year a success! We couldn't have done it without you! Here's to all of the new friends and relationships we've made! 

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