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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FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH

 

Short films

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS PROGRAM #1

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

11:00AM

The Skilled Trades:

Crisis & Opportunity

Jeff Vande Zande | 2019 | USA | 24m

Our country is facing a skilled trades crisis. This documentary explores why, what can be done, and the perceptions that stand in the way.

#TroyFromTroy:

A Journey Into the Opioid Crisis

David Kniffen | 2017 | USA | 20m

An expose' documentary of one man's loss to an unlikely opioid addiction and his journey to find answers.

Huntington's Disease

Adam Herbstreit | 2019 | USA | 16m16s

Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Michigan Chapter presents local families sharing their stories with Huntington’s Disease or HD. HD is a rare neurological genetic disease that is a horrific combination of many diseases.

Community Mural Project

Steve Jakubcin | 2019 | USA | 14m38s

n the fall of 2017 a mural that our community worked hard to bring to our community was destroyed in a windstorm. No one knew how much we loved the mural until it was taken away. This is that story.

DRAMATIC SHORTS PROGRAM #1

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

1:30PM

Lingering Effect

Jeff Vande Zande | 2018 | USA | 2m50s

Lingering Effect is short film about a father who tries to get his son's attention, only to make a discovery about himself.

Flights

Jeffrey Sutton | 2012 | USA | 8m

Calvin returns home from his usual long day at work to find that the elevator in his apartment building is out of order. His journey to reach his sixth floor apartment becomes more complicated when he realizes that it is not his steps that will bring him home, but his choices along the way that ultimately determine his fate.

Penny From Heaven

Lucy Fazely | 2018 | USA | 8m11s

A mother who struggles with grief, on what would have been her late daughter’s birthday, finds solace in signs from heaven.

Mental Facade

Tyler Schlipf | 2018 | USA | 18m

Matthew, a seemingly ordinary man, is plagued by an unusual ailment: an aggressive and hateful alter ego who delights in assaulting Matthew’s mental state. Looking for relief, Matthew speaks with a psychologist and learns that the unwanted friend may be more a part of himself than he would like to admit.

DEAD

Andrew Clancy | 2018 | USA | 13m22s

After leaping off a bridge to his death, Jason finds himself accompanied by the ghost of an old friend, Sierra, who subjected herself to a similar fate. Together, they embark on a journey to review the events that led up to Jason’s death.

PRE-MORTEM

Mark Volkers | 2018 | USA | 15m34s

PRE-MORTEM is about a young man who discovers something devastating by means of an unlikely messenger.

GENRE-BENDERS SHORTS PROGRAM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

3:30PM

Terra

Sarah Griffith | 2018 | USA | 5m45s

The relationship between humans and the environment, as well as their impact on it, is explored through movement.

-Blank-

William Mosqueda | 2018 | USA | 10m

A janitor deals with his depression while loneliness takes it's toll.

Icons

Ronnie Cramer | 2018 | USA | 5m10s

Five hundred years of world art in five minutes, featuring three dozen iconic works rendered with nylon-tip pen and animated old school style. Each painting is onscreen for three seconds; the transitions between them also last three seconds each. Made up of 2,500 individual drawings, with a musical soundtrack created by the artist.

Cannot Predict Now

Kimberly Burleigh | 2015 | USA | 4m38s

"Cannot Predict Now" is a short experimental 3D computer animation. It features a spherical form that continuously evolves to perform its function as a predictor of the future. The sphere begins as a magic crystal soccer ball, then shatters to become a vessel in a tolijabee, a Korean birthday ritual.

Wired

Zeyu Ren | 2019 | USA | 4m

"Wired" is a short animated film made inside of Virtual Reality. It is one of the first narrative animations made in VR. It tells the story of a world without wireless technology, where every electronic device has to be interconnected with cables. One boy is curious about what's out there above the jungle of wires.

Chrysalis

Davide Como | 2017 | Italy | 14m10s

"Chrysalis" is a modern fable, an introspective journey to the conquest of its identity, shot at the foot of Mount Conero (Ancona-Marche-Italy). A silent and intimate film, where the symbolism of nature reflects and tells the state of mind of the two protagonists.

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHT! SHORTS PROGRAM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

6:30PM

The Legend of Holcomb Road

Matt Erman | 2018 | USA | 21m

It is late summer at the Clyde Family annual barbecue. Magee and her friends find the party to be less than exciting, so they take a group a trip out to Holcomb Road, which has played host to many parties, as well as tales and legends about ghosts. But are the legends true? What happens next is a series of events that lead the teens to a night of ultimate terror they will never forget.

Friday Night Death Slot

Stephen Florentine | 2019 | USA | 31m

What started as a normal night on the sitcom "Web Brewers" turns into a nightmare as characters start meeting grisly fates at the hands of a killer. Only main character Sam seems to notice the chaos and ever changing cast of characters around him. But why? Is he being written out of his own show? Or are they all being canceled?

Una Mujer Sin Precio (1961)

(A Priceless Woman)

Juan F. Moctezuma II | 1961 | Mexico, USA | 19m

When the perfectionist scientist Dr. Víctor Junco loses his wife Maribella to a car accident, he builds a robotic version to replace her. When he realizes he can continue to "perfect" his wife, he eventually creates the "perfect" woman, but perfection does have a price. This film is Moctezuma II’s second film and his biggest budget film.

feature films

BENEATH - A CAVE HORROR FILM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

8:00PM

JJ Perez | 2018 | USA | 1h23m | Horror, Suspense

When a group of cavern tour guides hear an old tale of a sacrificial cult performing rituals in the cave, they sneak down into the restricted areas to find out more.

 

"Beneath - A Cave Horror Film" is the first ever film allowed production inside Inner Space Cavern. Many well known filmmakers, including Robert Rodriquez, have tried to gain access, but were all denied due to the protection of the cave. "Beneath" was allowed production, only due to the fact that every cast and crew member is an employee of the cavern and have all gained the trust from the management. The cast used their tour guide performing skills and incorporated it into their acting, although this was their first acting job.

other events

FRIDAY NIGHT AFTER PARTY

LATITUDES TAVERN

9:30PM

LIVE MUSIC BY

BRIAN KONICEK

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 Alpena Native Brian Konicek.

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