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 17TH

SHORT films

COMEDIC SHORTS PROGRAM

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

6:30PM

Bright Eyed in the Mornin'

Maria Fiorentini | 2018 | Ireland | 2m56s

A story-based Music Video which also has an emphasis on cinematography. Featuring the song Bright Eyed In The Mornin', co-written by Irish American poet Merv Nickleman and Irish musician Brendan Phelan. The footage captures the background romantic story between Merv and Kate that was the inspiration for the song. It was shot in the beautiful location of Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland. 

DUDS - A Fiddlefaddle Fable

Jeff Zampino | 2019 | USA | 14m4s

In this Chaplin-esque silent comedy, when a wily hobo discovers a famous pianist’s trunk full of high-fashion clothes, he impersonates the man and causes hijinx around town. 

Dance Ditchers

Jon Mayer | 2019 | USA | 10m47s

Three students decide to ditch their school dance and have their own “party” in the halls of the school, but encounter trouble when they run into a no-nonsense teacher who wants to keep the halls quiet and the ex-girlfriend of one of the students.

Fuck You, Steve

Nicholas Hartman | 2018 | USA | 8m38s

Gail and her gang of friends (aka The Slasher Sisters) seek revenge on the boy who broke her little heart.

License & Registration

Jackson Ezinga | 2019 | USA | 9m50s

Elliott Nelson, a cop impersonator with good intentions, makes his first traffic stop.

Eugene

Alan LaFave, Don Hessell | 2019 | USA | 14m4s

A man searches for connection and acceptance on the streets and trails of a cold town. It's going much better for his dog.

Gigs

Frankie Jason Turner | 2019 | USA | 29m55s

Russell is a middle aged, un-famous working musician who has fallen out of love with music, but he can't quiet the angry symphony in his head under control.

feature films

FREE FAMILY FILM - THE LAND BEFORE TIME

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

11:00AM

Don Bluth | 1988 | USA | 1h 9m | Animation, Adventure, Drama | G

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 The Land Before TIme, a classic animated fantasy film by Don Bluth. An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs; Cera, Ducky, Petrie, and Spike, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive. You don't want to miss seeing this classic animated film on the big screen! And you might want to bring a tissue, too!

INTO THE NIGHT

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

1:00PM

Kate Li | 2018 | USA | 1h18m | Noir, Mystery, Crime

Jane is a bright young woman who longs for, but always feared change. Following the sudden murder of her fiancé, she quickly finds herself caught in a web of manipulation and dark plot created by a successful bar owner and his estranged wife, both of whom claim to know about the truth of her fiancé’s murder and try to persuade Jane to believe their side of the story. The detective leading the case is a long-time friend of Jane’s. His good heart and belief in “innocence until proven guilty” leaves Jane questioning if he is capable of bringing actual justice to this very personal case. When the facts surrounding the murder fail to match the explanations put forth, Jane is forced to rely on her own judgment to piece the puzzle together and come to a resolution that brings her peace.

RELAXER

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

3:00PM

Joel Potrykus | 2018 | USA | 1h31m | Comedy, Fantasy

With the impending Y2K apocalypse fast approaching, Abbie is faced with the ultimate challenge - the unbeatable level 256 on Pac-Man - and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it. A survival story set in a living room.

BODY SWAP

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

8:30PM

Timothy Morton | 2018 | USA | 1h14m | Romantic Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

CJ is a high strung business woman working at the Versa Corporation on the biggest deal in her company's history. Casey is a laid-back slacker who mooches off his brother Roy. When Casey goes into an interview at Versa only to qualify for unemployment benefits, he winds up switching places with her. Now he must contend with her frienemy Lisa while she has to woo an Italian girl Casey's been flirting with. They both find out the true meaning of love: loving yourself, making the other person better, and 
two people becoming one. Quite literally.

MIDNIGHT MOVIE - GODZILLA VS.  BIOLLANTE

ALPENA CIVIC THEATRE

MIDNIGHT 

Kazuki Ohmori | 1989 | USA | 1h 44m | Action, Sci-Fi | PG

The After-After-Party -- Join us at Midnight for the Cult Classic film Godzilla vs. Biollante. Following the events of Godzilla 1985, scientists collect genetic material from the mutated dinosaur Godzilla's scales. Meanwhile, a lonely scientist combines Godzilla's genetic code with those of a rose and his own deceased daughter. The result is Biollante, an eerie plant of titanic proportions. To make matters worse, a psychic woman detects Godzilla stirring from his volcanic prison. The military sends the flying Super-X2 to stop the beast from thrashing Japan, but eventually Godzilla engages the rapidly mutating Biollante in a fight to the death. If you like blood, green slime, explosions, and of course, Godzilla, then come see this film, for the perfect end to a great summer 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 electronic music by the locally-sourced Michigan Basement, 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 down the street to the Civic Theatre for the midnight screening of the cult classic Godzilla vs. Biollante!

LIVE MUSIC BY MICHIGAN BASEMENT

Michigan Basement is Techno, Electro, and House performed live on synthesizers and drum machines, and mixing of 90's flavored electronic music on the side

Alpena native Chris Williams (Michigan Basement) grew up in Alpena, playing in punk rock bands through high school, cover bands, and even solo lounge music at local bars and restaurants. His love of the piano and keyboards eventually turned into a passion for synthesizers as he found his way toward a more electronic style. He finds much of his influence from the early techno pioneers of 1980s Detroit and the disco/house producers and DJ's of the same era in Chicago.

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