About This Shorts Program
Welcome to the Festival! To get us off to a good start, this shorts program has FREE ADMISSION! So come downtown to the Soo Theatre and help us kick off the festival. You'll get to see a preview of our feature films, as well as a sampling of great short films from around the world. And did we mention? It's FREE!
Preview of Coming Attractions
Check out the trailers of the festival’s feature films.
Only Wanna Party
Director: Brian Kohne
United States, 2014, Music Video, 3 min, English
"Only Wanna Party" is the hit single on the award-winning soundtrack CD from the full feature comedy, Get a Job. The music video was directed on the last day of production during filming of Get a Job in the early morning hours just before the Maui sunrise. This project showcased the vast array of multicultural talent and creative support within the film community of Hawaii. (The producer and director are native sons of Michigan.)
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The Deer Hunter
Director: David Tietmeyer
United States, 2015, Documentary, 16 min, English
Follow as we chase down Dane Gussin in his pursuit of Whitetail deer. (Filmed in Michigan.)
Modern Man (An Animated Tribute
to George Carlin)
Director: Robert Lyons
United States, 2013, Animation, 4 min, English, Student Project (University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
An animated tribute to one of the world's all-time great comedian philosophers, George Carlin, based on his relentlessly poignant and self-reflective monologue "I'm a Modern Man". This film is a cut-out style animation anijam and was created by students from my animation classes at Philadelphia's University of the Arts from 2009 to 2013. The inspiration for this project began when George Carlin was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American humor in 2008. He did not live to attend this event in his honor and was the first person to receive this award posthumously. (Created in Philadelphia in the Great Lakes State of Pennsylvania.)
Director: Anna Damaskova
Bulgaria, 2015, Music Video, 5 min, English
Music video of “Black Flowers,” by Pagliacci, a metal opera band from Sofia, Bulgaria.
Condemned to Failure
Director: Jasmin Pivić
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013, Narrative, 10 min, Croatian, Serbian with English subtitles
A young man trains to become an Olympics swimmer. From the director: “This movie is a true story about young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina but it refers to all former Yugoslav republics. This story will help you better appreciate the things you take for granted. Filmed with a cell phone.”
Girls Don't Cry Wolf
Audience Choice Award - Best Music Video
Directors: John Chigas, Anna Eva Kotyza
United States, 2015, Music Video, 4 min, English, Student Production (Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan)
Girls Don't Cry Wolf is dedicated to survivors of sexual assault. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely to be victims of sexual violence than the general population. Together we can raise awareness to end this culture that perpetuates the objectification and oppression of young women. (Filmed on location in Interlochen, Michigan.)
Director: Erin Latimer
Australia, 2014, Music Video, 4 min, English, Student Production (Sydney Film School, Sydney, Australia)
Conceptualized and directed by Erin Latimer, 'Hooks' is the debut music video for emerging Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Tomalaris. Daniel is a young and upcoming indie artist with a passion for guitar strings and soulful folk sounds. Erin Latimer runs the film production company Permanent Ink Pictures in partnership with her brother Justin Latimer. Hooks was the first production to be released officially under the Permanent Ink name. Cinematography by Hannah Klassek; 1st Assistant Directing by Justin Latimer; makeup and hair by Kat Margarita.