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  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Sept 12-15, 2019

Block 15 - Finding Direction

Feature program, 90 min, Not rated

Bleed American
Bleed American
Bonsai Dream
Bonsai Dream
Need a Lift
Need a Lift

About This Program

Three stories, two shorts and a feature, wind up our final block.

Bonsai Dream

Director: Jimmie Chiverelli

Narrative Short, Canada, 2018, 10 min, Color

The film is the recounting of the greatest summer of your life and how we celebrate those fleeting memories while also grieving their disappearance and longing for their euphoria.

Great Lakes connection: The film was written, shot, and edited in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and all of the film personnel were from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Also, the film contains shots of the Great Lakes and the International Bridge joining the twin Saults.

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Need a Lift

Director: Wren Barnes

Narrative Short, USA, 2019, 5 min, Color, Student Project (New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Film, New York City, US)

When a man offers to pick up a woman hitchhiking through a small rural town, neither one would expect how things would end.

Great Lakes connection: New York City is the hometown of a crew member.

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Feature Presentation

Bleed American

Narrative Feature, Drama, USA, 2018, 75 min, Color

About the Film

A bold portrait of misguided teens as they learn the cruelties of life and love in the American Midwest.

Great Lakes connection:

From the producers: “Our film was developed and produced by Northwest Indiana/Chicagoland residents. The story was inspired by growing up in our region of the Midwest.”

Cast & Crew:

Director: Tre Manchester
Writer: Tre Manchester
Producers: Tre Manchester, John Metzler
Key Cast: Jarrett Maier, Emily Eruraviel, Dane Valerio, Elizabeth Stam, Austin Holloway


Lindsey Film Festival (Florence, AL), Mar. 3, 2019, Best Narrative Feature

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Sunday, Sept. 15, 7:00pm

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