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East Lansing Film Festival

November 6-14, 2013
Michigan, US

What’s It All About?

The East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan to screen independent and foreign feature, documentary, short and students’ films from around the world. The ELFF was established in 1997 in co-operation with the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. Since then, the festival has brought foreign and independent films to Michigan to expose the audience to diverse cultures, ideas and creative work.

The Lake Michigan Film Competition (LMFC) will be held during the festival. This competition gives cash awards to filmmakers whose films are at least one quarter filmed, produced or financed in the states that border Lake Michigan – Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

The categories for the awards are Feature, Documentary, Short Film and Student Film.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film

Inequality For All

A documentary film directed by Jacob Kornbluth, the film examines the widening income inequality in the United States. It is presented by American economist, author and professor Robert Reich.

The feature films that will be screened at the fest include:

• The Hunt

• Starbuck

• Little Hope Was Arson

• The Broken Circle Breakdown

• Into The White

LMDOC is another section, and the films showcased here are:

• An Unexpected Win: Title IX And The Pinckney Pirates

Title IX opened up opportunities to world-class athletes. This film examines the impact of anti-discrimination legislation on a small Midwest town where varsity sports for girls did not exist prior to the legislation. Interviews feature tennis stars Billie Jean King and Rosie Casals, Olympian Jennie Finch and members of the first girls’ team from Pinckney, Michigan.

For The 25

‘Dark Horse’ Battalion contains combat footage from Sangin, Afghanistan and interviews with four Marines. Through misty eyes and comfortable smiles, the battlefield brothers talk about their friendship; life before, during and after Afghanistan; and the 25 Marines who never made it home.

• High And Hallowed: Everest 1963

The film documents the story of the greatest Himalayan climbers in American mountaineering history.

Special Attraction

A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS Performances in Hill Auditorium

Hill Auditorium has a rich history, remarkable acoustics and is a cultural incubator for the arts community in south-eastern Michigan, which has a diverse community of music enthusiasts. Through concert recordings, news articles and anecdotal interviews, this film presents the building’s enormous cultural influence.

LMFC Student Films

Short films screening in this programme include:

The Slaughter, Valentines Day, TiPi

There will be two Shorts Programmes featuring the following films:

• The Things My Father Never Taught Me

• Never Gonna Break

• Heart Of A Champion

• ZIBIDI (Worthless)

• A Good Wife

• Hurdy Gurdy

• The Prisoner

• Best Of Both Worlds

• Rette Sich Wer Kann (Rescue Yourself)

• Godka Cirka Global Tides

• Le Train Bleu (The Blue Train)

• Stop It!

• Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

• We Belong Here

• Mine Is Mine

• Illness

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