The 25th East Lansing Film Festival is almost here! November 3 – 10 at Studio C, Tickets go on sale October 20

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The East Lansing Film Festival celebrates 25 years of bringing great independent films to our community! Come commemorate this milestone at the comfortable Studio C in Okemos from November 3 through the 10th. We exclusively show award-winning features and documentaries with visiting filmmakers that inform and entertain. You can enjoy three programs of short films selected from hundreds. There are matinees and evening shows.

Tickets will go on sale online on October 20th at

https://celebrationcinema.com/cinemas/Studio-C-Meridian-Mall

Block out time for these 8 days so you don’t miss any of the films! Here are some highlighted films.

OPENING NIGHT FILM & PARTY

BAD AXE

Directed by David Siev

101 minutes

Yes, that is Bad Axe, Michigan, the rural, conservative town in the thumb. This documentary is about a devoted Asian American family and their experiences with trauma, racism, and familial pressure. While in quarantine with his family, director David Siev decided to document their day-to-day existence as they weather the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the guise that the film is a love letter to his hometown, the filmmaker foregrounds the power of family above anything else. This film has won 17 awards, including the Audience Award at the SXSW, Traverse City, and Freep film festivals!

100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Celebrate the East Lansing Film Festival’s 25th birthday with delicious food and a birthday cake before the film.

Check the Studio C website for showtimes:

https://celebrationcinema.com/cinemas/Studio-C-Meridian-Mall

KURT VONNEGUT: Stuck in Time

Directed by Robert B. Weide

127 minutes

KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME is a dazzling, worthy tribute to Vonnegut and a compelling introduction for the uninitiated. The feature documentary — the first of its kind on Vonnegut — is a deep, immersive dive into the author’s upbringing and creative output. It spans his childhood in Indianapolis, his experience as a Prisoner of War in World War II, his marriage, family, and divorce, his early careers as a publicist for General Electric and a car salesman, and his long years as a struggling writer, leading to eventual superstardom in 1969 following the publication of his lightning-bolt anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

94% on Rotten Tomatoes

Check starting on 11/20 the Studio C website for showtimes:

https://celebrationcinema.com/cinemas/Studio-C-Meridian-Mall


PLAYGROUND

Directed by Laura Wandel

72 minutes NR

In this debut feature by writer-director Laura Wandel, the everyday reality of grade school is seen from a child’s-eye-view as an obstacle course of degradation and abuse. Following 7-year-old Nora and her big brother Abel, we see Nora struggling to fit in before finding her place on the schoolyard. One day, she notices Abel being bullied by other kids, and though she rushes to protect him by warning their father, Abel forces her to remain silent, while he endures more humiliation and harassment by his peers.In French with English subtitles.

“It’s a knockout, as flawlessly constructed as it is harrowing.”

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

100% on Rotten Tomatoes

Check the Studio C website for showtimes:

https://celebrationcinema.com/cinemas/Studio-C-Meridian-Mall

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