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March 26 2009 12:00 AM
SHOW TIMES
Thursday, March 19
7:30 p.m.
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
90 minutes. NR
Directed by Mike Leigh
Wells Hall, D
This Oscar nominated film follows
the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful,
North London schoolteacher
whose optimism tends to exasperate
those around her.
Shown with “We are
Croissan’wich”
10 minutes. NR.
Directed by Josh Lowman

Friday, March 20
7 p.m.
“Song Sung Blue”
90 minutes. NR
Directed by Greg Kohs
Wells Hall, C
A documentary about a signing
duo who pay tribute to the music
of Neil Diamond. Review on 6.
Showing with “Starsearcher”
10 minutes. NR
Directed by Adam Brown
Short Film Program 1
116 minutes. NR.
Wells Hall, B
Includes “Collector,” “Hot Dog,”
“Margrite Moment,” “Lenfant
Perdue,” “Loneliness of the Short
Order Cook,” “The Call,” “The
Pond,” and “24 Frames.” Select
reviews on 7.
“Route 30”
90 minutes. NR.
Directed by John Putch
Wells Hall, A
A series of interconnecting stories
from the Lincoln Highway
in South Central Pennsylvania.
Review on 6.
Showing with “We are
“The Pool”
98 minutes. NR.
Directed by Chris Smith
Wells Hall, D
A boy working in a hotel becomes
obsessed with a swimming pool
in the hills of Panjim, Goa in India.
Review on 3.
Showing with “Hungry God”
98 minutes. NR.
Directed by Sukhada Gokhale
Review on 7.

Saturday, March 21
1 p.m.
Filmmakers Seminar
Wells Hall, A
“Life Penalty”
89 minutes. NR.
Directed by David Quint
Wells Hall, B
Discover how a Colorado public
defender threw a wrench in
America’s “death machine.”
Showing with “The Silver Lincoln”
14 minutes. NR.
Directed by Malachi Rempen
Review on 7.
“The Music Lesson”
71 minutes. NR.
Directed by Virginia Galloway
Wells Hall, D
A documentary about two groups
of young people from different
backgrounds coming together to
make music. Review on 3.
Showing with “The Bean”
18 minutes. NR.
Directed by Giovanna Federico
“Heidi 4 Paws”
58 minutes. NR.
Directed by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Celebration Cinema 8
A live-action re-telling of Johanna
“A Plumm Summer”
100 minutes. NR.
Celebration! Cinema 8
6:30 p.m.
“Love Comes Lately”
86 minutes. NR.
Directed by Jan Schütte
Wells Hall, A
The story of an older man who
continues to pursue his love life
with youthful vigor. Review on 3.
“My Winnipeg”
90 minuets. NR.
Directed by Guy Maddin
Wells Hall, B
A “docu-fantasia” about director
Guy Maddin’s Manitoba hometown.
Showing with “For a Few Marbles
More”
11 minutes. NR.
Directed by Jelmar Hufen
Review on 7.
Short Film Program 2
Wells Hall, C
Includes “Mildred Richards,”
“Scion,” “Starsearcher,”
“Neither Here nor There,” “Alicja
Wonderland,” “Golgota,” and
“Porque Hay Cosas Que Nunca se
Olvidan.” Select reviews on 7.
“Pope’s Toilet (El Baño del
Papa)”
90 minutes. NR.
Directed by César Charlone, Enrique
Fernández
Wells Hall, D
A heartbreaking, hilarious satire,
built around Pope John Paul
II’s 1988 visit to Melo, Uruguay.
Review on 6.
Showing with “Outsource”
12 minutes. NR.
Directed by Daniel Trezise

Sunday, March 22
Noon
“When the West Brings
Civilization Back to Africa”
94 minutes. NR.
Directed by Ji Hoon Park
Wells Hall, A
A documentary about a Hope
College student’s journey to
improve drinking water in a village
in Cameroon.
“The Tower”
90 minutes. NR.
Directed by Dan Falzone and Dan
McGowan
Wells Hall, B
A woman discovers a secret
world of horrors when she goes
looking for her brother in an
abandoned tower in downtown
Detroit. Review on 8.
“Blue Devils, Marine Aviation
Squadron VMF-451”
77 minutes. NR.
Directed by Terrence Dodge
Wells Hall, C
This documentary tells the story
of an Air Force Unit that served in
the Pacific Theater during World
War II. Review on 8.
Showing with “Highlights”
9 minutes. NR.
Directed by Mary Novak.
Student Film Program 1
Wells Hall, D
Includes, “The Happy Man’s
Pants,” “Plain and Simple,”
“Bresson and Adeline,” “Mary’s
Ring,” “Permutation,” and “Patrick
Warren.” Reviews at www.lansingcitypulse.
com.
1 p.m.
“Heidi 4 Paws”
58 minutes. NR.
3 p.m.
“Fresh”
90 minutes. NR.
Directed by Ana Joanes
Celebration! Cinema 8
A documentary about farmers,
thinkers and business people who
are re-thinking our approaches to
food. Review on 2.
Showing with “eDump”
21 minutes. NR.
Directed by Michael Zhao
Review
4:45 p.m.
“You Are Here”
87 minutes. NR.
Directed by Timothy Jeffrey
Wells Hall, A
Mimi, a charitable officer for a
major bank, can’t figure out why
here life is falling apart. Review
on 8.
Student Film Program 2
Wells Hall, B
Includes “Fare Chance,”
“Alternate Endings,” “High Step:
The Story of the MSU Marching
Band,” “Zeke the Wonder Dog,”
“Epilogue,” “Coq Au Vin,” and
“Already Happened.” Reviews at
www.lansingcitypulse.com.
“The Truth About Average
Guys”
82 minutes. NR.
Directed by Ken Gayton and Jason
Schaver
Wells Hall, C
A young professional has a friend
pose as his mentally challenged
brother so he can impress a
beautiful co-worker with a mentally
challenged sister. Review on 8.
Showing with “Throbbing
Justice”
17 minutes. NR.
Showing with “Diva”
7 minutes. NR.
Directed by Josephine Mackerras
And, “Even in my Dreams”
8 minutes. NR.
Directed by Flavio Alves
8:30 p.m.
“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”
72 minutes. NR.
Directed by Gini Reticker
Celebration Cinema 8
A small band of Liberian women,
both Muslim and Christian, came
together in the midst of a bloody
civil war to take on the violent
warlords and the corrupt Charles
Taylor regime. With an extraordinary
amount of courage and
determination, they won a longawaited
peace for their shattered
country in 2003.
Showing with “A Better Life (Una
Vida Mejor)”
12 minutes. NR.
Directed by Luis Fernandez Reneo

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.
“Love Comes Lately”
86 minutes. NR.
Directed by Jan Schütte
Celebration Cinema 8
The story of an older man who
continues to pursue his love life
with youthful vigor. Review on 3.
“The Pool”
98 minutes. NR.
Directed by Chris Smith
Celebration Cinema 8
A boy working in a hotel becomes
obsessed with a swimming pool in
the hills of Panjim, Goa, in India.
Review on 3.
Showing with “Hungry God”
98 minutes. NR.
Directed by Sukhada Gokhale
howing with “We are

Croissan’wich”

10 minutes. NR.

Directed by Josh Lowman

“Trouble the Water”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Wells Hall, D

This Oscar-nominated documentary

tells the story of a husband

and wife who videotape Hurricane

Katrina as it floods their home.

Review on 6.

Showing with “Compact Only”

14 minutes. NR.

Directed by Pamela Green

Review on 7.

9:30 p.m.

“Behind the Wheel”

89 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tao Ruspoli, Cody Lucich and

James Wade

Wells Hall, A

Living together in a converted

school bus-turned-mobile-film-coop,

a group of artists, filmmakers

and musicians travel the country.

Review on 2.

Showing with “The Gallery”

21 minutes. NR.

Directed by Russell Aziz

Review on 7.

“Pray the Devil Back to Hell”

72 minutes. NR.

Directed by Gini Reticker

Wells Hall, B

A documentary about a small

band of Liberian women, both

Muslim and Christian, who came

together in the midst of a bloody

civil war to take on the violent

warlords and corrupt Charles

Taylor regime. With an extraordinary

amount of courage and

determination, they won a longawaited

peace for their shattered

country in 2003.

“Leaving Barstow”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by Peter Page

Wells Hall, C

High school senior Andrew hopes

for a bigger world, but his devotion

to his mother and his attraction

to newcomer Jenny keep him

tied down. Review on 3.

Showing with “Hot Dog”

6 minutes. NR.

Directed by Bill Plympton

Review on 7.

A live-action re-telling of Johanna

Spyri’s 1880 children’s classic

“Heidi” with dogs in all of the

roles.

Showing with “Six Impossible

Things”

13 minutes. NR.

Directed by Patrick VandenBussche

Review on 7.

“A Plumm Summer”

100 minutes. NR.

Wells Hall, C

4 p.m.

“Fagbug”

78 minutes. NR.

Directed by Erin Davies

Wells Hall, A

On the 11th annual National Day

of Silence, Erin Davies’ car was

vandalized with anti-gay graffiti.

Davies decided to embrace what

happened and film a documentary

about her 58-day cross country

tour around the U.S. and Canada

in her car known as the “fagbug.”

Showing with “Open Air”

12 minutes. NR.

Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

Not so Short Short Films

Program

80 minutes. NR.

Wells Hall, B

Featuring “Mildred Richards,”

“Help,” and “The Last Page.”

“Fresh”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by Ana Joanes

Wells Hall, C

A documentary about farmers,

thinkers and business people who

are re-thinking our approaches to

food. Review on 2.

Showing with “eDump”

21 minutes. NR.

Directed by Michael Zhao

Review on 7.

“Treeless Mountain”

78 minutes. NR.

Directed by So Yong Kim

Wells Hall, D

A whimsical, bittersweet story

about two resilient sisters.

Review on 6.

Showing with “La Tuerca”

9 minutes. NR.

Directed by Azul Melissa Martinez

Directed by Daniel Trezise

Review on 7.

9 p.m.

“Confessions of a German

Soldier”

78 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tony Wilson and Lena Karsten

Wells Hall, A

A woman travels to Russian to

find out why her grandfather went

from rebel priest to active Nazi.

Review on 2.

Showing with “By Night (Nachts

Das Leben)”

16 minutes. NR.

Directed by Julia Schwarz

“Fire Under the Snow”

75 minutes. NR.

Director Makoto Sasa

Walls Hall B

This documentary tells the story of

Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist

monk arrested by the Chinese

Communist Army in 1959 for the

crimes of demonstrating peacefully

and refusing to falsely denounce

his teacher as an Indian spy.

Showing with “The State of

Sunshine”

23 minutes. NR.

Directed by Z. Eric Yang

Review on 7.

“Loggerheads”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tim Kirkman

Wells Hall, C

Three stories come together in

a tale about the strength of the

human heart and love of family.

Review on 3.

Showing with “Diva”

7 minutes. NR.

Directed by Josephine Mackerras

And, “Even in my Dreams”

8 minutes. NR.

Directed by Flavio Alves

Reviews on 7

“Edge of Heaven”

122 minutes. NR.

Directed by Fatih Akin

Wells Hall, D

This drama switches between

Germany and Turkey to tell a tale

of redemption. Review on 2.

Showing with

“Even in my Dreams”

8 minutes. NR.

Flavio Alves

Review on 7.

58 minutes. NR.

Directed by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Celebration! Cinema 8

Showing with “Six Impossible

Things”

13 minutes. NR.

Directed by Patrick VandenBussche

2 p.m.

“The Twenty”

93 minutes. NR.

Directed by Chpper Bernet

Wells Hall, A

A young man with a new baby, a

tense marriage and four months

of fragile sobriety discovers a

cryptic message on a $20 bill.

Review on 8.

Showing with “Hanging On”

17 minutes. NR.

Directed by Sean O’Grady

“Copyright and Creativity in

the Digital Age”

42 minutes. NR.

Directed by Rebekah Farrugia and

Jennifer Machiorlatti

Wells Hall, B

A documentary on copyright laws

and the effect they have on the

creation of culture. Review on 8.

Showing with “Austin’s Movie”

18 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tim Nagae

Short Film Program

Wells Hall, C

Includes, “Doctor Reddy,”

“Switching Sides,” “It All Adds

Up: The Wayne State University

Math Corps,” “Arc of a Bird,”

“The Hungry Dead,” and “Ghost

Writing.” Reviews at www.lansingcitypulse.

com.

“Exploring the Wild Kingdom”

52 minutes. NR.

Directed by Bernard McCoy

Wells Hall, D

A documentary on Mutual of

Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” TV

series. Review on 8.

Showing with “Mining Madness,

Water Wars: The Great Lakes

in the Balance”

33 minutes. NR.

Directed by Angela Nebel

And “Cost of Oil”

42 minutes. NR.

Directed by Coulter Mitchell

Review on 8.

Directed by Lee Ehlers

And “Peeling it Off”

5 minutes. NR.

Directed by Matthew Singletary

“I Love Trash”

76 minutes. NR.

Directed by David Brown and Greg Mann

Wells Hall, D

A documentary about two guys

who spend three months buying

nothing and Dumpster diving for

everything. Review on 8.

6:40 p.m.

LMFC Awards Ceremony

Wells Hall, B

The LMFC awards prizes to films

in the categories of feature, documentary,

short and student.

Showing with “48/5 Film Contest

Winners: 2008-2009”

45 minutes. NR.


Monday, March 23

6:30 p.m.

“My Winnipeg”

90 minuets. NR.

Directed by Guy Maddin

Celebration Cinema 8

A “docu-fantasia” about director

Guy Maddin’s Manitoba hometown.

Showing with “Ancestor Eyes”

15 minutes. NR.

Directed by Kalani Queypo

8:30 p.m.

“Pope’s Toilet (El Baño del

Papa)”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by César Charlone, Enrique

Fernández

Celebration Cinema 8

A heartbreaking, hilarious satire,

built around Pope John Paul

II’s 1988 visit to Melo, Uruguay.

Review on 6.

Showing with “Outsource”

12 minutes. NR.

Directed by Daniel Trezise

Tuesda y, March 24

6:30 p.m.

“Loggerheads”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tim Kirkman

Celebration Cinema 8

Three stories come together in

a tale about the strength of the

human heart and love of family.

Review on 3.

Directed by Sukhada Gokhale

7:30 p.m.

“Garrison Keillor: The Man on

the Radio in the Red Shoes”

86 minutes. NR.

Directed by Peter Rosen

Hannah Community Center

A behind-the-scenes look at the

author and host of “A Prairie

Home Companion.” Review on 2.


Thursday, March 26

6:30 p.m.

“Trouble the Water”

90 minutes. NR.

Directed by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

Celebration Cinema 8

This Oscar-nominated documentary

tells the story of a husband

and wife who videotape Hurricane

Katrina as it floods their home.

Review on 6.

Showing with “Compact Only”

14 minutes. NR.

Directed by Pamela Green

7:30 p.m.

“Ashes of American Flags”

87 minutes. NR.

Directed by Brendan Canty and Christoph

Green

Anthony Hall, MSU

A concert film about Chicago

band Wilco during its 2008 tour.

Review on 2.

8:30 p.m.

“Edge of Heaven”

122 minutes. NR.

Directed by Fatih Akin

Celebration Cinema 8

This drama switches between

Germany and Turkey to tell a tale

of redemption. Review on 2.

Showing with “Even in my

Dreams”

8 minutes. NR.

Directed by Flavio Alves

Box office hours are:

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday,

March 19

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, March 20

Noon – 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March

21

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22

Tickets for Celebration Cinema

screenings can be purchased at

Celebration, which opens daily at

10:30 a.m.



For more information, visit www.elff.com.

The East Lansing Film Festival runs March 19 through 26. Most films are shown in Wells Hall, on the campus of Michigan State University, except those shown at the Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road, East Lansing, and Celebration Cinema, 200 E. Edgewood Blvd., Lansing.

Individual tickets range from $5-$8.50. Day passes are $10-$20 and festival passes are $32-$50.

Tickets can be purchased at the Wells Hall bo credit cards).

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