Celebrating its 15th year, this world-class film festival showcases independent features, documentaries and shorts as well as tributes, seminars, premieres and parties. Be part of this cultural celebration!
Taking place between November 7th and November 15th, the East Lansing Film Festival is the largest and most diverse film festival in Michigan. Known for screening independent and foreign features, documentaries, shorts and students films from around the world, the East Lansing Film Festival began in 1997 with the cooperation of the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University.
The Festival is dedicated to bringing quality foreign and independent films to the state of Michigan in order to expose audiences to diverse cultures, ideas, and creative works.
East Lansing Film Festival Highlights
Opening Night Film: Searching for Sugar Man Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 7:30 p.m. at the Hannah Community Center.
From the East Lansing Film Festival website: “A talented musician from Detroit, who goes simply by the name Rodriguez, cuts a couple of records in the early ‘70s. They flop; what’s new? This is new: They become wild successes in, of all places, South Africa, utterly unbeknownst to the artist, who has disappeared without a trace and is presumed dead. The South Africans believe romantic myths of his demise. But undaunted filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, seeking the truth about his death, finds more than he bargained for when he uncovers the reclusive artist living modestly, completely unaware of his superstar status hundreds of miles away.”
The Owner: Saturday Nov. 10th, 6 p.m. at Wells Hall at Michigan State University and Tuesday Nov. 13th, 6:30 p.m. at Celebration Cinema.
From the East Lansing Film Festival website: “Conceived by MSU grads, Marty Shea and Ian Bonner, this CollabFeature is an incredible achievement in artistic collaboration bringing 25 filmmakers from around the world to make a feature film. Each one contributed to the creation of the story, linking each director’s own segment into a cohesive, entertaining film that follows the adventures of an old backpack as it travels around the world from one owner to another. Who is the original owner? Join in on the journey, meeting colorful people and cultures along the way.”