23rd East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) schedule is now available

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23rd EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL
June 10 – 13, 2021
Celebration Cinema
200 E. Edgewood Drive, Lansing
EAST LANSING FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Thursday, June 10
7:00pm – MY OCTOPUS TEACHER (85 minutes)
Friday, June 11
6:30pm – MORE THAN MIYAGI (89 minutes)
8:40pm – Short Film Program A (96 minutes)
Saturday, June 12
3:00p – Short Film Program B (96 minutes)
5:15pm – THE HARDEST DAY (54 minutes)
6:45pm – ALICE STREET (67 minutes)
8:40pm – Short Film Program C (71 minutes)
Sunday, June 13
2:30pm – TUSCALOOSA (101 minutes)
5:15pm – Shorts Program A (96 minutes)
7:30pm – Shorts Program B (96 minutes)
OPENING NIGHT FILM
MY OCTOPUS TEACHER
Directed by Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed
PG 85 minutes
Thursday, June 10 – 7:00pm
This incredible documentary deserves to be seen on the BIG SCREEN! Oscar Winner for Best Documentary, MY OCTOPUS TEACHER will amaze you with its unique, almost other-worldly story of one man’s relationship with an octopus in a South African kelp forest. You will gasp, gape, smile and cry at the uncanny human traits of intelligence, loyalty, empathy, determination and survival skills of this eight-tenacled mollusk.
“One of my all-time favorite films” – ELFF Director Susan W. Woods
MORE THAN MIYAGI
Directed by Kevin Derek
PG 89 minutes
Friday, June 11 – 6:30pm
Pat Morita, the Oscar-nominated actor best known for his role of Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid series, left behind a painfully revealing autobiographical record of his life. He contracted polio at a young age and was told he would never walk. His determination carried him through to the bright lights of Hollywood where he found discrimination and few roles for Asians. He was “discovered” doing stand-up comedy and brought something extra and memorable in every role. Deep inside the sweet, generous, multi-talented performer seethed an army of demons, that even alcohol and drugs could mask. This touching and thorough documentary allows us to learn who the real Pat Morita was through movie clips, friends and wives paying tribute and his own voice.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM A
 96 minutes
Friday, June 11 – 8:40pm
Sunday, June 13 – 5:15pm
Come see a wide array of funny, creative, dramatic, imaginative short films from around the world.
Suitable for children 7 and up.
Some shorts are in a foreign language with English subtitles.
 SHORT FILM PROGRAM B
96 minutes
Saturday, June 12 – 3:00pm
Sunday, June 13 – 7:30pm
Come see a wide array of funny, creative, dramatic, imaginative short films from around the world.
Suitable for children 12 and up.
Some shorts are in a foreign language with English subtitles.
THE HARDEST DAY
Directed by Ross Taylor
PG-13  54 minutes
Saturday, June 12 – 5:15pm
This documentary examines the intense last moments shared between people and their pets. Nationally, tens of thousands of pet owners go through this heartbreaking experience each year. Yet an emerging trend is at-home pet euthanasia performed by a professional. THE HARDEST DAY shows the love and the bond between pets and their owners as well as the sensitivity, patience and caring of the vet who performs the procedure in the home, a familiar place.
Warning: The euthanasia of pets may be too traumatic for young children…and some adults.
ALICE STREET
Directed by Spencer Wilkinson
PG-13 67 minutes
Saturday, June 12 – 6:45pm
Two artists form an unlikely partnership to paint their most ambitious mural to date in Oakland’s downtown, ground zero for gentrification. The mural is dedicated to the diverse cultural artists who are threatened by displacement to justify “progress”. As the mural dries, a luxury condo building is approved by the City Council even though it will completely obstruct the art that portrays the vast cultural history of Oakland. The community of artists, dancers, activists decide to fight back. An inspiring, beautiful documentary that not only reveals the richness of Oakland’s diversity and arts but lays testament to the need to fight for what is valuable.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM C
97 minutes
Saturday, June 12 – 8:40pm
Come see a wide array of funny, creative, dramatic, imaginative short films from around the world.
Some shorts are in a foreign language with English subtitles.
TUSCALOOSA
Directed by Phillip Harder
PG-13 101 minutes
Sunday, June 13 – 2:30pm
1972. Vietnam War protests and racial tension is sizzling the late summer hear of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Billy, a recent college graduate, spends the summer working on the lush grounds of an antiquated mental institution. His psychiatrist father runs it. Virginia, a patient, becomes the object of his affection and love without knowing if she is truly crazy or pretending. His best friend, Nigel, has joined a radical civil rights organization fighting against Tuscaloosa’s power elite and race-hating citizens, including Billy’s father. Billy is torn between his loyalty to Nigel, his deference for his father and the city’s cronies, and Virginia who plans to escape with or without Billy.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM A (repeat)
 Sunday, June 13 – 5:15pm
Come see a wide array of funny, creative, dramatic, imaginative short films from around the world.
Suitable for children 7 and up.
Some shorts are in a foreign language with English subtitles.
SHORT FILM PROGRAM B (repeat)
 Sunday, June 13 – 7:30pm
Come see a wide array of funny, creative, dramatic, imaginative short films from around the world.
Suitable for children 12 and up.
Some shorts are in a foreign language with English subtitles.

TICKET PRICES:

OPENING NIGHT FILM: $12
ALL MATINEES – $5, children (12 and under) free
EVENING FILMS – $7.50 for adults, $5 for children
Tickets go on sale on Monday, May 17
To reserve tickets go to
East Lansing Film Festival 517-980-5802

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