The 16th Annual East Lansing Film Festival
ELFF will screen over 70 films including box office blockbusters, film festival winners, American indies and the best regional films featured in the Lake Michigan Film Competition section.
The East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF), largest and the second oldest in Michigan, celebrates its 16th year of bringing stimulating, artistic and creative independent films to this region. From November 6 – 14, ELFF will screen over 70 films including box office blockbusters, film festival winners, American indies and the best regional films featured in the Lake Michigan Film Competition section. The films will be shown at the new state-of-the-art theater, Studio C! and in Wells Hall, Michigan State University campus.
On Wednesday, November 6, ELFF kicks off with the hit documentary, Inequality for All, with Director Jacob Kornbluth, an MSU graduate, attending to discuss the film. This engrossing and engaging documentary examines the causes and consequences of the widening income gap in America. Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich with humor and sensible clarity exposes the risks of continuing down the current path we’re on and emphasizes the need to regain the middle class to stabilize our economy. The film begins at 7:30pm, tickets are $15. Tickets go on sale October 25 by visiting elf.com.
From Thursday, November 7 through Thursday, November 14, the films will be shown at Studio C!, 1999 Central Park Drive, Okemos located behind the Meridian Mall. Advance tickets for all the ELFF films at Studio C! (except Opening Night Film) can be purchases at celebrationcinema.com/studioc starting October 25. tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for seniors and $7 for students.
From Friday to Sunday, November 8 – 10, the film festival will also show films in the four adjacent theaters in Wells Hall, Red Cedar Road, MSU campus. ELFF showcases fascinating features, daring documentaries and spectacular short film programs from around the world. You can enjoy your movie with popcorn and refreshments or coffee from Starbucks located in the building.
Two seminars will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00pm, an Environmental Panel Discussion on the issues covered by three ELFF films: Trashed on the very serious global problem of waste pollution; More than Honey on the vanishing bee colonies due to illness and environmental pollution; Food for Change on the history and importance of co-operative businesses and organizations. “A Talk by Justin Leach” Justin who grew up in East Lansing, (his father is Tom Leach owner of Video to Go, will talk about his career in animation, working in Japan and for Blue Sky Studios on films like the ICE AGE series, EPIC), kickstarting a film and more. The seminars are free but donations are welcomed.
Films at Wells Hall are $8/ general, $6/ seniors (65+) and students except for the Opening Night Film, Inequality for All that is $15.
Festival Passes that give you preferred entry to the film festival films are available. The Pass categories and prices are: BOFFO (Buddy Of Film Festival Organization) $160 - entry to all film festival films (including Opening Night Film), parties, Hospitality Room and films at Celebration Cinema. GOLD - $45 - entry to all films at Wells Hall only plus ONE ticket to the January Indie Series at Studio C!; SILVER (for seniors and students) - $30 entry to all films at Wells Hall plus ONE ticket to the January Indie Series at Studio C!
Tickets and passes can be bought online at www.elff.com beginning Wednesday, October 27. For the complete schedule and up-to-date information, please visit the East Lansing Film Festival website, www.elff.com or pick up the festival program/insert in the October 23 issue of the Lansing City Pulse. The film festival office phone number is 517-993-5444.