Wolf Tree Film Festival 2022

Wolf Tree Film Festival

Wolf Tree Film Festival 2022

JANUARY 22, 2022 | 8PM


🎟 ADV. $15 | DOORS $18


In its fourth year, Wolf Tree Film Festival showcases films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes region is defined as any state or territory that touches one of the Great Lakes (including Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York).

Submitted films should be no longer than 30 minutes, and all genres will be considered.

The festival will take place at The Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, MI* and will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, and a filmmaker roundtable with industry professionals.

The Wolf Tree Film Festival is housed in historic Marshall, Michigan, a gorgeous small town with a vibrant artistic community. Hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee, the festival is held at Franke Center, originally a church built in 1921, now an arts complex that is the proud home of world-class concerts, inspiring theater, and award-winning movies.

*The festival will adhere to all public health and safety recommendations at the time of the event

Key Dates:
October 1, 2021: FilmFreeway open for submissions
Dec 12, 2021: FilmFreeway deadline for submissions
January 5, 2022: Filmmaker Notification date
January 22, 2022: Wolf Tree Film Festival at the Franke Center

For more information on submission rules and awards, please visit FilmFreeway.

Fridays at the Fountain 2021

Fridays at the Fountain 2021!

Events, Updates
Fridays at the Fountain

The Fridays at the Fountain concert series is set to return in-person at the Brooks Memorial Fountain on July 9th with local favorites, Danae & The Grind. Running every other Friday through the end of the summer, the series will feature 4 additional local musical acts including Chameleon (7/23), Rae of Light (8/6), Kjell Croce (8/20) and Mike Reed (9/3). There is no cost to attend. Please bring your own chair or blanket.

The series is brought to the community by Marshall’s Youngish Professional Committee with the help of generous sponsorships by the Marshall Community Foundation, Oaklawn Hospital and Woods Insurance, along with Choose Marshall, Black Lab Five, Graphics3, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Franke Center for the Arts, Austin Rinard – Miller Financial Services, & Copper Athletic Club.

Last summer, the series was presented entirely virtually via livestream. “We’re looking forward to being able to bring the concerts in-person again this year. As our community is emerging from being largely at home during 2020, it’s a great way to rebuild and develop connections,” says Jennifer Conley Darling, one of the event organizers. The concerts will again be live streamed so that those who can’t attend in-person can still enjoy the music.

All the concerts will take place at the Brooks Memorial Fountain and be live streamed through Choose Marshall and YPC’s Facebook at 7pm EST.

Wolf Tree Watch on Demand

Wolf Tree Film Festival On Demand


Starting today, Sunday, January 24 through Sunday, January 31 at 11pm, The Wolf Tree Film Festival will be available to Watch On Demand. This allows you, the viewer, to watch the festival at your leisure over the course of the next week.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.bingewave.com/f/wolf-tree-film-festival. Be sure to create a password at the end of your purchase which will allow you to access your tickets anytime through the Account tab once you are logged in.

If you have any questions, please email jdarling(at)frankecenterforthearts(dot)org.

Wolf Tree 2021 FAQs

Wolf Tree Film Festival FAQ’s


It’s almost Wolf Tree time YPC friends! If you have any questions regarding our 2021 virtual event, please read below:

To purchase a full festival ticket ($15) please click on the blue ‘Tickets’ button in the center of the BingeWave page. It sits between the ‘Main Website’ and ‘Support’ buttons below.

In its third year, Wolf Tree Film Festival aims to showcase short films set in the Great Lakes region or that include themes or topics related to the region, as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The festival is fully virtual in 2021 and will include screenings of each selected film.

CONTENT WARNING: some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.

Start Date

January 23, 2021, 6:00 pm

End Date

January 23, 2021, 9:00 pm


A: Once you have purchased a ticket, a link to the festival site will be sent to the email provided at purchase.  An additional email will be sent Friday and again at 5pm on Saturday. Please check your spam and junk folders for “BingeWave” as the email will be coming from that site.


A: The event will be live streamed on the BingeWave site starting at 6pm this Saturday, January 23, 2021. This is a live screening (meaning we recommend joining at 6pm). You will be able to join late, but may miss some content.


A: Once you click on the link provided in the email from BingeWave, you can watch the event anywhere you would access the internet (laptop, phone, tablet or screencast to your TV). For best viewing, please use your WiFi and do not use the Safari browser or 3G/4G.  

If you have any other questions, please email jdarling(at)frankecenterforthearts(dot)org.

Wolf Tree - Marshall, MI

2021 Wolf Tree Film Festival Official Selections


Wolf Tree Film Festival proudly presents the 2021 Official Selections for short films (all genres) which will be virtually screened on BingeWave from 6pm – 9pm (EST), January 23rd. Support local filmmaking while enjoying an evening of cinema and entertainment for just $15 + processing fee (hosted by Lance Barber)!

For the best viewing experience on BingeWave, please do not use 3G/4G but WIFI and do not use the browser Safari.

2021 Wolf Tree Official Selections

CONTENT WARNING: Some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.


Written & Directed by Hugo Lacasse Â· Produced by Futur Media Inc.
An “Instababe” puts her physical and mental health on the line to compete against a younger, more popular rival.

Salt River Water Walk

Directed & Produced by Krista Davis & Jenny Zander
In February 2020, Sharon Day (Ojibwe) led a group of Water Walkers through the Arizona desert to walk for the Salt River. Through animation and live-shot footage, this documentary travels with the Salt River Water Walkers, describing this Indigenous-led ceremony as it creates community and builds relationships with the earth through the shared goal to care for the water.


Directed by Orlando Leroi Â· Produced by Marissa Duignan· Written by Malik Bibbie
After a brutal interaction with the police, a young black father’s search for freedom takes him beyond the limits of the atmosphere.

Medical Help

Directed by Lanessa Miller Â· Produced by Walkingstick Music LLC Â· Written by Dwight L. Wilcox II
An animated video illustrating the original swing jazz song Medical Help by Dwight L. Wilcox II with relevance to the era in which we are living.


Directed by Hannah Byrd Â· Produced by Emily ‘Mealz’ Smith, Jason Howard, Andrew Accaioli & Fatima Al Saif
A previously homeless man takes a ride through his past in order to understand the present and how it affects his future.

Bathroom Break

Directed by Simone LeClaire · Produced by Xiaolu Wang Â· Written by Simone LeClaire & Marina Kittaka
Mari gets more than she bargained for when she spends her night out hiding in the bathroom.

As We Are

Written & Directed by Michael R Faulkner Â· Produced by Robin Miller Ungar
When Evan Bertrand was diagnosed with autism at eighteen months, doctors told his mother, Andrea, to go home and mourn the loss of a “normal child.” Instead, she and her son went on to discover his gift for music together. Twenty years later, Evan and Andrea are putting on the biggest concert of his life, just as they are.

Lily in the Maze

Written & Directed by Alexandra Emmons & Andrew Juhl Â·
Produced by Alexandra Emmons, Andrew Juhl & John Morrow

Will, a quiet introvert, deals with a change in his routine on the same day a woman from his past appears. His self-control is put to the test as he struggles to harness his instincts during a confrontation that ends in a surreal mirror maze.


Written & Directed by Anna Rust
A troubled woman records her journey to finding her mother after she was abandoned more than a decade ago.

DATE: January 23, 2021
TIME: 6pm – 9pm (EST)
TICKETS: https://www.bingewave.com/f/wolf-tree-film-festival
HOST: Lance Barber

Lance Barber Hosts 2021 Wolf Tree

Battle Creek’s Own Lance Barber To Host 2021 Virtual Wolf Tree

Wolf Tree Film Festival

The Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals invite you to the 3rd Annual Wolf Tree Film Festival on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in a virtual setting.* This year will feature one of the stars of CBS’ Young Sheldon, Battle Creek’s own, Lance Barber. Lance will emcee the event and do a private filmmaker’s roundtable with the selected filmmakers.

Special Guest: Lance Barber

Lance Barber has the skills to play a wide range of television characters having appeared in numerous shows on the small screen since 2001. An alumnus of Chicago’s Second City, Lance played the role of Paulie G on HBO’s critically acclaimed, The Comeback, which The New York Times described as “among the great villains of television comedy.”

Lance has also had recurring roles on Black-ish, Faking It, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication, United States of Tara, and many more. Recently, Lance appeared as Irwin in the feature film, Buster’s Mal Heart opposite Rami Malek. Barber, who was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, began acting with his Pennfield High School Drama Club.

Why “Wolf Tree?” According to legend, the Wolf Tree was a lone, prominent tree that once stood in the middle of Marshall. The first settler in the area sought refuge in the heights of the tree as wolves and bears roamed the dirt lane and forest that would one day become the city’s downtown. Later, a platform was built in the large oak’s branches where it is said a sentry, seeking the faint glow of wolves’ eyes, would hunt, eager to protect the village from threats hidden in the darkness below. It is a wild history, a bold story, and a great homage to the films that will be featured at this exciting annual event.

* Wolf Tree Film Festival will be fully virtual in 2021. The festival will include screenings of each selected film and an awards presentation.

THANK YOU for Fridays at the Fountain 2020!


The Youngish Professionals Committee
Fridays at the Fountain – A YPC Concert Series

The YPC would like to thank all of our sponsors (Choose Marshall, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Almanack Digital, terraNOVA Collective, Black Lab Five, Franke Center for the Arts, and FUG), our artists, our viewers, and crew, for joining us in this year’s Fridays at the Fountain. We had an absolute blast streaming and dancing along with everyone, and hope to see everyone back at the Brooks Memorial Fountain in the near future for the continuation of our FATF concert series. We love you all!

Fridays at the Fountain Facebook Live Streams
June 19, 2020 – August 28, 2020

You can rewatch all of our FATF live streams at the links below!

Want a rad Fridays at the Fountain t-shirt? They’re just $15 and are available in sizes Adult Small – 3XL! DM us on YPC’s Facebook with your size and shipping address to help support FATF.

Until next time, be active, be engaged, #BeYoungish!

2020 Wolf Tree Film Festival Official Selections

Wolf Tree Film Festival

The Wolf Tree Film Festival is proud to present the 2020 Official Selections in short films, premiering January 25th at The Franke Center For The Arts. Wolf Tree Official Selections will be screening from 8:00pm – 11:00pm, with a pre-show mixer beginning at 7:00pm.

There will also be a special festival screening of the feature length horror film, Celebrity Crush, with director and star Oliver Robins (Poltergeist) onsite for autographs and photos. (Courtesy of Kyyba Films) The film will be shown at 2:00pm on January 25th at The Franke Center for the Arts, and ticket price for the festival includes both this film and the evening short film screenings.

Special Guest: Oliver Robins
Autograph: $20.00
Your Signed Item: $20.00
Selfie: $10.00

Special Guest: Sebastian Twardosz | Film industry pro Sebastian Twardosz will lead discussions for the evening and will be present to talk with filmmakers during the festival’s networking mixer.

Don’t miss out on the Wolf Tree Film Festival magic happening in Marshall, Michigan this January. Join us by getting your tickets at the button below!