Wolf Tree Film Festival 2023

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SHORT FILM SCREENING
JANUARY 21, 2023

FRANKE CENTER AUDITORIUM
214 E. MANSION ST. MARSHALL, MI 49068

In its fifth 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.

KEY DATES

🔑 OCTOBER 1, 2022: SUBMISSIONS OPEN
🔑 DEC 1, 2022: DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
🔑 JANUARY 4, 2022: FILMMAKER NOTIFICATION DATE
🔑 JANUARY 21, 2023: WOLF TREE AT THE FRANKE CENTER

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

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.

THANK YOU for a Fun FATF2022!

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The YPC would like to give a warm round of applause 👏 to our #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 artists, partners, crew, & community. ❤️⛲️

FATF wouldn’t be possible without the support of partners like:

⭐️ Choose Marshall & Oaklawn Hospital ⭐️

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

And shout out to our performers this year: Bernadette Kathryn Music and the Lonely Days Band, Norman Light & Friends, The Sam Luna Band, & Zion Lion!

#BeYoungish, #ChooseMarshall, and we will see you at the next one.

Coming Up: The Sam Luna Band!

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Kicking off our third Fridays at the Fountain performance is: The Sam Luna Band! Join us for family fun at the fountain – July 29 at 7pm EST! Please bring your own chair or blanket.

Sam Luna is a multi-instrumentalist from Battle Creek, MI. Frontman Sam Luna and guitar player Sage Castleberry have been best friends since middle school, and got their musical start in high school performing on a downtown Battle Creek sidewalk in 2015. They can be seen at shows across southwest Michigan playing Sam’s released music, and covers anyone would enjoy. Sam is best known for his ever-growing set of originals, along with radio hits from decades all the way back to the 60’s. Crowd pleasers are enjoyed by all ages, as Sam and his band have an enjoyable, classic, modern sound.


THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

Next at FATF: Norman Light (& Friends)!

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Welcoming back a Fridays at the Fountain favorite: Norman Light (& Friends)! Bring the whole family and head to Brooks Memorial Fountain for a live performance – July 15 at 7pm EST. Please bring your own chair or blanket.

Norman Light is a Marshall local that has performed at FATF previously with Chameleon and Rae of Light, but this will be a new vibe! With Norman Light & Friends the only thing guaranteed is that there’ll be a night of good music, with fantastic musicians. “Which” musicians is the question! Maybe a singer-friend will show up? Maybe a harmonica player will step-in? Maybe a keyboard player will play that solo you always loved? Playing songs that everyone knows from a wide range of genres, every show brings a different line-up that makes each show unique and memorable.


THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

First FATF Show: Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band!

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Join the YPC for family fun at the Brooks Memorial Fountain – live music, July 1 at 7pm EST featuring: Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band! Please bring your own coolers/chairs and we’ll see everyone at the fountain.

Detroit’s Country Rebel, Bernadette Kathryn and her Lonely Days Band has been dazzling audiences for the past 8 years with their own brand of hot rock’n country music. From traditional to contemporary, their sound is a mix of classic rock, southern rock and modern country, spiced up with a healthy dose of classic Nashville, but built on a foundation that’s uniquely Motor City.

2022 DATES

⭐️JULY 1Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band

⭐️JULY 15 – Norman Light & Friends

⭐️JULY 29 – The Sam Luna Band

⭐️AUGUST 12 – Zion Lion



THANK YOU #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners! 
Oaklawn Hospital & Choose Marshall 

Calhoun County Visitors BureauMarshall Community FoundationMarshall Rotary ClubWoods Insurance and Financial Services, Austin Rinard Miller Financial ServicesCopper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co.Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

Fridays at the Fountain 2022!

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The Youngish Professionals Committee is excited to announce the return of our beloved summer concert series: Fridays at the Fountain! Join us for four amazing live shows at the historic Brooks Memorial Fountain, starting July 1, 2022. Stay tuned for more.

2022 DATES

⭐️JULY 1 Bernadette Kathryn and the Lonely Days Band
⭐️JULY 15 Norman Light & Friends
⭐️JULY 29 The Sam Luna Band
⭐️AUGUST 12 Zion Lion

THANK YOU to our #FridaysAtTheFountain2022 partners: Choose Marshall, Oaklawn Hospital, Woods Insurance and Financial Services, Calhoun County Visitors Bureau, Marshall Community Foundation, Marshall Rotary Club, Austin Rinard Miller Financial Services, Copper Athletic Club, The Cronin Foundation, Dark Horse Brewing Co., Black Lab Five, & Graphics 3.

Thank You for Wolf Tree 2022!

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Thank you from the filmmakers and staff of Wolf Tree 2022!

A big round of applause to our sponsors, the Franke Center For the Arts, host John Matthew Riopelle, the filmmakers, and our YPC friends & family. We were blown away by the screenings this year and hope to see you at the next one!


🏆 CONGRATS TO THE 2022 AWARD WINNERS! 🏆

Best Actor……….Kate Black-Spence (Static Space)

Best Student Film……….A is for Apple

Best Comedy……….The Peace Pipeline

Best Drama……….Static Space

Best Documentary……….Perpetual Plastic

Best Animated……….A is for Apple

Best Horror……….Devils

Best in Festival……….Static Space

Audience Choice.……….The Peace Pipeline

Wolf Tree Film Festival 2022 FAQ’s

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YPC pals, it’s almost time for the Wolf Tree Film Festival! If you have any questions regarding our 2022 event, please check our FAQ’s below and we’ll see you soon.


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.



WOLF TREE FILM FESTIVAL FAQ’S

Q: WHAT IS THE WOLF TREE FILM FESTIVAL?

A: In its fourth year, the 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 region.

Q: WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL TAKING PLACE?

A: The festival will take place at the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, MI (214 E. Mansion St. Marshall, MI 49068)* and will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, and a filmmaker roundtable with industry professionals.

Q: WHAT TIME DOES THE FESTIVAL START?

A: Doors open at 6pm in the Downstage Club for a reception with the filmmakers and music with a DJ. Films roll at 7pm.

Q: WHAT FILMS ARE SHOWING AT THE FESTIVAL?

A: Screenings will feature nine Official Selections by The Wolf Tree Film Festival, listed above.

Q: CAN I WATCH THE FESTIVAL VIRTUALLY?

A: At this time, there are no options to watch virtually. If that changes, we will post information on how to do so.

Q: WHAT ARE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS AT THE FRANKE CENTER?

A: The Franke Center requires all attendees to wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

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


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

Official Selection: “The Peace Pipeline”

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The Wolf Tree Film Festival’s 9th and final Official Selection is “The Peace Pipeline” — Directed by Gitz Crazyboy & Tito Ybarra!

Comedians and activists, Gitz Crazyboy and Tito Ybarra, pose as an indigenous energy company sharing plans to reroute Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline through the wealthy white suburbs of Duluth, MN, to more fairly share the risks oil pipelines bring to indigenous lands—with shocking and hilarious results.

Get your #WolfTreeFilmFestival tickets here and we’ll see you soon!