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 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.

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Official Selection: “the I’s have it”

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The Wolf Tree Film Festival’s 8th Official Selection is “the I’s have it” — Directed by Kayla Schiltgen, a multidisciplinary artist working at the intersections of dance, film, and the natural environment. “the I’s have it” explores responding to the innermost voice.

Filmed in the dense forest of Northern Minnesota, the setting creates a space equal to the depths of one’s mind, challenging the dancer, cinematographer and viewer to allow themselves to get lost, listen deeply, and perhaps find something new.

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Official Selection: “Static Space”

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The Wolf Tree Film Festival’s 7th Official Selection is “Static Space” — Directed by John Klein & Kate Black-Spence. This film explores themes of connection, and the power of being heard.

Jamie is a young woman living in rural Indiana struggling to figure out her place and identity. When she inadvertently stumbles across a frequency on her ham radio and makes contact with astronaut Noa currently orbiting Earth, the two women are presented with the opportunity to find meaningful connection, even while worlds apart.

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Official Selection: “Perpetual Plastic”

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The Wolf Tree Film Festival’s 6th Official Selection is “Perpetual Plastic” — Directed by documentary filmmaker and Marshall native, Eric Ebner! Millions of single use plastics are discarded every day across the globe. What happens then?

Artist Liina Klauss attempts to visualize the journey of all disgraced plastics through her installation on a beach in Bali, Indonesia.

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Official Selection: “License & Registration”

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The Wolf Tree Film Festival’s 5th Official Selection is “License & Registration” — Directed by Jackson Ezinga, a writer, director, and producer based in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In this film Elliott Nelson, a cop impersonator with good intentions, makes his first traffic stop.

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Official Selection: “Hudson Hogsett: Kinda Into Soccer”

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The Wolf Tree Film Festival’s 4th Official Selection is “Hudson Hogsett: Kinda Into Soccer” — Directed by Jordan Presley who grew up in Marshall. While Hudson and his immediate circle of family, friends, and coaches won’t say this (they’re too humble) the creators of this film believe that Hudson is one of the most special soccer talents in North America in his age group.

Their brief for telling his story was to walk the fine line between showcasing the incredible talent that is Hudson Hogsett, while also showing the grounded nature of him being a kid.

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