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

2022 Wolf Tree Film Festival Official Selections

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Congrats to the incredible 2022 #WolfTreeFilmFestival Official Selections! Grab your tickets ASAP for the short film screenings at The Franke, Saturday, Jan 22, 2022. Doors open at 6pm and films roll at 7pm.

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.


A IS FOR APPLE 
Written & Directed by Adam Mick Laughlin · Produced by Killian Heilsberg
A worm finds a city inside an apple, but must escape the fascist government drones inside.


DEVILS 
Written & Directed by Bret Miller · Produced by Ashley Carey
While taking a final tour of an investment home, a distracted developer is horrified to discover that the deceased owner never left. And she never will.


FROM THE DIARY OF A SPACE VILLAN
Directed by Kendall Royce Oswald, Spencer Nolan Oswald · Produced by Spencer Nolan Oswald
There’s perhaps nothing more villainous, and of course nothing more space, than a space villain. In this film, a villainous space bounty hunter by the name of Keith, carries out a task in a very poetic-like manner.


HUDSON HOGSETT: KINDA INTO SOCCER 
Directed by Jordan Presley · Produced by Andrew Stewart
While Hudson and his immediate circle of family, friends, and coaches won’t say this (they’re too humble) we believe that Hudson is one of the most special soccer talents in North America in his age group. Our 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.


LICENSE & REGISTRATION 
Written & Directed by Jackson Ezinga · Produced by Jackson Ezinga, Chris Randall
Elliott Nelson, a cop impersonator with good intentions, makes his first traffic stop.


PERPETUAL PLASTIC
Directed by Eric Ebner · Produced by Guillem Rius · Edited by Scott Elliott
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. First Prize at the National Geographic Society Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge.


STATIC SPACE
Directed by John Klein, Kate Black-Spence
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.


THE I’S HAVE IT 
Directed & Choreographed by Kayla Schiltgen · Camerawork by Jasper Meddock
“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.


THE PEACE PIPELINE
Directed by Gitz Crazyboy, Tito Ybarra
Comedians and activists Gitz Crazyboy and Tito Ybarra pose as a 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.


Announcing 2022 Wolf Tree Host: John Matthew Riopelle!

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Announcing our 2022 #WolfTreeFilmFestival host: John Matthew Riopelle! Riopelle is an actor, playwright, lyricist and screenwriter with an MFA in screenwriting and playwriting from Point Park University. He is the winner of the Gilman Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Award, a two-time Richard Rodgers and Jonathan Larson Grant finalist and a Fred Ebb Musical Theater Award finalist. His musical, “Streets of America,” with score by Tony Award Winner, Michael Rupert, was developed at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in conjunction with American University as part of their Inaugural Page to Stage Series on the Millennium Stage.

Matthew grew up in Detroit and studied acting at the Cranbrook Theater School and Actor’s Alliance Theater Conservatory. Since then he has lived in Los Angeles writing feature films, pilots (“Sullivan in Cuba,” “Blind Pig,” “Chavez,” “Left,” “The Camel Knows the Way,” & more), Broadway plays, and has a brother who is also a local artistic director and actor here in Marshall. We are excited to welcome Matthew to the Wolf Tree lineup and hope to see you all there next year!


WOLF TREE SCREENINGS

FEATURING HOST JOHN MATTHEW RIOPELLE
JANUARY 22, 2022 | 7PM | THE FRANKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

GENERAL ADMISSION
ADV. $15  |  $18

Reminder: 2022 Wolf Tree Submissions Open!

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2022 Wolf Tree Film Festival
SHORT FILM SCREENING
JANUARY 22, 2022 | 8PM
EST

GENERAL ADMISSION

ADVANCE $15 | $18 AT DOOR

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED: DECEMBER 1, 2021


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


Wolf Tree Film Festival 2022

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Wolf Tree Film Festival

Wolf Tree Film Festival 2022

SHORT FILM SCREENING
JANUARY 22, 2022 | 7PM
EST
FRANKE CENTER AUDITORIUM
214 E. MANSION ST. MARSHALL, MI 49068
DOORS & BAR OPENS AT 6PM EST (DOWNSTAGE CLUB)
WITH DJ NERVOUS RECS FROM DETROIT
SCREENINGS: 7PM

GENERAL ADMISSION

🎟 ADV. $15 | DOORS $18

🎬 SUBMIT A SHORT FILM (OCTOBER 1)

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.


Wolf Tree Watch on Demand

Wolf Tree Film Festival On Demand

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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.

Lance Barber Hosts 2021 Wolf Tree

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

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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.

2020 Wolf Tree Film Festival Official Selections

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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!