The Franke Center of Marshall invites film buffs to the 3rd Annual Wolf Tree Film Festival which will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2021 in a virtual setting.* In its third year, Wolf Tree will showcase 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 will include screenings of each selected film and an awards presentation. All screenings will be open to the public.
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. Hosted by the Franke Center for the Arts and Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee, the festival will be held virtually for all to view.
BUY TICKETS: https://thefranke.org/
TIME/DATE: January 23, 2021 / 6pm – 9pm (EST)
PLATFORM: Live streamed on BingeWave (Fully Virtual)
WOLF TREE ON DEMAND
Starting 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.
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.
Q: I BOUGHT A TICKET BUT CAN’T FIND THE EMAIL CONFIRMATION?
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.
Q: WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL GOING TO BE LIVE STREAMED?
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.
Q: HOW DO I VIEW THE FESTIVAL?
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.
2021 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 · 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 · 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.
Directed by Lanessa Miller · Produced by Walkingstick Music LLC · 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 · 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.
Directed by Simone LeClaire · Produced by Xiaolu Wang · 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 · 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 ·
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.
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.
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