Thank You Wolf Tree 2024!

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Thank you to everyone for another great #WolfTreeFilmFestival! Shout out to The Franke, our sponsors, the talented filmmakers, and our YPC crew, and we hope to see you for the next one!

💥Wolf Tree 2024 Winners💥
🏆Best DramaTin Can
🏆Best ThrillerNot Him
🏆Best DocumentarySydney G James: How We See Us
🏆Best Student FilmThe Devil Wants a Promotion
🏆Best in FestivalSydney G James: How We See Us
🏆Audience ChoiceTin Can

Left to Right: Pat Battistini for Best Drama and Audience Choice Award, Tin Can; Juanita Anderson and Demetrio Nasol for Best Documentary and Best in Festival, Sydney G. James: How We See Us; Jordan M. Ketter for Best Student Film, The Devil Wants a Promotion. Not pictured is Sarah Young for Best Thriller, Not Him.

2024 Wolf Tree Official Selections

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Wolf Tree Film Festival is proud to announce our Official Selections for 2024! 🎉

*CW: 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.

Boogie Bob & Chuck Berry

Directed by Geri Alumit Zeldes

This documentary dives into the remarkable career of Bob Baldori, known as “Boogie Bob” by his peers. Both a musician and attorney, Baldori was a member of the band “The Woolies” and toured with Chuck Berry, the Father of Rock n Roll.

Madina

Directed by Kevin Coval

Madina is an unconventional love story of connection and self actualization, as Madina takes a leap into who she always hoped to be, a writer of culture.

Not Him

Directed by Sarah Young

When her husband turns strange and violent, a wife becomes convinced he is possessed. But will anyone believe her?

Peabrain

Directed by Steve Blackwood

A former soap opera actor contends with his father, an assisted living resident with alcoholic dementia, and reflects on his earlier relationship with him.

Peanut Butter and Jelly

Directed by Vanessa M. H. Powers

Mrs. Clemens is determined to be the perfect wife and mother, keeping her son happy and house sparkling while her husband is away at war. When Tommy has had a bad day, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is just what the doctor ordered!

Sydney G. James: How We See Us

Directed by Juanita Anderson

Visual artist/muralist, Sydney G. James, addresses the status of Black women in society, police brutality, family and community through bold brushstrokes and hues that evoke the complexities of Black reality, joy, pain, and resilience. Inspired by personal experiences, current events and her hometown of Detroit, she invites conversations with family members and fellow artists as she creates a new work on canvas and transforms vacant walls into creative spaces.

The Devil Wants a Promotion

Directed by Jordan M. Ketter

The devil is sick of his life in hell so he comes to the surface to try and be an angel once more.

Tin Can

Directed by Pat Battistini

J.C. came to America as an illegal immigrant when he was just a child. Now, as an adult, he’s still an illegal alien but has managed to persevere and prosper working as a rodeo clown. However, after a series of unfortunate events, J.C. finds himself down on his luck and in search for a new happiness.

What If

Directed by Julian Fellah

Kids share their thoughts on a better society in this heartwarming and sincere film that turns comedic.

Eric Ebner

Wolf Tree Focus: Eric Ebner

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Perpetual Plastic

🏆 Wolf Tree Best Documentary Award Winner (Perpetual Plastic, 2022) and Marshall local, Eric Ebner, has gone on to win awards at various film festivals including the first prize at the National Geographic Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge. He’s also directed other amazing films such as The Bull, Nuestros Muertos, Opening The Earth: The Potato King and more.

Check out his website here:

And check out his past YPC Spotlight:

The Bull
Nuestros Muertos
Opening The Earth: The Potato King

Wolf Tree Film Festival 2024

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Independent filmmakers – submissions are now open for #WolfTreeFilmFestival2024!

Key Dates

  • Deadline for Submissions: NOVEMBER 12, 2023
  • Filmmaker Notification Date: DECEMBER 11, 2023
  • Wolf Tree Film Festival: JANUARY 20, 2024

The Franke Center for the Arts is gearing up again for the popular community event, The Wolf Tree Film Festival (The Youngish Professionals Committee). The submission site, FilmFreeway.com, is now open for entries.

Everyone is welcome to attend, including cinema fans as well as industry professionals. The Wolf Tree Film Festival is in its 6th year and is set for January 20, 2024 at 7:30pm ET. The festival will once again showcase short films (under 30 minutes) 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.

This year’s event will again include screenings of each selected film, a meet and greet with the filmmakers and an awards presentation. Selected films will include a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, documentary and others.

Submissions can be submitted at the button below. Deadline for the submissions is November 12th.

Thank You for Wolf Tree 2023!

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We’d like to give a Marshall-sized THANK YOU to our sponsors, The Franke Center for the Arts, the talented filmmakers & our YPC family, who joined us for the #2023WolfTreeFilmFestival. Congrats to the festival winners and we hope to see you at next year’s event!

🏆2023 WINNERS🏆

Best Actor……….Tara Hazel Walsh (The Funeral Photographer)
Best Student Film……….An Apocalypse
Best Comedy……….Season’s Greetin’s
Best Drama……….The Funeral Photographer
Best Thriller……….Thrashed
Best in Festival……….The Funeral Photographer
Audience Choice.………Joy

Wolf Tree Film Festival: TONIGHT!

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It’s finally here!

We’ll see everyone at the 5th annual Wolf Tree Film Festival tonight, hosted at The Franke Center. Tickets are $16 in advance/$19 at the door, and the pre-party mixer starts at 7pm.


2023 WOLF TREE OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

50 mL (MN) | Directed by Vanessa Powers

All for Naught | Directed by TL Westgate

An Apocalypse (IL) | Directed by Matt O’Connell

Blossom (Grand Rapids, MI) | Directed by Tanner Hamilton

Different (Detroit, MI) | Directed by Alexsys Giraud

JOY (Dearborn, MI) | Directed by Salim Laham

Pressed (PA) | Directed by Michelle Elise Harding & Scott “Silent K” Knowlton

Season’s Greetin’s (WI) | Directed by Owen Imgrund

The Funeral Photographer (Sawyer, MI) | Directed by Ashley Thompson

Thrashed (MI) | Directed by Joe Nicholas Post

CW: 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.

2023 Wolf Tree Film Festival Official Selections

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Wolf Tree proudly presents our 2023 🏆Official Selections🏆 for short films!

Every Wolf Tree is curated carefully and thoughtfully, from the programming to the production behind it. Our committee of fellow film and theatre aficionados invite you to experience Marshall’s own homegrown film festival – January 21, 2023 at 7pm! Join us at The Franke Center for an exciting evening of screenings and a mixer with the filmmakers and the YPC.

CW: 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.

🎥 50 mL (MN) | Directed by Vanessa Powers

A drama about a young man who struggles with his sobriety while he and his wife host a holiday dinner with her dysfunctional family.


🎥 All for Naught | Directed by TL Westgate

A comedy about a hitman who thinks he’s on a routine mission, but he’s got another think coming.


🎥 An Apocalypse (IL) | Directed by Matt O’Connell

A drama about a lonely, sensitive boy and his doomsday-prepping father.


🎥 Blossom (Grand Rapids, MI) | Directed by Tanner Hamilton

A live-action animated short about a young girl and her imaginary friend, a silent and friendly monster.


🎥 Different (Detroit, MI) | Directed by Alexsys Giraud

A 7th grade student shares their thoughts about being Different.


🎥 JOY (Dearborn, MI) | Directed by Salim Laham

A foreign language drama about a pianist who suffers from conversion disorder, and the universal language of music.


🎥 Pressed (PA) | Directed by Michelle Elise Harding and Scott “Silent K” Knowlton

A drama about a seasoned journalist who reevaluates the role she plays in other people’s stories.


🎥 Season’s Greetin’s (WI) | Directed by Owen Imgrund

A dark comedy about two friends who hope to buy a car but discover a corpse in its trunk.


🎥The Funeral Photographer (Sawyer, MI) | Directed by Ashley Thompson

A drama/mystery about a photographer tasked with taking photos of all in attendance at a funeral.


🎥Thrashed (MI) | Directed by Joe Nicholas Post

A thriller about two surfers who take matters into their own hands to catch a killer.

2023 Wolf Tree Film Festival

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.

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

Key Dates:

October 1, 2022: FilmFreeway open for submissions
Dec 1, 2022: FilmFreeway deadline for submissions
January 4, 2022: Filmmaker Notification date
January 21, 2023: Wolf Tree Film Festival at the Franke Center

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