Six years ago, we were inspired by the 8½ Foundation — founded by Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins — and its mission to make great films available to young people everywhere. In their own words: “...not the bigger films blasted from the rooftops of every seventeen-screen pleasure palace, but littler films, often from other countries, maybe made many decades ago, maybe made without color, maybe with subtitles, or not a single spoken word.” That idea became our mandate. Our manifesto. For 10 days, 75 sources of inspiration will be offered — all for FREE ($1 suggested donation) in collaboration with Krasl Art Center. Full-length features. Documentaries. Silent classics. Shorts. Chosen just for you.
The festival kicks off on Friday March 11th with an Opening Night Pajama Party hosted by the Krasl Art Center. The evening begins at 6:00 pm with live music by Brandon Mattson and continues at 7:00 pm with KID FLIX MIX—a selection of shorts from the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). The Young Filmmakers Competition will premiere at the Michigan City Public Library (IN), The Stanley Clark School (IN) and the New Buffalo Township Library (MI) on March 12th. Now in its fourth year, the competition features 26 short films directed by visionaries from 6 states. Awards will be presented, red carpet style, at the Citadel Oak Room at 6:30 pm on March 18th—immediately following the 5:30 pm screening. Other events include a panel discussion on documentary filmmaking, a Lego stop-motion animation workshop and a special post-screening lighthouse activity at North Berrien Historical Museum. In addition, we are thrilled to inaugurate a partnership with the Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA).
Finally, the inimitable Dr. Larry Schanker will, once again, provide improvisational piano accompaniment to not one, but three silent films: City Lights (1931), Captain January (1924) and The Kid Brother (1927) which will close the festival at Krasl Art Center on March 20th.
[DESIGN NOTES] An early LED (light-emitting diode) display generated numbers by illuminating patterns on a seven-segment array. Six segments create a 6, making it the perfect symbol to celebrate the festival’s sixth year! An LED display first appeared in the Pulsar – a $2100 wristwatch introduced in 1972 by the Hamilton Watch Company, inspired by the clock they had created for the classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey.