Seven years ago, we were inspired by the 8½ Foundation (eightandahalf.org) — 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, 100 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 10th 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 1—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) and the New Buffalo Township Library (MI) on, Saturday March 11th.  Now in its fifth year, the competition features 22 short films directed by visionaries from  4 states.  Awards will be presented, red carpet style, at the Citadel Oak Room at 6:30 pm on Friday March 17th—immediately following the 5:30 pm screening.  Other events include a filmmaking workshop for middle and high school students, a panel discussion on documentary filmmaking and a LEGO stop-motion animation workshop. In addition, we are  thrilled to continue our partnership with the Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA). 

Finally, the inimitable Dr. Larry Schanker will provide improvisational piano accompaniment for six silent films (3 shorts and 3 features) including Snow White (1916) which will close the festival at  Krasl Art Center on Sunday March 19th.