Benzie County, Mich. (October 10, 2017) – The ninth annual Frankfort Film Festival in Frankfort, Michigan opens Thursday, October 19 for a four-day showing of 19 award winning international short and full feature films through Sunday, October 22. Each year the Frankfort Film Festival, located at The Garden Theater in Benzie County, brings visitors from near and far to the beautiful coastal city of Frankfort located along Lake Michigan. Michigan’s fall color will be at its peak for visitors to enjoy the area and to participate in this popular annual event.
Passes for the four-day film festival are $90 for the entire weekend. Individual tickets for each showing are $10 and can be purchased one-hour in advance of each showing. A Director Sponsor pass for one ($125) or two people ($225) will allow VIP passes for the weekend and access to the opening night party at the Garden Theater on Thursday, October 19, as well as, a listing on-screen during the event and name in the festival program. A listing of the festival schedule with trailers of some of the films, as well as, full weekend film passes, are available online at frankfortgardentheater.com.
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Impressive award-winning foreign, short and full feature indie films include Land of Mine, Elle, Alive and Kicking, The Hero, A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, I am Not Your Negro, Growing Up Smith, Patti Cake$, Free Fire, The Eagle Huntress, Julieta, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent, American Prophet, AA, Maudie, Sami Blood, The Hilton Incident, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, and Their Finest will be shown over the four day festival.
Filmmakers from two of the 19 films will make appearances on Saturday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. during this year’s festival:
Visit Benzie County during the Frankfort Film Festival
Frankfort, Michigan in Benzie County, is located along M-22, a picturesque and well-known color tour route in Northern Michigan. M-22 was voted “Best Scenic Fall Drive” in the U.S. by the readers of USA Today. Traveling along M-22 and other roads in Benzie County, visitors can explore fall color along the Lake Michigan shoreline, climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes, stay in charming lodging locations, discover art galleries, wineries, breweries and farm-to-table dining establishments.
There are numerous choices for lodging in Benzie County from resorts to cabins on the lake. Visitors who book two or more consecutive nights at one of many participating lodging locations in Benzie County can sign up for a special getaway package on the website called “Benzie Treasure Trove”, including up to $300 of free or special rate restaurant, sightseeing, kayak and golfing opportunities, and much more. See www.visitbenzie.com for lodging, more information about other events / activities, and to sign up for “Benzie Treasure Trove” online.
The Frankfort Film Festival begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 and concludes with the final film on Sunday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m.:
Frankfort Film Festival 2017
LAND OF MINE
THURSDAY, 12 PM
DRAMA | HISTORY | WAR | 110 MINUTES | RATED: NR | DANISH W/ SUBTITLES
As world war two comes to an end, a group of German POWs, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by real events, Land of Mine exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Awards: Academy Awards – Nominated Best Foreign Language Film. Portland International Film Festival – 2nd Place – Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature
THURSDAY, 2:15 PM
CRIME | THRILLER | 130 MINUTES | RATED: R | FRENCH W/ SUBTITLES
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game – a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Awards: Academy Awards – Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for Palme D’Or, Paul Verhoeven
ALIVE AND KICKING
THURSDAY, 4:45 PM
DOCUMENTARY | MUSIC | 88 MINUTES | RATED: NR | ENGLISH
An inside look into the culture of swing dancing and the characters that make it special. Exploring the culture surrounding Swing dance from the emergence of the Lindy Hop to the modern day international phenomenon and the growth of Swing dance from its purely American roots as an art form, to countries all over the world. Alive and Kicking looks at the lives of the Swing dancers themselves to find their personal stories and why this dance fills them with joy.
Director: Susan Glatzer
Awards: Portland International Film Festival – 2nd Place, Best First Feature. SXSW Film Festival Nominated for Grand Jury Award, Documentary Feature.
THURSDAY, 7:30 PM (FOLLOWING SHORT FILM)
COMEDY | DRAMA | 93 MINUTES | RATED: R | ENGLISH
Lee Hayden is a Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed, until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic, Charlotte, and attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy, all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy. The Hero is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.
Director: Brett Haley
Awards: Cleveland International Film Festival – Nominated for Best American Independent Feature Film. Sundance Film Festival – Nominated for Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic.
A BAD IDEA GONE WRONG
FRIDAY, 12 PM
COMEDY | 85 MINUTES | RATED: NR | ENGLISH
A comedy about two would-be thieves who accidentally arm the alarm system and have to break out of the house they just broke into. When they discover an unexpected housesitter, they suddenly have to deal with a hostage situation, double crosses, sexual tensions, and discoveries that make their difficult escape even more dubious.
Director: Jason Headley
Awards: SXSW Film Festival – Special Jury Award, Narrative Feature, Dallas International Film Festival – Nominated – Grand Jury Prize, Texas Competition.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
FRIDAY, 2:00 PM
DOCUMENTARY | 93 MINUTES | RATED: PG-13 | ENGLISH
Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book American writer James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Director: Raoul Peck
Awards: Academy Awards – Nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Traverse City Film Festival – Founders Grand Prize.
GROWING UP SMITH
FRIDAY, 4:00 PM
COMEDY | DRAMA | 102 MINUTES | RATED: PG-13 | ENGLISH
When an Indian family moves to America in 1979 with the hope of living the American Dream, their 10-year- old son, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door. With an American Dream of his own, Smith strives to become a “good ol’ boy,” propelling him and his family further away from their traditional ideals than ever before. A heartfelt coming-of- age comedy about an irrepressibly likeable 10-year-old boy from India who may possibly lose it all—including the love of his life—when his obsession for living the American Dream unexpectedly takes a wrong turn.
Director: Frank Lotito
Awards: Garden State Film Festival – Jury Award, Best Family Feature. Cleveland International Film Festival – Nominated for Best American Independent Feature Film
FRIDAY, 7:30 PM (FOLLOWING SHORT FILM)
DRAMA | 108 MINUTES | RATED: R | ENGLISH
Aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ is fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden hometown in Jersey where her life is falling apart. Patti tries to jump into the hip-hop scene with original and affecting music. Cheered on by her grandmother and only friends, Jheri and Basterd, Patti also shoulders her mother’s heartaches and misfortunes.
Director: Geremy Jasper
Awards: Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for Golden Camera. Sundance Film Festival – Nominated for Grand Jury Prize
FRIDAY, 10:00 PM (FREE ADMISSION)
ACTION | COMEDY | CRIME | 91 MINUTES | RATED: R | ENGLISH
Everyone’s got a gun, and absolutely no one is in control. Set in a colorful yet gritty 1970s Boston, Justine, a mysterious American businesswoman, and her wisecracking associate Ord, arranges a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris, and shifty South African gunrunner Vernon. What starts as a polite if uneasy exchange soon goes south when tensions escalate and shots are fired, quickly leading to a full- on Battle Royale where it’s every man (and woman) for themselves. Free Fire is a full-throttle action extravaganza with a savage sense of humor.
Director: Ben Wheatley
Awards: Toronto International Film Festival – People’s Choice Award, Midnight Madness.
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
SATURDAY, 11:00 AM
DOCUMENTARY | ADVENTURE | 87 MINUTES | RATED: G | KAZAKH W/ SUBTITLES
This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.
Director: Otto Bell
Awards: BAFTA Awards – Nominated for Best Documentary. Palm Springs International Film Festival – Directors to Watch
SATURDAY, 12:45 PM
DRAMA | ROMANCE | 99 MINUTES | RATED: R | SPANISH W/ SUBTITLES
Julieta lives in Madrid with her daughter Antía. They both suffer in silence over the loss of Antía’s father and Julieta’s husband. But at times grief doesn’t bring people closer; it drives them apart. When Antía turns 18 she abandons her mother, without explanation. Julieta looks for her in every possible way, but all she discovers is how little she knows of her daughter. Julieta is about the mother’s struggle to survive uncertainty. It is also about fate, about guilt complexes and about that unfathomable mystery that leads us to abandon the people we love, erasing them from our lives as if they had never meant anything, as if they had never existed.
Director: Pedro Almodóver
Awards: BAFTA Awards – Nominated for Best Film Not in English. Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for Palme D’Or
JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT
SATURDAY, 2:45 PM
DOCUMENTARY | BIOGRAPHY | 117 MINUTES | RATED: R | ENGLISH
A biopic of a complicated man and an exploration of the gathering forces that converged to shape a new American cuisine and create the cult of “celebrity chef.” A consummate hedonist, Jeremiah Tower’s career spans the riotous sexual revolution of the ’70s to the high rolling “greed-is-good” spirit of the ’80s. Key interviews with celebrities and celebrity chefs cement Tower’s influence on today’s food culture and reveal how he transformed the restaurant industry and in the process changed the way we eat.
Director: Lydia Tenaglia
FILMMAKER SERIES: AMERICAN PROPHET
SATURDAY, 4:45 PM
SHORT | HISTORICAL DRAMA | 35 MINUTES | RATED: NR | ENGLISH
Set in 1968, one year after the riots that devastated Detroit, American Prophet tells the story of Thomas Gumbleton, a young man suddenly appointed to a position of great authority whose leadership must guide a community in a time of great upheaval and change. As the United States’ newest–and youngest–Roman Catholic bishop, Thomas is faced with a city filled with uncertainty and a community divided by anger.
Director On Site: Jasmine Rivera
Awards: Cinetopia Film Festival – Official Selection. FREEP Film Festival – Official Selection.
FILMMAKER SERIES: AA
SATURDAY, 4:45 PM
SHORT | COMEDY | 14 MINUTES | RATED: NR | ENGLISH
An AA meeting goes awry when the members turn out not to be who they say they are.
Director On Site: Charles Irving Beale
SATURDAY, 8:00 PM
ROMANCE | DRAMA | 115 MINUTES | RATED: PG-13 | ENGLISH
Based on a true story, Maudie is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MA charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
Director: Aisling Walsh
Awards: Toronto International Film Festival – Nominated for Best Canadian Feature Film. Edinburgh International Film Festival – Nominated for Best International Feature Film
SUNDAY, 12:00 PM
DRAMA | 110 MINUTES | RATED: NR | SWEDISH W/ SUBTITLES
A 14-year-old girl belonging to the Sami people, a Scandinavian ethnic minority is subjected to racism and eugenic scrutiny in the 1930s when she is removed from her family and sent to a state-run school that aims to reeducate her into Swedish culture. She must soon choose between new academic opportunities or staying true to her cultural identity, all while weathering the storms of adolescence.
Director: Amanda Kernell
Awards: Seattle International Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize, Best Feature Film. Newport Beach Film Festival – Audience Award, Foreign Feature.
THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT
SUNDAY, 2:00 PM
CRIME | DRAMA | THRILLER | 106 MINUTES | RATED: NR | ARABIC W/ SUBTITLES
A political thriller based on a true story. Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Noredin, a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel. What initially seems to be a crime of passion turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt. Upon realizing this, Noredin decides to break the rules in order to obtain justice, colliding not only with the system but also with himself.
Director: Tarik Saleh
Awards: Sundance Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Dramatic. Art Film Festival – Nominated for Best Film
ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
SUNDAY, 4:00 PM
DOCUMENTARY | 88 MINUTES | RATED: NR | ENGLISH
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus becomes the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves – and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community – over the course of a five-year legal battle.
Director: Steve James
Awards: Sarasota Film Festival – Audience Award, Best Documentary. Portland International Film Festival – 2nd Place Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature.
SUNDAY, 7:30 PM (FOLLOWING SHORT FILM)
COMEDY | DRAMA | ROMANCE | 117 MINUTES | RATED: R | ENGLISH
In 1940 London, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole for the female dialogue. Catrin quickly gets noticed by lead scriptwriter Buckley, and they set out to make an epic feature film. As bombs drop around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film to warm the hearts of the nation.
Director: Lone Scherfig
Awards: International Online Cinema Awards – Nominated for Halfway Award, Best Supporting Actor. Göteborg Film Festival – Best Feature Film