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Frankfort Film Festival

October 18-21, 2018

Save the date for the 10th Annual Frankfort Film Festival happening October 18-21, 2018.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 9th Annual Frankfort Film Festival at The Garden Theater.

Special thanks to Northway Orthodontics, our Presenting Sponsor, in addition to all of our 2017 film festival sponsors

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Land of Mine

thursday, 12 pm

DRAMA / history / war | 110 minutes | rated: NR | danish w/ Subtitles

As World War II 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.


awards: ACADEMY AWARDs - Nominated Best Foreign Language Film. PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - 2nd Place - Audience Award, Best Narrative Feature.

Movie website | watch trailerimdb movie Listing



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. 


AWARDS: ACADEMY AWARDS - Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated for Palme d’Or, Paul Verhoeven.

Movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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 who 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.


Awards: PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - 2nd Place, Best First Feature. SXSW FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated for Grand Jury Award, Documentary Feature.

Movie Website | watch trailerimdb movie listing


The Hero

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.


AWARDS: CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated for Best American Independent Feature Film. SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated for Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic.

Movie WEbsite | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

friday, 12:00 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.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


Patti Cake$

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.

Movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


Free Fire


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 wise-cracking associate Ord, arranges a black-market weapons deal in a deserted warehouse between IRA arms buyer Chris, and shifty South African gun runner 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.

Movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING



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.


AWARDS: BAFTA AWARDS - Nominated for Best Film Not In English. CANNES FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated for Palme d’Or.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

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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 (Following short film)

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.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


Sami Blood

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.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB Movie listing


The Nile Hilton Incident


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.


AWARDS: SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL - Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema Dramatic. ART FILM FESTIVAL - Nominated for Best Film.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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


movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


Their Finest

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.

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING


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Thank you to all festival goers who voted for this year's John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award. The winner of the award at the 9th Annual Frankfort Film Festival is Maudie.

Maudie can add the Frankfort Film Festival to its trophy case, which also includes awards from the Atlantic Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Windsor International Film Festival, and more.

Second place for the 2017 Frankfort Film Festival went to The Eagle Huntress.

Listening Devices underwritten by Hearing Solutions of Northwest Michigan.