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Frankfort Film Festival

October 17-20, 2019

The 11th Annual Frankfort Film Festival, presented by State Savings Bank, is happening October 17-20, 2019.

The 2019 Frankfort Film Festival will screen 16 award-winning films from around the globe. In addition, short films produced by students of Interlochen Arts Academy's Motion Picture Arts program and the winning films in our 3rd Annual Frankfort48 Film Festival will be shown preceding the festival's daily feature films.


ALL TICKETS $12 EACH

Tickets to festival films are $12 each, per person. The Garden Theater box office opens one hour prior to each film showing for individual ticket purchases. Tickets for individual shows are not available for advance purchase.     

FESTIVAL PASSES $95 EACH

Purchase a Film Festival Weekend Pass for entry to every film for only $95. Film Festival Weekend Passes may be purchased at the Garden Theater box office one week prior to the festival.

Questions? Please call 231.352.7561 or email info@frankfortgardentheater.com


DIRECTOR LEVEL FESTIVAL SPONSOR

Explore the benefits of becoming a film festival Director Level Sponsor, which is outlined below for couples or individual purchase.

DIRECTOR SPONSORSHIP BENEFITS   

  • Tickets to Festival Launch Party on Thursday, September 26 at 7pm.

  • Festival VIP Passes for admission to all films.  

  • Invitation to the opening night VIP gala party on Thursday, October 17.

  • Listing on website, on-screen recognition prior to each film, and name in festival program.*

    *Not available if purchased after October 14.

 

DIRECTOR SPONSORSHIP COST

Purchase sponsorship online or drop off a check at the theater box office at 301 Main Street.

Questions? Please call 231.352.7561 or email info@frankfortgardentheater.com

Thank you in advance for your continued support of The Garden Theater and Frankfort Film Festival!


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Shadow

thursday, 12:00 pm

NR | 116 minutes | DRAMA/ACTION | ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Shadow pushes the boundaries of wuxia action to create a film like no other, masterfully painting a canvas of inky blacks and greys punctuated with bursts of color from the blood of the defeated. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.

Director: ZHANG YIMOU

CHINESE AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - OUTSTANDING FILMS 

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL 2019 NOMINEE - Best FILM

Movie website | watch trailerimdb movie Listing

 

Burning Cane

thursday, 2:15 PM

NR | 77 MINUTES | Drama

Amongst the cane fields of rural Louisiana, an aging mother struggles between her religious convictions and the love of her son. 

DIRECTOR: PHILLIP YOUMANS

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2019 Winner - Best NARRATIVE FEATURE

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL Film Festival 2019  NOMINEE - Best FEATURE FILM

Movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Maiden

thursday, 4:00 PM

PG | 97 MINUTES | documentary

The story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy’s inspirational dream was opposed on all sides: her male competitors thought an all-women crew would never make it, the chauvinistic yachting press took bets on her failure, and potential sponsors rejected her, fearing they would die at sea and generate bad publicity. With the help of her crew, Tracy went on to shock the sport world and prove that women are very much the equal of men.

DIRECTOR: ALEX HOLMES

DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 winner - BEST FILM

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 NOMINEE - BEST Documentary

Movie Website | watch trailerimdb movie listing

 

Sword of Trust

thursday, 7:30 PM

INTERLOCHEN Motion Picture Arts SHORT PRIOR TO FILM

r | 88 MINUTES | Comedy/Drama

When Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia’s inheritance from her deceased grandfather, the only item she's received is an antique sword that was believed by her grandfather to be proof that the South won the Civil War. The two attempt to unload the object to Mel, a curmudgeonly pawnshop owner, and his man-child sidekick Nathaniel. When Mel and Nathaniel discover there's a black market for the relic, the two pairs reluctantly join forces to sell this rarefied 'prover item' to the highest bidder.

DIRECTOR: LYNN SHELTON

SXSW FILM FESTIVAL 2019 OFFICIAL SELECTION

TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 WINNER - BEST US FICTION

MOVIE WEBSITE | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Birds of Passage

friday, 12:00 PM

NR | 125 MINUTES | CRIME/Drama | ENGLISH Subtitles

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives and their culture.

DIRECTOR: CRISTINA GALLEGO & CIRO GUERRA

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 WINNER - Best CINEMATOGRAPHY

MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL 2019 WINNER - Best FILM

Movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Mike Wallace Is Here

friday, 2:15 PM

PG-13 | 90 MINUTES | DOCUMENTARY

For over fifty years, 60 Minutes’ fearsome newsman Mike Wallace went head-to-head with the 20th century’s most influential figures. Relying exclusively on archival footage, Mike Wallace Is Here interrogates the interrogator, tracking Mike's storied career and troubled personal life while unpacking how broadcast journalism evolved to today’s precarious tipping point.

DIRECTOR: AVI BELKIN

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 Nominee - Best DOCUMENTARY

CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Ophelia

friday, 4:00 PM

PG-13 | 114 Minutes | DRAMA/HISTORY/ROMANCE

Something is rotten in medieval-era Denmark, where political intrigue swirls around the imperial court like dark magic. Amid it all, the queen’s brightest lady-in-waiting, Ophelia, finds herself drawn to Hamlet, the charismatic and elusive crown prince. As their love affair takes flight, betrayal strikes the court, threatening to derail their union and devastate the royal family for good. Caught between desires and loyalty, Ophelia must decide where her devotion will ultimately lie.

DIRECTOR: CLAIRE MCCARTHY

ACADEMY OF SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR FILMS 2019 Nominee - Best Independent Film

PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - Directors to Watch, Claire McCarthy

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Tel Aviv on Fire

friday, 7:30 PM

Frankfort48 Winning Shorts PRIOR TO FILM

NR | 97 MINUTES | Comedy/Drama/ROMANCE | ENGLISH subtitles

Salam, a charming 30-year-old Palestinian living in Jerusalem, works as an intern on a popular Palestinian soap opera, “Tel Aviv on Fire.” Every day Salam must pass through an arduous Israeli checkpoint to reach the television studios. He meets the commander of the check-point, Assi, whose wife is a huge fan of the show. In order to impress her, Assi gets involved in the writing of the show. Salam soon realizes that Assi’s ideas could get him a promotion as a screenwriter. Salam’s creative career catches fire, until Assi and the soap’s financial backers disagree on how the soap opera should end. Squeezed between an Army Officer and the Arab backers, Salam can only solve his problems with a final master stroke.

DIRECTOR: SAMEH ZOABI

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2018
WINNER - BEST FILM

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 WINNER - BEST FILM

Movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Storm Boy

Saturday, 10:30 AM

PG | 99 MINUTES | ADVENTURE/DRAMA/Family

A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. Storm Boy has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.

DIRECTOR: Shawn Seet

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Maze

Saturday, 12:30 PM

NR | 92 MINUTES | ADVENTURE/CRIME/DRAMA

Maze is the incredible true story of the 1983 mass break-out of 38 IRA prisoners from the HMP Maze high security prison. Larry Marley is chief architect of the largest prison escape in Europe since World War II. While scheming his way toward pulling off this feat, Larry attempts to establish a friendship with prison warden Gordon Close. Their relationship represents the first green shoots of the eventual peace process.

DIRECTOR: STEPHEN BURKE

BOSTON IRISH FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - DIRECTOR’S CHOICE AWARD

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Transit

Saturday, 2:30 PM

Nr | 101 MINUTES | DRAMA HISTORY | ENGLISH subtitles

As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying. Living among refugees from around the world, Georg falls for Marie, a mysterious woman searching for her husband–the man whose identity he has stolen. Adapted from Anna Segher’s 1942 novel, Transit transposes the original story to the present, blurring periods to create a timeless exploration of the plight of displaced people.

DIRECTOR: CHRISTIAN PETZOLD

dublin INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 Winner - best film

portland international FILM FESTIVAL 2019 winner - best of masters

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk

Saturday, 4:30 PM

PG | 80 MINUTES | DOCUMENTARY

Centuries old and enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, golf is seen by many as more than a sport. Yet what do we know about the other person on the course? The man or woman behind the player carrying the bag. In a narrative never before covered in any feature length documentary, Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk explores the incredible personal bond that a golfer and a caddie develop through hours of time together.

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk is a visual tour de force shot on the iconic courses of Pebble Beach, Augusta National, St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Prestwick, Ballybunion, and Lahinch. Crafted in the spirit of documentaries like “20 feet from Stardom”, the film is a must-watch documentary of the game of golf as you’ve never seen it before.

DIRECTOR: JASON BAFFA (producer david brookwell ONSITE FOR Q&A)

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Blinded By The Light

SATURDAY, 7:45 PM

Frankfort48 Winning Short PRIOR TO FILM

PG-13 | 120 MINUTES | comedy/DRAMA

Blinded by the Light tells the story of Javed, a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of “the Boss,” Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen’s powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice.

DIRECTOR: GURINDER CHADHA

HEARTLAND FILM 2019 Nominee - Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic

TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 2019 Winner - Best DIRECTOR

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Becoming Astrid

Sunday, 12:30 PM

NR | 123 MINUTES | Drama/HISTORY | ENGLISH subtitles

Teenaged Astrid Lindren, who later went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series, leads a carefree life with her family in the forests and fields of rural Sweden. Restless and eager to break free from the confines of her conservative upbringing, she accepts an internship at a local newspaper where she attracts the attention of its married editor. After Astrid becomes pregnant, she leaves her childhood home and goes to Copenhagen to secretly give birth to a son, whom she reluctantly leaves in the care of a foster mother. Astrid goes into self-imposed exile in Stockholm, refusing her editor’s offer of marriage and saving up her paltry salary for visits to see her son. When the foster mother falls ill, Astrid uses her imagination and flair for storytelling to reconnect with her son and emerges with a newfound courage that will later form the foundation of a vast and beloved body of work.

DIRECTOR: Pernille Fischer Christensen

chicago international FILM FESTIVAL 2018 Winner - best foreign-language feature

guldbagge awards 2019 nominee - best film

movie website | watch trailerIMDB Movie listing

 

The Biggest Little Farm

SUNDAY, 2:45 PM

PG | 91 MINUTES | DOCUMENTARY

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature's conflicts, the Chester’s unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.

DIRECTOR: John Chester

BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 winner - BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Gasparilla International Film Festival 2019
Winner - BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

Woman At War

SUNDAY, 4:30 PM

NR | 101 MINUTES | ACTION/ADVENTURE | ENGLISH subtitles

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminum industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, from petty vandalism to outright industrial sabotage, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminum smelter. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything.

DIRECTOR: Benedikt Erlingsson

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2018 NOMINEE - Best Film

PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 Winner - BEST Narrative FEATURE

movie website | watch trailerIMDB MOVIE LISTING

 

watch the trailers for every Film showing at this year's festival.


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Be sure to cast your vote for the John P. Vinkemulder Audience Award during the 2019 Frankfort Film Festival.

Thank you to all festival goers who voted for the 2018 Audience Award. The winner of the award at the 10th Annual Frankfort Film Festival is The Fencer.

The Fencer can add the Frankfort Film Festival to its trophy case, which also includes awards from the Golden Globes, Palm Springs International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, and more.

Second place for the 2018 Frankfort Film Festival went to The Divine Order and third place to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Listening Devices underwritten by Hearing Solutions of Northwest Michigan.