Schedule

Sept. 27, 2018 Thursday

6:00 PM

Pere Marquette Depot
2h

Opening Night Party

In this Program
Opening Night Party
2hReception/Party

8:15 PM

State Theatre
2h

Funny Story

Michael Gallagher1h 27mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
OPENING NIGHT FILM Walter is a middle-aged former TV star whose self-regard is exceeded only by his irresistible attractiveness to younger women. Kim is a sullen twentysomething and friend of Walter’s daughter Nic, who needs a ride to Nic’s retreat in Big Sur. Carpooling turns into chaos and Funny Story becomes a tragic comedy about a well-intentioned father who inadvertently wreaks havoc on the life of his estranged daughter. Scheduled to Attend: Matthew Glave (actor), Michael Gallagher (writer & director)

10:30 PM

Old City Hall
1h

Thursday Night Music - Moonbeau

In this Program
Moonbeau
1hUSAEnglish MUSIC

Sept. 28, 2018 Friday

11:00 AM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 40m

Friday Shorts Program

In this Program
Limit of Wooded Country
Greg Takoudes14mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
Gloria Talks Funny
Kendall Goldberg18mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
Gaelynn Lea - The Songs We Sing
Mark Brown11mUSAEnglish Documentary Short
VOXGIRL
David Bashford23mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
Night Call
Amanda Renee Knox18mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
I Am Life (Soy Vida)
Jose Alirio Rojas2mCosta RicaEnglish Animation Short
A Gentle Night (Xiao cheng er yue)
Yang Qiu15mChinaEnglish Narrative Short
Time Travel Dietician
Elliot Dinkerhoof5mUSAEnglish Narrative Short

1:30 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 53m

First Reformed

Paul Schrader1h 53mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

4:00 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 36m

Fiddlin'

Julie Simone1h 36mUSAEnglish Documentary Feature
For over 80 years in Galax, Virginia at the the Old Fiddler's Convention, passing on the music from one generation to the next is as important as the lively performances by fiddlers and pickers, young and old. Fiddlin' is as much a celebration of a place and its people as it is a celebration of music. Every performance and every story in this small town festival fascinates and entertains.

4:00 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 10m

Summer of '84

François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell1h 10mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
It’s the summer of 1984, and while some teenage boys are working paper routes and dreaming about the girl next door, other boys have gone missing. After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous. HHM Jury Nomination: Best Soundtrack

5:00 PM

Daytime Music Venues
30m

Catfood Sandwich

In this Program
Catfood Sandwich
30mEnglish MUSIC

6:30 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 36m

306 Hollywood

Elan Bogarin, Jonathan Bogarin1h 30mUSAEnglish Documentary Feature
When two siblings undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house, they embark on a magical-realist journey in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. Years of interviews with their grandmother and a unique “curation” of her possessions, makes 306 Hollywood the artistic and loving remembrance that you’ll wish you could take on for your loved ones.
Other Films in this Program
It's a Bird Thing
Sylvain Bonnet6mEnglish Animation Short

6:30 PM

State Theatre
1h 42m

Edie

Simon Hunter1h 42mGBEnglish Narrative Feature
A recently widowed, 83 year old British woman decides to fulfill her dream of scaling the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. With little training or proper gear, Edie heads for the Highlands and meets Jonny, who offers to serve as Edie’s guide for a price. After a rough start the two form an unlikely bond, as Jonny helps Edie prepare for her capricious quest.

6:30 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 32m

Thunder Road

Jim Cummings1h 32mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
Jim is a police officer who tries to come to grips with his mom’s death while giving a heartfelt eulogy at her funeral. It’s not pretty. Focused on trying to do what’s right and failing, his only comfort is his daughter whom he may lose in a custody battle to his ex-wife. It seems like no one is on his side and no one understands what he’s going through, not even himself.

7:00 PM

Populace Coffee
2h

Filmmaker Reception

In this Program
Filmmaker Reception
2hEnglish Reception/Party

9:00 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 40m

The Best of All Worlds (Die beste aller Welten)

Adrian Goiginger1h 40mAustriaGerman (English Subtitles)Narrative Feature
Seven-year old Adrian lives with his loving mother Helga in a world populated by a rotating cast of layabouts. Yet Helga and her friends’ never-ending party is fueled by an addiction that her young child struggles to comprehend. As they dodge confrontations with social workers and creepy dealers, it’s an open question whether Helga and Adrian can remain together or survive at all.

9:00 PM

State Theatre
1h 18m

Skippers

Aaron Wertheimer1h 10mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
A mysterious drifter fixated on stone skipping shows up in a sleepy waterfront town. Hounded by a local realtor who is convinced that such shenanigans will lower property values, the skipper soldiers on meeting a host of colorful figures: sidekicks, love interests, backgammon junkies, Irish balladeers. Wertheimer’s absurdist comedy, crowdfunded by HHM and filmed in Bay City with the support of local talent, offers a touching meditation on the competing pulls of desire and necessity in making a purposeful life.
Other Films in this Program
The Legend of Bob Leonard
Will Kenning8mEnglish Narrative Short

9:00 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 33m

Shut Up Anthony

Kyle Eaton1h 33mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
Anthony’s awkwardness is the kind that results in him saying odd things at inappropriate times, which ultimately has consequences. In the wake of personal and professional failure, Anthony retreats to a vacation home where he encounters a friend from his past who may just be avoiding his own issues. Current frustrations claw at old tensions forcing the two men to deal with each other and themselves.

9:30 PM

The Warehouse
3h

Friday Night Music

In this Program
Emily Blue
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC
Mover Shaker
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC
Oxymorrons
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC
Anna Burch
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC

Sept. 29, 2018 Saturday

9:00 AM

State Theatre
1h 45m

HHM Film Slam Short Film Competition

1h 45m
At this FREE event, all Film Slam competition short films entries will be premiered at Bay City's beautiful State Theatre, with awards and producer review following the screenings. The winning short will be viewed at the Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival's Saturday Michigan Shorts program at 11 am.

11:00 AM

State Theatre
1h 30m

Michigan Matinee Saturday Shorts

In this Program
Refill
Carese Bartlett11mEnglish Narrative Short
The Big Five Dive
Elizabeth Kaiser22mEnglish Documentary Short
Secret
Shana Gagnon15mEnglish Narrative Short
Detroit Diamond
Hamoody Jaafar23mEnglish Narrative Short
Pretorius
Bret Miller7mEnglish Narrative Short
Dead Tooth
Laena Bradley13mEnglish Narrative Short
HHM Film Slam Judges Choice
7mEnglish Narrative Short

11:00 AM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 27m

Tribal Justice

Anne A Makepeace1h 27mUSAEnglish Documentary Feature
Two strong Native American women, both chief judges in their tribe's courts, strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders, modeling restorative justice in action.

1:30 PM

State Theatre
1h 26m

More Art Upstairs

Jody Hassett Sanchez1h 17mUSAEnglish Documentary Feature
Set against the backdrop of the Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize, this film is a relaxed and immersive look at an event that consumes the city for three weeks. The film follows artists, judges, the public, and organizers as they keep tabs on what’s trending. Prize winners are ultimately decided by the public and professionals with tension between both prizes. The film leaves you with the question “what makes good art” and who gets to decide?”
Other Films in this Program
PIX
Sophie Linnenbaum9mEnglish Narrative Short

1:30 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 38m

Saturday Shorts Program

In this Program
Distress
Lane Lyle18mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
GODDAMMIT
Ryan Moser8mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
Meryem
Reber Dosky17mSyriaEnglish Documentary Short
House Rules
Sean Robinson12mUSAEnglish Narrative Short
Nightshade
Shady El-Hamus14mNetherlandsEnglish Narrative Short
Teenage Threesome
Arkadij Khaet4mGermanyGerman Narrative Short
Botanica
Noël Loozen13mNetherlandsEnglish Narrative Short
Hair Wolf
Mariama Diallo12mUSAEnglish Narrative Short

2:00 PM

Daytime Music Venues
30m

Chameleon Treat

In this Program
Chameleon Treat
30mMUSIC

3:30 PM

Daytime Music Venues
30m

Sarah Schingeck

In this Program
Sarah Schingeck
30mMUSIC

4:00 PM

State Theatre
1h 23m

Hunting Lands

Zack Wilcox1h 23mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
Frank Olsen, a veteran turned recluse, witnesses the aftermath of a heinous crime on the normally tranquil, but desolate, wintery lands where he hunts and fends for himself. Instinctively, Frank collects the tarp-wrapped victim and quietly investigates and tracks the would-be killer circumventing the untrustworthy local police. Shot completely in Northern Michigan, Hunting Lands has a quiet intensity that makes this a must-see homegrown thriller.

4:00 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 35m

Industrial Accident - The Story of Waxtrax! Records

Julia Nash1h 35mUSAEnglish Documentary Feature
The story of Waxtrax! Records, the famed record store turned recording label who launched industrial music icons Ministry, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, and many more. Join Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher on a trip through the '80s underground as their revolutionary Chicago record store transforms into the pioneering label. A rise and fall story with lasting influences on the music landscape.

5:00 PM

Daytime Music Venues
30m

ROVR

In this Program
ROVR
30mMUSIC

5:30 PM

Studio 23 - The Arts Center
2h

None

In this Program
Festival Happy Hour
2hReception/Party
HHM Crowdfunding Rally
30mReception/Party

6:30 PM

State Theatre
1h 47m

A Moment In The Reeds

Mikko Makela1h 47mFinlandEnglish, Finnish Narrative Feature
On holiday from university, Leevi returns to his family’s summer cottage in Finland to help his estranged and bitter father with renovations. When the father is called back to the city for business, Leevi is left alone with Tareq, a Syrian refugee, hired by his father to help out. The potential for more than a romance unfolds as they share their dreams and so much more.

6:30 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 20m

The Go-Getters

Jeremy LaLonde1h 20mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
Owen is a jobless, deadbeat drunk reduced to squatting under his brother’s bar. Lacie is a homeless pill-popping hooker who’s just been fired by her pimp. When fate brings them together at their lowest, they set aside their hatred for each other to scam, steal or scrounge $98 for bus tickets to leave the city for a small town where they hope to start new, less shitty lives.

6:30 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 24m

Man In Camo

Ethan Minsker1h 24mUSAEnglish Documentary Feature
As a kid Ethan Minsker gravitated toward D.C. punk’s roughest edges and developed dangerous fascinations. He could have ended up dead or in jail like many of his friends, but instead he found Betamax home movies, zines, performance art, and writing. He eventually founded an art movement dedicated to outsiders like himself. This sort of film auto-biopic is done in Minsker’s signature style, equal parts menacing and endearing.

8:30 PM

The Warehouse
3h

Saturday Night Music

In this Program
Maps and Atlases
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC
The Curls
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC
Mobley
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC
Lung
30mUSAEnglish MUSIC

9:00 PM

State Theatre
1h 37m

The Drawer Boy

Arturo Perez Torres, Aviva Armour-Ostroff1h 37mCanadaEnglish Narrative Feature
It’s 1971 and a Toronto performance troupe ventures out to Ontario’s countryside to research a theater project. Miles, a young actor, befriends two aging farmers, a gruff workhorse named Morgan and his lifelong friend Angus, who suffers from memory loss. As Miles observes their daily rituals and learns their secret stories, he comes to suspect that Morgan is a less reliable narrator than he lets on.

9:00 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 37m

Relaxer

Joel Potrykus1h 31mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
With the impending Y2K apocalypse fast approaching, Abbie is faced with the ultimate challenge - the unbeatable level 256 on Pac-Man - and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it. A survival story set in a living room.
Other Films in this Program
We Summoned A Demon
Chris McInroy6mEnglish Narrative Short

Sept. 30, 2018 Sunday

10:30 AM

Public House
1h

Brunch Filmmaker Panel

In this Program
Brunch Filmmaker Panel
1hEnglish Workshop/Panel

12:00 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 37m

The Drawer Boy

Arturo Perez Torres, Aviva Armour-Ostroff1h 37mCanadaEnglish Narrative Feature
It’s 1971 and a Toronto performance troupe ventures out to Ontario’s countryside to research a theater project. Miles, a young actor, befriends two aging farmers, a gruff workhorse named Morgan and his lifelong friend Angus, who suffers from memory loss. As Miles observes their daily rituals and learns their secret stories, he comes to suspect that Morgan is a less reliable narrator than he lets on.

12:00 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 20m

The Go-Getters

Jeremy LaLonde1h 20mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
Owen is a jobless, deadbeat drunk reduced to squatting under his brother’s bar. Lacie is a homeless pill-popping hooker who’s just been fired by her pimp. When fate brings them together at their lowest, they set aside their hatred for each other to scam, steal or scrounge $98 for bus tickets to leave the city for a small town where they hope to start new, less shitty lives.

2:30 PM

State Theatre
1h 26m

Michigan Matinee Sunday Shorts

In this Program
Kathmandude
Jacob Kirby11mEnglish Narrative Short
North Branch
Nick Nummerdor, Andrew J. Morgan19mEnglish Documentary Short
Goner
Nick Stumphauzer9mEnglish Narrative Short
Year Zero
David Siev15mEnglish Narrative Short
Smoke Break
Dave Fairman8mEnglish Narrative Short
Hill Climb
Nick Nummerdor, Andrew J. Morgan11mEnglish Documentary Short
Patiently Faithful
Vikas Patel17mEnglish Narrative Short
Roadmap
Heather Irvine9mEnglish Narrative Short

2:30 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 32m

Thunder Road

Jim Cummings1h 32mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
Jim is a police officer who tries to come to grips with his mom’s death while giving a heartfelt eulogy at her funeral. It’s not pretty. Focused on trying to do what’s right and failing, his only comfort is his daughter whom he may lose in a custody battle to his ex-wife. It seems like no one is on his side and no one understands what he’s going through, not even himself.

2:30 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 42m

Edie

Simon Hunter1h 42mGBEnglish Narrative Feature
A recently widowed, 83 year old British woman decides to fulfill her dream of scaling the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland. With little training or proper gear, Edie heads for the Highlands and meets Jonny, who offers to serve as Edie’s guide for a price. After a rough start the two form an unlikely bond, as Jonny helps Edie prepare for her capricious quest.

5:00 PM

Delta College Planetarium
1h 18m

Skippers

Aaron Wertheimer1h 10mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
A mysterious drifter fixated on stone skipping shows up in a sleepy waterfront town. Hounded by a local realtor who is convinced that such shenanigans will lower property values, the skipper soldiers on meeting a host of colorful figures: sidekicks, love interests, backgammon junkies, Irish balladeers. Wertheimer’s absurdist comedy, crowdfunded by HHM and filmed in Bay City with the support of local talent, offers a touching meditation on the competing pulls of desire and necessity in making a purposeful life.
Other Films in this Program
The Legend of Bob Leonard
Will Kenning8mEnglish Narrative Short

5:00 PM

B.C. Historical Museum
1h 40m

The Best of All Worlds (Die beste aller Welten)

Adrian Goiginger1h 40mAustriaGerman (English Subtitles)Narrative Feature
Seven-year old Adrian lives with his loving mother Helga in a world populated by a rotating cast of layabouts. Yet Helga and her friends’ never-ending party is fueled by an addiction that her young child struggles to comprehend. As they dodge confrontations with social workers and creepy dealers, it’s an open question whether Helga and Adrian can remain together or survive at all.

5:00 PM

State Theatre
1h 40m

Sunday Shorts Program

In this Program
"THE TALK" TRUE STORIES ABOUT THE BIRDS & THE BEES
Alain Delannoy9mCanadaEnglish Documentary Short
The Contract
Pablo Gómez Castro17mEnglish & Spanish Narrative Short
A Picture of Other People
Jason Fitzgerald10mAustraliaEnglish Narrative Short
Mother Mother
16mEnglish Narrative Short
Aplomb
David Thibaut9mGermanyEnglish Narrative Short
Interference
Robin Rose Singer, Ruya Koman15mEnglish Narrative Short
Creature from the Lake
Renata Antunez, Alexis Bédué, Léa Bresciani, Amandine Canville, Maria Castro Rodriguez, Logan Cluber, Nicolas Grangeaud, Capucine Rahmoun-Swierczynski, Victor Rouxel, Orianne Siccardi, Mallaury Simoes5mFranceEnglish Animation Short
Love & Spirit
Helen Crosse10mGBEnglish Narrative Short
Hey Katie This is Josh
Avi Kaye & Jay Lee9mEnglish Narrative Short

7:30 PM

State Theatre
1h 37m

Hearts Beat Loud

Brett Haley1h 37mUSAEnglish Narrative Feature
CLOSING NIGHT FILM Widower and aging Brooklyn hipster, Frank, starts a band with his teenage daughter Sam just before she leaves home to attend college in California. When a song of theirs finds some success online, it complicates Frank's attempts to let go of his dreams of stardom and allow his daughter to find her own path in life.