VTFF2019 Schedule

Posted by Vidlings & Tapeheads on Saturday, March 2, 2019


JUNE 28TH & 29TH (VIP & Filmmaker events on the 30TH)
Ant Hall & Ghost Light | 2320 Caniff Avenue, Hamtramck, MI 48212
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VTFF2019 Kickoff / OLD TIMEY DOUBLE FEATURE • Doors 6:00PM

VTFF2019 Opening Night Double Feature

Metropolis with Live Original Score composed and performed by David DiDonato (136 minutes, 1927) Special Selection 7:00PM

Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city master, and Maria, a saintly figure to the workers, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes in their city and bring the workers together with Joh Fredersen, the city master. The film’s message is encompassed in the final inter-title: “The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart.”
Directed by Fritz Lang

Meat Wrapped in Dough (2:00) Special Selection
Everyone’s favorite food group! A light-hearted homage to delicious meat wrapped in tasty dough.
Directed by Tracy Park (website)

Lake Michigan Monster (79 minutes, 2018) Special Selection | Michigan Premiere 9:30PM

An eccentric ship captain and a crew of specialists plot revenge against the most mysterious creature of the deep — the Lake Michigan Monster.
Directed by Ryland Brickson Cole Tews (facebook), Produced by Mike Cheslik (website)


Good Morning Festival—with FREE DONUTS & BAGELS!! • Doors 11:30AM

Made in Michigan Program • 12:30PM

Made in Michigan 2019
88 mins, followed by Q&A

Fuck You, Steve (08:38) Filmmaker in Attendance
Gail and her gang of friends (aka The Slasher Sisters) seek revenge on the boy who broke her little heart.
Directed by Nicholas Hartman, @chapel0fghouls

Astro Zombies (10:00) Filmmaker in Attendance
Two struggling filmmakers steal a song from their favorite punk band to use in their debut feature “Astro Zombies.” Things go beautifully awry.
Directed by Jake O’Brien (website)

Blood on the Lens (16:00) Michigan Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
Gloria wants to make the greatest horror movie ever made. Even if it kills her…
Directed by Nic White (website), @CinemaSlice

Circle & Sun (01:04) Michigan Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
Single glowing shape drops, duplicates, and disappears on a loop. Inspired by cell reproduction and destruction.
Directed by Giuliana Cascardo (website)

Good Grief (11:33) Filmmaker in Attendance
A brokenhearted man goes through the 5 stages of grief in one whirlwind night after breaking up with his girlfriend…with the help of an unexpected “friend.”
Directed by Toni Cunningham (website)

Motorcoach (07:01)
Twins compete for dominance but reunite for a pilgrimage to their family bus for a truce.
Directed by Jake Weber, Heather Irvine (website), @wsfpofficial

“Dirty Dog” (16:42) Michigan Premiere
A man uses Motown era song references to tell the story of how he meets and romances a girl during a dance.
Directed by Darius Gardner, @_bydarius

The Rougaroux (2:10) Filmmaker in Attendance
Take a midnight drive down a haunted highway to discover a southern werewolf: a rougaroux. Weaving Detroit, New Orleans, and dreamscape imagery, The Rougaroux constructs a fantastically twisted world where reality is in flux and fused with southern myth.
Directed by Ana Vincent (website)

Eugene (14:04) Michigan Premiere | Filmmakers in Attendance
A man searches for connection and acceptance on the streets and trails of a cold town. It’s going much better for his dog.
Directed by Alan LaFave, Don Hessell (website)

LIVE DJ SET by T Lou Ease 2:30PM

Curator of sounds to bring out joyful movement and if you listen closely some blips to make you smile or think deep, T Lou Ease is a local musician, artist, and member of the Seraphine Collective with a love for Indie Dance and Nu Disco. Come start off the music portion of this event with a little afternoon dance delight featuring an ode to avant-garde movie soundtracks.

Documentary Program • 3:00PM

Documentary 2019
80 mins, followed by Q&A

Gloria’s Call (16:46)
From the cafés of Paris to the mountaintops of Samiland, a scholar’s life is forever changed through her friendships with the women artists of Surrealism.
Directed by Cheri Gaulke (website), (facebook)

Neither Here Nor There (06:14) Michigan Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
A documentary discussing gender identity that tackles the question “how do you know if you’re a boy or a girl?”
Directed by Jude Kawwa, Produced by Xixi Zhu (website), @nthnt_doc

Tightly Wound (10:11) Michigan Premiere
A woman recounts her experience living with chronic pelvic pain – how health professionals have failed her, men have rejected her, and shame, anger, and hatred have plagued her body.
Directed by Shelby Hadden (website)

Into My Life (15:11) Michigan Premiere
Growing up in the largest affordable housing cooperative in Brooklyn, Cassandra’s world was artfully framed by her mother’s Super-8 camera. Today, still living in the same place, Cassandra examines and edits these remarkable films, gaining insight into the challenges her mother faced as a creative black woman and the importance of her vision.
Directed by Sarah Keeling, Grace Remington, Ivana Hucikova (website), @intomylifemovie, @cassbromfield, @grace.clicquot, @huncutikova, @s_keeling, @uniondocs

Betty Feeds The Animals (09:00) Michigan Premiere
Betty loves animals, she loves them so much that everyday she puts 30 bowls of food outside of her house to feed them. She feeds skunks, raccoons, cats, foxes and the occasional possum. This is her story.
Directed by James P. Gannon (website), @jpgannon

YURT (11:35) Michigan Premiere
While waiting for winter, the family is provisioned for the great Siberian cold that is coming.
Directed by Iván Perinango (website), @tristonete

LARP: A Love Story (10:30) Michigan Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
An epically romantic and tragic courtship between two characters in a Live Action Role Play and its impact on their creators, in real life.
Directed by Summre Garber (facebook)

LIVE MUSIC by Shè4:40 PM

Detroit Local Emerging Artist.

LIVE MUSIC by Viva Stono 5:00 PM

Viva Stono is a beat maker & sample sequencer currently living in Detroit.

Animation Program • 5:15PM

VTFF2019 Animation Program
94 mins

Circuit (08:41)
On a small planet, caught up in their own little private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop.
Directed by Delia Hess (website)

Closed Circuit (05:58) Michigan Premiere
A robot cares for a ship full of sleeping passengers on an interstellar voyage, and one day she discovers she is not alone.
Directed by Lauren Morrison (website), @lauren3dart

SELFIES (3:40)
SELFIES is a fireworks display of grinning people who lose themselves in the abysses of human existence. A selfie race around the world. A view on people’s every-day obsession with portraying themselves.
Directed by Claudius Gentinetta (website)

#BeautySickness (06:00) Michigan Premiere
When Allison, a lecturer on beauty sickness discovers that she suffers from what she believes in, she faces an identity crisis that leads to unexpected revelations.
Directed by Jung-Ah Kim (facebook)

SDtoHDuprezMaxV2_009.mp4 (04:10)
Booted from the limelight, Max Headroom roves the analog tv signal on a search for meaning.
Directed by Anna Spence (website), @terminus.dmg

Hunting Trophy (03:25) Michigan Premiere
When the hunting season is open, the strongest one wins.
Directed by Murat Onder, @muratodr

Get Up, Pierrot (06:51) Michigan Premiere
Pierrot is an existential pastry made by folding layers of identity upon itself with equal parts tears and smiles.
Directed by Gurleen Rai, F. Anthony Shepherd (website), @getuppierrot @zimteemo @f.anthony_shepherd

Pete the Peacock (02:52)
Pete is a party loving peacock who parties hard as a way of escaping deep feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. The film follows Pete as he learns a lesson about self-respect, and how to love himself.
Directed by Amanda Low (website)

It’s wet ! (07:18) Michigan Premiere
A young woman enjoys, in ignorance of the world around her, until she reaches the limit of her own self-esteem.
Directed by Alexis Godard, Nan Huang (website)

Las del diente (05:28)
Three women discuss the social pressure of having kids while celebrating the uniqueness of their bodies.
Directed by Ana Perez Lopez (website), @_theapl

Quantum (06:04) Michigan Premiere
The digital realm promises an ephemeral permanence; Ayleth finds herself in a state of limbo.
Directed by Hannah S. Kim (vimeo)

Reneepoptosis (09:55) Michigan Premiere
Three Renees go on a quest to find God, who is also Renee. As they traverse the mountains and valleys of Renee, they discover all the great joys, sadnesses, and mysteries of being Renee.
Directed by Renee Zhan (website), @ummmrenee

Egg (12:07)
A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger. Egg is a poetic short film based on a small yet significant moment of director’s own life. It portraits a moment of shame, defeat and yet of victory.
Directed by Martina Scarpelli

Untravel (09:25) Michigan Premiere
Local patriotism, tourism, emigration.
Directed by Ana Nedeljkovic (website)

Mixtape Listening & Pizza Party 7:10PM

Vidlings & Tapeheads Film Festival is partnering with the Seraphine Collective to bring musicians/music creators together with filmmakers through a digital mixtape featuring local and regional songs.

Pizza provided by Amicci’s Pizza!!

Fiction Program • 8:00PM

VTFF2019 Fiction Program
103 mins, followed by Q&A

A Dog’s Story (07:35) Michigan Premiere
An old dog contemplates his bleak future after being laid off from his security job.
Directed by Jill D’Agnenica (website), @jillydag

In Full Bloom (10:40) Michigan Premiere
In Full Bloom tells the story of Cecile, an older Vietnamese hoarder, whose life is upended when worms open a black hole in her house and threaten to take all her stuff.
Directed by Maegan Houang (website), @houangm

Cult Film (13:35) Michigan Premiere
A lonely bachelor finds solace in an extra-terrestrial cult.
Directed by Alastair Cummings (website), @bigriverfilms

Red Light Green Light (07:26) Michigan Premiere
Two young women are sequestered in an underground bunker, waiting for a window of release. Maggie is desperate to connect to the outside world, whereas Dawn has settled into a grim domesticity. When opportunity for escape presents itself, conflict ensues and their partnership is tested.
Directed by Maegan Houang (website) & Grace Kredell (website), @houangm @athenapronoia

Long Lonely Nights (10:47) Michigan Premiere
To enable a better life for herself and her family, a young Russian woman disappears into one of Germany’s biggest red-light districts.
Directed by Clara Jäschke

Blue (14:20) Michigan Premiere
A nameless girl spends her nights talking to strangers on her webcam.
Directed by Samantha Severin (website), @sssaaaaammm

Rude Boys (09:08) Michigan Premiere
Adam is a total slacker but for some reason he wants to take part in a triathlon. Murat is supposed to give him a ride but then the day does not exactly go as planned.. A short live action comedy with animated scenes.
Directed by Ken Hagen-Takenaka (website)

SCOOT (01:04) Michigan Premiere | Filmmaker in Attendance
A woman has 5 minutes before something terrible happens, but how will she get there in time to stop it?
Directed by Elaine Strutz, Tim Young (website)

Pozole (10:06) Michigan Premiere
The Gringa killed Nana.
Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros (website)

Sports Day (10:54) Michigan Premiere
A teenage girl is confronted with her inner demon when forced to lose her virginity on school’s sports day.
Directed by Lin Tu

Lexical Gap (08:10) Michigan Premiere
Lexical Gap is a wild lady punk musical about redefining virginity. Purity is a myth!
Directed by Yoko Okumura (website), @suzuprod @fouryoko @noxonator

Closing Night Party • LIVE MUSIC • 10:00PM

Francis LaChè 10:00PM @francislache, Booking/Contact: francislache12@gmail.com

Francis LaChè (LaShay) A Creative from Detroit. Singer songwriter, rapper, and all around artist. You can’t fit me into a box or particular genre I’m just me.

Summer Like The Season 10:15PM (website)

Summer Like The Season is an indie/art rock project based out of Detroit, MI. Inspired by artists like tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, and Animal Collective, Summer’s sound is characterized by poppy vocals mingling with weird harmonies, breakbeats, and ethereal soundscapes. The tunes explore the hazy line where live instrumentation and modern electronics meld into one fluid sonic playground. Her environment breeds samples, like a moaning bass line extracted from the fog horns of a boat traveling down the Detroit river. For the live show meticulous songwriting collides with wacky noise. Summer Like The Season has played on bills with Soccer Mommy, Dan Deacon, Speedy Ortiz and Bent Knee. Summer Krinsky plays drum kit and sings alongside electronics/synth musician Scott Murphy, and guitarist Tasha Peace.

Songs From The Moon 11:00PM (bandcamp)

Heavy atmospheric indie post-rock with shades of psychedelia.

Frankie P. 11:50PM (soundcloud)

Frankie P is a MC and producer who has achieved traction and local success over the last few years, a result of the long hours she’s spent grinding hard on the local scene and sharing songs on her SoundCloud page. With a passion for lyricism and production, Frankie’s fervent wordplay and eclectic sound expose a truly intelligent artist whose crisp delivery has the power to provoke an extensive response from listeners. Her sound is heavily influenced by jazz, with abstract instrumentation, substantial emphasis on lyricism, and funk/neo-soul undertones.


Filmmakers & VIPs only | Award Ceremony Brunch & Excursion


VTFF2019 Artists

Sean Parker

Sean Parker is a 26 year old illustrator from Westland, MI. He specializes in character design, though his illustrations range from sleek portraiture to macabre, surrealistic scenes. His influences include Tim Burton, Dr. Suess, and Guillermo del Toro.

Alice Schneider

Alice Victoria Schneider is a Detroit-based visual artist whose work is a combination of sculpture, painting, printmaking and filmmaking. She focuses on movement as a theme, highlighting motion, form, and speed with effects of still-life painting in mind. Schneider is intrigued by the concept of “film as painting”. When making her filmed paintings, she set the stage with artworks that she has created, allowing the more traditional art seeker to have something tangible. For “Vidlings & Tapeheads art show” I have prepared two figure studies, one in charcoal and one in ink.
Tumblr, DetroitPetPortraits, Vimeo, Twitter, @MoraBid, @DetroitPetPortraits

Soren Soto

Soren Soto is a fine artist and musician whose work has been exhibited and sold in numerous shows around Detroit over the past six years. His artwork often depicts distorted figures in enigmatic emotional states. In 2018 he held his first solo exhibition “Distortions” which focused on anxiety and its ability to manipulate our perceptions. He is currently working on his first music album and a new series of paintings.
Sorensoto.com, @Sorensoto

Julia Stephenson VTFF2019 Key Artist

Julia Stephenson is a fine artist who has a penchant for sign-making, and delights in designing words alongside evocative illustrations. She is from the Detroit area, but now lives in Los Angeles with her cat, Lisa Left Eye Lopaws, surrounded by friends and paint. She loves burritos, songwriting, sunshine, and learning.
julialetters.com, @julialettersthings

Emily Vastbinder

Emily G. Vastbinder is primarily a painter but often explores other media. She received her BFA from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. She had solo shows in 2011 & 2019 and has also participated in a number of group shows. She currently lives and works in Metro Detroit.
emilyvastbinder.com, @emilyvastbinder, @e.g.vastbinder, Etsy

Ana Vincent

Ana is a local animator and illustrator whose work aims to explore expectations of sensuality when crafted as both dangerous and strange. Her oddities pose questions about creator significance in relation to consuming the female image and ideas surrounding the (queer) gaze.
anavincent.work, @artbeeanavee

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