VTFF2022 Schedule

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AUGUST 19 & 20, 2022 (with VIP Filmmaker events on 8/21)
Ant Hall & Ghost Light, 2320 Caniff Avenue, Hamtramck, MI


7:00PM Doors • VTFF2022 Kickoff


Celebrate the 30 YEAR Anniversary of the Metro Detroit Public Access Cult TV Show 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS and the 10 YEAR Anniversary of the feature documentary about the show and its cast, 20 YEARS OF MADNESS—SO MANY NUMBERS!!

Approx. 120 mins

What Is 30 MINUTES OF MADNESS? (02:59)
A primer—your burning questions answered.

20 YEARS OF MADNESS (90:00) Filmmakers in Attendance

Generation X is forced to reconcile its teenage dreams with the realities of adulthood in this poignant and playful documentary. When the founder of a bizarre mid-90s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunites the cast after 20 years to make a new episode, he discovers that most of his childhood friends are struggling with issues ranging from mental illness and drug addiction to the mundane pressures of the daily grind. The group is forced to take a hard look at their relationships and decide whether the magic of their show was a fleeting youthful experiment or a creative community they will share for the rest of their lives. Reminding us that it’s never too late to chase your dreams, 20 Years of Madness is brimming with stunning cinematography, eccentric characters, and a heartfelt story about the desire to do something great while confronting the reality of failure.
Directed by Jeremy Royce20YOM

30 MINUTES OF MADNESS 15 (31:12) Filmmakers in Attendance

The epic fifteenth episode of 30MOM, shot on VHS in Michigan in 2012 & 2013. “Intentionally offensive primitive…so bad that it’s so good again…a surplus of humor. Dark punk, it shits on everything! DIY forever!” —Lin Lin May
Directed by Jerry White Jr.30MOM.COM


11:30AM Doors • VTFF2022 Coffee + Tea + Donuts


Approx. 67 mins, followed by Q&A

Elevator Alone (03:38)
Michigan Premiere
Four people and the time they spend in an elevator.
Directed by Anastasia Papadopoulou

Uncle Dave (01:35)
Filmmaker in Attendance
Uncle Dave drops by for an unexpected visit. From 30 Minutes Of Madness Episode 4, originally aired in 1992 on Oakland County Public Access Television.
Directed by Jerry White Jr.

Pimento! (05:50)
Filmmaker in Attendance
Pimento! Follows a tiny goblin’s misadventures as she’s sent out on a special errand: stealing from the sprawling human-populated metropolis Ballyhoo! Only time will tell if she’s enough of a monster to commit heinous crimes—or if her moral compass will stand in her way!
Directed by Caleb Carl Nelson

Monster In A Box (09:16)
Michigan Premiere
He did it for the role.
Directed by Noah Weisel

Sleeping Bear (06:29)
Filmmaker in Attendance
A mother bear and her two cubs escape one threat, only to be thrown into another. This retelling of an Odawa legend shows the love a mother has for her babies, at any cost.
Directed by Johanna Oswald

Say Again? (04:51)
Michigan Premiere
A micro short comedy where gestures during a COVID-19 masked conversation get a bit out of hand.
Directed by Kelley Bell

Vodník Many Years After the Rainstorm (05:58)
Michigan Premiere
In San Francisco, many years after his hideous crimes, the fiendish water creature Vodník emerges from Czech folklore to recount his beguiling tale.
Directed by Emma Penaz Eisner
Film Freeway

Creatures in My House (09:59)
Michigan Premiere
This quirky and tactile household is full of frenetic energy set off by the morning alarm. We discover what the ruckus brewing in the kitchen is really about.
Directed by Ilena Finocchi

Waiting for Spring (9:59)
A woman wakes up in a colorful world full of nature. Is it as perfect as it appears to be?
Directed by Georgie Gentile

PCP Robot (08:38)
Filmmaker in Attendance
PCP ROBOT function axBø/feeda9dn#@%. From 30 Minutes Of Madness Episode 12, originally aired in 1996 on Oakland County Public Access Television.
Directed by Joe Hornacek

4:30PM Russell Woods | @russellwoodstechnologies

Russell Woods is a musician and artist from Detroit, currently residing in the Flint area. His artistic style is characterized by use of heavy lines, pointillism, and landscapes. Russell’s primary formats are postal stickers and small canvases. His scenes are based on memories of where he’s lived: Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and the Shennandoah Valley.


Approx. 70 mins, followed by Q&A

The Wind That Held Us Here (06:25)
Filmmaker in Attendance
The Wind That Held Us Here uses images and sound captured at Point Pelee National Park, as well as poetic text, to explore the concept of transmigration.
Directed by Jack Cronin

Recording for Dodie (09:16)
A Filipino-American daughter digitally records and visually captures the experience of being physically distanced from her sick father, who has been isolated in his nursing facility during the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Directed by Frances Rubio

Blink in the Desert (10:34)
Michigan Premiere
Malice comes up abruptly. As if it is blinking. Capricious like a flapping insect. One day a young hermit finds a winged insect and crushes it out of disgust. Meanwhile, the elephant sees the whole situation but says nothing. From that day on, the boy is chased by shadows of the winged insects.
Directed by Shinobu Soejima

Window 13 (04:31)
Filmmaker in Attendance
A chicago street performer pays a visit to the Detroit suburbs. He encounters two teenage girls and has an Icarus experience. From 30 Minutes Of Madness Episode 12, originally aired in 1996 on Oakland County Public Access Television.
Directed by Jerry White Jr.

My Grandmother Is an Egg (08:07)
Michigan Premiere
The fragility and resilience of the director’s grandmother who faced oppression from unjust Confucian traditions in Asia. The film reflects upon women’s oppression and struggle for freedom.
Directed by Wu-Ching Chang

Ogygia (11:21)
Michigan Premiere
It is not a story about the sea, it is a way to “feel” the sea.
Directed by Dimitris Giouzepas

Where the Winds Die (12:54)
Michigan Premiere
A doc-ani about Sardasht, a Kurdish city in West of Iran. Sardasht is the first city in the world to be victim of chemical weapons with mustered gas bombs.
Directed by Pejman Alipour

Megalomania (06:30)
Won-ju attempted an extreme choice and was hospitalized. She reads her childhood diary in the hospital room and is drawn into the world of delusion. She encounters a rusty and hardened sadness there.
Directed by Eunseo Kim

4:30PM Cameron Harris

I rap about the world I live in and I use my lyricism to introduce you to it.


Approx. 66 mins, followed by Q&A

Andy Menko Lip-syncs the Greatest Hits of Billy Ocean (02:34)
Filmmaker in Attendance
Andy Menko expresses himself. From 30 Minutes Of Madness Episode 14, originally aired in 2008 on Public Access Television.
Directed by Jerry White Jr.

Phone Gal (03:17)
Filmmaker in Attendance | Michigan Premiere
This modern retelling of “The Little Match Girl” is a cautionary tale about addiction and losing oneself.
Directed by Laura Lewis-Barr

Tickets Please (04:41)
Filmmaker in Attendance
An unemployed carny visits the ruins of the carnival where he used to work and muses over a bygone era.
Directed by Jerry White Jr.

Reduction (11:00)
Michigan Premiere
Two girls live together along the post-apocalyptic coast, both sharing the same goal of reaching the other side in hopes of a better life. However, when a mysterious character enters the life of one, a chain of irreversible events begins. Relationships fall apart along with the very world around them.
Directed by Réka Anna Szakály

Second Gen (07:00)
Filmmaker in Attendance | Michigan Premiere
The end is actually her new virtual beginning.
Directed by Mike Madigan

The Body is a House of Familiar Rooms (10:00)
Michigan Premiere
An intimate magical-realist documentary combining paintings with live action footage to show a man’s experience living with a painful chronic illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Directed by Eloise Sherrid, Lauryn Welch

If These Walls Could Walk (10:45)
Filmmaker in Attendance
A man finds himself in an inescapable room where an animalistic wall closes in on him.
Directed by Shane R. Hillier
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Kin (16:47)
Michigan Premiere
Three disaffected youths lead aimless lives in rural Oregon, culminating in a desperate act of violence.
Directed by Mila Zuo

7:30PM Mixtape Mixer & Pizza Party

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 Pizzzzzzaaaaa!!


Approx. 72 mins, followed by Q&A

Bistro Girls (04:40)
Michigan Premiere
In a potpourri of sparkles, musical numbers and documentary interview, Bistro Girls uses animation to explore the inescapable passion that drives artists, no matter their walk of life.
Directed by Jenna Marks

Poise (07:20)
Michigan Premiere
Lying on the bed of a small room, a man is in a stalemate, unable to decide. Time is suspended. Between cycles of analysis and broken sequences, the possibility of mistake.
Directed by Luís Soares

A Guitar in the Bucket (14:51)
Michigan Premiere
A story of a world where you can rent everything from huge vending machines.
Directed by Boyoung Kim
Film Freeway

Don’t Smoke Pot (01:33)
Filmmaker in Attendance
Loner Bobby gets picked on by the cool kids and they tempt him to smoke pot. Will Bobby’s little secret help him resist?
Directed by Jerry White Jr.

The Fourth Wall (09:50)
Home and family, relationships, desires, wishes and everything are summarized in a kitchen. The stuttering boy is alone there, playing with his imagination.
Directed by Mahboobeh Kalaee

Seeds (12:00)
Michigan Premiere
Without parents to guide them, Loretta and Raven reflect on the love their parents modeled and the grief of their loss. While one finds catharsis in their mother’s old VHS camera the other struggles with a potential pregnancy.
Directed by Morningstar Angeline, Ajuawak Kapashesit

30MOM Goes to Wayne’s World (03:03)
Filmmakers in Attendance
Jerry & Joe check out a fictional public access TV show movie for their actual factual public access TV show.
Directed by Jerry White Jr. & Joe Hornacek

I Will Always Love You (03:27)
Michigan Premiere
The artist tells the story of how love changes for worse or for better using sculptures made from scrap materials collected for over 25 years.
Directed by Lydia Ricci

Hubbards (04:48)
An intense dive into the world of one man and his quest.
Directed by Kevin Ralston

Mister Rogers the Clown (0:38)
Filmmaker in Attendance
Mister Rogers wants to show you something. From 30 Minutes Of Madness Episode 14, originally aired in 2008 on Public Access Television.
Edited by Jerry White Jr.

Before the stars were born (08:52)
Filmmaker in Attendance | Michigan Premiere
“Before the stars were born” is my life story retold through an array of personal symbols and broader cultural references that intertwine to create multiple potential narratives. Set in the awkward hinterlands between humor and hyperbole, it is an effort to capture experiences in which linear understandings of time and meaning start to crumble.
Directed by Lolo Katz Nosanchuk

10:00PM Sophiyah E. | Links

Born and raised in Detroit, MI Sophiyah Elizabeth draws inspiration from the desire to raise awareness surrounding liberation and spiritual reverence. Through community advocacy and musical production, the producer/songwriter/singer connects various mediums using frequencies of sound, visualizations and meditative practices. Sophiyah’s love affair with piano and technology intertwines story-telling and ancestral influence amongst digital and analog textures! Elements of Toni Morrison, Sade, Idris Muhammad, Erykah Badu and Yusef Dayes, to name some, have influenced this electric-soul fused vibration. Through dreamy sound scapes and an earthy warmth she conveys messages of truth, peace and empowerment she hopes will uplift others.

11:00PM Maya Mereaux | @mayamereaux

Maya Mereaux is known for her conscious free spirited lyrics. Captivating you mentally, feeding you body and mind while making it all sound so effortless and sweet. Sharing her pain, passion, and experiences she lets you know what it’s like being a free spirit in a caged world. Hoping to capture your minds and win your hearts Maya Mereaux shares her celestial sounds while spreading positive frequencies to you and yours.

VTFF2022 Artists

Russell Woods | @russellwoodstechnologies | linktree
E.G.Vastbinder | @e.g.vastbinder_art
Jennifer Maiseloff | @jenmaiseloff | jennifermaiseloff.com
Linden Godlove | @lindenartworks | lindenartworks.com
Alana Carlson | @alouysius | alanacarlsonart.com