Calling all movie lovers across the greater Lansing area! Mark your calendars because the East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) is coming to a theater near you starting Thursday, Oct. 30. With around 4,000 attendees every year, the ELFF features everything from short films, documentaries, feature films and student films from the Lake Michigan region and across the world. Founder and Director, Susan Woods said, “People can experience the art of cinema that you usually can’t get at mainstream theaters. You can also meet the directors who made these independent films.” Woods has always had a passion for cinema and previously worked as a coordinator for the San Francisco International Film Festival. In 1997, Woods was motivated to start a film festival in the Lansing area. Little did she know that the City of East Lansing was also in the process of compiling a committee to start a local film fest. The two collaborated together and after a sizeable grant from the City of East Lansing, the ELFF began. “From the films that I have researched and scouted at other film festivals, and after reviewing submissions, we are going to have an exciting array of films,” said Woods of the 2104 event. This year’s film festival, which is open to all ages, will run from Thursday, Oct. 30 until Thursday, Nov. 6. Films will be shown at both Studio C! in Okemos and Wells Hall on MSU’s campus. The cost will range from $5 to $10 depending on the location and time that each film will show. Volunteer opportunities include everything from promotions, ticket collection, set up and take down and box office and merchandise sales. As an appreciation for their time and effort, volunteers also receive a free showing of one of the films. If you can’t make it to the film festival, no need to worry! The organization also sponsors an Indie series at Studio C! from September to April. ELFF also partners with other nonprofit organizations to sponsor events, which bring awareness to issues through film. They have partnered with organizations such as the Michigan Women’s Historical Center, MSU Physics Department and the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. Woods said, “The ELFF is a unique and one-time event, even though we do show most of the films twice, people should really make an effort to come out and see these great films that they would never have the opportunity to see otherwise.” For more information on the East Lansing Film Festival and series and to volunteer visit, www.ELFF.com.
A senior at Michigan State University pursuing a career in communications and public relations, Danielle enjoys cooking, traveling and all Middle Eastern food.