The newest showcase of independent original cinema to surface in the Great Lakes Bay is the upcoming Things That Go Bump in the Night Film Festival, which will take place Friday & Saturday, October 25-26 at Whistling Idiots Dinner Theater, 710 Van Buren in Bay City.
According to festival organizer and filmmaker Wade Lodewyk, “This festival came about as a result of a short movie I made called Wenonah's Secret, which I was fortunate enough to have play at the State Theater. During filming I met local independent filmmakers that lamented the fact they did not have a venue to show their movies. A good friend of mine, Steve Steer, owns the Whistling Idiots Dinner Theater in Bay City; and he agreed to allow me to host the event provided I could get a movie screen.”
Lodewyk googled 'movie screen' and constructed a nice 6x10 screen for the theatre. “At that point all I needed were some movies, so I put out the word and a couple of ads on Craigslist and did not ask for a submission fee, because I know Indie film makers tend to be broke,” he smiles. “Basically I'm trying to give local movie makers a chance to show their films in a public venue. The result is nine movies I have selected to show, all in the horror/suspense genre. Five of the films were submitted by students, two from Delta, and two from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan in Detroit, plus one from the UofM. The other four were submitted by local indie filmmakers. If this works out I would like to do it again in the Spring with an 'Open Genre' theme - comedy, drama, musical shorts, or whatever.”
Each night features three blocks of movies. Doors open at 7:15 on both nights and a $6 cover charge will allow entrance to both nights of the festival. Cash bar is available, with a 20 minute intermission between each block of movies.
Here's a breakdown of the line-up:
X Block will begin at 7:45.
Hopeless - A modern look at Edgar Allan Poe's classic story, The Tell-Tale Heart. Directed by Eric Loubert. Eric is from Gladwin, MI and will graduate from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan (Detroit) in October. Movie run time, 11 minutes.
A Killer Documentary - A hired killer destroys the evidence by eating his victims. Directed by Philip Wachowiak. Phillip is from Saginaw and a sophomore at the University of Michigan. Movie time, 11minutes.
The Handbag - When a woman finds a beautiful handbag she figures it's her lucky day. She's wrong. Directed by Becky Resvez. Becky is a student at Delta College and The Handbag was a selection for the Hells Half Mile film festival in 2013. Movie run time 8 minutes.
Y Block will begin at approximately 8:35
Angel Watching Over Me - A girl mourns the passing of her Grandmother. Then, in the night, something miraculous happens. Produced by Even Keel Productions, an independent movie company in Bay City. 7 minutes.
Intent - An abusive husband discovers the gentle women his wife flees to aren't so gentle. And wield their own power. Directed by Robin Devereaux-Nelson. Robin is an accomplished author, film maker and artist. Her film company is Farm Girl Films. Movie run time 24 minutes.
Z Block will begin at approximately 9:30
Under The Bed - He hears it every night. Something is there. Best to stay under the covers and let Dad check. Produced by Even Keel Productions, an independent movie company in Bay City. Movie run time, 3 minutes.
Special Delivery - Uncle G. has an eerie girlfriend and nobody wants to deal with either of them. What's a family to do? Directed by Cody Kizis & Bob Corso. Cody and Bob are students at Delta College and Special Delivery was a selection for the Hells Half Mile film festival in 2013. Movie run time 8 minutes.
Searing Memories - Stories around the campfire become all too real for the lost stranger that stumbles into the camp site. Directed by Colton Hayward. Colton is from is from Bay County, MI and will graduate from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan (Detroit) in October. Movie run time, 16 minutes.