5 films in this block • 72 minutes

The Films

A Concerto is a Conversation

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 13 min
  • Director Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot

A virtuoso jazz pianist and film composer tracks his family’s lineage through his 91-year-old grandfather from Jim Crow Florida to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Arrow 1

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 9 min
  • Director Jorden Susewitz

Filmmaker in Attendance

Arrow 1 is his best arrow, the first one he will shoot in the fall, but this hunt started 13 years ago.

Irakli's Lantern

  • Year 2020
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Runtime 16 min
  • Director Ben Page

Staff Pick, Michigan Premiere

In the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, 78-year-old Irakli Khvedaguridze has spent the past 25 winters living alone as the last inhabitant of Europe’s highest village.

The Lifer

  • Year 2020
  • Runtime 16 min
  • Director Mike Call

Subject in Attendance

Russ Clune is an integral part of climbing’s humble beginnings in America. Recently Black Diamond Athlete Sam Elias paid Clune a visit at his home in upstate New York, where he sampled the historic routes of the past, and attempted a rare ascent of the new-school trad testpiece: Brozone (5.14b). But perhaps the most important thing Sam walked away with, amid all the climbing history lessons, and constant, often hilarious, Clune cliff-banter, was an intimate view into the soul of a man who has dedicated his entire life to climbing.

Native and American

  • Year 2019
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 16 min
  • Director Brit and Taylor Hensel

Native and American follows Holly Spaude as she navigates her tribe’s blood quantum standard. Through working to help preserve the endangered Potawatomi language, Holly has come to know her purpose.