Fresh Coast Free!

6 films in this block • 97 minutes

Block Description

Fresh Coast Free is our opening night festival debut which is FREE to the public. A handful of food trucks will be set up to serve food starting at 5PM will our selection of films starting at 7PM. This is a family friendly evening.

New for 2021, we’ll be under the tents at Mattson Lower Harbor.

The Films


  • Year 2019
  • Country USA, China
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Shaofu Zhang

Based on the ancient Chinese creation myth, Pangu is a modern tale about parenthood and the differences between generations. Pangu creates a rigid world of angular shapes, but there’s just one problem: his son sees the world as curves.

Camera Jesus

  • Year 2019
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 2 min

Subject in Attendance

Since a family trip to the Grand Canyon as a child, Detroit photographer Joe Gall, aka Camera Jesus, has been in love with the authentic moment. From Joe’s early days photographing BMX riders and shooting concerts, to working with Tony Hawk and Karlie Kloss, his nature photography, and his professional work with adidas global, he has been able to reframe brief flashes of beauty into indelible images of grace.

Cities to Crags: Minnesota x The UP

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 6 min
  • Director Cameron Maier

Subject in Attendance

Showcasing and amplifying the climbing culture from each of these places, from the city to the crag.

Made in the Mitten

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Zeppelin Zeerip

On December 25th, 1965, amidst the blustery winds and sand dunes of Muskegon, Michigan, Sherman Poppen made history by strapping two skis together and sending his young daughter careening down his backyard hill. His invention, soon dubbed the Snurfer, laid the foundation for snowboarding as we know it.

Road To Wanderlust

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 15 min
  • Director Sam Salwei

Filmmaker in Attendance, Subject in Attendance

Meet Sam Salwei, Raquel Hernandez, and the Peace Love Car – two charmingly talented wanderers and their trusty (if quirky) steed. The Peace Love Car is one-of-a-kind. A solar panel on the roof provides power for the fridge, the seats fold down into a bed, and the oven under the hood can cook you a perfect burrito. It custom-built shocks bear 1,500lbs of adventure gear with nary a squeak (OK, not true), and it has transported its occupants with moderate reliability across almost half a million miles of open road.

The Humongous Fungus Among Us

  • Year 2021
  • Runtime 60 min

Staff Pick, Filmmaker in Attendance, Michigan Premiere

A quiet Upper Michigan town becomes the center of an international media frenzy after three scientists discover a record-breaking ‘Humongous Fungus’ living next door. Decades later, the town and the scientists continue to embrace the fungus as a growing symbol of community and wonder. Who will be crowned Mr. Fungi? Will there be a giant mushroom pizza? Will the ‘Humongous Fungus’ outlive us all?