People are Strange

5 films in this block • 66 minutes

The Films

Joe Gothic

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Justin Diamond

Michigan Premiere

Kids and bikes, wherever you are in the world, you’ll find the two together - smiling, aimlessly drifting. The bike for most kids is a first sense of afforded freedom. As we get older that senseless joy for cycling is lost, typically dampened by our transition into adulthood. Yet - there is nothing typical about Joe Warren; a retired professor who, during his tenure at the University of Utah, moonlit as a sound engineer for beat and reggae bands. Since discovering downhill mountain biking at the age of 60 to conquering the most challenging trails across North America, Joe’s story is anything but ordinary. He was born in 1947 in the post-depression ravaged era of Detroit, where most of his friends turned to drugs, or crime. Sometimes both. He now resides in the unwavering beauty of Utah’s Wasatch Back, where he ascends mountains the size of skyscrapers. He’s an astronaut.

A Yooper Remodels a Sundancer

  • Year 2020
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 11 min
  • Director Ross Wayne Johnson

Filmmaker in Attendance, Adult Language, First Time Filmmaker

Ross Wayne Johnson scored an old camper walks us through patching her up. She gonna go!


  • Year 2022
  • Country UK
  • Runtime 7 min
  • Director Mike Coggan

Family Friendly

‘Rush’ explores the life and philosophy of super-volunteer Oly Rush, who ditched his 9-5 job for beach cleans and record-breaking swims. Oly is responsible for removing truckloads of plastic from the Dorset coastline, all whilst training for long-distance swims to raise money for environmental causes.

Bacon 'N' Laces

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 20 min
  • Director Stephen Michael Simon

Family Friendly, Michigan Premiere, Staff Pick

A single dad of three boys manages a diner. But, there’s more to John than meets the eye.

The Yes Men Share the Safety

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 21 min
  • Director The Yes Men

Filmmaker in Attendance

Trickster comedian-activists The Yes Men impersonate the National Rifle Association to launch their “buy a gun, give a gun program” at the Reagan Presidential Library. Likely to be the funniest film you will see about the NRA’s racism.