Stronger Together

6 films in this block • 66 minutes


The Films

I Still Remain

  • Year 2018
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 4 min
  • Director Jason Lindsey

Filmmaker in Attendance

I Still Remain is a film that inspects and explores the inner workings, insights, and inspirations of a man driven and informed by his previous two fights with cancer. The first, as a teenager, the second, just 2 years removed.

Stronger Together

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 20 min
  • Director Brandon Watts

It has taken time for Alexandera Houchin to weave layers of her identity together. First and foremost, Alexandera is an Ojibwe woman. She’s also an artist, a farmer, a mechanic, a cyclist and a person who cares deeply about her community on the Fond Du Lac reservation near Cloquet, Minnesota. “Stronger Together” takes an intimate look into Alexandera’s life while examining concepts of identity, forgiveness and what it means to merge seemingly different aspects of your soul in order to continue moving forward, one pedal stroke at a time.

High Road

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 12 min
  • Director Lindsey Hagen

Michigan Premiere, World Premiere, Family Friendly, Staff Pick, Subject in Attendance

High Road celebrates the unbreakable bond between Paralympian Meg Fisher and Jack Berry a young para athlete who’s cycling career is just beginning to unfold. Together the two navigate life’s obstacles with grace and integrity- creating space for the next generation of para cyclists.

Forty Gallons: A Visit to the Detroit Sugarbush

  • Year 2021
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Nina Ignaczak

Family Friendly

Getting Black and brown Detroiters to fall in love with nature is a mission and passion for Antonio Rafael, who works with groups like the Detroit Indigenous People’s Alliance, Black to the Land, and the National Wildlife Federation to provide opportunities for them to connect with the outdoors.
Selected short for Freep Film Festival 2022.
First Place for videography from the Detroit Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists 2022.
Official Selection, Freep Film Festival 2022
Produced by Reel Clever Films + Planet Detroit

Janwaar

  • Year 2022
  • Country India
  • Runtime 10 min
  • Director Danny Schmidt

Michigan Premiere

Janwaar celebrates a rambunctious group of kids whose lives are transformed when a skatepark is built in their small village in India. Raw talent, creativity, and unadulterated childhood find a home on four wheels, and manage to break down generations of caste and gender barriers in the process.

Elevated

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 15 min
  • Director Palmer Morse

Michigan Premiere, Filmmaker in Attendance

Creating this visual trick of relentless flow and seamless transitions from one scene to the next was a technical challenge for both rider and cinematographer, and it required intense planning and dedication from the entire team to work through these problems. Anchoring the point of view to bring the audience along on Brett’s journey as everything else moves seamlessly along the continuum.