When Hope Breaks Through

4 films in this block • 55 minutes

The Films

When Hope Breaks Through

  • Year 2023
  • Country USA / Canada
  • Runtime 5 min
  • Director Matthew Wagner

Filmmaker in Attendance, Subject in Attendance, Family Friendly, Staff Pick

Mike Shoreman becomes the first disabled person to Paddleboard across all five Great Lakes! He has done so in order to raise money for mental health in Canada and the United States. This short promo points to a 2023 full length documentary.

Wenji-Bimaadiziyaang | From Where We Get Life

  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 8 min
  • Director Finn Ryan

Filmmaker in Attendance, Michigan Premiere

The Treaty of 1837 forced the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe to cede 13 million acres of land to the United States government. Despite this catastrophic loss of land, they refused to give up their right to hunt, fish, and gather, as without it, they could not survive. Wenji-Bimaadiziyaang | From Where We Get Life tells the story of the political and legal fight to have treaty rights honored after 150 years of persecution for trying to exercise their rights and provide sustenance for the Mille Lacs community.


  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 22 min
  • Director Justin Zimmerman

Filmmaker in Attendance, Adult Language, Michigan Premiere

SOLDIER focuses on Daniel Krug: a heroic firefighter, father of five, SWAT trainer and armored combat enthusiast. Daniel is also a former sniper, with ten years of combat, security, rescue and recovery experience in Iraq. And over the past decade, he’s lost 11 of his close military friends - and almost lost himself - to PTSD.


  • Year 2022
  • Country USA
  • Runtime 20 min
  • Director Christy Frank

Michigan Premiere, First Time Filmmaker, Family Friendly, Filmmaker in Attendance, Subject in Attendance

After an 83-year absence, two tiny endangered birds arrive in a small midwest community. People unite to protect them, facing heartbreak and overcoming challenges, only to discover their own lives changing in the process.