The Best Medicine

3 films in this block • 61 minutes

The Films

Darkest Before Dawn

  • Year 2022
  • Country Canada
  • Runtime 19 min
  • Director Alex Eggermont

Has Subtitles, Family Friendly, First Time Filmmaker

Peek into the world of Belgian climber Siebe Vanhee’s authentic, raw process of his first season climbing on Yosemite’s hardest big wall. The infamous Dawn Wall proves to be a challenge in more ways than one.

“Darkest before Dawn” combines genuine storytelling with a cinematic approach bringing together a story beyond just the climbing. The film encapsulates the beauty of the body language when hanging from its fingertips thousands of feet off the ground.

Friday Night Blind

  • Year 2022
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 14 min
  • Director Scott Krahn and Robb Fischer

Has Subtitles, First Time Filmmaker, Adult Language, Filmmaker in Attendance, Staff Pick

It’s another Friday night at Burnham Bowl. Strikes, spares, gutter balls. With no shortage of trash talking and victory dancing. But the group that’s making all the noise isn’t just another bowling league. The Milwaukee Beer Barrels Blind Bowling League is an eclectic mix of visually impaired and sighted bowlers with a simple focus. Making friends, having fun, taking life one frame at a time. Friday Night Blind is the warm, quirky, inspiring story of three visually impaired bowling friends and the way they roll.

Chilly Dipper

  • Year 2022
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Runtime 28 min
  • Director Hannah Maia

Michigan Premiere, Family Friendly

A heartwarming story captures about resilience and unexpected friendships. Amid the Covid-19 lockdown, UK based director Hannah Maia turns her lens towards her own family life, capturing the charm and monotony of seemingly endless homebound Sundays. As she grapples with pandemic health anxieties, pregnancy, and postnatal rage, she finds solace in an unexpected friendship with a wonderfully eccentric American woman and invigorating ice baths in her garden.