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After Year Off, East Lansing Film Festival Returns

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Scott Pohl
East Lansing Film Festival director Susan Woods

After a COVID-imposed hiatus, the East Lansing Film Festival returns this week.

Due to the pandemic, there was no East Lansing Film Festival last year. Rather than wait until its usual schedule in November to return, organizer Susan Woods says she decided to bring the festival back for four days in June.

Woods is excited that the kickoff film on Thursday is the Oscar-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher. “It is an incredible film that should be seen on the big screen," Woods states. "Kids could come out and see it, and it is one of my all-time favorite films.”

Moviegoers will have several opportunities to see high-quality short films that are rarely seen on the big screen. “One of the unique things about the film festival this year is that we will be holding three short film programs, and this is unique," Woods concludes. "These are films from all over the world that are compiled together, and you’ll never get another chance to see them again.”

All the films will be screened at Celebration Cinema.

Woods says the Lake Michigan Film Festival will be back in August, and the East Lansing Film Festival will return to its usual November schedule this fall.

Scott Pohl has maintained an on-call schedule reporting for WKAR following his retirement after 36 years on the air at the station.
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