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Community Advocacy Organization

It’s a Party: The Capital City Film Festival Returns to Lansing

LANSING, MI — The CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (CCFF), returns this April with promise of an eclectic mix of independent films, live music, interactive media, and more in uniquely transformed venues throughout Lansing.

Fans of any sort of films, from shorts and documentaries to heartfelt coming of age stories, will be able to join connoisseurs from around Michigan and the world from April 10-20 in three different locations. Films will be shown at the R.E Olds Transportation Museum, Central United Methodist Church, and The Fledge.

CCFF2024 will kick off on Wednesday, April 10 with opening night film CAMP RICSTAR — a locally focused and produced documentary highlighting the heartbreaking history and profound impact of a one of a kind camp for people with disabilities, the Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp. Filmmakers, cast, crew, and film subjects will be in attendance, with a Q&A following both the 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. screenings.

“Through this powerful, beautiful and groundbreaking film, Eric’s music and legacy live on beautifully. From heartbroken to hearts full,” said Judy Winter, Executive Producer of CAMP RICSTAR, co-founder of the Eric ‘RicStar’ Music Therapy Camp, and most importantly, Eric “RicStar” Winter’s mother. “We cannot wait to share all the music magic with our hometown crowd!"

“We are beyond thrilled to share CAMP RICSTAR on opening night of CCFF with a hometown audience as we celebrate our incredible campers, therapists, volunteers, musicians, filmmakers, and local community,” stated Samuel McConnell, Director and Producer. “Making CAMP RICSTAR has undoubtedly changed my life: it has expanded my understanding and appreciation of humanity. My desire is that this film will help move the fight for Disability Rights forward so that individuals with disabilities are no longer overlooked.”

CCFF has been a staple of the Lansing region for over a decade — delivering an incredible experience to not only residents of the capital city, but also visiting filmmakers from across the globe. Attendees can expect a wide variety of film screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and events celebrating the arts.

For the most updated information on events, volunteering details, sponsorship opportunities, and ticket/pass sales, visit Tickets and all-access passes are also available for purchase at the door for most events.


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