Wolf Tree 2021

The Franke Center & Marshall’s Youngish Professionals Committee

Present 3rd Annual Wolf Tree Film Festival

Jan. 23 | 6 PM

In its third year, Wolf Tree Film Festival will showcase films set in the Great Lakes region as well as the work of filmmakers who reside in or grew up in the Great Lakes region. The festival will be fully virtual and will include screenings of each selected film, a Q&A with select filmmakers, an awards presentation, and a filmmaker roundtable with industry professionals.
This year will feature one of the stars of CBS’ Young Sheldon, Battle Creek’s own, Lance Barber. Lance will emcee the event and do a private filmmaker’s roundtable with the selected filmmakers.

Lance Barber has the skills to play a wide range of television characters having appeared in numerous shows on the small screen since 2001. An alumnus of Chicago’s Second City, Lance played the role of Paulie G on HBO’s critically acclaimed, The Comeback, which The New York Times described as “among the great villains of television comedy.”

Previously, Lance had recurring roles on Black-ish, Faking It, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication, and United States of Tara, and he guest starred on Dr. Ken, Grey’s Anatomy, Justified, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Harry’s Law, Masters of Sex, The Crazy Ones, How I Met Your Mother, and as Jimmy Speckerman on The Big Bang Theory.

Recently, Lance appeared as Irwin in the feature film, Buster’s Mal Heart opposite Rami Malek. His earlier film credits include Gangster Squad, The Godfather of Greenbay, For Your Consideration, and Leatherheads.

Barber was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. He began acting with his Pennfield High School Drama Club and later joined the theatre program at Kellogg Community College.


Directed by Hugo Lacasse

Produced by Futur Media Inc.

An “Instababe” puts her physical and mental health on the line to compete against a younger, more popular rival.

Salt River Water Walk

Directed and Produced by Krista Davis, Jenny Zander

In February 2020, Sharon Day (Ojibwe) led a group of Water Walkers through the Arizona desert to walk for the Salt River. Through animation and live-shot footage, this documentary travels with the Salt River Water Walkers, describing this Indigenous-led ceremony as it creates community and builds relationships with the earth through the shared goal to care for the water.


 Directed by Orlando Leroi

 Produced by Marissa Duignan

After a brutal interaction with the police, a young black father’s search for freedom takes him beyond the limits of the atmosphere.

Medical Help

Directed by Lanessa Miller

Produced by Walkingstick Music LLC

An animated video illustrating the original swing jazz song Medical Help by Dwight L. Wilcox II with relevance to the era in which we are living.


Directed by Hannah Byrd

Produced by Emily ‘Mealz’ Smith, Jason Howard, Andrew Accaioli and Fatima Al Saif

A previously homeless man takes a ride through his past in order to understand the present and how it affects his future.

Bathroom Break

Directed by Simone LeClaire

Produced by Xiaolu Wang

Mari gets more than she bargained for when she spends her night out hiding in the bathroom.

As We Are

Directed by Michael R Faulkner

Produced by Robin Miller Ungar

When Evan Bertrand was diagnosed with autism at eighteen months, doctors told his mother, Andrea, to go home and mourn the loss of a “normal child.” Instead, she and her son went on to discover his gift for music together. Twenty years later, Evan and Andrea are putting on the biggest concert of his life, just as they are.

Lily in the Maze

 Directed by Alexandra Emmons and Andrew Juhl

 Produced by Alexandra Emmons, Andrew Juhl and John Morrow

Will, a quiet introvert, deals with a change in his routine on the same day a woman from his past appears. His self-control is put to the test as he struggles to harness his instincts during a confrontation that ends in a surreal mirror maze.


 Directed by Anna Rust

A troubled woman records her journey to finding her mother after she was abandoned more than a decade ago.

Tickets are $15 + processing fee. Click here for tickets.



Tips for viewing the festival –  Use WIFI, not 3G or 4G cell service, and don’t use the browser Safari.


 CONTENT WARNING: Some films included in this festival contain mature content that may be inappropriate for young viewers and may be triggering for others. Viewer discretion is advised.