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A werewolf short is headlining the April 6th Mitten Movie Project! The April MMP features "Coyote," the latest by Grand Rapids filmmaker, Joel Potrykus, whose previous short, "Gordon," headlined the 2008 Mitten Movie Project Zombie Night. Also on the bill is the Twilight Zone-esque short, "The Bungled and the Botched," and the experimental piece, "Last Train Home," a short by local producer, Aaron Karns. The April Mitten Movie Project takes place on Tuesday, April 6th at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Art Theatre (118 N. Main Street, Royal Oak 48067). For presale tickets and more information, go to

"Coyote" showcases a lonely and down on his luck guy who turns to drugs to suppress his werewolf tendencies. This short was shot on Super 8 film, a special treat for the Mitten Movie Project as most shorts screened are shot digitally.

The MMP is accepting submissions for the 8/3 MMP Future Filmmakers Night, a night to celebrate and encourage the future filmmakers of Michigan. The MMP FFN will showcase local shorts 15 minutes or less by high school students, middle school students, those in youth groups with film programs or shorts made when the filmmaker was age 18 or less. Submission is free. All accepted filmmakers will receive a swag bag with filmmaking supplies and an info and resource guide for the independent filmmaker (put together by MMP Curator, Connie Mangilin). The 8/3 MMP FFN audience choice award winner will also receive a terabyte external hard drive.

In other news, the winner of the March 2010 Mitten Movie Project Audience Choice Award was "The Window," the latest short by Tom Gurisko which is a play on scary monster childhood fears. Second and third place winners were "Rock the Paper with Scissors," the short chronicling the comeback of a rock-paper-scissors champion, and "Thief, Interrupted," a story of a thief who is interrupted by phone calls from his dysfunctional family during a heist. "The Window," "Rock the Paper with Scissors," and "Falconry: The Ancient Craft" will air on the Mitten Movie Show on Comcast 18/Wow 52 from April 7th to May 1st on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. and Saturdays at midnight in Auburn Hills, Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Oakland Township, Pleasant Ridge, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, and Troy to reach over 140,000 households.

The Mitten Movie Project would like to thank the 100 moviegoers that came to the March 2nd Mitten Movie Project, and those that follow the Mitten Movie Project on Facebook. The MMP would also like to thank M1 Studios in Royal Oak ( for its DVD authoring services.

The Mitten Movie Project Facebook fan page is 800+ strong. To stay in touch with the MMP, go to and become a fan.

The Mitten Movie Project is a monthly film festival dedicated to screening independent films the first Tuesday of every month at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak. Presale tickets are available for $8 by e-mailing Tickets at the door are $10 (cash only). A pre-screening reception starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Art lobby where moviegoers can mingle with the directors, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts. After the screening, a Q&A session will be conducted with the filmmakers in the theatre. An afterglow party will be held at Mr. B's (215 S. Main Street -- within walking distance of the theatre) to end the night's activities. To submit a film for consideration in the festival, visit


Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak, MI - 7:30 p.m.
Presale tickets $8 by e-mailing, Door $10

FINAL LINEUP. Total running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes. In order of screening:

BURTON THEATRE TRAILER (01:30) (Michigan) (2010) A promo trailer announcing the May 13th Mitten Movie Project Feature Series screening at the Burton Theatre. Also announcing the February Mitten Movie Show, which was filmed on location at the Burton Theatre and airs March 10th through April 3rd in Oakland County on Comcast/WOW. 35mm print.

ALLURE [trailer] – Allure Films (01:53) (Michigan) (2010) Directed by Bill Arrington. A short film to bring awareness to the crime of stalking. Written and produced by Byron Kearney and Lanesia K. Jordan.

THE GOAT YARD [trailer] – Directed by Michael Pfaendtner & Kim Stricker (04:14) (Michigan) (2010) They've been tagged as pirates, bikers of the lake, hippies, misfits, outcasts and even radicals. The Goat Yard captures the lifeblood and celebrated stories of the curious band of sailors known collectively as the Detroit Sail Club, all set against the backdrop of their home port, the Detroit Boat Works, arguably, the last hippie boatyard on the face of the planet.

MOTHER FUNKER'S FRIED CHICKEN [animation] – Electric Otto's Funk Factory (01:05) (Michigan) (2010) Directed by Electric Otto. 28 Pimpsmackin herbs and spices!! It's rated RRRRRRRRRRRRRR good!!

CATERPILLAR PLAYGROUND [narrative] – Directed by Zachary Blosser (06:02) (Michigan) (2009) A girl imagines a day spent with a guy she sees at a coffee shop. Starring Torrance Francola and Aaron Gunsberg.

THE BALLAD OF CAT AND MAN [narrative] – Thinkfast Productions (10:49) (Michigan) (2009) Directed by Adam Leideker. There is no such thing as an ordinary cat.

THE FLY [narrative] - NitroFilm Studios (07:58) (Michigan) (2009) Written and directed by Nicholas Grassi. A story about a boy who encounters a mysteriously large fly that seems to never give up on bugging him.

NOSTALGIA ON A RICKETY BENCH [narrative] – Makeshift Productions (Michigan) (2003) Directed by Robert J. Fox. An old man sitting in a park is reminded of a bittersweet memory.

THIEF, INTERRUPTED [narrative] - Old Husband's Tale Productions (12:47) (Michigan) Written and directed by Daniel Conway. An unlikely criminal gets an unexpected call. Through a few quick conversations, we find out who the thief really is by taking a glimpse at his dysfunctional family.

LAST TRAIN HOME [experimental] – Speculate Productions / Nu-Wave Films (12:26) (California) (2008) A young boy faces the death of his brother in the nightmares of his memories. Written and directed by Matthew Wayne.

Love, Love, Love [music video] – Directed & Animated by Greg Kihlström (02:17) (Michigan/Virginia) (2008) Music video for Detroit-based band Soft Location featuring stop motion photos taken from a moving vehicle.;

THE BUNGLED AND THE BOTCHED [narrative] – Elephantville Productions (12:01) (Georgia/Michigan) (2007) Written and directed by Timothy N. Shay. A man must come to terms with the artificiality of his existence. And when he attempts to question his world, he uncovers the true secret -- that he is the only thing in it that is artificial. Starring Marius Crowne.

COYOTE [narrative] – Sob Noisse Movies (24:09) (Michigan) (2010) Joshua Burge stars in this genre-mixing, postmodern, werewolf short. After each full moon, Coyote wakes up in the forest, confused and sick. With no family, no friends, and no real home, he turns to drugs to try and escape the horrors of his late-night madness. Written and directed by Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI) film production alum Joel Potrykus, a filmmaker who refuses to accept that low-budget means shooting on video. "Coyote," as well as his previous short, "Gordon," have both been shot on the vintage, and now endangered, super 8 film format.