2020 Special Events


Opening Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020          5:00-6:30pm         MSU Broad Museum

For directions, please click HERE.

LxFF 2020 kicks off with an opening reception at the Broad Art Museum!

Join us for complimentary refreshments and a cash bar, as well as a musical recital by the MSU College of Music String Quartet and a presentation of the short film Marielle & Monica before heading over to WKAR Studios for the opening night feature film, The Pushouts.

RSVP here for the opening reception – the first 50 people to do so will receive a free drink!



New Media Panel

Main Library building

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020          2:00-2:30pm       MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab

For directions, please click HERE.

We’ve added new media to the LxFF 2020 program, including Virtual Reality and 360° video and this short panel will contextualize and introduce Use of Force (VR) & Puro 956: Discovering Narratives From The Rio Grande Valley (360° video), the immersive experiences open to the public in the MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab on Thursday immediately following the panel and again following screenings of The Head of Joaquin Murrieta and The Wall in the MSU Library Green Room. The panel includes Terence O’Neill, Head of the MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, Judith Walgren, Associate Director of the MSU School of Journalism and Leobardo Vallejo, MSU Political Science major and creator of Puro 956.


The Use Of Force (VR) and Puro 956: Discovering Narratives From The Rio Grande Valley (360)


Multiple stations continuously running during screening times in the
MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab and Virtual Reality Room

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020  2:30-3:00pm & 6:00-7:30P.M.   MSU Library New Media Spaces

For directions, please click HERE.

Genre: Virtual Reality, Interactive Journalism

Experience the power of immersion offered by virtual reality and 360° video by experiencing Use of Force (VR) & Puro 956: Discovering Narratives From The Rio Grande Valley (360° video) on Thursday afternoon or evening in the MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab. These two exciting new media experiences will run continuously between 2:30-3:00pm and again from 6:00-7:30pm. The New Media Panel from 2:00-2:30pm (see above) will contextualize and introduce both of these additions to traditional cinema and is highly recommended.

TRIGGER WARNING: Use of Force involves the immersive virtual reality experience of being a witness to the homicide of Anastacio Hernandez Rojas by more than a dozen border agents. Please consider carefully whether you wish to be virtually placed in this situation as some participants may find it disturbing.



Meet & Greet

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Interview with invited directors 3:00-3:30pm

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020          2:30-4:00pm          La Casa de Rosado

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This is your chance to mix and mingle with our invited guests and local directors while enjoying the ambiance of La Casa de Rosado in REO Town on Saturday afternoon before heading to The Robin Theatre for a phenomenal double feature followed by a free Salsa Verde concert at the Lansing Brewing Company. Partake in complimentary light refreshments, meet the LxFF staff and participate in an informal Q&A with Paul Espinosa, Ozzie Rivera, José Luis Benavides, Alexandra Hidalgo and John Valdez. This was a highlight of LxFF 2018, so be sure to put it on your festival to-do list!


SUNDAY FEB 16, 2020

Closing Reception

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Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020          8:00-9:00pm           Celebration Cinema

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LxFF 2020 wraps up on Sunday with a day of fabulous films at Celebration Cinema Lansing! Purchase tickets here for Nae Pasaran, Land of Ashes and Singing Our Way To Freedom.

The film screenings will be followed by an intimate closing reception at Celebration Cinema Lansing that is free & open to the public. Wind down your festival experience and say “hasta la próxima LxFF” with complimentary refreshments, cake and a cash bar!