Real to reel film festival

OCT 9-10

meet our artists


Official 2020 artist

Anthony Zart is a Cleveland-based designer, illustrator, author and all-around professional frowner.

When not working as a design lead (because frowning doesn’t pay the bills), he likes to scheme up different projects for himself as creative challenges — whether that be in the form of short films, animation, childrens books, or brewery labels, poster art — whatever fits the narrative of the problem at hand.​

official 2020 poster

Approaching the charge of this film fest poster, I wanted to incorporate the celebrated elements that Michigan is so known for: the water, the trees, and the dunes.

To tie these elements to the festival, I considered the many processes that go into film making — writing, casting, shooting and editing. Editing, and in this case editors, stuck out to me as the “glue” in which all those separate elements come together.

So the question became “What happens when you edit Michigan elements together?” And in the question lay the visual answer. The individual “editors” featured a different element of Michigan channeling the film through it with the end product leading to the festival itself. And as the elements themselves are so raw and tactile, it made sense to take design cues from the hands-on, celluloid days of film and film editing.

Any outlet for creative showcase is important, so something as noteworthy as Mountainfilm draws immense attention and interest for creative voices that otherwise might not have the opportunity. 

You can meet Anthony Saturday evening before our screening of the “Mountainfilm Evening of Shorts”.  Anthony will be autographing posters, live illustrating and selling other artwork Saturday at the SCA during Drinks, Demos & Discussion from 6:00-7:30PM. Free admission.

Cam McLeod

In a pursuit to stay wild

Entrepreneur, photographer and visual storyteller Cam McLeod currently lives and works in Ogden, Utah. His high profile clients including Kuhl, Salomon, Amer Sports, Helly Hansen, Outside, Warren Miller, Powder Magazine have allow Cam to travel to the far corners of our planet to create content and bring home stories that inspire.

In a Pursuit to Stay Wild is a new exhibit debuting at The SCA on Friday night March 27.

The exhibit is a highlight reel of McLeod’s most recent work. This polished body of imagery is an extension of his portfolio projects and travels; a visual love letter to adventurous spirits, adrenaline action and our nation’s most glorious landscapes.


Kellen Keene, Director

At 30 years old Kellen Keene has worked as a director and as a director of photography for some of the most compelling, dynamic, and authentic films that Patagonia and Yeti have put out into the world in the last 6 years.

Casey & Ryan Higginbotham

On March 18, twin brothers Ryan and Casey Higginbotham embarked on a journey of epic proportions. Their goal was to paddle on 18-foot paddleboards completely under their own power from Alaska to Mexico – a total of 2,200 miles.

With nothing more than a couple of dry bags with gear, the brothers completed their excursion with no support boats or paddles of any kind. A truly remarkable story that is told through their feature-length documentary, “By Hand.”

View the Midwest premiere of “By Hand” on Friday, March 27 at the SCA at 7:00PM. Kellen, Ryan and Casey will be in attendance to introduce the film.

Join us Saturday from 5 – 6:30PM for an exclusive”By Hand” event.
Director Conversation: Beer, Banter and the Higginbotham Brothers, presented by The Saugatuck Center for the Arts as part of the “Real to Reel” film series. Kellen, Ryan and Casey will be sharing never-before-heard stories of the journey and making of the film. In addition, there is a release party of their 108-page, hardcover book. Get your copy and autograph!

Megan Altieri


Born just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Megan Altieri lives and works in Grand Rapids as an artist and high school art teacher.

Conceptually, her work focuses on the effect of relationships on identity, the peculiarity of human nature, and the articulation of the psychological world.

Altieri’s current work, Sonder, illustrates the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as our own.  In a new display from Art Prize, the SCA will debut a refreshed body of Sonder.

Megan Altieri

Altieri will be autographing her newly release coffee table book, giving printing demos and talking about the journey of Sonder Saturday at the SCA during Drinks, Demos & Discussion from 6:30-7:30PM.

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