Short Film Festival Returns to Hoffman Center on January 27th

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27. Admission will be $5 and refreshments will be available.

The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried festival. These films were made in Oregon, Washington, Montana and British Columbia. Total running time is 72 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

“Modern Dark” by Audrey Hall, Livingston, MT.
A young man attempts to view the Universe through a childhood telescope, but is met with the challenges of his Earthly world. (6 min.)

“Canned Fit” by Woodruff Laputka, Portland.
Internationally renowned sound artist Christine Shorkhuber uses an array of “non-traditional” instruments to create minimalist melodies. (8 min.)

“Censored” by Isaiah Corey, Seattle.
A man’s life is forever changed when his roommate introduces him to a product he never knew existed or even needed. (8 min.)

“Antipodes Rising” by Georg Koszulinski, Seattle.
Traveling through a mountain tunnel in Alaska becomes a portal for an alternate vision of the Pacific Northwest. (3 min.)

“Here Nor There” by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, BC.
Nothing is what it seems to be when an investigator arrives at a funeral to speak with the family whose body he supposedly found. (15 min.)

“Primal Flux” by Joan Gratz, Portland
Colors and shapes shift and morph as images emerge and disperse in a play on the nature of conscious and unconscious communication. (3 min.)

“Ranger” by Sandra Ignagni and Trevor Meier, Vancouver, BC.
The Canadian vessel M.V. Northern Ranger has traveled the narrow straits and unpredictable weather of the remote Labrador coastline for the last 30 years. (8 min.)

“Me is Being Great” by Marshall Granger, Missoula.
When relationships end among the confusions of growing up, one might be able to reconnect to personal identity and be set free. (21 min.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.

Film Series Presents “Seed: The Untold Story”

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the award-winning 2016 documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

“Seed” follows seed keepers protecting mankind’s 12,000-year-old food legacy. As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

Directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel, the 94-minute film stars Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbrell, Jane Goodall, Winona LaDuke and Raj Patel.

Get ready for A Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita

4f7a9b905a1bc2d6c97e5c8f0157ee9d_fullIt’s going to be another dark and stormy weekend in Manzanita, November 18 – 20, a Mystery Weekend which promises even more twists and turns than last year’s inaugural event.
Sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, North Tillamook Library, Riverbend Players, NCRD Center for Performing Arts and CART’M, mystery enthusiasts can partake in a variety of activities over the three-days. According to event coordinator Madeline Olson, there’s something for everyone.
“What started as a mystery book sale at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita two years ago expanded the following year to include more mystery-related events along with additional collaborators interested in establishing a fall shoulder-season event,” Olson explained. “This year promises even more fun with more activities.”

Mystery Weekend II kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 with two evening events. The Riverbend Players present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts in nearby Nehalem. Admission is $15. At 7:30 in Manzanita the Hoffman Center for the Arts is host to a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s A Hell Below” at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 at the door.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, mystery activities include a mystery version of Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

“Taking Your Mystery Recycling” is the theme of an all-day free event at CART’M from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while NCRD, by popular demand, is host to a Live Clue Experience, a family-oriented whodunnit with prizes and snacks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoffman Center events on Saturday include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on the Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her new novel “Yesternight” at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, which will be followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations. Admission is $7 at the door.

Mystery Weekend wraps up on Sunday, the 20th, with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library featuring gently used mystery books with proceeds helping to support library building maintenance. And, if you missed the Riverbend Players presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m.

Film Series Presents “If There’s A Hell Below”

if-theres-a-hell-below-graphic-wThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the acclaimed 2016 independent feature thriller “If There’s a Hell Below” Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5. The presentation is part of the Dark and Stormy Mystery Weekend in Manzanita.

Abe, a young journalist at an independent Chicago weekly, has a lead on a story that could make his career. Debra, a woman claiming to work in national security, has some serious information to leak. She insists on meeting Abe in a desolate place in the American West.

The tension rises as it becomes obvious that somebody or some organization doesn’t want the information to be passed along.

Directed by Nathan Williams of Portland, the film stars Conner Marx, Mark Carr, Carol Roscoe, and Paul Budraitis. It was shot in eastern Washington and lasts 94 minutes.

The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature in Park City, Utah. The Manzanita Film Series screened four shorts by Williams in May 2016.

Williams will attend the screening in Manzanita to discuss his film.

The Film Series is one of the many events of the Manzanita Mystery Weekend, a collaboration with the North Tillamook County Library, the North County Recreational District, and CARTM.

 

Film Series Goes International

wandering-reel-2016-poster-6072The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns to Manzanita Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a collection of four short international films at Hoffman Center for the Arts. Michael Harrington, director/curator of the festival, will attend the event to offer a Q&A session. Admission will be $5 at the door, and the program will last about 90 minutes

Built around the theme of “Postmodern Fairy Tales,” the program features films that are twists on old parables, exploring themes for a mature audience, including grief, loss of innocence, and the blurred lines of dreams giving way to fantasy.

The five films to be shown are:

“The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon” (Jordan): Directed by Walaa.

A 14-year-old girl recounts her journey from Syria to Jordan, and how filmmaking enables her to voice her story.

“Sacha the Bear” (France): Directed by Henri Desaunay.

A playful adaptation of the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except this time the bear comes to visit her.

“A Doll’s House” (Denmark): Directed by Tobias Gundorff Boesen.

Nora lives a perfect life, in her perfect home, with her perfect husband, Helmer. But all is what it looks to be, and outside the safe walls of the dollhouse, a disillusioned little girl struggles to make sense of her parents’ relationship.

“From the Stars” (Norway): Directed by Kristian Landmark.

On an ordinary cold winter day, a small meteor suddenly bursts through Gustav’s outhouse. If the shocking experience isn’t enough, the little black stone exhibits a life of its own.

“The Living Also Cry” (Switzerland/Portugal): Directed by Basil Da Cunha.

As he enviously watches the ships he will never board, a Lisbon dockworker dreams of leaving his family and traveling to Sweden, but his wife finds his hidden money and has other ideas.

Manzanita Film Series Goes International

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The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns to Manzanita Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. with a collection of four short international films at Hoffman Center for the Arts. Michael Harrington, director/curator of the festival, will attend the event to offer a Q&A session. Admission will be $5 at the door, and the program will last about 90 minutes

Built around the theme of “Postmodern Fairy Tales,” the program features films that are twists on old parables, exploring themes for a mature audience, including grief, loss of innocence, and the blurred lines of dreams giving way to fantasy.

 

The five films to be shown are:

“The Girl, Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon” (Jordan): Directed by Walaa.
A 14-year-old girl recounts her journey from Syria to Jordan, and how filmmaking enables her to voice her story.

“Sacha the Bear” (France): Directed by Henri Desaunay.
A playful adaptation of the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears, except this time the bear comes to visit her.

“A Doll’s House” (Denmark): Directed by Tobias Gundorff Boesen.
Nora lives a perfect life, in her perfect home, with her perfect husband, Helmer. But all is what it looks to be, and outside the safe walls of the dollhouse, a disillusioned little girl struggles to make sense of her parents’ relationship.

“From the Stars” (Norway): Directed by Kristian Landmark.
On an ordinary cold winter day, a small meteor suddenly bursts through Gustav’s outhouse. If the shocking experience isn’t enough, the little black stone exhibits a life of its own.

“The Living Also Cry” (Switzerland/Portugal): Directed by Basil Da Cunha.
As he enviously watches the ships he will never board, a Lisbon dockworker dreams of leaving his family and traveling to Sweden, but his wife finds his hidden money and has other ideas.

More information on the Wandering Reel program is available online at www.wanderingreel.org.

 

Film Series Screens ‘Black Road’ on September 23rd

Black Road Graphic 6072_The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the acclaimed 2016 sci-fi feature “Black Road” Friday, Sep. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Set in the autonomous, rebel State of Jefferson in 2029, the film tells the story of an ex-military cyborg who risks his life to protect a mysterious woman from her dangerous ex. He’s aided by his A.I. implant “Clyde” who proves partner and friend.

Written and directed by Gary Lundberg, “Black Road” stars Sam Daly, Simon Templeman, Leilani Sarelle and Michelle Lombardo. It was shot in Ashland and along the south coast of Oregon. The film lasts 80 minutes.

“I first saw this movie late last year at the Astoria International Film Festival and was very impressed,” said Hoffman Center film program leader David Dillon. “Someone called it a ‘futuristic neo-noir thriller’ and I think that’s an apt description.”

Film Series Offers “Voyagers Without Trace” on August 19th

Voyagers Poster 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the acclaimed 2015 independent documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film lasts 80 minutes. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Ian McCluskey of Portland, the film traces the 900-mile journey in 1938 of three French kayakers down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The trio documented their adventure on 16-mm color film, but it was never shown to the public.

McCluskey retrieved the film from archives. He used it, a diary, and still photos to retrace and document the journey himself with two friends.

“Voyagers offers a vivid window to a time when the Wild West was transitioning to the Modern West, when the rivers flowed wild and undammed, before guidebooks and GPS,” said McCluskey. “The (French kayakers) set out as a new vanguard of outdoor recreationalists, packing a new set of equipment and expectations, to seek out adventure merely for the ‘joie de vivre.’”

“Voyagers Without Trace” was featured at the Astoria Film Festival in Dec. 2015, and won the Varsity Audience Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2016.

McCluskey is an award-winning documentary film director and the founding director of NW Documentary in Portland.  His work has garnered more than a dozen prestigious awards, including four Emmys.

A trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/125594413.

 

Film Series Sets Double Feature

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Searching for Yellow

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen two independent features by Portland-based writer/director Ian Clark on Friday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

“Searching for Yellow “ (2012) tells the story of a young landscape painter navigating a fleeting relationship. It stars Robert Beam, Emily Galash, and Erick Jensen, and lasts 25 minutes.

The Oregonian called the film, “A delicate end-of-romance story combining a true feel for the pain of young love with gorgeous, sometimes arresting digital cinematography.”

“Country Story” (2011) chronicles the life a small-town slacker, content with idle days and easy living, whose forgetful nature creates tension at home and forces him to set off with Country Story Graphic 6072his pals seeking redemption. It stars Chris Lambert, Austin Will, Audrey Kovár, Dusty Decker, Erik Jensen, and Mandy Treanor.

“Country Story” has been described as “a tender and loving homage to small-towns and quieter landscapes.” It lasts 64 minutes.

Ian Clark wrote and directed the sci-fi thriller “A Morning Light” which was screened at the Hoffman Center in June 2016. Clark will attend the July 15 screening to discuss his works.

Trailers for the films are at: https://vimeo.com/34579408 and https://vimeo.com/30579812

Hoffman Center Screens “A Morning Light” on June 24th

A Morning Light Graphic 8072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2015 feature “A Morning Light” on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and director by Ian Clark, the film is an atmospheric sci-fi thriller about a couple who begin to sense a strange presence has embedded itself in the forest around them. Their experiences become progressively more bizarre as they immerse themselves in the surrounding wilderness.

The feature stars Zach Weintraub and Celia Rowlson-Hall and is 82 minutes long.

“A Morning Light” won awards at the 2015 American Film Institute Film Fest, and the 2016 film festivals in Ashland and Sarasota.