The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.
The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center in Portland from its annual juried festival. The works were shot in Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia. Total running time will be about 90 minutes.
Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager and Programmer for the Northwest Film Center, will attend the screening to discuss both the program and the center
The films to be screened are:
“Dinosaurs in the Hood” by Long Tran, Renton, Washington. A cinematic adaptation of a spoken-word poem about negative representations of African-American men perpetuated by mass media. (4 mins.)
“Float” by Tristan Seniuk and Volneak Sip, Seattle, Wash.Rocky Mang, a Cambodian hustler in 1990’s Seattle, spends his day slinging cheap cologne at the corner store between persistent attempts to convince a local barista to go on a date with him. (24 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Special Mention]
“Vestibular Matching Soundtrack” by McKenzie Blake, Beaverton, Ore.Advances in technology also create linguistic rifts. Having been born largely deaf, a cochlear implant has provided the director access to sound, but at what cost? (9 mins.)
“Lost Winds” by Caryn Cline, Seattle, Wash.Plant materials taped directly onto the celluloid of 16 mm film and optically printed create unique rhythms, patterns, and images. (3 mins.)
“Time Well Spent” by Aaron Bourget, Seattle, Wash.
A hard-working artist is unfairly critiqued. (1 min.)
“Do We Leave This Here” by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, B.C.
A journalist travels to the Peace River Valley to speak to residents about their community, which will soon be erased by the completion of a dam downstream. (17 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Best Dram]
“CultureTrauma” by Jodi Darby, Portland, Ore.
Using clips from Hollywood cinema, religious films, newsreels, and home movies, a reflection on what it means to have come of age in the 1970’s United States. (11 mins.)
[*Judge’s Award: Best Essay]
“A Mew Hope” by M. David Koesters, Portland, Ore.
A star fighter and her cat, who doubles as spaceship, must escape an army of soldiers in their own furry ships, or else face the wrath of pug planet. (5 mins.)
The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.