Short Film Festival Returns in January

NWFF41_backgroundThe Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will host a showing of “The Best of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22. Admission will be $5.

The collection of 10 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried film festival. Films made in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The total running time is 85 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

  • “Painting John” by Audrey Hall, Livingston, MT. Through the intimacy of life portraiture, a lone rancher and a wandering artist forge an improbable bond. (10 min.)
  • “Maikaru” by Amanda Harryman, Edmonds, WA With inspirational optimism, Maikaru doesn’t let a childhood filled with violence and human trafficking dictate his future (7 min.)
  • “Rez Carz” by Clancy Dennehy, Vancouver, BC. Abandoned cars rest silently in fields for decades, still holding secret conversations within their bodies. (7 min.)
  • “The Beast Inside” by Amy Enser and Drew Christie, Seattle. Told with spoken rap and hand-drawn animations, a teen in a homeless family describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self. (4 min.)
  • “The Bear’s Progress” by Malia Jensen, Portland. An inhabited bear costume wanders in the landscape doing what bears do and do not do. (9 min.)
  • “Anxious Oswald Greene” by Marshall Axani, Vancouver, BC. A man visits a fantasical clinic to address his crippling anxiety and his fate falls into the hands of a blind nurse, a talking fly, and an eccentric doctor with a knack for rhyming. (15 min.)
  • “Proximity” by Joshua Cox, Portland. A Victorian gentleman and a sixties cowgirl explore the kitschy depths of love and betrayal. (4 min.)
  • “Cooped” by Mike A. Smith, Portland. Only a doorknob and an non-opposable thumb stand in the way of a housebound dog. (9 min.)
  • “Taco Night” by Kyle Eaton, Portland. Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple. (16 min.)
  • “Dave’s Beard” by Evangeline LaRoque, Eugene. A catchy song elucidates the nocturnal secret life of Dave’s adventurous beard. (4 min.)

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