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.)
The program will showcase “short movies that demonstrate the power of cinema to tell important stories and effect positive change across cultures and around the globe,” said program director and curator Michael Harrington. “By exposing underserved communities with films that are compassionate in their approach and passionate in their purpose, we hope to inspire conversation and collaboration between individuals and communities through the common experience of cinema.”
The six films and their directors to be featured will be:
“Out of Erasers” (Erik Rosenlund): A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection. She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work.
“Trotteur” (Arnaud Brisebois and Francis Leclerc): A settling of accounts between a young man and a locomotive turns into a diabolical race against a merciless opponent.
“House on its Head” Directed by Adam Palenta: A documentary on the family life of Polish architect, set designer and poster artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967)
“Next Floor” (Denis Villeneuve): During an opulent and luxurious banquet, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage.
“The Chair” (Grainger David): A boy reacts to an outbreak of poisonous mold in his small town.
“Magnetic Reconnection” (Kyle Armstrong): Contrasting the Northern Lights with decaying manmade debris surrounding the Arctic Canadian town of Churchill, Manitoba.
The screening will last 81 minutes and be followed by discussions. Refreshments will be available.
Directed by Jeff Martin and produced by former Oregon State Senator Jason Atkinson, the film tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today – Oregon’s Klamath River.
The documentary focuses on the century-old, sociopolitical battle over water rights and the historic coalition that rose to end it.
The struggle has pitted farmers, fishers, ranchers, native tribes, local and regional industry, environmental activists, state politicians, and the federal government against each other
“We created this film to be a cinematic call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history,” said Atkinson.
The film lasts 90 minutes, and refreshments will be available.
View film trailer here
Directed by Barrett Rudich, of Portland, the film tells the story of Abigail Mott, a 21-year-old woman traveling from city to city as a nomadic street poet.
Inspired by watching a street poet in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mott sets up camp on a city street corner, with chair and typewriter, and offers to write a personalized poem on the spot for passersby.
They decide the subject matter and the fee they’ll pay, and they leave, generally delighted, with a fresh poem all their own.
Mott eventually takes her typewriter to Brooklyn and New Orleans, where she finds a like-minded artists’ community and develops a crush on a fellow poet.
As much about poetry as it is about young romantics in the seemingly impenetrable new economy, “A Place of Truth” offers a case study from the 99%.
The film lasts 65 minutes, and refreshments will be available.
The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 documentary “I Live For Art: A Journey Into Meaning and the Creative Process” Friday, Mar. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.
Directed by Renee Slade and Ri Stewart, the film offers a humorous, satirical and unique philosophical exploration of the creative process – its angst, its thrills, its purpose and its methods
While any person can be creative, it is the courageous, those willing to entertain uncertainty and are willing to struggle against their own innate feelings of inadequacy who accomplish their victory.
The film lasts 73 minutes, and refreshments will be available.
The in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation succeeded, but not without substantial effort.
The film features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past. It was made by Portland-based Anchor Pictures, directed by Tom Olsen, and produced by the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.
The documentary covers nearly 150 years of history through archival footage, photographs, and interviews, and details the legislative actions taken by Governors Oswald West and Tom McCall. It was written and edited by Matt Love.
The film lasts two hours, and refreshments will be available.
The Hoffman Center’s Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 40th Northwest Film & Video Festival” at 7:30 pm, Friday, January 23rd. 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. The festival judge was Mike Plant. Total running time will be 78 minutes.
The films to be screened are:
- “The Roper” by Anna Sandilands and Ewan Mcnicol, Seattle – Kendrick, a young calf roper in Lafayette, Louisiana, dreams of one day making it to the rodeo national championship.
- “Wild Bichons” by Stefan Nadelman, Portland – A surreal encounter between man and Bichon ensues in the bucolic setting of a Pacific Northwest forest.
- “Deer Father” by Alex Brinkman, Belgrade – On a cold and lonely stretch of Montana highway, a tragic encounter of deer and man leads to a conversation revealing the paternal life of the doomed buck
- “A Beginning, Middle and An End” by Jon Behrens, Seattle – A truck explodes into a kaleidoscope of painted, optically printed animation.
- “Hey Vancouver, This is You on Craig’s List” by Lewis Bennett, Vancouver – Vancouver, BC residents read real Craig’s List ads.
- “American Lawn” by Robert Sickels, Walla Walla – Some folks have very strong opinions about lawns.
- “Split Ends” by Joanna Priestly, Portland – Abstract compositions inspired by vintage wallpaper and wrapping paper stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption.
- “Cheryl’s Spin” by Kathy Witkowsky, Missoula – A mother wades through her life of domestic abuse with a resilience and cheery willingness to continue to try new things.
- “SF Hitch” by Vanessa Renwick, Portland – Renwick reflects on a 1981 trip she took with her wolf dog to San Francisco “where even the bums were good-looking.”
- “Nemo” by Adrienne Leverette and Rob Tyler, Portland – Fred Nemo tells his story, from the riches of his youth to the years he has spent as a dancer for the band Hazel.
Bellingham-based Benjamin Greené directed the feature about the impact of modern times on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands.
In the past century commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices. Compounding the ecological damage is the imminent extinction of the Haida language and loss of traditional knowledge. Naanii Mary Swanson, a last speaker, frames this portrait of age-old traditions at risk.
Against the spectacular Pacific coastline, Swanson’s ancient words set the tone for detailed views of modern life, in which the labor of survival—cutting seaweed fronds, pulling salmon from nets, plucking young spruce tips—speaks to timeless rhythms, sacred ritual, and the power of food and nature to sustain a culture.
The film lasts 70 minutes, and admission will be $5. Refreshments will be available.