Hoffman Center Sets Festival of Short Films

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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.

Film Series to show “Survival Prayer”

10426265_760552187315295_1713844587735763663_nThe Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 documentary “Survival Prayer” Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 at the Hoffman Center.

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.