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.