Film Series Presents “How the Fire Fell”

Friday, Aug. 25 | 7:30 p.m
The Hoffman Center for the Arts 
Admission $5

Hoffman Center for the Arts will screen the feature film
“How the Fire Fell”

Inspired by true events, the drama follows self-proclaimed prophet Edmund Creffield as he gathers a flock of dedicated followers dubbed the ‘Brides of Christ’ in 1903 Oregon. As rumors surface of perverse goings-on inside the mysterious cult, angry families seek revenge.

Written and directed by Portland-based Edward P. Davee, the 91-minute feature stars Joe Haege, David Poland, Maren McGuire, Brighid Thomas, and Rachael Perrell, with cinematography by Scott Ballard. It was filmed in Corvallis, Hood River and Portland.

“How the Fire Fell” was an official selection of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival and the 2011 Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

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Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole

Another Story Time for Grownups with Liz Cole
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Apr. 5

Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Wednesday, April 5 at 7p.m.  In “You’ll Understand When You’re Older”, she will share stories from our childhoods–both traditional and unfamiliar – to see what we take away from these “simple” tales all these years later.  Children’s stories aren’t just for children!

Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas, and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.

The event will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) (Further information is available at <> online or email



One-Act Play Competition and Writing Workshops Set


WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED; Competition Still Ongoing

Save the Date and Start Writing: One-Act Play Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

 The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a new one-act play competition. Writers will have the opportunity to attend two workshops on play-writing on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Submissions will be due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging. The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on June 9, 2017.  See below for submission guidelines.

The Judges:
Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem. She is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D.(pictured), of Portland, Professor Emerita,Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. See full bio below.

The writing workshops will be held Saturday, November 5 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

From 9:30-10:30 am, a free Introduction to Script-Writing will be presented by Sue Jelineo and Linda Macahon, both Riverbend Players, covering format , character development, plot, dialogue writing and what directors and actors like and dislike about scripts , along with Q&A about the competition. Each participant will leave with an extensive handout.

The class that follows, Script Interpretation and Text Analysis from 11 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break, is presented by Carole Zucker. The class will consider the novella of Postman Always Rings Twice, studying how it was adapted from two different versions of the David Mamet screenplay, considering how the scripts changed during production. Zucker has the group look at acting, writing, directing, to see how it changes from book to screenplay, to consider how this affects the participants own script-writing.  Students will be responsible for reading the James M. Cain novella, The Postman Always Rings Twice, ahead of time.

Fee is $50. Register here for the Zucker workshop.  To register for the free Introduction to Script-writing workshop, please email with’ Script-writing Workshop’ in the subject line.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec is known as Montreal’s “Acting Guru.” She studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse, and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, both in New York City. Carole has performed in numerous off-Broadway productions, as both an actor and a singer, and in regional theater in the U.S. and Canada.

She has a doctorate from New York University in Cinema Studies, and taught Film Studies at The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University Montreal for three decades.

Zucker is author of seven books, and has written essays for many of the major film journals in the US and Canada.

She has lectured widely on performance in the US, Canada, and various locations in Europe, has taught workshops at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and The Off Center for Dramatic Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and has taught at The Portland Actors Conservatory and at The Portland Playhouse.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Sue Jelineo,

Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

2. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.

3. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.

4. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on March 11 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.







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.)

Film Series Presents “Birds of Neptune”

MV5BMTc5MDEzMTExMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzEzMDU2MzE@._V1_SX214_AL_The Hoffman Center for the Arts will screen the 2015 independent feature film “Birds of Neptune” Friday, Dec. 18. The film will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Steven Richter, “Birds of Neptune” tells the story of sisters Mona and Rachel who are left to their own devices after the loss of their parents.

Confined to their childhood home and constantly surrounded by nostalgia of the past, the girls have created their own pseudo-realities. Rachel finds solace in her music and old spiritual practices while her older sister Mona turns to unconventional and taboo forms of self-expression.

“Birds of Neptune” was shot in Portland. It stars Britt Harris, Molly Elizabeth Parker, Lauren Luiz, Greg James, and Julie Vhay.

The feature lasts 97 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

A film trailer can be viewed here

Film Series Presents “Wandering Reel” Festival

6 Magnetic ReconnectionThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen a series of short films provided by the “Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival” Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

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.

Film Series Presents “Welcoming Departure”

Welcoming Departure GraphicThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2012 feature film “Welcoming Departure” Friday, Sep. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Scott Ballard, the film tells the story of Hank, a night custodian, who enjoys the quiet life where his evenings are sequestered in a methodical work routine. With the arrival of a mysterious elderly Norwegian woman, the patterns of his life begin to unravel.

“Welcoming Departure” was filmed in Portland, Ore. and Bellingham, Wash. It stars Tom Campbell, Eve Pryce and Rachael Perrell, with Dave Morales, Sara Robbin, Maren McGuire and Solomon Olmstead.

The feature lasts 68 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

A film trailer can be viewed at


Hoffman Center to Screen “Culpa: Episode 4”

Culpa 4 at Hoff 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host the premier of Episode 4 of Arch Cape Studio’s film “Culpa” Saturday, Sep. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Members of the cast and crew will attend the screening.

Episode 4 tells the story of two dysfunctional misfits, played by T.J. Newton and Josh Simmons, who step up to help an R&B singer, played by Maggie Kitson, who is being stalked and extorted.
Based in Nehalem, Arch Cape Studios was founded in 2013 by Drew Reid to tell original stories with local casts and crews — all set on the Oregon coast.

Suggested admission to the screening will be $10, with 20% going to the Hoffman Center.

The Episode 4 screening will be followed by a re-showing of Episode 3.

Film Series Presents “The Black Sea”

windowThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2015 feature film “The Black Sea” Friday, Aug. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Brian Padian, the film tells the story of five friends who go to a beach house on the Oregon coast for the weekend. One of them, Allison, is clearly troubled by something, but the others don’t say a word or intervene. And then she vanishes.

“The Black Sea” was filmed in Arch Cape and Portland. It stars Cora Bensch, Erin McGarry, Corrina Repp, Bill Sebastian, Joe Von Appen, and Matt Sipes

The feature lasts 75 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Director Brian Padian will attend the screening to participate in a question and answer session.

A film trailer can be viewed at

Film Series Presents “Death on a Rock”

Death on a Rock Graphic 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the award-winning 2015 film “Death on a Rock” Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Scott Ballard, the film follows a young woman whose bright outlook—she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend— is rocked by illness.

Days spent in long-term care bring reflection, desperation, and family tension.

The woman’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, are shown through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness.

“Death on a Rock” stars Katy Beckemeyer, Dicky Dahl, and Michael Draper. It was filmed in Portland and Bellingham.

The feature lasts 82 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Director Ballard also did “A Standing Still,” which was screened at the Hoffman Center in May 2015.

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