Wandering Reel Film Festival Returns on October 20, 2017

The Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns to Manzanita Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m., with a collection of five short international films at Hoffman Center for the Arts. Michael Harrington, director/curator of the festival, will attend the event to offer a Q&A session. Admission will be $5 at the door.

Built around the theme “In Between Us,” the program features films about the bonds that connect people — often in unexpected ways. The films to be shown are:

“The Tables” Directed by John Bunning (United States)
A look at the powerful connection between a pair of outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City and the unlikely group of people they’ve brought together, from homeless people to investment bankers to gangbangers. (Documentary: 15 min.)

“Big City” Directed by Jordan Bond and Lachlan Ryan (Australia)

Making a friend on the ride home. (Narrative: 9 minutes)

“Into the Blue” Directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic (Croatia)
Thirteen-year-old Julija and her mother flee their abusive household to find refuge on an idyllic Croatian island where Julija grew up. Emotionally scarred, Julija is desperate to reconnect with her best friend, Ana. But Ana is in love with a boy and Julija is no longer a priority. (Narrative: 22 min.)

“Anna” Directed by Or Sinai (Israel)
It’s a hot summer’s day, and for the first time in years Anna, a sewing workshop worker, unexpectedly finds herself alone, without her son. She sets out for a free night, roaming the streets of her small desert town, looking for a man who can touch her, even just for one brief moment. (Narrative: 24 min.)

Zela Trovke (Basque Spain): Directed by Asier Altuna
Moritats are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. Zela Trovke is a moritat from Slovakia, which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty program. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the song’s hidden secrets. (Documentary: 13 min.)

More information on the Wandering Reel program is available online at www.wanderingreel.org.

 

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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Screening of “The Maestro”

The Maestro
Friday, July 28 | 7:30 pm
Admission $5

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2016 Portland-made independent feature film.

The film tells the story of Felix Kruger, a contemporary eccentric young classical composer commissioned to write his first major ballet. His struggles with writer’s block and a drinking problem, however, jeopardize his music and threaten to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend and those around him.

Through a series of eye opening events, his music begins to reflect his own inner journey and transformation. It is also through the mentorship of his good friend Leonard, a 65-year-old retiree, and a surprising secret that Kruger discovers the power and importance of life’s simple things.

“The Maestro” was written and directed by David Lunday. He also stars in the movie, along with Dennis Fitzpatrick, Haley Talbot, and Robert Projansky.

Lunday is a composer himself, and has scored feature films, documentaries, instructional DVDs, and iPhone apps for over 15 years.

“The Maestro” was an official Selection for the 2016 Madrid International Film Festival and the Los Angeles CineFest. It lasts 86 minutes.

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Film Series Screens “The Maestro” on Friday, July 28, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2016 Portland-made independent feature film “The Maestro” Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The film tells the story of Felix Kruger, a contemporary eccentric young classical composer commissioned to write his first major ballet. His struggles with writer’s block and a drinking problem, however, jeopardize his music and threaten to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend and those around him.

Through a series of eye opening events, his music begins to reflect his own inner journey and transformation. It is also through the mentorship of his good friend Leonard, a 65-year-old retiree, and a surprising secret that Kruger discovers the power and importance of life’s simple things.

“The Maestro” was written and directed by David Lunday. He also stars in the movie, along with Dennis Fitzpatrick, Haley Talbot, and Robert Projansky.

Lunday is a composer himself, and has scored feature films, documentaries, instructional DVDs, and iPhone apps for over 15 years.

“The Maestro” was an official Selection for the 2016 Madrid International Film Festival and the Los Angeles CineFest. It lasts 86 minutes.

A trailer can be viewed at http://www.lundaypictures.com/#trailer

 

 

 

 

Film Series Screens The Curio on June 23, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2015 feature comedy/narrative film “The Curio” Friday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Filmed in Portland and directed by Dicky Dahl, the 88-minute movie is Dahl’s take on the conflicting demands of a struggling filmmaker trying to raise a family while at the same time following the path of an artist.

Dicky, his ex-wife, parents and brothers appear as themselves in the film, as scripted material, footage from the director’s married life, and interviews with family and friends paint the picture of a somewhat misguided late-bloomer experiencing all the freedom, loneliness and humiliation that come with having to start over when the bloom is off the rose.

“The Curio” is Dahl’s first feature film. His cinematographer was Scott Ballard, a number of whose  films have been previously shown at the Hoffman Center, including “Death on a Rock,” “A Standing Still,” and “The Black Sea.”

A trailer can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/68810889.

The ALIVE INSIDE movie — Art of Dying Series

ART OF AGING/OF DYING SERIES
ALIVE INSIDE
Tuesday 27 June | 3pm

Hoffman Center 

Michael Rossato-Bennett’s movie ALIVE INSIDE will be shown at 3:00 on Tuesday, 27 June at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is $5. There will be a discussion following.

ALIVE INSIDE is the documentary about Dan Cohen’s amazing work of giving Alzheimer’s and dementia people music from their youth. Some instantly came back to our reality and were able to reconnect with loved ones. Some got up out of their wheelchairs and began to dance around the room. Some who rarely talked began to sing beautifully. Michael Rossato-Bennett does an excellent job of honoring these elders and their liberator, telling the story with many examples of the revitalizing power of music from one’s youth. Alive Inside was the most awarded documentary of 2014.

“ Gloriously inspirational” – Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter.
“Alive Inside is a life changing film.” – Willian Brownbridge, Toronto Film Scene.“Joyous and unexpectedly uplifting.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

We will have a discussion afterward lead by Kathleen Moore, therapist and grief counselor. Our Art of Dying discussions are always lively and interesting.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held
at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave).

For more information contact Kathleen Moore at moorewagner@nehalemtel.net.

Hoffman to Screen Documentary “Speaking of Dying” on Feb 28

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents the film “Speaking of Dying” with a follow-on discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 3 to 5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series will show a short documentary film titled “Speaking of Dying” created by Heartwork out of Seattle. There will be a discussion afterwards led by locals Claudia Johnson and Lane deMoll. Fee for the session is $5.

If you haven’t attended one of our conversational sessions before, this afternoon session is a great place to start.  Basic information beautifully crafted. This film and gathering promises to open up the conversation for all of us.

“There is so much taboo,” says Chaplain and facilitator Trudy James of Heartwork, “We live in a death-denying culture. In families where this has not been discussed, it leaves people in the position of making complex and difficult decisions without anything to go on.”

Far too many of us die in ways we would not wish to — often in ICUs, tethered to feeding tubes, in intolerable pain, or unconscious and unable to say a meaningful goodbye to our life and those we care about.

Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end-of-life choices and wishes. “Speaking of Dying” will help you believe that your life can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones.

The Art of Aging/Dying 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.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner,  telaskinner@gmail.com.

Hoffman Center to Feature Short Films by Teens

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen a selection of films created by teens from throughout the Pacific Northwest for the “Fresh Film Northwest” program at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24. Admission will be $5.

The dozen short films, shown as part of the Manzanita Film Series, were drawn by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its competitions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Entries were judged on Freshness & Originality, Persuasive Point of View, Emotional Impact, Technical Proficiency, and successful Risk-Taking.

 

Submissions came from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Vancouver, BC. Total running time will be 60 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

“Words Of Wisdom” (Portland)
A grandmother’s advice spurs a granddaughter into action. (4 min.)

“Leo & Clark” (Portland)
Young men compare notes on the pursuit of happiness. (5 min.)

“Home” (Vancouver, BC)
Abby’s strange powers help her find a world to call home. (8 min.) Winner: Creative Expression Award

“Abduction” (Vancouver, BC)
A story of abduction and lost love. (1 min.)

“Toccata” (Vancouver, BC)
Striving for perfection, piano practice turns to obsession. (3 min.)

“Living Honestly” (Seattle)
What it’s like to come out to families and friends. (7 min.)

“Losing Alberta: Gentrification in Northeast Portland” (Portland)
How gentrification has changed a Northeast Portland community. (11 min.) Winner: Integrative Learning Award

“What I Would Say” (Portland)
True feelings are revealed in hypothetical terms. (6 min.) Winner: Heart Award

“Buster Was A Man” (Everett)
What does it take to break out of a daily routine? (5 min.) Winner: Creative Self Expression Award

“Rectangles & Straight Lines” (Portland)
A cityscape full of patterns, shapes, shadows, and movement. (3 min.)

“Solved” (Portland)
Coming up with a solution under pressure. (1 min.)

“Shakesburn” (Portland)
A stolen tri-cycle, fruitcakes, and clever insults collide. (5 min.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.

Short Film Festival Returns to Hoffman Center on January 27th

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27. Admission will be $5 and refreshments will be available.

The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its annual juried festival. These films were made in Oregon, Washington, Montana and British Columbia. Total running time is 72 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

“Modern Dark” by Audrey Hall, Livingston, MT.
A young man attempts to view the Universe through a childhood telescope, but is met with the challenges of his Earthly world. (6 min.)

“Canned Fit” by Woodruff Laputka, Portland.
Internationally renowned sound artist Christine Shorkhuber uses an array of “non-traditional” instruments to create minimalist melodies. (8 min.)

“Censored” by Isaiah Corey, Seattle.
A man’s life is forever changed when his roommate introduces him to a product he never knew existed or even needed. (8 min.)

“Antipodes Rising” by Georg Koszulinski, Seattle.
Traveling through a mountain tunnel in Alaska becomes a portal for an alternate vision of the Pacific Northwest. (3 min.)

“Here Nor There” by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, BC.
Nothing is what it seems to be when an investigator arrives at a funeral to speak with the family whose body he supposedly found. (15 min.)

“Primal Flux” by Joan Gratz, Portland
Colors and shapes shift and morph as images emerge and disperse in a play on the nature of conscious and unconscious communication. (3 min.)

“Ranger” by Sandra Ignagni and Trevor Meier, Vancouver, BC.
The Canadian vessel M.V. Northern Ranger has traveled the narrow straits and unpredictable weather of the remote Labrador coastline for the last 30 years. (8 min.)

“Me is Being Great” by Marshall Granger, Missoula.
When relationships end among the confusions of growing up, one might be able to reconnect to personal identity and be set free. (21 min.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.

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More than ever, the arts play an important role in our community!

“I often tell my friends and former colleagues—from all over the country—that one of the best reasons to visit or live in Manzanita and the surrounding villages, is the fact that there’s a community art center here that is integral to the very spirit of the North OR Coast. The Hoffman Center is an ideal place to explore one’s creativity and make deep connections with others.”
~ Kathryn Stock, Nike Retiree & Manzanita resident

All of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts are committed to providing an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others.  Along with the many dedicated volunteers, we need your help to make that happen. 

More Programming than Ever
This year we’ve grown our programs, adding more classes and opportunities for people to participate in the arts. We are delighted to reach locals who enjoy frequent working sessions in the Clay Studio, as well visitors who come to the area for a writing or art retreat as a creative respite from their busy lives. Here are some notable accomplishments this year:

·     Added Clay Studio classes in techniques for beginners and experts; increasing the number of visitors along with the volume of visits per person and collaborative work on projects such as the totem installation in the Hoffman Garden

·     Increased visual arts classes in sketching and drawing, watercolor, encaustic, and more

·     Added more workshops as part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series and increased the size of our North Coast Squid literary journal

·     Introduced a new community-driven discussion series:  The Art of Aging & The Art of Dying

·     Expanded our art shows—including a new Quilt & Fiber Arts Show and the Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit—and began offering Open Gallery hours on Fridays

Continuing the Momentum:  2017 & Beyond
With your help
, we’ll continue to develop valuable programming that meets the interests of our community. We’ll also continue to strengthen the organization by adding talent to our board and operating committees, further improving processes, and managing our finances with a goal to accelerate paying down our mortgage.

To be successful going forward, we need you to be a part of this important work.. Whether it’s a yearly membership of $25 or more, a sustaining donation of $50 or more per month or a one-time donation, every contribution ensures our continued high-quality programming and gets us closer to our long-term goals.

Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-3846 if you have any questions or would like to discuss your donation with a member of our Board.