Northwest Short Films Return to the Hoffman

The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
January, 26 | 7:30pm

Admission: $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda, Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center in Portland from its annual juried festival. The works were shot in Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia. Total running time will be about 90 minutes.

Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager and Programmer for the Northwest Film Center, will attend the screening to discuss both the program and the center

The films to be screened are:

“Dinosaurs in the Hood” by Long Tran, Renton, Washington. A cinematic adaptation of a spoken-word poem about negative representations of African-American men perpetuated by mass media. (4 mins.)

“Float” by Tristan Seniuk and Volneak Sip, Seattle, Wash.Rocky Mang, a Cambodian hustler in 1990’s Seattle, spends his day slinging cheap cologne at the corner store between persistent attempts to convince a local barista to go on a date with him. (24 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Special Mention]

“Vestibular Matching Soundtrack” by McKenzie Blake, Beaverton, Ore.Advances in technology also create linguistic rifts. Having been born largely deaf, a cochlear implant has provided the director access to sound, but at what cost? (9 mins.)

“Lost Winds” by Caryn Cline, Seattle, Wash.Plant materials taped directly onto the celluloid of 16 mm film and optically printed create unique rhythms, patterns, and images. (3 mins.)

“Time Well Spent” by Aaron Bourget, Seattle, Wash.
A hard-working artist is unfairly critiqued. (1 min.)

“Do We Leave This Here” by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, B.C.
A journalist travels to the Peace River Valley to speak to residents about their community, which will soon be erased by the completion of a dam downstream. (17 mins.) [*Judge’s Award: Best Dram]

 “CultureTrauma” by Jodi Darby, Portland, Ore.
Using clips from Hollywood cinema, religious films, newsreels, and home movies, a reflection on what it means to have come of age in the 1970’s United States. (11 mins.)
[*Judge’s Award: Best Essay]

“A Mew Hope” by M. David Koesters, Portland, Ore.
A star fighter and her cat, who doubles as spaceship, must escape an army of soldiers in their own furry ships, or else face the wrath of pug planet. (5 mins.)

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



Acclaimed Documentary Woodsrider

Screening of Woodsrider
Friday, December, 15 | 7:30pm
Admission  $5

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2017 Oregon-made independent documentary film “Woodsrider” Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tucked in the trees of Oregon’s Mount Hood, Sadie Ford, an introspective young snowboarder, camps alone, anticipating a winter of adventure and self-renewal in an acclaimed experimental, moody documentary.

Accompanied by her dog Scooter, her only constant companion, Ford snowshoes to build her nestled tent site, a place she feels more at ease than anywhere with four walls. Brief times in town provide breaths of social interaction and connection, but otherwise she chooses to spend time in solitude.

Striking a youthful yet elegiac tone, “Woodsrider” has been described as a meditative film about identity, home, and the way human experience echoes that of the natural world.

Directed and produced by Cambria Matlow, the film lasts 83 minutes. Matlow plans to attend the presentation of “Woodsrider” to discuss the film and answer questions. She screened her earlier film “Burning in the Sun” at the Hoffman Center last April.

A trailer can be viewed at





Hoffman Center Presents Horror Film for Manzanita Mystery Weekend

Portland-made independent feature film “Ekimmu: The Dead Lust”
Friday, November 17 | 7:30pm
Admission $5

As part of Mystery Weekend 2017 in Manzanita, the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the Portland-made independent feature film “Ekimmu: The Dead Lust”.

On a cross-country trip home a young couple make a late night stop in the unassuming town of Briar Creek. There they stumble across a mysterious girl lying along the dark roadside, with evil lurking waiting, planning, and plotting inside her.

When the two girls find that they are somehow psychically connected strange things begin to happen, and it’s only a matter of time before they can’t control the inevitable.

The following days will lead them to question everything, from their own existence to whether or not they have somehow opened a doorway to evil. The answers can be found in only the darkest of places, where the sins of the past become the sins of the future.

Shot in Portland and Colton, Ore., the film was written and directed by Andy Koontz, and stars Jeff Argubright, Carissa Becker, and Chloe Francis. Released in 2017, it lasts 74 minutes.

A trailer can be viewed at





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


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

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.

Get ready for A Dark and Stormy Night – Mystery Weekend in Manzanita

4f7a9b905a1bc2d6c97e5c8f0157ee9d_fullIt’s going to be another dark and stormy weekend in Manzanita, November 18 – 20, a Mystery Weekend which promises even more twists and turns than last year’s inaugural event.
Sponsored by the Hoffman Center for the Arts, North Tillamook Library, Riverbend Players, NCRD Center for Performing Arts and CART’M, mystery enthusiasts can partake in a variety of activities over the three-days. According to event coordinator Madeline Olson, there’s something for everyone.
“What started as a mystery book sale at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita two years ago expanded the following year to include more mystery-related events along with additional collaborators interested in establishing a fall shoulder-season event,” Olson explained. “This year promises even more fun with more activities.”

Mystery Weekend II kicks off Friday, Nov. 18 with two evening events. The Riverbend Players present “Dead Give Away” at 7 p.m. at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts in nearby Nehalem. Admission is $15. At 7:30 in Manzanita the Hoffman Center for the Arts is host to a mystery movie presentation of “If There’s A Hell Below” at 7:30 p.m. at a cost of $5 at the door.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, mystery activities include a mystery version of Story Time for Children featuring “Where’s My Teddy,” by Jez Alborough, at 11 a.m. at the North Tillamook Library, 571 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. The first 10 families attending the event will receive a free book.

“Taking Your Mystery Recycling” is the theme of an all-day free event at CART’M from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., while NCRD, by popular demand, is host to a Live Clue Experience, a family-oriented whodunnit with prizes and snacks from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hoffman Center events on Saturday include a Writing Scary workshop by author Cat Winters from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-register on the Hoffman blog. Cost is $30. Winters will read from her new novel “Yesternight” at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center, which will be followed by the Writer’s Series Open Mic with the theme “It Was A Dark & Stormy Night” for those wishing to share their creations. Admission is $7 at the door.

Mystery Weekend wraps up on Sunday, the 20th, with the Mystery Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Tillamook Library featuring gently used mystery books with proceeds helping to support library building maintenance. And, if you missed the Riverbend Players presentation of “Dead Give Away,” at the NCRD Center for Performing Arts, you have another opportunity at 2 p.m.

Film Series Presents “If There’s A Hell Below”

if-theres-a-hell-below-graphic-wThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the acclaimed 2016 independent feature thriller “If There’s a Hell Below” Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5. The presentation is part of the Dark and Stormy Mystery Weekend in Manzanita.

Abe, a young journalist at an independent Chicago weekly, has a lead on a story that could make his career. Debra, a woman claiming to work in national security, has some serious information to leak. She insists on meeting Abe in a desolate place in the American West.

The tension rises as it becomes obvious that somebody or some organization doesn’t want the information to be passed along.

Directed by Nathan Williams of Portland, the film stars Conner Marx, Mark Carr, Carol Roscoe, and Paul Budraitis. It was shot in eastern Washington and lasts 94 minutes.

The film was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature in Park City, Utah. The Manzanita Film Series screened four shorts by Williams in May 2016.

Williams will attend the screening in Manzanita to discuss his film.

The Film Series is one of the many events of the Manzanita Mystery Weekend, a collaboration with the North Tillamook County Library, the North County Recreational District, and CARTM.


Film Series Screens ‘Black Road’ on September 23rd

Black Road Graphic 6072_The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the acclaimed 2016 sci-fi feature “Black Road” Friday, Sep. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Set in the autonomous, rebel State of Jefferson in 2029, the film tells the story of an ex-military cyborg who risks his life to protect a mysterious woman from her dangerous ex. He’s aided by his A.I. implant “Clyde” who proves partner and friend.

Written and directed by Gary Lundberg, “Black Road” stars Sam Daly, Simon Templeman, Leilani Sarelle and Michelle Lombardo. It was shot in Ashland and along the south coast of Oregon. The film lasts 80 minutes.

“I first saw this movie late last year at the Astoria International Film Festival and was very impressed,” said Hoffman Center film program leader David Dillon. “Someone called it a ‘futuristic neo-noir thriller’ and I think that’s an apt description.”