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.”

Film Series Offers “Voyagers Without Trace” on August 19th

Voyagers Poster 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the acclaimed 2015 independent documentary “Voyagers Without Trace” Friday, Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The film lasts 80 minutes. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Ian McCluskey of Portland, the film traces the 900-mile journey in 1938 of three French kayakers down the Green and Colorado Rivers. The trio documented their adventure on 16-mm color film, but it was never shown to the public.

McCluskey retrieved the film from archives. He used it, a diary, and still photos to retrace and document the journey himself with two friends.

“Voyagers offers a vivid window to a time when the Wild West was transitioning to the Modern West, when the rivers flowed wild and undammed, before guidebooks and GPS,” said McCluskey. “The (French kayakers) set out as a new vanguard of outdoor recreationalists, packing a new set of equipment and expectations, to seek out adventure merely for the ‘joie de vivre.’”

“Voyagers Without Trace” was featured at the Astoria Film Festival in Dec. 2015, and won the Varsity Audience Award at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in April 2016.

McCluskey is an award-winning documentary film director and the founding director of NW Documentary in Portland.  His work has garnered more than a dozen prestigious awards, including four Emmys.

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Hoffman Center Screens “A Morning Light” on June 24th

A Morning Light Graphic 8072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2015 feature “A Morning Light” on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and director by Ian Clark, the film is an atmospheric sci-fi thriller about a couple who begin to sense a strange presence has embedded itself in the forest around them. Their experiences become progressively more bizarre as they immerse themselves in the surrounding wilderness.

The feature stars Zach Weintraub and Celia Rowlson-Hall and is 82 minutes long.

“A Morning Light” won awards at the 2015 American Film Institute Film Fest, and the 2016 film festivals in Ashland and Sarasota.

Amplify the Hoff Fundraising Campaign

amplify the hoff logoWe’re launching our ‘Amplify the Hoff’ fundraising campaign today. You may have noticed our new stage lights, funded by the Tillamook PUD.  Now we want to complement that new lighting with upgraded audio-visual equipment.

Our current audio system is a hodge-podge of used and donated equipment:  the sound board has several channels missing, the small speakers we use for author presentations crackle, the large JBLs we use for our film and musical events are extremely unwieldy for our volunteers to set up.

This year’s Community Talent Showcase provided the initial funds for that project, as will the proceeds from Liz Cole’s Story-Time for Grown-ups  on May 5th (Thank you Liz!!).

We’re delighted to report that if we raise $3,000 by June 18th, a generous donor will match that amount, and we’ll be able to buy and install a new audio-visual system that can meet our needs for years to come.

It’s easy to donate online here: using either your Paypal account or a credit card.  If you prefer, simply mail a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130 and write “amplify” in the memo line.

Do it soon, we only have until June 18th to raise $3,000.  Thank you in advance for helping us bring the arts to life!

Hoffman Center for the Arts Screens New Short Films

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The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Apr. 22. Admission will be $5.

The collection of 9 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its latest juried film festival. Films were made in British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Total running time is 76 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

“Hers is Where Your Begins” Janet McIntyre (Portland)
This film explores the emotions that come to people after the loss of a loved one. (5 min.)

“For Jean-Pierre Melvin” Ira Flowers (Portland)
An assassin is running against the clock in this love letter to the French new wave cinema. (6 min.)

“To See More Light” Kurtis Hough (Portland)
A lens is placed on the constant shifting and changing of the natural as something new is born out of the cauldron of old (15 min.)

“Two Roads” Troy Moth and Josh Lambert (Sooke, BC)
Native American youth are faced with the difficult challenge of growing up in a culture that is not entirely their own. (3 min.)

“Arca Archa” Sarah El Bakkouri (Richmond BC)
If life is a container, perhaps it too is a prison, or perhaps we might be able to escape through its walls to something else, but at what cost? (5 min.)

“Robot Pavlov Sputnik” Oliver Hockenhull (Vancouver, BC)
Mixing two films about the cinematic process creates a lush experience rich in subtextual meaning. (7 min.)

“Memory” Stuart Eagon (Portland)
Fleeting faces, places and times stare back at us as a reminder of the complex emotions put forth as we gaze into our own memories. (10 min.)

“Seven Ways from Sunday” Robert Sickels (Walla Walla)
Seven stories from individuals who have fallen victim to their fellow citizens’ misconceptions and fears (7 min.)

“Dead Hearts” Stephen W. Martin (Vancouver, BC)
A young mortician discovers his one true love only to realize she is also sought after by a gang of bullies. (16 min.)

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