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.


Mystery & Magic Art Show: Artists Opening November 21 from 3 to 5 pm

The Mysterious CatAs part of the Mystery Weekend co-sponsored by the North Tillamook Library, CARTM, and NCRD, the Hoffman Center for the Arts is hosting an art show.  Local artists submitted work in keeping with the theme “Mystery & Magic”.  The work will be up for Hoffman events starting  Friday, November 20.  Meet the artists at the opening on Saturday November 21 from 3 to 5 pm, or come view the show during special hours coinciding with the mystery book sale at the library on Sunday from 11 to 3 p.m.

You’ll see Lori Dillon’s The Mysterious Cat (pictured here), along with some 20 other pieces exploring the mystery and magic in our lives.

Rene Denfeld will read from her book The Enchanted on Saturday, November 21

R.Denfeld-61Rene Denfeld will read from her book The Enchanted at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita at 7pm on Saturday, November 21, 2015.

Denfeld’s first novel has garnered many awards and rave reviews to include: #1 Book of the Year, the Oregonian; One of the Top #5 Books of the Year, Powell’s Books; an Indie Next Pic;, and winner for Best Foreign Novel 2014 for the French Prix Award.

“Filled with themes of pain and suffering and still a pleasure to read, this impressive debut… is set in a decaying, dark, corrupt prison, but as the opening line reveals, it ‘is an enchanted place.’ …Read this magical book, and prepare to be spellbound.”  — Library Journal

“Rene Denfeld is a genius. In The Enchanted she has imagined one of the grimmest settings in the world—a dank and filthy death row in a corrupt prison—and given us one of the most beautiful, heartrending, and riveting novels I have ever read.” – Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time

Denfeld has written for many publications including The New York Times MagazineThe Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She has published three non-fiction books. In addition to her writing career, Denfeld is a death penalty investigator who works with men and women facing execution. She calls herself “the happy mother” of three children she adopted from state foster care.

Following Denfeld’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Magic.”
Admission for the evening is $7.

This evening’s reading is just one of the events of the Mystery Weekend put on by the North Tillamook County Library, the Hoffman Center for the Arts, CART’M, and NCRD. For a complete listing of events, click here.