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 “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


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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Film Series Presents “A Standing Still”

A Standing Still Graphic 4072The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 award-winning feature film “A Standing Still” Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Scott Ballard of Portland the film tells the story of a young recluse who works as a fire lookout in the forest and struggles with the future in the midst of loss and displacement.

When she is called down early for a medical emergency with her father, she is forced to face the present and the past that has led her there.

The film was shot on location in Portland; Cannon Beach; Bellingham, Washington; and the Willamette National Forest.

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

Film Series Presents “A Place of Truth”

Abigail Mott Pic 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 feature-length documentary “A Place of Truth” Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Barrett Rudich, of Portland, the film tells the story of Abigail Mott, a 21-year-old woman traveling from city to city as a nomadic street poet.

Inspired by watching a street poet in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mott sets up camp on a city street corner, with chair and typewriter, and offers to write a personalized poem on the spot for passersby.

They decide the subject matter and the fee they’ll pay, and they leave, generally delighted, with a fresh poem all their own.

Mott eventually takes her typewriter to Brooklyn and New Orleans, where she finds a like-minded artists’ community and develops a crush on a fellow poet.

As much about poetry as it is about young romantics in the seemingly impenetrable new economy, “A Place of Truth” offers a case study from the 99%.

The film lasts 65 minutes, and refreshments will be available.