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ALL THE LABOR

Sat, Nov 16, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Mission Theater)
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ALL THE LABOR

DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS HAWES-DAVIS - MONTANA (MISSOULA, MT)

(DOC) For two decades, The Gourds have played their rock/folk/country tunes, gathered cult listeners, and always managed to float just under the radar of mainstream success—exactly where they like it. Through a mash-up of interviews, live performances, and scraps of footage, Hawes-Davis’s film will have your foot tapping and your heart laughing. These fathers, husbands, and regular guys have bonded with their instruments and friends, playing music for the love of playing. “Director Doug Hawes-Davis manages to turn this quintet into a dynamic symbol of hard work and friendship. He imbues the collage of live performances and interviews with the...

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BACKBONE: EARLY VANCOUVER EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, 1967-1981

Sun, Nov 10, 2013
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BACKBONE: EARLY VANCOUVER EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA, 1967-1981

DIRECTOR: RICHARD MARTIN - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, BC)

(DOC) From the mid-1960s through the 1970s, Vancouver, BC, was an international hub for experimental film and the source of an enduring body of work that resonates today. Martin’s documentary examines some of the key works of the era, offering perspective on the social and cultural context of the time and the varied influences of psychedelic pop, structuralism, experimental drama, and poetic cinema. Featuring interviews from members of Vancouver’s cultural community—including the artists themselves—the film offers a primer for appreciating a program of key works curated by Martin, all of which reveal vibrant visions. Martin’s BACKBONE (2013) (60 mins.) will...

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BIBLE QUIZ

Sat, Nov 16, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BIBLE QUIZ

DIRECTOR: NICOLE TEENY - WASHINGTON (GIG HARBOR, WA)

(DOC) In Tacoma, Washington, and all over the country, many church groups participate in an annual competition of memorizing and reciting Bible verses and trivia, all in the hopes of making it to a national competition where the best of the best duel it out. With an approaching National Bible Quiz Championship on the horizon, 17-year-old Mikayla and the other members of her Bible quiz group study and practice with unbeatable dedication. But for Mikayla, it is more than just Bible trivia. Her quiz group is an escape from family troubles, a chance at belonging, and the place where she...

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THE EXHIBITION

Thu, Nov 14, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE EXHIBITION

DIRECTOR: DAMON VIGNALE - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, BC)

(DOC) In 2006, Pamela Masik began to paint massive, gruesome portraits based on a police poster of 69 missing women—many of them Aboriginal—from the streets of Vancouver. Twenty-six of her subjects were murdered on Robert Pickton’s farm. She wanted the paintings to bear witness to the crimes and accuse a systemically racist and sexist society that minimizes violence against women. Instead, activist groups are outraged, accusing her of exploiting women’s suffering to further her career. The film follows Masik as, with an energy that is often disturbing in its own way to watch, she works to finish the paintings. Interviews...

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FINDING TRUELOVE

Thu, Nov 14, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Mission Theater)
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FINDING TRUELOVE

DIRECTOR: SAM KUHN - WASHINGTON (BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA)

(DOC) Clay, Michael, and Andrew are fascinated by a yearbook from Chico High’s Class of 1990, which they discover at a Value Village. Intrigued by the cryptic word “caduceus” emblazoned across the cover and by the countless sweet mullets and dream girls inside, the three friends lock onto one particular student: feather-banged mystery man Timothy Truelove. When the guys discover the upcoming Class of 1990’s 20th reunion, they can’t resist the temptation to crash. “This is hands down the most awesome road trip you’ll ever take from Portland to Chico, California! Will they get busted by the Reunion Committee? Will...

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Sat, Nov 16, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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MMXIII

Mon, Nov 11, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MMXIII

DIRECTOR: IAN CLARK - OREGON (LAGRANDE, OR)

(DOC) Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012, Ian Clark’s latest work is an observational approach to the documentary film genre, a strategy that marries well with his previous narrative work, notable for its lack of dialogue and desaturated action. MMXIII is an experimental portrait that explores phenomenological subtlety, intersections of construct and vérité, and the ways in which technology, landscape, and beauty coalesce. “Here, an artist’s reflexive gestures investigate moving images and the nature of image construction, blurring the lines between cinema, still photography, and performance art.”—New Orleans Film Society. (77 mins.)

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NEURONS TO NIRVANA: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES

Thu, Nov 14, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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NEURONS TO NIRVANA: UNDERSTANDING PSYCHEDELIC MEDICINES

DIRECTOR: OLIVER HOCKENHULL - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, BC)

(DOC) Here we have a sure sign of progress: the psychedelic insights of the ’60s counterculture, intact and now bolstered by decades of study. Drawing on an exemplary range of interviews and visualizations, Oliver Hockenhull’s film examines the effects of ayahuasca, MDMA, LSD, and psilocybin. We learn about their mind-expanding properties, their potential to generate revelation, and their possible and documented medical uses. Why are these substances illegal? Several reasons are posited, including their dubious association with lethal drugs like cocaine and heroin and their open-patent status, which renders them unexploitable by Big Pharma—and a potential threat to the corporate...

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A PLACE OF TRUTH

Wed, Nov 13, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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A PLACE OF TRUTH

DIRECTOR: BARRETT RUDICH - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Abigail Mott is 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, Abi sets up camp on a choice 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. Eventually, Abi takes her typewriter to Brooklyn and New Orleans, where she finds a like-minded artists’ community and develops a crush on...

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SHORTS I

Fri, Nov 8, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Nov 10, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Mission Theater)
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Thu, Nov 14, 2013
at 7 PM (Mission Theater)
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SHORTS I

SHORTS

The three shorts programs in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival offer overviews of the current state of filmmaking in the Northwest, including a wide variety of genre, tone, and cultural diversity—something for everyone.

Screenings at The Mission Theater are 21 and over.

 

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SHORTS II

Sat, Nov 9, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Mon, Nov 11, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Mission Theater)
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Fri, Nov 15, 2013
at 7 PM (Mission Theater)
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SHORTS II

SHORTS

The three shorts programs in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival offer overviews of the current state of filmmaking in the Northwest, including a wide variety of genre, tone, and cultural diversity—something for everyone.

Screenings at The Mission Theater are 21 and over.

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SHORTS III

Sun, Nov 10, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Nov 13, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Mission Theater)
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Sat, Nov 16, 2013
at 7 PM (Mission Theater)
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SHORTS III

SHORTS

The three shorts programs in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival offer overviews of the current state of filmmaking in the Northwest, including a wide variety of genre, tone, and cultural diversity—something for everyone.

Screenings at The Mission Theater are 21 and over.

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SURVIVAL PRAYER

Fri, Nov 15, 2013
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SURVIVAL PRAYER

DIRECTOR: BENJAMIN GREENÉ - WASHINGTON (BELLINGHAM, WA)

(DOC) In the past century in Haida Gwaii (British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands), commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices. Compounding this ecological damage is the imminent extinction of the Haida language and loss of traditional knowledge. Naanii Mary Swanson, a last speaker, frames this portrait of age-old traditions at risk. Against the spectacular Pacific coastline, her ancient words set the tone for detailed views of modern life, in which the labor of survival—cutting seaweed fronds, pulling salmon from nets, plucking young spruce tips—speaks to...

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