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Films & Schedules - Narrative Feature

CAMERA SHY

Wed, Nov 13, 2013
at 7 PM (Mission Theater)
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CAMERA SHY

DIRECTOR: MARK SAWERS - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, BC)

(NAR) Larry (Nicolas Wright) is an unprincipled city councilman who doesn’t mind a little fraud and infidelity if it advances his political career and strokes his ego. Soon, however, he notices an uncanny cameraman documenting his every move and misdeed. Larry’s psychiatrist suggests that the cameraman is a manifestation of his subconscious, whose purpose is to make Larry own up to his bad behavior and change his ways. But owning up to the truth of his life, which now includes not only a broken marriage but an accidental homicide, proves too much for Larry’s ego to handle. He comes to...

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CITY BABY

Mon, Nov 11, 2013
at 7 PM (Mission Theater)
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CITY BABY

DIRECTOR: DAVID F. MORGAN - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) “This pungent, Portland-set tale features a striking performance by Cora Benesh as Cloey, a 25-year-old aspiring actress facing a turning point in her life. Freewheeling party girl Cloey is comfortably living off her daddy’s (Daniel Baldwin) money, ignoring his entreaties to get a job and pursuing her acting career while living with her aging rocker boyfriend Jesse (Andrew Harris). She’s just landed a role in a new play, as a gay teenage boy. Taking full advantage of its extensive Portland locations—‘I love being damp 250 days a year,’ one character bitterly observes—it also effectively captures the city’s independent rock...

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EDEN

Sun, Nov 10, 2013
at 7 PM (Mission Theater)
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EDEN

DIRECTOR: MEGAN GRIFFITHS - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

In this electrifying thriller inspired by true events, Jamie Chung (THE HANGOVER, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS) stars as Hyun Jae, a young Korean-American girl abducted and forced into prostitution by a human and drug trafficking ring. Renamed “Eden” by her kidnappers, she soon learns the only way to survive is to earn the trust of those in charge: Bob Gault, a corrupt US Marshal (Beau Bridges), and his assistant Vaughan (Matt O’Leary), a disturbed young man battling demons of his own. But as Eden’s influence within the operation grows, she must decide just how much of herself she’s...

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EMPTY HOLLOW ECHO

Tue, Nov 12, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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EMPTY HOLLOW ECHO

DIRECTOR: ADAM SEKULER - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(NAR) A man exits a building and immediately realizes that he doesn’t have his keys. Locked out, he wanders the empty streets alone, noticing everything that had been drowned out by the hustle and bustle of the city by day. An apocalyptic film with no apocalypse, a dystopic vision of man’s physical imprint on space, an architecture film as seen from a night on earth, Sekuler’s character aches for attention and longs to be alone. (74 mins.)

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THE FALLS: TESTAMENT OF LOVE

Sat, Nov 16, 2013
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE FALLS: TESTAMENT OF LOVE

DIRECTOR: JON GARCIA - OREGON (LAKE OSWEGO, OR)

Five years after we left RJ and Chris in THE FALLS (2012 Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival), the ex-lovers who met as Mormon missionaries are living separate and decidedly different lives. In Seattle, RJ is in a relationship as an openly gay man, while Chris is married to a woman in Salt Lake City, where the two are raising their daughter. An unexpected event finds the two young men thrust once again into each other’s lives. As old feelings begin to surface, they face even more difficult choices in their mutual quest for love, freedom, and happiness. (100 mins.)

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

FRESH FILM NORTHWEST WINNING WORKS

YOUTH

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HAWAIIAN PUNCH

Mon, Nov 11, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HAWAIIAN PUNCH

DIRECTOR: NANDAN RAO - OREGON (CORVALLIS, OR)

(NAR) This unconventional buddy movie follows two young Mormon men on a mission term in Hawaii, who spend their days cliff diving, moped riding, and conversing about relationships and religion. Despite the seeming frivolity of their daily activities, pressures weigh upon them to find wives and become serious men. “Knowingly, HAWAIIAN PUNCH lacks action. In fact, it is the inaction of the film and its protagonists that reveals the fundamental truth in their lives. Instead of spiritual enlightenment, these are two men on the verge of realizing their own stasis. Nick is pursuing romance as a devout Mormon, while Tor...

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JUNK

Fri, Nov 15, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Mission Theater)
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JUNK

DIRECTOR: KEVIN HAMEDANI - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(NAR) Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh has lost his girlfriend and spends his days getting high, while Raul is across the country studying at Columbia. When word arrives that their all-but-forgotten film, ISLAMA-RAMA 2, has made it into a film festival, the ex-friends are forced to reconnect in order to pitch a new script to the festival’s marquee guest, the mysterious and powerful producer Yukio Tai. Along the way, the pair forges their way through hilarious mishaps involving prima donna actors, cutthroat colleagues, inept agents, seedy motels, and romantic entanglements—all...

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MANDAROSE

Sat, Nov 16, 2013
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MANDAROSE

DIRECTOR: GABE VAN LELYVELD - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) Amanda, isolated and unfulfilled, is the sole provider for and caretaker of her joyful and loving sister, Rose, who has a developmental disability. Rose adores Amanda, but she knows on some level that her sister views her as a burden. Although Amanda takes excellent care of Rose, long-repressed desires for freedom and adventure keep her at an emotional distance. As their already delicate situation worsens, Amanda begins to buckle under the strain, and as a result of her actions, the two sisters find themselves, as well as their understanding of one another, dramatically altered. (54 mins.)

WITH

HEART...

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THE PERCEPTION OF MOVING TARGETS

Wed, Nov 13, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE PERCEPTION OF MOVING TARGETS

DIRECTOR: WESTON CURRIE - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) “In this haunting feature, Currie stages an intervention into habituated and supposedly natural ways of making meaning onscreen. In collaboration with Grouper, who provides an exquisite musical soundscape, he offers an extremely stimulating experience, as viable as it is unconventional. Divided into four chapters that seemingly involve distinct settings and characters (for example, a young woman running track, an infant taking in visual phenomena), the film depicts these subjects in exquisitely layered aural and visual compositions, handily subverting expected narrative connections along the way. Indeed, searching for a traditional plot is missing the point and the pleasure of this...

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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 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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WINTER IN THE BLOOD

Fri, Nov 15, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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WINTER IN THE BLOOD

DIRECTOR: ALEX SMITH, ANDREW SMITH - MONTANA (MISSOULA, MT)

(NAR) “True to the tough, lyrical, magical spirit of James Welch’s classic novel of Native American life, this hauntingly beautiful movie follows a young Blackfoot Indian’s alcohol-fueled search for his wife, his rifle, his identity—and salvation. WINTER IN THE BLOOD portrays a world that is too often overlooked, that of modern Native American life. Using the prose of James Welch, the film takes an unflinching and realistic look at some of the troubles that this community faces through the lens of this individual. It’s also a treat to see Native American actors, too often relegated to nameless parts in period...

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YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG

Tue, Nov 12, 2013
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG

DIRECTOR: ZACH WEINTRAUB - WASHINGTON (OLYMPIA)

(NAR) Weintraub’s third feature exemplifies his intimate filmmaking style, with a minimalism reminiscent of Yasujiro¯ Ozu, Claire Denis, and many other auteurs of world cinema. Justine has uprooted her life to follow her boyfriend Zach as he pursues his own professional opportunities in a new place. Instead of intimacy and bliss, what follows her decision is a sense of alienation from the very man she sets out to join. As Zach’s work pressures mount, their relationship develops rifts, and Justine begins to explore her own creative endeavors. Structured as much by the information we are denied access to as it...

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