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Fri, Nov 7, 2014
at 9 PM (Northwest Film Center School of Film)

THE 41ST NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT PARTY

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Friday, November 7, 9 p.m.
Northwest Film Center School of Film
934 SW Salmon St.

We are throwing open the doors of the Film Center’s School of Film and taking over the classrooms and halls for a celebration of Northwest Filmmakers that will launch this ten day feast for the curious. Grab a drink at the cash bar and dig into conversation with the many filmmakers around you.

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BELLA VISTA

Sat, Nov 8, 2014
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BELLA VISTA

DIRECTOR: VERA BRUNNER-SUNG - MONTANA (MISSOULA, MT)

(NAR) Having recently moved to Missoula, Montana to teach English to a group of international students, thirty-something Doris finds herself alone. She wanders listlessly, but her students possess courage, purpose, and grounding and understand what it takes to belong. Inspired in part by director Brenner-Sung’s experience moving to Montana in 2011, BELLA VISTA is a meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West exploring both the perils of rootlessness as well as the optimism of new beginnings. (83 mins.)

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BFE

Sun, Nov 9, 2014
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BFE

DIRECTOR: SHAWN TELFORD - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

(NAR) In his debut feature, Seattle filmmaker Shawn Telford follows four individuals living in
 a small town dominated by drugs and brutality and their lasting desire to mold their lives into something more meaningful. In an attempt to escape his failing health, Grampa embarks with his grandson Ian on an adventure full of shady deals and risk taking. They meet Ellie, a troubled teenager searching for love and salvation from Zack, a young romantic whose future hinges on how he reacts to temptation. While Ellie, Zack, Grampa, Ian, and their comrades have had very different life experiences, they all need...

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DRYLAND

Sat, Nov 15, 2014
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DRYLAND

DIRECTOR: SUE ARBUTHNOT, RICHARD WILHELM - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(DOC) Josh Knodel and his best friend Matt Miller helm JAWS, a tricked-out, welded up, baby blue farm combine-in-retirement in the annual farm Combine and demolition derby in Lind, Washington. This raucous and quirky barn-raising spectacle is not only great fun, it also helps build and support the struggling rural community. Family farming is in Josh’s genes, but his dream shatters when he learns the family farm can no longer support him due to advancing technology and increasingly severe climate. Filmed over a decade and set in the American West, DRYLAND traces a young man’s quest for victory in a...

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DUENDE: SUIT OF LIGHTS

Sat, Nov 15, 2014
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DUENDE: SUIT OF LIGHTS

DIRECTOR: JEFF ROWLES - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

CLOSING NIGHT SCREENING—(NAR) After fleeing the trappings of fame, for- tune, and success in the bullfighting arena, an orphan turned beloved matador navigates the afterlife. On the advice of a mystic healer he journeys into the desert to perform a ritual of rebirth and burns his suit of lights, the traditional bull-fighting costume. Upon waking he is joined on his path through limbo by three joyful yet mischievous companions—guiding spirits in the form of rodeo clowns. As the clowns begin to tease out the matador’s secrets and ease him into his new life, they are meanwhile being closely pursued by...

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FREELOAD

Wed, Nov 12, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FREELOAD

DIRECTOR: DANIEL T. SKAGGS - MONTANA (BILLINGS, MT)

(DOC) “Hobos to me, represent an American pastime—a story told through the lyrics of Woody Guthrie and writers from the dust Bowl era. Historically, men of The Great Depression rode trains out of necessity. I, however, had been riding freight trains for nearly a decade seeking adventure. In the summer of 2011, I hopped a freight out of Missoula, Montana. Armed with camera equipment, a pack, and a vision, I crisscrossed the nation’s railroads, encountering the characters of this documentary. This movie is about Blackbird, a lost teenager searching for the answers to life; Ponyboy and Rachel, young lovers who...

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Sat, Nov 8, 2014
at 2 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

FRESH FILM NORTHWEST WINNING WORKS

YOUTH

FREE ADMISSION

To view entries awarded Honorable Mention, please visit vimeo.com/schooloffilm starting Nov. 8.

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FRIENDSHIP (w/ TACO NIGHT)

Sat, Nov 8, 2014
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FRIENDSHIP (w/ TACO NIGHT)

DIRECTOR: NATHANIEL BENNETT - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(NAR) Alex, Todd, and Stephen are three hard-working friends who are content with spending their paychecks on hunting, beer, and women. Their simple life is soon disrupted when a strange band of brothers begin antagonizing them. (64 mins.)

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TACO NIGHT
DIRECTOR: KYLE EATON / PORTLAND, OR
(NAR) Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple. (16 mins.)

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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND

Thu, Nov 13, 2014
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND

DIRECTOR: BARRY L. HUNT - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(NAR) Created by Portland’s award recognized Sowelu ensemble, filmed on majestic landscapes in rural Oregon and Southern Washington, and shot in a 70’s retro art-house style, ANSE AND BHULE is an original drama of two cultures that survive a cataclysm. In this post-apocalyptic love story, a group of boys living in a cave develop a unique ritual culture and language influenced by religion, childhood fears, and superstition. Through ritual vision quests, they decide to travel the earth killing diseased creatures, making the world “clean” for their brotherhood. on their way, they discover a “her”, the first woman they have seen....

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GLENA

Sat, Nov 15, 2014
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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GLENA

DIRECTOR: ALLAN LUEBKE - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(DOC) “Glena Avila is a single mother from The Dalles who decided in her 30s to pursue a career as a mixed martial-arts fighter. Devoting herself to a grueling training regimen that puts her relationship with her boyfriend and her children at risk, and fending off a custody battle with her ex-husband and the foreclosure of her home, this 5-foot-4-inch, 115-pound dynamo never gives up in her quest for cage-match glory. Sounds like an inspirational, even sappy, Hollywood script treatment, right? Wrong. Luebke filmed Avila for more than a year and then spent three years editing the footage into this...

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HOUSE OF LAST THINGS

Fri, Nov 14, 2014
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HOUSE OF LAST THINGS

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL BARTLETT - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(NAR) Alan is a successful classical music critic. His wife Sarah is an obsessively grieving woman, struggling with an unspoken tragedy even after months of institutionalized therapy. The couple embarks on a recuperative trip to Italy and arranges for a house sitter, Kelly. Young and lonely, longing for commitment and the better things in life, Kelly is quickly joined by her younger brother Tim (RJ Mitte from BREAKING BAD) and her trashy boyfriend Jesse. It’s not long before the trio find themselves drawn into a web of disturbing revelations when Jesse suddenly decides to kidnap eight-year-old Adam from the supermarket....

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IN COUNTRY

Tue, Nov 11, 2014
at 8:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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IN COUNTRY

DIRECTOR: MIKE ATTIE AND MEGHAN O’HARA - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

VETERANS DAY SCREENING—(DOC) Weaving together vérité footage of men recreating the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon with archival footage and observations of them going about their daily lives, IN COUNTRY blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, past and present, to tell a story about men—many combat veterans of Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan haunted by their own experiences on the frontline. “Then there’s the final jaw dropping casting of one platoon member: a Vietnamese guy who actually fought for the losing South Vietnamese Army. Why on Earth would he want to relive those experiences? The filmmakers ask him,...

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LET'S TALK TRASH

Mon, Nov 10, 2014
at 7 PM (Portland Art Museum's Marion L. Miller Gallery)

LET'S TALK TRASH

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - OREGON

Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash events are designed to engage the public in discussions about how the greater Portland region can best manage its garbage in the future.

As part of its Let’s Talk Trash series, Metro challenged local filmmakers to create short films (10 minutes or less) about garbage: Where does garbage go once it leaves the curb? Where should it go? What happens to garbage? How can or could technology affect garbage? What does garbage do for us? Or what could it do?

Tonight we view a selection of the films submitted and the audience will...

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Mon, Nov 10, 2014
at 6 PM (Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum)

LET'S TALK TRASH

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Monday, November 10, 6 p.m. Reception, 7pm Screening
Portland Art Museum's Marion L. Miller Gallery
1119 SW Park Avenue

Metro's Let's Talk Trash events are designed to engage the public in discussions about how the greater Portland region can best manage its garbage in the future. As part of its Let's Talk Trash series, Metro challenged local filmmakers to creat short films (10 minutes or less) about garbage: Where does garbage go once it leaves the curb? Where should it go? What happens to garbage? How can or could technology affect garbage? What does garbage do for us? Or...

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LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS

Fri, Nov 14, 2014
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 14, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL ANNUS - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(DOC) during the course of three years and three sets of paintings, we enter the working world of noted Northwest painter Lucinda Parker. In part using a drywall mudder as a paintbrush, she creates athletic and poetic work that emerges in these paintings from her fascination with clouds and water. (21 mins.)

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MENDING THE LINE (w/ MIND ZONE)

Tue, Nov 11, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MENDING THE LINE (w/ MIND ZONE)

DIRECTOR: JOHN WALLER - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

VETERANS DAY SCREENING—(DOC) Tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger, 90-year-old Frank Moore has always loved to fly fish. In 1944, he landed with 150,000 other troops on the beaches of Normandy, France for the D-Day invasion. Despite the war around him, he couldn’t help but notice the fishing potential of the rivers he and his fellow troops crossed as they made their way into France. Seventy years later, reflecting on his life, Moore is compelled to return to Normandy, this time armed not with a gun but with fly rod and reel. Waller’s inspirational...

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Fri, Nov 14, 2014
at 5 PM (Portland Art Museum)

MUSEUM $5 FRIDAYS

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Friday, November 14, after 5 p.m.

Each Friday after 5 pm, enjoy $5 admission to the Portland Art Museum (The Northwest Film Center’s sister organization). Tonight, the Festival will be screening LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS at 5 pm and 6 pm with a Q&A with director Michael Annus between shows.

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Sat, Nov 8, 2014
at 10 AM (Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum)

NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ UN-CONFERENCE

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Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Ave.


The Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference is a Barcamp-style event organized by filmmakers/participants for filmmakers/participants. The process begins before the Festival, when participants come together online to introduce themselves, suggest topics, and explore discussion ideas. Past sessions have included conversations on self-distribution, archiving work, navigating festivals, building social communities, and more. This is an event where novice filmmakers might meet their next crew and accomplished filmmakers might meet their inspiration. The Northwest has a wealth of filmmaking resources—none as invaluable as the filmmakers...

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ONE LAST HUG AND A FEW SMOOCHES: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP (w/ LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS)

Sun, Nov 9, 2014
at 4:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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ONE LAST HUG AND A FEW SMOOCHES: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP (w/ LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS)

DIRECTOR: IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

DOC) Brodsky’s unflinching documentary profiles a unique camp where grieving children find comfort in one another to deal with their pain. (36 mins.)

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LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL ANNUS / PORTLAND, OR
(DOC) during the course of three years and three sets of paintings, we enter the working world of noted Northwest painter Lucinda Parker. In part using a drywall mudder as a paintbrush, she creates athletic and poetic work that emerges in these paintings from her fascination with clouds and water. (21 mins.)

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RETURN OF THE RIVER

Mon, Nov 10, 2014
at 8 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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RETURN OF THE RIVER

DIRECTOR: JOHN GUSSMAN AND JESSICA PLUMB - WASHINGTON (PORT TOWNSEND, WA)

(DOC) When frontiersmen came to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to “conquer” the untamed landscape, they paid little attention to the ecological consequences on the Elwha River and even less attention to the social impact on the indigenous Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Dams were built and the river was re-routed, creating bustling new towns while destroying tribal lands and decimating the critical salmon population. With the river’s ecosystem on life support, it seemed unlikely that anything could remedy the situation. But a group of environmental advocates, scientists, politicians, and dedicated Klallam crusaders reversed the tide of public opinion and initiated the largest...

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SHORTS I

Fri, Nov 7, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Nov 12, 2014
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORTS I

SHORTS

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SHORTS II

Sat, Nov 8, 2014
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Nov 13, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORTS II

SHORTS

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SHORTS III

Sun, Nov 9, 2014
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Fri, Nov 14, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORTS III

SHORTS

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THE WINDING STREAM

Sat, Nov 15, 2014
at 5:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE WINDING STREAM

DIRECTOR: BETH HARRINGTON - WASHINGTON (VANCOUVER, WA)

(DOC) “THE WINDING STREAM begins at the source of what we know as classic country music—the original Carter Family from the Appalachian foothills. Unlikely superstars, A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter had their first success on the radio in the late 1920s. Maybelle brought up the next generation (Anita, June, and Helen) and they toured as Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters in the 1960s and ‘70s, influencing much of the folk revival. When June Carter married Johnny Cash, their combined family kept the musical legacy flourishing. George Jones, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, and many others cite the influence...

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Sun, Nov 9, 2014
at 2 PM (Northwest Film Center School of Film)
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WORKSHOP: DEVELOPING THE DOC-MAKER’S EAR FOR STORY

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Irene Taylor Brodsky
Sunday, November 9, 2-4 p.m.
Northwest Film Center School of Film
934 SW Salmon St.

Tuition: $15 Interesting people, compelling social issues, and heroic tales can all tug on our filmmaking hearts crying out to be THE story that wins over our blood, sweat, and tears for the next weeks, months, and even years. of all the possible stories that intrigue and inspire, how do you know which ones have the potential to blossom into artistic and critical success? Is there a sorting process separating the good ones from the less good ones? In...

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Sat, Nov 15, 2014
at 10 AM (Northwest Film Center School of Film)
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WORKSHOP: INSIDE THE WORLD OF FILM COMPOSING

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Mark Orton
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Northwest Film Center School of Film
934 SW Salmon St.

Tuition: $45

This workshop delves into the business of writing original music for film and focuses on how the film director can best communicate with a composer. Starting with an overview of the instructor’s film palette and style, it will discuss such topics as: the types of film scores (original, licensed, public domain, live captured, sound design); film music budgeting; what happens before a composer is hired (the temp score, the cue sheet, demos, typical contracts, and budgets); how to...

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