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Films & Schedules - Documentary

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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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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