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Fresh Film NW

FRESH FILM NORTHWEST is a juried survey of work by up-and-coming teen filmmakers living in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.  Now in its 39th year, the Festival recognizes individual talent, showcases model examples of how film arts can be taught in schools, and engages all of us in helping to build the Northwest regional youth media community of 13- to 19-year-olds.  Congratulations to these young filmmakers, whose work has been selected from nearly 100 entries, and to the high schools, community organizations and mentors who supported their efforts.  May this glimpse into the heart and spirit of the next generation be a refreshing reminder that filmmaking is first and foremost about people encouraging each other, and showing the way.

Ellen Thomas, Education Director
Northwest Film Center

JUROR'S STATEMENT

Spending nearly five hours viewing this year's teen-made entries, we learned a great deal about what's on the minds of today's youth.  As might be expected, one theme that immediately emerged was that of searching: searching for true friendship, for one's unique identity in a media-laden world, and for meaningful life work (with a concurrent fear of workplace drudgery).  Then there is the theme of technology and the many questions it asks about life with and without it (what happens if your cell phone doesn't ring, or even worse, if the wifi goes out?), and youthful questioning about the future (can an office job really be satisfying? will love really last a lifetime?). 

Getting an image to look good on screen can be pretty easy with today's cameras.  Creating a story that knows what it wants to say and why it wants to say it is a higher achievement.  Many of the entries were very worthy efforts, and we applaud the up and coming talent of our Northwest region. In the end, what separated the most compelling films from the rest in the pack was intention.  We think our selections speak with confidence and spirit, whether live action, animated, experimental or documentary in technique.  For us, "Fresh" came down to honesty, empathy and a little bit of fun.  

Mariana Urban
Sue Arbuthnot

2015 Fresh Film Northwest Jurors 

 

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THE JURORS

Sue Arbuthnot is an independent filmmaker and educator with an MFA in Film Production from Columbia University. Her company, Hare In the Gate Productions LLC, produces independent and commissioned documentaries, including DRYLAND, which screened at the Northwest Filmmaker's Festival in 2014, and IMAGINING HOME (Audience Award, Best Feature Documentary) in 2009.

Mariana Urban is a producer for Evergreen State College Electronic Media and independent filmmaker with a background in teaching production and media literacy to young people for Reel Grrls, the Seattle International Film Festival and other organizations. 

Special thanks to Hannah Eigeman for coordinating this year's jurying, and to Keelan Booth and Dezjiana Wright for their behind-the-scenes help.

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FRESH FILM WINNING PROGRAM

Ages 13-19
WINNING PROGRAM
SAT, NOV 14, 12 PM--WHITSELL AUDITORIUM
FREE ADMISSION

 

FEMALE FASHION THROUGHOUT THE DECADES

FILMMAKER: ALYSSA DUNCAN / VANCOUVER SCHOOL OF ARTS & ACADEMICS, VANCOUVER, WA
(DOC) Hair, make-up and clothing styles evolve over time, frame by frame  (4 mins)

 

LEO & CLARK

FILMMAKERS: AKIVA HENIG, AVINOAM HENIG / INDEPENDENT, PORTLAND, OR
(NAR) Young men compare notes on the pursuit of happiness. (5 mins.)

 

TIME CATCHES UP

FILMMAKER: MAX BEAULIEU / WHITMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, SEATTLE, WA

(NAR) Young, but not as young as she used to be (3 mins)

 

HOME FREE

FILMMAKER: AISLINN DAY / INDEPENDENT, VANCOUVER, WA
(NAR) In an empty house, the phone doesn't ring and a daughter is left to wonder. (5 mins)

 

WORDS OF WISDOM

FILMMAKERS: SARAH BONILLA, VIOLET CULVER, ZANNA KORTENHOF, ELLIE MCLEAN, CHARLOTTE NEWSOM, IZI POTTER, LUZY SAGOO, LEAH STEINDORF / POWGIRLS, PORTLAND, OR
(NAR) A grandmother's advice spurs a granddaughter into action. 4 mins)

  THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

FILMMAKER: ANNA KRIESKE / NORTHWEST FILM CENTER SUMMER CAMP, PORTLAND, OR
(ANI) Is he, or isn't he, the one and only survivor?  (1 min)
 

SOLVED

FILMMAKER: SILVAN YANG / NORTHWEST FILMC ENTER SUMMER CAMP, PORTLAND, OR
(ANI) Coming up with the solution under pressure. (1 min)
 

AT THE PARK

FILMMAKER: ZULEMA YOUNG – TOLEDO / NORTHWEST FILM CENTER SUMMER CAMP, PORTLAND, OR
(EXP) Frolicking children, fountains and skyscrapers playfully interpreted. (1 min)

 

TODAY

FILMMAKERS: COLEMAN ANDERSON, PJ HASE, BERGEN JOHNSON / BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL, SEATTLE, WA
(MUSIC VID) The world is a magical place, if you just look beyond the mundane. (3 mins)

 

LEAVE

FILMMAKER: MIGUEL JEFFERIES / INDEPENDENT, VANCOUVER, WA
(NAR) Something is out there, and you don't want to get near it. (6 mins) 

 

HIPPYS VEHICLE GETTING REPOSSESSED

FILMMAKER: CASEY MCDOUGALL / INDEPENDENT, WOODLAND, WA
(NAR) What happens when you don't cooperate with the Home Owner's Authority. (6 mins)

 

PENDAMONIUM

FILMMAKERS: AMELIA COMER, FRANCISCO COVARRUBIAS, KARSTEN COWLES, ELIOT CZECK, LILY ELSBROCK, LAUREL FRODSHAM, OWEN HOKE, JACKSON KOPPENHOFER, HOSHAIAH LONG, AUSTIN RODGERS, OLIVIA ROWE, COBI RUSCH, NATALIE SHERSHOW, KEEGAN VAN HOOK / NORTHWEST FILM CENTER SUMMERCAMP, PORTLAND, OR
(NAR) Drama intersect over a much-needed pen. (8 mins)

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HONORABLE MENTION

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THE STROLL

FILMMAKER: JILLYAN BINGHAM / NW FILMCENTER SUMMERCAMP, PORTLAND, OR
(ANI) Girl meets tiger on a leisurely walk. (1 min)

ANNE

FILMMAKERS: JAYA FLANARY, MAEGEN TAJALLE, RACHEL COLE / BALLARD HIGH SCHOOL, SEATTLE, WA
(NAR) Loved ones may leave our lives, but never leave our hearts. (8 mins)

GREAT EXPECTATIOS

FILMMAKERS: ANN HANLIN, KAITLYNN BRADY, JESSICA LUNDQUIST, PHILICIA ROBINSON, HANNAH ROSE, SERENA ZAFIRIS / POWGIRLS, PORTLAND, OR
(NAR) Good things happen when the wifi shuts down (4 mins)

SEARCHING FOR THE REAL ME

FILMMAKERS: ZOE BEYLER, IVY CLARK, AMELIA ERNST / GIRL SCOUT TROOP 40032, PORTLAND, OR
(DOC) The girls in those advertisements are not the girl in me. (7 mins)

IS THIS NORMAL?

FILMMAKERS: ‘SPEAK UP AND EMPOWER’ STUDENTS / LATINO NETWORK, PORTLAND, OR
(PSA) When troubles get you down, you're not alone. (3 mins)

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