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Films & Schedules - Sunday, November 15, 2015

AND WE WERE YOUNG

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 11:30 AM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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AND WE WERE YOUNG

DIRECTOR: ANDY SMETANKA - MONTANA (MISSOULA, MT)

 

(ANI) Andy Smetanka’s work has ranged from creating a short segment for Guy Maddin’s MY WINNEPEG to ‘The Bachelor and the Bride,’ a music video for the Decemberists. For his first feature-length film, Smetanka turned to his fascination with World War I. Three years and over 250,000 individual frames in the making, AND WE WERE YOUNG is a stop-motion animated oral history of American soldiers in France in the last days of the Great War, performed entirely by black-paper puppets and filmed on Super 8 against translucent paper backgrounds. Brooding, brutal and hauntingly beautiful, this epic is a vision...

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DRAWING THE TIGER

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 2 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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DRAWING THE TIGER

DIRECTOR: AMY BENSON, SCOTT SQUIRE - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

 

(DOC) Filmed over the course of seven years, DRAWING THE TIGER focuses on the lives of a family of Nepalese subsistence farmers and their daily struggles. The parents have watched their children go off in different directions. Their hopes for a brighter future are pinned almost solely on their eldest daughter, Shanta, who has been studying voraciously to become a doctor in an underfunded, poorly run school. When Shanta is awarded a scholarship for a city education in Kathmandu the fulfillment of her dreams feels imminent, but opportunity is coupled with the kind of sacrifice that comes with the...

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THE WAY WE TALK

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 4 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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THE WAY WE TALK

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL TURNER - OREGON (SCOTTS MILL, OR)

 

(DOC) Michael Turner (THE LIFE OF VESPER GEER), winner of the 2015 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, struggles with one of medical science’s most baffling and enduring disabilities—stuttering. On the surface, stuttering is syllable repetitions, prolongations, blocks, and various physical tics. But as he illustrates in the film, stuttering is like an iceberg, with most of the major symptoms below the surface. Emotions caused by the disorder— anxiety, depression, denial, and negative self-image—are rarely confronted in speech therapy or even by people who stutter. Turner explores his own experiences with stuttering and presents the stories of others who are part...

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HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 6 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

DIRECTOR: SASHA SNOW - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

 

(DOC) Grant Hadwin was a logging engineer and expert woodsman whose job was finding and removing the largest, oldest and most valuable trees from British Columbia’s remote and ancient forests. Unable to reconcile his love for the forest with the highly skilled part that he was playing in destroying it, Hadwin was driven to commit a strange and unprecedented crime. Interweaving speculation, myth and reality HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT charts his descent into torment and self-destruction, a journey that ended with a mysterious discovery that made him not just a madman, but also a visionary. “Offers a timely warning that is...

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VOYAGERS WITHOUT TRACE

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 8 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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VOYAGERS WITHOUT TRACE

DIRECTOR: IAN MCCLUSKEY - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

In the summer of 1938, filmmaker Bernard de Colmont, his new wife Genevieve and their friend, Antoine de Seynes, set off from France on the biggest adventure of their lives. They had a bold, perhaps even foolhardy plan: be the first to take kayaks down the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. 75 years later, Portland filmmaker Ian McCluskey (ELOQUENT NUDE, SUMMER SNAPSHOT) discovered their story and after finding their journals, photographs and 16mm film documenting their journey, (some of the first-ever color film) he decided to retrace their route. Between 1938 and 2012 much changed on the river. And...

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