2017 Program

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Friday
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Time Starlight
Room
Cotton
Building
Rose
Theatre
NW Maritime
Center
Rosebud
Theatre
American
Legion
Key City
Theatre
Taylor
Street
Outdoor
9:00
AM

Jon Gann Presents Shorts Program
96 min.


Bugs on the Menu
star Food City: Feast Of The Five Boroughs
98 min.
           
9:15 Bye Bye Germany
102 min.
 
Drawing Home
star 113 min. 
9:30 The BULLISH FARMER
star One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts
89 min.
GOOD FORTUNE
The Bucket Board
89 min.
THE S WORD
star A Field Guide To Losing Your Friends
guest 99 min.
10:00  
Noon 3,000 Nights
103 min.
The Light of the Moon
90 min.
           
12:15 Her Magnum Opus
star A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.
star 90 min.
 
Different Flowers
star Buttercup
star 112 min.

 
12:30 Angry Inuk
star In Our Hands - Long Live the Kings*
star 89 min.
SEAT 25
84 min.
Purple Dreams
Soy Cubana
star 89 min.

                 
3:00 SWIM TEAM
90 min.
3:15   THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
89 min.
3:30 Bending the Arc
102 min.
Reviewers Choice
Shorts Program

star 90 min.
                 
6:00 Visitor's Day
star El Hara
91 min.
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
96 min.
6:15

Jasper Jones
104 min.

Skid Row Marathon
star 85 min.
6:30 In Syria
85 min.
The Music of Strangers:
Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble

star 96 min.
Tribal Justice
Being Hear
star 97 min.
7:30             Chicken Run
84 min.
 
 
9:00 REBELS ON POINTE
JONAH
96 min.
Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story
star 87 min.
 
         
9:15 BRAVE NEW JERSEY
star 86 min.
FISHPEOPLE
Denali's Raven,
Fix and Release

85 min.
9:30 The Last Reel
106 min.

Saturday 

Time Starlight
Room
Cotton
Building
Rose
Theatre
NW Maritime
Center
Rosebud
Theatre
American
Legion
Key City
Theatre
Taylor
Street
Outdoor
9:00
AM
The Country Doctor
102 min.
Characters With Character
star

76 min.
           
9:15 THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
89 min.
 
SHINERS
star Lindsey Ross: A Less Convenient Path
90 min.
9:30 Into Twin Galaxies
JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE,
Safety Third
87 min.
Jasper Jones
104 min.
SWIM TEAM
90 min.
10:00 Festival Bar on the Dock - Filmmakers' Panel
               
Noon In Syria
85 min.
El Clásico
95 min.
12:15 North of Known
star Slacker,
star The Time Travelers
84 min.

 
The Last Reel
106 min.
12:30 REBELS ON POINTE
JONAH
96 min.
Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table
96 min.
Skid Row Marathon
star 85 min.
   
3:00 The Light of the Moon
90 min.
No Man's Land
80 min.
           
3:15 Visitor's Day
star El Hara
91 min.
American Folk
The Function of Music
103 min.
3:30 PERFUME WAR
star 95 min.
Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story
star 87 min.
Bugs on the Menu
star Food City: Feast Of The Five Boroughs
98 min.
   
6:00 Bye Bye Germany
102 min.
Jon Gann Presents Shorts Program
96 min.
           
6:15

THE S WORD
star A Field Guide To Losing Your Friends
guest 99 min.

LIFE HACK
star Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy
94 min.
6:30 The PULITZER at 100
92 min.
CHASING CORAL
star
Under The Same Sun (Ek Surya Ke Taley)
93 min.
7:30             20 Feet from Stardom
Placeholder image 91 min.
     
9:00 GOOD FORTUNE
The Bucket Board
89 min.
Her Magnum Opus
star A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.
guest 90 min.
         
9:15 Adult Life Skills
96 min.
The Mars Generation
star 97 min.
9:30 Reviewers Choice Shorts
Program

star 90 min.

Sunday

Time Starlight
Room
Cotton
Building
Rose
Theatre
NW Maritime
Center
Rosebud
Theatre
American
Legion
Key City
Theatre
Taylor
Street
Outdoor
9:00
AM
El Clásico
95 min.
American Folk
The Function of Music
103 min.
           
9:15 No Man's Land
80 min.
 
PERFUME WAR
star 95 min.
9:30 SEAT 25
84 min.
The Farthest
121 min.
Bending the Arc
102 min.
 
10:00 Festival Bar on the Dock - Filmmakers' Storytelling
 
Noon The PULITZER at 100
92 min.
BRAVE NEW JERSEY
star 86 min.
           
12:15 CHASING CORAL
star 93 min.
 
Adult Life Skills
96 min.
12:30 LIFE HACK
star Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy
94 min.
Tribal Justice
Being Hear
star 97 min.
3,000 Nights
103 min.
   
3:00 Purple Dreams
Soy Cubana
star 89 min.
FISHPEOPLE
Denali's Raven,
Fix and Release

85 min.
           
3:15 Angry Inuk
star In Our Hands - Long Live the Kings
star 89 min.
The BULLISH FARMER
star One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts
89 min.
3:30 The Country Doctor
102 min.
North of Known
star Slacker,
star The Time Travelers
84 min.
The Mars Generation
star 97 min.
   
6:00 Under The Same Sun (Ek Surya Ke Taley)
93 min.
SHINERS
star Lindsey Ross: A Less Convenient Path
90 min.
           
6:15

Awards Presentation

Characters With Character
star 83 min.
6:30 Drawing Home
star 113 min.
Into Twin Galaxies
JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE,
Safety Third
87 min.
Different Flowers
star Buttercup
star 112 min.
7:30               The Princess Bride
98 min.
 
9:00     Jury Prize Winner - Best Narrative   Jury Prize Winner - Best Doc
     
9:15
9:30

Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre

Friday

Chicken Run
USA I 2000 I 84 min
Director: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Chicken Run Friday, 7:30 pm, Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre

When a cockerel apparently flies into a chicken farm, the chickens see him as an opportunity to escape their evil owners. Chicken Run is a witty, action-packed story as well as a fascinating blend of realistic, gritty images and outlandish but believable animated characters. It is a Claymation adventure from the creator of Wallace and Gromit, featuring chickens as the main characters, all with their individual sense and sensibilities. Ginger is the 'head chick', and she deviously plots to free all the chickens on the farm, preventing an otherwise certain 'Death By Chicken Pie'.  


Saturday

20 Feet from Stardom
USA I 2013 I 91 min
stardomDirector: Morgan Neville
Saturday, 7:30 pm, Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre

Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. He shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. We see a myriad of superstar singers interviewed and hear their take on the talent behind them. A sampling of the singers interviewed are: Mick Jagger, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and many more. The film introduces us to some of the backup singers—stalwarts such as Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Tata Vega —and we get a glimpse into the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of their lives.


Sunday

The Princess Bride
USA I 2013 I 91 min
USA I 1987 I 98 min Director: Rob Reiner
Sunday, 7:30 pm, Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre


Celebrating the 30 year anniversary of The Princess Bride! This film has become one of the most iconic and loved, almost cult, pictures of the past few decades. How many of us can complete the line, "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya….” Or who said, “ “As you wish.” It's no wonder The Princess Bride is such a beloved film. It's action-packed but still light-hearted, sweet but not saccharine, silly but still smart—and, of course, endlessly quotable. This classic comedy-romance introduces a number of unusual characters as it follows a peasant farmhand as he battles bumbling outlaws and an evil prince to win the hand of his one true love.


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Special Events 

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Getting to the Heart of Music: A Community Conversation
with Morgan Neville

Fri, Sept. 15, 1:40 pm
Port Townsend High School Auditorium
1500 Van Ness St., Port Townsend

Kicking off the season’s Salon Series at PT High School’s 350-seat auditorium, playwright, actor and educator Akuyoe Graham interviews Academy Award-winning director, Morgan Neville on stage. From Carol King to Yo-Yo Ma, Neville brings us the stories behind the language of music with over 50 films in his career. The Salon Series continues through the winter bringing dialog with experts in science, art, politics (and more) into a community setting with students and residents of Port Townsend. Free admission.








morgan An Evening with Morgan Neville
Interview by Rocky Friedman
Fri., Sept. 15, 6:30 pm
American Legion Theatre

A celebration of Morgan Neville’s brilliant career opens with a clip reel created especially for PTFF by his production company, Tremolo Productions. Following is a live conversation on stage with Neville and Rocky Friedman (founder of the Rose Theatre). Next, we screen Neville’s The Music of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, followed by Q&A. Remember that donors supporting PTFF by purchasing Concierge and Patron passes enter the 250-seat theatre ahead of the line.



Inupiat Dancers Introduce Angry Inuk

inupiatFri., Sept. 15, 12:30 pm
Rosebud Cinema
Repeats Sun, Sept. 17, 3:15 Rose Theatre

Traditional Inupiat dance from Alaska’s North Slope kicks off our screening of Angry Inuk with dancers Lawrence and Donna Ahvakana on Friday, joined by Bryan Cole, Tom Ocktuk, Penny Ocktuk Cole and Sean Gallagher on Sunday. Their drums are round, flat, resonant and are traditionally made of membrane surrounding the liver of a bowhead whale. An aside: Sculptor Lawrence Ahvakana, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, recreates traditional skin-stitching and parka patterns in his work, showcased in museums worldwide.



Chasing Coral Special Screening with Coral Expert, Zack Rago
ZackSat., Sept. 16, 6:30 pm American Legion Theatre
Sun., Sept. 17, 12:15 pm Rose Theatre


Chasing Coral, directed by Jeff Orlowski, features Zack Rago, a talented reef aquarist, scuba diver and self-described “coral nerd.” From the NYC Explorers’ Club to the Sundance Film Festival, Rago shares his clarion call to pay attention to what is happening under water. Here in Puget Sound, ocean acidification negatively impacts shellfish, including geoducks (our largest biomass) to the smallest snail– and everything else that feeds on them, both sea and land creatures. Support for this event is provided by the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.  




Bugs and Beer Cooking Live! with David George Gordon
DavidMagic Lantern Beer & Wine on Taylor Street Sun., Sept. 17, 2:00 pm


Meet David George Gordon, showcased in Bugs on the Menu. Gordon, of Seattle, travels the world as the “Bug Chef” demonstrating the art of cooking insects. Come join us by the beer garden on Taylor Street and try some delicacies! Not for the faint of heart, but rest assured, our bugs are certified by the health department as safe to eat –if you are adventurous! See Bugs on the Menu Friday Sept. 15, 9 am, Cotton Building Theatre or Saturday Sept. 16, 3:30 pm, Key City Theatre.



SNEAK PEEK!
The Farthest directed by Emer Reynolds
Sun., Sept. 17, 9:30 am, American Legion Theatre


Capturing the imagination of the world in 1977, a tiny spaceship leaves our solar system and enters the void of deep space–an astounding feat requiring mathematic and mechanical genius. Meet the visionary scientists who pursued the dream of describing our Earth world–to others we have yet to meet. Due for national release, we have the film by special permission from the director. One screening only!

Meet the Filmmakers!
Saturday & Sunday Morning
Free Admission & Coffee
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Sun., Sunday Morning Storytellers
Location: Festival Bar on the Dock Behind the Cotton Building
Time: Sat. and Sun., 10 am, 60-90 minutes

Arrive early to get a seat at the increasingly popular morning panel discussions. Previous years filmmakers have shared thoughts on artistic inspiration, most profound moments, scouting locations, getting the right shot, ideas that didn’t pan out, failed idealism and worst romantic moments. Tuck a tissue in your pocket, these are consummate storytellers.

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An interview with Morgan Neville 

The Port Townsend Film Festival is thrilled to introduce you to our very Special Guest, Academy Award (R)-winning producer, director, and writer of over 50 films, Morgan Neville. He won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 2013 for 20 Feet From Stardom, which we are screening Saturday night at the Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre.

Neville’s 2015 film, The Music of Strangers, Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble, screens Friday, Sept. 15, 6:30 in the American Legion Theatre.

Here, Neville discusses these films and his craft of documentary filmmaking in an interview with Charlie Bermant.

What expectations do you have about the festival?
I’ve heard that it is a real gem. I’ve never been able to attend, so this is my year. I’ve never had a tribute like this. It’s a real honor, but maybe I’m getting to the point in my life where I can be “retrospected.”

At a festival filmmakers get to interact with people who are true film fans. They are there because they want to be there. There is something about the engagement and the energy that I love. The best festivals have a magical air to them, with real life stopping and everyone coming together.

How do you figure out what’s worth documenting?
It’s great when you have a great story to work with but that’s not always the case. Most of the work of a documentary filmmaker is to impose and prune the content into the messiness of real life.

If you listen to your own curiosity you come to realize that what you are interested in interests the people.

Both of the films you are screening have music as a central theme but are quite different.
The great thing about making a film about music is that it can be any kind of film that you want it to be. It can be about cultural politics, like Music of Strangers, or in can be about how we value craftsmen and artists, like in 20 Feet From Stardom. Music film is an umbrella title that doesn’t do justice to how many places you can take yourself.

People have asked me to do polemical films or issue films, but the thing I am most passionate about is culture. I’m interested in people who are incredibly passionate about what they do. When you engage with the musicians like Yo Yo Ma and Keith Richards you find they are brilliant people, where there is an element of childlike curiosity and innocence, When someone is really brilliant they feel they don’t know it all.

How would you compare these two films?
The Music of Strangers was a very complicated film with a lot of moving parts, which used characters filmed over many years and many continents. So it felt like writing a novel, it required that level of effort. 20 Feet From Stardom was basically a massive exercise in reportage. My producer had the idea which I thought was really interesting. But when I looked around I found that no one had written a book or made a film about background singers. There was no way for me to learn about them other than to meet them.

How did you proceed?
We did 40 oral histories in order to figure to how the whole world worked. Then I understood them on a superficial level. But there were a lot of singers I spent a lot of time with who aren’t in the film. It was the same with Music of Strangers. It’s not that they didn’t have good stories. If you are making a tapestry piece, like 20 Feet or Music of Strangers the characters have to interrelate with each other in terms of what their journeys are.

You have to be pretty ruthless about cutting, there may be stuff that you love that doesn’t fit. Once you start, you are not making the film you set out to make, but the best film you can make with the material you have. If there is a tangent, so be it. In 20 Feet from Stardom there was a whole scene with Luther Vandross, but he really doesn’t belong in the film. He’s not a main character, but it was great. I just loved it.

You’ve done several Netflix projects. How is that working out?
Netflix is doing more funding of nonfiction TV and movies than anybody. They are doing it at a very high level and with great creative freedom. Netflix, along with to a lesser extent iTunes and other streaming services, have revolutionized documentary’s place in film. For years I’ve talked to people about documentaries and they’ve said “I love them but don’t know where to find them.” By putting them on a platform that makes them just as easy to watch as a comedy or an action film, a lot of people choose documentary. Because of that, these services have built a much, much bigger audience for documentaries.

I don’t think every film is meant for Netflix. Certain films benefit more from a traditional release, a theatrical release, because they need to build a conversation about them. Netflix works well if you have a subject that people know well and are interested in.

Other than streaming services, how have documentaries changed since you began?
I’ve been doing this for 20 years. When I started it was the kind of filmmaking that was kind of admired in the same way people feel about a school trip to a museum. It’s good for me, but I’m not necessarily looking forward to it. It has blossomed for many different reasons. There is the audience, the technology, and the filmmaking, more than anything. There is a lot of exciting filmmaking happening in documentaries that is pushing boundaries a lot more than on the narrative side.

When I was in high school, as a journalist, I used to love what they called the New Journalism. A lot of it was about applying the techniques of fiction writing to nonfiction storytelling. We are not at the end of that process, telling stories in this manner is a long way from being spent.

What’s next for you?
The two films that I’m working on now that I can talk about are vastly different from each other, reflecting different parts of culture. One is about Orson Welles and his movie The Other Side of the Wind. He spent six years at the end of his life making a movie about a director at the end of his life. It was never finished and was a very ‘meta’ thing, as you might imagine. I have all the raw footage from the film for my documentary, which is called They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead. My second project is a documentary about Mr. Rogers.  


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Introducing our Film Guests

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Karen Allen
PTFF is thrilled to welcome Karen back for her directorial debut of A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. based on the short story by Carson McCullers. She is an award-winning film and theatre actor and director, and has starred in films including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Year By the Sea screened at PTFF in 2016.







jimJim Bigham
Jim is a director and producer whose many awards include the international award-winning documentary, For Once In My Life. TV credits include Ballers, SNL. He was an Oscar nominee for Turner, Chasing the Dream. He joined PTFF for the 10th Anniversary of Sweet Land in 2015 which he produced. Jim joins us as a juror.










dougDoug Blush
Doug is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His recent credits include, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble screening this year at PTFF. He also supervised the 2016 Sundance Audience Award winner, JIM: The James Foley Story, screened last year at PTFF. This year, Doug has brought us The S Word, and joins us as a juror.





alyssaAlyssa Carson
At 16 years old, Alyssa's accomplishments include witnessing 3 Space Shuttle launches, attending Space Camp 7 times, Space Academy 3 times, Robotics Academy once, youngest to have graduated Advanced Space Academy, and multiple Sally Ride Camps. She was selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission to establish a human colony on Mars in 2030. Alyssa appears in The Mars Generation.





tedTed Crockett
Ted is directing his sixth festival as the Nashville Film Festival Executive Director. He brings deep experience in all aspects of festival management, as he has worked with NashFilm since 2004. Ted has been named a top “Movers and Shakers” by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, and Variety Magazine named him to its Top 30 Music City Impact Report. Ted joins us as a juror.












toddTodd Elgin
Todd has been a soundman, a cameraman, and an award-winning writer/producer/director. He has served as juror for the Durango Independent Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival and PTFF. Todd lives in Nashville and plays in a band called The Ukedelics. He joins us as a juror.





Rocky Friedman
Rocky, owner of the Rose Theatre and Rosebud Cinema, helped launch the PTFF, He has brought opera, ballet and theatre simulcasts, and silent films to Port Townsend. Rocky will be the moderator for An Evening with Morgan Neville.



julieJulie Anderson Friesen
Julie is the founder of Cinema Falls, an organization dedicated to building community and exhibiting indie film, world cinema and documentaries in Sioux Falls, S.D. This year, she launched sister exhibition company Cinema at the Lakes in the Great Lakes resort area. Julie is also co-owner of a post-production facility and is creative director of her marketing firm. Julie joins us as a juror.








jonJon Gann
Jon is a film festival fixer–producing, programming and marketing festivals around the globe. He brought the shorts program WA2WA to PTFF for three years. This year, he created a showcase specifically for us from award-winning shorts collected from other events. Jon is the author of two books “So You Want to Start a Film Festival” and “Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work.” Jon also joins us as a juror.






eduardoEduardo Garcia
Eduardo is a celebrity chef and the co-founder of Montana Mex, a Mexican food company. He is known as the "bionic chef" because he cooks with a prosthetic left arm, the result of a hiking accident in 2011. See his compelling story in the film, Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story. Meet Eduardo at the Q&A after his film, and possibly as a guest chef at the PTFF cheese sandwich grill.



davidDavid George Gordon
David, aka The Bug Chef, is the award-wining author of “The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook” and 18 other titles about orcas and gray whales, cockroaches, tarantulas, land snails and the Sasquatch. During a typical cooking demo, Chef Gordon invites audience members to join him in preparation of a few dishes from his cookbook. Come watch Sunday for Bugs and Beer Cooking Live!







akuyueAkuyue Graham
Akuyoe is the author of “The Little Book of Transformation/7 days to a brand new you.” She is seen in the independent films Switchboard, Faith and Dreams, The Good Wifey; and Ben and Ara. She will bring her one woman show, “Spirit Awakening” to The Key City Public Theater in January, 2018. Akuyoe interviewed Rita Coburn Whack, director of And Still I Rise, at the 2016 Focus: Women & Film, and will be the moderator of Getting to the Heart of Music: a Community Conversation with Morgan Neville.






emilyEmily Lindin
Emily is the author of "UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir" and founder of The UnSlut Project, which uses personal story sharing to work against sexual bullying and "slut" shaming. PTFF screened her award winning film, UnSlut: A Documentary Film in 2016. Emily has been featured speaking out against "slut shaming” on television and radio including ABC, CNN, NPR and in numerous magazines and blogs. She joins us as a juror.





haroldHarold Mintz
In 2000, Harold became one of the country's first altruistic organ donors. A short documentary: 1-800-Give-Us-Your-Kidney was screened at PTFF in 2016. Today, Harold continues to shine a light on organ donation awareness by speaking about his donation to schools and organizations around the country. Harold joins us as a juror.







Placeholder imageZack Rago
Zack’s passion for coral reefs began in the Hawaiian Islands were he spent his childhood summers. His infatuation with coral led to a position in the marine aquarium industry. As a talented reef aquarist and longtime scuba diver, he is dedicated to sharing the story of coral through science and art. Zack appears with Chasing Coral.






christopherChristopher Smith
Christopher is an LA-based documentary filmmaker. His first film, TINY: A Story About Living Small premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was viewed widely around the world on Al Jazeera America, iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu. He is currently in post-production on his next two films, Current Sea and American ESPionage. Christopher joins us as a juror.










tylerTyler Strickland
Tyler is an accomplished film composer and award-winning music producer based in Los Angeles. He focuses much of his energy on bringing quality music to documentaries with a cause. Among a few of the most notable films he has scored are the Netflix Original documentaries; Audrie & Daisy, Hot Girls Wanted, and The Mars Generation, being screened this year at PTFF. Tyler joins us as a juror.

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Feature Narratives


3000 Nights
3000Palestine, France, Switzerland I 2015 I 103 min
Director: Mai Masri
Friday, noon, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 12:30 pm, Key City Theatre


A simple good deed leads to a nightmare for a young, newly married Palestinian schoolteacher named Layal, when, in the middle of the night, she is arrested in the occupied West Bank. She is "tried," and convicted of a crime by an Israeli military court, where the conviction rate is 99%. Layal is transferred to a high security Israeli women's prison for 8 years (3000 nights) where she confronts a disturbing world that has Palestinian political prisoners incarcerated with Israeli criminal inmates. The female friendships and shared energy that we encounter in the film somehow lessens the impact of the distressing events–¬leaving a glimmer of hope.

Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles

 

Adult Life Skills
adultUK I 2016 I 96 min
Director: Rachel Tunnard
Trailer
Saturday, 9:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 12:15 pm, NW Maritime Center


Anna is stuck and unhappy, she's approaching 30, living like a hermit in her mum's garden shed and trying to dodge the requests and demands that she get out of the shed and do something with her life. Mostly Anna tells her Mum to back off and leave her alone, while her beloved and perceptive grandmother watches the lunacy. Anna prefers to spend her days making videos using her thumbs as actors - thumbs that bicker about leaving the planet and what it all means. Then somehow she becomes embroiled with a troubled eight year old boy obsessed with Westerns and with Anna. This wonderful Australian comedy reminds us that we truly do need each other.

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American Folk
Placeholder imageUSA I 2017 I 99 min
Director: David Heinz
Saturday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 9:00 am, Cotton Building Theatre


On a flight from California on 9/11, two protagonists both heading to New York meet and ultimately agree to embark on a cross-country road trip due to the cessation of air travel immediately following the Twin Towers attack. Real-life folk singers Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth deliver realistic performances as two strangers who take on the impromptu road trip, discovering they share music and rediscovering the power of music to heal in the wake of tragedy. The film focuses on the landscape from state to state, the shared music and primarily the folks, normal and unusual, they meet on the way. This is not a film about 9/11, but rather, a treatise on the pulse of America when harmony and kindness were the prevailing
sentiments.

Preceded by The Function of Music (4 min)

 

Brave New Jersey
braveUSA I 2016 I 86 min
Director: Jody Lambert
Trailer
Friday, 9:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, noon, Cotton Building Theatre


“Imagine you got one night to live, what would you do,” especially if you thought the whole world was being invaded? Brave New Jersey is a comedy based on a true story, that takes place in Lullaby, NJ, a town of 506. On Halloween night in 1938 radio listeners heard Orson Welles' deliver his legendary "War of the Worlds" broadcast which led millions to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians. Even though it may have been an evening of vivid entertainment for those in on the alien invasion joke, no one told the folks of Lullaby. So believing what they heard, the widespread hysteria creates some interesting adventures. The town folks react with surprising behavior that turns the typically idyllic community upside down and forces everyone to ask themselves some hard questions.

 

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Bye Bye Germany
byeGermany I 2017 I 102 min
Director: Sam Garbarski
Trailer
Friday, 9:15 am, Rose Theatre
Saturday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room


It’s 1946, David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose: to go to America as soon as possible. For this they need money. David puts together a team, (somewhat reminiscent of gang con-movie setups) and they concoct a business, using comical sales techniques to sell linens at outrageous markups to German “hausfraus.” Another of David’s strength is joke telling, which embroils him in yet another scheme. The film is a juxtaposition of comedy eclipsed by the deep-seated tragedy they had all shared.

German with English Subtitles

 

Different Flowers
differentUSA I 2017 I 99 min
Director: Morgan Dameron
Friday, 12:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 6:30 pm, Key City Theatre


Beautifully filmed across the heartland of America, a spunky yet unhappy bride runs away minutes before saying “I do”. Millie leaves her fiancé Charlie, at the altar with the help of her gutsy younger sister Emma, who has already prepared a “breakup package”. They drive away in Albert, Emma’s irascible jeep toward Gramma’s farm, and find a new perspective on their relationship and life in general. Different Flowers is a sweet and comedic treatise about learning to follow your heart. It’s a true breath of fresh air.

Preceded by Buttercup (13 min)

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Drawing Home
drawingUSA, Canada I 2016 I 113 min
Director: Markus Rupprecht
Trailer
Friday, 9:15 am, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 6:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema


Boston in the 1920s. A young East Coast debutante is dating the most eligible bachelor in the world, John D. Rockefeller III. Her future seems set: a dream life in the upper echelons of society. But when she least expects it, she meets a young painter from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Banff, Alberta in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The stunning cinematography is a delight. But the couples worlds are polar opposites. As their attraction and shared interest in painting and landscapes shakes up their lives, they soon face a universal question. Can you find "home" in another person? Inspired by a true story of the central couple, Peter and Catharine Whyte, of Banff.

 

El Clasico
elNorway, Iraq I 2015 I 95 min
Director: Halkawt Mustafa
Trailer
Saturday, noon, Cotton Building Theatre
Sunday, 9:00 am, The Starlight Room


Real-life brothers Wrya and Dana Ahmed, play two Kurdish little people in Iraq that are determined to do something “big,” to prove they are worthy of love and respect. They embark on a journey to Madrid to deliver a pair of handmade soccer shoes to real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. Their journey takes us on a wild ride atop an ATV motorbike powering through warn torn Iraq, as they make their way to the Spanish Embassy in Baghdad for a travel visa. Their brotherly humor and banter amidst the dilemmas they encounter keeps us engaged and cheering for a positive outcome. We are given a glimpse at their ethic of loyalty and unabashed optimism, despite their struggle with discrimination.

Kurdish with English Subtitles

 

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Her Magnum Opus
magnumUSA I 2017 I 60 min
Director: Marta Renzi
Trailer
Friday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Saturday, 9:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre


Two meditations on love…paired with A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud, Karen Allen’s directorial debut. Her Magnum Opus is a creative depiction of life and friendships through dance, love, and artistic expression. The film illustrates a sweet story of a circle of friends who come together to dance and play, with love and celebration of their matriarch and mentor. Music, play, toys, and fun are shared, few words are needed.

Preceded by A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. (30 min)

 

In Syria
syriaLebanon I 2017 I 85 min
Director: Philippe Van Leeuw
Trailer
Friday, 6:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, Noon, The Starlight Room


One apartment in the city of Damascus, a mother of three attempts to keep her family and neighbors safe as war rages all around them. A sniper lies in wait outside her home. The kitchen is refuge for impending dangers, when bombing is heard, everyone rushes to the kitchen. The only chance of survival is to stay indoors. In Syria is a deeply touching story that lasts just 24 hours. We experience the interactions, exchanges, and altercations that humans are going through to protect themselves and their loved ones during such harrowing experiences.

Arabic with English Subtitles.

 

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Jasper Jones
jasperAustralia I 2017 I 104 min
Director: Rachel Perkins
Trailer
Friday, 6:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 am, American Legion Theatre


Jasper Jones introduces a 14 year old bookish boy named Charlie Bucktin living in a small town in Western Australia. When Jasper Jones comes to his window to ask for help, Charlie's life is changed forever. He gets wrapped up in a mystery to find the killer of a young girl, while navigating in a new world of his own. The film is adapted from Craig Silvey’s novel of the same name published in 2009, often referred to as the Down Under version of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The film tackles themes of prejudice, class, justice, and death through the inquiring eyes of teenagers who take adult matters into their own hands.

 

LIFE HACK
lifeUSA I 2017 I 90 min
Director: Sloan Copeland
Trailer
Saturday, 6:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema


Multiple stories come together as we watch the perils of online and social media activities. A couple of good guy hackers learn that their friend is being blackmailed for a lot of money, or else the blackmailer will expose an uncomfortable video to social media outlets. The “Moraler” is an infamously unidentifiable cyber bully who many believe is the mastermind behind other anti-establishment hacks. A calamitous street interaction results in yet another online hacker debacle. Both events set the good guys off on a search for cyber clarity. LIFE HACK is a totally relevant comedic, albeit cautionary tale about our digital privacy…or complete lack thereof.

Preceded by Legal Smuggling With Christine Chow (4 min)

 

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SEAT 25
Placeholder imageUK I 2016 I 84 min
Director: Nicholas Agnew
Trailer
Friday, 12:30 pm, American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema


Faye Banks lives in quiet desperation at a boring job, in an unexciting marriage. She secretly enters a competition to win the 25th seat on the first manned mission to Mars, but never expects to win. But when the one way trip becomes a reality, everything in her life is questioned. Does she take this fantastic opportunity or does it trigger her to alter her life as she knows it? Time to commit is running out, Faye must decide whether or not to leave this planet.

 

The Country Doctor
Placeholder imageFrance I 2016 I 102 min
Director: Thomas Lilti
Trailer
Saturday, 9:00 am, The Starlight Room
Sunday, 3:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema


This film, most aptly name Irreplaceable in its native French, tells us a story of a kind, no-nonsense, firmly established country doctor, Jean-Pierre. He works grueling hours and is deeply dedicated to his community. His role often extends beyond simply overseeing the physical wellbeing of his patients. When he is diagnosed with an illness which demands he slows down, he needs to take on an associate or possibly, a replacement. Much to his dismay, he is sent the somewhat inexperienced Nathalie, who must run an uphill battle to gain the respect of this established doctor. The Country Doctor is a moving and funny character drama, that lets you walk out joyful for the experience.

French with English Subtitles

 

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THE HIPPOPOTAMUS
hippopotamusUK I 2017 I 89 min
Director: John Jencks
Trailer
Friday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:15 am, Rose Theatre


The Hippopotamus is part comedy, part drama and mystery, mixed among a ration of drinking and carnal commotion. Drunken, has-been poet, Ted Wallace is summoned to his friend's country manor (ala Downton Abbey) to investigate a series of unexplained miracles. Using his fluid investigative skills, we watch Ted unravel some of the mysteriously conceived ideas claimed in Swafford Hall by Lord and Lady Logan. Rollicking adventure filmed on a beautiful countryside amid lush grounds.

 

THE LAST REEL
lastCambodia I 2014 I 106 min
Director: Kulikar Sotho
Trailer
Friday, 9:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 pm, NW Maritime Center


Part history lesson, part heart-warming voyage of discovery, The Last Reel depicts the modern history of Cambodia via the Silver Screen of the past. A young rebellious teen named Sophoun flees her unstable home in Pnom Penh and an impending arranged marriage. She takes refuge in a decrepit movie theater where she stumbles upon a lost film from the pre-Khmer Rouge era. The lost film and the cinema she hides in help her expose a history and love story that directly affects her as the mysterious tale unfolds.

Khmer with English Subtitles

 

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The Light of the Moon
moonUSA I 2017 I 90 min
Director: Jessica M. Thompson
Friday, Noon, Cotton Building Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 pm, The Starlight Room


In The Light of the Moon, Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Short Term 12 plays a successful architect named Bonnie who is assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. Bonnie lives happily with her boyfriend Matt until this event alters her world. Sex and intimacy suffer as she battles her way back to resume control of her life. Her struggle to regain balance and a renewed sense of self touch on key social topics.

 

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Under the Same Sun (Ek Surya Ke Taley)
underCanada, India I 2015 I 93 min
Director: Mitra Sen
Trailer
Saturday, 6:30 pm, Key City Theatre
Sunday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room


Under the Same Sun (Ek Surya Ke Taley) explores the mind of a confused young man, Karim Jamal, who accidentally falls into the hands of a group of Hindu and Muslim village children in the medieval town of Jaisalmer, near the border of India and Pakistan. As the village children welcome and nurture their injured desert guest, and include him into their family, Karim struggles with the true meaning of brotherhood and compassion, which compels him to rethink his purpose in life.

Hindi with English Subtitles

 

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Documentary Shorts

A Field Guide To Losing Your Friend
guideUSA I 2016 I 14 min
Director: Chad Clendinen
Friday, 9:30 am, Key City Theatre
Saturday, 6:15 pm, Rose Theatre


When Tyler Dunning learned about the death of his best friend Nate Henn in a terror-related bombing in Uganda, he plunged into grief, anger and self-medication. He journeyed the scenic outdoors, at one point attempting to climb a peak in the Rockies. Though that venture was unsuccessful, it ultimately led him on a quest to visit all 59 national parks which became his purpose and his peace.

Screening with THE S WORD

Being Hear
beingUSA I 2016 I 10 min
Director: Palmer Morse, Matthew Mikkelsen
Friday, 12:30 pm, Key City Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 pm, American Legion


This calming film takes place in the Olympic National Park. Gordon Hempton is an Emmy Award-winning acoustic ecologist. "Silence is the think tank of the soul," he says. For much of his life, he traveled around the world in search of sound. In recent years, an ever increasing intrusion of noise pollution from human activity has interfered with his work. See and hear his thoughts about the loss of quiet places on Earth due to the clamor.

Screening with Tribal Justice

 

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Denali’s Raven
ravenUSA I 2016 I 9 min
Director: Renan Ozturk, Freddie Wilkinson
Friday, 9:15 pm, NW Maritime Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre

Leighan Falley soars above the glaciers and peaks of the Alaska Range like a raven. Her daughter Skye is strapped into the backseat of her de Havilland Beaver. As a former climber, skier, and mountain guide, becoming a mother required Leighan to balance her life and find a way to reconcile her adventurous spirit with the demands of parenthood. She decided she would learn to fly! Coming from a long line of aviators, she now works as a commercial pilot in Talkeetna, Alaska. We get a glimpse into the life of an Alaskan pilot, skier, alpinist and mother.

Screening with FISHPEOPLE and Fix and Release



El Hara
haraUSA I 2016 I 16 min
Director: Mo Scarpelli, Margaux Fitoussi
Friday, 6:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 3:15 pm, Rose Theatre


El Hara poetically explores how the places we grow up haunt who we become. For more than 700 years, thousands of Jews lived in the Islamic city of Tunis, in a neighborhood called El Hara. Its most celebrated resident was a Tunisian writer of the twentieth century, Albert Memmi. His experience as a colonized subject and the acute nostalgia he felt for his city of birth ring familiar to anyone who has left their homeland to make a “better” life elsewhere. In 2016, there are no Jews living in El Hara. Traces of the Jewish community in Tunis are faint, their imprint upon the social and political landscape hardly visible.

Screening with Visitors Day


Food City: Feast Of The Five Boroughs
foodUSA I 2016 I 20 min
Director: Matthew Fleischmann, Lars Fuchs
Friday, 9:00 am, Cotton Building Theatre
Saturday, 3:30 pm, Key City Theatre


In the past, if you didn’t grow your own food or find it yourself, you didn’t eat it. Today our food is hyper-global: wherever you are, you can get your food from any corner of the world. What might a return to hyper-localism look like today, since /more than half the world’s population live in cities? This film takes filmmakers, Matt and Lars, on an adventure to find out. They challenge themselves to serve a four-course meal for eight people - using only ingredients grown, caught, or foraged from within the five boroughs of New York City.

Screening with Bugs on the Menu

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Fix And Release
fixCanada I 2016 I 16 min
Director: Scott Dobson
Friday, 9:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 3:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre


Fix and Release explores a small turtle trauma center in Ontario, Canada as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. Sadly some of those odds include staying alive under the duress of car and boat accidents. Watch surgery performed lovingly by passionate people that care for these precious creatures. Visually beautiful, it shows turtles in a way that few have seen before.

Screening with FISHPEOPLE and Denali’s Raven  

In Our Hands - Long Live the Kings
kingsUSA I 2016 I 6 min
Director: Faith Haney, Simon Geerlofs
Friday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 3:15 pm, Rose Theatre

Long Live the Kings began 30 years ago as a single project in a remote coastal watershed. They have expanded throughout the Pacific Northwest and into Canada. In this film, we see their work as they study, monitor, and affect salmon movement around the Hood Canal bridge and throughout the Salish Sea. For all these years, their guiding principle has remained the same: the future of salmon is in our hands.

Screening with Angry Inuk.

 

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JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE
johannaUK I 2016 I 4 min
Director: Ian Derry
Saturday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 6:30 pm, American Legion


Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad awes us with the length of time she can stay in the silent world under the ice. She discovered her love for the sport through a required cold-water treatment after a downhill biking accident almost took her leg. Johanna holds the world record for a 50 meter free dive.

Screening with Into Twin Galaxies and Safety Third  

JONAH
jonahUK I 2016 I 6 min
Director: Andrew Ellis
Friday, 9:00 pm, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema


Artistic composition comprised of a powerful arrangement as a man dances through a subway, while we listen to an interview with a former African American slave. The juxtaposition of past and present raises questions about inherited trauma and the possibility of rebirth.

Screening with Rebels on Pointe.  

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Legal Smuggling With Christine Choy
legalUSA I 2016 I 4 min
Director: Lewie Kloster
Saturday, 6:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 12:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema


Wonderfully comical animated film by and about Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, Christine Choy. We experience her crazy adventure when she illegally smuggles her beloved cigarettes out of Toronto.

Screening with LIFE HACK.  

ross

Lindsey Ross: A Less Convenient Path
USA I 2017 I 12 min
Director: Andrew Schoneberger
Saturday, 9:15 am, NW Maritime Center
Sunday , 6:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre


Meet a gentle young woman who chooses to live life differently than most, as she brings back the art of photography from times past. Lindsey became interested in a process called wet plate collodion when she viewed a collection of early 20th century prisoner mug shots. She began working with the unique materials and process in her photography in 2010. The work requires a presence and intimacy that connects her to both the physical and spiritual world.

Screening with Shiners  

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One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts
100000USA I 2016 I 15 min
Director: Peter Byck
Friday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center


Will Harris, pioneering farmer in rural Georgia and owner of White Oak Pastures, tells us the story of his evolution from industrial farmer, where he saw cattle only in the amount of dollars he could generate from pounds of beef, to a sustainable farmer interested in humane agricultural and environmental stewardship. The hundred thousand beating hearts refers to the countless animals he cherishes and nurtures on his ranch and the lives they have restored back into the environment.

Screening with THE BULLISH FARMER

 

Safety Third
safetyUSA I 2017 I 30 min
Director: Francois Lebeau, Matthew Hood
Saturday, 9:30 am, Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 6:30 pm, American Legion


We meet Brad Gobright, a 27 years old who is one of the best and boldest free solo rock climbers in the sport. He’s been climbing since he was 7 years old, and his world is consumed with the next cliff or rock formation to conquer. The sheer cliffs that we experience in the film are nearly as much a feat of the photographer as they are of the climber. Incredible footage of this powerful young man with no attached ego for his astonishing feats.

Screening with Into Twin Galaxies and JOHANNA UNDER THE ICE  

SLACKER
slackerUSA I 2017 I 8 min
Director: Max Lowe
Saturday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:30 pm, American Legion

Slacklining to many is a mystery, a line where impossible and possible collide. Highlining is even scarier! For Terry Acomb it’s all simply a way of life. He is an enthusiast who has pioneered the sport in North America and is doing everything it takes to spread the passion. SLACKER takes us inside Terry’s life, uncovering his fundamental role in the slackline community and what it takes to be a part of it.

Screening with North of Known and The Time Travelers  

Soy Cubana
soyUSA I 2016 I 17 min
Director: Jeremy Ungar, Ivaylo Getov
Trailer
Friday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday 3:00 pm, The Starlight Room


We meet four compelling women who are the winners of the 2016 CUBADISCO Award for best vocal group. They are the Vocal Vidas, an a cappella quartet from Santiago de Cuba - the cradle of Afro-Cuban music. Soy Cubana introduces us to their unique sound in wonderful acoustic locations. It tells the story of crafting a musical career in a society where artistic merit is not measured solely by economic success.

Spanish with English subtitles.

Screening with Purple Dreams

 

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The Bucket Board
bucketUSA I 2015 I 3 min
Director: Mac Premo
Friday, 9:30 am, American Legion Saturday, 9:00 pm, The Starlight Room


Artist Mac Premo asked what can be repurposed and what can be made out of trash? After seeing some beautiful skateboards made of precious woods, he wondered if one could be made out of trash, and then maybe given to kids who otherwise wouldn't have skateboards. Mac then made this film which shows the process and inspiration behind the first Bucket Board.

Screening with GOOD FORTUNE  

The Function of Music
musicUSA I 2016 I 4 min
Director: Mac Premo
Saturday, 3:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday, 9:00 am, Cotton Building Theatre

Music makes us who we are. That is the conclusion that Jab Abumrad from NPR’s RadioLab comes to on the function of music as visualized by the fast-paced depiction by artist and director Mac Premo.

Screening with American Folk

 

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The Time Travelers
timeUSA I 2017 I 24 min
Director: Forest Woodward, Brendan Leonard
Saturday, 12:15 pm, Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:30 pm, American Legion

In January 2017, the USA Rafting Team set their sights on breaking the speed record on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. One major obstacle–they needed to design, architect, and build the 48-foot custom boat they would use to break the record. The film follows these regular guys trying to do something extraordinary—rowing 280 miles in less than 40 hours in one of the world’s most beautiful settings on a boat they built themselves.

Screening with North of Known and SLACKER

 

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Narrative Shorts  

A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.
treeUSA I 2016 I 30 min
Director: Karen Allen
Friday, 6:30 pm, Key City Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 pm, The Starlight Room

A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. is based on the short story by Carson McCullers. Karen Allen makes her directing debut with this tender film depicting a Zen-like encounter of wisdom passing from an older man to a young boy when they meet by chance in the early morning hours at a roadside café in 1947.

Screening with Her Magnum Opus

 

Buttercup
buttercupUSA I 2017 I 13 min
Director: Megan Brotherton
Friday, 12:15 pm, NW Maritime Center
Sunday 6:30 pm, Key City Theatre

As a daughter attempts to pack up her deceased mother's personal items, she has a visitor arrive at the door. Sweet and haunting.

Screening with Different Flowers.

 

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Shorts Programs

Characters with Character Shorts Program 2017
Saturday, 9:00 am, Cotton Building Theatre
Sunday, 6:15 pm, NW Maritime Center

This program highlights characters we admire, whether they are facing adversity and rising above their challenges, or choosing a different path than originally imagined. We meet refugees and see their opportunities, some receive life-changing gifts, plus we get a look at a rare master of a craft we don’t usually see. We are inspired by these folks and hope you will be too! (76 min)

 

inukMy Irnik
Canada I 2017 I 15 min
Director: François Lebeau , Matthew Hood


Irnik is the two-year-old son of an Arctic mother and a Montreal father, a man who teaches him to cherish the traditional Inuit culture and all its life-expanding adventures.



zain
	Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy
USA I 2016 I 13 min
Director: Joshua Seftel


Zain, a thirteen-year-old refugee from Pakistan’s violence, has only the summer to learn enough English to enter public school in the fall. With his winning smile, his clean-cut All-American looks, and his prowess at Michael Jackson moonwalking, don’t bet against him.


menderThe Mender
USA I 2016 I 13 min
Director: Greg Leslie

In a quiet room in the Seattle Public Library, Donald Vass—part artist, part hermit—toils at a craft from another age: he repairs and restores aged books. And they, in their turn, teach him their secrets.


forwardA Way Forward
Kenya, USA I 2016 I 6 min
Director: Jacob Seigel-Boettner

Girls in Kenya who live a long way from their school find a path to academic fulfillment through their mothers’ passionate encouragement—and through the gift of a bicycle.



spokesChocolate Spokes
USA I 2015 I 6 min
Director: Brendan Leonard

Bowties and bicycles, oh and chocolate too! Meet Gregory Crichlow who left his architecture job in 2011 to start a bicycle shop in Five Points, Denver. He loves hand-building steel bicycle frames, but repairs keep his shop open and thriving. And he does it all in bowtie style!


bayardBayard & Me
USA I 2016 I 16 min
Director: Matt Wolf

This film, narrated gracefully by Bayard Rustin’s partner—lover, husband, son—is both a depiction of last century’s gay rights struggles on the streets of New York City and a vivid portrait of the charismatic civil rights activist himself.





highHigh Chaparral
USA I 2016 I 7 min
Director: David Freid

Gutsy families from Syria, where violence and devastation are all too real, find temporary shelter in a Swedish theme park, which ironically portrays the glorified mayhem of American Western movies.

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Jon Gann Presents Shorts Program
Friday, 9:00 am, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 6:00 pm, Cotton Building Theatre

For the past four years, Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts and Sunderland Shorts Film Festivals, has brought a selection of films from Wash, DC in a program called WA2WA. Through his recent work at festivals around the globe, Jon has collected a series of award-winning and audience-praised short films specifically for the warm, welcoming, and sophisticated film lovers of PTFF. (96 min)

heHe and She
Germany I 2015 I 16 min
Director: Marco Gadge

After being dumped, a distraught man finds solace from of an older woman in a gas station convenience store.

German with English Subtitles

oddballOddball
USA I 2016 I 5 min
Director: Joshua Moore

A creative profile on Stephen Parr, the oddball behind San Francisco's Oddball Films.



scentScent of Geranium
USA I 2016 I 5 min
Director: Naghmeh Farzaneh

Immigration is a new chapter in one's life, a chapter with unexpected events that can take one's life down paths different from the one imagined.


watuWatu Wote: All of Us
Germany I 2016 I 22 min
Director: Katja Benrath

An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians has grown in Kenya. In December 2015, Muslim bus passengers showed that solidarity can prevail.

Swahili with English Subtitles

shyShy Guys
USA I 2016 I 8 min
Director: Fredric Lehne


Two strangers confront and resolve one of the most insidious scourges afflicting mankind - while standing at a public urinal.



talkThe Talk True Stories about the Birds and the Bees
Canada I 2016 I 9 min
Director: Alain Delannoy

Using a mix of animation styles, the memories of several individuals have been tenderly recreated in order to best present the awkwardness of one of life's strangest occurrences.

counselorThe Counselor
USA I 2016 I 11 min
Director: Guy Bauer

At a crisis center in late 1971, a freshly minted counselor on the late shift takes his first call: a suicidal teenager whose parents won’t let her come home for Christmas.

servel Serval and Chaumier, Masters of Shadows
France I 2016 I 20 min
Director: Bastien Daret, Arthur Goisset

In a small French village, a professional magician fights with his former disciple, leading them to discover who is the true "Master of Shadows”.

French with English Subtitles.

 

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Reviewers Choice Narrative
Friday, 3:30 pm, Key City Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 pm, Rosebud Cinema


Short narrative films from France, Australia, and the US demonstrate that film is a universal language. Each filmmaker has crafted a story that will move, provoke, and delight you with a unique tale captured in a minimal time frame. A team of local reviewers gave thumbs up to these gems that stood out from over 100 films submitted in the category this year. We hope you will enjoy them as much as we did. (90 min)

roomyRoomy 4Runner
USA I 2017 I 12 min
Director: Andrew Charles Dunn

There are possibilities to the car rental business that Avis and Hertz have never dreamed of. Could this be a solution to the affordable housing crisis?


gorillaGorilla
France I 2016 I 15 min
Director: Tibo Pinsard

What does it take to win the attention of a beautiful woman? Perhaps a man needs to tap into his inner gorilla. After all, it worked for King Kong...

not oneNot One Of Us
USA I 2017 I 9 min
Director: Bill Jarcho

This animated parable of the discovery of peaceful lands by diverse societies asks the question, who is “us?”



blueyBluey
Australia I 2015 I 14 min
Director: Darlene Johnson

A young woman living in a world of lawless violence, but her world is transformed by a mentor who teaches discipline and boxing.

exposureExposure
USA I 2016 I 7 min
Director: Dave Katz, Colin Crilley

The stirring words of Theodore Roosevelt call a rugged woodsman to dare great heights, where he must face the ultimate question: what now?

patron The Patron
France I 2016 I 20 min
Director: Lionel Auguste

The arts have often been supported by complicated and even tawdry motives. Sex, surprises, mystery and betrayal¬¬–all for the sake of the arts?

French with English Subtitles

cardCard Shark
USA I 2016 I 6 min
Director: Rex Carter

Sometimes when the stakes are high in a hand of poker and something looks fishy—well, things can take a violent turn.










droneLe Drone Rouge
USA I 2017 I 7 min
Director: Marcus McCollum

Just as in the French classic Red Balloon, a whimsical red drone engages a child in charming and fantastic adventures.