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36th Northwest Film & Video Festival

See the Festival Trailer



Fri, Nov 6, 2009
at 7 PM

Wed, Nov 11, 2009
at 7 PM

SHORTS I
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

PEOPLE CAN’T WAIT—JUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: TRAVIS SHIELDS / SEATTLE
(DOC) “A charming film about an unusual subject: the need for public toilets.”—KT (6 mins.)

TROLLS
DIRECTOR: BRIANNE NORD-STEWART / VANCOUVER, BC
(NAR) Some kids start to wonder what their parents are doing behind closed doors. (7 mins.)

UNION BAY—JUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: MARK O’CONNELL / SEATTLE
(EXP) A study of the Union Bay nature area in Seattle. “An exquisite eye for nature combines with impeccable image selection.”—KT (6 mins.)

AXIOMS OF A DISHWASHER—JUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: VANCE MALONE / PORTLAND
(DOC) A satirical meditation-cum-philosophical treatise on a thankless job. ”Kind of like Zen and the Art of the Clean Plate.”—KT (7 mins.)

THESE PANCAKES ARE TINY
DIRECTOR: MATTHEW SEELY / PORTLAND
(ANI) Tensions build and insults fly between two brothers out to breakfast at a local diner. (3 mins.)

THE BRANCH
DIRECTOR: ALYSSA TIMON / PORTLAND
(ANI) “I dream of my heart caught up in tree branches, and the only hope I have of salvation is an inky sleep full of rain.” (1 min.)

DAMIAN AND ENDE
DIRECTOR: BENJAMIN SCHUETZE / VANCOUVER, BC
(NAR) Two boyhood friends negotiate the changing seasons and their own relationship, forever corrupted by a long-ago tragedy. (10 mins.)

122 RANDOM SECONDS—JUDGE'S AWARD: Best Short Documentary
DIRECTOR: KARL LIND / PORTLAND
(EXP) A real-time doc that encourages you to “keep Portland weird,” and always carry your camera. “A tiny slice of life perfectly captured.”—KT (2 mins.)

DON’T WORRY, IT’S A NEW CENTURY
DIRECTOR: JEFF GUAY / PORTLAND
(EXP) In a wry homage to a seminal Northwest short, Crystal Lake explores the concept of “idea recycling.” (9 mins.)

ENDLESS TUNNEL
DIRECTOR: TOMMY THOMPSON / OLYMPIA
(ANI) Bringing to mind Italian Futurism of the early 20th Century, this state-of-the-art Stratastencil animation weighs in on the stress of contemporary life. (5 mins.)

EROS
DIRECTOR: MEGAN GRIFFITHS / SEATTLE
(ANI) This lush and chilling thriller is told through the preparation of an extravagant meal. (2 mins.)

MISSED ACHES
DIRECTOR: JOANNA PRIESTLEY / PORTLAND
(ANI) An ode to the fallibility of spell-check. (4 mins.)

MOM
DIRECTOR: KANAKO WYNKOOP / OLYMPIA
(NAR) A painfully dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship unfolds in a phone conversation. (4 mins.)

OSCILLATING FAN—JUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: ROB TYLER / PORTLAND
(EXP) A quiet symphony of circulating air. “Simple but radiant with joy.”—KT (3 mins.)

STICK—JUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTORS: PATRICK BEECHINOR, JUSTIN LONGOZ, CHRIS MCKINLAY / VANCOUVER, BC
(ANI) ”Life from life to death in sixty breathless seconds.”—KT (1 min.)

SOMEWHERE—JUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: SALISE HUGHES / SEATTLE
(EXP) Opposites attract in this found footage romance. “Worlds collide and a mad musical mashup results.”—KT (4 mins.)

NOUS DEUX ENCORE—JUDGE'S AWARD: Best of Show
DIRECTOR: HEATHER HARLOW / PORTLAND
(DOC) “A truly, madly, deeply moving love story, inventively told and powerfully evocative of time and place.”—KT (16 mins.)

Preceding Friday's screening, the 2009 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship will be awarded.


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Sat, Nov 7, 2009
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Thu, Nov 12, 2009
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SHORTS II
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

THE ATTIC
DIRECTOR: CHRIS WILLETT / PORTLAND
(NAR) A woman suddenly notices a trap door at the top of the stairs. Based on a Ray Bradbury story. (9 mins.)

CRUISING THE URBAN INFERNO FROM THE FOURTH FLOORJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: BRIDGET IRISH / OLYMPIA
(EXP) Over 2000 photographs congeal in this staccato fourth-story portrait of Vancouver, BC. ”A bravura mixture of image and music that radiates excitement.”—KT (4 mins.)

REVOLVING DOORS
DIRECTOR: KRISTEN KORNS / VANCOUVER, BC
(DOC) Two dedicated nurses make house calls to Vancouver residents who are HIV positive. (12 mins.)

THE PREOCCUPIED OCCUPANT
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL PAULUS / PORTLAND
(NAR) An amusing celebration of valiant efforts in the face of self-imposed obstacles. (12 mins.)

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED
DIRECTOR: KYLE T. BELL / PORTLAND
(ANI) A famous flying circus mouse reflects on his humble beginnings in this high-altitude adventure in aerodynamics. (6 mins.)

IRAN: A NATION OF BLOGGERSJUDGE'S AWARD: Best Short Animation
DIRECTORS: AARON CHIESA, TORU KAGEYAMA, HENDY SUKARYA, LISA TEMES / VANCOUVER, BC
(DOC/ANI ) “Striking animation joins to a strong political subject and is able to make its point with dispatch.”—KT (2 mins.)

THE LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FLY
DIRECTOR: BYRD MCDONALD / PORTLAND
(NAR) Through a cloudy point of view, the story of an unsettled mother unfolds. (12 mins.)

MEET THE FREEGANSJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: TRAVIS SHIELDS / SEATTLE
(DOC) “Dumpster diving for the socially conscious. Who knew?”—KT (7 mins.)

NATURE ON ITS COURSE
DIRECTOR: SU-AN NG / PORT MOODY
(ANI) It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature. (3 mins.)

THE FANCYJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTORS: DOUG ADLER, ERIC MAXEN / PORTLAND
(DOC) “Celebrating perfect poultry and the people who love them.”—KT (10 mins.)

ASCENDING THE GIANTSJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: JOHN WALLER / PORTLAND
(DOC) “Examining and hugging Oregon’s biggest trees.”—KT (12 mins.)

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Sat, Nov 7, 2009
at 9 PM

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF LITTLE DIZZLE
DIRECTOR: DAVID RUSSO
SEATTLE

(NAR) David Russo (POPULI, PAN WITH US, I’M NOT VAN GOGH) is the winner of multiple Northwest Film & Video Festival awards. His first feature introduces Dory, a white-collar worker who loses his job and finds work as a night janitor at a market research firm. He soon discovers that he and his motley coworkers are the subjects of clandestine experiments. “A character-driven comedy enriched with Russo’s innovative animation, LITTLE DIZZLE is a lighthearted film with a liberated vision—the idea that you may find peace in the face of uncertainty if you simply accept the very things that are beyond your control.”—Sundance Film Festival.

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Sun, Nov 8, 2009
at 12 PM

33RD YOUNG PEOPLE'S FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
US, 2009

The Film Center's Young People's Film & Video Festival is an annual showcase of outstanding work by young filmmakers in grades K-12 living in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The Festival encourages young people to use film and video to creatively express personal concerns, explore important social issues, and share engaging stories about the world today as they see it. Please join us for the screening of this year’s winners and meet many of the young filmmakers. Thanks to this year’s Festival jurors—Peter Vince, Anna Farrell, and Martha Early—and to the Oregon Arts Commission for its support.

THE CASE OF THE MISSING HOMEWORK
This case needs to be solved by all!
Ms. Sigmund’s class, grades 5-6, The Emerson School, Portland, OR.

DRIVER’S ED
Don’t be stupid - just read the book.
Connor Bechtol, Brandon Clindaniel, Bryce Clinton, McKenzie Hamilton, Colton Heidt, Alex Kuhn, Marcus McGuire, Layton Mickey, Efren Plancarte, Jonah Smith, Jordan Smith, Alexiss Stewart, and Jacob Wiegel, grades 6-8, Duniway Middle School, McMinnville, OR.

DRUG AWARENESS PROJECT: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Peer-to-peer education.
Students of Newport High School, grades 9-12, Lincoln County Drug Awareness Project, Newport, OR.

FINDING THE MUSIC
Breaking a fake guitar brings a young musician to his real talent.
Blair Scott, Sheridan Koelher, and Alex Schellar, grade 10, Ballard High School / Media Issues, Seattle, WA.

THE LIFE OF WATER PERSON
Cool sun trumps aqueous water.
Layton Mickey and Alex Kuhn, grade 7, Patton Middle School, McMinnville, OR.

THE LIGHT
Lumens cast a shadow on Mr. Stick.
Peter Gicking, grade 10, Arts & Magnet Communication Academy, Beaverton, OR.

MURDER AT THE PHARAOH’S GRAVE
Archeologist Ellis Clarke unearths the truth about a colleague’s disappearance.
Ben Kadie, grade 8, Bellevue, WA.

NATIVE TRUTH FILM PROJECT: PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reducing Native youth smoking while challenging the social norm of commercial tobacco use.
Students of Yakama Nation, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes & Spokane Tribe, grades 5-12, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.

ONLY ONE
That’s all it takes.
Alex McKnight, grade 7, Tigard, OR.

ROAMING
An inevitable conflict.
Adrian Andrich, grade 11, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Beaverton, OR.

SARAH GAHAGAN: STITCHING A NEW PATH
Costume artist Sarah Gahagan creates a new approach to wardrobe design.
Gabrielle Walti, grade 11, Oregon Children's Theatre, Hillsboro, OR.

SNAGS
Beavers, beetles, garter snakes, and salmon acting wild in their forest home.
Mrs. Robert’s class, grade 2, Buckman Elementary, Portland, OR.

SPARKS IN THE NIGHT
Detective Leon Sparks closes in on notorious lawbreaker Jerry Walker.
Ben Kadie, grade 8, Bellevue, WA.

THE UMBRELLA
The wind blows a young man’s cover.
Henry Shenk, Kaelan Gilman, and Perker Davis, grade 11, Ballard High School, Seattle, WA.

THE WAREHOUSE
How to avoid the Big Bang.
Zach Perry, grade 7, Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Beaverton, OR.

YOU LIVE IN YOUR HEAD
The emotional stasis of one aged man.
Kathryn Van Buren, Alex Papac, and Isaac Sommers, grade 11, Ballard High School, Seattle, WA.

( 75 min )

FREE ADMISSION


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Sun, Nov 8, 2009
at 2 PM

A TRIBUTE TO TOM TAYLOR

Tom Taylor, born in Butte, Montana, on December 4, 1927, died this year on St. Patrick’s Day. Tom was an inspiration and guide to many in the late 1960s and ’70s who imagined that telling stories with moving images might be a way to spend a life, and a way to change the world. Tom arrived in Portland in 1965 from southern California to start the Center for the Moving Image at Portland State University with his mentor, friend, and former professor at USC, Andries Deinum. Together, they incubated and nurtured a community of film and video artists who gained world renown. They also set the stage for the establishment of the Northwest Film Center in 1971. Tom’s integrity, patience, commitment to social justice, and insistence on craftsmanship continue to remind us of the importance of quality media to the health of democracy. Today we celebrate Tom with a screening of a number of his films, including:

THE POTTER (1956)—A simple, elegantly crafted, beautifully photographed first film about the art, the processes, and the pleasures of being a potter. (12 mins.)

CAPRICE WILL BECOME THE RULE (1969)— Made by Tom and his students, CAPRICE is a delightful and chaotic piece shot during rehearsals for the PSU Group for New Music’s “Beulahland Rag.” (13 mins.)

THE SEVENTH DAY (1970)—A behind-the-scenes look at student protests at Portland State
against the killings at Kent State and the U.S. bombing of Cambodia. (29 mins.)

BECOMING (1973)—A sponsored film produced for the Women’s Division of Continuing Education at PSU that explores the pressures on women to find meaningful lives in a conformist culture. (24 mins.)

IN THIS VERY ROOM (1993)—Produced by the Senior Community Video Project, a community based non-profit Tom founded, IN THIS VERY ROOM offers a poignant look at a project that creatively helps seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. (13 mins.)

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Sun, Nov 8, 2009
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TIME BEING
DIRECTOR: CHRIS GALLAGHER
VANCOUVER, BC

(EXP) Humans have an innate, intuitive understanding of time acquired through experience, yet when one has to explain what time is, one is tangled in paradox and contradiction. Gallagher’s visually striking and engagingly written film tries to see the clock ticking in the movement of everyday things. Constructed of 88 short, arresting films each exactly the same length, TIME BEING subjectivity determines our perception of the duration of its parts. The structure of the film subverts conventional cinematic temporal expectations and gives rise to the perception of a continuous present tense.

( 88 min )
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Sun, Nov 8, 2009
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Fri, Nov 13, 2009
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SHORTS III
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

EVERY ROOM IS EMPTY
DIRECTOR: TRAVIS EZELL / PORTLAND
(NAR) A boy and girl locked in a basement during a party invent a story about a boy and girl locked in a basement during a party, inventing a story about ... (9 mins.)

GOALBALL
DIRECTOR: ERIC MAXEN / PORTLAND
(DOC) Three visually impaired teens thrive at a sport created in the 1940s for blinded war veterans. (10 mins.)

PUFFER GIRLJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: JOAN C. GRATZ / PORTLAND
(ANI) “An Oscar-winning director takes us deep under the sea.”—KT (5 mins.)

WHEN HERONS DREAMJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: SERGE GREGORY / SEATTLE
(EXP) With images evoking Japanese wood cuts, a great blue heron observes the seasons and a Northwest landscape shaped by water. “Meditative but memorable.”—KT (11 mins.)

IS THAT MEJUDGE'S AWARD: Best Short Experimental
DIRECTOR: ELIJAH M. HASAN / PORTLAND
(EXP) “An effortless blend of experiment and social conscience.”—KT (5 mins.)

PASSENGERJUDGE'S AWARD: Best Short Narrative
DIRECTOR: MATT CLARK / PORTLAND
(NAR) “This reality-based fable, elegantly composed and shot, recreates a trip taken by a coyote on the light rail.”—KT (15 mins.)

DEAR JOHN LEE
DIRECTOR: AMANDA THOMSON / VANCOUVER, BC
(NAR) Robin finds her thrills under the colored lights of a bar, yet remains unfulfilled. An unrequited correspondence brings a postman into her sights. (9 mins.)

MANSION ON THE HILL
DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT / PORTLAND
Made as part of “8,” an omnibus film exploring the United Nation’s international Millennium Development Goals, Van Sant juxtaposes horrific statistics with grainy slow motion video of carefree American kids to reflect on the goal to reduce child mortality. (7 mins.)

FAMILY HISTORYJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: SHELLEY JORDON / PORTLAND
(ANI) “Bright, lively animation, plus the irresistible Barry Sisters.”—KT (5 mins.)

THE FALLSJUDGE'S AWARD
DIRECTOR: BRIAN LIBBY / PORTLAND
(EXP) “A hypnotic look at the overwhelming Multnomah Falls.”—KT (3 mins.)

GIDEON THE GREAT
DIRECTOR: ANDY COLLEN / PORTLAND
(ANI) Charming young Gideon’s fantastical daydreams distract him from tasks at hand. (7 mins.)

RECEPTION
DIRECTOR: VINCENT CALDONI / PORTLAND
(NAR) Injured in an accident, confused, and lost in the woods, Katrine dials her cell phone desperately hoping to return to her happy life. (6 mins.)

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Mon, Nov 9, 2009
at 6 PM

AMERICAN COLLECTORS
DIRECTOR: TERRI KRANTZ, BOB RIDGLEY
BELLINGHAM

(DOC) Are you a collector? Almost a third of Americans actively collect something—probably far more—but what drives this hoarding mentality? From rock band KISS memorabilia to antique axes, from bobble heads to giant balls of string, each collection has a story, and the fascinating tales cumulatively suggest that our proclivity to collect has as much to do with the thrill of the hunt as with the desire to keep memories close at hand. (60 mins.)

WITH

THE GOLDEN AGE OF JUNK
DIRECTORS: STEPHEN KUROWSKI, MARINA TAIT / PORTLAND
(DOC) Former Portlander Adam Dowis is a charming artist living in trash-strewn New Orleans six months after Hurricane Katrina. What others see as useless junk, Adam turns into functional yet dangerous lamps. (22 mins.)

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Mon, Nov 9, 2009
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MY SON THE PORNOGRAPHER
DIRECTOR: PETER CAMPBELL
VICTORIA, BC

(DOC) Art, a filmmaker in Victoria, wants to reconnect with his rebellious stepson Kole, but he’s appalled by Kole’s work as a writer and actor in porn films in Prague. Art thinks it’s degrading and soul-destroying work, but he also sees a link between Kole’s lifestyle and the sexual abuse Kole experienced as a young child. Campbell’s film is a candid portrait of a painful father-son relationship that explores the stresses that can tear families apart and the tentative, and sometimes humorous, steps toward healing. (45 mins.)

WITH

CHANGE OF LIVING
DIRECTOR: JOSH KLETZKIN / PORTLAND
(DOC) After 20 years of living together in NYC’s Greenwich village—a landmark neighborhood of LGBT history and culture— Bart and Ted are being pushed out of their charming brownstone to make way for a celebrity family who plan to gut the place. (19 mins.)

WITH

CHRONICLES OF A PROFESSIONAL EULOGIST
DIRECTOR: SARAH JANE LAPP / SEATTLE
(ANI) Lapp’s semi-fictional, hand-drawn animation (India ink, gouache, and wax), scored by Mark Dresser and made possible by interviews with eulogists galore, follows a eulogist-in-training and his encounter with the spaces our communal memories create between mortality and immortality. (25 mins.)

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Tue, Nov 10, 2009
at 7:30 PM

TO PAY MY WAY WITH STORIES
DIRECTOR: BRIAN LINDSTROM
PORTLAND

(DOC) Write Around Portland is a Portland-based non-profit that reaches out to under-served populations and provides them with the opportunity to enroll in a free, rigorous, identity-specific, ten-week creative writing workshop culminating in a public reading and a published anthology. TO PAY MY WAY WITH STORIES closely follows participants and explores how they transcend their difficulties—including cancer, HIV/AIDS, methadone, Down’s syndrome and poverty—as they find their voices. (49 mins.)

WITH

THE FINAL INCH
DIRECTOR: IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY / PORTLAND
(DOC) Brodsky’s (HEAR AND NOW) beautiful and informative new film was one of this year’s nominees for the Academy Award for Short Documentary. Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for polio was developed in the United States, the polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. In India and Afghanistan’s impoverished neighborhoods, THE FINAL INCH follows the massive—and yet highly personalized—mission to eradicate polio from the planet and challenges our most basic assumptions about disease, poverty, and our own health as a human right. (38 mins.)

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Tue, Nov 10, 2009
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Sat, Nov 14, 2009
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SWEET CRUDE
DIRECTOR: SANDY CIOFFI
SEATTLE

(DOC) Sandy Cioffi and her film crew made headlines when, while shooting this documentary about the Nigerian oil industry, they were taken into custody by the Nigerian military. Ten percent of the U.S. oil supply comes from Nigeria, where oil is big business, particularly in the Niger Delta. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been generated from that resource. Unfortunately, 80 percent of the revenues go to just 1 percent of the population, and the environmental devastation has contaminated much of the water supply for the 20 million people who live there. As peaceful protests have had no effect, militant groups are forming to gain the world’s attention and to take action against the powerful oil companies. SWEET CRUDE tells a story that may be far away, but is moving closer all the time.

( 90 min )
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Wed, Nov 11, 2009
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DIED YOUNG, STAYED PRETTY
DIRECTOR: EILEEN YAGHOOBIAN
VANCOUVER, BC

(DOC) Yaghoobian’s film offers a frenzied look at the underground poster culture and the creative spirit that drives a visceral, freewheeling culture of indie graphic artists. Outside of their own circle, they’re virtually unknown, but within their ranks and that of indie music devotees and lovers of outsider art, legendary image-makers—and trenchant social critics—thrive. “Yaghoobian shows these artists for what they are: the vivisectionists of America’s morbidly obese consumer culture ... Raw—an outlaw movie about outlaw artists.”—Peter Rainer, NPR.

( 88 min )


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Thu, Nov 12, 2009
at 8:45 PM

NATHAN AND NORDRICH
DIRECTOR: NOAH DORSEY
PORTLAND

(ANI) A young neurotic is reunited with his brothers, conjoined twins, in this dry and quirky cartoon. (19 mins.)

WITH

SALMON POET
DIRECTOR: SABRINA GUITART / PORTLAND
(DOC) “Iconic Northwest poet Walt Curtis barrels, brays, screams, gnashes, and slobbers his way through this broad but compelling meditation on the ecological and cosmologic significance of the salmon. Riffing on an unpublished collection of his poems, Curtis shouts neo-transcendentalist incantations and anti-capitalist tirades in a hoarse, all-purpose Beat howl ... Offsetting his Sturm und Drang is Guitart’s own poetry, which she recites in lilting Castilian. Her misty cinematography of the Columbia River Gorge conjures idylls of Earth-Mother gentility. Positing herself as an embodiment of nature, she lets Curtis rail against humankind’s injustices against her.”—Richard Speer, Willamette Week. (58 mins.)

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Fri, Nov 13, 2009
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HUMPDAY
DIRECTOR: LYNN SHELTON
SEATTLE

(NAR) Thirty-something Ben has a steady job and plans to start a family. But when his old college buddy Andrew suddenly shows up, past patterns and rivalries threaten to upset domestic bliss. Andrew thinks Ben has become emasculated by married life, while Ben counters that Andrew has become an aimless ne’er-do-well with no future. To save Ben from his boring existence, Andrew takes him to a party at a sex-positive commune where booze and drugs abound. When talk at the party turns to a local weekly’s amateur porn contest (based on a real competition sponsored by Seattle’s “The Stranger”), Andrew wants in. As neither is willing to back down from a challenge, they decide to make the most groundbreaking porn film two heterosexual dudes could possibly make. Shelton has created a hilarious film—a triumph at Sundance and Cannes—about the emotional complexities and contradictions of the male ego that culminates in one of the most uproarious finales in recent memory.

( 94 min )
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Sat, Nov 14, 2009
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IMAGINING HOME
DIRECTOR: SUE ARBUTHNOT, RICHARD WILHELM
PORTLAND

(DOC) When Columbia Villa, a troubled and dilapidated Portland public housing neighborhood originally built to house WWII shipyard workers and later ravaged by gangs and drugs, was demolished, 1,300 residents were displaced. In its place, New Columbia, a federal HOPE VI urban redevelopment project, was created as a model for progressive community building. This socio-economically mixed neighborhood has provided new homes, a school, work opportunities, stores, and other amenities for about 3,000 residents. Many of the original Columbia Villa occupants have returned, but not without the tensions imposed by stereotypes of race and class. IMAGINING HOME spans five years as it follows a struggle to rebuild the soul of a community while fighting to break the cycle of poverty.

( 78 min )
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Sat, Nov 14, 2009
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CHRONICLES OF A PROFESSIONAL EULOGIST
DIRECTOR: SARAH JANE LAPP
SEATTLE

(ANI) Lapp’s semi-fictional, hand-drawn animation (India ink, gouache, and wax), scored by Mark Dresser and made possible by interviews with eulogists galore, follows a eulogist-in-training and his encounter with the spaces our communal memories create between mortality and immortality. (25 mins.)

WITH

FIERCE LIGHT
DIRECTOR: VELCROW RIPPER / VANCOUVER, BC
(DOC) An inspiring documentary about the global movement called spiritual activism, FIERCE LIGHT resonates with the compassion and openmindedness of its subject matter. Ripper (SCARED SCARED) interviews many of the movement’s illustrious figures, including Alice Walker, John Lewis, Daryl Hannah, Thich Nhat Hahn, Desmond Tutu, Julia Butterfly Hill, and Noah Levine. As these passionate leaders speak about their commitment to making positive change in the world, their remarkable stories are accompanied by Ripper’s vivid imagery to fashion an inspirational exploration to find love through activism. (90 mins.)

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Sat, Nov 14, 2009
at 8:30 PM

UNCLE TOM’S APARTMENT
DIRECTOR: DAVID WALKER
PORTLAND

(NAR) Tommy Harper (Alan Wone, star of Jamaa Fanaka’s cult classic STREET WARS) is a thirty-something black man who enjoys a carefree life of extended adolescence. He plays dominoes with his friends and hangs out with his low-maintenance girlfriend Nina. But when the young daughters of an old childhood friend show up unexpectedly at his front door, Tommy is forced to take on a ton of responsibility. With their father missing and no place else to go, Eliza and Eva (Gracie Starr and Amanda Child) are dependent on Tommy for their survival. As the days turn into weeks, it becomes increasingly clear that the girls’ father may not return any time soon, leaving Tommy to face some tough decisions. His friends and family all want him to step up to the plate and be a real man, but he’s not ready to make the sacrifices needed to become a father to Eliza and Eva. He wonders, can a grown black man, who has never had to take care of anything in his life, really provide for two white children?

( 90 min )
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