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November 8 – November 16, 2013


The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival turns 40 this year, fueled by the constant reinvigoration brought about by new filmmakers and new ideas, remaining a vital symbol of the Northwest’s creative community. Our pleasure at the Film Center is to keep our eyes and arms out for the region’s filmmakers, roll with their momentum and innovation, and fashion a festival experience that provides a singular opportunity for coming together to share stories, resources, and inspiration. There are many to thank as we reach this year’s milestone.

For much of the past four decades, the Festival has enjoyed the ongoing support of such key forces as The National Endowment for the Arts, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, LAIKA, and Wieden+Kennedy—whose support reveals a shared dedication to recognizing and celebrating the Northwest’s vibrant media arts community. This year, we’re grateful for the new support of The Oregon Cultural Trust, The Jackson Foundation, and smart car, who join the mission.

The Festival is also excited to partner with McMenamins who will provide lodging for our visiting filmmakers at their Crystal Hotel and will surely contribute toward putting more fest in the Festival with six nights of screenings at their Mission Theater and Pub. This year’s Festival Judge, Sundance Film Festival Senior Shorts Programmer Mike Plante, dedicated many hours assessing the merits of this year’s submissions, and we thank him for the generous lending of his objective, enlightened eye.

Special thanks to longtime collaborators Mike Houston and Austin Hilde for the stylish imagery that brightens the Festival’s graphics this year and will help us fill those rows and rows of chairs.

There are many reasons why we call this the Filmmakers’ Festival, and we welcome all makers of the region to join in the conversation, community, and viewing, whether their work is onscreen or not. For those who have not yet made a film (which begs the question: what are you waiting for?), we hope the Festival experience will nudge you nearer to the tipping point of commitment. There will be plenty of inspiration, so grab yourself a seat.

Thomas Phillipson, Festival Manager

Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

A Place of Truth

Directed by Barrett Rudich

Abigail Mott is a 21-year-old woman traveling from city to city as a nomadic street poet. Inspired by watching a

All the Labor

Directed by Douglas Hawes-Davis

For two decades, The Gourds have played their rock/folk/country tunes, gathered cult listeners, and always managed to float just under

Backbone: Early Vancouver Experimental Cinema, 1967-1981

Directed by Richard Martin

From the mid-1960s through the 1970s, Vancouver, BC, was an international hub for experimental film and the source of an


Directed by Alex Stonehill

To neighbors, Sam “Barzan” Malkandi was the model immigrant and perfect, hard-working family man. To investigators, Malkandi was a cold-blooded

Bible Quiz

Directed by Nicole Teeny

In Tacoma, Washington, and all over the country, many church groups participate in an annual competition of memorizing and reciting

Camera Shy

Directed by Mark Sawers

Larry (Nicolas Wright) is an unprincipled city councilman who doesn’t mind a little fraud and infidelity if it advances his

City Baby

Directed by David F. Morgan

“This pungent, Portland-set tale features a striking performance by Cora Benesh as Cloey, a 25-year-old aspiring actress facing a turning


Directed by Megan Griffiths

VISITING ARTIST—Independent feature filmmaking in Seattle is flourishing, led by filmmakers like Megan Griffiths (THE OFF HOURS) who are finding

Empty Hollow Echo

Directed by Adam Sekuler

A man exits a building and immediately realizes that he doesn’t have his keys. Locked out, he wanders the empty

Finding Truelove

Directed by Sam Kuhn

Clay, Michael, and Andrew are fascinated by a yearbook from Chico High’s Class of 1990, which they discover at a

Hawaiian Punch

Directed by Nandan Rao

This unconventional buddy movie follows two young Mormon men on a mission term in Hawaii, who spend their days cliff


Directed by Kevin Hamedani

Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh has lost his girlfriend and


Directed by Gabe Van Lelyveld

Amanda, isolated and unfulfilled, is the sole provider for and caretaker of her joyful and loving sister, Rose, who has


Directed by Ian Clark

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012, Ian Clark’s latest work is an observational

Neurons to Nirvana: Understanding Psychedelic Medicines

Directed by Oliver Hockenhull

Here we have a sure sign of progress: the psychedelic insights of the ’60s counterculture, intact and now bolstered by

Shorts I

Directed by Various

The three shorts programs in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival offer overviews of the current state of filmmaking in the

Shorts II

Directed by Various

The three shorts programs in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival offer overviews of the current state of filmmaking in the

Survival Prayer

Directed by Benjamin Greené

VISITING ARTIST—In the past century in Haida Gwaii (British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands), commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have

The Exhibition

Directed by Damon Vignale

In 2006, Pamela Masik began to paint massive, gruesome portraits based on a police poster of 69 missing women—many of

The Falls: Testament of Love

Directed by Jon Garcia

Five years after we left RJ and Chris in THE FALLS (2012 Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival), the ex-lovers who met as

The Perception of Moving Targets

Directed by Weston Currie

“In this haunting feature, Currie stages an intervention into habituated and supposedly natural ways of making meaning onscreen. In collaboration

Winter in the Blood

Directed by Alex Smith, Andrew Smith

“True to the tough, lyrical, magical spirit of James Welch’s classic novel of Native American life, this hauntingly beautiful movie

You Make Me Feel So Young

Directed by Zach Weintraub

Weintraub’s third feature exemplifies his intimate filmmaking style, with a minimalism reminiscent of Yasujiro¯ Ozu, Claire Denis, and many other

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.