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November 7 – November 15, 2014


Each fall The Northwest Film Center eagerly anticipates this opportunity to share the bounty of outstanding work that is being produced by filmmakers living in our corner of North America. The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is chock-full of stellar examples of the creative voices in our community and we are pleased to offer this best of the best to you.

Helping us bring this treasure trove to the community are many longtime sponsors who share our support of the region’s dynamic media arts community and are doing their part to ensure that it continues to thrive. This year a special shout-out to the Regional Arts & Culture Council for their contribution to the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-conference, a now annual event that brings the filmmakers together to share inspiration and information maker to maker.

We are doubly excited to extend the Film Center’s ongoing Global Classroom venture—where we fill our theater with local high school students eager to experience compelling international cinema—and give it a regional turn during the Festival as we offer a program of Northwest-made films examining the theme of homelessness.

The Festival has a tradition of bringing a distinguished filmmaker, critic or programmer—usually from outside the region—to generously offer his or her eye in selecting the short film program and prizewinners. This year we asked an esteemed visual artist—Portland photographer, Blue Sky Gallery founder and curator, and passionate filmgoer Christopher Rauschenberg—to appraise the state of the field. We offer Chris our appreciative thanks for sharing his curatorial expertise and his love of the moving, and still image.

As is with the Film Center’s year-round Northwest Tracking programs, we hope that whether you are a filmmaker, film lover, or just curious about our creative community and life around us, you’ll dig into the many worlds woven into the schedule—the screenings, the workshops, the Un-conference, the parties—to meet the makers and see what truly independent filmmaking looks like.

Thomas Phillipson, Festival Manager

Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center

Bella Vista

Directed by Vera Brunner-Sung

Having recently moved to Missoula, Montana to teach English to a group of international students, thirty-something Doris finds herself alone.


Directed by Shawn Telford

In his debut feature, Seattle filmmaker Shawn Telford follows four individuals living in
 a small town dominated by drugs and


Directed by Sue Arbuthnot

Josh Knodel and his best friend Matt Miller helm JAWS, a tricked-out, welded up, baby blue farm combine-in-retirement in the

Duende: Suit of Lights

Directed by Jeff Rowles

After fleeing the trappings of fame, for- tune, and success in the bullfighting arena, an orphan turned beloved matador navigates


Directed by Daniel T. Skaggs

“Hobos to me, represent an American pastime—a story told through the lyrics of Woody Guthrie and writers from the dust


Directed by Nathaniel Bennett

Alex, Todd, and Stephen are three hard-working friends who are content with spending their paychecks on hunting, beer, and women.


Directed by Allan Luebke

“Glena Avila is a single mother from The Dalles who decided in her 30s to pursue a career as a

House of Last Things

Directed by Michael Bartlett

Alan is a successful classical music critic. His wife Sarah is an obsessively grieving woman, struggling with an unspoken tragedy

In Country

Directed by Mike Attie, Meghan O'Hara

Weaving together vérité footage of men recreating the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon with archival footage and observations

Let’s Talk Trash

Directed by Various

Metro’s Let’s Talk Trash events are designed to engage the public in discussions about how the greater Portland region can

Lucinda Parker: Water and Clouds

Directed by Michael Annus

During the course of three years and three sets of paintings, we enter the working world of noted Northwest painter

Mending the Line

Directed by John Waller

VISITING ARTIST—Tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger, 90-year-old Frank Moore has always loved to

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Mind Zone

Directed by Jan Haaken

Filmmaker/Psychologist Jan Haaken’s MIND ZONE follows therapists with the 113th Army Combat Stress Control detachment as they carry out two

One Last Hug and a Few Smooches: Three days at Grief Camp

Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

Irene Taylor Brodsky’s diverse films have earned her numerous awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short for THE

Return of The River

Directed by John Gussman, Jessica Plumb

When frontiersmen came to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to “conquer” the untamed landscape, they paid little attention to the ecological consequences

Shorts I

Directed by Various

Shorts II

Directed by Various

Shorts III

Directed by Various

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Taco Night

Directed by Kyle Eaton

Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple.

The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Man’s Land

Directed by Barry L. Hunt

Created by Portland’s award recognized Sowelu ensemble, filmed on majestic landscapes in rural Oregon and Southern Washington, and shot in

The Winding Stream

Directed by Beth Harrington

“THE WINDING STREAM begins at the source of what we know as classic country music—the original Carter Family from the

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.