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November 1 – November 5, 2017

Now in its 44th year, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is proud to continue its mission of showcasing outstanding new work by our region’s media artists and offer a snapshot of the thriving creative community that surrounds us. The Festival strives to nurture the growth and success of filmmakers who are pushing their voices and visions forward in engaging new personal work, and we are excited for you to see this year’s programs.

Part of the Festival experience is facilitating dialogue between artist and audience. This year we are adding a “Film Talkers’ Lounge,” open before and after screenings for informal conversation. We hope you will drop by to meet the makers, share your impressions, and make connections. In addition to the screenings and socializing, the Festival will also feature the Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit, a daylong event featuring equipment vendors, filmmaker panels and presentations, and more. Our hope is that together, this year’s Festival offers equal measures of celebration, discovery, and inspiration. We look forward to your feedback on ways we can continue to make this annual gathering an essential and animating community event.

The Northwest Film Center owes many thanks to individuals and organizations that helped in producing this year’s Festival. First off, a big thank you to Festival judge Deborah Stratman for her thoughtful singling out of works deserving of special recognition and compiling them into the shorts programs. Many thanks to graphic designer Kate Bingaman-Burt and to Nathan Sonenfeld, who created the Festival trailer. The Festival also appreciates the longtime support of the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the citizens of Portland through the Arts Access and Education Fund.

All these friends, and so many more recognized in the program, have helped fashion an event we hope will make you fall in love all over again with our region’s filmmakers.

Ben Popp, Festival Manager & Filmmaker Services Manager

Bill Foster, Director

Festival Highlights

Northwest Filmmakers' Summit

Nov. 4 , 10 am - 4 pm


Nov. 3, 1pm - 3pm

6 Dynamic Laws for Success in Life, Love & Money

Directed by Gregory Bayne

Channeling the Coen Brothers, Bayne spins a dark comedic tale of a treasure hunt for a fortune gleaned from a

Buzz One Four

Directed by Matt McCormick

At the height of the Cold War, the US Air Force was flying B-52 bombers armed with thermonuclear weapons on

Chronic Means Forever

Directed by Kadazia Allen-Perry

Kadazia Allen-Perry uses her debilitating illness as a way to explore what it means to follow one’s dreams in the

Crazy Right

Directed by Ian Fowler

With the tragic death of his wife looming heavily upon him, alcoholic artist Paul Taylor sets out to sell everything

Ethnographic Visions: An Extended Shorts Program

Directed by Various

An extended shorts program. Observations on who we were, who we are, and who we might become.

Lane 1974

Directed by SJ Chiro

Based on Clane Hayward’s memoir “The Hypocrisy of Disco,” Lane 1974 tells the true coming-of-age survival story of 13-year-old Lane,

Never Steady, Never Still

Directed by Kathleen Hepburn

Life on Judy's remote lakefront property has always been lonely, but beautiful. The sudden death of her husband throws her

Northwest Tracking: Trailblazing Women of Independent Animation

Directed by Gail Noonan, Rose Bond, Marilyn Zornado, Ruth Hayes, Joan Gratz, Joanna Priestley

As a preview of the Film Center’s post-festival Northwest Tracking series showcasing six independent animation innovators, we are  pleased to

Party Killer Vs. Kodak

Directed by Various

  A performance in the Whitsell by Portland band Party Killer as they create live soundtracks to Super 8 films

Pow Wow

Directed by Robinson Devor

The film’s title comes from a country club party that takes place in a private community built on former Native

Priced Out

Directed by Cornelius Swart

In 2002, Swart made film about his NE Portland neighborhood, which expressed hope for a community plagued by violence. Fast-forwarding

Proof of Loyalty

Directed by Lucy Ostrander, Don Sellers

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and the US entered World War II, it ripped open suspicions towards Japanese-Americans who


Directed by Kevin Forrest

In the deep Northwest woods, a young couple ventures down a winding road to find tranquility from life’s hustle and

Semi-Iconic: The Ballad of Dick Rossetti

Directed by Isaac Olsen

Using a flurry of fast paced editing and re-imagined vignettes harkening back to the glory days of MTV and the

Shorts I: This is Here

Directed by Various

Shorts II: Alliances

Directed by Various

Shut Up Anthony

Directed by Kyle Eaton

Anthony just lost his job and girlfriend. Rather than mope around, he takes to the woods to find peace in

The Gentleman Bank Robber: The Story of Butch Lesbian Freedom Fighter rita bo brown

Directed by Julie Perini

Rita bo brown is a white, working-class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” for

The Watchman’s Canoe

Directed by Barri Chase

In 1969, Jett, a girl of mixed Caucasian and indigenous descent, is forced to move with her mother and brother

Torrey Pines

Directed by Clyde Petersen

In his queer-punk, stop-motion animated feature, Petersen’s early life in 1990s Southern California unfolds as a series of baffling events.

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.