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Directed by PJ Hase, Skala Leake, LINDSEY NORDIN, CAELAN HENSLEY, BROOKE REICHERT, HALEY HUCKINS, KAILEY MILLER, Maya Konz, Kajsa Woolford, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall, Isabella Myers, Maya Rodrigo-Abdi, Shine St. Goddard, ASHLEA FRISON, Govind Baskin-Brussell, Shanti Stein-Gagnon


This special program from the Northwest Film Center’s Fresh Film Northwest youth made film festival brings together short films that tell personal stories-about diverse peoples, childhood experiences, family life, and identity-through the documentary genre as well as through alternative storytelling techniques.

Films in this Program

Living Honestly

Directed by PJ Hase, Skala Leake

What it’s like to come out to families and friends.   There's an over-abundance of sad coming out stories everywhere.

We Know Where We Came From


A telling of a creation story by Charlotte Celiast Basch, a member of the Clatsop-Nehalem confederated tribe located along the

The Rainbow Family


A daughter's story of her two-mother family.


Directed by Maya Konz, Kajsa Woolford, Nolan Baker, Bailey Wall

Personal reflections on the Japanese concentration camps of WWII.  From filmmakers Maya Konz, Kajsa Woolford, Nolan Baker, and Bailey Wall: While

I’m More than Just a Color

Directed by Isabella Myers

The experiences, difficulties, and positive aspects of growing up black. From filmmaker Isabella Myers: I was inspired to bring light to

The Girl He Wants

Directed by Maya Rodrigo-Abdi, Shine St. Goddard

Texture and poetry question patriarchal standards of beauty.

Rose Hanson

Directed by Govind Baskin-Brussell, Shanti Stein-Gagnon

Recollections of childhood summers spent in the Toba Inlet. From filmmakers Govind Baskin-Brussell and Shanti Stein-Gangnon: In the 2016 Celebrating Seniors

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.