Presented as part of the National Media Market 2017 Conference. One of the below films will screen in full — but which one will be announced at the show! For further details, please see information here: https://www.nmm.net/best-in-show-2017/
Ghosts of Our Forest, Canada/Uganda, 2017, 63 mins.
dir. Daniel Roher
In 1992, as pressure from international conservation groups to protect the great forests of Uganda mounted, the indigenous Batwa tribe was forcefully removed from their ancestral home by the Ugandan government. One of the most ecologically diverse places on earth, the Bwindi impenetrable forest nurtured the Batwa, and in turn the tribe worshiped all that it gave them. Upon eviction, however, the Batwa received nothing in the way of compensation or support, and so fell into poverty.
Last Men in Aleppo, Denmark/Syria, 2017, 110 mins.
dir. Firas Fayyad
After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are getting ready for a siege. Through the eyes of volunteer rescue workers called the White Helmets, Last Men in Aleppo allows viewers to experience the daily life, death, and struggle in the streets, where they are fighting for sanity in a city where war has become the norm. Winner, 2017 Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize for Documentary.
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Canada, 2017, 103 mins.
dir. Catherine Brainbridge
This film tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence, and features music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, Redbone, Randy Castillo, Taboo. Rumble shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.
Other Films by Various
LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro travels the world of animation film festivals, sharing the studio’s work and viewing work by artists from around the world. Today’s program features a selection of award-winning stop-motion shorts, revealing the diversity of styles and techniques at play in the medium. Selections include Closed Mondays, by Will Vinton and Bob Gardiner; Fresh …
Join us as we present a new installment of our annual showcase of great new music videos made by filmmakers from Portland and around the Northwest for bands from around the globe. The program includes recent collaborations with bands such as Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, Reyna Tropical, Secret Drum Band, EMA, Ashlin Aronin, Banimal, …
Each Summer in the Eastern Oregon town of Baker City, the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival springs to life in celebration of animated and short comedic films. Tonight we welcome Festival founder and director Brian Vegter to present a program of highlights from the past few years showcasing both regional and international films. Among …
Music videos are the ultimate marriage of art and commerce; a breeding ground for up-and-coming filmmakers experimenting with their craft; a visual means of expression for musicians, singers, and songwriters; and the forum in which many of the greatest innovations in film and television production have started. The Portland Music Video Festival is dedicated to …