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Directed by Various

British Columbia 83 mins. In English

Short Circuit is presented annually by CineVic Society of Independent Filmmakers in Victoria, British Columbia. Screening work from over 30 countries, they return to their Northwest roots with an eight-stop tour, engaging audiences in a showcase of nine exceptional short films highlighting regional intersections across land, air, water, and people. Films include Mental by Jax Smith, about a young woman caught in a loop of depression and anxiety, plagued by psychotic episodes as she uses prescription drugs to numb herself; Tama, by deaf filmmaker Jared Flitcroft, which tells the story of a young Maori boy who also happens to be deaf and longs to perform a Haka, a war cry and dance that involves stamping of the feet accompanied by rhythmic shouting; Lions are Waiting by Jason Karman, a short about the newest member of a minor league hockey team who experiences hazing by his new teammates; and The Re-Naming of Pkols by Steven Davies, a short documentary about the WSÁNEC First Nation and their revolutionary steps to reclaim and re-name a sacred mountain in their territory. These films, and more, will be presented by CineVic Society director David Geis.

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.