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The three shorts programs in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival offer overviews of the current state of filmmaking in the Northwest, including a wide variety of genre, tone, and cultural diversity—something for everyone.

Films in this Program

Cheryl’s Spin

Directed by Kathy Witkowsky

A mother wades through her life of domestic abuse with a resilience and cheery willingness to continue to try new

Lake Beast

Directed by Vance Reeser

A childhood vision compels a man to explore the bottom of a toxic lake.

The Roper

Directed by Anna Sandilands, Ewan McNicol

The true short story of Kendrick, a young calf roper in Lafayette, Louisiana, who dreams of one day making it

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Ground London

Directed by Dustin Morrow

Explore the eco-urban tourist landscape of one of the world’s most visited cities from a perspective less than three inches

Split Ends

Directed by Joanna Priestley

Abstract compositions inspired by vintage wallpaper and wrapping paper stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption.

A Beginning, A Middle, and An End

Directed by Jon Behrens

A truck explodes into a kaleidoscope of painted, optically printed animation.

Charade

Directed by Salise Hughes

Through manipulated footage of the classic film CHARADE, Hughes contemplates identity and celebrity.

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$500 of Party

Directed by Nandan Rao

Rao offers $500 he won in a grant to whomever sends him the most compelling video explaining how they would



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.