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Directed by Various

United States 2015 85 mins.

Each year, following November’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, a program of shorts tours the region to find new audiences and inspire new artists. Tonight the tour stops back home, offering the chance to see Audrey Hall’s Painting John, a portrayal of a portrait artist’s process; Amanda Harryman’s Maikaru, about a young man overcoming his victimization from violence and human trafficking; Clancy Dennehy’s Rez Cars, which brings to life stories held within the ghosts of abandoned cars; Amy Enser and Drew Christie’s The Beast Inside, an animated tale recounting memories of homelessness told through rap; Malia Jenson’s The Bear’s Progress, which follows an inhabited bear costume wandering through the landscape doing what bears do and do not do; Marshal Axani’s Anxious Oswald Greene, about a man who visits a fantastical clinic attempting to cure his crippling anxiety; Joshua Cox’s Proximity, a tale of love and revenge told through kitschy collectibles; Mike A. Smith’s Cooped, a rambunctious cartoon about an excitable dog with cabin fever; Kyle Eaton’s Taco Night, in which two bros’ evening devolves into drinking games with a combative couple; and Evangeline LaRoque’s Dave’s Beard, which uncovers the nocturnal secret life of Dave’s adventurous whiskers.

Genres: Short

Appears in: Northwest Tracking



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.