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Vernacular Viewings with Robert Sickels

Tonight we welcome Walla Walla filmmaker Robert Sickels, whose short documentaries, while focused on life in the Eastern Washington community of Walla Walla, insightfully hone in on universal observations. The program includes Walla Walla Wiffle (2010, 7 mins.), a look at a one-day wiffle-ball tournament that draws 48 participants from all over the nation who, for a brief moment, can revert back to the simpler days of their youth; Sterling Hallard Bright Drake (2012, 15 mins.), an investigation into the mysteries of one of the world’s most notorious and talked-about tombstones; American Lawn (2014, 12 mins.), a comic look at the relationships between lawns and the people who tirelessly toil over them; Seven Ways From Sunday (2015, 8 mins.), recollections of people’s random human interactions that led to startling moments of personal revelation; and Molasses & Lemon (2017, 5 mins.), a dive into the pop cultural representation of what it means to be in love. Sickels, director of the Film and Media Studies Program at Whitman College, will on hand to introduce his films.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Documentary

Other Films by Robert Sickels

American Lawn

Some folks have very strong opinions about lawns.

Seven Ways From Sunday

Seven powerful anecdotes of racial injustice, each told against a backdrop of industrial locales that are populated by unlikely stand-ins for the narrators.