PLAYING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH
DRAWING THE TIGER| 7PM
(Amy Benson, Seattle, WA, 97 min)
Shot in Nepal over the course of multiple years, this emotionally incisive documentary focuses on the path of one rural family’s daily struggles. However, when the bright and ambitious Shanta leaps at the opportunity for a city education in Kathmandu, she suddenly feels the burden of responsibility to return to pull her family out of poverty. Director Amy Benson (Called to Shine, Three) has given presentations at TedX Monterey on the effects of girls’ education in the developing world, and has had a variety of short films premiere at various international film festivals.
BUBBLE BUBBLE MEOWS AND THE LAME-O BABY JIB| 7:15PM
(Matt Orefice, Seattle, WA, 80 min)
Coloring book happy hour at 6:30pm!
The long-awaited sequel to Bubble Bubble Meows and the Meteor Stomachache, BBMATLOBJ chronicles the continuously bizarre adventure of a poorly drawn cat and his various animated friends. The affably confused every-cat Bubble Bubble Meows is joined by marshmallow robot Joey Jr. and many others on a traipse through an absurd and absurdly familiar universe. A surrealist saga evocative of children’s television but definitively more intellectually stimulating. Like its predecessor, BBMATLOBJ is not for the unaltered of mind!
(Edward Yoon – Vancouver, BC – 3 min)
A mother tells a bedtime story about the death of all life as we know it.
HIT 2 PASS| 9:15PM
(Kurt Walker, Vancouver, BC, 72 min)
Combining demolition derby with racing, Hit to Pass is a competition where drivers must hit each other with their vehicles in order to advance positions, with each racer entering their own personalized car. As the film follows the racers through their journey, we see the restoration of the car as well as the race, before the film transitions into an investigation of the community and tradition in a strange interweaving of smaller narratives and a dismantling of meaning.
Hit 2 Pass won the Universidade Lusiada Award for Best International Competition Feature-Length Film at Doclisboa 2014 and has screened in festivals such as the DOXA Documentary Film Festival and the Torino Film Festival.
(Breanna Cheek – Burnaby, BC – 4 min)
Caught in the stagnancy of small town life, the people of Stilburne sit and wait for opportunity to open a door.
Ingerucker: Beyond Fingerdome
(Manny Marquez – Hoor River, OR – 7 min)
A bike shop owner creates an apocolyptic mountain bike race in the forest…the Fingerdome!
PLAYING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH
(Zach Weintraub, Portland, OR, 71 min)
When the opportunity to become test subjects for the the questionable multinational corporation EvCorp arises, both Rob and Austyn jump at the chance to make a little extra cash. But when Austyn is accepted and hidden away from the rest of world, Rob fears that he might have led his friend into a trap, navigating both guilt and denial. Meanwhile, the town is dramatically divided over the presence of the corporation in the small town, half the town enjoying the economic benefits EvCorp brings, the other suspecting that the company has less-than-virtuous motives.
KILLING JUNE| 8PM
(Isaiah Corey, Seattle, Washington, 65 min)
Set against the backdrop of Seattle, Killing June is the story of boy-meets-girl with a darkly comedic twist. Edwin (Nathan Pringle), a struggling photographer, discovers that his life is about to turn upside-down when he meets June (Wonder Russell), a mysterious young woman with an intriguing list. Helping June with her checklist, however, becomes more difficult that he had initially thought as the two become closer, and he is forced to choose between losing her or letting her down.
(Travis Lien – Cheney, WA – 7 min)
The night before a competition, one pianist finds herself unable to practice due to the musicians next door, driving her to the brink of madness with their unwavering tenacity.
DEAD BODY| PRE-SHOW AT 9:30PM with John Teske, MOVIE AT 10PM – at THE GRAND ILLUSION
(Bobbin Ramsey, Seattle, WA, 78 min)
When a group of not-so-close friends spend the weekend at a vacation cabin in the forest, it seems as if the serene backdrop of the Washington wilderness and the history the group has together will be enough to keep the friends from jumping at each others’ throats. But as the night goes on and personal grudges cause tensions to rise, a game of ‘Dead Body’ is proposed– only it turns out to be much less of a game than they all had suspected.
Director Bobbin Ramsey is a co-founder and artistic member of The Horse in Motion, a local non-traditional performance company, and has directed theatre productions such as Attempts on Her Life, Waiting for Godot, and boom.
Tell Me How You Know
(Neil Ferron – Seattle, Wa – 3 min)
Fire never felt so chilling as in this music video for the first single from Kirt Debique’s new album Things Left Unsaid.
PLAYING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
(Jaffe Zinn, Seattle, WA)
Like a lucid dream over which you have no control, Children tells the story of two unassuming girls on an evangelical road trip against the incredible backdrop of the Idaho wilderness. Calculated in their actions, the protagonists keep their intentions mysterious as they encounter new strangers and landscapes alike. Rife with apocalyptic undertones and a trembling sense of uncertainty, this foreboding feature may very well leave you short of breath.
PLAYING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH
THE WINDING STREAM| 7PM
(Beth Harrington, Vancouver, WA, 91 min)
Considered to be the fountainhead of all country music, A.P. Carter and his wife, along with his sister-in-law, would become a phenomenon that would sweep across the nation. As the earliest stars in American Roots music, the Carter Family pulled at the strings of folk in a way that would forever change the way country music was perceived and played, contributing to music movements throughout the century. With studio performances from such names like Johnny and June Carter Cash, George Jones, and Sheryl Crow, The Winding Stream inspects the history of the Carter family and the origins of country music.
SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE| 7:15PM
(Ana Valine, Vancouver, BC, 96 min)
Suzanne Clément and Paloma Kwiatkowski deliver stunning, sensational performances in this feature debut by Ana Valine. Marlene and Sammie Bell are a mother-daughter con artist duo on a dangerous downward spiral, caught up in one another’s love and addiction. Marlene, wild and unreliable, spends her days drinking and waiting for deliverance, all the while her daughter has to decide between making her own path or getting trapped in the fever dream of her mother’s delirium.
I Really Like You
(Jason Karman – Vancouver, BC – 13 min)
Searching for love, Michael falls for the last late-night patron in his diner. However, when his hopes are crushed, he doesn’t take well to being rejected.
PLAYING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
ARRESTING POWER – RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON| 7:15PM
(Julie Perini, Jodi Darby, Erin Yanke, Portland, OR, 84 min)
This timely documentary provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland, its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class. Examining the role of police brutality in our current society as well as the history of violent police practice, Arresting Power interviews the families of those who have been killed by the Portland police force, victims of police harassment, local activists, historians, and community organizers in order to discover the origin of this violence and the systems of social control that hold sway over our country.
PLAYING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
BEZANGO, WASHINGTON| 8PM
(Louise Amandes & Ron Austin, Bellevue, WA, 90 min)
Delving into the world of Northwest cartooning, Bezango shows what it’s like to be involved in comics and illustrating on a personal level. From graphic novels, to comic strips, to political cartoons, these artists reveal how they were introduced into the industry, the history of the cartoon, and how comics have changed in the past decades. Featuring such names like Pat Moriarity, Ellen Forney, Peter Bagge, Tony Benedict, and David Horsey, Bezango pays homage to a rarely documented art and how our own Pacific Northwest has influence the cartoon scene.
PLAYING THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST
JUST EAT IT: A FOOD WASTE STORY| 7PM
(Grant Baldwin, Vancouver, BC, 74 min)
A documentary about the culture of food waste that pervades modern culture, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story follows filmmakers and food-lovers Jen and Grant as they attempt to survive solely on wasted food for a 6-month long project. While they pick through grocery store dumpsters and clean out friends’ fridges, the two learn about the consequences of food waste and the difficulties in recovering the enormous amount of perfectly good food that thrown away for arbitrary reasons. Among other accolades, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story won the VIFF Impact Award.
THE SANDWICH NAZI| 9PM
(Lewis Bennett, Seattle, WA, 72 min)
Trigger warning: this film includes personal memories of sexual abuse
Both hilariously raunchy and strangely touching, The Sandwich Nazi is a documentary telling the story of iconic Vancouver deli owner and former male escort Salam Kahil. Kahil’s extraordinary and colorful anecdotes leave his customers and friends dumbfounded, and between offering pieces of wisdom, recounting the joys of independence, and chronicling his sexual exploits, Kahil reveals a complex and intricate personal history, without which his life would not be the same.
PLAYING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2ND
AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI| 9PM
(Christopher Kirkley, Portland, OR, 75 min)
The first fiction film ever shot completely in the Tuareg language, Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color of Blue with a Little Red in it) is the Purple Rain-infused story of Mdou Moctar, a young guitarist striving to make a name for himself. Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai was shot entirely in Agadez, Niger, and incorporates techniques from Western music films and Italian neo-realism in order to create a rousing story of the underdog, accompanied by the moving sounds of Tuareg guitar.