The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival – November 7-15

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This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (NWFest41) presents 45+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Christopher Rauschenberg, much lauded photographer and co-founder of Portland’s trailblazing Blue Sky Gallery. Festival film highlights include Vera Brenner-Sung’s “meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West,” BELLA VISTA; John Gussman and Jessica Plumb’s ecologically-minded documentary RETURN OF THE RIVER, concerning water and tribal rights on the Elwha River; Beth Harrington’s THE WINDING STREAM, an examination of the enduring impact of the original Carter Family on the musical landscape; and Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm’s family farming doc, DRYLAND.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I— a collection of films from makers based in Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Seattle, WA, Edmonds, WA, Belgrade, MT, Livingston, MT, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II and Shorts III are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction. All three shorts programs will screen twice during the Festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker. Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.

Additionally, NWFest41 will cater to makers via two participatory workshops. On Sunday, November 9 from 2-4pm, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky (HEAR AND NOW) will lead an intensive on “Developing the Doc-Maker’s Ear for Story,” which will be followed immediately after by a 4:30pm screening of her film ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES): THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP. Saturday, November 15 at 10am-3pm, musician/composer Mark Orton (NEBRASKA, BOXTROLLS) will enlighten in a workshop entitled “Inside the World of Film Composing.” Both workshops will take place at the Northwest Film Center’s School of Film, located at 934 SW Salmon Street.

Download the full NWFest41 schedule via ISSUU:

This year’s Opening Night party, sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and North by Northwest Winery, will be held at the Film Center’s School of Film, 934 SW Salmon Street. Festival screenings will take place at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

 

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

Attention Filmmakers: Sign Up for Un-Conference (formerly BarCamp) at the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

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NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ UN-CONFERENCE
Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Ave.

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference (previously BarCamp) is organized by filmmakers/participants for filmmakers/participants. The process begins preceding the Festival when participants come together online to introduce themselves, suggest topics, and explore discussion ideas. Past sessions have included conversations on self-distribution, archiving work, navigating festivals, building social communities, and more. This is an event where novice filmmakers might meet their next crew and accomplished filmmakers might meet their inspiration. The Northwest has a wealth of filmmaking resources—none as invaluable as the filmmakers themselves—so pull up a chair and take part. Breakfast will be provided by KIND Healthy Snacks and lunch vouchers offered by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson at thomas@nwfilm.org to connect with your comrades-in-film.

FREE ADMISSION

 

Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

For more information, visit The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest40/

The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival – November 8-16

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The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the line-up for its 40th annual survey of new work by regional media artists, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival), which takes place November 8-16, 2013.

This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents 40+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Mike Plante, the senior shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.  Festival film highlights include Megan Griffiths’ (THE OFF HOURS) latest film EDEN, starring Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung; Jon Garcia’s sequel to his much talked about 2012 film THE FALLS; Nicole Teeny’s engaging, character-driven documentary BIBLE QUIZ; Zach Weintraub’s (THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING) minimalist exploration of a relationship in flux, YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG; and Alex Stonehill’s haunting documentary expose of xenophobia in a time of terror, BARZAN.  Also programmed into the Festival is HAWAIIAN PUNCH, a new feature by Nandan Rao (THE MEN OF DODGE CITY), and MMXIII by Ian Clark (SEARCHING FOR YELLOW), both directors have been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in the past two years.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I— a collection of films from Portland, OR, Tigard, OR, Seattle, WA, Walla Walla, WA, Olympia, WA, Belgrade, MT, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II and Shorts III are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction.  All three shorts programs will screen numerous times during the Festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker; and the “Defining Yourself as a Filmmaker” panel, featuring directors Nandan Rao ($500 PARTY), Stephanie Hough (HEART), and Gabe Van Lelyveld (MANDAROSE). Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.

This year’s Opening Night party will be held in the former Broadway Metroplex space at 1000 SW Broadway.  Festival screenings will take place at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, and at McMenamins’ Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

For more information, visit The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest40/