Mrs. Doubtfire - Port Townsend Film Festival



Mrs. Doubtfire - Port Townsend Film Festival
 Cinema Paradiso
Jury Prize Winner
Jury Prize Winner
Outdoor Films
Mrs. Doubtfire
Director: Chris Columbus
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
Iconic comedian Robin Williams plays Daniel Hillard, an out-ofwork actor whose recent divorce left him without the custody of
his beloved three children. When he learns that his ex-wife
needs a housekeeper, he applies for the job and disguises
himself as a devoted British nanny, in order to see his kids everyday.
USA/1993/125 min.
Best Make-up at the 1994 Academy Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture at the 1994 Golden Globes
Director: Brad Bird
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
Remy is a determined young rat, gifted with highly developed
senses of taste and smell. Inspired by his idol, the recently
deceased chef Auguste Gusteau, Remy dreams of becoming a
chef himself. When fate places Remy by Gusteau’s restaurant in
Paris, he strikes an alliance with Linguini, the garbage boy. Torn between his family’s wishes and his
true calling, Remy and his pal Linguini set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turn the City of
Lights upside down.
USA/2007/111 min.
Cinema Paradiso
(Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Theatre
In a post-war Sicilian village, Salvatore is a cheeky young boy
enchanted by the flickering images at the local Cinema
Paradiso. Eager to learn about the secret of cinema’s magic, he
frequently visits Alfredo, the projectionist and forms a deep bond with him. Based on
screenwriter/director Giuseppe Tornatore’s life, Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful reminiscence of a
filmmaker’s lifelong love affair with films.
Italy, France/1988/124 min.
Italian with English Subtitles
Best Foreign Language Film at 1990 Academy Awards
Best Foreign Language Film at 1990 Golden Globes Awards
Grand Prix du Jury at 1989 Cannes Film Festival
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Special Events
Join our 16th Opening Ceremony, Friday 4 p.m.!
Come to the Haller Fountain on Taylor Street at 4 p.m. and
welcome our filmmakers as they arrive in classic cars escorted
by the Rakers Car Club. Watch Special Guests Beau Bridges
and Chris Cooper cut the film ribbon and officially begin our 16th
Annual Port Townsend Film Festival! Festival, Director, and
Mogul Passholders are served salmon dinner on Taylor Street.
10th Anniversary Celebration: Sweet Land
Director Ali Selim and producer Jim Bigham join us this year to
celebrate the decade-long love story that audiences have with
their film, Sweet Land. After a stellar international Festival run
in 2005, the movie opened theatrically (including an extended
run at the Rose Theatre). In 2007, it won the 2007 Indie Spirit
Award for “Best First Feature.”
Based on Midwesterner Will Weaver’s short story of the same
name, the screenplay languished while director and producer
searched 16 years for funding. Only then the search began for a
small prairie town with no power lines–or, a town so recently
joining the 21st century that lines were underground. They found
open skies in Montevideo, Minnesota, midway between the
South Dakota border and Minneapolis.
The quiet little town of Montevideo (pop. 5,000), surrounded by
fields, was a perfect setting for the story of Inge, a post-World
War I, German National, arriving in “Audubon, Minnesota” for
her arranged marriage to Olaf, A Norwegian farmer. Says
actress Elizabeth Reaser, who played the role of Inge, “It’s a story about listening, not about talking…
describing the vulnerability of silence.”
As work got underway, each day seemed to bring an array of
gifts–from offers of free lodging for cast and crew to a resident
sharing his collection of perfectly restored model T’s. The little
town of 5,000 residents seemed intrigued by both the movie
making and the authentic romance unfolding around them.
The filmmakers are enjoying a resurgence of interest in Sweet
Land, a full decade after its first release. Director Ali Selim and
his wife have relocated to Portland, Oregon to be near family.
He serves PTFF as a film juror, teaches screenwriting and is
developing a Philip Seymour Hoffman screenplay.
Producer Jim Bigham lives in Miami, Florida and also serves
PTFF as a juror. He is considering a musical based on his
award-winning documentary, For Once in My Life: The Story of
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A Very Special Evening with Beau Bridges: The Fabulous Baker Boys
Friday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Beau Bridges is back to Masters of Sex for his third season as
Barton Scully, a university provost and friend of sexuality
researcher, Dr. William H. Masters.
Ashamed of his homosexuality, Scully turns to Dr. Masters–who
both blackmails him and tries to cure him.
The role is complex, Scully is a married man and his wife loves
him just the way he is. The critics love Beau Bridges too. He was
nominated for a 2015 Emmy for his guest role in the series.
If we were to list all the roles Bridges has played over his sixdecade career, such as Nixon, P.T. Barnum and Col. Tom
Parker, it would fill pages.
The Fabulous Baker Boys, filmed in Seattle with Michelle
Pfeiffer and his brother, Jeff Bridges, screens Friday night, with
Bridges coming on stage for Q&A afterwards. He’ll speak with us in person again on Saturday with
actor Chris Cooper in The Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper,
moderated by Rose Theatre owner, Rocky Friedman.
The son of actor Lloyd Bridges and older brother of Jeff, Beau was on the sets of his father’s Sea Hunt
series as a toddler. His first role in a feature film was The Red Pony, when he was six years old. “It
was a small part,” he said, “just two or three lines.”
The director, Lewis Milestone, was his father’s friend. The set was out in the sand dunes on a southern
California beach, in a prefab one-room shack with no running water, electricity or telephone. “I knew
how films were made at a very early age,” he said.
Childhood was an apprenticeship (“I went to work in my father’s shop”). His subsequent acting career
is “my job,” he said.
“My dad gave me all my tools,” Bridges said. This included a small, six-lesson book on method acting
by Konstantin Stanislavsky, which Bridges embraced early on and employs in all his roles. For the role of Maximum Bob Gibbs, he flew to Florida to meet the ultraconservative judge upon whom
novelist Elmore Leonard had based his story. The judge is “saddled with a space-cadet wife, Leanne,
who has a second personality, a 12-year-old black girl named Wanda Grace and he wants to get rid of
both of them,” wrote the NY Times.
For his role as Barnum & Bailey Circus owner, in P.T.Barnum, Bridges found only one recording of
Barnum’s voice on a telephone – a Shakespearean voice. “I just don’t have that training,” he said. His
son, Jordan, a classically trained actor who played the younger Barnum in the film, coached his father
so that they could speak with consistent intonation.
When he played Nixon, in Kissinger and Nixon, Bridges studied for the part with materials from the
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in nearby Yorba Linda. “I was not a big fan, but tried to ‘get
into his choices’,” he says. Makeup was a three-hour ordeal each morning to cover prosthetic jowls
and nose. “It felt like Japanese kabuki,” he said.
Bridges won a Grammy in 2009 for Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth,” in the category of “Best Spoken
Word Album.” It’s a subject close to his heart.
He’s a board member of the Wishtoyo Foundation and has worked for more than 20 years to save
both Chumash Indian sacred and cultural sites and environmentally sensitive areas on California’s
His father had earlier been involved with the American Oceans Campaign and Heal the Bay, based in
Los Angeles.
The Wishtoyo Foundation is a member of Waterkeeper Alliance, which began with fishermen
identifying and suing polluters of the Hudson River.
"One of the biggest successes of the Wishtoyo Foundation is keeping oil drillers out of the Santa Clara
River riparian zone,” said Bridges. “They see us coming and settle out of court.” Bridges, the father of
five children, lives with his wife, Wendy, near Los Angeles. Bridges is vegan, an avid organic gardener
and raises orchids at home and on his property on the island of Kaua‘i, Hawaii. (By Jan Halliday)
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A Very Special Evening with Chris Cooper: Adaptation
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Chris Cooper won both an Academy Award and Golden Globe
for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Adaptation with Meryl
Streep and Nicolas Cage. He also starred in John Sayles' film,
Lone Star and was a supporting actor in American Beauty,
October Sky, The Bourne Identity, Seabiscuit and many more.
"I couldn't have asked for more than Lone Star, which was a
great story," Cooper said. "I like good story ... human behavior,
the study of human behavior and human interaction."
PTFF filmgoers last year revisited Chris Cooper’s role of Sheriff
Sam Deeds in Lone Star. The film was chosen by Special
Guests, John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, as one of their best.
Sayles gave Cooper his first acting job in the mid-1980s in
Matewan. He most recently cast Cooper as Captain Richard Henry Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian
Industrial School, in To Save the Man, which will be filmed at Fort Worden in 2016.
Cooper played orchid thief John Laroche in the 2002 film Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. We
screen Adaption Saturday night, with a Q&A afterwards with Cooper. Earlier in the day, he joins Beau
Bridges on stage in The Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper,
moderated by Rose Theatre owner, Rocky Friedman.
"Adaptation was quite unusual,” said Cooper. For most scripts, you get an idea of what direction the
writer, the screenwriter intends you to go. This was different, because I couldn't nail down John
Laroche's character before the audition,” Cooper said, adding he drove from his home in
Massachusetts to New York for the audition.
"I told Spike, 'I cannot give you my definitive idea of John Laroche, because I just see too many
possibilities of different ways to play this character.'" He asked Jonze to let him show four or five
different ways of showing the character, and "Spike was so encouraged that that's the way we
continued to work when we shot the film ... the outcome of that was a real surprise, because I never
knew which take Spike chose until the final editing."
Cooper said his influences include Montgomery Clift, James Dean and Marlon Brando. "I would often
accompany my mother to the movies," he said of his youth in Kansas City, Missouri, "so I got to see
some pretty adult stuff when I was 5, 6 and 7 years old."
He recalled East of Eden and Rebel Without a Cause, when they first came out. "There was a new
kind of acting going on then." He mentioned Jo Van Fleet (The Rose Tattoo, Gunfight at the Okay
Corral) and Kim Stanley (Frances, Picnic). "I had no idea I was going to be an actor then, but
something affected me very strongly."
Cooper has a multitude of upcoming projects: an investment banker struggling with numbness after the
death of his wife; the great American author, J.D. Salinger, in Coming Through the Rye; and as ‘Al
Templeton,’ the eccentric owner of a local diner which houses the portal to go back in time (a 9
episode series on Hulu). He also appears on Christmas Day in the David O. Russell drama, Joy.
Cooper is here with his wife, actress and memoirist Marianne Leone Cooper, our “Formative Film”
author of note. Her book, Jesse: A Mother’s Story, is for sale at the Imprint Bookstore on Water Street.
(Interview by Robin Dudley, Port Townsend Leader Arts Editor)
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Formative Film with Marianne Leone Cooper: My Left Foot
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
There are moments in all our lives that change everything. Good
or bad your life is different. Permanently. In a flash.
The birth of Chris and Marianne Leone Cooper’s son, Jesse,
was one of those events. Born weeks early, in the hospital for
many days, then having a catastrophic seizure that resulted in
cerebral palsy, Jesse took his parents into an extraordinarily
difficult, and very different new life.
As this year’s “Formative Film Author,” Marianne has chosen My
Left Foot, the 1989 film about Irish author and painter Christy
Brown. The film is based upon Brown’s book of the same name. The movie won many honors,
including an Academy Award for Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of Brown who, like Jesse, suffered from
cerebral palsy from birth.
Marianne and Chris were dedicated professionals who lived the bohemian life, scraping by but steadily
gaining ground as actors. Having a child, let alone a child who was extremely dependent upon them for
everything, was a sea change event.
“The movie was haunting to me,” said Leone, “For each character in the movie, there was a similar
character in my life. Christy Brown’s mother was a saint, though, I was a f-ing mother bear.”
In her book Jesse: A Mother’s Story (Simon and Schuster, 2011), Marianne Leone Cooper tells her
personal story in an open, blunt, emotional and heart wrenching manner. It is a story of struggle to let
Jesse live as normal a life as possible, often combating a system that was more focused on disruption
than inclusion. Jesse exposes Marianne’s struggle to advocate for her son, the amazing people who
showed up as if summoned to be Jesse’s angels and what it took to deal with Jesse’s death in 2005 at
the age of 17.
“I first saw the movie when Jesse was only two,” Leone said, “little did I know what impact the Irish
would have on the next 15 years of my life.”
Most of Jesse’s angels were young Irish women, who served as live-in nannies, showing Jesse a level
of love and normality, he deserved.
“The Irish seem to embrace inclusion as the norm,” says Leone, “it was a fight every day to get that for
Leone read the book before seeing the movie. “So many books and movies are all about the poor
crips,” says Leone, “My Left Foot showed Christy Brown as he saw himself; a full human.”
My Left Foot also gave Leone permission not to coddle Jesse, “Christy’s family treated him like any
member of his huge family. Do I want a disabled brat child, I asked myself?”
Both Marianne and Chris have frequently collaborated with Indie filmmaker John Sayles, PTFF’s
special guest last year with his producer, Maggie Renzi. Appearing in his films gave her a wonderful
and eerie experience a few weeks ago.
“Jesse had a small role in John Sayle’s movie, City of Hope. A few days ago I came into the room and
the movie was on. Jesse’s scene was showing. He was laughing in a close up. I remembered shooting
that scene and that John had his hands on top of my head to keep me from standing up and ruining
the shot.”
Jesse would be 27 today. Asked what he might be doing today Leone replied, “He wanted to be a
software designer. I think, given his parent’s genes, he would have been an artist, perhaps a
screenwriter like me.”
My Left Foot is a beautiful, gripping film, offering insight, inspiration and understanding to the viewer.
Join Marianne at the American Legion Theatre to see the film again or be introduced to one very fine
film. Both Marianne and Chris’ will be on stage for a Q&A afterwards. Her book, Jesse: A Mother’s
Story will be available for sale and signing. My Left Foot will be available for purchase as well. (By
Peter Quinn from The Writers’ Workshoppe)
The Art of Acting: A Conversation with Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper
Join us when our special guests, Beau Bridges and Chris Cooper discuss the Art of Acting, Saturday
afternoon 12:30 p.m., at the American Legion Theatre. Moderated by Rose Theatre owner, Rocky
Friedman, expect a lively conversation between two very versatile and skilled actors. Bridges was
born into an acting family, while Cooper came to acting later in life. Both men are working at the top of
their game, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of these two extraordinary
Filmmaker's Panels
Start the day with free coffee and filmmakers’ tales of how
films are made
Our morning panel discussions with filmmakers are funny,
irreverent, serious and thought provoking. Filmmakers discuss
various themes from funding woes and overseas difficulties to
cinematography and actors.
Jon Gann, founder of DC Shorts, will moderate the panel on
Saturday morning. Topic is TBD. Previous years topic’s include:
The challenges of Indie production and The Craft of
Former PTFF alumnus, Jonathan Browning, a writer/director who works in Los Angeles will moderate
the panel Sunday morning. Browning is a Short Narrative Film Juror for PTFF this year. Sunday
morning’s panel will share stories about themselves and one event that shaped them as a person.
Their stories are often surprising and moving.
Location: Area 51:The Festival Bar on the Dock, next to the Peter Simpson Free Cinema, Sat. and
Sun., 10 a.m., 60-90 minutes. Free admission to everyone.
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Feature Narratives
Director: Spike Jonze
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Blending fictional characters and situations with the lives of real
people, Adaptation portrays screenwriter Charlie Kaufman as
he struggles to adapt The Orchid Thief to the big screen.
Neurotic, insecure and frustrated with writer’s block, Charlie also has to deal with his freeloading
overconfident twin, Donald, who decides to become a screenwriter himself. The narrative intersperses
with the book, in which New Yorker’s journalist Susan Orlean follows John Laroche (Chris Cooper), a
scruffy orchid poacher in Florida’s Everglades. A film within a film about the creation of a film,
Adaptation asks us what’s real, what’s make-believe, and…what’s the difference, anyway?
USA/2002/114 min.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role– Chris Cooper at 2003 Academy Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role– Chris Cooper at 2003 Golden Globes
Boy and the World
(O Menino e o Mundo)
Director: Alê Abreu
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
When his father is forced to go to the metropolis in search of
work, a boy sets out on a quest to reunite his family. His journey
unfolds like a tapestry, the animation takes on greater complexity and variety as his small world
expands. Employing many artistic techniques, from collages to watercolor paintings, the stunning
visuals are coupled with vibrant rhythms to portray the issues of the modern world through the eyes of
a child. Mostly wordless (with the occasional use of gibberish Portuguese), the seemingly simple story
allows audiences of all ages to unveil deeper levels of the same narrative. Gorgeous and profound,
Boy and the World is a cautionary tale of globalization and a powerful visceral experience of a
passage through contemporary life.
Brazil/2013/80 min.
Best Film Winner in Annecy 2014
Best Film (Audience Award) Winner in Annecy 2014
Best Film Winner in Animafest Zagreb 2015
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Come Down Molly
Director: Gregory Kohn
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
A struggling socially isolated new mother is overcome with the
need to run away. She joins her old high school group of guy
friends at a secluded mountain home. Amidst tears, laughter and ingested mushrooms, Molly and her
old buddies go through a psychedelic adventure, connecting with nature, and ultimately themselves.
Chronicling their discussions and reminiscences, inevitably they will all have to come down. Come
Down Molly is an expressionist odyssey exploring the lonely side of entering adulthood.
USA/2015/81 min. Screening with Everything Else
Don’t Worry Baby
Director: Julian Branciforte
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre
A slacker son and his middle-aged overbearing father
unknowingly sleep with the same woman. When the woman
returns four years later, they compete over the paternity of a daughter that either one may have
fathered. In this duel-like dramedy set in New York, both father and son have some growing up to do.
USA/2015/88 min.
Screening with The Answers
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Fourth Man Out
Director: Andrew Nackman
Friday, 9:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Adam, a small-town mechanic, is turning 24 and decides to come out of the closet to his three
longtime friends. Now, they must act normal through their usual poker night and hockey games, while
trying to avoid the occasional homophobic joke. Will they rise to the challenge and support Adam to
face his family and the nosy God-fearing neighbor? This lighthearted comedy is a refreshing look on
coming out of the blue-collar closet and the growing pains of friendship.
USA/2015/95 min.
Audience Award 2015 Best Narrative Feature at Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Good Ol’ Boy
Director: Frank Lotito
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
An East Indian family moves to small town, America. In this coming-of-age story, Smith is a 10-yearold who wants to fit in with the new culture: he loves Saturday Night Fever, falls head-over-heels for
the blond next door and wants to carve a real pumpkin for Halloween. But Smith’s desire to be a “good
old boy” propels him further away from his family’s traditional ideals until things might have gone too
far. A feel-good tribute to childhood heroes and first love in suburban America. USA/2015/104 min.
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My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
Director: Jim Sheridan
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Christy Brown is born with cerebral palsy into a large and poor
but loving family in Ireland. His indomitable mother nurtures and
believes in him. Until Mrs. Brown is involved in an accident,
forcing Christy to use his one controllable extremity, his left foot.
Earning the respect of his family and neighbors, Christy
becomes an accomplished painter and writer.
Ireland, UK/1989/103 min.
Best Actor in a Leading Role at 1990 Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Supporting Role at 1990 Academy Awards
Number One Fan
(Elle l’adore)
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema
Muriel is a beautician who, for the past two decades, has been
French crooner Vincent Lacroix’s number one fan. She spends
most of her free time following his work. She’s also a big talker and tells tall tales. Then, one night, her
idol Vincent shows up at her doorstep. His arrival turns Muriel’s life upside down as she embarks on a
journey that even she could not have invented.
France/2015/105 min.
French with English subtitles
Winner of Ornano Prize at 2014 Deauville American Film Festival
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Red Knot
Director: Scott Cohen
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Set on a research vessel en route to the stunning icy landscape
of Antarctica, Peter is a writer sharing his dream of going to the ends of the earth with his new wife,
Chloe. The confines of the ship and the wide-open spaces of the southern ocean set the stage for a
modern exploration of love, isolation and the inescapable vastness of the natural world.
USA, Argentina/2014/80 min.
Screening with An Education: A Father/Daughter Trip of Discovery
Grand Jury Prize Winner at FIPRESCI International Critics Prize
Best New American Cinema at 2014 SIFF
Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Director: Chloé Zhao
Friday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Johnny, a restless Lakota teen, and his spirited little sister Jashaun, live with their troubled mother on
the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
While Johnny secretly plans to move to L.A with his girlfriend, Jashaun is holds onto her faith in the
community and the simple pleasures she finds there. When their estranged cowboy father dies
unexpectedly, Johnny is reluctant to leave his sister behind. Set on the Great Plains and the Badlands
of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a low-key portrait of life in the
Reservation as well as a compelling tale exploring the bond between siblings, who find themselves on
separate paths to rediscover the meaning of home.
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Sweet Land
Director: Ali Selim
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Inge, a feisty German mail-order bride arrives in 1920s
Minnesota to marry a taciturn Norwegian farmer named Olaf.
Post WWI anti-German propaganda and the fear of socialism
causes the local minister to openly forbid the marriage. Even though Inge is unable to obtain the
proper immigration papers, and they are outcast from the small town, Inge and Olaf fall in love. Sweet
Land is a poignant and lyrical celebration of land, love, and the American immigrant experience.
USA/2005/110 min.
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2006 Florida Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival
Best First Feature at 2007 Independent Spirit Award
The Chef’s Wife
(On a Failli Être Amies)
Director: Anne Le Ny
Friday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Marithé and Carole are almost friends. Marithé is a divorced
mother living an apparently fulfilled life as an advisor in a training
center, helping adults find a new vocation. In walks Carole, the
unhappy wife of a successful Michelin-starred chef. Marithé soon discovers that Carole is looking for
more than just a career change. After meeting the charming chef Sam, Marithé is more eager than
ever to help her friend start over. France/2014/90 min.
French with English subtitles
Screening with The Dive
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The Fabulous Baker Boys
Director: Steve Kloves
Friday, 6:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Beau and Jeff Bridges are Frank and Jack Baker, two brothers
struggling to make a living as lounge pianists in Seattle. Playing
the same tired tunes night after night for 15 years, the Baker
brothers are in desperate need of change. So when they meet a sexy singer named Susie Diamond
(Michelle Pfeiffer), their future looks brighter. When life in the limelight brings old rivalries to the
surface, the Baker brothers soon find their act, and their lives, growing more entertaining than either of
them may be able to handle.
USA/1989/114 min.
Best Supporting Actor-Beau Bridges at 1990 National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama for Michelle Pfeiffer at 1990 Golden
Best Sound at 1991 BAFTA Awards
The Farewell Party
(Mita Tova) ‫מיתה טובה‬
Directors: Sharon Maymon & Tal Granit
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Growing old is not for sissies. Yehezkel, age 75, living in a
Jerusalem retirement home, wants to fulfill his best friend Max's wish to die in peace. Despite the
objections of his own wife, Levana, Yehezkel decides to honor his friend’s request and builds a selfeuthanasia machine in secrecy, with the aid of a select group of friends. As rumors about the machine
begin to spread, and Levana’s dementia worsens, the group must face several moral and emotional
dilemmas. With a compassionate look, this dark comedy explores the bonds of friendship and
questions when to say goodbye.
Israel, Germany/ 2014 / 93 min.
Hebrew with English subtitles
Screening with Ben Lee…Big Love
Winner of 2014 Venice Days Public Choice Award
Winner of 2014 Venice Days Brian Award
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The Little Death
Director: Josh Lawson
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Can a fetish kill your marriage?
In this edgy sex comedy, the secret lives of five suburban
couples living in Sydney uncover taboo fetishes and
repercussions that come with revealing them. From a man who begins an affair with his own wife
(unbeknownst to her) to a woman who can only find pleasure in her husband's pain, The Little Death
peers behind closed doors of “so-called normal people.”
Australia/2015/96 min.
Screening with Forever Over
The Young Kieslowski
Director: Kerem Sanga
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Brian Kieslowski is an awkward college freshman. Being a virgin
adds to his awkwardness, until he meets drunken Leslie Mallard
at a party. Even though Leslie claims to be saving herself for marriage, they hit it off. Really well. Is
being a good guy and doing what's right two very different things? Inspired by the true story of
writer/director Kerem Sanga’s own parents, The Young Kieslowski is a touching comedy about
sudden parents-to-be and the unsuspecting decisions they must face.
USA/2015/95 min.
Screening with I Love You
Best American Independent Film at 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at 2014 Mill Valley International Film Festival
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Director: Frank Hall Green
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., The Starlight Room
After the death of her father, 14-year-old Mackenzie is sent by
her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Alaska. Although
the uncle seem supportive at first, he soon becomes anything
but caring and she must flee. Seeking a way back to Seattle and
her absent mother, Mackenzie follows Bartlett, a loner backpacker, across the Denali mountain
wilderness in search of sanctuary.
USA/2015/104 min.
Audience Award at the 2015 Independent Film Festival Boston
Special Jury Prize Narrative Feature at the 2015 Independent Film Festival Boston
Best Narrative Feature at the 2015 Mountain Film Festival
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Feature Documentaries
Director: Johanna Hamilton
Friday, 9:00 a.m., The Starlight Room
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Before Watergate, before WikiLeaks, before Edward Snowden
—there were eight bold citizens who covertly entered their local
FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, to steal potentially incriminating files and leak them to the press.
The break-in is a little-known but seminal event in contemporary American history that exposed FBI’s
illegal surveillance programs. This led to the country’s first Congressional investigation of U.S.
intelligence agencies. Never caught, 43 years later these everyday Americans – parents, teachers and
citizens – publicly reveal themselves for the first time and share their story.
USA/2014/79 min.
Austin to Boston
Director: James Marcus Haney
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
After a fire-fueled final night at Austin's SXSW Music Festival,
four bands pile into beat-up VW vans and head out on a zigzag
tour. Ben Howard, The Staves, Nathaniel Rateliff and Bear's
Den are from London’s Communion collective, a group of artists who support new songwriting through
gigs, a record label and publishing. But heavy rainstorms, multiple breakdowns, and cramped
conditions remind them that to push through sometimes you need to pull together.
USA, Australia, UK/2015/72 min.
Screening with Once There Was a Cigar Box
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Back on Board: Greg Louganis
Director: Cheryl Furjanic
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
Four-time Olympic champion Greg Louganis is considered the
greatest competitive high diver in history. His grace, precision
and courage sparked a worldwide fascination with this sport.
One of the first openly gay and HIV-positive athletes, he has given director Cheryl Furjanic
unprecedented access to his life over the last three years. Her intimate portrait of his public triumphs
and private struggles lets us see his choices, career and life. Ultimately, he reemerges on the world
stage a changed man and mentor to a new generation of young athletes.
USA/2014/87 min.
Screening with Tomgirl
Best Documentary Feature at 2015 Annapolis Film Festival
Best Editing Award at 2015 Salem Film Fest
Audience Award Winner at 2014 Outfest Los Angeles LBGT Film Festival
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Becoming Bulletproof
Director: Michael Barnett
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Bulletproof is a production of the Zeno Actors Camp, a
collective that meets yearly in Hollywood to produce a film.
Although many of the cast and crew have disabilities, their films
aren’t about limitations or making a statement: “It’s all about making an awesome movie.” A
captivating film within a film, weaving 1890s period drama and present-day action, Becoming
Bulletproof’s snaking plot requires mastering lines, pushing through take after take, and showing up
on time in costume. While the actors grapple with these high expectations, we witness a personally
and socially transformative experience as preconceived notions give way to friendship.
USA/2015/80 min.
Audience Award Winner for Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival
Audience Choice Winner at the Heartland Film Festival
Frame by Frame
Directors: Alexandria Bombach & Mo Scarpelli
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
During the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, taking a photo was a
crime. Since the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free
press emerged and a photography revolution was born. As
foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own, and so are its journalists.
Follow four Afghan photojournalists, including Pulitzer Prize winner Massoud Hossaini, as they face
the realities of building a free press in their country, reframing Afghanistan for the world and for
Afghanistan/2015/85 min.
Screening with We Are Fire
English and Dari with English Subtitles
Jury Award Winner at 2015 Nashville Film Festival
Audience Choice Winner at 2015 Telluride Mountain Film Festival
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Honor Totem
Director: Ian Devier
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema
What can a person do when faced with injustice? John T.
Williams, a 50-year-old seventh generation Nitinaht woodcarver,
was one of the most talented in his family. On his way to meet
his brothers, he was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. The shooting, which was found to be
unjustified by the Seattle Police Department, sparked an outcry that extended beyond the city of
Seattle and the native community. John`s older brother, Rick Williams, chose a peaceful response by
carving a 34-foot memorial totem pole in his honor. With the help of countless community members,
tribes and multi-cultural volunteers, the totem now stands at the Seattle Center. Honor Totem is a
poignant story of a brother’s love and determination to “give something beautiful back.”
USA/2014/57 min.
Screening with Penny
Northwest Regional Emmy Awards 2014
How to Change the World
Director: Jerry Rothwell
Friday, 3:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., The Starlight Room
An eclectic group of Canadian hippie journalists, photographers,
musicians, scientists and American draft dodgers set out to stop Richard Nixon’s atomic bomb tests in
Amchitka, Alaska. This was only the beginning of what was to become the world’s largest activist
organization, Greenpeace. Armed with cameras and the power of images, they undertake some of the
most courageous and significant environmental protests in history. Crafted with a wealth of 16mm
archival footage and narrated by their original (and reluctant) leader, Bob Hunter, the film chronicles
the power struggles of once like-minded friends as their activism takes root. “How can we save the
planet,” says Bob Hunter, “if we cannot save ourselves?”
Canada, UK/2015/110 min.
World Cinema Doc Special Jury Award: Editing at 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Top Ten Audience Favorite at 2015 HotDocs
Jury Award at 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
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Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
Director: Jim Aikman
Saturday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Jeff Lowe helped make climbing what it is today, through
technical innovation and more than 1000 first ascents. On the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss
Alps, he experienced a spiritual transformation that continues to this day. Naming the route he opened
Metanoia, Greek for “changing one’s perspective,” he brings the creativity and strength that
characterized his climbing career to facing his own mortality.
USA/2014/84 min.
Screening with Denali
Audience Award Best Mountaineering Film at 2015 Trento Film Festival
Winner Best Mountaineering Film at Kendal Mountain Festival
Jury’s Award at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Landfill Harmonic
Directors: Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley
Friday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
“The world sends us garbage. We send back music.”
The Recycled Orchestra of Cautera is a Paraguayan musical
group of kids who live adjacent to one of South America’s
largest landfills. This unlikely orchestra plays music from
instruments made entirely out of garbage: string and wind instruments are made with oil tin cans, forks
and bottle caps. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. With the guidance of
their visionary music director, Favio Chávez, they must navigate this new world of arenas and sold out
Landfill Harmonic is an inspiring story of how music gave hope to an entire community, proving that
simple solutions can bring social transformation.
USA, Paraguay, Brazil/ 2015/ 84 min.
Spanish with English subtitles
Screening with Tiger Hood
2015 SXSW Audience Award
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Revival: The Sam Bush Story
Directors: Wayne Franklin & Kris Wheeler
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Rose Theatre
Not many musicians can lay claim to being the “father” of an
entire genre of music. Sam Bush can. While he’s inspired some
of the world’s most famous bands and accomplished musicians,
the “Father of Newgrass” remains an unknown legend to most.
“Too old to be young and too young to be an old legend,” is how
Sam describes himself. In Revival: The Sam Bush Story,
audiences experience the power of Sam’s musical journey.
Noted musicians, from Alison Krauss to John Oates, from the Avett Brothers to Chris Thile, say many
of today’s biggest acts in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana and the jam band scene owe a debt of
gratitude to Sam. But where does the “Father of Newgrass” fit in the new world of acoustic music?
USA/ 2015/98 min.
Audience Award Winner 2015 Nashville Film Festival
Rolling Papers
Director: Mitch Dickman
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Recreational marijuana sales exploded in Colorado when pot
was legalized in January 2014. To cover this groundbreaking
news, The Denver Post creates the first pot section of a major newspaper and appoints music critic
Ricardo Baca as the world’s first marijuana news editor. Baca sets out with a team of straight-laced
staff writers and offbeat freelancers, covering policy news, cannabis reviews, edible recipes and
parenting advice: Pot journalism is official. As legalization finds its way into society, the dying industry
of newspapers hedges its bets on a new ground. USA/2015/79 min.
Screening with The Bad Boy of Bowling
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Romeo is Bleeding
Director: Jason Zeldes
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Richmond, California has more in common with the classic story
set in Verona, Italy than it may seem at first. An ongoing brutal
turf war between North and Central Richmond haunts the lives of many. Donté Clark transcends
violence in his hometown by writing poetry and uses his voice to inspire those around him. To help
empower local youth, Donté co-creates with RAW (Richmond Artists With) Talent arts organization, a
contemporary urban adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. As Montague vs. Capulet transforms into North
vs. Central, real life parallels the play and asks us: Will you let your constraints define you, or will you
redefine them?
USA/2015/93 min.
Screening with The World is as Big or as Small as You Make It
Audience Award Best Documentary Feature San Francisco Int’l Film Fest
Juried Prize Winner 2015 Berkshire International Film Festival
Jury Award 2015 Seattle International Film Festival
Audience Award 2015 Seattle International Film Festival
The Breach
Director: Mark Titus
Friday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
When fishing guide/filmmaker Mark Titus learns why wild salmon
populations plummeted in his native Pacific Northwest, he
embarks on a journey to discover where the fish have gone and what might bring them back. Winding
through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, Titus investigates environmental
devastation by dams, mines, fish hatcheries and fish farms. The trail of human hubris and cultural
amnesia culminates with a potential tragedy looming in Alaska – all conspiring to end the most
sustainable wild food left on the planet.
USA, Canada/2014/90 min.
Screening with XBoundary
Best of Fest Selection at 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best International Feature Documentary at 2014 Galway Film Fleadh
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The Diplomat
Director: David Holbrooke
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Rose Theatre
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s singular career spans 50years of American foreign policy. This riveting story is told
through the perspective of his eldest son, David. Filmmaker David captures the legacy of his largerthan-life father and attempts to “get to know him better in death, than I ever did in life.” Interviewing an
impressive array of dignitaries, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and David Petraeus, we’re
taken behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended.
Through senior Holbrooke’s most profound success in securing peace between Bosnia, Serbia and
Croatia to his work as U.S. point man for Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Diplomat also offers a lens
into his relationship with his sons.
USA/2015/104 min.
The Keepers
Director: Joann Selvidge & Sara Kaye Larson
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
The Keepers is an intriguing behind-the-cages portrait of the
Memphis (Tennessee) Zoo, home to 3,500 animals, 500 species
confined on 70 acres. This intimate inside look follows five
passionate and eccentric keepers as they engage in work that
they love, caring for komodo dragons, penguins, snakes and lions. And, they try to find a better living
situation for Kofi, the giraffe. When was the last time you heard someone say “I have the coolest job in
the world?”
USA/2015/71 min.
Screening with One and Cailleach
Ground Zero Tennessee Spirit Award for Best Feature at the 2015 Nashville International Film Festival
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The Mask You Live In
Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Friday, 12:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
How are we failing our boys?
Pressured by the media, peer group, and even the adults in their
lives, young boys are confronted by strong messages of gender
stereotypes and masculinity. Encouraged to suppress their emotions and “man up” from an early age,
boys are more likely to be diagnosed with behavior disorders, prescribed medications, fail out of
school, binge drink, commit a violent crime and/or take their own lives. Interviewing men and boys
from various backgrounds, including experts in neuro-science and education, The Mask You Live In
offers empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier
generation of boys and young men.
USA/2015/92 min.
Director: Phillip Baribeau
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
To inspire adoption of the 50,000 wild horses and burros living
in government captivity, Ben Masters, a young Texas horseman,
recruits three friends for an adventure reminiscent of the
western frontier. They adopt, train and ride a string of mustangs
3,000 miles, from the Mexican border to Canada. Crossing some of the wildest terrain of the American
West, an epic journey of self-discovery, tested friendships and perilous mountain passes ensues. With
spectacular cinematography, Unbranded sheds a light on the complex plight of wild horses in the U.S.
USA/ 2015/105 min.
Audience Award Winner at 2015 HotDocs
Audience Award Winner at 2015 Telluride MountainFilm
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Very Semi-Serious
Director: Leah Wolchok
Friday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
“Cartoons either make the strange familiar or the familiar
strange,” says Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker.
Outlining humor, art and the genius of the single panel, the film
is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the legendary magazine’s most popular feature. From
the selection process to the personalities of cartooning legends and hopefuls, Very Semi-Serious
brings to light an art form that has inspired and even baffled us for decades. USA/2015/83 min.
Screening with Portraits in Creativity: Maira Kalman
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Short Documentaries
An Education: A Father/Daughter Trip of Discovery
Director: Fitz Cahall
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Life is sweet for expedition climber, Mike Libecki and his 11year-old daughter in their first adventure together to Antarctica.
USA/2015/9 min.
Screening with Red Knot
Ben Lee…Big Love
Director: Peter Harding
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
John and Ann Betar, the longest-married couple in the U.S.,
celebrate their 82nd anniversary to the tunes of Australian
musician Ben Lee.
USA/2015/4 min.
Screening with The Farewell Party
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Director: Rosie Reed Hillman
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Morag is 86. She lives a simple and peaceful life with her three
cats and 12 sheep, following five generations that preceded her
on the Isle of Harris, Scotland.
Scotland/2015/14 min.
English with English Subtitles
Screening with: The Keepers and One
Best Short Doc at 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival
Best Short Doc at 2015 River Run Festival
Special Mention at 2015 Glasgow Short Film Festival
Director: Ben Knight
Saturday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
There’s no easy way to say goodbye to your best friend,
especially when he’s supported you through your darkest
USA/2015/8 min.
Screening with Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia
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I Love You
Director: Bianca Giaever
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Maia and her boyfriend have been dating for eight years, but
they've never said, "I love you." For Valentine's Day, filmmaker
Bianca Giaever helped Maia make a video to finally say those
USA/ 2015/7 min.
Screening with: The Young Kieslowski
Once There Was a Cigar Box
Director: Alexander Conrads
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Matt Isbell, a blues musician from Memphis, turns old cigar
boxes into beautiful guitars.
Germany, USA/2015/10 min.
Screening with Austin to Boston
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Directors: Dan Hartley & Hayley Gardner
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Key City Public Theatre
A baby turns one-year-old and bakes a cake to celebrate.
UK/2015/3 min.
Screening with The Keepers and Cailleach
Director: Elizabeth Sher
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema
Meet celebrated Bay Area criminal defense attorney Penny
Cooper: Lesbian, champion of the marginalized and supporter of
women artists.
USA/2014/30 min.
Screening with Honor Totem
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Portraits in Creativity:Maira Kalman
Director: Gael Towey
Friday, Noon, The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Writer and illustrator Maira Kalman discusses her creative
process and projects with The Met, MoMA and The
USA/2015/14 min.
Screening with Very Semi-Serious
The Bad Boy of Bowling
Director: Bryan Storkel
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
“Who do you think you are? I am!”
The son of a beloved and highly respected national bowling
champion, Pete Weber, is the self-declared “bad boy of bowling”
whose antics both divided the sport’s base and infused it with new energy, fans and TV ratings.
Screening with Rolling Papers
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The World is as Big or as Small as We Make It
Directors: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
In North Philadelphia, local teenagers participate in an
innovative program using free technology to connect them with
peers around the world, much like modern day pen pals.
USA/2015/12 min.
Screening with Romeo is Bleeding
Tiger Hood
Director: Christopher Marks
Friday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
To Manhattan’s “Tiger Hood,” a fairway doesn’t have to be
green, and milk cartons get an exciting ride through the city.
USA/2015/7 min.
Screening with Landfill Harmonic
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Director: Jeremy Asher Lynch
Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., American Legion Theatre
Jake, a gender-non-conforming seven-year-old, invites us into
his world to explore the transforming power that love and
support can have when young children are accepted for who
they really are.
USA/2015/14 min.
Screening with: Back on Board: Greg Louganis
We Are Fire
Director: Orlando Von Einsiedel
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., American Legion Theatre
When Champa Pal's husband is murdered, her life falls apart.
Seeking justice to reclaim her stolen land, she finds support with
the vigilante Gulabi Gang, a movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal in Northern India to bring
justice for women.
India, UK/2014/8min.
Hindi with English subtitles
Screening with: Frame by Frame
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Director: Ryan Peterson
Friday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
In the transboundary region of northern British Columbia and
Alaska, five massive open-pit mines are being proposed. They
will threaten the local multi-billion dollar fishing industry and
livelihood of Alaskan tribes and fishermen who aren’t allowed to
contest the Canadian permitting process.
USA/2015/7 min.
Screening with The Breach
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Short Narratives
Everything Else
(Todo lo Demás)
Director: Federico Untermann
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
When buying a home, Laura and Miguel discover more than
they bargained for.
Spain/2015/8 min.
Spanish with English Subtitles
Screening with Come Down Molly
Winner of Madrid en Corto 2015
Winner of Telemadrid/La Otra 2015
Forever Over
Director: Erik Schmitt
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Mia and Tim have been together forever. To escape boredom,
they invent a game: They’ve agreed to help each other meet
their unfulfilled desires.
Germany, USA/2014/14 min.
German with English subtitles
Screening with: The Little Death
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The Answers
Director: Michael Goode
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre
Immediately after his death, the victim of a car crash gets
surprising answers to every question he's ever had about his
USA/2014/8 min.
Screening with Don’t Worry Baby
The Dive
(Le Grand Bain)
Director: Cécile Davidovici
Friday, 12:30 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
A young boy embarrassed by his inability to swim, discovers a
way to get out of a swimming lesson.
France/2014/7 min.
French with English Subtitles
Screening with The Chef’s Wife
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Shorts Programs
How I See Myself Shorts Program
Friday, 9:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Short films offer a unique opportunity due to their brevity- they are a snapshot, a carefully crafted
sketch that captures a gesture or an idea. Here are six portraits of ordinary and extraordinary
individuals. Seeing and hearing their perspectives helps us understand what Joseph Campbell called
the hero’s journey.
Kabul Bike Gang: A Short Segment from Afghan Cycles
Director: Sarah Menzies
Women riding bicycles has been a taboo in Afghanistan until a
group of brave young women decide to ride their bikes together
and start to shift the public perception. This is a short segment
from a feature documentary in progress titled Afghan Cycles.
Afghanistan, USA/2015/9 min.
I Am Able
Directors: Isaac Seigel-Boettner & Jacob Seigel-Boettner
During the genocide in Rwanda, Frederick Ndabaramiye was
the victim of a brutal retribution attack. Through painting,
cycling, and storytelling, Frederick now seeks to change
people's preconceptions of what it means to be “able.”
USA/2014/13 min.
English with English Subtitles
On Beauty
Director: Joanna Rudnick
Former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti refocuses his lens
on people with genetic conditions and redefines beauty.
USA/2014/30 min.
Best Short Film Audience Choice Award at 2014 Chicago
International Film Festival
Best Documentary Short at 2015 Sebastopol Documentary Film
Body Team 12
Director: David Darg
Garmai Sumo is the only woman in the heroic Body Team 12. Their mission is to safely remove dead
bodies from the Ebola epidemic and help save Liberia.
Liberia/2015/13 min.
English with English Subtitles
Best Short Documentary at 2015 Tribeca
The Thousand-Year Journey: Oregon to Patagonia
Director: Kenny Laubbacher
Jed decides to abandon his routine and ride a bike from Oregon
to Patagonia.
USA/2015/4 min.
Director: Ned McNeilage
For seven Hollywood
Golden Age veterans
residing at the Motion
Picture & Television Fund
retirement home, the
show goes on.
USA/2013/24 min.
Grand Prize Best Documentary Short at 2014 Heartland Film Festival
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary Short at 2014 Heartland Film Festival
Best Short Documentary at 2014 BendFilm
Best Documentary Winner at 2014 LA Shorts Fest
Audience Award Best Documentary at 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Best of Fest at 2014 AFI DOCS
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In The Mix Shorts Program
Friday, 9:30 a.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
In the Mix was selected from the short films submitted for review. Our 22 volunteer film reviewers,
evaluated hundreds of submissions and gave these six shorts high ratings. We want to share them
with you.
Food for Thought, Food for Life
Director: Susan Rockefeller
“We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what
cost?” From the downsides of current agribusiness practices to
inspiring solutions, this documentary provides food for thought.
USA/2014/22 min.
Pomegranate is the Fruit of Paradise
(Anar Miveye Behsht Ast)
Director: Teymour
Shadi’s family doesn’t
allow her to go to school.
Her friend decides to
teach her himself. This is
a true human rights story.
Persian with English Subtitles
Iran/2013/15 min.
Diploma of Merit at 2013 Tampere International Film Festival
Love at First Sight
Director: Mark Playne
A shy and lonely young man falls in love with the woman who
lives in an apartment across from his balcony and tries to win
her heart.
UK, Spain/2012/14 min.
Audience Award at Newport Beach Film Festival
Best Director at Hollywood Feelgood
So Glad I Found You: The Quirks and Characters of One of Washington’s Smallest Towns
Director: John Harrison
Meet some of the quirky individuals who live in Edison, WA.
USA/2015/8 min.
The Best Driver in the County
Director: Marcus
Joe is tending his garden
one morning when two
escaped convicts ambush
him at gunpoint. Based on
Jack Richie’s 1940’s short
story of the same title.
USA/2014/16 min.
Indie Soul Best Picture
Award at 2015 Boston International Film Festival
Zero Zero
Director: Tristan Seniuk
Experience a day in the life of Trevor Thomas, a blind ultradistance hiker and his faithful guide dog, Tennille.
USA/2015/16 min.
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Spirit of Adventure Shorts Program
Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Northwest Maritime Center
Sunday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre
Sunday, Noon, Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Live vicariously through these remarkable folks who throw themselves literally into the world. Getting
there is half the battle. They take us to the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, the highest peak in Mexico, the
Oregon Coast, a historic village in Japan and the American Southwest. Finish up this wild ride with
some of the most beautiful night skiing ever seen!!!
Frank and The Tower
Directors: Brendan Leonard& Fitz Cahall
Climber and guide Frank Sanders has been fascinated with the
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming for over 40 years.
USA/2014/12 min.
Tying the Knot
Director: Kyle Duba
Getting married is a real
adventure for Brian and
Mandy. Their plan is to
ride 14 miles on their
bikes, hike 24 miles into
Wyoming’s Wind River
Range, climb the Northeast face of Pingora Peak, and get married at the 11,884 ft. summit.
USA/2014/9 min.
55 Hours in Mexico: A Tribute to the Weekend Warrior
Director: Joey Schusler
Fly to Veracruz, rent a car, climb the third-highest peak in North
America, ski down and return to work on Monday. How hard
could it be?
USA/2015/10 min.
Sufferfest 2: Desert Alpine
Director: Cedar Wright
Also known as “Thirty-four
pieces of choss & five
horrendous life
experiences.” Alex
Honnold and Cedar
Wright climb 45 of the
American Southwest’s
most iconic desert towers. USA/2015/26 min.
Radical Reels People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival
Japan By Van
Directors: Michael Brown & Nick Waggoner
Three skiers drive a van through Japan to hike and ski the
mountains above the historical village of Shirakawa-go.
USA, Japan/2014/5 min.
The Coast
Director: Skip Armstrong
Facing his impending
mortality, Hayden Peters
changes his life, trading
the bustle of the city for
salt water, a surfboard
and a sea kayak.
USA/2015/7 min.
Making Waves
Director: Harri Grace
Oumaima Erhali is a 17-year-old Moroccan woman, defying
convention determined to surf.
UK, Morocco/2015/8 min.
Arabic with English Subtitles
Rey Del Rio: King of the River
Director: Ben Sturgulewski
Fourteen kayakers get special access to the epic waterfalls of
Agua Azul in Chiapas, Mexico on the world’s first big waterfall
kayak competition. USA/2015/3 min.
Directors: Nick
Waggoner & Mike Brown
An intrepid team of skiers
venture deep into the
outback mountains of
British Columbia and
Alaska in a stunning
journey of color and light.
USA/2015/12 min.
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WA 2 WA Shorts Program
Friday, Noon, Key City Public Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., The Starlight Room
How do you compare one Washington with the other? Through film, of course! Enjoy selections from
the DC Shorts Film Festival, one of the most respected shorts events in the world. WA 2 WA brings
top jury and audience winners to Port Townsend’s unique audience. These films will elicit tears,
laughter, knowledge and insight into what makes both Washingtons different — and the same. The Gunfighter
Director: Eric Kissack
A gunfighter walks into a saloon, but the film’s voiceover has
other goals in mind.
USA/2014/9 min.
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human
existence before the planet blows up.
USA/2014/6 min.
Winner of the Short Film Jury Prize for Animation at 2014
Business as Usual
(Der Prophet Fliegt Mit)
Director: Lenn
It’s a September 11th
anniversary and a plane is
loading their passengers.
An Arab man boards the
flight. Passengers
struggle to stay grounded.
Germany/2014/10 min.
German with English Subtitles
Director: Kevin Meul
“If it was easy, everyone would do it.” A young runner is pushed
by his coach/father to finally win a competition.
Belgium/2014/15 min.
Flemish with English & French Subtitles
The Silly Bastard Next to the Bed
Director: Scott Calonico
This is the story of one of
the funniest phone calls
President Kennedy has
made and the silly bastard
who started it all.
UK/2014/9 min.
They Are The Last
Director: Diego Vivanco
A day in the life of one of the last lighthouse keepers on a
remote cape off the Uruguayan coastline.
UK, Spain/2014/4 min.
Winner Special Jury Award at DC Shorts Film Festival 2014
The Chaperone 3D
Directors: Fraser
Munden, Neil Rathbone &
Chris McMahon
One memorable night in
the 1970s, a motorcycle
gang crashed a Montreal
middle-school dance. In
this 3D animated documentary, a retired schoolteacher and a DJ recall their heroic exploits that fateful
Canada/2013/14 min.
Canada’s Top Ten 2013 Short Films
One-Minute Time Machine
Director: Devon Avery
James is eager to use his one-minute time machine to win a
woman’s heart, until he discovers the unexpected
consequences of his actions.
USA/2014/6 min.
Audience Choice at 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival
Best Short Film at 2015 Norwich Film Festival
Best Editing at 2014 Breckenridge Film Festival
What Cheer?
Director: Michael Slavens
Struggling to overcome the death of his wife, a man is
tormented by the strangest, friendly group that seems to follow
him everywhere.
USA/2014/19 min.
Best of New York at 2014 NY Shorts Film Festival
Filmmakers Favorite Winner at 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival
Audience Award at 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival
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