2019 Official Selections
Here are all 50 Films to be shown across these four different theater screenings.
Screening #1 – Saturday Feb 9 2019, 1:00 PM
The Joy Block (Joanie Fox, Portland, OR)
Music has the capacity to bring people together from diverse backgrounds. In Portland, OR there is a thriving Samba community nurtured and cultivated by a diverse group of 30 community musicians and dancers known as Bloco Alegria (The Joy Block). The band emulates the traditions of Rio de Janeiro where community bands on various city blocks frequently entertain. Members range in age from 20-70 and have varied professional backgrounds.
Domestic Violence in Rural America: Survivors’ Stories (Blue Chalk, Brooklyn, NY)
In rural communities across the country, many victims of domestic violence find themselves isolated with the nearest help clinic at least 40 miles away. In this film, we go to Harrisburg, a small town in Illinois, where survivors of domestic violence let us into their lives and reveal the devastating impact that abuse has had on their families.
Legacy (Barry Mitchell, Adelaide, South Australia)
In a cave by the sea, some time in our future, a woman called ‘Aunty’ is telling three children about what happened to their ancestors – us.
If These Walls Could Talk (Viktoria Haiboniuk, Portland, OR)
A story about Portland murals, a publicly accessible art gallery for those who stop to notice. It is about dedicated people who work on evolving public spaces into places that invoke emotional attachment, about artists who bring a little unusual to the mundane, and about a person whose soul has benefited from what they do.
Radio Moon (Pierre Gaffié, France)
Sibyl works as a radio host during the night. Though she knows how to appease her listeners’ sufferings, her own personal life is in turmoil and she’s decided to leave Luke. But the desperate call from Michel, a very sad listener, makes her change her mind…
In the House of Paper Flowers (Anita George, Altadena, CA)
In a small house covered with papery flowers, a woman with white hair, two cats and a tiny wolf songstress learns a valuable lesson about the enduring power of love.
Knife (Jonathan Poulder, Portland, OR)
Enter the dark and twisted mind of a serial killer who’s lingering right in your own kitchen. Come closer, and listen to what your knife has to say.
Honestly Charlotte – The Muffining (Joan Macbeth, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
In a world where artists need day jobs, “The Muffining” portrays a surreal day in the life of artist Charlotte Chandler as she navigates office politics, working for a shifty but lovable boss, and dealing with her self-appointed nemesis
Defective Inhibition (Cosmo Spada, Portland, OR) (Joan Macbeth, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
A jailbird without an Ego struggles to stay in control over the aggressive drives of his Id.
Will (Dennis Mulyar, Los Angeles, CA) (Joan Macbeth, Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Will has serious plans for his life, but his charmingly obnoxious father is there to remind him otherwise. Watch their relationship unfold as Will learns to appreciate living in the moment and not take anything for granted, because sometimes you’ve have to grow up faster than you want. Rediscover life as we know it through their unbreakable bond in this exceptional story.
Gone In A Flash (Justin Zimmerman, Portland, OR)
With his hilarious and often insane Flash animations, Jim Choma reached an audience larger than the population of Canada…and helped make the internet worth visiting. But Gone In a Flash proves that, hey, not everyone makes it.
Icons (Ronnie Cramer, Denver, CO)
500 years of world art in five minutes, featuring three dozen iconic works rendered with nylon-tip pen and animated old-school style. Each painting is onscreen for three seconds; the transitions between them also last three seconds each. Made up of 2,500 individual drawings, with a musical soundtrack created by the artist.
Tino (Robin Hauser, Belvedere Tiburon, CA)
“Tino” tells the story of a lifelong cattleman whose dedication to ranching surpasses the modern-day forces challenging his way of life. As Northern California experiences severe drought, expanding vineyards, and the declining price of beef, Tino adapts to changing conditions and continues to nurture the cattle, ranch, and woman he loves.
Screening #2 – Saturday Feb 9 2019, 7:00 PM
Do Unto Others (2nd Saturday Film Club, McMinnville, OR)
In the future prisoners are made to suffer as the victims of the crimes they committed. But who really is the victim?
Go Missing (Casey McFeron, Portland, OR)
A suburban woman in need of change from a dissatisfied relationship at home, steps out for a run only to find herself in a place just as mysterious as the people who brought her there.
The Class Analysis (Webb Pickersgill, Louisville, CO)
Inspired by the classic TV show “The Twilight Zone”. An intense, controversial and shocking sci-fi drama about six racist bar patrons that get into a heated violent argument, only to find peace in a most unexpected way. Winner of the Best Short Film award at the Sci-On International Film Festival in Reno, Nevada.
Pendulum (Michael Hull, Eugene, OR)
Brian – a shiftless young man – discovers that when he dies his life resets five minutes in the past. Using this power to his benefit, he begins killing himself to change his future.
Busy (Jason Rosenblatt, Portland, OR)
A young woman’s busy schedule is shattered when a suicidal neighbor asks for help.
I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs (Wade Shotter, Auckland, New Zealand)
A fussy writer battles his large ego and high expectations to create a work of art.
Sac de Merde (Greg Chwerchak, Los Angeles, CA)
Based on a true story, “Sac de Merde” tells the tale of Mazel Mankewicz, an unlucky-in-love yet irrationally optimistic New Yorker who thinks her luck has changed when she spends the night with the man of her dreams. As it turns out, he might just be full of shit. Literally.
Screening #3 – Sunday Feb 10 2019, 12:30 PM
Paradigm Now: The Albizia Project (Rob Lau, Honolulu, HI)
Is the albizia tree a destructive force disrupting native ecosystems and communities in Hawai’i, or the material that can awaken new paradigms through thoughtful design? Paradigm Now dives into the journey undertaken by Joseph Valenti, architect and founder of The Albizia Project.
Made You Look (Justin Zimmerman, Portland, OR)
A boy. A garage. A monster. In the film Made You Look, nothing is as it seems. Better keep your eyes wide open! Written and directed by Justin Zimmerman, featuring special effects by Academy Award-winner Chris Wales, and co-written by and introducing Kian Doughty, Made You Look is simply spooky fun!
Zero Night Stand (Jason Rosenblatt, Portland, OR)
Stephanie and Garrett arrive home from their third date determined to get it on.
Reintrification (Megan Eleanor Clark, Portland, OR)
“Reintrification” is the story of the first hip-hop cannabis dispensary in the world, all black-owned, in the heart of predominantly white and increasingly gentrified Portland, Oregon.
Goldfish Funeral (Ryan LaPine, San Diego, CA)
A humorous and heartwarming tale about a father, a son and a dead goldfish.
Anonymous Psychos (Anaelle Morf, Switzerland)
A meeting, obsessions, a common goal.
A Boy’s Fear (Samson Alli, Los Angeles, CA)
A terrified boy must face a very personal fear.
Nora Ephron Goes To Prison (Hannah Elless, New York, NY)
Friendship transcends fantasy in this musicalized love letter to Nora Ephron and New York City. Two women from very different worlds meet in unexpected circumstances. Through their common love of Nora Ephron and her films, hope conquers a confining reality as an unlikely friendship blooms. Watch what happens when Mary meets Ally.
World Religions: Native American (Blue Chalk, Brooklyn, NY)
Wilbur Slockish Jr. is the chief of the Klickitat Tribe of the Pacific Northwest. Although freedom of religion is protected in the United States Constitution, Wilbur does not believe that this protection extends to native people. Faced with constant attacks on his culture, Wilbur explains how he stays connected to his beliefs through oral storytelling and an appreciation of his natural surroundings.
La Rage (Aurelien Mathieu, France)
Akmal struggles against his guilt and the memories of his life with Sarah, who he lost brutally after a police control has gone wrong.
Bastianich, Keep Rocking (Carlo Guttadauro, Italy)
“Keep Rocking” is the manifesto of everyday life, of lightness that accompanies the rediscovery of the secret relationship that unites us to the earth. It is the manifesto of a healthier relationship with the territory that hosts us, a sort of wine welfare, because wine, pouring freshly into the glass, creates landscapes, unites people, sets the rhythm, and runs on the blues of an acoustic guitar.
Bryce And Liam Go To Space! (Bryce Padovan, Melbourne, Australia)
Two best friends take the extraterrestrial adventure of a lifetime, all starting one night in Bryce and Liam’s back shed in Melbourne, Australia.
Unspoken (Mor Jessica Mizrachi, Tel Aviv, Israel)
How much attention do we give to exchanging glances, encounters or a random contact with another person? Have you encountered a stranger and you have had a conversation with them or have a simple relationship been established between them, in which you communicated clearly without words?
01 (Katharina Potratz, Julian Treemaker, Germany)
Sergam is a refugee on his way to a new homeland. Along the way he goes through a nightmare, in a story of our time.
Portraitures (Cosmo Spada, Portland, OR)
An artist interprets the lives of strangers in the form of urban sketches.
Happy Birthday Art (Roy Boucher, Cathedral City, CA)
It’s Art’s 30th birthday. A party has been given by a gay couple who are close friends with Art and his girlfriend. The dialogue repeats itself – first with the gay couple, then with the birthday boy and the gay couple, and finally between both couples. By the time the dialogue has repeated three times we are well aware of what happened.
Migrating with the Sandhill Cranes (Bryan Nelson, Tucson, AZ)
Naturalists Erv Nichols and Sandra Noll discover love, adventure, and a new life while following the epic migration of the sandhill cranes, from the Southwest US to north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska.