NW Film Center Presents 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

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The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the lineup for its 42nd annual survey of new work by regional media artists, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival), which takes place November 12-18, 2015.

This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (NWFest42) presents 45+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Steve Anker. Anker is the former Dean of the California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video and formerly served as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque as well as artistic director of the Foundation for Art in Cinema. He holds an MFA in Filmmaking and Film History from Columbia University and taught for many years as professor of film at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Festival film highlights include director Lewis Bennett’s THE SANDWICH NAZI, a feature-length expansion of his short film, which screened to much audience acclaim at the 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival; Zach Weintraub’s SLACKJAW makes its Portland debut after premiering earlier this year at the Locarno Film Festival; WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS, Courtney Coulson’s NW Film Center Presents 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival November 12-18, 2015 involving portrait of a mobile, cross-cultural circus for children in Palestine; Michael Turner’s THE WAY WE TALK investigates one of medical science’s most baffling and enduring disabilities — stuttering — through the personal experience of its director; Ian Berry’s MAKE MINE COUNTRY uncovers the curious impact of classic country music on the Caribbean Island of St. Lucia; Sasha Snow’s HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT focuses on the non-fiction drama behind the removal of the largest, oldest, and most valuable trees from British Columbia’s forests; and Pam Minty gently unearths her mother’s memories of landmarks remembered from before the loss of her sight in DIRECT ROUTE.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I: Fantasies and Diversions— a collection of films from makers based in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Tacoma, WA, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II: Tracing Space and Shorts III: Intimate Portraits are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction.

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.

To complement the festival, the very first Northwest Filmmakers’ Expo (Thursday, Nov. 12, 10am-5pm) will bring together buyers and users of filmmaking equipment and services with top regional and international vendors offering a hands-on look at their latest technology and the multitude of filmmaking resources available. Already confirmed vendors include Canon, Zeiss, JVC, Panasonic, and Sony among many others.

While drawing heavily from film and video industry professionals, the Expo— held in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom —will also be a different breed of Expo with many of the top creative agencies in the Northwest also contributing their time and ideas to make this a trade show like no other, one uniquely suited to Portland’s creative film community. This year’s Opening Night party, sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the Oregon Cultural Trust, will also be held in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom. Both the entirety of the Expo and the Opening Night Party will feature music provided by XRAY.FM’s DJs. With the exception of one film, all Festival screenings will take place at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue. MAKE MINE COUNTRY will screen at the Skype Live Studio (1210 SW 6th Avenue), courtesy of KINK.FM, on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm with a pre-film reception occurring onsite at 6pm.

Festival sponsors and supporters include LAIKA, the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Koerner Camera Systems, Pro Photo Supply, Sierra Nevada, McMenamins, Lower Boom, Sokol Blosser Winery, the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, KIND Healthy Snacks, the Oregon Media Production Association, and Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

For more information, visit The 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest42