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TTABLE OF CONTENTS A message from the BendFilm Board of Directors.
How To BendFilm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 When, where, how and how much? Here’s what you need to know to enjoy the year’s selections of great Indie films.
The BendFilm Crew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 A special thanks to the people who tirelessly work to make this festival possible.
The Jury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Meet the cast of accomplished jurors who reviewed this year’s vast library of BendFilm selections.
The Parties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 What’s a festival without a party? This is your party guide for 2010.
BendFilm in Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 A proud BendFilm partnership in its second year, Sisters is offering some unique viewing experiences.
Workshops, Banter & Special Guests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 Peek behind the curtains of Indie filmmaking, hosted by filmmakers, promoters and special guest David Dinerstein.
Festival Sponsors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Welcome to BendFilm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Spotlight & Showcase Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 A pair of non-juried selections allow moviegoers a preview of two feature films brought to you by guests of BendFilm.
Where & When? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-25 Festival Venue Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Complete Schedule of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-25
BendFilm - What’s Showing! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-43 Feature Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26-29 Documentaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-33 Shorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34-39 Student Shorts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40-41 Animation Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Conservation Films . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Festival Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Where there’s a juried film festival, you’ll have winners in a number of categories!
Future Filmmakers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Student filmmakers will have a chance to display their talents at this year’s festival.
BendFilm Kids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Join award-winning filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams of Sisbro Studios for a morning of films, music and silliness.
BendFilm Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Help support independent film in Bend. Here’s how.
Alex Hurt, who plays the young H2O (William Hurt’s character in The River Why) is the real-life son of William Hurt.
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YOU ARE INDIE A Message from BENDFILM We welcome you to the 2010 BendFilm Festival, a celebration of independent cinema. You are here because you love film. You’re here not to view the productions of major studios with their seemingly limitless funds, but to support the independent filmmakers whose craft is a labor of love. They may be killing you softly with their creative brilliance, but they could not be doing so without you. It is your own love of film — of great acting, directing, screenwriting, cinematography and more — that sustains the indie filmmakers and keeps them going. BendFilm is thrilled to bring its seventh annual festival to Bend and Sisters. We believe that we enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon during these four autumn days. We hope you will expand your personal horizons as you watch films, attend lectures and workshops, and interact with actors and filmmakers. They bring voices and visions to our community from every level of human experience and world culture. There are many people and organizations to thank for making this festival possible. Foremost is our founding sponsor, Brooks Resources. They have been essential to BendFilm from the start; without Brooks, we would not have been able to accomplish what we have. The same can be said for our many other sponsors who continue to make this festival happen, year after year; to the cities and citizens of Bend and Sisters, who give such marvelous annual support to the festival; and to tbd advertising, the creative and professional agency so responsible for getting our message out. We are grateful to our scores of volunteers and managers who are with us, lending their time and expertise to make us a success. From watching hundreds of hours of film submissions, to taking charge of tickets or production, to merely giving a few hours in guest services, their contribution is invaluable and embraced with deep appreciation. Our success is only possible through your continued participation. It is an honor and a privilege to present this festival each year to the people of Central Oregon.
BENDFILM BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Lane, president Scott Ramsay, vice-president Bob Reininger, treasurer April Munks, secretary John Gottberg Anderson
Tina Borders Mike Cheney Ben Dittman Michael Gough Frank Groundwater
In The Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Peter Fonda plays August West, who is a character in the Grateful Dead song “Wharf Rat.”
HOW TO BENDFILM
The Basics In the Chinese culture, “10” is a lucky number. Some say it indicates perfection … in everything. And we consider it very auspicious that we conclude our 2010 festival on 10-10-10. The festival runs Thursday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Most venues, as well as the festival office (“The Hub”), are located in downtown Bend or in the nearby Old Mill District. There are also showings at the Sisters Movie House, 22 miles northwest of Bend. For information of any kind before or during the festival, visit the BendFilm website — www.bendfilm.org— download our iPhone app, or call us at 541-388-3378. Special needs arrangements will be willingly made as long as BendFilm is notified by Wednesday, Oct. 6.
Screening Venues Tower Theatre
835 N.W. Wall St., Bend
McMenamins’ Old St. Francis School
700 N.W. Bond St., Bend
The Oxford Hotel Minnesota Ballroom 10 N.W. Minnesota Ave., Bend
Regal Old Mill 16
The Shops at the Old Mill District, Bend
Sisters Movie House
720 Desperado Court (FivePine Lodge), Sisters
Festival Office (‘The Hub’) Liberty Theatre, 849 N.W. Wall St., Bend This is the location of the BendFilm box office during the festival, as well as the organization’s base of operations. The historic Liberty Theatre is the beautiful building two doors north of the Tower Theatre. Thanks to a generous contribution, we have exclusive use of this space as our headquarters throughout the festival. Here we sell BendFilm memberships and merchandise (t-shirts, ball caps and more) and answer any and all questions. Filmmakers also check in here.
THE HUB IS OPEN: Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for all film showings in Sisters (including the opening night film), as well as BendFilm merchandise, may also be purchased in person at the main lobby of the Sisters Movie House.
PARKING For downtown Bend filmgoers, we recommend leaving your car in the City Parking Garage on Lava Street at Minnesota Avenue. The garage is about two blocks from the Tower Theatre and about three blocks from McMenamins. The City of Bend has graciously suspended the daily time limits for the duration of the festival. Two-hour parking limits remain in place, however, where they are zoned and marked on downtown streets. Parking is free in the Shops at the Old Mill District in Bend and at the FivePine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters.
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Real-life voiceover artist Harry Chase, who plays Bill Soap in Hello, Lonesome, is best known as the voice of Captain Morgan’s Rum.
Where To Buy Tickets The fastest and easiest way to get tickets to films is to purchase them online at www.bendfilm.org. Here you can take your time, read about each film and decide what you want to see without leaving your home or office. You may also flip through the pages of this festival guide for descriptions of all scheduled movies. Tickets may be purchased online up to 60 minutes before the start of a show.
Individual Tickets: If you intend to view only a few films during the festival weekend, you will probably want to purchase individual film tickets. They are priced at $10 online, at “The Hub” or at the door. Tickets are sold in a block, which includes a full-length film and one or more short films for a single price. Blocks cannot be broken up; tickets cannot be sold for the short films only.
Passes: To absorb as many films as possible with VIP treatment, we recommend you purchase a festival pass. You’ll get priority seating at all times, ensuring you the best available seat in the house.
Full Festival Pass, $150 This assures express access to all components of the festival: Single admission to the opening night party at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7; single admission to the BendFilm awards ceremony at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9; and priority seating at all films.
Full Film Pass, $95 If films are the only things that really matter to you—if you’d rather skip the party food and cocktails to pack a few more films into your weekend—then this is the pass for you. It allows priority seating at all films, including the Opening Night Film. Pass holders must arrive no later than 20 MINUTES prior to showtime to be guaranteed admission to films. An even earlier arrival time is recommended at McMenamins and The Oxford theaters, where pass holders are NOT guaranteed seats. Please wear your pass at all times during the festival. Holders of the Full Festival Pass must RSVP for party attendance by emailing email@example.com no later than Sunday, Oct. 3.
Rush Line If seats remain available after ticket holders and pass holders have been seated, tickets for those seats will be sold to those waiting in the Rush Line. This is for the last-minute film buff willing to take his chances to get an empty seat. We recommend arriving at least a half-hour early at the theater to take your place in the Rush Line.
THE CREW This festival would not be possible without all of the incredible people listed below. From paid staff to board members and volunteers, here is the group of film buffs that make the BendFilm Festival happen.
BENDFILM BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Bob Lane, president Scott Ramsay, vice-president Bob Reininger, treasurer April Munks, secretary John Gottberg Anderson Tina Borders Mike Cheney Ben Dittman Michael Gough Frank Groundwater
BENDFILM SELECTIONS COMMITTEE: Tom Barry, Tina Borders, Jeff Clark, Debbie Corso, John Corso, Sandy Cummings, Jeff Dawn, Patricia Dittman, Lesley Edwards, Andrea Emmert, Charles Ermisch, Karen Ermisch, Yoleen Faerber, Cheryl Howard, Joe Howard , Terri Mintz, Katie Montana, April Munks, Tim Noble, Elliot Sawyer, Sarina Sloane, Jeff Spry, Marcia Uri, Ralph Uri, Laura Walker, Ed Weiland
FESTIVAL TEAM: Festival Director: Bob Lane Director of Selections: Scott Ramsay Artistic Director: Orit Schwartz A/V Manager: Matt Hand
Marketing Team: Bob Lane, Tiffany Clark, Tina Borders, Mike Cheney & Scott Ramsay Public Relations: Judy Campbell Programming: Bob Lane, Orit Schwartz Bookkeeper: Tina Borders Volunteer Manager: Frank Groundwater Box Office Manager: Nate Wyeth Film Trafficking Manager: Buck Heim Future Filmmakers: Michelle Haynes Alvarado Guest Services Manager: Pamela Hulse-Andrews HQ/The Hub Managers: Martha Murray, Beth Davies & Kaari Vaughn Merchandise Managers: Deb Lane & Tina Borders Festival Financial Manager: Kate Bailey Balloting Manager: April Munks McMenamins Manager: Fletcher Chamberlin Oxford Manager: Garry Todd Regal Old Mill Manager: Stephanie Hough Tower Theatre Managers: April Munks & Ben McCraw Sisters Movie House Managers: Tina Borders, Michael Gough & Ken Norton Website and on-line ticketing: Tiffany Clark, Ben Dittman, Travis Redman & April Munks Setup: Jack Nicklaw
VOLUNTEERS: BendFilm is powered by you, the BendFilm Volunteers. Without you there simply is no BendFilm. To the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, talent and energy, we thank you and the community thanks you. Enjoy your festival! SPECIAL THANKS TO: The Board of Directors for truly performing as a working board. Paul, Rene, Alice, Angela and the entire creative team at tbd advertising for an amazing marketing campaign. Matt, Jo Ann and Buck with Pinnacle Media for working tirelessly to insure the best quality possible for all of our screenings. Ben, Martha, Sean, Stacie, Nicole and the entire staff at The Bulletin for publishing another fantastic guide. Doug, Mark and the team at Smart Solutions for the great new look of our website. The gang at Tyemill for our new app for all of our iPhone users. Orit for coming in at the last minute and doing a great job pulling things together. Serafina for being Oritâ€™s go-to second set of eyes. Martha for always telling us what she thinks. Kaari, April, Patei and Sandy for stepping in and keeping us organized. Tina for taking on bookkeeping, again. Travis for reliable technical support with ticketing and ballots. To Park and Rec for providing a great environment at which to meet each month. Thanks to The Starview Foundation, Brooks Resources and all of our loyal sponsors without whom we could not have continued in these trying times. And last, but certainly not least, to the entire community of Central Oregon for attending year after year to make our success a reality.
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Phendon Papamichael, director of Arcadia Lost, is a well-known cinematographer who worked on such films as Sideways, 3:10 to Yuma and Knight and Day.
THE JURY ELLIOT V. KOTEK The former Editor-in-Chief of Moving Pictures magazine, Elliot V. Kotek contributes to The Hollywood Reporter, Little White Lies and MovieMaker, and is the Entertainment Correspondent for ABC Radio. He has appeared on television as a regular guest expert for Reelzchannel, and is the host and head writer of “Moving Pictures Live!” A recipient of the NYU/Tisch Craft Award for acting and of three Maggie Awards for film journalism, Elliot studied at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. He has served on the juries of many international film festivals and as a panelist or moderator for the Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Forum of Cinema and Literature and numerous other festivals and events. Elliot is currently involved in producing films and art exhibitions through his banner, The Nation of Artists.
ROBERTA MARIE MUNROE Roberta Marie Munroe is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, film programmer and consultant. Her first book, “How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer” (Hyperion Books), is a guide to making short films. From 2001 to 2006, Munroe programmed short films at The Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Online Film Festival won several Webby awards between 2003 and 2006. Roberta also helped launch The Blackhouse Foundation, supporting African American filmmakers and serving as founding Artistic Director. In 2009, Munroe was commissioned by the United Nations to create two short films. MAJA was a Macedonian language film about human trafficking. Family Prayers was an Arabic language film set in Cairo about family violence against women. Munroe has also made two award winning shorts: Dani & Alice and Happy Birthday. Roberta is head of her Los Angeles based independent filmmaker company, RMM Film Consulting.
LINDA O. OLSZEWSKI Co-head of Global Acquisitions, Shorts International, Linda acquires shorts for distribution and TV licenses for ShortsHD™, the first high-definition channel dedicated to short movies in the USA on Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse; ShortsTV™ UK on BSkyB; ShortsTV™ France on Numericable, and ShortsTV™ Turkey via TTNET. She is the team leader for the Oscar Short Film Nominees theatrical releases and oversees acquisitions for Shorts™ on iTunes USA, Canada, UK Germany, France and Ireland. Linda contributed to “Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution,” and can be found at festivals serving on juries and panels. She holds an MA in film, with studio and feature production experience at Dreamworks, Hanna-Barbera and Universal. Shorts International, headquartered in London with offices in Paris, New York and L.A, is owned by Shorts Entertainment Holdings and Liberty Global Ventures. www.shortstv.com.
Sets, puppets and props for the film Fred traveled in bicycle boxes to three different cities over a 8- to 10-year period of production. Fred is roughly 7 inches tall. The film was shot on a digital SLR and transferred to 35mm, which it turns out is a unique pipeline.
STAN SHIELDS Over the last 15 years, Stan has become a fixture in the Seattle film and performing arts communities. He has been a feature and short film programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival for the last six years, after directing for their Screenwriter Salon program, and assisting with their Exploding Cinema program. He has also curated, taught and/or worked for Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Cornish College of the Arts, Capitol Hill Art Center, Northwest Film Forum, On The Boards, and Theater Schmeater. He is currently on the steering committee of 14/48, the world’s quickest theater festival and winner of Seattle’s 2008 Mayor’s Arts Award.
HEIDI VAN LIER Heidi Van Lier is an indie filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She has made threef eature films: Chi Girl, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Slamdance Film Festival; Monday, which screened as a special screening at the Slamdance Film Festival and was part of the BendFilm Festival in 2007; and American Decaf, which will make the festival rounds soon. She is currently shooting her fourth feature, Ice Cream Cake. Heidi now programs for the Slamdance Film Festival and continues to counsel 20 to 30 filmmakers about festival strategy every year. Her new book, “The Indie Film Rule Book,” a strategic guide for indie filmmakers, is available at lulu.com.
JEFFREY FABIAN WINTER Jeffrey is drawn to The Film Collaborative and the act of championing independent film because of his love for the process by which good movies can effect positive change in our world today. Jeffrey specializes in niche distribution, niche marketing, and festival/non-theatrical/special events distribution. Career highlights include managing strategic investments and U.S. sales/acquisitions for the largest media conglomerate in Spain; several years handling grassroots marketing for L.A.’s two largest film festivals, The Los Angeles Film Festival and AFI FEST; handling screenings for Wolfe Releasing; and 11 years as a panel programmer/programming consultant for the Sundance Film Festival’s Digital Center (now New Frontier on Main). Jeffrey is also the former principal of the San Francisco-based film/video production company Please Louise Productions, where he directed and produced commercial video for numerous companies including Microsoft and Lucas Films, and created/produced the 38-part documentary series FLIQ VIDEO, in association with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and The United Way.
Prayers for Peace has only one edit. The rest is one continuous drawing from beginning to end. The student short was drawn entirely with pastels on a slate chalkboard, the materials used to create the animation becoming a metaphor for the impermanence of life. (The artist’s younger brother was killed in the current conflict in Iraq.)
BENDFILM THE PARTIES WHAT’S A FESTIVAL WITHOUT A PARTY OR TWO? OR SEVEN?
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010
photo by Lance Hardy
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION The Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Admittance included for Full Festival pass holders Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
Downtown Bend’s hippest hotel welcomes festival goers with the kickoff cocktail party in their Minnesota Ballroom. The Oxford’s fine-dining restaurant, 10 Below, will offer a variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. Wine provided by Southern Wine Group and beer from Boneyard Beer.
OPENING NIGHT FILM The Tower Theatre
835 NW Wall St., Bend 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Enjoy this year’s opening night film, “The Perfect Age of Rock ‘N’ Roll” following the opening night party at The Oxford Hotel.
BASH AT BOURBON STREET
Bourbon Street Soul and Sea Food 5 NW Minnesota Avenue, Bend 10:00 p.m. - Close; Free Admission
Put your dancing shoes on because popular local band SlickSide Down will keep your heart pumping until the drinks stop pouring. Bend’s favorite New Orleans-style restaurant will serve appetizers and drink specials into the wee hours. Open to film lovers 21 and over.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010 FESTIVE FRIDAY
Second Floor, 360 SW Powerhouse Dr., Bend 10:00 p.m. - Close, Free Admission
The newest lounge in Bend will open its doors to film-goers for appetizer and drink specials and dancing to the music of well-known local DJs. Level 2 is upstairs in the Fuel Building (above Saxon’s Jewelers) in The Shops at the Old Mill District. Open to film lovers 21 and over.
721 Desperado Court (FivePine Resort), Sisters 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., Free Admission
One of Central Oregon’s most acclaimed custom breweries welcomes visitors, waiving its usual $5 live-music cover charge for anyone displaying a BendFilm festival pass. The JZ Band, featuring local singer-songwriters Joe Leonardi and David Z, will perform as long as there are people to listen. Open to film lovers 21 and over.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2010 MEET THE FILMMAKERS
Level 2 Global Food & Lounge
Three Creeks Brewing Company
‘The Hub,’ Liberty Theater
849 NW Wall Street, Bend 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Free Admission
Here’s the opportunity to share a conversation and a glass of wine with the creative minds whose visions have made this weekend possible. Directors, producers, screenwriters and actors will share their observations and experiences with festival goers.
Cody Blue Snider, writer/director of All That Remains, is a cast member of A&E’s “Growing Up Twisted.” Cody originally agreed to do the show so he could use the money to fund All That Remains. Cody’s father and rock legend Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) plays the role of Death.
FILMMAKERS ATTENDING BENDFILM The following filmmakers have indicated they will be attending this year’s BendFilm Festival. Many times, attending filmmakers are present for a Q&A session at the conclusion of their films. Please welcome them all to the festival!
Delmer Builds A Machine: Landon Zakheim, writer/director Equestrian Sexual Response: Zeke Hawkins, director, and Simon Hawkins, 2nd unit director
Shooting For Democracy: Meghan Shea, director
9000 Needles: Doug Dearth, director
Every War Has Two Losers: Haydn Reiss, writer/director
Sissy: Bonnie Root, writer/director, and Cristen Coppen, co-star/producer
Finding Fremont in Oregon, 1843: Sandy Cummings, writer/director
The Skip Yowell Story: Skip Yowell
A Life Ascending: Stephen Grynberg, director All That Remains: Cody Blue Snider, writer/ director
Dive: Timmy Vatterott, Composer
The River Why: Kristi Denton Cohen, producer The Rock’n’Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher: Justin Monroe, director/producer, and Heather Roberts, co-star/AP Signal: Chris Farrington, writer/director
Fred: Misha Klein, writer/director
Smoke Rings: Rex Carter, writer/director & Rhonda Martini/hair & make-up
Freedom on the Fence: Andrea Marks, director
Summer Snapshot: Ian McCluskey, director
Brutal Beauty - Tales of the Rose City Rollers: Chip Mabry, director
Heal: Mian Adnan Ahmad, writer/director
Sunday Punch: Dennis Hauck, writer/director
Jeremy: Brian Faye, writer/director
The Third Rule: Aundre Johnson, writer/director
Burning in the Sun: Cambria Matlow, codirector/co-producer
LiTTLEROCK: Mike Ott, writer/director
Turning Japanese: Genevieve Wilson, actress
Oy Mama: Noa Maiman, director
Calvin Marshall: Gary Lundgren, writer/director
Under-Tow: Miles Orion Feld, writer/director
The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Scott Rosenbaum, writer/director, Jasin Cadic, writer/co-star, and Joseph White, producer
The Wheeler Boys: Philip G. Flores, writer/ director, and Max Doty, writer
America the Beautiful: Nathan Harlan, writer/ director & Mark Reeb, producer
Career Day: Ivette Garcia, writer/director Clara’s Carma: Alex Dawson, writer/co-star & Kate Atkinson, producer Dance With The One: Mike Dolan, director
Ripples of Change: Michelle Alverado, writer/ director
World Peace and other 4th-Grade Achievements: Chris Farina, director
AWARDS CEREMONY The Oxford Hotel 10 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend, Reception: 7:00 p.m. Admittance included for Full Festival pass holders Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door
Liz Dolan, creator and co-host of Satellite Sisters, returns to BendFilm after an absence of several years to emcee the annual awards ceremony in The Oxford Hotel’s Minnesota Ballroom. The 10 Below restaurant will serve substantial small plates to complement its no-host bar. Wine provided by Southern Wine Group and beer from Boneyard Beer.
BLACKSMITH AFTER DARK The Blacksmith 211 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend 10:00 p.m. - Close, Free Admission
After the awards have been handed out, come celebrate with the winners! Clips of festival films will play on the walls of the city’s favorite late-night club as DJ Cojac, who plays some of Portland’s biggest nightclubs, spins discs for dancing. The bar w ill offer a BendFilm-themed cocktail special for pass holders and ticket holders, as well as discounted drinks throughout the evening. Open to film lovers 21 and over.
Music featured in Freud’s Magic Powder was by Jean-Michel Bernard, who was Ray Charles’ arranger for many years.
SISTERS FILM VENUES Sisters is proud to be partnered with BendFilm once again after a successful first year, and welcomes the addition of film at FivePine Lodge’s cabins. For a limited number of film-goers, there will be an opportunity to view some “sneak peeks” in their cozy cabins. Three Creeks Brewery will be hosting a party with the much loved JZ Band. Sisters will take you back to the classic days of the Wild West with modern-day saloons, stunning Cascade vistas and endless recreational adventures. Whatever your passion, Sisters holds inspiration for visionaries of all manner and magnitude. Our community’s deep commitment to the arts is forged by the same pioneering spirit that fuels the fires of independent cinema. So dim the lights, kick off your boots and enjoy BendFilm 2010 in Sisters Country.
Enjoy BendFilm movies at the Sisters Movie House on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday! See pages 24-25 for the schedule.
WORKSHOPS BendFilm is pleased to offer a lineup of workshops and special guests that will offer a peek behind the curtain of Indie filmmaking and providing aspiring filmmakers with a base of workable knowledge that can help them creatively and thoughtfully progress their visions.
All Workshops held at McMenamins Old St. Francis School All Panels are FREE and Open to the Public
Indie Film Q&A with Heidi Van Lier Friday, October 8 ~ 10:30 AM – Noon
Do you understand film strategy? If so, did you establish your film strategy before you even came up with the concept for your script? Often, filmmakers finish their films with no idea what they’re getting themselves into; their films and film careers quickly fail as a result. Heidi Van Lier’s book, “The Indie Film Rule Book” (www.lulu.com/indiefilmrulebook), breaks down the basics of film strategy, from concept to the filmmaker’s next job—essential reading for every indie filmmaker. Heidi Van Lier will be here with a representative from SAG Indie to take questions about indie strategy, film festivals and DIY filmmaking.
SAG Low Budget Agreements Made Simple
Friday, October 8 ~ 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM SAGIndie hosts a workshop to assist filmmakers in using SAG Low Budget Agreements, simplifying the process and helping filmmakers cast quality actors in their independent films. Eliza Hajek, a SAGIndie representative, will walk you through signing SAG Low Budget Agreements from start to finish.
New Distribution & Marketing Models For Independent Film Friday, October 8 ~ 2 PM – 4 PM
How do today’s films find their audiences? With traditional indie distribution models crumbling in economic recession, today’s filmmakers find themselves challenged to navigate the labyrinth of options available to them. From traditional sales to DIY releasing, social media, community engagement and digital aggregation, the possibilities to distribute a film today are both endless and endlessly confusing. Come join us as we demystify the current landscape of independent film distribution and discuss the best ways available to bring an independent film to marketplace. PANEL: David Dinerstein, D² Films ~ Aundre Johnson, The Third Rule ~ Gary Lundgren, Writer/Director Calvin Marshall ~ Linda Olszewski*, Shorts International MODERATED BY: Jeffrey Winter*, co-executive director of The Film Collaborative
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Into Darkness is actually a compilation of 7 years of filming at more than a dozen cave locations.
The Power Of Film Saturday, October 9 ~ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Film, a powerful medium for engaging an audience, generates awareness of issues and inspires change. Today’s filmmaking toolset and online/off-line distribution create endless possibilities through which filmmakers may reach an audience. Personal documentaries allow filmmakers to address marginalized questions. Film reaches deep into life’s larger issues, making the personal, universal. Stories can shape our lives, but how can filmmakers create campaigns for their films before their release and after audiences view them? How can filmmakers create a legacy film and truly make a difference in at least one person’s life? We will discuss these issues surrounding the POWER OF FILM. PANEL: Mian Adnan Ahmad, Heal ~ Cristen Coppen, Sissy ~ Noa Maiman, Oy Mama ~ Meghan Shea, Shooting for Democracy ~ Landon Zakheim, Delmer Builds A Machine. MODERATED BY: Linda Olszewski*, Shorts International
Film School Vs. Filmmaking
Saturday, October 9 ~ Noon – 1:30PM Should I spend $100,000 on film school or on shooting my first feature? Education vs. Experience is an age-old question, and one on which our panelists will try to shed some light. Parents always stress that education gives you a degree on which to fall back, but do employers in the film biz care if you’ve got your piece of paper, or would they rather see an interesting reel and internship experiences? Is education harmful, potentially being seen as somehow “un-creative”? Or is film school necessary to provide the foundation upon which a career can be built? PANEL: Mike Dolan, Dance with the One ~ Zeke Hawkins, Equestrian Sexual Response ~ Mike Ott, LiTTLEROCK ~ Bonnie Root, Sissy ~ Cody Snider, All That Remains. MODERATED BY: Elliot Kotek*, Journalist
How Not To Make A Short Film Saturday, October 9 ~ 2 PM – 4 PM
Join Roberta Munroe*, former Sundance Short Film Programmer, for a workshop that is geared solely toward those wishing to create a short film. You’ll learn from the go-to short film expert how to properly structure your script and how to produce, cast and accomplish successful post production of your film. You’ll also learn how and where to submit to film festivals (and where not to submit).
* Bios on page 12-13.
David Dinerstein David Dinerstein has built and managed several independent companies from their inception. He has been responsible for distributing many of the most significant independent films in the past 20 years. Dinerstein helped launch the careers of many successful filmmakers including Sofia Coppola, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. His films have garnered more than 72 Academy Award Nominations and 15 Academy Awards. He co-founded Paramount Classics and was one the original architects of Fox Searchlight. Prior to joining Searchlight, Dinerstein was the head of marketing at Miramax Films where he worked closely with Harvey Weinstein. Most recently, Dinerstein launched D² Films, a full-service theatrical distribution company that also offers services as a producer’s representative on independent projects and advises producers and financiers on film marketing, distribution, publicity, awards, promotions, acquisitions, p&a funding, as well as ancillary and foreign sales. D² Films is currently involved in the marketing and distribution of All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst and I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. I Love You Phillip Morris will be BendFilm’s Spotlight Feature shown on Friday, Oct. 8 at The Regal Cinema 5 in Bend. Dinerstein will also appear on the panel for BendFilm’s workshop “New Distribution & Marketing Models for Independent Film” on Friday, Oct. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
Miss Shade Is Missing was shot in the director’s son’s classroom. He was shooting another film about kids when his son mentioned (with a smile on his face) that his class had just had “the worst day ever.” So Eddie Rosenstein grabbed a camera and filmed the class telling the whole story over the next week as a sort of Rashomon style tale — each kid ratting out the other, filling in the blanks, etc. The white boy in the red shirt is the director’s son.
Friday, October 8, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 10:00 a.m.
Regal Cinema 5
Regal Cinema 5
I Love You Phillip Morris
98m, USA Ian Fitzgibbon, director John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, writers; Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, directors off a book by: Steven McVicker
104m, USA Jon Raymond, writer; Kelly Reichardt, director
A comedic love story starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Leslie Mann, I Love You Phillip Morris is the outrageous but true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman (Jim Carrey) who transforms from “straight” small-town businessman to flamboyant, “gay” white collar criminal. He repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, brilliantly escaping from prison on four separate occasions — all in the name of love. Written and directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa, the same writing team responsible for Bad Santa. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Based on a true story. The movie has not yet been rated but is believed to be R for strong adult content. Not suitable for all audiences.
The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other’s instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy. Starring Paul Dano, Bruce Greenwood and Michelle Williams.
The director of America the Beautiful, Nathan Harlan, caught, fed and kept alive the cockroaches in the film. They lived in a glass mason jar for two weeks, air holes punched into the lid, and fed on pizza crust.
BendFilm VENUES Bend Map
1. Tower Theatre 835 NW Wall Street, Bend
NORTH TO REDMOND AND SISTERS
MCKENZIE HWY 126
2. McMenamins 1 & 2
3. The Oxford Hotel
10 NW Minnesota Avenue, Bend
4. Regal Old Mill 16, 1 & 5
TO REDMOND ENZ
700 NW Bond, Bend
IE B END
Powerhouse Drive, Bend
5. Liberty Theatre - ‘The Hub’
849 NW Wall Street, Bend
6. The Blacksmith
211 NW Greenwood, Bend
7. Bourbon Street Bend
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Considerations Your car will be fine…not fined… The City of Bend has graciously suspended the daily time limits in the downtown parking garage from Oct 7-10. Please park in the garage to ensure an easy, stress-free parking experience.
P OW E R H O U
OLD MILL DISTRIC
1. Sisters Movie House
721 Desperado Court, Sisters
2. Three Creeks Brewing Company
37 NW Irving Avenue, Bend
720 Desperado Court, Sisters
Lava & Minnesota, Bend
10. BendFilm Office
9. Parking Garage
DOWNTOWN DO 5 BEND
B E N D PA R K W AY
8. Level 2 360 SW Powerhouse Drive, Bend Second Level
NW 14TH BR OO KS
5 NW Minnesota Avenue, Bend
SOUTH TO SUNRIVER
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McMenamins 1** (Theater)
McMenamins 2 (Father Luke’s Room)
The Oxford Hotel
Sisters Movie House
10:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
Ripples of Change Dive! Greenlit
El ataque de los robots de nebulosa Fred Hempsters
Miss Shade Is Missing Diplomacy World Peace
Smoke Rings The Babe & The Kid Finding Kraftland
Finding Fremont in Oregon - 1843 Burning in the Sun
When The Wind Changes Into Darkness A Life Ascending
“Indie Film Q&A” with Heidi Van Lier
SHORTS BLOCK The Armoire The Third Rule Make Up • Siren 3 Things Turning Japanese
The Legacy The Cycle Calvin Marshall
America the Beautiful The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher
Regal 5 (Theater 5-270)
The Oxford Hotel
The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger Clara’s Carma Lovely, Still
McMenamins 2 (Father Luke’s Room)
McMenamins 1** (Theater) 122 Minutes
Prayers for Peace Diplomacy Bike Life Shooting For Democracy
The Cow who Wanted to be a Hamburger Bye Bye Now! The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Down in Number 5 9000 Needles
Regal 1 (Theater 1-180)
Between The Shadows Bouncing Cats
Top Spin Lemonade Do No Harm
God Of Love Feed The Fish
Under-Tow Arcadia Lost
Opening Night Reception
When The Wind Changes The Wheeler Boys
Sisters Movie House
Make Up Freud’s Magic Powder Hello, Lonesome
The Third Rule The River Why
Summer Snapshot Gordita Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers
Nothing Happened True Adolescents
New Distribution and Marketing Models for Independent Films
America the Beautiful The Farm American Jihadist*
1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
SAG Low-Budget Agreement Made Easy
The Bridge The Desert Of Forbidden Art
Sunday Punch Career Day Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World
9:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Prayers for Peace Sissy* Children of God*
Leka med Dockor (An Affair With Dolls) Turning Japanese The Legend of Pancho Barnes
10:30 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 11:30 p.m.
Delmer Builds A Machine I Love You Phillip Morris*
Gift Dance With the One
Every War has Two Losers Freedom On the Fence Oy Mama
The Farm American Jihadist*
Shorts & Student Shorts
*May not be suitable for all audiences. **Must be at least 21 years of age to attend films after 7 p.m at McMenamins. 24 www.bendfilm.org
To Be Announced
Vacsora (The Dinner) Hello, Lonesome
The Farm Delmer Builds A Machine The Wheeler Boys
The Armoire Hello, Lonesome
Into Darkness The Skip Yowell Story A Life Ascending
Lemonade Do No Harm
Summer Snapshot 3 Things True Adolescents
Gift Delmer Builds A Machine Calvin Marshall
Freud’s Magic Powder Lovely, Still
Vacsora (The Dinner) Arcadia Lost
Sisters Movie House
Lemonade 9000 Needles
Unrest The Desert Of Forbidden Art
The Power of Film
Delmer Builds A Machine Meek’s Cutoff
Once Upon A Crime The Skip Yowell Story The Legend of Pancho Barnes
Regal 1 (Theater 1-180)
Gift The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger Fred Mars
Regal 5 (Theater 5-270)
The Oxford Hotel 92 Minutes
McMenamins 2 (Father Luke’s Room)
McMenamins 1** (Theater)
Reunited The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Film School vs. Filmaking Reunited Dance With the One
Siren Leka med Dockor (An Affair With Dolls) 9000 Needles
All That Remains LiTTLEROCK
Jeremy Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers
How Not to Make a Short Film
STUDENT SHORTS Down in Number 5 Equestrian Sexual Response* • Signal Heal • Prayers for Peace Between The Shadows
3 Things Lovely, Still
Bike Life Currents of Belize Shooting For Democracy
Noon 12:30 p.m.
Sunday Punch Career Day Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World
Miss Shade Is Missing The Legacy World Peace
5:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Bye Bye Now! Turning Japanese Finding Kraftland
9:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Equestrian Sexual Response* Children of God*
Every War has Two Losers Bouncing Cats
Once Upon A Crime Feed The Fish
Best of Show
115 Minutes Ripples of Change The River Why
Shorts & Student Shorts Special Events
Sisters Movie House
10 :00 a.m.
To Be Announced
82 Minutes Miss Shade Is Missing Diplomacy World Peace
TBA† 91 Minutes America the Beautiful The Farm American Jihadist
115 Minutes Every War has Two Losers Bouncing Cats
*May not be suitable for all audiences.
TBA† 93 Minutes Delmer Builds A Machine The Wheeler Boys
**Must be at least 21 years of age to attend films after 7 p.m at McMenamins. † These films will be announced Saturday evening. Please visit www.bendfilm.org or download the BendFilm iPhone app for details.
BendFilm FEATURES Arcadia Lost (90m, Greece, U S A), David Ariniello, writer; Phedon Papamichael, director Stranded after a car accident in the rural countryside of Greece, step-siblings Charlotte (Haley Bennett) and Sye (Carter Jenkins) slowly realize they are actually struggling between life and death in the still-submerging car. During their surreal journey, they meet Benerji (Nick Nolte), the vagabond-philosopher who guides them and helps them imagine what it means to be family, to be an adult and to be alive. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:30pm, Regal 1 | Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, Regal 5
Calvin Marshall (93m, U S A), Gary Lundgren, writer/director Calvin Marshall is a young man pursuing his childhood dream to play professional baseball, yet struggling to make his Junior College team. Fanatical coach Doug Little can’t help but admire Calvin’s dedication and gives the talent-challenged player a shot. When the school’s volleyball star comes into both of their lives, each must face their own failures and shortcomings. A poignant comedy about overcoming disappointment, cultivating defeat and becoming the kind of person that dares to dream, Calvin Marshall features an all-star cast including Diedrich Bader, Cynthia Watros, Jane Adams, Andrew Wilson, Jeremy Sumpter and the brilliant Steve Zahn. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater | Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, Sisters Movie House
Children of God (104m, Bahamas), Kareem J. Mortimer, writer/director The stories of three very different individuals: Lena, the conservative, religious wife of a secretly gay pastor; Romeo, a young black man hiding his sexuality from his loving family; and Jonny, a conflicted white artist in search of himself. All three head for the beautiful island of Eleuthera, each with a different reason for escaping his or her current circumstance. Soon, their disparate worlds collide in unexpected and affecting ways. This uncommon portrayal of love, loneliness, tolerance, secrets and self-acceptance takes viewers on a journey that is enlightening, courageous and disquieting all at the same time, and which shocks to the core with its startling conclusion. May not be suitable for all audiences. Friday, Oct. 8, 8:30pm, The Tower Theatre | Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:00pm, Regal 5
Dance With the One (83m, U S A), Smith Henderson, Jon Marc Smith, writers; Mike Dolan, director At 19, Nate Hitchens is sick of being the man of the house. He deals pot to sound engineers and college kids to take care of his 16-year-old brother Sitter and pay the taxes on the dilapidated home they share with their father, Owen. Owen was once an Austin legend, a charming criminal with a mean streak, but since the tragic death of his wife and the boys’ mother, Owen has not worked. In an attempt to secure Sitter’s future, and run away from a home shrouded in grief, Nate takes on a deal that will shatter his family forever. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:30pm, Regal 5 | Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Feed The Fish (90m, U S A), Michael Matzdorff, writer/director Joe Peterson is a burned-out kids book writer who’s approaching a mid-life crisis. With his career at a standstill and his relationship in shambles, he leaves town in the dead of winter with his best buddy to do the Polar Bear Plunge in northern Wisconsin. On his quest he meets a mentor, an obsessed law enforcement professional and his muse. Joe finds his lost passion, survives an assault by his obsessed ex-girlfriend, tries to stay out of the way of the law and, thank goodness, publishes again. But not before testing the icy waters of Lake Michigan on a snowy winter day. Friday, Oct. 8, 1:00pm, Regal 1 | Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:30pm, Regal 1
Hello, Lonesome (93m, U S A), Adam Reid, writer/director With an enchanting mixture of laughter and longing, the worlds of six flawed yet endearing individuals are woven together as they explore age-old human desires: to love and be loved. Gordon, a single urbanite, meets Debby online and finds their new relationship put to the ultimate test. A suburban widow gets much more than she was looking for when she loses her license and leans on her neighbor for support. And in the country, successful voice-over artist Bill Soap starts to make amends for being such a lousy father. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, The Tower Theatre | Friday, Oct. 8, 7:00pm, Sisters Movie House | Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, Regal 5
LiTTLEROCK (84m, U S A), Mike Ott, writer/director When her car breaks down on a siteseeing tour of California, a Japanese student winds up stranded in a small desert town. Exhilarated by a sudden sense of freedom, she extends her stay and finds friendship, romance, and what promises to be a new home. But as she pulls back the layers on this unlikely paradise, she discovers a different America than the one in her dreams. Friday, Oct. 8, 8:30pm, Regal 1 | Saturday, Oct. 9, 1:00pm, Regal 1
Lovely, Still (92m, U S A), Nicholas Fackler, writer/director Lonely in life and love, Robert Malone (Martin Landau, 9, Ed Wood) braves precarious winter snow on the walk from his job at the grocery store to his home, only to discover a stranger (Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream) in his house. What begins as an awkward encounter quickly blossoms into what appears to be a new chance for romance. The elderly coupleâ€™s love affair takes us on a heartfelt and wonderful journey that reveals an unexpected twist. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, The Tower Theatre | Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater | Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, Sisters Movie House
(continued) The Perfect Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll (91m, U S A), Scott Rosenbaum & Jasin Cadic, writers; Scott Rosenbaum, director After his second album flops, Spyder is forced to do some serious soul searching. Under pressure to prove he’s more than a one-hit wonder, Spyder retreats to his small hometown on Long Island after a seven-year absence in hopes of reconnecting with childhood friend and former collaborator Eric Genson. Eric accepts Spyder’s invitation under one condition: they revive their dream of a cross-country road trip. Led by legendary music impresario August West, they head back to L.A. along Route 66. Thursday, Oct. 7, 8:30pm, The Tower Theatre | Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:00pm, Sisters Movie House
The River Why (102m, U S A), Thomas A Cohen & John Jay Osborn, Jr., writers; Matt Leutwyler, director The River Why is the story of Gus Orviston, the Mozart of fishing, who leaves his big city home in rebellion against his family to live in a secluded cabin on the banks of a wild river. Instead of finding fishing bliss, his desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery. Most of all, The River Why is a love story — the love of a man for the wilderness and for the woman who comes to share it with him. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre | Sunday, Oct. 10, 10:00am, Sisters Movie House
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams of Duncan Christopher (94m, U S A) Jack Roberts, writer; Justin Monroe, director Duncan Christopher just wanted to be like his dad. Except his dad was a rock star who went crazy and died, but not before he passed Duncan the flaming torch of rock ’n’ roll. Thankfully, he was in social isolation at the family compound in Collinsville, Oklahoma. Until now. After his 30th birthday, Christopher moves to the city and takes on the dream. His cousin nails him a gig in the “bar scene.” Now Duncan must turn and face the music. Thursday, Oct. 7, 9:00pm, Regal 1
True Adolescents (88m, U S A), Craig Johnson, writer/director True Adolescents follows Sam (Mark Duplass), a washed-up rocker who, unbeknownst to him, is in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes with his aunt (Melissa Leo) as a last resort and becomes a reluctant camping-trip chaperone for her teenage son and a pal. That the three males are on par maturity-wise makes for engaging ensemble juvenilia, but a surprising discovery turns dire — and the distance from boy to man must be covered overnight. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater | Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:30am, Regal 1
The Wheeler Boys (91m, U S A), Max Doty, Philip Flores, writers; Philip Flores, director With their father lost in anger and self-loathing, Truck Wheeler raised his younger brother Ted the best he could. In return, Ted idolizes his brother. Now, during their one year of high school together, Ted will realize there are troubling aspects to Truck and his party-hardy gang, The Kings. Sometimes, acceptance comes with a price. Friday, Oct. 8, 6:00pm, Regal 1 | Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:00pm, Regal 5 | Sunday, Oct. 10, 2:30pm, Sisters Movie House
S T C A F M IL F D N E B
Freedom on the Fence took 10 years to make and was recently shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City last year as part of a six-month exhibition of Polish posters.
(82m, Philippines, U S A) Doug Dearth, director
(75m, U S A) Nabil Elderkin, Issac Hagy, Writers; Nabil Elderkin, Director
(82m, Occupied Palestinian Territories\Israel\USA), Julia Bacha, writer/director
After suffering a devastating stroke, and having reached the confines of the American health care system, 40-year-old Devin Dearth takes an unconventional journey to China in search of the care he needs and a fighting chance at recovery.
Uganda has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a child. Bouncing Cats tells the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of war-torn Uganda using the power of hip-hop culture. The film features Abramz Tekya, Crazy Legs of the legendary Rock Steady Crew, narration by Common and interviews with Will.I.Am, and K’Naan. Sponsored by Philosophia.
Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat yet remain virtually unknown to the world. The movie is directed by award-winning filmmaker Julia Bacha (co-writer and editor of Control Room, co-director of Encounter Point), and produced by Bacha, Palestinian journalist Rula Salameh, and filmmaker and human rights advocate Ronit Avni (formerly of WITNESS, director of Encounter Point).
Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, Sisters Movie House
Friday, Oct. 8, 10:30am, Regal 1 Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:00pm, The Tower Theatre Sunday, Oct. 10, 7:30pm, Sisters Movie House
(68m, U S A) Jody Jenkins, writer; Mark Claywell, director What social, economic and political environments create the mindset of a Jihadist, especially an American one? American Jihadist takes a look at militant Islam through the eyes of an American who fought for it. Isa Abdullah Ali, aka Clevin Raphael Holt, is intriguing because he grew up in the ghettos of America’s capitol, surrounded by physical and psychological violence from the beginning. American Jihadist looks at the roles violence and a lack of hope for the future play in the development of radicalism. The film reaches beyond easy labels to grasp the nuances of one man’s decision to fight for his religion. May not be suitable for all audiences. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theatre Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, Regal 5 Sunday, Oct. 10, 5:00pm, Sisters Movie House
Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30pm, Regal 1
The Desert Of Forbidden Art Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (80m, U S A) Chip Mabry, writer/director Roller derby is an American contact sport that has seen a nationwide revival in recent years. This film tells the story of Portland, Oregon’s league, the Rose City Rollers. For more than a year and a half, a film crew documented the thrills and spills of derby life. Through unlimited access to team bouts, practices and the private lives of the players, Brutal Beauty puts the viewer on the inside track of this high-contact and sometimes dangerous sport as Rose City Rollers tell how roller derby saved their souls. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:30pm, Regal 1
(80m, Russian Federation, U S A, Uzbekistan) Amanda Pope, Tchavdar Georgiev producer, writers, directors The incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars was stashed in a far-off desert in Uzbekistan develops into a larger exploration of how art survives in times of oppression. This is a fascinating documentary about a group of visionary artists and one man who risked his life to rescue their work. Ben Kingsley, Sally Field and Ed Asner voice the diaries and letters of Savitsky and the artists. Intercut with recollections of the artists’ children and historic footage, the film takes us on a dramatic journey of sacrifice for the sake of creative freedom. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Camera batteries used for filming Burning in the Sun were entirely solar powered during filming in the village of Banko, Mali.
(continued) Finding Kraftland (75m, U S A) Richard Kraft & Adam Shell, writers/directors
Do No Harm (55m, U S A), Rebecca Schanberg, director “I couldn’t hire enough staff to know where all of the skeletons are buried. We need whistleblowers,” says U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Dr. John Bagnato and Charles Rehberg, who exposed shocking unethical practices toward uninsured patients at Phoebe Putney Hospital, a nonprofit hospital in Georgia. Do No Harm tells the incredible and often outrageous story of two men in a small, southern town who endured relentless attacks in order to draw national attention to hospital corruption and the plight of the uninsured. Sponsored by The Source. Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:00pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Oxford Hotel
After the death of his brother, David Kraft, a Hollywood film music agent drags his son through an obsessive quest to recapture his own childhood. A globetrotting trek ensues riding hundreds of roller coasters, collecting thousands of toys and transforming their home into “Kraftland,” a shrine to Disneyland and American Consumer Culture. A love story between father and son emerges via an almost maniacal pursuit of happiness. The film interviews such composers as Christophe Beck, Jon Brion, Danny Elfman, Alan Menken, John Ottman, Trevor Rabin, Graeme Revell and Marc Shaiman. The film is hosted by Stacey J. Aswad. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30pm, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm, Regal 1
A Life Ascending (60m, U S A), Stephen Grynberg, director A Life Ascending chronicles the life of acclaimed ski mountaineer and mountain guide Ruedi Beglinger. Living with his wife and two young daughters on a remote glacier in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Beglinger has built a reputation as one of the top mountaineering guides in the world. The film follows his family’s unique life in the mountains and their journey in the years following a massive avalanche that killed seven people. Documenting the sublime beauty and ever-present risk of a life lived on the edge, the film ultimately explores the power of nature as both unforgiving and profound. Friday, Oct. 8, 1:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, Sisters Movie House
The Legend of Pancho Barnes (66m, U S A) Nick Spark, writer; Amanda Pope, director
Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World (73m, U S A), Emiko Omori, director The amazing life journey of California artist Don Ed Hardy (b. 1945), who decided at age 10 to be a tattoo artist, is chronicled. After receiving a classical art education with Asian influences, he went on to initiate the unprecedented global popularity of tattooing. Hardy combined sophisticated work on skin with painting, printmaking, writing, publishing and curatorial work. The film puts this in context with the Ed Hardy lifestyle brand that has saturated the world. Hardy’s California sensibility transcends categories and has transformed contemporary culture. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
The Legend of Pancho Barnes chronicles the thrilling life and extraordinary times of aviation pioneer Florence Lowe “Pancho” Barnes, one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century, and an ill-behaved woman who made history. Friday, Oct. 8, 8:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, The Oxford Hotel
Oy Mama (50m, Israel) Noa Maiman & Orna en Dor, directors Fira has adopted a small Israeli-born girl of Peruvian extraction — a child uprooted just as Fira was. The grandmother also sees her adoption of little Firita as a token of gratitude for her own rescue; she survived the Holocaust thanks to a Polish woman who hid her family from the Nazis. In this way, the portrait of an elderly lady becomes not only a journey through the 20th Century but also a parable about the humanity that shines through in the most adverse of circumstances. Friday, Oct. 8, 9:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Shooting For Democracy (56m, Singapore, U S A), Meghan Shea & Michael Rogers, directors Shooting for Democracy brings together voices of students in the worldâ€™s smallest emerging democracy with those in its most established, a vibrant portrayal of two nations as seen through the eyes of youths in each country. Inspired by the coincidence of Bhutanâ€™s first democratic elections taking place during a U.S. presidential election year, Shooting for Democracy results in a unique juxtaposition that examines youth perspectives on democracy during the 2008 elections. Thursday, Oct. 7, 9:30pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, Tower Theatre
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements (57m, U S A), Chris Farina, director This film is a portrait of John Hunter, a teacher dedicated to teaching children how to work for a more peaceful world. While participating in an educational exercise titled the World Peace Game, 9- and 10-year-old students are confronted with issues of war and peace, poverty and prosperity, with the goal of learning to work together in the pursuit of world peace. The film follows this transformative process through which children are exposed to the complexities of the global world. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, Tower Theatre Sunday, Oct. 10, 12:30pm, Sisters Movie House
BendFilm SHORTS America the Beautiful (7m, U S A), Nathan Harlan, writer; Nathan Harlan & Nick Keene, directors
3 Things (18m, U S A), Rachel Jackson, Charlie Capen, writers; Gary Ravenscroft, director A visual mix-tape about true love, 3 Things calls upon all of the senses to tell the story of Oliver and Charlotte (Charlie), two 20-somethings who meet at precisely the right and wrong moments of their lives. From their first encounter amidst the heightened and saturated reality of a Halloween carnival, the tone of their exceptional love story is set: magical, colorful and intense. Oliver documents his days with a 16mm camera in hand, trying to capture the fleeting glimpses of life that no one cares to notice, but when he meets Charlie, he becomes more than a spectator.
It has been six months since his disappearance. Government officials have declined to comment on his whereabouts. Terrified and angry citizens have taken to the streets in protest, and everyone is left asking the same question: “Where is Captain America?” Thursday, Oct. 7, 9:00pm, Regal 1 Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, Regal 5 Sunday, Oct. 10, 5:00pm, Sisters Movie House
The Armoire (22m, Canada), Jamie Travis, writer/director 11-year-old Aaron plays a game of hide and seek in which his friend Tony is never found. The mystery of their relationship — and of their queer attachment to the armoire in Aaron’s bedroom — can only be revealed, it turns out, through hypnosis. At once a comedy, a mystery and a melodrama, Jamie Travis’ The Armoire is the resounding finale to his Saddest Children in the World trilogy. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, Regal 5
Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Tower Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:30am, Regal 1
Leka med Dockor (An Affair With Dolls) (11m, Sweden), Hans Montelius, writer/director
All That Remains (18m, U S A), Cody Blue Snider, writer/director Cody Blue Snider tells the powerfully disturbing story of a WWII veteran with dementia, endlessly suffering in a confused world of the past, present and a lifetime of painful losses, with Death as his only companion. When salvation presents itself in the form of a compassionate hospital nurse, a glimmer of hope is rekindled in the joyless old man’s heart. It all comes crashing down when the old man becomes convinced that Death intends to take this joy away from him as well. To end his misery, he strikes a deal with Death, only to find Death has no master. Saturday, Oct. 9, 1:00pm, Regal 1
Hanna is left alone in a penthouse apartment with a box of dolls that her boyfriend has left for her to play with. She hestitates but tries it out, and she takes her frustrations out on the dolls. And when the boyfriend comes back, she’s ready for him, and the game takes a serious turn. Friday, Oct. 8, 8:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
El ataque de los robots de nebulosa-5 (The Attack Of The Robots From Nebula) (6m, Spain) Chema García Ibarra, writer/director The Attack Of TheRobots From Nebula follows our faithful protagonist and his singular goal of convincing those around him of the inevitable upcoming invasion of robots. Almost everybody is going to die very soon. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, The Oxford Hotel
The Babe & The Kid (7m, U S A), Jonathan Winters, Dan Pasternack, writers; Benjamin Barak, director As legend has it, Babe Ruth, the New York Yankees’ Sultan of Swat, visited a desperately ill little boy in the hospital and vowed to hit a home run just for him. Ruth delivered on his promise, and the little boy made a miraculous recovery. In a parallel universe, this is how that story might have gone. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Delmer Builds A Machine (2m, U S A), Landon Zakheim, writer/director
(15m, U S A), Philipp C. Wolter, writer/director
As he crosses the bridge on his way home, June mysteriously arrives where he left off and finds himself stuck in an ever-repeating world. In his struggle to return home, The Bridge tells the story of a man’s inner journey to wake up and see the one thing he has shut himself out of: life.
(7m, U S A), Alex Dawson, writer; Robert Brinkmann director
Delmer Builds A Machine is an account of the most important thing that has ever happened.
Clara (Alex Dawson), a young woman who sees omens in everything, suffers a spiritual meltdown. As she consults her therapist (Stephen Tobolowsky), the good doctor’s frustration mounts, leaving her to wonder: is she beyond therapy?
Friday, Oct. 8, 8:00pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:00pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, Sisters Movie House Sunday, Oct. 10, 2:30pm, Sisters Movie House
Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, Regal 5
Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, The Tower Theatre
Bye Bye Now! (15m, Ireland) Aideen O’Sullivan, Ross Whitaker, directors
The Cycle (18m, U S A), Roy Clovis, writer/director
An amusing and poignant documentary about the fate of the Irish phone box, which has gone from the centre of society to the verge of extinction. Bye Bye Now! is a bittersweet tribute to the phone box, a historical document and a barometer of how much we’ve changed. It’s a road trip around Ireland in honor of the phone box.
Corinne is an 8-year-old girl who enjoys spending summer afternoons playing in front of her family’s bookstore. But the tranquility of a beautiful day in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn unravels when a teenage boy steals her bike. Will the search for the bicycle unite this gentrifying community or ignite a conflict that will tear it apart?
Thursday, Oct. 7, 8:30pm, The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm, Regal 1
Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Career Day (14m, U S A) Ivette García Dávila, writer/director Career Day is the coming of age story of Marco Casanova, a tenacious 8-year-old who must write a career day essay for school, but his mom won’t let him come to work with her. Regardless, he decides to follow his mother to work and is in for the lesson of a lifetime.
Vacsora (The Dinner) (26m, Hungary) Karchi Perlmann, writer/director Vacsora revolves around a day in the life of a small, rural Hungarian family during the riots of September 2006. The day starts when the adult son of the family slips and falls during the morning feeding and is laying unconscious in the pigpen. The town also wakes up and goes about its business but without anyone noticing. The constant radio chatter brings the outside world in, echoing the cultural and political pulse of Hungary. As the day ends and the sun sets, the story also unwinds — but not without the proverbial irony we know life to be. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:00pm, Sisters Movie House Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, Regal 5
Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
The Farm Diplomacy (9m, U S A), Jon Goldman, writer/director The United States Secretary of State (Michelle Forbes, True Blood, In Treatment) is about to meet Iran’s Foreign Minister (Navid Negahban, Brothers, 24) for secret diplomatic talks. But as the diplomats dig in their heels, it soon falls to their interpreters (Omid Abtahi, Brothers, Ocean of Pearls; and Nazanin Boniadi, Charlie Wilson’s War) to keep negotiations on track. Will their daring and unique approach bring about mutual understanding or nuclear disaster? Thursday, Oct. 7, 9:30pm, Regal 5 Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pp, The Oxford Hotel Sunday, Oct. 10, 12:30pm, Sisters Movie House
(12m, U S A), Justin Scot, writer; Jon Hill, director “Land ain’t for Pussies and neither is War.” Is it greed or ignorance that makes a man lust for land? Set against the snow-capped mountains of Utah, this riveting drama draws parallels to the United States today by taking a look at the trials of America’s housing crisis through the eyes of four men caught in the web of progress, greed and humanity during the 1930s Great Depression. It then dares you to ask the question: who is really at fault? Friday, Oct. 8, 10:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:00pm, Regal 5 Sunday, Oct. 10, 5:00pm, Sisters Movie House
Freedom On the Fence (40m, U S A) Glenn Holsten & Andrea Marks, directors Throughout the restrictive Communist period, the Polish poster was, ironically, a symbol of creative freedom. This documentary examines the circumstances that enabled artists to develop individual artistic styles within a Communist culture. These powerful posters announcing political, cultural and social events hung from the many construction fences erected in Warsaw and other cities in Poland following WWII. Friday, Oct. 8, 9:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Finding Fremont in Oregon - 1843 (31m, U S A), Bruce Cummings, writer; Sandy Cummings, director (?)
Every War has Two Losers (30m, U S A), Haydn Reiss, writer/director Every War Has Two Losers is based on the journals of William Stafford, a poet and conscientious objector in WWII. The film questions “facts” we have been told, such as “war is inevitable” or “war is necessary.” Stafford disagreed and believed all wars were choices — human choices — and open to other ways of seeking reconciliation. The film uses poetry, music and the voices of America’s finest poets, including W.S. Merwin, Alice Walker and Robert Bly, to present a hopeful tale of how each of us has the power to cultivate peace in our lives and in our country. Friday, Oct. 8, 9:30pm, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:00pm, The Tower Theatre Sunday, Oct. 10, 7:30pm, Sisters Movie House
A new documentary brings to life the remarkable story of John C. Fremont’s 1843 trek through Oregon, through Fremont’s own journal entries and the living color of Loren Irving’s stunning digital photography. Irving found and recorded every one of Fremont’s 31 camps, strung out from The Dalles to the Nevada border. Join Loren as he hosts this amazing tale of Fremont, Kit Carson and Billy Chinook’s 400-mile journey in the dead of winter. It’s the 33rd state as you’ve never experienced it before. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, The Oxford Hotel
Freud’s Magic Powder (15m, Switzerland, U S A), Jessica Sharzer, writer; Edouard Getaz, director This film offers a glimpse into one of the least known periods of Sigmund Freud’s life. Years before he began studying psychoanalysis, the young doctor conducted extensive research on cocaine. In this short film, director Edouard Getaz paints an unexpected portrait of Freud in his late 20s, a departure from the revered intellectual icon that he was to become. This quirky period drama takes us into the hopes and fantasies of the ambitious doctor, whose dark ruminations transformed the way we see ourselves. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, Sisters Movie House
Gordita (11m, U S A), Debby Wolfe, writer/director A plus-sized Latina regains her lost confidence through the help of a cassette tape she recorded as a sassy teen back in 1994. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
(15m, U S A), John Waller, writer/director
(36m, U S A) Erik Proulx, writer; Marc Colucci, director
Into Darkness is a short adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. Journey along with a group of cavers who push impossibly small passages to access some of the fi nal frontiers on earth. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves will reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface. Friday, Oct. 8, 1:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, Sisters Movie House
The Legacy (11m, U S A), Mike Doto, writer/director What would you do if you believed that your father was a superhero? When a 10-year-old boy sees his father on the cover of a magazine dressed as his favorite superhero, he begins to suspect that his father is the real comic book hero. The Legacy brings to life a story about fathers and sons, imagination and magic, and believing in something larger than ourselves. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, The Tower Theatre
“It’s not a pink slip. It’s a blank page.” What do people who were once paid to be creative for a living do when they’re laid off? They get creative with their own lives. Lemonade is an inspirational film about 16 advertising professionals who lost their jobs and found their calling. With passions ranging from painting to coffee roasting to yoga, Lemonade inspires viewers to listen to the voices inside their heads that ask, “What if?” Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:00pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, Sisters Movie House
Nothing Happened (10m, U S A) Jessica Provenz, writer; Julia Kots, director On her lunch hour, Barb shows up at her best friend’s gallery bearing sushi and a smile. But Liza senses she also has a secret. In a gallery full of erotic art and curious patrons, Barb wants to confide in Liza. But she’s scared that this is the one secret that girlfriends shouldn’t share. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Make Up (14m, U S A), Scott Tuft, writer/director Christmastime, 1961: a new wall separates Berlin; America has entered Vietnam; and throughout America, women are inviting cosmeticians into their homes for makeovers. Shelley is the very image of a happy suburban housewife. However, when an intrepid cosmetics saleswoman, Dorris, calls on her home, it becomes clear that Shelley is not as content as one might think. Throughout her makeover, Shelley discloses what she feels to be her impossible predicament. But for Dorris, nothing is impossible. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, The Tower Theatre
Once Upon A Crime (10m, U S A), Lilli Birdsell, writer/director Once Upon a Crime is a Hitchcockian courtroom dramedy where Snow White is put on the witness stand, and she must defend and be held accountable for the story she’s been telling for 150 years. Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:30pm, Regal 1
Miss Shade Is Missing (13m, U S A), Eddie Rosenstein, writer/director A third-grade class in Brooklyn recounts its worst day in school. It was surprisingly bad. And surprisingly funny. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 5:30pm, The Tower Theatre Sunday, Oct. 10, 12:30pm, Sisters Movie House
(continued) The Skip Yowell Story
Reunited (26m, U S A), Marc Peterson & Richard Peters, writers; Richard Peters, director Reunited is a moving story about a rumpled novelist, Frank Lechner, who embarks on a literary ride while writing a memoir of his life with his beloved wife Sylvia. Throughout this journey, Frank recalls painful moments from the 1960s of his life with Sylvia, revealing what shaped his life and his love/hate relationship with alcohol. His young next door neighbor, Dashiel, acts as the light relief in this compelling tale of a man going through the five stages of grief. Their love of reading is what keeps the friendship alive and allows Frank to complete his final novel.
(16m, U S A), Richard Harris III, director From small-town Kansas boy to adventure-junkie extraordinaire to respected mountaineer, this warmhearted film recounts Skip Yowell’s unorthodox journey to the top of the outdoor industry. Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, Sisters Movie House
Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:00pm, Sisters Movie House
Summer Snapshot (10m, U S A), Ian McCluskey, writer/director Summer Snapshot is a sun-kissed slice of life, capturing the carefree, in-the-moment living between youth and adulthood. Shot in Super-8 film, Summer Snapshot experiments with the tropes of 1970s home movies to explore the blurry line of memory and actual event. This documentary essay depicts a carefree summer day spent with friends at a mountain river, evoking a warm, ephemeral mood and inviting viewers to reflect upon their own golden memories. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:30am, Regal 1
Smoke Rings (4m, U S A), Rex Carter, writer/director
Siren (11m, Hungary), Andras Novak, writer/director Siren is a story about a young Hungarian boy and his fateful acquaintance with a Russian soldier during the 1956 Revolution in Budapest, which leads to an unusual trip down memory lane. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Sissy (22m, U S A), Bonnie Root, writer/director Sissy’s mother, Bernie, dumps her off with “Uncle” Charlie, a family friend and struggling magician headed for a small-time tour across rural parts of Nevada. Charlie’s mood darkens when he just can’t seem to catch a break. Sissy, with nowhere else to turn, bears the brunt as best she can. May not be suitable for all audiences. Friday, Oct. 8, 8:30pm, The Tower Theatre
An homage to the great comics from the silent era of cinema, Smoke Rings follows the efforts of an affable yet hapless chap as he tries to impress the beautiful lady that has caught his eye at the neighborhood speakeasy. Standing in his way, however, is a licentious rival and a bartender with really bad timing. Friday, Oct. 8, 7:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Sunday Punch (18m, U S A), Dennis Hauck, writer/director After one too many bad nights, a ring girl decides it’s high time to get out from under the thumb of a local gangster and burn every bridge she can on the way out. Friday, Oct. 8, 5:30pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 8:30pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
The Third Rule
(14m, U S A), Aundre Johnson & Aaron Crowe, writers; Aundre Johnson, director
(24m, U S A), Miles Orion Feld, writer/director
Two unemployed slackers on the verge of eviction seek a solution for their financial problems through the help of a guru. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre
Turning Japanese (20m, U S A), Paul Bickel, writer/ director A couple struggling with their finances stumble upon an unknowing roommate and exploit her nightly episodes. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre Friday, Oct. 8, 8:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 6:30pm, Regal 1
Shar leaves home after a family tragedy in search of the father who abandoned her. Norman, her father, has built a successful business but has largely lived alone since leaving his family. When the two are forced to live under one roof, they must confront the skeletons that have kept them apart for 25 years. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:30pm, Regal 1
When The Wind Changes (17m, Australia), Richard Davies, writer; Alethea Jones, director The once full, fresh waters of Lake Denial are rapidly receding, leaving Bogan residents Jack, Kevin and Blandy with the uphill battle of keeping their charter boat business afloat â€” literally. But when a supernatural event alters Jack and Kevinâ€™s ability to function, just getting by becomes a whole new problem. When the Wind Changes is comedy that sorts out the sinkers from the swimmers. Friday, Oct. 8, 1:00pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Friday, Oct. 8, 6:00pm, Regal 1
BendFilm STUDENT SHORTS
Between The Shadows (24m, U S A) Ian Coad, Joshua Krenz & Zac Petrillo, writers; Zac Petrillo, director Kansas, a drug-addicted homeless man with a military past, lives in the gutters of downtown L.A. After making the bad decision of defending his pride against a group of drug pushers, he is left badly beaten and in serious debt. Kansas desperately needs to come up with cash any way he can. A chance event leads him to encounter Anna, a teenage runaway in a desperate situation of her own. Seeing an opportunity, Kansas offers to help the girl, and she ultimately decides to trust him. All the while, Kansas silently plans to pawn Anna off as a way to reconcile his debt. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:30am, Regal 1 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre
Equestrian Sexual Response (19m, Portugal, U S A) Courtney Stephens, writer; Zeke Hawkins, director Alice lives on a ranch with her father, her favorite horse and confidante, Red, and the love of Red’s life, Molly. One day her romantic worldview is shattered when her dad hires a stud horse to impregnate Molly. At the same time, her schoolmates are developing a sexual awareness that Alice can’t quite decipher. As her family life deteriorates, and Molly’s pregnancy unfolds, Alice must reckon with this raw and sexual world in a way she has not yet encountered. May not be suitable for all audiences.
Heal (24m, Pakistan, U S A) Mian Adnan Ahmad, writer/director In a region devastated by war and deprived of normal schooling, young Azeem fi nds he has an extraordinary gift. His village’s bare minimum setup for a school provides some relief for the children, but when its lone teacher is hit hard by the confl ict, it is up to Azeem to do everything he can to help him. Thursday, Oct. 7, 6:30pm, Regal 1 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre
Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:00pm, Regal 5
Jeremy (31m, U S A) Brian Faye, writer/director
Down in Number 5 (18m, U S A) Kim Spurlock & Mai Spurlock, writers; Kim Spurlock, director Retired coal miner Carl Short lives with his developmentally disabled son Sammy. Carl suffers from black lung. When money from a class action lawsuit fails to materialize, he realizes his options are running out. Who will take care of Sammy after he’s gone? Carl turns to Raymond, Sammy’s childhood friend. But Raymond is now a single, middle-aged father overwhelmed by his own problems. Rooted in the Southern Gothic storytelling tradition, Down in Number 5 is a tender portrait of a man pushed to his limits for the love of his son, and a haunting rumination on family and community in Appalachia. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre
God Of Love (19m, U S A) Luke Matheny, writer/director A lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered — literally — when he receives a box of passion-inducing darts. The film won the top prize at the 2010 Student Academy Awards.
When his incarcerated father is transferred to a distant prison, 14-year-old Jeremy must face life alone with his gambling-addicted mother and two violent, older half-brothers. Alone in the bleakest trailer park west of Texas, Jeremy scours heaven and Earth for the love and light that he so desperately craves. Friday, Oct. 8, 8:30pm, Regal 1 Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:30pm, Regal 1
Friday, Oct. 8, 1:00pm, Regal 1
The film Summer Snapshot was shot with thrift-store bought Super-8 cameras. Last year, Kodak announced the end of Kodachrome film, the end of an era and a way of recording memories.
Signal (18m, U S A) Chris Farrington, writer/director 1899. The Marconi Company races to send the first wireless telegraph signal across the English Channel. Chief electrician William W. Bradfield pushes himself and the equipment to the limit, with no success. As his frustration grows, a confl ict with a local spiritualist explodes into violence. The ensuing chain of events leads to such a miraculous and inexplicable conclusion, the scientist is forced to question his most basic beliefs about the soul and its afterlife. Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre
Top Spin (12m, U S A) Sara Newens, Mina T. Son, directors Ariel Hsing exudes a quiet confidence and intensity that rivals any young professional athlete working hard to become a promising Olympic champion. However, Arielâ€™s story goes beyond her personal dedication, revealing family sacrifices that foster her talent. From her father, Michael, who strategizes with her before each tournament, to her mother, Xin, who helps scoop up balls during practice, theirs is as much a story about a family coming together as it is about raising one of the best junior table tennis players in the world.
Unrest (16m, U S A) Christina Rubenstein, writer/director In 1986 Manila, the Philippine Revolution is raging and the citizens are forced to choose sides amidst the chaos. Nine-year-old Minnie is the daughter of servant parents who support the revolution but work for a wealthy loyalist of the tyrant regime. Tensions are rising in the city, and it has become too dangerous to remain in Manila. Minnie inadvertently sets off a chain of events that tests her motherâ€™s love, and transforms her into a victim of social unrest. Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:00pm, Regal 5
The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger Short (6m, U S A) Bill Plympton, writer/director The Cow Who Wanted to be a Hamburger is a children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life and ultimately, the test of a mother’s love. Thursday, Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m., The Tower Theatre Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00 a.m., The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00 a.m., McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Gift Short (2m, U S A) Shaun (Seong-young) Kim, writer/director One day, a butcher who really loves baseball accidentally releases a chicken who is swallowing his favorite autographed baseball. After a frantic chase, the butcher fi nally catches the chicken, and he tries to kill the chicken to get back his favorite baseball. At that juncture, the chicken shows that he has an amazing ability. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, Sisters Movie House
Prayers for Peace Student Short (8m, U S A) Dustin Grella, writer/director Prayers for Peace is a narrative stop-motion animation confronting the memory of the artist’s younger brother killed in the current confl ict in Iraq. Drawn entirely with pastels on a slate chalkboard, the materials used to create the animation become a metaphor for the impermanence of life. Thursday, Oct. 7, 9:30pm, Regal 5 Friday, Oct. 8, 8:30pm, The Tower Theatre Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00pm, The Tower Theatre
Mars Fred Short (7m, U S A) Misha Klein, writer/director Fred has a plan: face his boss, quit his job, establish that he’s nobody’s puppet. Fred is a lush stop motion animated film about performance anxiety. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, The Oxford Hotel Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Feature (83m, U S A) Geoff Marslett, writer/director In 2014, the discovery of life on the Red Planet leads to a space race between a robotic expedition and a manned mission. Over the course of this interplanetary animated feature, a lonesome robot and a motley space crew discover that love can flourish anywhere, even on Mars. Saturday, Oct. 9, 10:00am, McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater
Comedy legend Jonathan Winters has always wanted to play Babe Ruth. Last year, after the passing of Eileen, his beloved wife of 60 years, Dan Pasternack, co-writer of The Babe & The Kid, was visiting him and suggested that they should do something... just for fun. They roughed out a short script, which Mr. Winters would use as the blueprint from which to improvise, as that’s how he loves to work. A small cast and crew was then put together, and the film was shot on a small budget. At 84 years old, Jonathan proved is still a genius, with a wildly inventive mind like no other.
BendFilm CONSERVATION Currents of Belize (27m, U S A) Bradley Beesley, director
Bike Life Student Short (11m, Germany) Philip Ebiner, writer/director Europe is a world filled with a rich history in cycling. Men, women, children, grandmas — they all ride bikes to work, to school, to the market ... everywhere! Bike Life focuses in on three stories along Lake Geneva in an attempt to discover how bikes are changing the world. Through promotion, innovation and activism, cyclists are making the world a better place. What can America learn from Europe? Why is cycling such an integral part of European society? Be a part of the movement. When all is said and done, cycling makes people happy. Thursday, Oct. 7, 9:30pm, Regal 5 Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre
Burning in the Sun Documentary Feature (81m, U S A) Cambria Matlow & Morgan Robinson, directors Daniel Dembele wants to make his mark on the world. Returning to his homeland in Mali, he starts a business building solar panels, a first of its kind in the sun-drenched nation. Daniel’s goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99% of which live without power. We follow Daniel’s journey and the business’ impact on Daniel’s first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man and what it takes to prosper as a nation. Friday, Oct. 8, 10:00am, The Oxford Hotel
Belize is exploding with new economic life as tourists flock to its coast. Yet as developers rush to keep up with demand, they’re destroying the very things that bring in tourists and their money: the sea and all its many creatures. Perhaps nobody is experiencing these changes more intimately than Abbie Marin and Lincoln Westby, fly fishing guides who spend their days out on the flats chasing the elusive Permit. Filmmaker Bradley Beesley follows Abbie and Lincoln as they navigate the tension between the country’s commitments to protecting its natural resources versus protecting its human resources. Saturday, Oct. 9, 12:30pm, The Tower Theatre
Greenlit (50m, U S A) Miranda Bailey & Marc Lesser, writers; Miranda Bailey, director Movie people are legendarily liberal and left-leaning, particularly when it comes to the environment. Greenlit puts their commitment to the test as filmmaker Miranda Bailey (executive producer of The Squid and the Whale) follows the production of The River Why, as it attempts to keep an environmentally friendly set thanks to the supervision of a green consultant. What starts off with great enthusiasm quickly devolves in this insightful and hilarious film. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Hempsters (90m, U S A) Diana Oliver, producer; Michael Henning, director
Dive! follows Jeremy Seifert and his friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.’s supermarkets. They salvage thousands of dollars worth of good food and uncover a disturbing truth about waste in America. The goal quickly becomes finding out why so much edible food is thrown away instead of being given to those who need it. The result is equal parts entertainment, guerrilla journalism and a call to action.
A movement is sweeping across America. Kentucky farmers, Hollywood stars, elementary school teachers, average American consumers, farsighted entrepreneurs and New York fashion mavens are all in it ... together. It’s based around hemp. Hemp’s uses are far-reaching, supplying more than 25,000 different products and requiring no pesticides or herbicides to grow. Yet it has been banned by U.S. law since 1937. We will show you a conspiracy of silence, juxtaposed by a fight against ignorance and misinformation. The conspiracy’s roots sink deep into old money and a misguided government that made it illegal to grow a crop boasting benefits which put cotton to shame.
Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Oxford Hotel
Friday, Oct. 8, 3:00pm, The Oxford Hotel
(40m, U S A) Jeremy Seifert, director
Ripples of Change (15m, U S A) Michelle Haynes Alvarado, Bruce Cummings, writers; Michelle Haynes Alvarado, director Ripples of Change chronicles the ongoing stream restoration effort on Whychus Creek at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve in Central Oregon, a new wave of community-based conservation that transorms areas impacted by humans and creates healthy landscapes for fish, wildlife and our community. Friday, Oct. 8, 12:30pm, The Oxford Hotel Sunday, Oct. 10, 10:00am, Sisters Movie House
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AWARDS Award Show MC: Liz Dolan Liz Dolan is a creator and co-host of Satellite Sisters, an online talk show and website that has won nine Gracie Allen Awards for excellence from American Women in Radio and Television. She has also served as Chief Marketing Officer of OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network and NIKE, Inc. Sheâ€™s a part-time Bendite and long-time supporter of BendFilm.
Best of Show:
Best Directing: TBA Made possible since 2004 by Brooks Resources
Best Conservation Award: Made possible since 2006 by the Doctors of InFocus Eye Care Center
Best Documentary: $500
Made possible by Timberland.
Best of the Northwest: Best Short: TBA
Best Student Short: $3,000
$500 Made possible by Philip Emerson and Bryant, Emerson and Fitch, Attorneys
Katie Merritt Audience Award: TBA
Made possible since 2005 by Dan Wieden on behalf of Caldera Arts
Katie Merritt Audience Award is funded by $1 for every ticket sold. Film goers will be provided with ballots to cast their votes.
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FUTURE FILMMAKERS Every generation has stories to tell. The current popularity of video production across the country demonstrates that today’s youth yearns to communicate their stories through moving pictures.
SATURDAY, OCT. 9, 10:00 a.m. - Noon Admission: $5 Tower Theatre
As a former instructor of video production at Bend High, I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and skills our youth possess. Yet, in an environment of diminishing arts education, I am concerned that the resources to further stimulate this desire for knowledge are not being developed. It is of vital importance to students of motion picture that they have a showcase in which to share their work with a supporting audience and fellow video makers. This led to the development of Future Filmmakers Festival with BendFilm, open to all grade school students in Central Oregon. Every year we send out a call for entries and then select the top films for a showcase the audience will not soon forget. In addition, we will be showing the selected 72 Hour Shoot Out, a competition requiring students to make a short film within a long weekend. This year, the most popular audience vote will select the 72 Hour Shoot Out winner for the $200 prize provided by BendBroadband. Please join our Central Oregon students for the 5th Annual Future Filmmakers showcase. Michelle Haynes Future Filmmakers Festival Founder, Wahoo Films
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SUNDAY, OCT. 10, 10:00 a.m., FREE, McMenamins
Join award-winning wildlife filmmakers Laura and Robert Sams of Sisbro Studios for a morning of hilarious and heartwarming films, original music and sibling silliness. This sister-brother creative team will share some of their latest film projects and take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of what it’s like to create wildlife films. Have you ever swum with baby sea turtles in a vivid blue ocean? Have you ever stumbled across a tiny boat full of singing pirates? Have you ever heard a groundhog, chipmunk and woodpecker sing an ode to fall? Come enjoy Sisbro Studios’ films First Snow in the Woods and The Riddle in a Bottle as well as a sneak peak at their upcoming film on sharks! First Snow in the Woods is a stunning and colorful glimpse of the fall season as told through the eyes of a worried scarecrow who is afraid of the changing season. Based on the best-selling children’s book First Snow in the Woods, this story follows forest animals as they prepare for winter. The Riddle in a Bottle is an aquatic tale filmed over the course of two years, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans (and rivers and lakes in between). From sea turtles and pirates to tide pools and frogs, this underwater adventure shows how moving water connects all life on earth. Sisbro Studios creates films, books, music and educational presentations that help children of all ages learn about nature (and laugh along the way). Learn more about Sisbro Studios at www.sisbro.com.
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