The cream of the cinematic crop will be on offer at The Manzanita Film Series this Friday, Jan. 26, when it hosts “The Best of the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.”
The collection of eight short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center in Portland from its annual juried festival. The works were shot in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Total running time will be about 90 minutes.
Ben Popp, programmer for the Northwest Film Center, will attend the screening to discuss both the center and the movies themselves.
The screenings will start at 7:30 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue. Admission will be $5.
“Dinosaurs in the Hood”
Directed by Long Tran, Renton, Washington
A cinematic adaptation of a spoken-word poem about negative representations of African-American men perpetuated by mass media. (4 mins)
Directed by Tristan Seniuk and Volneak Sip, Seattle
Rocky Mang, a Cambodian hustler in 1990s Seattle, spends his day slinging cheap cologne at the corner store between persistent attempts to convince a local barista to go on a date with him. Winner of the Judge’s Award: Special Mention. (24 mins)
“Vestibular Matching Soundtrack”
Directed by McKenzie Blake, Beaverton
Advances in technology also create linguistic rifts. Having been born largely deaf, the director gains the ability to hear thanks to a cochlear implant; but at what cost? (9 mins)
Directed by Caryn Cline, Seattle
Plant materials taped directly onto the celluloid of 16 mm film and optically printed create unique rhythms, patterns and images. (3 mins)
“Time Well Spent”
Directed by Aaron Bourget, Seattle
A hard-working artist is unfairly critiqued. (1 min)
“Do We Leave This Here”
Directed by Julia Hutchings, Vancouver, B.C.
A journalist travels to the Peace River Valley to speak to residents about their community, which will soon be erased by the completion of a dam downstream. Winner of the Judge’s Award for Best Drama. (17 mins)
Directed by Jodi Darby, Portland
Using clips from Hollywood cinema, religious films, newsreels and home movies, the director offers a reflection on what it means to have come of age in the 1970s United States. Winner of Judge’s Award for Best Essay. (11 mins)
“A Mew Hope”
Directed by M. David Koesters, Portland
A star fighter and her cat, who doubles as spaceship, must escape an army of soldiers in their own furry ships, or else face the wrath of pug planet. (5 mins)