The Manzanita Film Series will continue this Friday, Nov. 16, with a screening of “Kicking Bird,” a feature film written and directed by Oregon native Kelley Baker.
The 2005 film tells the story of Martin “Bird” Johnson, a 17-year-old kid with an absent father, a mother in prison and a grandfather who beats him. One day, a manipulative high school coach sees him outrunning his entire track team and figures Martin is his ticket to a college coaching job.
The film stars Don Alder, Ian Anderson-Priddy and Danny Bruno.
Baker graduated from the University of Southern California film school. The Hoffman Center screened a series of Baker’s short films last July and his 1999 feature film “Birddog” in August.
In addition to his own films, Baker served as sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant’s feature films, including “My Own Private Idaho,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Finding Forrester.”
Friday’s screening will start at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue, with admission $5 at the door. Runtime is 100 minutes.