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2014 Filmmaker Forums

Want to Meet Filmmakers?  SpIFF 2014 offers you plenty of opportunities. 

Filmmaker Forums give you the chance to hear first-hand how our visiting filmmakers came to film and how their projects went from "Action!" to "That’s a wrap.”  Covering everything from how to get a film made to specifics about the films screened at SpIFF, our filmmaker forums also give you an opportunity to pose questions directly to the filmmakers.

Sunday, January 26 and Saturday, February 1, both at 2 pm at The Magic Lantern

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
02:00 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $0.00
Saturday, February 01, 2014
02:00 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $0.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Aatsinki

Director: Jessica Oreck / USA/Finland / 84 mins / Documentary / In Finnish with English subtitles

Brothers Aarne and Lasse Aatsinki are cowboys of the Arctic. Quiet but good natured, dare-devilish but humble, rugged but gentle, and exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to their little slice of wilderness. These men are what John Wayne wanted to be. The brothers, along with their wives and children, live well north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, where they are the leaders of a collective of traditional reindeer herders who manage the last group of wild reindeer in all of Finland. Aatsinki follows the family for the span of one year, quietly observing their seasonal routines and the difficulties and joys of a life so closely tied to the land.

Hosted by Isaac Joslin, SpIFF Programmer

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
04:15 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $10.00
Thursday, January 30, 2014
06:45 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Aftermath

Director: Władysław Pasikowski / Poland / Russia / Netherlands / 104 mins / In Polish with English subtitles

Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.

Hosted by Vaughn Overlie, SpIFF Programmer

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
06:30 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Animation Showcase 2014

A collection of animated shorts from around the world, including three finalists for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short .

Some material may be unsuitable for children.

Michael Nugent and Jonah Vigil are scheduled to attend.
Hosted by Pete Porter, Director of SpIFF and Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at EWU

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
04:30 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Anina

Director: Alfredo Soderguit / Uruguay / 2013 / 80 mins / In Spanish with English subtitles

After a fight at school, Anina Yatay Salas lives the most intense week of her life. Protected by the magic of her triple palindromic name, she will stand up to her fears, learn to understand herself and discover how to respect other people.

Hosted by Barbara Loste and Natalia Ruiz-Rubio of Modern Languages at Eastern Washington University

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
02:00 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Best of the Northwest 2014

A collection of outstanding shorts from the Pacific Northwest.

Some material may be unsuitable for children.

Hosted by Adam Boyd, SpIFF Programmer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film at EWU

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Friday, January 24, 2014
05:30 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $5.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Bible Quiz

Director: Nicole Teeny / USA / 76 mins / Documentary

Mikayla is just like any other normal seventeen year old girl with a crush; except unlike other girls, Mikayla has over 2,000 Bible verses memorized and that the object of her affection is her Bible Quiz team captain JP. This year JP only has eyes for the National Bible Quiz Championship. Mikayla hopes that if she can lead their team to victory she will find the love she lacks in her own family and win the ultimate prize: JP’s love. 

Nicole Teeny is scheduled to attend.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
11:30 AM The Magic Lantern (100) $8.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Bicycling with Molière

Director: Philippe Le Guay / France / 101 mins / Comedy / In French with English subtitles

Popular television celebrity Gauthier Valence embarks on a train journey to France’s L’Île de Ré with a clear mission in mind: convince his old friend Serge Tanneur to return to the stage in the lead of Molière’s The Misanthrope. The task is not that simple, as Tanneur, a once-renowned comedian, went into exile three years prior, living in a dilapidated house bequeathed by his uncle. He is sick of his vocation, burning every script that he receives. For good and bad, a five-day struggle ensues to bring the great man out of the shadows.

Hosted by Philippe Valle of North Idaho College and Frédèric Dugenet of Whitworth University

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
06:30 PM AMC - River Park Square $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Broken Circle Breakdown

Director: Felix van Groeningen / Belgium/Netherlands / 112 mins / In Flemish and English with English subtitles

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. 

Hosted by Nathan Weinbender of Movies 101 on Spokane Public Radio and writer for the Spokesman Review

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Friday, January 24, 2014
08:00 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Child's Pose

Director: Calin Peter Netzer / Romania / 116 mins / In Romanian with English subtitles

The top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival, Child's Pose pivots on a riveting performance by Luminita Gheorghiu as a steely, well-to-do Bucharest architect determined to keep her 30-something deadbeat son out of jail after a deadly car crash. How far will she go to convince the police, eyewitnesses and even the victim’s family that her son was not recklessly speeding? A spellbinding drama of social commentary and psychological realism, this caustic look into the corrupt heart of the Eastern European bourgeoisie twists into a brilliantly ambiguous study of obsessive motherly love. Savagely witty and utterly engrossing, Child's Pose is also the Official Romanian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards (Zeitgeist Films).

Hosted by Leonard Oakland, Professor of English at Whitworth University

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
06:30 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Empty Hours (Las Horas Muertas)

Director: Aarón Fernández Lesur / Spain/France/Mexico / 2013 / 100 mins / In Spanish with English subtitles

Sebastián, nearly 18, manages his uncle’s cosy rent-by-the-hour motel on the coast of Veracruz. Miranda, 35, occasionally meets her lover in the Motel, but he often arrives late. During that spare time, Sebastián and Miranda will become closer and closer.

Hosted by Barbara Loste and Natalia Ruiz-Rubio of Modern Languages at Eastern Washington University

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
07:00 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization

Director: Riley Morton / USA / 86 mins / Documentary

Evergreen: The Road to Legalization is the definitive feature documentary film on the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington State, examining the inside story of I-502 and the groundbreaking impact of this controversial decision on American drug policy.

Filmmakers are scheduled to attend.

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
04:20 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Find Your Way: A Busker's Documentary

Director: Brian Nunes / USA / 95 mins / Documentary

In one of the most unique and popular historic sites in the United States--Pike Place Market--eager street performers (buskers), tourists, and local shoppers all crowd the cobblestone looking for something special. Some hunt for souvenirs, some for their daily bread, and still others for a little bit of magic. 

Brian Nunes is scheduled to attend.

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
02:15 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $10.00
Sunday, January 26, 2014
12:00 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $8.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

In Bloom (Grzeli nateli dgeebi)

Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gross / Georgia / 102 mins / Drama / In Georgian with English subtitles

The introverted Eka lives in a book-filled apartment with her dismissive, boy-crazy elder sister and her preoccupied single-parent mother; precocious Natia lives in the chaotic atmosphere of a cramped apartment with her extended working-class family, dominated by her alcoholic father. But like most schoolgirls, Eka and Natia are far more concerned with life outside – classroom gossip, music, and exercising their budding sexual power over the local boys. Indeed as the class beauty, Natia has already attracted not only the attention of handsome Lado but also local thug Kote, who is not going to tolerate rivals without a fight. So it is the gift by Lado to Natia of a pistol, something to ‘protect herself with’, that fractures the lives of both girls and tests their relationship, as each responds to pressures beyond their control in very different and life-changing ways.

Hosted by Sally Winkle, Director of Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University

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Monday, January 27, 2014
06:30 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

International Shorts 2014

Sponsored By Sister Cities of Spokane

A Collection of Shorts from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Some material may be unsuitable for children.

Hosted by Adam Boyd, SpIFF Programmer

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
02:00 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
06:45 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

K2: Siren of the Himalayas

Director: Dave Ohlson / USA / 75 mins / Documentary

K2: Siren of the Himalayas shows the adventure, peril and serenity of a group's attempt to climb the world's most challenging mountain. While their summit hangs in the balance, the film examine the risks, rewards and deeply personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. Rare video footage and still images from the 1909 Duke of Abruzzi expedition make this a definitive historical piece on K2, tracing the parallels of high altitude exploration over the last century.

Dave Ohlson and members of the K2 team are scheduled to attend.

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
11:30 AM The Magic Lantern (100) $8.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Kiss the Water

Director: Eric Steel / USA / 2013 / 80 mins / Documentary

Travel to Scotland’s far northern highlands and explore the life and remarkable influence of Megan Boyd, fishing fly-maker extraordinaire. Self-taught in this enigmatic, artful craft, Boyd became an internationally renowned artisan and supplier to, among others, Prince Charles. Interviews, animations and images of the stunning Scottish countryside define Eric Steel’s lyrical tale of solitary celebrity and the joy of making your mark, even when it was the last thing you planned to do.

Hosted by Chase Ogden, SpIFF Programmer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film at EWU (Jan 25) and Irv Broughton, SpIFF Programmer and Instructor of English at SFCC (Jan 28)

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
12:00 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $8.00
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
06:45 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Le Sac de Farine (Bag of Flour)

Director: Kadija Leclere / Morocco / 2012 / 92 mins / In Arabic and French with English subtitles

Sarah, 8 years old, lives in a Catholic foyer in Belgium. One day, her biological father, whom she has never met, comes to take her for a week-end in Paris. But it is in Morocco that Sarah wakes up. After her father leaves, abandoning her without any explanation, she slips into the life of a little Moroccan girl where the only schooling she is offered is that of knitting. Nine years later, we find Sarah, 17 years old, a teenager like all the others... except for her wish of leaving, of going back to the Belgium of her childhood, the school, the books and a life that Sarah imagines where she can be free…

Hosted by Jessica Willis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
06:30 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Matterhorn

Director: Diederik Ebbinge / Netherlands / 87 mins / Comedy / In Dutch with English subtitles

Straight men don’t come much more straight-laced than Fred (the wonderfully deadpan Ton Kas). A devoutly religious widower, he’s replaced the companionship of his late wife and evicted son with the cold comfort offered by mind-numbing, persnickety routine. However, the natural order of his dreary existence is disrupted when Theo (René van ’t Hof)—a gentle, not-quite-right stranger—literally wanders into his life. Realizing that Theo possesses the mental faculties of a child, Fred finds himself thrust back into the role of father. As he strives to better his new charge’s lot in life, he discovers Theo’s special talent and director Diederik Ebbinge’s debut takes a turn for the bizarre (and surprisingly affecting) (Vancouver International Film Festival).  

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
07:00 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Minor Differences

Director: Heather Dew Oaksen / USA / 77 mins / Documentary

As a juvenile they said he belonged in prison. Afterwards he didn't belong anywhere. Minor Differences introduces five juvenile offenders in maximum security lock-up. We meet them again 18 years later. Filmmaker Heather Dew Oaksen did not set out to establish long term relationships with these jailed teens. But they won her heart and she won their trust.

Preceded by

Tollings

Director: Fabio Gregorio & Luigi Manzi / Italy / 2013 / 26 mins / In Italian with English subtitles

Campanology and campanologists are the focus of Fabio Gregorio and Luigi Manzi’s fascinating look at bell-ringers, bells and the northern Italian foundries that cast them.

Heather Dew Oaksen is scheduled to attend.
Hosted by Irv Broughton, SpIFF Programmer and Instructor of English at Spokane Falls Community College

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Friday, January 31, 2014
05:30 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

On the Job

Director: Erik Matti / Philippines / 121 mins / Crime / In Filipino with English subtitles

A gritty crime-thriller about four men struggling to survive and a make living for themselves and their respective loved ones. Two are former prison inmates, hired as contract killers, and the two other are law enforcers and investigators, caught in the loop of corrupt government officials. Mario intends to go straight when he gets parole, and Daniel a younger inmate and Mario's apprentice, is set to replace him as hired killer. Joaquin and Francis are the police officers tangled in a moral conflict. The two groups inevitably collide.

Hosted by Chase Ogden, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film at Eastern Washington University

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Monday, January 27, 2014
06:45 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $10.00
Saturday, February 01, 2014
12:00 PM The Magic Lantern (30) $8.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

River Changes Course

Director: Kalyanee Mam / Cambodia / 83 mins / Documentary / In Khmer with English subtitles

A River Changes Course explores the damage rapid development has wrought Cambodia on both a human and environmental level. Rural communities, used to reaping the bounty of their land are no longer able to provide for their families and have been forced to leave their rural lives behind to seek employment in the industrial factories of Phnom Penh.

Hosted by Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Eastern Washington University

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
04:30 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

The Missing Picture (L'image manquante)

Director: Rithy Panh / Cambodia/France / 95 mins / Documentary / In French with English subtitles

Rithy Panh revisits his own memories of the atrocities committed in his homeland by the Khmer Rouge in the late 70s when millions of lives were extinguished and a culture was almost eradicated, through spoken words and "missing" images. Since all personal belongings were destroyed by the regime, Panh actually had to create his images of his family life and pre-1975 Phnom Penh out of clay, plasticene, fabrics and other materials.

Hosted by Mary Pat Treuthart of Movies 101 and Gonzaga Law School

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Friday, January 31, 2014
08:00 PM The Bing Crosby Theater $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

The Rocket

Director: Kim Mordaunt / Australia / 2013 / 96 mins / In Lao with English subtitles

A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.  The Rocket is one of the most celebrated films of the year.  

Hosted by Pete Porter, Director of SpIFF and Associate Professor of Theatre and Film at EWU

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
07:00 PM AMC - River Park Square $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Transolar Galactica

Director: Adam Harum / USA / 60 mins

Bloodthirsty alien beings. Ruthless Space-Dictators. Dangerous mercenary clones. Who are the best and the bravest to save us from these evils? Unfortunately, the galaxy only has the inept crew of the Star Ship Transolar. Follow the haphazard exploits of Captain Remington Trigger as he gathers his misfit crew of space-cronies and stumbles through the cosmos in search of adventure! 

Adam Harum, Clancy Bundy, Jade Warpenburg, Isaac Joslin, and Adam Boyd are scheduled to attend.
Hosted by Dan Webster of Movies 101, Spokane7.com, and SpIFF Programmer

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
09:30 PM The Garland Theater $5.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

Uprising

Director: Fredrik Stanton / Egypt / USA / 85 mins / Documentary / In English and Arabic with English subtitles

Sponsored By World Affairs Council of Spokane

Uprising tells the story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its leadership and key organizers, their struggle for freedom against tremendous odds, their sacrifice, and the courage and ingenuity that allowed them to succeed. Featuring major figures including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several Egyptian presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, and former US Ambassadors and White House officials, along with never before seen footage, Uprising provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.

Hosted by Kristin Edquist, Director of International Affairs at Eastern Washington University

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Saturday, February 01, 2014
02:00 PM The Magic Lantern (100) $10.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

US Shorts 2014

A collection of shorts from across the US.

Some material may be unsuitable for children.

Tara Atashgah, Kendra-Ann Sherrill, Shaun Springer, and Bryce Woodworth are scheduled to attend.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
11:30 AM The Magic Lantern (100) $8.00

* If no tickets are available online, limited quantities may be available at the door.

 
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