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Opening Night – Best of the Northwest + Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain

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February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
The Garland Theater

Tickets are $15.00

Tickets may be available at the door.

Join us on February 28 for the opening night of SpIFF 2020 at the Garland Theater as we kick off with a SpIFF social hour at 6:00pm, followed by the Best of the Northwest Shorts, a 93-minute program featuring 11 short films inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Then stick around for an intermission and desserts before our feature presentation: Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain, featuring Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien.

One ticket gets you admission to both programs as well as the preceding Social Hour.

6:00pm-7:00pm SpIFF Social Hour

7:00pm-8:30pm Best of the Northwest shorts

8:30pm-9:00pm Intermission (and desserts!)

9:00pm-10:40pm Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain

Quiet Explosions

USA / 2019 / 100 min.

Directed by Jerri Sher

Sponsored by STCU and EWU

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Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain explores the impact of brain injuries and treatments leading to the return to a normal and full life for athletes, military personnel, and others.

The Best of the Northwest Shorts

Sponsored by STCU and EWU

A Rose for Julia

United States / 8 min. / English

Directed by Mark C. Harvey

A bride is more than a tad nervous on her wedding day. In order to go through with the ceremony, she must ask for something from her Maid of Honor.

Beside You

United States / 8 min. / English

Directed by Ben Johnson

A young disabled boy discovers friendship and inner strength when he meets a kind girl in the forest.

The Ice Cream Date

United States / 5 min. / English

Directed by Baylee Sinner

An unforgettable first date, full of melting ice cream, suspicious snooping, and foreboding crossword puzzles.

The Deepest Hole

United States / 13 min. / English

Directed by Matt McCormick

While the Space Race, the Arms Race, and many other Cold War competitions are common knowledge, few know that the United States and the Soviet Union also faced off to see which country could dig the deepest hole. In the process, one of the countries may have also discovered Hell.

Chair in the Woods

United States / 7 min. / English

Directed by Stephen Kurowski

While hiking, young newlyweds make a discovery that drastically alters their relationship.


United States / 5 min. / English

Directed by Julie Bruns

Social media star Rose is thrilled with her boyfriend’s beautiful Christmas gift, until shadows are cast on its origins by people following the live stream of her Christmas dinner.

Night Birds & Ghost Crabs

United States / 6 min. / English

Directed by Robert Sickels

We are united in sleeplessness with untold millions.


United States / 10 min. / English

Directed by Katie Cronin and Danny Chastain

Against her better judgment, Katie goes to her best friend’s “4th of Halloween” party to impress her crush. Things quickly go sideways.


United States / 6 min. / English

Directed by Caden Butera

The teapot killer is on the loose.


United States / 15 min. / English

Directed by Cowan Jenkins and Samuel Johnson

Profiles the man who built the very first pair of functional twin-tip skis, then had his idea stolen from him.


United States / 13 min. / English

Directed by Stephen Takashima

An isolated man’s world comes crashing down when he discovers a ceiling leak in his perfect apartment.


February 28, 2020
7:00 pm
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The Garland Theater
924 West Garland Avenue
Spokane, 99205 United States
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