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February 2020

SpIFF Social Hour

February 28 @ 6:00 pm
The Garland Theater, 924 West Garland Avenue
Spokane, 99205 United States

Join us as we gather to celebrate the Spokane International Film Festival’s 22nd year! Rub elbows with fellow film aficionados and visiting filmmakers! This SpIFFy soirée will have food, drink, a no-host bar, and the artwork of Posterize! Admission to the SpIFF Social Hour is included with your ticket to Opening Night.

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

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

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…

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Bamboo and Barbed Wire

February 29 @ 11:30 am
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

USA / 2019 / 83 min. Directed by Karen Day Sponsored by SFCC Student Activities Watch trailer Bamboo and Barbed Wire chronicles U.S. justice system from internment in WWII to the Muslim travel ban enacted in 2017. With appearances by Ruth Bader Ginsberg and George Takei.

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World Shorts

February 29 @ 12:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

World / 90 min. / Short Films Various languages with English subtitles A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles. Anna Ukraine / 15 min. / Ukrainian/English Directed by Dekel Berenson Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. After Class China…

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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

February 29 @ 1:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Canada / 2019 / 83 min. Directed by Alison Reid Sponsored by EWU Watch trailer The Woman Who Loves Giraffes profiles Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, who started studying giraffes in the wild in South Africa in 1956, and provides an intimate look at her career and the animals she has always loved.

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Eagle Boy + Shorts

February 29 @ 3:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
Eagle Boy

Eagle Boy USA / 2018 / 59 min. Directed by Ruth Eddy and Samuel Wilson Watch trailer Eagle Boy follows a team competing in a treacherous horse competition, “The Suicide Race”. Horses and jockeys dash down steep hills and hurtle across the Okanogan River on the Colville Reservation. The meditative pace of film looks beyond spectacle of race to reveal timeless relationships in a community bonded in tradition. Shorts Woman Dress Canada / 2019 / 7 min. Directed by Thirza…

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The Wolf House

February 29 @ 3:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Chile/Germany / 2018 / 74 min. Directed by Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León Watch trailer The Wolf House tells the story of Maria, a young woman who has recently excaped from a sect of German religious fanatics. But The Wolf House is inhabited only by animals, and nightmarish situations unfold.

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Book Week

February 29 @ 5:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Australia / 2018 / 102 min. Directed by Heath Davis Sponsored by EWU and Get Lit! Watch trailer A cantankerous English teacher and disgraced author must show he’s a changed man if his latest manuscript is to be published.

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Song Lang

February 29 @ 5:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Vietnam / 2018 / 102 min. Directed by Leon Le Watch trailer An attractive, brooding male debt collector forms unlikely friendship with charismatic male lead actor of struggling opera troupe in 1980s Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). To their surprise, feelings are awakened in both men.

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US Shorts

February 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

US / 110 min / Short Films A wide variety of short films from across the U.S.A. Echo United States / 4 min. / English Directed by Gabriele di Sazio A young and hopeful daydreamer finds an unexpected way to bring his grieving mother to smile. Yai Nin United States, Thailand / 13 min. / Thai Directed by Champ Ensminger A character study of an 83-year-old Thai grandmother whose success making Thai sausage propelled her family to America. Waters of…

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Balloon

February 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
Balloon

Germany / 2018 / 126 min.

Directed by Michael Herbig

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Before Germany’s reunification, during the Cold War, two families in Communist East Germany attempt to escape to The West in their home-made hot-air balloon. Based on a true story.

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March 2020

Bias

March 1 @ 12:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
Bias film WSU

USA / 2018 / 88 min. Directed by Robin Hauser Watch trailer Bias highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.

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Animation Showcase

March 1 @ 12:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
SpIFF Animation Showcase

***These animated shorts are unrated and some contain material that is unsuitable for children. Wild Love has violent content and Mind My Mind has sexual content.   World / 95 min / Animation Various languages with English subtitles Sponsored by STCU A selection of the world’s finest animation. He Can’t Live Without Cosmos Russia / 16 min. Directed by Konstantin Bronzit A mother and son dance in this ode to freedom, love, and destiny. Cycle Netherlands / 3 min. Directed by…

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US Shorts (Encore)

March 1 @ 3:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

US / 110 min / Short Films A wide variety of short films from across the U.S.A. Echo United States / 4 min. / English Directed by Gabriele di Sazio A young and hopeful daydreamer finds an unexpected way to bring his grieving mother to smile. Yai Nin United States, Thailand / 13 min. / Thai Directed by Champ Ensminger A character study of an 83-year-old Thai grandmother whose success making Thai sausage propelled her family to America. Waters of…

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Marona’s Fantastic Tale

March 1 @ 3:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

***Please note that the program states that this film starts at 3:00pm. It does not! It starts at 3:30pm! France / 2019 / 92 min. Directed by Anca Damian Watch trailer A mixed-breed Labrador deeply affects all who she encounters. Marona’s Fantastic Tale tells the beautiful, emotional story of an average dog and her extraordinary life.

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Climbing Blind

March 1 @ 5:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

UK / 2019 / 60 min. Directed by Alastair Lee Watch trailer Climbing Blind profiles Jesse Dufton, the first blind climber to lead a team up Old Man Hoy, an iconic sea tower in Scotland.

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Stitches

March 1 @ 5:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Serbia / 2019 / 98 min. Directed by Miroslav Terzić Watch trailer A seamstress searches for her baby taken from her at birth. With a mother’s determination, she fights the authorities and her own family to uncover the truth. Based on a true story in contemporary Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia).

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World Shorts (Encore)

March 1 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

World / 90 min. / Short Films Various languages with English subtitles A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles. Anna Ukraine / 15 min. / Ukrainian/English Directed by Dekel Berenson Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. After Class China…

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Saint Frances

March 1 @ 7:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

USA / 2019 / 106 min. Directed by Alex Thompson Watch trailer Flailing thirty-four-year-old Bridget finally catches a break when she meets a nice guy and lands a much-needed job nannying six-year-old Frances. But an unwanted pregnancy introduces an unexpected complication. To make matters worse, she clashes with the obstinate Frances and struggles to navigate a growing tension between Frances’ moms. Amid her tempestuous personal relationships, a reluctant friendship with Frances emerges, and Bridget contends with the inevitable joys and…

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LGBTQIA+ Night: Changing the Game + Shorts

March 2 @ 6:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

LGBTQIA+ Night (Both programs for one $12 ticket.) Sponsored by Eastern Washington University, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EWU Pride Center! At 6:00pm, join us for a shorts program of LGBTQIA+ stories. Then, take a few minutes to stretch your legs and check out concessions before heading back into the theater to see the feature-length documentary Changing the Game. 6:00pm-7:30pm: LGBTQIA+ Shorts 7:30pm-7:45pm: Intermission 7:45pm-9:15pm: Changing the Game Changing the Game USA / 2019 / 91 min. Directed by…

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World Shorts (Encore)

March 2 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

World / 90 min. / Short Films Various languages with English subtitles A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles. Anna Ukraine / 15 min. / Ukrainian/English Directed by Dekel Berenson Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. After Class China…

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Burgers, Fries & Family Ties

March 3 @ 6:15 pm
Movie and Dinner, 10893 W. Northern Quest Dr.
Airway Heights, WA United States

USA / 2019 / 81 min. Directed by David W. King Watch trailer Burgers, Fries & Family Ties profiles Burgerville, a 60-year old hamburger restaurant in Polson, Montana, from its inception to the present.

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Animation Showcase (Encore)

March 3 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
SpIFF Animation Showcase

***These animated shorts are unrated and some contain material that is unsuitable for children. Wild Love has violent content and Mind My Mind has sexual content.   World / 95 min / Animation Various languages with English subtitles Sponsored by STCU A selection of the world’s finest animation. He Can’t Live Without Cosmos Russia / 16 min. Directed by Konstantin Bronzit A mother and son dance in this ode to freedom, love, and destiny. Cycle Netherlands / 3 min. Directed by…

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Building the American Dream

March 3 @ 7:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

USA / 2019 / 73 min. Directed by Chelsea Hernandez Sponsored by Spokane Regional Labor Council Watch trailer Three Latino immigrant families fight for justice in one of the deadliest industries in the United States: construction.

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Eagle Boy + Shorts (Encore)

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States
Eagle Boy

Eagle Boy USA / 2018 / 59 min. Directed by Ruth Eddy and Samuel Wilson Watch trailer Eagle Boy follows a team competing in a treacherous horse competition, “The Suicide Race”. Horses and jockeys dash down steep hills and hurtle across the Okanogan River on the Colville Reservation. The meditative pace of film looks beyond spectacle of race to reveal timeless relationships in a community bonded in tradition. Shorts Woman Dress Canada / 2019 / 7 min. Directed by Thirza…

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World Shorts (Encore)

March 4 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

World / 90 min. / Short Films Various languages with English subtitles A selection of the finest short films from around the world. With English subtitles. Anna Ukraine / 15 min. / Ukrainian/English Directed by Dekel Berenson Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. After Class China…

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Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance + The Hidden Homeless

March 4 @ 7:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

USA/NW / 2019 / 49 min. Directed by Melinda Raebyne Watch trailer Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance profiles a Seattle homeless camp during a recent winter. Inhabitants put their hopes in each other and try to create a better tomorrow. The Hidden Homeless USA / 2019 / 28 min. Directed by Maurice Smith Watch trailer “The Hidden Homeless” is the second installment in the My Road Leads Home series of documentaries on homelessness in Spokane. It shines a light…

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Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain (Encore)

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Quiet Explosions USA / 2019 / 100 min. Directed by Jerri Sher Sponsored by STCU and EWU Watch trailer 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.

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US Shorts (Encore)

March 5 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

US / 110 min / Short Films A wide variety of short films from across the U.S.A. Echo United States / 4 min. / English Directed by Gabriele di Sazio A young and hopeful daydreamer finds an unexpected way to bring his grieving mother to smile. Yai Nin United States, Thailand / 13 min. / Thai Directed by Champ Ensminger A character study of an 83-year-old Thai grandmother whose success making Thai sausage propelled her family to America. Waters of…

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China Love

March 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

China/Australia / 2018 / 86 min. Directed by Olivia Martin-McGuire Sponsored by Sister Cities Association of Spokane Watch trailer China Love explores contemporary China as seen through the pre-wedding photography industry. It follows engaged couples, people married for 50 years, and industry leaders navigating love, weddings, and family in lead up to most important ritual in Chinese society – marriage.

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LGBTQIA + Shorts

March 6 @ 7:00 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Momster United States / 11 min. / English Directed by Drew Denny When notorious bank robber the Momster (Amanda Plummer) catches her daughter Angel (Brianna Hildebrand) mid-gunfight, Angel thinks she’s being rescued… until she realizes she has to do the saving. Reviving the Roost Canada / 7 min. / English Directed by Vivek Shraya Filmmaker and bestselling author Vivek Shraya’s ode to a popular Edmonton gay bar that closed in 2007. With pulsating neon-light animation, Reviving the Roost is a…

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Super Frenchie

March 6 @ 7:30 pm
The Magic Lantern Theater, 25 W. Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

USA / 2019 / 78 min. Directed by Chase Ogden Sponsored by STCU Watch trailer Super Frenchie is an intimate look at Matthias Giraud, professional skier and BASE jumper. He stops at nothing to pursue his passion for adventure. Follow Matthias as he tackles dangerous stunts while simultaneously falling in love and starting a family.

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SpIFF Closing Party

March 6 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Osprey – Ruby River Hotel, 700 North Division Street
Spokane, WA United States

The shows are over! Come celebrate another year of SpIFF at the Osprey, located inside the Ruby River Hotel. Join us for delicious desserts and appetizers as we announce the year’s jury award winners (and maybe even the audience awards–if we count fast!). The Osprey is just across the bridge from the Magic Lantern, but free parking is also available in their lot. Thanks for joining us for SpIFF: 2020 Vision! Admission is free with any ticket purchased from the…

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Bias (Encore)

March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
WSU Riverpoint SEWC Auditorium, 668 N Riverpoint Blvd
Spokane, 99202 United States
Bias film WSU

USA / 2018 / 88 min. Directed by Robin Hauser Watch trailer Bias highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change. ***The address for SEWC Auditorium is 668 N Riverpoint Blvd; Spokane, WA 99202. ***Paid parking is available in campus parking lots via kiosk.

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