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Outdoor Movies


Director: John Carpenterstarman
Friday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Cinema

A showcase for the talent of Karen Allen and her co-star, Jeff Bridges, “Starman” is the perfect “alien” movie for a starry end-of-summer night.
It’s 1977 and the U.S. Space Voyager hurls into space, inviting aliens to visit Earth. And so the Starman decides he will.
The script incorporates cutting-edge technology of the day and then some: There’s holograph mapping, cloning, energy healing, resurrection, and cross-species conception. There’s a really bad guy (NSA chief) leading the army in pursuit, and a good guy (scientist) pleading sanity.
As in all good science fiction, the characters’ normalcy makes the implausible seem plausible. The Starman stumbles over English; his supply of magic silver spheres is running out. Our heroine boards a train for Arizona with the Starman, yet somehow ends up in Vegas.
Karen Allen was awarded Best Actress from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. Bridges was nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Actor. The film itself was nominated Best Science Fiction Film and Jack Nitzsche received a Golden Globe nomination for his score.

USA/1984/115 min.
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Finding Nemo

Directors: Andrew Stanton & Lee Unricknemo
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Cinema

One day on the Great Barrier Reef, a diver nets Nemo, a young clownfish destined for a dentist’s office aquarium. Marlin (Albert Brooks), Nemo’s nervous father, sets out across the tropical sea to rescue his son in Disney’s classic tale of a father trying to control his wayward son.

Heroic feats are laced with humor as Marlin’s friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a playful blue tang with short-term memory loss, joins the quest. This emotionally potent adventure includes a cast of sea creatures as varied as Bruce (Barry Humphries), a Great White Shark on a 12-step program for recovering carnivores, to Crush (writer/director Andrew Stanton), a relaxed sea turtle who speaks with a surfer dude’s inflection.

Digital animation creates a dazzling display of tropical underwater images crafted after animators studied the properties of water’s light and reflection. The animated Great Barrier Reef is breathtaking, the film delightful in the details.

USA/2003/100 min.

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Step Into Liquid

Director: Dana Brownstep
Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Taylor Street Outdoor Cinema

Ride the largest waves— from your hay bale—as the world’s best surfers push the limits with Step Into Liquid.

Dana Brown, son of surf-documentary-king Bruce Brown (Endless Summer), interviews wave riders from “tow-in surfers” to wake riders and die-hards on Lake Michigan chop, stretching the definition of traditional surfing.

You don’t have to know the name of the surf stars like Dale Webster and Laird Hamilton to sense how surfing becomes a life obsession.

The classic Hawaiian and Californian surf spots, including 60-foot waves on the Cortes Banks, are here, but so are unlikely beaches in Ireland and Viet Nam, all accompanied by not-so-classic surf music.

Step Into Liquid raises the bar for surf documentaries by using low-flying helicopters and special camera gear to give us the sensation of being right inside the curl. Widely considered one of the BEST surfing movies ever!

USA/2003/88 min.

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Special Events

Lou Whittaker: A Life in the Mountains


Join PTFF in celebrating one of the true legends of the Pacific Northwest: Lou Whittaker.  We will be featuring his story at 6:30pm on Opening Night at The Rose Theatre, followed by an interview with Lou & veteran filmmaker Lazlo Pal, facilitated by award winning poet and naturalist, Tim McNulty.

Director: Laszlo Pal
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Lou Whittaker’s love of the mountains has inspired thousands to learn a new vocabulary and to test their strength, skills and courage as they cross crevasses, rope up sheer escarpments and ice axe their way to the top of the highest peaks in the world.

With his identical twin Jim, Whittaker first climbed Mt. Rainier at age 16. He began training guides in 1948, led both the first American ascent of Mount Everest’s North Face in 1984 and the first American team to the summit of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. He “retired” at 80.

Two sons, climbers since taking their first steps, now run his RMI Expeditions. Trips range from four-day scrambles on Sahale’s Quien Sabe Glacier in the North Cascades, to 70-day ascents of Mount Everest.

A Life in the Mountains is a montage of rare historical photographs, video and interviews with Lou, his family, Nawang Gombu Sherpa and famous climbers he has influenced, including Sir Edmund Hillary.

After the film, we are delighted to introduce you to Lou Whittaker in person, one of our guests of honor

USA/2013/57 min.

Screening with Keeper of the Mountains!

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Big Joy

big joyBig Joy After years of devotion to the project, PTFF is delighted to host the regional premiere of Big Joy! Opening night of our festival, come to the Uptown Theatre and join Producer Stephen Silha with members of the crew for an interview by Robert Horton, KUOW film critic and author of the film blog, The Crop Duster (Website)

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton
Director: Eric Slade & Stephen Silha
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre
Sunday, 12:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

“Follow your own weird” was the motto of Port Townsend’s beloved poet, a dazzling and creative force in visual poetry, experimental film, San Francisco’s Beat movement and literary American history.

Big Joy celebrates James Broughton’s life with excerpts from his diaries, poems and films, along with interviews with intimates, including long-time partner Joel Singer. Together, James and Joel lived in Port Townsend during the last decade of Broughton’s life. This year is the centennial of his birth.

After Pleasure Garden won a 1953 Cannes Film Festival award, he went on to create 20 books and 23 films. His groundbreaking film The Bed, screened nightly for 15 years in San Francisco.

"Look at cinema as a mystery religion”, wrote James Broughton. “Going to the movies is a group ceremony. One enters the darkened place and joins the silent congregation. Like mass, performances begin at set times. You may come and go but you must be quiet, showing proper respect and awe, as in the Meeting House or at Pueblo dances. Up there at the altar space a rite is to be performed, which we are expected to participate in.”

USA/2013/82 min.

Screening with: Crow Quill Night Owls

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Good Ol’ Freda

Director: Ryan Whitefreda
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

One screening only! A sneak peak thanks to a special arrangement with Magnolia Pictures! This is a special opportunity for our pass holders! If you want to see this rare footage of The Beatles when they were just boys down the block, get your tickets early!

Freda Kelly was just a shy teenager from Liverpool when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no idea how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning. As their devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there as history unfolded.
Freda humanizes The Beatles in a way that people don’t often think about anymore. She knew them when they were just boys before they became famous. She was witness to all the advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges of one of the greatest bands in history.

In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda Kelly tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. Audiences get to meet a very rare personality — a woman who sought privacy over money, and anonymity over fame. And they get an insider’s perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music, interspersed with a lively soundtrack of memorable Beatles songs.

USA/2013/86 min
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The Glass Menagerie

glassThe Bazaar Girls, proud sponsors of The Glass Menagerie are hosting a live model pattern premier. They will be unveiling original works from the Bazaar Girls design team, as well as works from other regional fibre artist.
Join them at their new yarn shop and fibre emporium, on the waterfront at 126 Quincy St.  In honor of Ms. Allen’s own passion for fiber arts (website).   We sense an after party and documentary on the horizon.

The Glass Menagerie:  A Special Evening with Karen Allen  
Director: Paul Newman
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.  Uptown Theatre

Ms. Allen selected this classic screen adaptation of the award winning play which was directed by Paul Newman as one of the favorites of her career.  Robert Horton will interview Karen about her experiences on set with her costars, Joanne Woodward and a very young John Malkovich.  This tale of love lost and the deepening sorrow of a young girl will resonate as deeply today as it has since the Tennessee Williams play premiered in 1945.

What a cast! Joanne Woodward, John Malkovich, James Naughton and our special guest, Karen Allen, are directed by Paul Newman in his 1987 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s famous play.

Our protagonist, Tom (Malkovich) is a writer, recalling his delusional mother; a southern belle (Woodward) abandoned by her husband and his crippled, fragile sister Laura (Allen) who spends most of her time with her collection of glass animal figurines. Hectored by his mother to bring home a suitor (Naughton) for Laura, he does just that – and everyone behaves badly thereafter. The evening unfolds as no one had planned.  

But who in this stellar cast gets the highest praise for acting, from both the New York Times and the Washington Post? Karen Allen.
 “Says Janet Maslin, writing in the Times,”…she has a lovely, delicate presence here, with the same kind of dark-eyed shyness Jane Wyman once brought to the role.”

Karen Allen joins us for your many questions after the screening.

USA/1987/134 min.
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Featured Documentaries

After Tiller

Directors: Martha Shane & Lana Wilsonafter tiller
Friday, 6:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Uptown Theatre

The toughest ethical conundrum facing a woman and her doctor is the prospect of late-stage abortion.
After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller of Kansas in 2009, only four doctors remain in the U.S. to perform these surgeries. Targets of the right-to-life movement, they risk their lives daily to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients' lives.

Filmmakers Martha Shane and Lana Wilson stated “It seems like the nation’s shouting match over abortion has become increasingly distanced from the real-life situations and decisions faced by those people most intimately involved—the doctors and their patients….these are not cavalier decisions.”

Shane and Wilson say their most fervent hope is that audiences will leave with this: “Pro-life people will need to consider patient circumstances they might never have conceived of, and pro-choice people will have to think about whether or not they can accept other people making decisions they may vehemently disagree with. How do you judge stories? How do you judge people? Who has the right to make those judgments, in any circumstances in life? We hope that our filmmaking will help people evaluate their positions in a more honest, thoughtful, and complicated way."

USA/2013/85 min.

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Battle for the Elephants

Director: John Heminwayelephants
Friday, 3:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

Battle for the Elephantsexplores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. 

The film tells the ultimate wildlife story — how the Earth’s most charismatic and majestic land animal today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for precious metals. Journalists Bryan Christy and Aidan Hartley take viewers undercover as they investigate the criminal network behind ivory’s supply and demand. In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, one of the world’s main ports for smuggled ivory, Hartley attempts to buy large quantities of tusks from poachers. In China, Christy explores the thriving industry of luxury goods made from ivory and the ancient cultural tradition of ivory carving.
China,Kenya,Switzerland,Tanzania,USA/2013/57 min

China, Kenya, Switzerland, Tanzania, USA/2013/57 min

Screening with: Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean & Oyster Farmers Facing Climate Change

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Defiant Requiem

Director: Doug Shultzdefiant
Friday, 6:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Saturday 12:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

Defiant Requiem is a celebration of resilience, artistic uprising and dignity in the face of inhumanity.
Located in a garrison city outside Prague, Theresienstadt served as a transit point for Central European Jews – many of them artists and intellectuals – en route to Polish extermination camps. Despite hunger and disease, inmates sustained themselves through various forms of creative expression. The ultimate act of rebellion occurs when passionate young Czech conductor Rafael Schächter leads a makeshift choir of 150 fellow inmates in performing Verdi’s Requiem, a death knell reimagined as a powerful message of hope and justice, in front of the Nazi high brass and Red Cross inspectors.

Narrated by Emmy-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, Defiant Requiem brings this moving chronicle to life through survivor recollections, evocative reenactments and animation, and footage from a soaring 2010 memorial concert arranged by veteran conductor Murry Sidlin. Sidlin learned of Schachter’s legacy and set about tracking down survivors. To commemorate the Terezín musicians, he created Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín, and ultimately founded the Defiant Requiem Foundation.

Please welcome Maestro Murry Sidlin, conductor, who will give a talk with this remarkable film after the showings entitled "The Terezin Legacy: Resisting the Nazis with beauty, wisdom, courage, and hope". A Q and A will follow.

USA/2012/85 min.

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Director: Jeremy Seifertgmo
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Agro-chemical giant Monsanto claims GMOs will help feed the world. Is this a hoax? Why do European nations ban them while giving Monsanto patents on seeds? Why do destitute nations burn Monsanto’s seeds rather than use them to feed the starving?

Seifert launched this film with a Kickstarter campaign in 2011 after winning 22 film festivals worldwide for his debut Dive!, a film about wasted food.

Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we are unwittingly participating in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings.

Are we the oblivious guinea pigs for wide-scale experimentation by modern biotechnology?

Award winning filmmaker Jeremy Seifert invites us along as he explains this complex subject to his young kids. Together we journey across America (with an outstanding cinematographer) to explore agriculture in an entirely new way.

The deeper Seifert looks into the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance, the harder it gets to find edible food.

USA/2013/90 min.

Screening with: Murder Mouth

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Hot Flash Havoc

Director: Marc Bennetthotflash
Friday, 9:15 am., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

“When I think of menopause, I think of hate, pure clean hate," one woman says. A doctor recounted that one of his patients said she’d kill her husband if he (her physician) took her hormone replacement therapy away.

Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Weight gain. Anxiety. Forgetfulness. Depression. Hormone replacement therapy cooled the majority of symptoms until the US government-sanctioned Women’s Health Initiative Study was released in 2002, warning women of serious side effects such as increased risk of heart attacks and cancer.

This movie was fueled by the controversy of the US government study misinforming women about menopause, hormones and health risks that cause over 28 million women and thousands of doctors to walk away from hormone replacement therapy and many turned to treating symptoms with 20 other drugs that caused serious side effects. As a result of the study, women flushed their hormones down the toilet (poor sea life, flooded with a double whammy of estrogen and progesterone).

This documentary sets the record straight through entertaining, humorous and profound knowledge coming from the over 30 interviews with worldwide women’s health experts and 10 courageous women that shared their personal menopausal journeys that covered their loss of sanity, loss of sex drive, bone loss, breast cancer, heart disease, depression and more. You will laugh, cry and think about how this subject affects your life.

Since this movie was release, the US governmental finally released the WHI study data in 2012 and the data now shows that over 50,000 women lost their lives after dropping their hormones. An important women’s health documentary that will make you happy about living your “Second Act” vertical and alert and realizing that every women is different and every woman can make a choice about their health as they age.

Going through menopause herself, and fed up with all the mixed messages, producer Heidi Houston interviewed experts in the field and gathered stories from dozens of exasperated, outspoken women. If women are angry and confused, husbands and lovers admit they’re clueless. Many men particularly miss their partner’s libido more than the women do themselves, while some women’s mood swings can make PMS look like a day on the beach.

“Everyone who is a Woman or knows a Woman needs to see this movie” The Society for Women’s Health Research.

USA/2012/88 min.

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Life According to Sam

Directors: Andrea Nix Fine & Sean Finesam
Saturday, 3:15 p.m. Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Uptown Theatre

Meet the indomitable Sam Berns, born with progeria, a disease which causes accelerated aging.  At the time of filming, there were only 250 documented cases in the world.

Caused by a singular genetic mutation, progeria is extremely rare.  Children with this condition develop age appropriately from an emotional and intellectual aspect, yet their bodies quickly deteriorate - their skin thins, bones shatter, hair is lost and arteries narrow and harden as the cardiovascular system is exhausted. Life expectancy is 13 years.

Sam’s parents are both doctors. Confounded by the prognosis of their son’s fatal condition, they develop The Progeria Research Foundation. Only four years later, they’ve found the culprit, a single genetic marker that’s flipped the wrong way. The hunt for a cure begins.

Over the course of two and a half years, 28 children are given an experimental drug and closely monitored. Sam’s mother captains the drug study, in which, by AMA regulation, half of the children must receive a placebo.  What to do?

USA/2013/90 min.

Screening with: You don’t know Jack
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The Last Ocean

Directed by Peter Young
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Friday 12:30 p.m.The Uptown Theatre
Sunday 9:15 p.m. The Peter Simpson Free Cinema

The Ross Sea in Antarctica is the most pristine stretch of ocean on Earth. Scientists describe it as our last 'living laboratory', a place that can teach us about the workings of all marine ecosystems. But the fishing industry recently found its way to the Ross Sea, targeting Antarctic Toothfish and unless stopped, the natural balance of this unique ecosystem will be lost forever.

The Last Ocean follows the race to protect the Ross Sea from our insatiable appetite for fish, and raises the simple ethical question: do we fish Earth’s last untouched ocean or do we protect it?

Winner Boulder International Film Festival, Best 'Call 2 Action Film', Boulder, U S A, February 2013

New Zealand/2013/87 min

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Maiden Trip

Director: Jillian Schlesingermaiden
Friday, 12:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Uptown Theatre

Born on a boat and already a spitfire by the age of 14, Laura Dekker casts off without a backward glance to sail around the world single-handedly.

Her biggest challenge is not storms at sea, but a year-long battle with Dutch authorities, sparking a global storm of media scrutiny. Worldwide criticism haunts her parents when Laura leaves port for the open ocean.

A triumphant coming-of-age story, Laura writes in her journal: "I have navigated the whole world, bypassed difficult ports and dangerous reefs and got through the heaviest storms, all the time fully responsible for myself and Guppy [her boat]."

Maiden Trip combines Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations such as the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa. First-time director/producer Jillian Schlesinger spent months preparing a proposal that would earn Dekker’s trust.

“I wanted to make a film with her, rather than about her—to provide the tools and platform for her unique voice to be heard,” says Schlesinger, reflecting on adolescence. “It's a period of life that's so deeply confusing and lonely and yet so full of hope and possibility and connection. It's such a beautiful, painful, awkward, perfect time to explore in cinema.”

USA/2012/75 min.

Screening with: Ray: A Life Underwater

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The Crash Reel

Director: Lucy Walkerreel
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

It’s training season for the 2010 Winter Olympics. World-class snowboarder Kevin Pearce swings up the half pipe and launches into the air. He spins into a double cork 1080.

It's one of the toughest moves in his – or any – repertoire, and he comes back down, hard and fast, towards the ramp, the tail end of his board catching the ice. He falls forward with no time to put out his arms. His full weight lands on his head and neck.

As Kevin crawls back to normalcy from a traumatic brain injury, Shaun White, his rival since childhood, wins the gold. Now all Kevin wants to do is get on his snowboard again, even though doctors and family fear this could kill him

The portrait of Pearce’s’ dynamic, loving family is an emotional tale all its own. His physical recovery is quick, but the longer fight to accept what happened to him is the real struggle. He has a role model in this; his brother, David C. Pearce, who describes his own struggles with Down Syndrome.

Filmed, including 15 years of film verite, by Academy Award–nominated director Lucy Walker.

USA/2013/90 min.
Audience Award – South by Southwest Film Festival
Documentary Audience Award - Dallas International Film Festival
Student Award – MountainFilm
Special Jury Award – Seattle International Film Festival
2013 Rogue Award – Ashland Independent Film Festival
Hot Docs 2013 Netflix Audience Award Top 10
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Festival Audience Award – Berkshire Film Festival

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Tiny: A Story about Living Small

Directors: Christopher Carson Smith & Merete Muellertiny
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

Christopher Carson Smith, aged 30, had never built anything. And his thirst for roots and home was ever increasing. Solution? He sets about creating his own tiny home.

Having more in common with Port Townsend’s gypsy wagons than with RVs or trailers, tiny houses reflect the owners who have stripped “extravagant living” to its essence.

Meet innovative people who imaginably use recycled materials to create beautiful structures. One fellow says he doesn’t have running water in the house, but walking water—a well he walks to on the property. Yet other dwellers have state-of-the-art, solar-powered, high-end microarchitecture.

What’s the benefit other than reducing one’s carbon footprint? Says director Merete Mueller, “Living in a small space puts the focus on doing things, rather than having things. Realizing that has had a hugely positive impact on my life.”

Will “living small” go big?

USA/2013/62 min.

Screening with: Irish Folk Furniture & Slomo

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Two: The Story of Roman and Nyro

Director: Heather Winterstwo
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Rose Theatre

Legendary songwriter Desmond Child and his partner of 20 years, Curtis Shaw, struggled to create a family during years when society forbade them to marry and frowned on a two-father household. “Two” documents the extraordinary, almost magical way they met the woman, Angela Whittaker, who would give birth to their twin sons.

Combining over twelve years of home movies and narrated by 9 year-old Roman and Nyro, TWO documents the story of these unique individuals, whose lives became inextricably woven in unexpected ways. Ultimately, it is a testament to the universal triumph of love over convention.

USA/2013/71 min.

Screening with: Grandpa and Me
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Unhung Hero

Director: Brian Spitzunhung
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

When comedian Patrick Moote’s girlfriend rejects his marriage proposal on the jumbotron at a UCLA basketball game, it unfortunately goes viral and hits TV networks worldwide.

Days after his heartbreaking humiliation, she privately reveals why she can’t be with him forever: Patrick’s small penis size.
Unhung Hero” follows Patrick’s real life journey as he boldly sets out to expose this extremely personal chapter of his life-confronting ex-girlfriends, doctors, anthropologists, adult film stars and sex columnists including Seattle’s own Dan Savage. From witch-doctors in Papua, New Guinea to sex museums in Korea, Patrick goes on his globetrotting adventure to finally answer the age old question: Does size really matter?

Patrick’s honest search- he even tries recommended ways to make it bigger- has audiences laughing contagiously throughout this surprisingly tender tale.

Our unhung hero is a resident of Whidbey Island. We know there are courageous men training at Whidbey’s Naval Air Station, but we don’t know many men as brave as Patrick.

USA/2013/84 min.

Screening with: The Man Who Lived on His Bike
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Uranium Drive-In

Director: Suzan Berazauranium
Friday, 9:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Rose Theatre

Over 60 miles from the nearest traffic light is the town of Naturita, Colorado-population 519. Until the mid-1980s, this area was booming with a town swimming pool and a drive-in movie theater—the Uranium Drive-In. Shops are now boarded up and even the elementary school is for sale.

The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has the town hopeful for the first time in decades. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, pitting jobs against health and the environment. The question remains: is uranium worth it?

With authentic voices, the Uranium Drive-In’s quirky, strong-willed characters tell personal stories about life and death in a mining town gone bust.

USA/2013/70 min.

Screening with: Allison Gannet
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We Always Lie to Strangers

Directors: AJ Schnack & David Boone Wilsonlie
Saturday, 9:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Sunday, 3:30 p.m., Rose Theatre

Remember the lovely Lennon sisters? All four are singing in Branson, Missouri for busloads of aging mid-westerners flocking to this “Vegas in the heart of the Ozarks.” This Vegas, however, is not Sin City. Incredible talent shares the stage with cornball humor.
Over 100 clean-as-a-whistle, staged shows take place here annually. But, as Branson faces an economic downturn and changing attitudes on social issues, the interwoven sagas of these performing families showcase an uncertain America. Filmmakers catch frank moments of raw conflict among resident stage crews and others working behind the scenes to showcase performers of diminishing fame and remarkable grace.

Tributes to music legends are popular: Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline and John Denver among them. There’s also Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf, The Price is Right (live) and occasional foreign acts such as the “Acrobats of China.” Tickets are affordable, under $45, and therein lies part of the problem.

Directors AJ Schnack and David Wilson show both insight and great heart as they capture Branson’s beauty while looking behind the façade at aging performers and their audience, and chasing dollars in a shrinking market.

USA/2013/108 min.
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When I Walk

Director: Jason daSilva
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

He exercises, he meditates, he goes to Lourdes to try to slow the effects of his steady decline, but nothing helps.

Diagnosed with rapidly advancing multiple sclerosis a year before, the otherwise strapping Jason DaSilva one day falls down on the beach and cannot get up. A 25-year-old documentary filmmaker, he decides to film his own inevitable decline, and like every good story there is arc, uplift, and foil, in this case, his practical mother who reminds him that we are all here and must do the best we can.

DaSilva uses creative ways to tell his story with playful black-and-white animation throughout, dramatizing the war white blood cells are fighting in his body, devouring his once-healthy nerve endings.

When he is forced to use a scooter to get around, he adapts and films low angle shots from his lap, and unexpectedly, falls head over teacup in love with Alice Cook who becomes his partner, takes on the editing and will bear his child.

USA/2013/84 min.

Screening with: Like a Dance

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A Person Known To Me

Directors: Stephanie Argy & Alec Boehma person
Friday, 12:00 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Silverwater Theatre

Shot here in Port Townsend, this is the fifth part of an 11-part detective adventure. The ongoing tale follows two detectives as they travel the U.S. on their cases between 1895 and 1905. Filmmakers Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm were at PTFF with their previous movies The Red Machine and Gandhi At The Bat. Inspired by their visits here, they drew on the history and geography of the city for this installment of their tale -- and used almost entirely local cast and crew. On Friday at 12 noon, the screening will be followed by a discussion of how this community sparked, shaped and shot the movie. Then on Sunday afternoon, Argy and Boehm will show the movie, then break down one scene, explaining exactly how it was put together: conception, casting, script, shoot, editing, sound, visual effects, color correction...and more!

USA/2013/90 min.

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Director: Elie Wajemanalliyah
Saturday, 12:00 p.m., Silverwater Theatre
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Rosebud Theatre

Ah, our twenties. Need we say more?

A brooding Alex is 27, living in a working-class Paris neighborhood and is about to make a radical change. A cousin has opened a restaurant in Israel and offers him work and a new beginning. To successfully immigrate, he must first connect with his Jewish roots and learn Hebrew to complete his “aliyah.”

He knows, if he immigrates, he’ll be leaving behind his beloved city of Paris, his former lover Esther, his lifelong friend Mathias, and Jeanne, an insightful woman he’s just met (with impeccable timing) who has the potential of becoming someone important in his life.

If he flees Paris he might be able to stop selling hashish to make a living, and at the same time release himself from the grasp of his smooth-talking, freeloader older brother who constantly asks him for loans. If he stays, well, there is Jeanne.

What will he do?

France/2012/90 min.
Audience Award for screenplay, Angers Film Festival

Screening with Return to Me (Reviens-Moi)

Breakfast with Curtis

Director: Laura Colellabreakfast
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., Silverwater Theatre

Over the course of a balmy East Coast summer, an introverted, bespectacled teenager is brought into the strange and delightful world of his bohemian neighbors. What unfolds, against the backdrop of lush flowerbeds and overgrown vegetable patches, is a mirthful story of unlikely and rekindled friendships. But for all of its wine-soaked, pot-infused dreaminess, “Breakfast” is firmly rooted in reality. The rambling purple house where the action happens belongs to writer/director/co-star Laura Colella’s, and her captivating cast is composed of her very own housemates and neighbors.

“Despite the homespun approach and unfettered narrative, Collela’s smartly written, tightly directed tale has a distinct vision and clear intention, one joyously devoted to the pleasure principle”. –LA Film Festival Review. We couldn’t agree more. Winner of the Indie Spirit Award.

USA/2012/82 min.

Screening with: Animation Hotline


Director: Rufus Norrisbroken
Friday, 12:00 p.m., Silverwater Theatre
Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre

Adolescence is fraught enough - negotiating the slippery slope of bewildering fickle friendships and bullying girls - but Laurence’s 11-year-old, diabetic tomboy “Skunk” has her innocence sorely tested. First, by witnessing bad behavior on the part of her neighbor and later, violence committed by one of her closest friends.

Based on a 2008 novel inspired by “To Kill A Mockingbird”, “Broken” is a coming of age story whose debut star, Eloise Laurence, is just 13 years old.

Tim Roth plays the quietly mature and stand-by-you dad, Archie, in a motherless household of Skunk, her brother Jed, and the romantically- inclined au pair, Kasia.

“Broken” won top honors at the British Independent Film Awards, and the Golden Eye Award for Best International Film at the Zurich Film Festival - two more feathers in the cap of award-winning theatre and opera director Rufus Norris.

UK/2012/91 min.

WINNER – Best British Independent Film – British Independent Film Awards,
WINNER - Grand Prix - Odessa International Film Festival,
WINNER – Best International Film – Zurich Film Festival

Screening with: It’s not a Cowboy Movie

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Clandestine Childhood

Clandestine Childhoodclandesine
Director: Benjamin Avila
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Rosebud Cinema

Juan has two names. At home, he is Juan. At school, he is Ernesto. Along with his parents, he lives a clandestine life.

They have returned to Argentina with Juan’s adored Uncle Beto, after years of exile as members of the Montoneros Organization to fight against the military junta that rules the country.

Relentlessly tracked by the junta, the threat of capture and death is constant. But like Anne Frank living in the attic before capture by the Nazis, Juan is very much a child with a child’s humor and happiness, as well as a huge crush on his school chum, Maria.
He must not slip as it would endanger his family’s survival. He follows all the rules until one day he’s told they need to move again and leave his friends and Maria behind.

Clandestine Childhood is based on a true story from1979 during Argentina’s “Dirty War,” where thousands of “dissidents” (students, journalists, union members) simply “disappeared,” – having either been sent to concentration camps or were killed by the country’s military/security forces.

Argentina/2011/112 min.
Havana Film Festival – Coral Award

Screening with: The Palace


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Detroit Unleaded

Director: Rola Nashefdetroit
Friday, 3:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Sunday, 9:00 a.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

Caught between multi-ethnic contemporary Detroit and his family’s traditional Lebanese culture, Sami works day and night behind the bulletproof glass of a 24-hour gas station with his ambitious cousin Mike.

Within this unique eastside neighborhood, the once-university-bound Sami is forced to put his dreams aside and resign himself to a world of rude customers, price wars, junk food, overpriced Tigers baseball memorabilia, and cheap long-distance phone cards.

And then the beautiful Naj walks in.

A hilarious coming-of-age tale from first-time feature director Rola Nashef, “Detroit Unleaded” is based on her 2007 award-winning short film of the same name. “It’s about finding the loopholes that allow you to live a freer life,” Rola says.

USA/2012/93 min.

Audience Award, Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, 2013
Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award, 2012
Calvin Klein "Living the Dream Award" Gotham Nominee, 2011
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Emerging Visions Fellow, 2011
Filmmaker Magazine "25 New Faces of Independent Film", 2011
IFP Feature Narrative Lab Fellow, 2011
Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab in Jordan, Script 2007

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Director: Joel Santoni
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Paris is occupied. Nearly ten million refugees from all over Europe, fleeing the advancing Nazi troops, rush to Bordeaux, on the south coast of France. A sea of humanity comes seeking passage to America, via Portugal, Spain and English consulates.

The Portuguese Consul, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, son of aristocrats, a devout Catholic and bon vivant with a quick wit, has spent his career traveling the world and is married with 14 children. He has a secret: his lover, flamboyant and unpredictable Andree Cibial of Bordeaux, is pregnant.

Despite Portuguese proclaimed neutrality, Prime Minister Antonio de Oliveira Salazar has forbidden diplomats to open the border to “undesirables,” specifically Jews and other European refugees. Mendes suffers a moral crisis, taking to his bed, fearful of retaliation to his family if he disobeys. Nonetheless, he returns to office and in the next two months issues what is estimated to be over 30,000 visas, 10,000 to Jews.

This is the story of the moral dilemma of a man contemplating the larger issues of life and death, retribution and perhaps, possible atonement for his infidelity, which is dangerously close to being revealed. Famed French actor Bernard Le Coq plays Mendes.

France/2008/104 min.
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I Do

Director: Glenn GaylordI do
Friday, 9:00 a.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Immigration is a hot button right now, as are gay rights, and I Do takes on both in a complicated marital farce cooked up to fool the authorities.

Jack is happily living a New York lifestyle when US immigration authorities require him to move back home and apply for residency a second time. Giving up his apartment and professional contacts is difficult enough, but he’s also uncle and emotional savior to his precocious young niece who has lost her father (his brother) and her mother who leans on him for emotional support also.

His attorney advises marriage to a US citizen. However, Jack who is gay, finds that same-sex marriage is not an obstacle to satisfying the immigration requirement.  

He solves the problem with a reluctant co-worker, a beautiful lesbian. Then, wouldn’t you know it, he falls in love with someone else.

USA/2012/91 min.

Screening with: Tiny, Miny Magic
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One Small Hitch

Director: John Burgesshitch
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Rosebud Cinema
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Rosebud Cinema

Sometimes we just need to trick ourselves into making the right decision.
Childhood friends Josh (Shane McRae) and Molly (Audrey Dollar) innocently agree to fake a wedding engagement to make Josh's dying father happy. Things get out of hand with their two boisterous families, and before they know it, a ring and a promise just isn’t enough.

Planning a phony wedding ensues.

When play acting fosters real feelings, the two must make some serious decisions. At heart One Small Hitch is a film about family and what we do for love in the face of impending loss.

Director John Burgess says, “While this film has illness and the loss of a parent at its center, it’s really about beginnings, change, and how deeply funny life can sometimes be in its most serious moments.”

He continues to say that the film, with its strong emotional pull is reminiscent of films made by John Hughes, Cameron Crowe, and Frank Capra, with elements that make One Small Hitch feel like a modern day It Happened One Night.

USA/2011/105 min.
Screening with: Lunch Date
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Short Term 12

Director: Destin Crettonshort ter
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Uptown Theatre
Sunday 6:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

Modeled after writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton’s personal experiences at a group home for at-risk teenagers, Short Term 12 is a genuinely moving look at life in a group foster home that avoids most of the usual routes into viewers' hearts.

It follows the daily routines of Grace (Brie Larson), a counselor in her 20s who was also brought up in the foster-care system. Each day, she oversees petty squabbles and almost daily fights among the youths and calms them as best she can with anything that works, including music. Brie Larson's performance is something of a quiet revelation, and in turn, the same could be said of the film itself.

After old demons begin to surface, affecting her ability to act as an impartial counselor, Grace is finally forced to confront her past and begin her own healing process before she can attend to the needs of others. An uplifting story of redemption and healing, told with great candor and some surprising humor.

USA/2013/96 min
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The Forgotten Kingdom

Director: Andrew Mudgekingdom
Friday, 12:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Saturday, 9:00 a.m., Silverwater Theatre

A tender, South African-based coming-of-age story of young Atang’s journey from the hustle of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral land of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born.

Befriended by a precocious eleven year-old orphan boy, together they make an arduous journey across the breathtaking, rugged mountains in order to find Dineo, a childhood friend with whom he has fallen in love. The characters he meets along the way, from the orphan boy to an old woman afflicted by a witch doctor's curse, are mirrors to Atang's inner journey.

Epic in scale but intimate in scope, this is a hero's journey in the classic sense, with powerful performances and absolutely beautiful cinematography.

Lesotho, South Africa/2012/98 min.
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The Retrieval

Director: Chris Eska
Trailerthe retrieval
Friday, 9:30 a.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

In 1864, as the Civil War rages, 13-year-old Will and his exploitive Uncle Marcus are employed by a taciturn toughie named Burrell, with his ragtag band of bounty hunters. Burrell is so confident of his control over Will and Marcus that he sends the pair up north to locate Nate, an ex-slave with a price on his head, and lure him back south, where Burrell awaits.

The longer the three travelers are together during an extended trek, the more Will comes to view Nate as the father figure he never had. This turmoil of emotions impels Will and Nate toward their ultimate confrontation with Burrell.

This quietly stirring journey brings us into the center of America’s ravaged heartland. Writer-director Chris Eska has crafted an insightful narrative distilling the bloody backdrop of the Civil War with an intense historical drama and character study.

USA/2013/94 min.
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Your Side of the Bed

Director: Jason Jeffreyside bed
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Rosebud Cinema
Saturday, 3:00 p.m. The Silverwater Theatre

Brothers saving brothers – but who is rescuing whom? Middle-aged Dan has lost his wife and his emotional balance. Staggered by the loss, he struggles until his brother Johnny shows up to help pull him to a more stable shore.  As Dan cheers up, Johnny decides life without a wife could be a good thing, and impulsively makes plans to leave his long-time marriage.  With a new lease on life, Dan jumps in to save Johnny’s marriage and finds himself searching to uncover his own personal issues of loss. 

A carefully-crafted portrait of family; one reviewer said that because there’s so much “silence” doing the heavy emotional lifting in this film , “it could be included as a fourth character on the credit crawl” and continues with “A slow burn character drama with plenty of sweetness to go around.”

Canada/2012/78 min.

Screening with: Harry Grows Up
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Short Narratives

Animation Hotline

Director: Dustin Grellaanimation
Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 9 a.m., Silverwater Theatre

If you leave Dustin Grella an interesting story on his voicemail, he will transform it into an animated narrative. Animation Hotline is a series of micro-animations that use crowd-sourced voicemail message for content that range from the mundane to the artistic- and surprising.
USA/2011/6 min

Screening with: Breakfast with Curtis

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Harry Grows Up

Director: Mark Nickelsburgharry
Friday, 9:15 a.m., Rosebud Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Silverwater Theatre

Mark Nickelsburg made this film about toddlers in love, starring his own son as Harry.  He says, “It's a simple love story but it's universal.  There's infatuation and romantic fantasy, which are exciting but fleeting and empty, and there's true love that's difficult and complicated but in the end more deeply satisfying. Harry Grows Up is about maturing enough not to confuse the two, and the wisdom to choose the latter.”
USA/2012/12 min.

Screening with: Your Side of the Bed

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It’s Not a Cowboy Movie

Director: Benjamin Parentcoyboy
Friday, 12:00 p.m., Silverwater Theatre
Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre

Brokeback Mountain was aired on TV the night before. The next day, inside the school toilets, Vincent takes advantage of the break to describe the film to his classmate, Mousse. At the same time, in the female bathroom, Jessica, who's also been deeply moved by the film, bombards her best friend Nadia with awkward questions about her gay father.  A tender portrait of innocence, insight and longing.

France/2012/12 min.

Screening with: Broken

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Lunch Date

Director: Sasha Collingtonlunch
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre
Sunday, 12:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre

2011 was supposed to be Annabel’s year. So why is she here, sitting in a restaurant, being told by a thirteen-year-old that her boyfriend, Thomas, doesn’t want to see her anymore?
The messenger is Wilbur. He has agreed to break the news as payment for borrowing Thomas’ tent. But dispensing with Annabel proves a bigger challenge than Wilbur had anticipated.
Writer/director/actor Sasha Collington is a prodigy.
UK/2011/11 min.
Screening with: One Small Hitch

Return to Me (Reviens-Moi)

Director: Tracy Rectorreturn
Saturday, Noon, Silverwater Theatre
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Rosebud Theatre

A man remembers his childhood love and what he was asked to do for nostalgia’s sake in this captivating short. The flashback-driven story conveys the torment of youthful love through one man’s wistful daydreams.
USA/2012/8 min
Screening with: Aliyah

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The Palace

Director: Ruud Satijnpalace
Friday, 12:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre
Saturday, 9:15 a.m., Rosebud Theatre

For the first time, Machteld, 14, is allowed to go out to the local disco, The Palace, with her friend Sarah. Since Sarah is already familiar with going out, she makes Machteld dress up as a sexier version of herself: no sneakers and jeans, but a mini skirt and high heels. But once having made it inside the disco, Machteld tumbles into a world of unknown boundaries with new and frightening behaviors. Her inexperience drags her from one awkward situation into the mystery of the night.

Netherlands/2010/11 min.

Screening with: Clandestine Childhood

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Tiny Miny Magic

Director: Danielle Lurietiny mini
Friday, 9:00 a.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Sunday, 9:15 a.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

When Sam Cabbage decides to show her appreciation for her mailman by leaving him a present in her mailbox, she is overjoyed when he leaves her a present back. Through a gift giving exchange, an unexpected romance ensues.
Original score by Matt Whyte of the Indie rock band Earl Greyhound.
UK/2011/9 min.

Screening with: I Do!

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Short Documentaries

Alison Gannett, a MoveShake Story

Director: Alexandria Bombachalison
Friday, 9 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse
Saturday, 12:30 p.m., Rose Theatre

This is a story of two centuries. Alison Gannett lives a 20th century life as an advocate for wholesome rural sustainability on a 75-acre farm in western Colorado. Then, into her idyllic, independent life comes the tentacles of modern corporate exploitation of public land: companies plan to drill for natural gas next to her land without having to heed laws protecting clean water and air. Will her optimism survive?
USA/2012/9 min

Screening with: Uranium Drive-In

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Crow Quill Night Owls

Director: Max McSimovcrow
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre
Sunday, Noon, The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

Unique and delightfully talented, they were seen busking around Port Townsend for the past year—and as the guests of West Coast Live at last year’s PTFF.   Learn more of their story and appreciation for an eclectic musical style that has become more of a life style!

USA/2013/10 min.

Screening with: Big Joy

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Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven

Director: Johan Palmgren & Asa Blanck
Friday, 9:30 p.m., RoseTheatre
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., RoseTheatre

The deep friendship between a young boy and his warm hearted, humorous and bedridden grandfather. The aging man has a secret he wants to share with his grandson that takes them deep into the woods together on one final adventure. The director, Asa Blanck is part of the family, allowing the team to create a special, touching portrait of the final chapter of life and how it continues.

Screening with: Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro

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Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean

Producer: J.J. Kelleygyre
Friday, 3:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

National Geographicfollows an international team of scientists, artists, and educators as they launch an expedition to study marine debris in the remote waters of Alaska, changing the way we view some of the most disturbingly profound artifacts of our time. 

Much of the ocean’s trash is swirling in one of five ‘gyres’- large systems of rotating ocean currents.  The world shrinks as we all become connected thru our litter, yet somehow we manage to remain severed from the problem we are creating.  We are killing the life that depends on the sea.  Our trash is becoming the cultural archeology of our time. Is that how we want to be remembered? 

USA/2013/22 min

Screening with: Battle for the Elephants

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Irish Folk Furniture

Director: Tony Donoghueirish
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

In Ireland old hand painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty and with a time many would rather forget. Because of this association much of the country's furniture heritage lies rotting in barns and sheds. In the making of this film 16 pieces of abandoned folk furniture were restored and returned back into daily use- and animated! This film was shot in a green and environmentally friendly way using local craftspeople, local narrators and inexpensive secondhand equipment and natural light.
Ireland/2012/8 min

Screening with: Tiny: A Story About Living Small & Slomo

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Keeper of the Mountains

Director: Allison Ottokeeper
Friday, 6:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Keeper of the Mountains is a portrait of Elizabeth Hawley and her unlikely key role in the Golden Age of Himalayan mountaineering, her defiance of the traditional gender roles of her day, and her decision to settle alone in Kathmandu in 1960, where she has famously lived life on her own terms ever since. This portrait of Hawley, now 89, is an impressionistic snapshot of her life and the challenges she currently faces as she tries to maintain the mountaineering archives and her independence while dealing with advancing age.
USA/2013/25 min

Screening with: Lou Whittaker: A Life in the Mountains

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Like a Dance

Director: Jill Orschelllike a dance
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

A 17-year-old abandons her childhood dream to dance when she is diagnosed with cancer but discovers something about herself along the way. Beautiful underwater footage is captured by her father.
USA/2013/6 min

Screening with: When I Walk

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Murder Mouth

Director: Madeleine Parrymurder
Saturday, 9:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 6:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

A 14-minute documentary, Murder Mouth is Madeline Parry’s personal exploration of what it is like to actually kill your own food.  Says Perry,  “ I felt I should go through that experience, and discover whether killing the meat that I ate would change how I felt about my food. . . . I didn’t know what I would discover. I thought it would be very interesting to find out, not only for myself but for other people as well. And I made it a documentary because everyone I spoke to was fascinated by the topic.”  

Rated VD for Vegetarian Discretion.

Australia/2013/17 min

Screening with: GMO OMG

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Oyster Farmers Facing Climate Change

Director: Benjamin Drummond & Sara Steeleoyster
Friday, 3:15p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, Noon, The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

Kathleen Nisbet and her father, Dave, farm oysters in Washington's Willapa Bay. They recently shifted some of their business to Hawaii, after ocean acidification started killing baby oysters in local hatcheries.
USA/2012/5 min

Screening with: Battle for the Elephants

Port Townsend Sails

Director: Paul Shapiropt sails
Friday 9:15am Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday 9:15am Peter Simpson Free Cinema

This film offers a look at the life and work of master sailmaker Carol Hasse, whose sail loft is located in beautiful, historic Port Townsend, Washington (sound familiar?).

The film explores the incredible sailmaking process, the life journey of Hasse as an educator, community activist, founder of The Wooden Boat Festival and Foundation and mentor to a crew of young sailmakers.
USA/2013/5 min

Screens with Hot Flash Havoc

Ray: A Life Underwater

Director: Amanda Bluglass
Friday, 12:30 p.m., Rose Theatreray
Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Uptown Theatre

Ray: A Life Underwater is an affectionate portrait of one man's deep sea diving career, told through his extraordinary collection of marine artifacts.
Like a modern-day pirate, 75-year-old Ray Ives, a rogue with an eye for salvage—and the ladies—has been scouring the seabed for treasures his whole life.  Ray can be found most days at his museum at Yacht Haven Quay, Plymouth.
UK/2011/14 min.

Screening with: Maiden Trip

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Director: Joshua Izenbergslomo
Friday, 9:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

In 1998, depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandoned his career as a neurologist and moved to San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He began to see slow-motion gliding to music as a portal to religious ecstasy. At Pacific Beach he underwent a radical transformation into SLOMO, trading his lab coat for a pair of rollerblades and his IRA for a taste of divinity.
USA/2012/17 min.

Screening with: Tiny; A Story About Living Small & Irish Folk Furniture

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The Man Who Lived on His Bike

Director: Guillaume Blanchetbike
Friday, 9:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., The James Broughton Theatre, Key City Playhouse

What can you do on a bicycle? For Guillaume Blanchet, the question is what can’t you do?
France/2012/5 min

Screening with: Unhung Hero

You Don’t Know Jack

Director: Morgan Spurlockjack
Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Sunday 3:30 p.m., Uptown Theatre

What does a 14-year-old genius do in a regular high school biology class?  While his friends thought about frogs or football, Jack Andrade invented a life-saving test for pancreatic cancer.
USA/2013/4 min

Screening with: Life According to Sam

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Shorts Programs

No Shortage of Characters

Saturday, 9:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema

Impossible to describe, short films can be a sketch, a fine portrait or a flight of fancy, created for you by a filmmaker.  What would a team of high diving giraffes look like?  Are you scared?   How would you introduce cats to one another?  Join us in a betting parlor in rural Sweden when desperate times call for desperate measures that made our reviewer laugh long and loud.  In this short film program, there is no shortage of characters.

5 mètres 80meters
Director: Nicolas Deveaux

We see giraffes diving gracefully, like Olympic champions, twisting and turning in the air, to land expertly in the pool far below.  Well, it is an animated film, but still—Esther Williams, eat your heart out.
France/2013/5 min

The Scared is Scared
Director: Bianca Giaeverscared

When an inventive young filmmaker turns to a 6-year-old for inspiration, the result is likely to be a masterpiece. The Scared is Scared, made by Bianca Giaever, based on 6-year-old Asa Baker-Rouse's improv storytelling, certainly stands up to the test. The only barrier to soaking up Asa's genius? At just under eight minutes, Asa thinks faster than we do!
USA/2013/8 min

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The Record Breakerrecord
Director: Brian McGiinn

Meet Ashrita Furman, a singularly driven character, and his merry band of compatriots (including Champ,the dog) as he's about to attempt to climb Machu Picchu on stilts.

Furman, a NYC health food manager who has set records in more than 30 countries, completed his goal of breaking a record in all 7 continents when he set the mile hula hoop record at Uluru (known as Ayers Rock) in the Australian desert in 2003. Furman has also set records at the Egyptian Pyramids (distance pool cue balancing), Stonehenge (standing on a Swiss ball), the Eiffel Tower (most sit ups in an hour)… What next??
Denmark/2012/25 min

Odysseus’ Gambitodysseus
Director: Alex Lora Cercos

Saravuth Inn, a fifty-year-old Cambodian refugee, sits before a chess board every day in New York City’s Union Square.  You can play him for five dollars, but you probably won’t win.  Inn, a chess master, is also a country singer (he has CDs), a student of Classical literature, and a charming man whose life story sounds like a movie plot.  When his family was killed by the Khmer Rouge—Inn has bullet wounds all over his body—he was rescued (he says “kidnapped”) by U. S. troops and brought to America in “Operation Babylift” in 1975.  It’s no wonder he sees himself as Odysseus, a wanderer without a home, without, as he says, even “a dog to recognize me.”
Spain, USA/2012/12 min

The Date (Treffit)date
Director: Jenni Toivoniemi

Sixteen-year-old Tino finds himself obliged to play host at an appointment for his family’s pedigree tomcat, Diabolo.  His prospective mate arrives in the company of a mother and her teen-age daughter.  While the animals get down to the business of preserving their species next door, their owners make awkward small talk over coffee and quite the passionate symphony.
Finland/2012/7 min.

Director: John Hellberg

What could be easier than robbing a small tobacco shop on the outskirts of town? It's during the year's biggest horse race event and the betting center looks like the ultimate hit for some fast cash.  This Swedish comic hostage film features Mousse, a robber with pride and principles, fed up with living as a second-class citizen. Mousse knows how to deal with the bungling policemen, but what happens when he faces principles different from his own? 
Sweden/2012/40 min.

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Artist’s Voices

Friday, 6:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Saturday, 12:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre

Pablo Picasso said, “Everything you can imagine is real!” Allowing their hearts and hands to become tools, artists bring us close to themselves, inviting us without description or apology to experience their perspective and enhance our lives. The depth of talent and technique highlighted in this collection of short film reminds us that art informs all aspects of our shared experience of life.

The Perfect Fitfit
Director: Finlay Pretsell

“Ballet dancers get dodgy feet from dancing and I get dodgy hands from making their shoes!” The Perfect Fit looks at professional ballet through the eyes of a shoemaker who pounds his soul out making each pair perfect, trying to ease the burden on the dancers’ feet. Ballet shoes may be worn by delicate girls, but they’re crafted by burly men whose hands tell another story.
UK/2011/9 min.

Panmela Castropanmela
Director: Heloisa Passos

Castro views her art, graffiti, as an act of expression that seizes women's rights. In Castro's vision, the movement of female-centric graffiti spreads from country to country as women share it among their communities. Though graffiti is typically a masculine art form, it is also typically the expression of the oppressed having its roots in underprivileged, urban youth of color.

Castro calls herself a "dreamer" and draws inspiration from one of her recurring character creations, Liberthé, who is "free in such an ample way that we can't even imagine."
Brazil/2012/4 min.

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American Dreamamerican
Director: Ian Ruhter

Just what is the American Dream? Photographer Ian Ruhter is traveling the country photographing the people and places he sees along the way with a delivery van that he converted into a giant camera. He develops the large format photos using the collodion wet plate process, an early photographic process popular in the 19th century. He calls the endeavor the American Dream project.

Ruhter sees the world differently. He depicts his subjects—the downtrodden, the terrified, the handicapped—in their true heroic potential.
USA/2012/11 min

Honor the Treatieshonor
Director: Eric Becker

Honor the Treaties examines photographer Aaron Huey’s work for Native American rights on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre. The film depicts what 120 years of broken treaties and broken dreams have done to a once-proud Native American people, who now reside in “Prisoner of War Camp #334.”
USA/2012/14 min

Directors: Andrea Nix Fine & Sean Fine

A poignant coming of age story about a young artist's determination never to surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.

At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be limited by her life as an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for her last nine years. Color is her personal revolution and its sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past. Inocente is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America: children.

Inocente has become the first film funded by Kickstarter to win an Oscar.  Four other such films were nominated for an Academy Award, including The Barber of Birmingham, a PTFF favorite in 2011.

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Faces of Combat

Friday 9:00 a.m., Silverwater Theatre
Saturday, 6:15 p.m., Peter Simpson Free Cinema
Many among us have an idea of heroism.  These films may inform or alter that concept.  Faced with the unimaginable, those who experience combat are changed.  This triptych of films present three remarkable perspectives of prisoners, soldiers and veterans.  You may not necessarily see yourself portrayed on the screen but you will see moments of decision, of circumstance leading in new directions and most of all, you will see the humanity in combat.

Director: Wade Jackson


Set in 1942, Decimation tells the story of ten Russian soldiers who are accused of cowardice in the face of the enemy during WWII. As punishment for their betrayal, they are forced to choose among themselves which one will be executed at dawn by a firing squad.  Award-winning cinematography and a tale that unfolds right into the final frame.
USA/2013/30 min.

Special Jury Prize, SIFF 2013.

Honor and Sacrificecombat
Directors: Don Sellers & Lucy Ostrander


Honor & Sacrifice tells the complex story of a Japanese immigrant family ripped apart by WWII. The eldest, Hiroshi (Roy), used his Japanese language skills to fight with Merrill’s Marauders, an American guerrilla unit in Burma- only after he was released from his own prison camp in the American internment camps. While he was fighting, his parents and sisters were living in their family's ancestral home, Hiroshima. The story is told by Roy's daughter Karen as she discovers her father's work in military intelligence, kept secret for 50 years. 
USA/2013/28 min.

Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfieldsground
Director: Dulanie Ellis


Sgt. Adam Burke made a promise to God. Bleeding out from a mortar hit in Iraq, Adam promised that if he could live to see his family one more time, he would do something to make his life worth saving. Two years later he started the Veterans Farm, a place of emotional solace and job training in organic blueberry production for disabled vets like himself. Adam is just one of the inspiring and compelling veterans featured in Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields.

Follow our ensemble of combat men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as they share their truth: Why they joined the military, how the war experience changed them, what the daunting return to civilian life has been, how they struggled to find a positive pathway forward and ultimately, when they found organic farming and pasture-raised livestock to be an answer to a dream. Their stories are both inspiring and pragmatic as they find their next mission: food security for America.
USA/2012/41 min.

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Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Saturday, 10 p.m., Uptown Theatre
Sunday, 12:00 p.m., Silverwater Theatre

Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You! is 100% guaranteed to surprise, make you laugh, shock and maybe keep you up late…6 short films with one element in common;  they could not be programmed with anything else!  Wonderful production values, laugh out loud humor, cartoon sex, classroom behavior that every teacher has imagined at one moment or another.  Shakespeare lovers, sci-fi fans, folks with food allergies- we might offend all of you but- don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Teacher of the Yearteacher
Director: Chris Modoono

 Down on his luck, elementary school teacher Ethan Collins treats his classroom like a therapist’s office, substituting the boredom of education with his own morose existential minutiae. His students watch politely as he pontificates, kvetches, and curses like a sailor. To be sure, the trope of the foul-mouthed grade school teacher is easy comedic fodder, but the film supersedes cheap laughs by slowly developing the story, eventually taking us to a surprisingly earnest place
USA/2011/17 min.

Director: Michaela Pavlatova

It's the humdrum daily routine for this tram's conductress. As every morning, men get on the tram to go to work, one after another, all similar: quiet, grey, apathetic. And yet, on this day, following the jolts and the road's vibrations, to the rhythm of the tickets inserted in the ticket-stamping machine, things get erotic. The tram conductress's desire turns the reality into a surrealistic and phallic fantasy. She then takes a ride with the passengers. Music, maestro!
France/2012/8 min.

Dairy Queendairy queen
Director: Lauren Savoy

On the eve of a romantic weekend upstate, sweet but profoundly awkward Chloe plans on telling Dan, her boyfriend of three weeks, that she loves him. While he prepares the one meal he knows how to make, Fettuccine Alfredo, she tries on sexy lingerie, working to build up her courage. Then, terror strikes as lactose intolerant Chloe comes face to face with Dan's creamy concoction.  Chloe throws caution to the wind and dives into the meal. But as soon as the wine kicks in, so does the Alfredo.
USA/2013/12 min.

The Real Housewives of Shakespearehousewives
Director: Ben Medina & Jamie King

This fake reality show, written in marvelously clever verse with contemporary slang, follows Lady Macbeth, Desdemona, Juliet, and many more of the Bard's classic divas as they struggle with fashion, foreclosure, sex tapes, soliloquies, and other pitfalls of the rich and fabulous!  Just imagine Kate dropping the F-bomb on Petruchio .
USA/2013/23 min.

The Places Where We Livedplaces
Director: Bernardo Britto

This animated short asks an existential question about the geography of our lives: when our old apartment houses have been imploded, when our childhood woods are made into a shopping center, when even parents have become just people—then who are we?   (Warning: graphic cartoon sexuality.)

USA/2013/7 minend

End of the Beginning
Director: Richard Marshall

After surviving an apocalyptic event, Sookie, a cute, feisty, gun-toting 14-year-old, escapes with her ailing daddy to the open road. They find shelter from the dreaded Night Creatures in an abandoned town, where they hole up in an empty country diner. There they meet the town’s last inhabitant, Dylan, a shy, brainy 13-year-old. 
USA/2013/19 min.

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How We Play

Saturday, 3:15 p.m., Rosebud
Sunday, 12:30 p.m., Rose Theatre

Put this program in the “Do not try this at home” category!  Actually, some adventurous spirits might be inspired to spread their wings.  These films are filled with crazy launches off cliff, faces wearing wing suits, awesome and real women’s climbing exploits, intensely beautiful kayaking, an inspiring young skateboarder who doesn’t let blindness hold him back…  and the Gimp Monkeys whose credo is “we are climbers 1st, disabled 2nd”.  Fasten your seatbelts for an enjoyably bumpy ride through the lens of these awesome athletes!!!

Split of a Secondsplit
Directors: John Boisen & Bjorn Favremark

Hasn’t everyone dreamed of flying?  Espen Fadness, the Norwegian birdman, dons a suit with rudimentary wings.  His plunges down vertical cliffs will thrill the dormant eagles in the audience while terrifying all acrophobes. 

He says all the work of preparing takes 99.9% of the sport’s time, whereas the flight itself lasts only the “split of a second . . . that’s how much fun it is.”

Directors: Robert Van der Lans & Justin Karten

Tommy Carroll is blind as a bat—a bat on a skateboard.  Like those creatures of the night, he uses a kind of sonar to navigate, in a sport that demands bravery from anyone.  Blind since the age of two, Carroll is much more than ‘a kid on a board’.  And he challenges us to be more, too!

The Gimp Monkeysgimp
Director: Fitz Cahall

What has four legs, five arms and three heads? The Gimp Monkeys. Craig DeMartino lost his leg after a 100-foot climbing fall. Pete Davis was born without an arm. Bone cancer claimed Jarem Frye’s left leg at the age of 14. While the three are linked by what they are missing, it is their shared passion for climbing that pushed them towards an improbable goal – the first all-disabled ascent of Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan. There was no cause. No call for awareness. No fund raising. “We are climbers first, disabled second,” says DeMartino. “If you’re a climber, you want to climb El Cap.” The Gimp Monkeys follows their successful ascent of Zodiac, a 1,800-foot route on the Southeast Face of El Capitan.
USA/2012/8 min

Director: Fitz Cahall

“We are all going to make mistakes. It’s truly learning from them that makes life really sweet,” says skier, climber and parent, Roger Strong. On April 6th, 2011, the veteran backcountry skier was skinning up his favorite backcountry run on Washington’s Snoqualmie Pass when he triggered an avalanche that swept him and two friends hundreds of feet through steep trees.  In the aftermath, wheelchair bound, he was left to consider his decisions.  Had he failed as a father and a husband? What would he take away from the experience? And if his body would allow, would he still want to ski?  Miraculously, a year later he was skiing the pass again.
USA/2013/8 min.

Push Itpush
Director: Jen Randall

Push It is the story of filmmaker Jen Randall and her new-found climbing partner, Jackie Sequeira, preparing for their first ever big wall—El Capitan, in Yosemite.  Along the way, Randall visits some of her climbing heroines for inspiration. Two years in the making -overcoming broken bones, awful weather, a lack of funds and several crises of confidence- this is a complex story built around the notions of journey and female camaraderie. It’s an open invitation for everyone to keep “pushing it.”
UK/2012/25 min.

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Lacon de Catalonialacon
Director: Niels Windfeldt

Director: Niels Windfeldt
A montage of the most amazing feats on a bicycle you are likely ever to see, featuring Andreu Lacondeguy, acrobat, daredevil, athlete, Houdini on wheels.
Norway/2012/5 min

Director: Anson Fogel & Skip Armstrong

Waterfalls seem to attract daredevils.  If it’s Niagara they come with a barrel.  If it’s a cascade in a lush tropical setting, then a kayak is the vessel of choice.
USA/2013/8 min

The Road from Karakol
Director:Fitz Cahall

ROADIn 2012 Kyle Dempster pedaled (and pushed and carried) his bike 700 miles across the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, where there arefew roads and even fewer bridges.  Somehow he filmed himself on this lonely, perilous trek, so we can go along on the road from Karakol.
USA/2013/26 min

Paper Shredder
Director: Paul Gemignani & Stephen Gemignani

paperWhen a shredder (a snowboarder) dreams, his avatar keeps on shredding around the room.
 USA/2013/2 min

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Moving Mountains

Saturday, 6:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
Sunday, 3:15 p.m., Rosebud Theatre

We often hold back from doing something because we somehow believe that one person can’t make a difference.  Here are 5 true examples that disprove that notion.  You will be moved and inspired after seeing these amazing documentaries that highlight the Power of ONE.  Men and women who are truly making a difference in the most incredible waysmountains

An Inconvenient Youth
Director: Slater Jewell-Kemker

An Inconvenient Youth captures the vibrant though underreported story of the global youth climate movement.  Nineteen-year-old director Slater Jewell-Kemker brings a fresh perspective to this frightening and urgent issue by focusing  on the hearts and dreams of young people who have devoted themselves to change… to a sustainable future.
USA/2013/12 min.

Gregg Treinish, a MoveShake Story
Director: Alexandria Bombach

When asked how others could follow their passions for making change, Gregg Treinish simply replied:
“Three seconds of courage. . . . That’s all it takes”. Named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic, Treinish founded Adventures and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) in 2011, based on the idea that those who recreate in natural areas have a responsibility to protect them.
USA/2012/15 min

The Secret of Treestrees
Director: Albert Maysles

What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aidan realized that trees use a mathematical formula to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don’t collect solar energy in the same way.
USA/2013/5 min.

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A Healing Arthealing
Director: Ellen Frick

Yes, there is art in tragedy- even the loss of eye?  Watch the talent of artificial eye makers Christy Erickson and Todd Cranmore combine artistry, skill and compassion to rekindle hope for their patients and families. Each eye is a masterful work of art created to be as unique as the individual who wears it. Follow the compelling journey of several patients from a state of fear to a place of hope as they are transformed by caring and capable hands. A Healing Art was produced by director Ellen Frick and Team Fly On The Wall as part of the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where filmmakers have five days to make a short nonfiction film.
USA/2009/7 min.

Duk Countyduk- Peace is in Sight in the New South Sudan
Director: Jordan Campbell


This is the story of a collaboration between John Dau, Dr. Alan Crandall and Dr. Geoff Tabin who restored eyesight for over 200 people. Tabin and his team from the Moran Eye Center in Park City, Utah, took their operation to South Sudan where an appalling number of people suffer from curable blindness. They worked with John Dau (one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan, whose remarkable story of survival was featured in the film God Grew Tired of Us,2007).
USA/2013/37 min.

Badru’s Storybadru
Directors: Benjamin Drummond & Sara Steele

Badru’s Story
Directors: Benjamin Drummond & Sara Steele

Each year, Badru Mugerwa sets 60 camera traps in the rugged forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. His work is part of the TEAM Network, a global web of field stations that provide an early warning system for loss of biodiversity in tropical forests. Badru and his fellow TEAM scientists have collected over one million images of mammals and birds to help guide conservation efforts.
USA/2013/6 min.

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