Beware the Slenderman
Beware the Slenderman

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival), which takes place November 10-15, 2016, announced the line-up for its 43rd annual survey of new work by regional media artists.

This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (NWFest43) presents 14 features curated by the Northwest Film Center’s Filmmaker Services Manager Ben Popp, currently in his first year as festival manager. Additionally, the 20 short form works at NWFest43 were selected by guest Festival judge Jonathan Marlow. Marlow is a film curator, critic, cinematographer, and occasional producer with numerous shorts to his credit. His eclectic arts and business career includes serving as director of the San Francisco Cinematheque, stints at Amazon and VUDU, and co-founding the subscription film service and social-sharing platform FANDOR. Most recently, he has joined San Francisco-based Kanopy, the leading on-demand streaming video service for higher educational institutions, as Chief Strategy Officer.

Festival film highlights include Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky’s BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, a feature-length documentary exploration of the 2014 Internet meme inspired stabbing of a young girl by two of her classmates; Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca’s documentary THE PEARL, concerning four individuals in the midst of coming out as transgendered; FINDING BOSNIA, Ivana Horvat and Adrian Hopffgarten’s portrait of Horvat’s return to Bosnia-Herzegovina decades after her family sought asylum in America; artist and graphic novelist Mark Andres’ hand-drawn and painted THREE DAYS DROWNING, which tells the tale of a portraiture artist who slowly uncovers the truth about both his subjects and himself; WOODSRIDER, Cambria Matlow’s hybridized documentary about a lone snowboarder camping at and taking advantage of the slopes of Mt. Hood; director Ian Clark’s sci-fi thriller A MORNING LIGHT, about a couple who begin to sense a mysterious presence surrounding them while on a forest excursion; and Kris Boustedt and Lindy Boustedt’s psychological thriller BRIDES TO BE, which cross-pollinates 21st century love with a haunted house tale.

In addition to features, the Festival offers up two programs of short films. Shorts I: Known and Unknown (or Unknowable)— a collection of films from makers based in Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Boise, ID, Fairview, OR, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II: Visions of Reality collects films by makers throughout the Northwest region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction. Both shorts programs and all features (with the exception of BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN) screen twice during the festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit on November 10. A day of guest speakers, panels, and tech demos, the Summit’s aim is to provide information and discussion of issues and trends in independent filmmaking with a focus on regional opportunities and resources. Subjects explored include increasing “Equity in Filmmaking,” music licensing on the local scene, working within “Episodic” constraints for web, and more.

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