A beautifully curated short film line-up, showcasing the best and brightest documentary talent in the Wenatchee Valley. Featuring new work from Voortex, North 40, and Your Human Productions. Attended by filmmakers and subjects. Followed by a catered after-party with featured artists and guests.
The Owl Sisters • Tribal storyteller Randy Lewis shares the legend of giant predacious Owls who terrorized the animal kingdom in Wenatchi and the fate that befell them in the end. Commentary provided by geologist Nick Zentner. A Your Human Production in conjunction with Nicholas Dirk, The Wenatchee Valley Skills Center, and local high-school students.
Fail Forward Fast • What does it mean to be an athlete? How does this change as we age? Local filmmaker Erin Nash digs into the experience of four locals to discover what they have learned over the years in their experience on the trail, the slopes, and the rocks around us. Directed by Erin Nash. TRAILER
The Blueback and the Quinalt • Verging on the brink of extinction, Quinalt tribal members speak out about the sacred Blueback salmon and the impact on their ceremonies as populations are dwindling to an all-time low. A North 40 Production.
Disrupt; Reimagining Elder Care • One Washington family defies the norm when Mom is diagnosed with dementia. Against the recommendations of friends and healthcare professionals, they combine forces to reimagine what is possible with elder care, aging, and unconditional love. A Kaliope and Voortex production. Directed by Alicia McKee.
Older Than the Crown • After the deliberate separation and an unjust declaration of extinction, the Sinixt people return to their ancestral land in Canada to continue practicing and protecting their aboriginal rights.
Nidoto Nai Yoni (Let it Not Happen Again) • About two months after Japan attacked American naval base at Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed executive order 9066. The Order led to the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans. Kay Sakai Nakao and Shokichi Tokita recall their families’ stories of loss and upheaval. Directed by Laila Kazmi.
1 hour, 30 min
Life for a Latinx immigrant family in the New South can be challenging and sometimes terrifying, but thankfully, there’s always a fiesta to take you through the night. ¡FIESTA! Quinceañera is a digital series that weaves the lives of three Latina girls and a seasoned drag artist as they celebrate their quinceañera, a complex and colorful rite of passage.
1 hour, 30 min
Q&A with Director Vlada Knowlton after the film!
In 2016 a small group of families with transgender kids joined the fight against a wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation that swept the nation and their home state. With the help of a coalition of civil rights activists and ally lawmakers, these families embarked on an uncharted journey of fighting for their children’s lives and futures in this present-day civil rights story.
1 hour, 43 min
Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910—they started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster.