FREE STUFF at EFF!!!

We start at the CWU McConnell Auditorium Friday, Oct. 7 @ 3 PM with visiting Professor Dr. Ian Scott's "Projections of America." Then join us at the OPENING NIGHT'S COCKTAILS EVENT at the 420 Building in beautiful downtown Ellensburg. Don't miss the TEEN FILM FESTIVAL at the Hal Holmes Center next to the Ellensburg Public Library.  The three films created by Ellensburg's own teens will show at 12 Noon, Saturday, Oct. 8. The Teen Films will be followed by "JUNGLE BOOK" at the Hal Holmes Center at 1:15 PM. SHOW US YOUR SHORTS includes four 10 minute films made just last weekend during our 72 hour film slam.  They will show at the Tower Theater, Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 6:30 PM. AND COME TO OUR SECRET FILM ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, AT MCCONNELL AT 8 PM. ENJOY!!

We start at the CWU McConnell Auditorium Friday, Oct. 7 @ 3 PM with visiting Professor Dr. Ian Scott's "Projections of America."

Then join us at the OPENING NIGHT'S COCKTAILS EVENT at the 420 Building in beautiful downtown Ellensburg.

Don't miss the TEEN FILM FESTIVAL at the Hal Holmes Center next to the Ellensburg Public Library.  The three films created by Ellensburg's own teens will show at 12 Noon, Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Teen Films will be followed by "JUNGLE BOOK" at the Hal Holmes Center at 1:15 PM.

SHOW US YOUR SHORTS includes four 10 minute films made just last weekend during our 72 hour film slam.  They will show at the Tower Theater, Saturday, Oct. 8 @ 6:30 PM.

AND COME TO OUR SECRET FILM ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, AT MCCONNELL AT 8 PM.

ENJOY!!

"Projections of America"

The Central Washington University Film Program is proud to announce that Dr. Ian Scott from the University of Manchester will spend the year in Ellensburg as Visiting Distinguished Professor of Film. Ian is a film historian and scholar and just last month published his latest book where he explores the films of Oliver Stone. We’re thrilled to have Ian on campus and would encourage everyone to attend the free screening of his new documentary film, Projections of America, that investigates the Hollywood propaganda films of WWII. Ian will introduce the film and provide some behind-the-scenes perspective on the challenges faced by the production. This free showing will be held at 4pm on October 7th in McConnell Hall as a kick-off to the 2016 Ellensburg Film Festival.

 

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"Embrace of the Serpent"

This powerful film is the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Join us on our opening night Friday, October 7th, at McConnell Auditorium at 7:30 PM to view this amazing film.  

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SECRET FILM

on Saturday, October 8th at 8 PM

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JOIN US FOR A GREAT LINE UP OF FILMS INCLUDING:

DARK HORSE

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite sport of kings.

4:30 Sunday, October 9th, CWU Tower Theater

SEARCHDOG

This documentary follows a Rhode Island State Police Sergeant who rehabilitates rescue dogs and turns them into Search & Rescue/Recovery Dogs.

5:30 Saturday, October 8th, McConnell Auditorium

KEDI

     A film that showcases the lives of the cats and the people who love them in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.  These magical cats live in shops, homes and markets, as well as in people’s homes.

3:30 Saturday, October 8th, McConnell Auditorium

THE MESSENGER    

Humans share an ageless bond with birds, their song, and their persistent presence in our lives. Today once more, the birds have something to tell us. 

4 PM Saturday, October 8th, CWU Tower Theater

PROMISED LAND

Promised Land is a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied.

1 PM Saturday, October 8th, McConnell Auditorium

BOONE

Shot in a verité style, Boone follows three farmers as they experience the hardships and inherent beauty of life on a small goat farm in Southern Oregon.

6 PM Friday, October 7th, CWU Tower Theater

11:30 AM Sunday, October 9th, McConnell Aud.

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

This hilarious film depicts a national manhunt for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the New Zealand bush.

7 PM Sunday, October 9th, McConnell Auditorium

 EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT

This is a story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

7:30 Friday, October 7th, McConnell Auditorium

SONITA

A young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music.

4:30 Sunday, October 9th, McConnell Auditorium

CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC

Children of the Arctic is a portrait of five Native Alaskan teenagers growing up in Barrow - the northernmost community in the United States.

11 AM Sunday, October 9th, CWU Tower Theater

ABILITY EXCHANGE

An intimate documentary film that delves into an innovative Disability Studies course at NYU Tandon where engineering students and self-advocates with cerebral palsy team up to make movies.

1 PM Sunday, October 9th, CWU Tower Theater 

BRAND NEW TESTAMENT

When Ea gets fed up with her overbearing father (who happens to be God), she decides to follow in her older brother's footsteps by leaving the house, gathering her own apostles, and writing her own testament.

1:30 PM Sunday, October 9th, McConnell Auditorium

AND MANY MORE……….

"KEDI"--a documentary about Istanbul's remarkable cats

What cat lover could resist this enchanting tale about the cats that roam the streets, market places, cafes, and homes of Istanbul residents.  Theses mysterious kitties are descendants of centuries of feline ancestors.  The film maker follows individuals and groups that own this territory in their own right.

What cat lover could resist this enchanting tale about the cats that roam the streets, market places, cafes, and homes of Istanbul residents.  Theses mysterious kitties are descendants of centuries of feline ancestors.  The film maker follows individuals and groups that own this territory in their own right.

SEARCHDOG--EFF's Pick as Best Documentary

SEARCHDOG is the story of Matthew Zarrella, a Rhode Island State Police Sergeant who rehabilitates “unadoptable" shelter dogs and transforms them into Search & Rescue/Recovery Dogs.  We come to know Matthew and his dogs and witness extraordinary moments over four and a half years of real-time searches as he trains troopers and their new canine partners to find missing persons.  

This film chronicles transformative connections between humans and dogs where the consequences of “trusting a dog” can mean life or death for a missing victim, others where the goal is to provide answers and closure for decades-old tragedies.  With passion and surprising humor – SEARCHDOG reveals rich, productive relationships in which both species learn to trust each other, and rely on each other, in performing their crucial tasks.

View this film at McConnell Auditorium on Saturday, October 8th at 5:30 PM.

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople"

EFF is excited to announce the showing of "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" during our festival.  This hilarious film, by New Zealand film maker Taika Waititi of "What We Do in the Shadows" fame, follows a national manhunt ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the New Zealand bush.  Same Neill, Julian Dennison and Rhys Darby star in this offbeat adventure in the wilds of New Zealand.

Join us at the beautiful CWU McConnell Auditorium on Sunday, October 9th for this riotous adventure..

 

"Presenting Princess Shaw"--an antidote to "Amy"

One of the first films I saw at the 2016 SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) was "Presenting Princess Shaw."  Director Ido Haar, an Israeli film maker, follows Samantha Montgomery and Kutiman simultaneously on their creative You Tube journeys.  Samantha is a struggling black woman from New Orleans with a velvety, expressive voice who posts her original a cappella songs via smart phone onto You Tube.  She also talks to the device like it is her best friend and counsellor and posts sometimes heartbreaking musings as well.  

On the other side of the world is Kutiman, a musician living on a kibbutz in Israel, who researches You Tube like a musical encyclopedia.  He finds snippets of uploaded performances by all ages who want someone out there in the online ethos to hear them play.  Along the way he discovers Samantha, who prefers the moniker Princess Shaw, and becomes entranced by her lyrical songs. Kutiman has a special talent in being able to piece certain performances together to accompany Princess Shaw's haunting melodies.  She is not aware he is doing this until he uploads a final cut.

The film maker, according to Princess Shaw who made an appearance after the screening, had been good friends with Kutiman for many years in Israel.  Haar sought her out in New Orleans to make a documentary, but did not tell her about Kutiman's project.  The film is the story of two worlds colliding in a beautiful way.

The heart of the story is Princess Shaw herself.  She is an ingenuous, talented woman with a love of life that has sustained her through hard times.  As Kutiman's You Tube videos go viral around the world, she is compared to Amy Winehouse.  The good news, though, is that Samantha wants to live and refuses to succumb to self destruction.  She is irrepressible in her enthusiasm for life and she pulls you along with her.

Join us for a free showing of "Trapped" the documentary at the CWU SURC Theater on Friday, April 22nd at 6 PM

  • "U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of bills have been enacted targeting abortion rights on a statewide level. Trapped follows the clinic workers, women, and lawyers on the frontlines of the battle to keep abortion safe and legal for the millions of poor and uninsured women caught in a political quagmire."        (imdb web site description)

What's new for the 12th Annual Ellensburg Film Festival?

Our 12th annual festival is scheduled for October 7,8,9.  Some great news is that EFF is partnering with CWU to use McConnell Auditorium and the Tower Theater as venues this year.  I fondly remember those years of the CWU Classic Film Series at McConnell Auditorium that were run by Dr. Burt and Dr. Canedo.  Ellensburg has a history of showing fine films, and the Ellensburg Film Festival is proud to follow in that tradition. 

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