See unique independent films at Everett Film Festival Feb. 21, 22
EVERETT - The upcoming Everett Film Festival will offer a unique slate of independent films over one and a half days.
The film festival opens at 6 p.m. the evening of Friday, Feb. 21 at The Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. and runs through Saturday, Feb. 22.
Founded as The Everett Women’s Film Festival in 1997, The Everett Film Festival will be showing 12 films, shorts and animations. The festival shows both feature films and documentaries. Festival director Teresa Henderson and her team previewed movies for months before settling on the current lineup.
Tough work, but someone has to do it.
Henderson is excited about all the films picked out for this year. “All of these films are films that we feel strongly about,” Henderson said.
The festival offers an eclectic blend of films including a 28 minute documentary by Bainbridge Island local Lucy Ostrander called “Honor and Sacrifice.” The film focuses on five Japanese brothers on opposite sides of World War II. The tale is told by one of their daughters.
Ostrander will be available to answer questions after her movie is shown.
“Honor and Sacrifice” is the only local film on the lineup this year, but Henderson tries to find at least one local film each year.
Also part of the film showings is “No Evidence of Disease,” the story of a rock band of OB-GYN doctors who raise awareness of uterine cancer. The band uses music as well as medicine to treat their patients. They don’t all live in the same area, but they practice their songs via Skype. The film is by Andrea Kalin, a director who focuses on women’s issues and social justice.
“No Evidence of Disease” focuses on the six-member band as well as on the stories of several women battling uterine cancer. Henderson called the film “funny, surprisingly, but also very touching.”
There will also be an Emmy-winning short film shown called “Growing Up Strong: Girls on the Run,” which focuses on girls in Chicago dealing with growing up. The film follows the girls as they prepare for a 5K race. It is produced by Heartfelt Productions as part of The Empowerment Project, a project focusing on the presentation of women in the media.
The Everett Film Festival is all volunteer-run, and all revenues go back into the festival itself. The festival also receives grant money from Everett’s Cultural Arts Commission.
There will be a gala before the event, of which Henderson is very proud. She jokes that some people come just for the food. “I was so impressed at what a group of volunteer people could do with food,” Henderson said. “That’s one of our big draws.”
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Gala – 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Welcoming Remarks: 7:15-7:20pm
Bone, Wind, Fire directed by Jill Sharpe – 30 minutes
Documentary — A journey into the minds and hearts of artists Georgia O’Keefe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo through their letters and diaries. An exquisite celebration of their lives and creativity.
George and Rosemary directed by David Fine and Alison Snowden – 8 min. 48 sec.
Animated film short – Love’s pathway is seldom smooth.
My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts directed by Torrill Kove – 10 min. 3 sec.
Animated film short – A wrinkle in family history.
Unmistaken Child directed by Nati Baratz –
Documentary feature — A young Tibetan Buddhist monk searches for the reincarnation of his beloved teacher. Richly filmed in Nepal.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Opening Remarks – 10:00 am
Growing up Strong – Girls on the Run directed by Sarah Moshman and Dana Cook – 22 minutes
Documentary: Young girls learn how to meet life head-on while training for a 5K run.
Flawed directed by Andrea Dorfman – 12 min. 30 sec.
Animated short – Loves wins by a nose.
The Guarantee directed by Jesse Epstein – 10 minutes
Animated short — A nose by any other name can still be a nose.
Coffee Break – 15 minutes
No Evidence of Disease directed by Andrea Kalin — 84 minutes
Documentary feature – Six ob-gyn oncologists on a rock and roll mission to save women’s lives.
Lunch Break – 12:30 – 1:30 pm
After Winter, Spring directed by Judith Lit – 75 minutes
Documentary feature – An intimate portrait of French family farmers struggling to continue their way of life. Centered in the hauntingly beautiful Perigord region of southwest France.
The Director directed by Destri Martino – 5 minutes
Animated short – What’s a girl to do?
Honor and Sacrifice directed by Lucy Ostrander – 28 minutes
Documentary – The story of how Japanese brothers came to fight on opposites sides of the war. Lucy Ostrander, local filmmaker, will be on hand to answer questions after the film.
Arranged directed by Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer
Feature film – A cultural collision when two young female teachers—one an Orthodox Jew and the other Muslim—discover their differences….and similarities.