EOFF2015 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is pleased to announce the #EOFF2015 official film selections for the sixth annual independent film and music event in La Grande, OR.  Screenings begin Thursday May 7 and run through Saturday May 9.

  • 2015 ONLINE SELECTIONS

    INTERNET // Friday MAY 8 & Saturday MAY 9 // 48HR. RELEASE

    Online Selections will stream exclusively at Filmmaker Magazine

    // Friday, May 8 — Sam Kuhn’s IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS + Nathaniel Bennet’s FRIENDSHIP
    // Saturday, May 9 — Evamaria Schaller’s DIE WILDERIN VOM MONTAFON + Brandon Colvin’s SABBATICAL

    *Watch Here*

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    Friday MAY 8 (24-HOUR WINDOW — Begins at 9:00AM EST)

    IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS

    IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS
    (dir. Sam Kuhn)

    Technical Info
    2014 / USA / 15min / Experimental Short

    Synopsis
    A seventeen-year-old aristocrat, expecting to be married to a rich claimant by her mother, falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated ____.

    Director Bio
    Sam Kuhn is the creator of Lion Attack—a Canadian/American filmmaking alliance. Kuhn’s first feature documentary FINDING TRUELOVE premiered at Hot Docs. Kuhn’s raising one million dollars to make a metaphysical mountain climbing epic—his paypal account is: sam@lionattack.us

    // Artist Website

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    Friday MAY 8 (24-HOUR WINDOW — Begins at 9:00AM EST)

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    FRIENDSHIP
    (dir. Nathaniel Bennett)

    Technical Info
    2014 / USA / 63min / Narrative Feature

    Synopsis
    An escalating rivalry between a strange family and a close group of friends is getting out of control in this independent supernatural drama from director, Nathaniel Bennett. Alex, Todd and Stephen are three hardworking friends, who are content with spending their paychecks on hunting, beer and women. Their simple lives are soon disrupted when an odd band of brothers begin inexplicably antagonizing them. The brothers’ enigmatic leader Garrett seems to have become obsessed with ruining the happiness that these friends have found in each other. At first the taunting is bearable, but soon the friends realize that darker forces are at work, and they must find a way to escape the wrath of this sinister family.

    Director Bio
    Nathaniel Bennett is a filmmaker who was born and raised in Southern Oregon. FRIENDSHIP is his first feature.

    // Artist Website

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    Saturday MAY 9 (24-HOUR WINDOW — Begins at 9:00AM EST)

    DIE WILDERIN VOM MONTAFON

    DIE WILDERIN VOM MONTAFON
    (dir. Evamaria Schaller)

    Technical Info
    2014 / Austria / 21min / Experimental Short

    Synopsis
    The Austrian mountains. Legend of itself. Powerful and wild. Dangerous and beautiful. She, the poacher woman, is part of this rich nature. She is the nature. And she has the power to kill. Myself. A free interpretation of the real story of the poacher woman of the Montafon.

    Director Bio
    Evamaria Shaller was educated in painting, photography, video, audio and film in Graz, Salzburg, Prague and Cologne. She co-founded the artist-run collective Raumfaltung. Her body of work consists of performances, films and installations. Schaller’s work has been exhibited and screened worlwide.

    // Artist Website

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    Saturday MAY 9 (24-HOUR WINDOW — Begins at 9:00AM EST)

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    SABBATICAL
    (dir. Brandon Colvin)

    Technical Info
    2014 / USA / 71min / Narrative Feature

    Synopsis
    Ben Hardin (Robert Longstreet), a middle-aged Kierkegaard scholar, returns home to care for his ill mother during his scheduled writing sabbatical. While home, faced with the remnants of a life he left behind, Ben’s relationships with estranged friends and family — his mother, his brother, his ex-lover, and his childhood friend — are tested, and he grows increasingly alienated. After opening old wounds and receiving new ones, Ben must confront his looming responsibilities and choose whether to engage or detach.

    Director Bio
    Originally from Kentucky, Brandon began plying his skills at filmmaking in high school by writing scripts and making shorts. At Western Kentucky University, he met Tony Oswald. When he moved to Madison, WI for graduate school, he met Aaron Granat. The three of them made FRAMES (2012), the first film from Moss Garden Productions. SABBATICAL is the group’s second collaboration. In addition to being a filmmaker, Brandon is a PhD student in film studies and a film production instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    // Artist Website

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  • 2015 SHORT FILM SELECTIONS

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    ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS!

    (dir. Danny Madden)
    2015 / USA / 4min / Animated Short

    Synopsis
    Any show you wanna watch in the palm of your hand! Crazy convenient! . . .crazy.

    // Trailer

    Preceding the Opening Night documentary feature PLANETARY.

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    AMERICAN RENAISSANCE

    (dir. Jarred Alterman & Ryan Scafuro)
    2015 / USA / 9min / Documentary Short

    Synopsis
    Explore the fantastic world of Elizabethan England – in a small town in upstate New York. AMERICAN RENAISSANCE takes you on a rollicking journey to one of the largest renaissance faires in the US, and a portrait of the characters that return year after year.

    // Official Website

    Preceding the documentary feature WESTERN.

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    BANANAS

    (dir. Ben Petrie)
    2015 / Canada / 12min / Narrative Short

    Synopsis
    The genetic blueprint of a bonobo and a human is 98.7% identical. One bright young bonobo named Pete jumps the last 1.3% and moves to the city in search of enlightenment.

    // Filmmaker Website

    Preceding the narrative feature A WONDERFUL CLOUD.

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    BUFFALO JUGGALOS

    (dir. Scott Cummings)
    2014 / USA / 30min / Experimental Short

    Synopsis
    An exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo NY. Long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which—causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of the everyday, preening, sexual gratification, backyard wrestling, explosions and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge.

    // Official Website

    Preceding the narrative feature JOY KEVIN.

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    HOTEL 22

    (dir. Elizabeth Lo)
    2014 / USA / 8min / Documentary Short

    Synopsis
    Each night in Silicon Valley, the Line 22 transforms from a public city bus into an unofficial shelter for the homeless in one of the richest parts of the world.

    // Filmmaker Website

    Preceding the documentary feature APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT.

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    NIGHT SOIL / FAKE PARADISE

    (dir. Melanie Bonajo)
    2015 / Netherlands / 32min / Experimental Short

    Synopsis
    NIGHT SOIL/FAKE PARADISE examines the healing effect of the hallucinatory plant Ayahuasca on modern man’s troubled mind. Can Ayahuasca be, for Western civilisation now, what LSD was for the 1960s? How can shamanism, medicinal drugs, sexuality and the return of the feminine be aligned with the narcissism of cyberspace? Can empathy, spirituality, feminism and ecological consciousness enable a healthy future for all living organisms on the planet?

    // Filmmaker Website

    Preceding the documentary feature THE LAST SEASON.

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    PAPA MACHETE

    (dir. Jonathan David Kane)
    2015 / Haiti / 10min / Documentary Short

    Synopsis
    PAPA MACHETE is an intimate account of ‘Professor’ Alfred Avril, one of the world’s only known masters of the esoteric martial art of Haitian machete fencing, known in Creole as Tire Machet. The film documents a proud, but aging man’s devotion to his heritage and his desire to continue tradition.

    // Official Website

    Preceding the documentary feature PLANETARY.

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    SLEEPING GIANT

    (dir. Andrew Cividino)
    2014 / USA / 17min / Narrative Short

    Synopsis
    Fourteen-year-old Adam is spending the summer in a small beach community on the North shore of Lake Superior. His dull summer routine shatters when he meets local boys Foster and Rizzo, two smart alecks who fill their long days with adventures and reckless stunting. When Adam learns he is competing with Foster for the affection of his crush, Taylor, he is drawn into a dark and unfamiliar world which leads the boys to the top of the infamous Todd’s Cliff.

    // Trailer

    Preceding the narrative feature LAKE LOS ANGELES.

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    SOMETHING GIVES

    (dir. Jotham Porzio, Kelsey Westerlund)
    2015 / USA / 2min / Animated Short

    Synopsis
    They say there is a place in the world for everybody. With a little bit of persistence and a lot of curiosity, an extension cord finds his place in a city apartment.

    // Filmmaker Website

    Preceding the documentary feature BIKES VS. CARS.

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    SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN

    (dir. Terence Nance)
    2015 / USA / 23min / Experimental Short

    Synopsis
    A film about motherhood, banality, Miami, the water, the divine feminine, and how to sing in church—in a way that calls forth your own adulthood.

    // Filmmaker Website

    Preceding the narrative feature THE MAN IN THE WALL.

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    THE GREGGS

    (dir. Bruce Bundy, Nigel DeFriez, Jessie Levandov, Robert Malone, Alex Mechanik, Kira Pearson, Jonathan Rosenblit)
    2014 / USA / 20min / Narrative Short

    Synopsis
    The origin of the SATs in which Gregg, Gregg, Gregg and Gregg lose The Gregg.

    // Trailer

    Preceding the special event SECRET SCREENING WITH ZACH WEINTRAUB.

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    THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PRINT

    (dir. Tim Mustoe)

    Synopsis
    A short documentary about La Grande’s local newspaper, The Observer.

    2015 / USA (La Grande OR) / 25min / Documentary Short

    Playing as part of the LOCAL SHOWCASE.

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    WORLD OF TOMORROW

    (dir. Don Hertzfelt)
    2015 / USA / 16min / Animated Short

    Synopsis
    A little girl is taken on a mind-bending tour of her distant future.

    // Filmmaker Website

    Preceding the Closing Night narrative feature FUNNY BUNNY.

  • BUFFALO JUGGALOS

    GRANADA THEATER // Friday MAY 8 // 3:40PM
    (Q&A with Cinematographer)

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    BUFFALO JUGGALOS
    (dir. Scott Cummings)

    Technical Info
    2014 / USA / 30min / Experimental Short

    Synopsis
    An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which – causing mayhem. Among these seemingly random acts of the everyday, preening, sexual gratification, backyard wrestling, explosions and destruction, a tentative narrative begins to emerge.

    Director Bio
    Scott Cummings is a Buffalo-born, New York-based filmmaker. Named one of Filmmaker’s 2014 25 New Faces of Independent Film, his short films have played at MOMA, The Centre Georges Pompidou, LA Film Festival, BAMcinemaFEST and more. He is currently developing a feature length film with the subjects of BUFFALO JUGGALOS.

    Press
    “[A] rigorously staged series of tableaus of one of America’s most-feared subcultures making a depressed urban space their own.”
    — Vadim Rizov, Filmmaker Magazine

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    Preceding the feature film JOY KEVIN (dir. Caleb Johnson)

  • PLANETARY

    GRANADA THEATER / Thursday MAY 7 / 7:00PM
    (Q&A with Director and Cinematographer)

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    GRANADA THEATER / Saturday MAY 9 / 6:00PM

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    PLANETARY
    (dir. Guy Reid)

    Technical Info
    2015 / UK+USA / 85min / Documentary Feature

    Synopsis
    We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. PLANETARY is a poetic and humbling reminder that it’s time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that: we are PLANETARY.

    In a stunning visual exploration, the film interweaves imagery from NASA Apollo missions with visions of the Milky Way, Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayas, and the cacophonous sounds of downtown Tokyo and Manhattan, with intimate interviews from renowned experts including astronauts Ron Garan and Mae Jemison (the first African American woman in space), celebrated environmentalist Bill McKibben, National Book Award winner Barry Lopez, anthropologist Wade Davis, to National Geographic Explorer Elizabeth Lindsey, and Head of the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu school, the 17th Karmapa. They shed new light on the ways our worldview is profoundly affecting life on our planet.

    Director Bio
    Guy Reid is a director, speaker and photographer who holds a Masters Degree in Leadership in Sustainable Development at Forum for the Future in London, and Bachelors Degree in Eastern Philosophy and Religion at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) with a focus on Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and the relationship between worldview and ecology.

    Press
    “[The filmmakers] calm, measured words, the Human Suits’ tranquil score, and the film’s steady, even pace almost promote a meditative state—fitting, perhaps, for receiving PLANETARY’s message.” — Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle

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    Preceded by short film ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS! (dir. Danny Madden)
    + second screening preceded by short film PAPA MACHETE (dir. Jonathan David Kane)

  • THE LAST SEASON

    STAGE DOOR // Friday MAY 8 // 2:40PM

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    THE LAST SEASON
    (dir. Sara Dosa)

    Technical Info
    2015 / USA / 80min / Documentary Feature

    Synopsis
    Amid the bustling world of Central Oregon’s wild mushroom hunting camps, the lives of two former soldiers intersect. Roger, a 75-year-old sniper with the US Special Forces in Vietnam, and Kouy, a 46-year-old platoon leader of Cambodia’s Khmer Freedom Fighters who battled the brutal Khmer Rouge, come together each fall to hunt the elusive matsutake mushroom, a rare mushroom prized in Japanese culture and cuisine. However, the pair discover more than just mushrooms in the woods: they find a new life and livelihood; and a means to slowly heal the scarring wounds of war. Told over the course of one matsutake mushroom season, THE LAST SEASON is a journey into the woods, into the memory of war and survival, telling a story of family from an unexpected, hidden place.

    Director Bio 
    Sara Dosa is a filmmaker and writer based in San Francisco CA. Dosa’s documentary work as a producer has been shown at film festivals worldwide, including Sundance, IDFA, SXSW and Hot Docs, among others, and has been published in the New York Times. Most recently, she was the Field Producer and Associate Producer on the 2013 Sundance award-winning INEQUALITY FOR ALL; and was a Co-producer on the internationally acclaimed Brazilian documentary, ELENA (IDFA, 2012). THE LAST SEASON is her directorial debut. In addition to her feature doc work, Dosa works as a freelance commercial, branded content and educational video producer; and, she coordinated the Grants and Residencies program at the San Francisco Film Society from 2009-2011. Dosa graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005 and holds a joint masters in Anthropology and International Development Economics from the London School of Economics.

    Press
    “Filmgoers who slip into the groove of its meditative wavelength will be enthralled and touched in ways that most nonfiction doesn’t even approach.” — Michael Fox, The Monthly

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    Preceded by short film NIGHT SOIL/FAKE PARADISE (dir. Melanie Bonajo)

  • MUDBLOODS

    SCHWARZ THEATER (EOU) // Friday MAY 8 // 3:40PM

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    MUDBLOODS
    (dir. Farzad Sangari)

    Technical Info
    2014 / USA / 89min / Documentary Feature

    Synopsis
    MUD BLOODS follows the resilient underdogs of the UCLA Quidditch team as they help transform Harry Potter’s fictional sport into a real-life phenomenon and make their way to the Fifth Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City.

    Press
    “If you expect to see frail, pale-skinned nerds ineptly charging about, think again. This is a full-contact sport, played by co-ed teams without benefit of any significant padding or helmets. People are violently knocked to the pitch, and blood is drawn. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another sport where men and women compete as directly and physically as this one.”
    — Marc Mohan, The Oregonian

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    EOU Student Discount (Details TBA. Must present ID)

  • WESTERN

    GRANADA // Friday MAY 8 // 4:30PM

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    WESTERN
    (dir. Ross Bros)

    Technical Info
    2015 / USA / 93min / Documentary Feature (English subtitles)

    Synopsis
    In Eagle Pass, Texas, where the U.S. and Mexico meet along the Rio Grande, a cattleman and the mayor face the dawn of a new reality.In the matter of a few turbulent months, the specter of cartel violence begins to loom from upriver, leading to an indefinite border closure and its rippling consequences on the homefront. Martín Wall’s livelihood depends on bringing cattle across the border to market, and his frustrations grow by the day as he reflects on supporting his young daughter.Meanwhile, Eagle Pass Mayor Chad Foster, a proud champion of the region, strives to convince the people (and perhaps himself) that the communities along the border can remain close and harmonious.Amongst these struggles, a rich and vivid portraitofthis corner of Americaemerges: an aspiring rodeo hero, a spirited bullfight, the vigilance of a retired Border Patrolman at the Rio, and the kind of frequent and vigorous celebration that’sinextricable fromlifeon the frontier as the world changes.

    Directors’ Bios
    Bill & Turner Ross are brothers who work in tandem as documentary filmmakers. Their first feature 45365, won the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature and the 2010 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award. Other accolades for the film include nominations for editing, cinematography, and debut feature at the Cinema Eye Honors, and selection for broadcast as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. Their second feature, TCHOUPITOULAS, had its world premiere at SXSW in 2012 and premiered internationally at CPH:DOX, where it won Special Mention. The film also won the Emerging Artist award at the HotDocs Festival. Their third documentary, WESTERN, is a glimpse of life in a Texas border town at a time of change, and is premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary Competition.

    Press
    “Two small border towns try to uphold their vision of paradise in the Ross brothers’ elegiac portrait of modern frontier life.”
    — Scott Foundas, Variety

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    Preceded by short film AMERICAN RENAISSANCE (dir. Jarred Alterman & Ryan Scafuro)

  • A WONDERFUL CLOUD

    STAGE DOOR // Friday MAY 8 // 5:00PM
    (Skype Q&A with Director)

    *ADVISORY* This film contains adult content, language, and sexually explicit activity.
    Not recommended for viewers under 18 years of age.

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    A WONDERFUL CLOUD
    (dir. Eugene Kotlyrenko)

    Technical Info
    2015 / USA / 78min / Narrative Feature

    Synopsis
    Spend 72 hours with Katelyn and Eugene, ex-lovers-cum-business-partners, as they navigate the future of their relationship.

    Press
    “Those seeking a raucous, wholly improvised 21st-century ANNIE HALL need look no farther than Eugene Kotlyarenko’s ultra-indie A WONDERFUL CLOUD.”
    — Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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    Preceded by short film BANANA (dir. Ben Petrie)

  • THE MAN IN THE WALL

    GRANADA // Friday MAY 8 // 7:00PM

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    THE MAN IN THE WALL
    (dir. Evgeny Ruman)

    Technical Info
    2015 / Israel / 92min / Narrative Feature (Hebrew, with English Subtitles)

    Synopsis
    One night. One apartment. One missing person. Rami takes his dog on a walk and does not return. He disappeared. His wife, Shir, is clueless as to his whereabouts. Different people come in and out of the apartment during that night—each for their own reasons. Could one of them hold the key to the mystery?

    Director Bio
    Evgeni Ruman emigrated in 1990 with his family to Israel, where he studied Film and Television at the University of Tel Aviv. During his study, he made several short award-winning films. His feature debut IGOR AND THE CRANES’ JOURNEY premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2013, Ruman won the Excellence Award for his contribution to Israeli film.

    Press
    International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015)

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    Preceded by short film SWIMMING IN YOUR SKIN AGAIN (dir. Terence Nance)

  • Special Event: A MORNING LIGHT (work-in-progress screening)

    GRANADA // Saturday MAY 9 // 11:00AM

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    A Morning Light

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    A MORNING LIGHT
    (dir. Ian Clark)

    Technical Info
    2015 / USA / 86min / Narrative Feature

    (Work-in-Progress Screening: Color Correction & Sound Mix to be completed)

    Synopsis
    An atomospheric feature about wilderness, the mind, and extraterrestrial visitation.

    Director Bio
    Ian Clark is an American artist who makes films, videos, and lens-based projects. One of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces, Clark is a founding member and programmer of Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and the upstart Treefort Film Fest. Clark is a former member of the artist-run performance/installation space Ditch Projects, and received his MFA in Digital Art from the University of Oregon.

    Press
    “This is a film about alien visitation being made on the micro-budget level, and that deserves some consideration […] The economic boundaries of genre and high-concept filmmaking are eroding rapidly.” — Zach Wigon, Tribeca

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