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October 2018

The Guardians

October 7, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
University Christian Church,
4731 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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When Rudy and Rennie North retired in Las Vegas, the couple looked forward to their golden years in their own home. They didn't expect a state-appointed guardian to control their life savings and separate them from their daughter. Kidnapped from their home and drugged, they immediately lost their freedom to a stranger. Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system, fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth. His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and ally, following numerous…

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The Providers

October 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Christian Church,
4731 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare…

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Change in the Family

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States

Director Sam Hampton brings heart to this transgender-transition film with a story of celebration, health, and unconditional love. A much-needed portrayal of biracial trans and gender-nonconforming lives in America, this documentary chronicles the transition of Zo Thorpe and the sympathetic response of his family. But Change in the Family is about so much more than the transition experience; it speaks to the complexity of young adulthood, being a person of color, having a biracial identity, and coming out as trans…

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Shorts Program: Light in Dark Places

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UW Ethnic Cultural Center Theater,
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98195 United States
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In challenging times, how do we persevere and rekindle hope? Five short films tackle these questions, and more. General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS   Nevertheless, She Persisted In this visual poem, a powerful girl shows what she can do when she does not let the world hold her back. (Ella Warner, USA, 3 min) Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and into the World In a series of intensely intimate, first-person narratives filmed around the…

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Food Fighter

October 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center,
4705 West Marginal Way W
Seattle, WA 98106 United States
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Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, trading capitalism for social activism by founding OzHarvest, a food rescue charity, in 2004. Filmed over two years and across four continents, Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal as she partners with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubs…

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waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)

October 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center,
4705 West Marginal Way W
Seattle, WA 98106 United States
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Seattle’s Duwamish tribe welcomes you to the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center to view three short films and feature film waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home), followed by a post-film Q&A. In these films, native voices and film tell the stories of reclaiming identity, land, and dignity. Watch Hope and Democracy in action as native peoples stand together in search of healing and a way home. waałšiʔaƛin explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of…

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Go Penguins!

October 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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Go Penguins! is a documentary that follows a theatre troupe’s inspiring journey to produce a Broadway-style musical featuring children and young adults with developmental disabilities in lead and ensemble roles. The film follows these artists, their peer mentors, parents and theatre professionals as they journey through the intense process of preparing for their big show at the local high school. Artists with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, are showcased as they navigate their challenges, gain social…

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The Turn Out

October 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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In a small town in Southern Appalachia, a trucker must decide if he will stand up and take action against sex trafficking at his truckstop. The Turn Out melds the testimony and talents of sex trafficking survivors, anti-trafficking activists, and truckers with the work of film professionals to create a tapestry of moral dilemma and personal connection in the local landscape of Glouster, Ohio, Athens County, and Mineral Wells, West Virginia. (Pearl Gluck, USA, 77 min) General Admission: $10 |…

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March 2019
Free

“Best of the Fest” Spokane Festival

March 1, 2019 - March 3, 2019
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

March 1-3 at the Magic Lantern Theater.  Admission is free! March 1, 7 PM - The Providers Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. Screen with "Mexico: Looking for Lost Migrants" March 2, 3:30 PM - Go Penguins! Go Penguins! is a documentary that follows a theatre troupe’s inspiring journey to produce a Broadway-style musical featuring children and young adults with developmental disabilities in lead…

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Best of the Fest – The Providers

March 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare…

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Best of the Fest – Go Penguins!

March 2, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Go Penguins! is a documentary that follows a theatre troupe’s inspiring journey to produce a Broadway-style musical featuring children and young adults with developmental disabilities in lead and ensemble roles. The film follows these artists, their peer mentors, parents and theatre professionals as they journey through the intense process of preparing for their big show at the local high school. Artists with disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and visual impairment, are showcased as they navigate their challenges, gain social…

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Best of the Fest – waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)

March 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Seattle’s Duwamish tribe welcomes you to the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center to view three short films and feature film waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home), followed by a post-film Q&A. In these films, native voices and film tell the stories of reclaiming identity, land, and dignity. Watch Hope and Democracy in action as native peoples stand together in search of healing and a way home. waałšiʔaƛin explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of…

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Best of the Fest – The Guardians

March 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

When Rudy and Rennie North retired in Las Vegas, the couple looked forward to their golden years in their own home. They didn't expect a state-appointed guardian to control their life savings and separate them from their daughter. Kidnapped from their home and drugged, they immediately lost their freedom to a stranger. Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system, fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth. His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and ally, following numerous…

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Best of the Fest – Side by Side and Sincerely, the Black Kids

March 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Magic Lantern Theatre,
25 W Main Ave #125
Spokane, WA 99201 United States

Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and into the World In a series of intensely intimate, first-person narratives filmed around the world, Side by Side explores the South Korean adoptee experience through stories of abandonment, relinquishment, and reunification. (Glenn Morey and Julie Morey, USA, 39 min) Sincerely, the Black Kids Follow the stories of black student leaders from colleges around the country that are becoming battlegrounds for racial politics and agendas. Sometimes, they say, it IS because…

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October 2019

2019 Festival Pass

October 3, 2019 - October 12, 2019

Festival Passes allow admission to all events and screening.  Pass-holders are allowed first access to theaters, at 20 minutes before show time.  Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to showtime to secure a seat. Passes are $75 and can be picked up at any screening. Purchase here

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Opening Night: Art as Activism – The Observer

October 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Heights Center,
5031 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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A special evening of films about courageous expression through artistic storytelling. Whether revisiting China's Great Leap Forward and the impact on human rights, or women in cinema and expressions of gender, or world events through artistic imagery, this collection of films showcase art as a medium of critical commentary and activism, inspiring hearts and minds in spite of social pressures, political censorship, and public narratives which diffuse meaningful dialogue. Join us for a post-film discussion moderated with community experts and…

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Guest House

October 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Heights Center,
5031 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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Guest House is a documentary feature that captures a six-month period of life of three women previously incarcerated for non-violent crimes and now living together, taking the viewer through the realities of reintegration from the prison system and dissolving some of the “otherness” that makes us feel more comfortable with our system of justice. The feature attempts to objectively illuminate just how unjust “justice” can be, and just how not “other” many of these women are. The viewer gets to know the hopes,…

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Learning to Skate in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)/Men on Hold

October 5, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center,
4705 West Marginal Way W
Seattle, WA 98106 United States
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Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl) Learning to Skateboard tells the story of young Afghan girls learning to read, write - and skateboard - in Kabul. After years of conflict, and with Afghanistan still dubbed "one of the worst places to be born a girl," an organisation called "Skateistan" recruits kids from poor neighbourhoods and teaches them skills so they can return to public school and get a start in life. For girls, the chance to skateboard presents…

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Indigenous Futures – The Condor & the Eagle

October 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center,
4705 West Marginal Way W
Seattle, WA 98106 United States
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A special evening of films focused on the intersection of First Nations the world over and the struggle to protect lives, land, and identity, courageously facing off on policy and protection against corporate extractive economies and the pervasive encroachment of colonial state action against tribal sovereignty and people. Join us for a post-film discussion moderated with community experts and film makers. The Condor & the Eagle In this documentary, four Indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from…

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Shorts Program

October 6, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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Six powerful shorts take us from the Arctic Coast to Iran, sharing stories of courage, resilience, and innovation in the face of injustice. General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS SU students and staff get free admission with ID Where Life Begins (Katie Schuler, 9 min, USA) Along the Arctic Coast, at the northmost point on American soil, this short film explores the inseparable bond between mother and child, the sacred and fragile moments after birth, and the importance of…

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Complicit

October 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Seattle University – Wyckoff Auditorium,
11th Ave and E. Columbia St.
Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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Shot below the radar, Complicit follows the journey of Chinese factory-migrant-worker-turned-activist Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While battling his own work-induced leukemia, Yi teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. But the struggle to defend the lives of millions of Chinese people from becoming terminally ill due to working conditions necessitates confrontation with some of the world’s largest brands, including…

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Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook – Sponsored by Meaningful Movies

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mount Baker Community Club,
2811 Mt. Rainier Drive S
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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Sponsored by Meaningful Movies - Free Will Donation Night America’s democracy is threatened. Rigged tells the story of how the principle of "one person, one vote" is being compromised and how American citizens are fighting back. (Michael Kasino, 120 min, USA) Free Will Donation - No one turned away Screens with: The Battle for Ranked Choice Voting (Julie Mallozzi, 16 min, USA) Facing increasingly divisive politics, citizens across America are coming together to change the way we…

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Black Voices, Black Lives – Patrinell: The Total Experience

October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Northwest African American Museum,
2300 S Massachusetts Street
Seattle, WA 98144 United States
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A special evening of films focused on the courage of local, national, and global Black Voices and Black Lives. Local documentary feature Patrinell: A Total Experience is an ode to legendary civil rights leader and singer Patrinell Wright, whose powerful voice is the staying and beautiful sound of courage, accompanying viewers through the local history of Seattle's Black community and the gentrification of the Central District. Join us for a post-film discussion moderated with community experts and film makers. Patrinell:…

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Primas

October 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
University Heights Center,
5031 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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How do you go on after an appallingly traumatic experience? Rocío, an 18-year-old Argentine girl, has managed to get her life back on track. When she was 10, she was dragged from her bike by a passing stranger, raped, set on fire and left for dead in a field. Incredibly, she survived. Now she tells her story to her cousin, who was sexually abused for years by her own father. Director Laura Bari transforms the girls' shocking personal stories into…

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Hurdle

October 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
University Heights Center,
5031 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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As the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories approached its 50th year, Hurdlereveals an intimate story emerging from the actions of Palestinian youth. This new generation responds to a world of walls, checkpoints and arrests in an unexpected way. Hurdle’s protagonists, Sami and Mohammad, begin teaching the creative practices of parkour and photography, respectively, to the youth of their communities as a means to overcome the personal and political obstacles that often feel inescapable. Though these young men are separated by…

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