Scene Queen

Narrative film Scene Queen explores the often-brutal world of teen cyberbullying through the story of Jess. Escaping a troubled home life, she finds acceptance with a group of popular girls who have gained Internet notoriety by posting videos of their fistfights on a fictional social network.

(Janet Harvey, 70 min, USA)

General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS


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Young WorkerI am a #Young Worker

I am a #youngworker is an artistic, animated story that gets to the core of what young workers face today – their struggles, their dreams, and their hopes for the future.  (Diana Valenzuela, Preeti Sharma, Saba Waheed, Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, Stefanie Ritoper and Tobias Higbie, 5 min, USA)


Goodwin’s Way

Short Synopsis:

Goodwin’s Way explores a British Columbia town’s resistance to a coal-powered future 100 years after the killing of controversial local labor activist Ginger Goodwin.

Sponsored by MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.

(Neil Vokey, 56 min, Canada)

General Admission: $10 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $7 | BUY TICKETS


Long Synopsis:

Almost a century after controversial labor activist Ginger Goodwin was shot down, residents of Cumberland, B.C. find themselves at a crossroads when highway signs honoring his memory disappear.

By removing the signs marking “Ginger Goodwin Way”, supporters claim that the provincial government aimed to erase a powerful legacy of workers’ rights. Meanwhile, his critics argue that Goodwin was nothing more than a lawbreaker, a draft-dodger, and a rabble-rouser.

The notorious Cumberland mine worker took part in some of Canada’s most important labor battles of the early 1900s. Blackballed after the bitter 1912 Vancouver Island miner’s strike, Goodwin fought for the eight-hour workday at the height of World War I, while boldly opposing the conscription of his fellow workers. His influence was so great that his death in 1918 prompted Canada’s first-ever general strike.

Now, just two kilometers from the road that once bore his name, clouds loom over the site of a newly-proposed coalmine. While Cumberland’s young families dream of transcending their town’s traditional reliance on a boom-and-bust resource economy, the Raven Coal Project threatens to return the region to a era that left boarded-up buildings, slag heaps, and industrial clean-up sites in its wake.

Goodwin’s Way examines a town’s grassroots resistance to a coal-powered future, as Cumberland residents reconnect with Goodwin’s legacy of passionate defiance: his “way.”

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Real WorkThe Real Work

This film interrogates the concept of “hard work” through interviews and a social experiment in which 15 people dig holes in a field during a tempestuous Vermont day.
(Jamie McCallum, 5 min, USA)


shymara-at-popeyes-stillA Job I Can Enjoy

The first time Shymara Jones, a Popeye’s worker, went to a protest, she didn’t know where she was supposed to stand. The second time she went on strike, she brought 6 of her coworkers with her, soon becoming a leader in the growing movement for $15 and a union for fast food workers. (Milena Velis, 10 min, USA)


fareshare1jpegFare Share

Through the stories of four Uber and Lyft drivers, this film explores the complexities of the ride-share industry, revealing the challenges of protecting workers’ rights as the nature of work evolves. (Adrienne von Wolffersdorff, 30 min, USA)


Festival Kickoff

Join us for refreshments, several stellar films, and a lively panel discussion on worker justice, co-sponsored by Columbia Legal Services and Northwest Justice Project.

Moderator – Joe Morrison
Panelist 1 – Laura Pacheco – Producer of East of Salinas
Panelist 2 – Lola Vasquez – NJP
Panelist 3 – Eric Gonzales – http://www.wslc.org/eric-gonzalez-alfaro/

East of Salinas (feature film)

East of Salinas follows an undocumented 3rd grader who dreams of becoming an engineer. As deportation and gang violence threaten his future, he begins to understand what it really means to be “born in Mexico.” Watch Trailer.

(Laura Pacheco and Jackie Mow, 72 min, USA)

General Admission: $15 | Senior/Student/Low-Income: $10 | BUY TICKETS


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Poison ControlPoison Control

This short film tells the story of three women’s painful experiences with pesticide drift — an increasing threat to farm workers’ health in Washington State.

(Nate Midgley, 14 min, USA)


limpiadores_consuelo-300dpiLimpiadores

Limpiadores captures the struggles of the invisible migrant workers that make sure offices and classrooms are clean before professors and students arrive for their morning classes at some of London’s most prestigious universities.

(Fernando L. González Mitjáns, 40 min, UK/Colombia/Brazil)