Join us for a fascinating day of great films and informative discussions. The Friday Harbor Film Festival has selected the “Best of the Fest” from its 2017 Film Festival. All the films to be screened highlight the benefits of taking risks, of stepping out of your comfort zone. Each film will be followed with 15-20 minutes of Q & A, either with the filmmaker or an expert on the subject of the film.
In addition to the Films, the full-day event will include
• Breaks with Snacks twice during the day
• A breakfast buffet will be available for the morning program
• A filmmaker reception will be included in the afternoon program
Schedule - Saturday April 1, 2017
8:00am - Check-in at The Explorers Club, with coffee, tea, and breakfast buffet available
9:00 am - Welcome and Introduction to FHFF, along with a short film about the San Juan Islands. Lynn Danaher, Director of the Friday Harbor Film Festival
9:15 am - Taming Wild; Q & A with Elsa Sinclair, filmmaker
10:15 am - The Trees, growing a forest for ground zero; Q & A with Scott Elliott, Filmmaker
11:30 am - Short break, beverages and snacks available
11:45 am - Haida Gwaii, on the edge of the world; Q & A with Mary Morris, long time researcher of the area 1:15 - LUNCH BREAK, check-in for afternoon program 2:30 pm - In the Land of the Great Bear; Q & A with Mary Morris
3:00 pm - The Last Man on the Moon; Q & A with Mark Craig, filmmaker
5:00 pm - Short break, beverages and snacks available
5:15 pm - Babushkas of Chernobyl, Q & A with Holly Morris, Director
6:45 pm - Reception with all filmmakers and attendees, beverages and appetizer buffet included
8:15 pm - Close of event
Taming Wild - A Girl and a Mustang (directed by Elsa Sinclair) Taming Wild - A Girl and a Mustang follows the journey of Myrnah, a completely wild mustang with her own mind, strength and sense of independence, and Elsa, a trainer who took an enormous risk, using only body language to communicate (no ropes, halters, bridles or saddles).
The Trees: Growing a Forest at Ground Zero (directed by Scott Elliott) The Trees: Growing a Forest at Ground Zero documents the journey of over 400 Swamp White Oaks from their temporary home in New Jersey to the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza. Through the perspective of the trees that symbolize rebirth and renewal, this film reflects on how New York as a city and we as a nation remember and memorialize tragedy, and pays homage to our quest to rebuild.
In the Land of the Great Bear (directed by John Gussman) In the Land of the Great Bear describes the efforts of activists working through the Raincoast Conservation Foundation to end the trophy hunting of bears in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, part of the largest remaining coastal rainforest on earth.
The Last Man on the Moon (directed by Mark Craig)
The Last Man on the Moon tells the story of one man’s part in mankind’s greatest adventure. When Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. And recently, 40 years later, he was ready to share his epic but deeply personal story. Gene recently passed away, so we are dedicating our event to his memory.
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (directed by Charles Wilkinson)
Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World is an inspiring and hopeful story set on the pristine Haida Gwaii archipelago. Reaching out to the modern while risking the past, the film shows how the distinct world view of this 14,000 year old society is co-mingling with an influx of progressive, modern urbanites to create a sustainable world that well may survive the formidable challenges of the 21st century.
The Babushkas of Chernobyl (directed by Holly Morris and Anne Bogart)
The Babushkas of Chernobyl is a portrait of a community of women defying the authorities and endangering their own health, as they scratch out an existence on some of the most toxic land on earth, the radioactive “exclusion zone” surrounding Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4. This is a remarkable tale about the pull of home, the healing power of shaping one’s destiny and the subjective nature of risk.
Morning program — $30 per person
(8:00 am check-in, 3 films, breakfast, and snack break) Afternoon program — $35 per person
(1:15 pm check-in, 3 films, snack break, and reception) Full day — $65 per person
(all films, 2 snack breaks, breakfast, and reception)
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