BendFilm Festival at PAC this weekend
This week, BendFilm will screen eight specially selected feature films at the Madras Performing Arts Center during the 2018 BendFilm Festival, which runs from Oct. 11-14.
The films include a 20th anniversary screening of "Smoke Signals," directed by Chris Eyre. Adam Beach, who stars as "Victor" in the popular movie, will join audiences for a live question and answer discussion about the film, his acting career and his founding of the Adam Beach Film Institute to mentor young Native American filmmakers.
"Smoke Signals was a groundbreaking film when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 20 years ago and the timeless story still resonates strongly with independent film fans across the world," said Todd Looby, director of BendFilm. "We look forward to hosting Adam Beach and hearing him reflect on how the film has impacted his life and influenced his illustrious career."
Shannan Ahern, director of Madras Performing Arts Center, said that the PAC is honored to again be part of the BendFilm Festival and to help them celebrate 15 years of independent cinema.
"The eight feature films set to screen in Madras showcase a wide range of styles and stories and there is truly something for everyone in the line up," she said.
The festival schedule for the Madras screenings is online at bendfilm2018.eventive.org. Madras all-access wristbands are available for purchase at $25, and individual tickets at $5. Tickets will also be available at the door.
BendFilm Festival is a celebration of independent storytelling through film, music, events, panel discussions and more. A total of 44 feature films and 47 short films will be screened, during the festival, which is primarily centered in Bend, and more than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded directly to independent filmmakers.
In celebration of BendFilm's 15th anniversary, audiences can look forward to a range of other programs and entertainment, including panel discussions, interactive movie experiences, spontaneous performances, street theater, music and virtual reality.
The following are the eight feature films screening at the Madras Performing Arts Center:
Friday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.
"Smoke Signals, from 1998, which was directed by Chris Eyre, stars Adam Beach ("Suicide Squad," "Wind Talkers"), Evan Adams, and Irene Bedard. Though Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn't have less in common. But when Victor is urgently called away, it's Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip.
Friday, Oct. 12, 7:45 p.m.
"The Blessing," directed by Hunter Robert Baker and Jordan Fein, will have its Central Oregon premiere. The film is about a Navajo coal miner, raising his secretive daughter on his own, who struggles with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m.
"Dawnland," directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip will have its Oregon premiere. The film is a story of stolen children and cultural survival — inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 12:45 p.m.
"Dirt McComber: Last of the Mohicans," directed by Joanne Storkan and Ryan White, will premiere for the first time on the West Coast. In Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, rough-and-tumble Dirt McComber struggles to support his large modern family as the last member of his community to maintain a traditional Mohawk livelihood.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2:45 p.m.
"Join Us," from 2007, directed and written by Ondi Timoner, is about four families who leave an abusive church in South Carolina and realize they have been in a cult. The film documents them as they enter the only accredited, live-in cult treatment facility in the world, where they learn the true extent of the brainwashing they have all experienced.
Saturday, Oct. 13, 5:15 p.m.
"You Can Choose Your Family," directed by Miranda Bailey, will premiere in Oregon for the first time. A normal father's family life is turned upside down when his son discovers he has another family. The film stars comedian Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Alex Karpovsky ("Girls"), Samantha Mathis ("Pump Up the Volume").
Saturday, Oct. 13, 7:45 p.m.
"White Tide: The Legend of Culebra," directed by Theo Love, will have its Oregon premiere. Rodney is an American dreamer, but when the Great Recession wipes out his construction business, his family faces a nightmare of debt. One evening around a campfire, he hears a story from an old, barefooted hippy that just might solve his family's problems. There's an island. There's a map. And there's buried treasure ...
Sunday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m.
"The Last Hot Lick," directed by Mahalia Cohen, will hold its Central Oregon premiere. Jack is a washed up musician on a never-ending tour, desperate to recapture the fleeting fame he experienced in the 1970s. When he meets a mysterious woman, he believes her beautiful voice is the key to his success; but she has a secret that could threaten Jack's plan.
The Bend Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, the Collins Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, the Roundhouse Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, and the Deschutes Cultural Coalition.
BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival, as well as year-round film exhibitions and programs. The organization is designed to support and nourish filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon, while also providing an economic benefit to the region.
Celebrating its 15th year, BendFilm brings diverse voices and visions to the Bend community, and Central Oregon. The BendFilm Festival runs every October in downtown Bend, at the Oxford, McMenamins — Old St. Francis, Regal Cinemas, Tin Pan Theater, the Volcanic Theater, Cascades Theatrical Company, and the historic Tower Theatre.
BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors. For more information, call 541-388-3378 or visit www.bendfilm.org, or connect with BendFilm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.