Northwest films at SIFF 2011

This year, SIFF has classified their program a little differently. They’ve identified 10 (I think) “pathways,” which are basically genres to help the casual festivalgoer decide what they want to see that night. Never heard of “Backyard,” from Iceland? Perhaps knowing it’s in the “Face the Music” program will help you decide if it’s what you’re in the mood for.

This may help more people see Northwest-produced films, which were traditionally classified as “Northwest Connections.” In this case, you wouldn’t immediately know if “Hump Day” was a comedy, or if “Marrow” was a psychological drama.

The new pathways help keep local films out of a local programming ghetto, but it’s made it harder to identify which films are Northwest productions, if you’re looking for them.

Lo and behold! There’s a press release for that. Here’s the classic Northwest Connections program I’ve been looking for. (Note: No, John Carpenter has not moved to Everett. it’s been pointed out to me that this lists every single film with any connection to the Northwest – not just those that were directly produced or directed by regional filmmakers.)
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Here are some productions I can vouch for as truly made-in-the-Northwest (many with the help of the Film Forum):

The Catechism Cataclysm, directed by Todd Rohal (USA, 2011)
A chatty young priest on sabbatical convinces a reluctant high school acquaintance to go on the
world’s most awkward canoe trip.

Late Autumn, directed by Kim Tae-yong (South Korea, 2010) US PREMIERE
A convict returning home for her mother’s funeral strikes up an unlikely relationship with an
escaped escort on the streets of Seattle.

Marrow, directed by Matt Wilkins (USA, 2011)
A single mother struggles to raise her mercurial teenage son while mourning the death of her
father in this raw psychological drama about unearthing dark family secrets.

The Off Hours, directed by Megan Griffiths (USA, 2011)
Francine has been working at a Northwest truck stop for over a decade, but the arrival of a new
trucker with ties to the larger world provides Francine with flickers of a wider existence.

Treatment, directed by Steven Schardt (USA, 2011)
A wanna-be filmmaker fakes his way into a celebrity rehab resort to sign an A-list move star,
only to learn harsh lessons about what true addiction means.

Plain Face, directed by Tess Martin (USA, 2011) WORLD PREMIERE
The Swimmer, directed by Salise Hughes (USA, 2011) WORLD PREMIERE
tracings, directed by Marissa Rae Niederhauser (USA, 2011) NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

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