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Bendfilm Announces Full Slate for the 10th Annual Festival

Indiewire By James Hiler | Indiewire September 3, 2013 at 3:49PM

The Oregon based film festival, BendFilm has announced the full slate of films competing in the tenth annual festival. The films totaling 16 narratives, 17 documentaries and 49 shorts; are competing for the Brooks Resources Corporation five thousand dollar prize for best in show and Best Narrative Feature juried awarded with a $60,000 camera rental prize from Panavision.
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The Oregon based film festival, BendFilm (October 10-13) has announced the full slate of films competing in the tenth annual festival. The films totaling 16 narratives, 17 documentaries and 49 shorts, are competing for the Brooks Resources Corporation five thousand dollar prize for best in show and

Best Narrative Feature juried awarded with a $60,000 camera rental prize from Panavision.

Below find the full lineup, with synopses courtesy of BendFilm.

The Narrative Features are:

"Bouy"-In writer/director Steven Doughton, a mother answers the phone to hear a voice from her distant past—their conversation tests the strength of a deep yet betrayed love.

"Calloused Hands"-Written and directed by Jesse Quinones, in which a neglected and abused 12-year-old manages to forge his own path in life when his grandfather insists he study for his Bar Mitzvah.(Pacific Northwest Premiere"

"The Cold Lands"-Tom Gilroy’s tale of  young Atticus who flees into the woods after his mother’s death and meets Carter, a scruffy drifter.  They form a wary alliance but both are unsure that depending on one another is the right decision. (West Coast Premiere)

"Farah Goes Bang"-Meera Menon's road-trip comedy centers on Farah Mahtab, a woman in her twenties who tries to lose her virginity while campaigning across America for presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004.

"Hank and Asha"-In the romantic comedy directed by James E. Duff, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters and then decide whether to meet. They learn about identity, longing, and the irresistible appeal of entertaining life's what-ifs.

"Hide Your Smiling Faces"- Writer/director Patrick Carbone vividly depicts the young lives of two brothers as they abruptly come of age through the experience of a friend’s mysterious death. It is a true, headlong glimpse into the raw spirit of youth, as well as the callouses that one often develops as a result of an unfiltered past. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"I'm Harry Clark"-In Mickey Blaine’s incisive look at politics;  we meet Harry Clark during his seemingly futile campaign for State Senate. As the possibility that he may actually win increases, the discrepancies between what Harry says and what Harry does start to take their toll.

"Meth Head"- Director Jane Clark’s follows Kyle into meth addiction, losing his job, lover, family, home, and self-esteem along the way. Only when he hits bottom does Kyle recognize he faces one choice: life or meth.(Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"A Picture Of You"-JP Chan’s story of estranged siblings Jen and Kyle who travel from New York City to home of their recently deceased mother. While packing up her things, they make a discovery that turns their world upside down.

"Putzel"- In Jason Chaet's little putz—Walter Himmelstein is content to remain within the familiar confines of his mundane Manhattan life. He sees in his Uncle Sid’s smoked-fish emporium a comfortable future among the salmon until his married uncle takes up with the vivacious Sally and throws Walter’s succession plans into disarray…

"Sex after Kids"- In this edgy ensemble comedy from writer/director Jeremy LaLonde, follows a variety of relationships—newlyweds, single moms, same-sex couples and empty nesters, asking the same question of them all: is it possible to have children and a sex life—and is it even worth it? (Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"Some Velvet Morning"- Ex-lover Fred, whom Velvet has not seen in four years, unexpectedly surprises her at her apartment. With suitcase in tow, he enters with great expectation. As Fred unloads the reason for his resurfacing, the history and nature of their relationship is revealed. The weight of their reconnection becomes clear as tension mounts and their chemistry reaches its climax.Directed by Neil Labute (West Coast Premiere)

"Somewhere Slow"- Jeremy O’Keefe features a searing and complex portrait of Anna Thompson, who is coasting through an unfulfilled marriage and an estranged relationship with her family. After making a split-second decision to change her life path, this film shines light on how sometimes we must learn to break our own rules to find the life we've been yearning to live. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"Stand Clear of the Closing Doors"- directed by Sam Fleischner, the family drama rooted in the vibrant depiction of a seldom-seen community on the city’s edge. With an eye-opening view of life on the autism spectrum, the film simultaneously explores the strains of the immigrant experience. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"The Truth About Emanuel"- Opening the BendFilm Festival, writer and director  Francesca Gregorini depicts the character-driven, psychological, drama/thriller following Emanuel who becomes obsessed with her new, mysterious neighbor Linda. Emanuel offers to babysit Linda’s new baby and unwittingly enters her fragile world. But Emanuel will have to go to a place that she herself has never dared to enter to truly save Linda.

"Twenty Million People"- Writer/director Michael Ferrell’s tale of Brian, a cynical coffee shop barista who doesn't believe in the happily-ever-after idea of relationships.  But when his new girlfriend suddenly disappears, he enlists the help of his broken-hearted best friend and imaginary characters from a cliché romantic comedy to find her.

The Documentary slate at BendFilm includes the following films:

"Antarctica: A Year On Ice"-Director Anthony Powell presents a visually stunning chronicle of what it is like for the everyday workers who live at the bottom of the planet in Antarctica for a full year.(West Coast Premiere)

"Before the Spring After the Fall"-Three years before the Arab Spring, director Jed Rothstein traveled to Egypt to film with young rock musicians fighting for free expression. They met a young singer whose family was already risking everything in a fight that would become a revolution, and change the course of history.

"Bending Steel"-In Dave Carroll’s intimate documentary exploring the lost art of the old-time strongman and one man's struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind follows the endearing and unassuming Chris Schoeck.  While preparing to perform amazing and unique feats of strength publicly, Chris also struggles to overcome crippling fears and inhibitions. What unfolds is one man's remarkable journey to find his place in the world.(West Coast Premiere)

"Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission To Save A Culture"-director Dafma Yachni in, chronicles the 50-year journey of E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah. He’s the unlikely leader of an effort to rescue, preserve, and share 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text and the film is an epic of one man's mission that became the catalyst for an international movement to provide free access to the story of a people.(Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"Don't Shout Too Loud"-Courtney D. Campbell’s documentary looks at the media reporting on human trafficking into South Africa ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It offers the harsh and unsettling theory that special interest groups are manipulating public policy in order to promote their agendas by inflating the scope of human trafficking, causing public panic and diverting resources away from those who require the most help.(World Premiere)

"Finding Hillywood"- Directors Leah Warshawski and Chris Towey present a unique and endearing film about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry, chronicling one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past.

"GMO OMG"-Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we unwittingly participate in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Jeremy Siefert’s "GMO OMG" lays bare a father's discovery of GMO’s and the effect they might have on his three young children, the future of food, and the environment as a whole.

"Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia"-Vidal’s last word and testimony, it showcases his rapier wit, keen intellect and well-known and eloquently expressed opinions, namely, his position that the radical right has triumphed over “traditional” humanist liberal values. Nicholas D. Wrathall writes and direct. (West Coast Premiere)

"McConkey"- The product of writing/directing team Murray Wais, Steve Winter, Scott Gaffney, David Zieff and Rob Bruce, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams: free skiing and BASE-jumping pioneer Shane McConkey.(West Coast premiere)

"Medora"- Directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life in shriveling Medora, Indiana, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against it.(Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"Musicwood"-Director Maxine Trump’s follows world-famous guitar-makers as they travel into a primeval rain forest to negotiate with Native American loggers before it's too late for acoustic guitars. The result is a funny, complex and heartbreaking battle over natural resources, and a profound cultural conflict. (Pacific Northwest Premiere)

"Tiny: A Story of Living Small"- Directed by Christopher Smith and Merete Mueller, follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space.

"Terms and Conditions May Apply"- Cullen Hoback examines the cost of so-called 'free' services and the continuing disappearance of online privacy. When people see this documentary, they'll not only know they're wrong to click “I Agree” on web sites, but they'll be scared. And they should be.

"The Signal Hill Speed Run"- Co-writers and directors Mike Horelick and Jon Carnoy capture one of the signal events in the history of skateboarding. Starting in 1975, the Signal Hill Speed Run was the site of some of skateboarding's hairiest races and most vicious wipeouts. The Run also prompted several important developments in the sport, while the contestants in Signal Hill's downhill races remember them as wild, death-defying parties on wheels.

"Virgin Tales"- As a counter-movement to the attitudes and practices of contemporary culture, one in eight girls in the U.S. today has vowed to remain "unsoiled" until marriage. But the seven children of Randy and Lisa Wilson, the Colorado Springs founders of the Purity Ball, take the concept one step further. They save even the first kiss for the altar. Directed by Mirjam von Arx. (West Coast Premiere)

"Walter"-Inspired by a visit to the “world’s oldest man” Walter Breuning, Hunter Weeks and his wife Sarah, set out to meet the world’s oldest people. Capturing the extraordinary lives of people 110 years or older, Walter sheds light on what’s truly important in life and connects with the inspiring lives of our elders and their lessons for living life right.(World Premiere)

"When Ali Came to Ireland"- Co-directors Ross Whitaker and Aideen O'Sullivan capture the madcap week when legendary boxer Muhammad Ali went to fight in Ireland under the aegis of Self proclaimed ‘World’s Strongest Publican’ Michael ‘Butty’ Sugrue in 1972 at the height of his career in.  (West Coast premiere).

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