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September 3, 2013 3:49 PM
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Bendfilm Announces Full Slate for the 10th Annual Festival

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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  • Laura Goode | September 3, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    Hey guys, two pretty glaring typos here--the fourth narrative feature on this list is "Farah Goes Bang", directed by Meera Menon. "Farah Goes Bad" by Meera Meno doesn't exist.

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