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Bendfilm Announces Full Slate for the 10th Annual Festival

Bendfilm Announces Full Slate for the 10th Annual Festival

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:

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)

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

“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)

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

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