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Everett Film Festival Feb. 16, 17 brings indie to big screen

EVERETT — The Everett Film Festival always promises to challenge audiences with thought-provoking pieces from filmmakers all over the world. Now in its 21st year, the weekend event will feature 11 films: five shorts, four documentaries and two features, plus two live Q&As with filmmakers in the festival.
“We do our best to bring in local filmmakers and work hard to include local businesses by inviting them to be part of our happy hour,” said longtime festival director Teresa Henderson.
This year’s volunteer-run festival features a bevy of films from filmmakers young and old and does not have a distinct theme. There are features like “Into the Forest” by Patricia Rozema which questions our ability
to survive in the face of an electronic shutdown and documentaries like “Skin” by Anthony Fabian
which challenges us to think about racial divides in South Africa.
Two films will be accompanied by the filmmakers themselves: “Quest for the Lost Paintings of Siberia” by Jack Gunter and Jesse Collver, and “Proof of Loyalty” by Lucy Ostrander. The latter film
depicts Kazuo Yamane who was drafted into the US Army just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. Yamane’s daughter will also be in attendance to answer questions.
“We work hard to find interesting films from all over the world and to include
local filmmakers,” Henderson said.
There will also be three animated shorts, including “Home is Where the Heart Is” created by three 11-year-old students — Ella Bethke, Meghan Chia and Ziggy —from Portland, Oregon who won second place in a
local competition offered to students from elementary to high school age.
On Friday, Feb. 16 moviegoers will have the option of menu samplings from J & L Barbeque, which has locations in Snohomish and Everett. The opening gala will also feature desserts, beverages and a musical performance from guitarist and vocalist David Lee Howard.
On Saturday, Feb. 17 attendees will have the chance to try “delight bites” from an array of local restaurants as part of the now traditional “happy hour” break.
Event details
The Everett Film Festival will take place on Feb. 16 and 17 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Tickets can be purchased at www.everettfilmfest.org for Friday at $25, Saturday at $30, or for both days for $50.
Friday’s event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday’s event runs from 1 to 9:30 p.m.

 

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