Gig Harbor Film Festival 2017

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Congratulations to the Gig Harbor Film Festival's
Official Feature Film Selections! 

 

Empty Space

'Empty Space' is a coming of age dramedy about, Tom, an overweight young man who takes refuge at his grandmother’s cabin in rural Protection, IL, in an attempt to bury the years of being bullied and feeling rejected. While in town, he meets a precocious blind girl named Lilly, who shows him how to be accepted and loved.

Directed by: James Choi


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Funeral Day

Funeral Day is a darkly funny movie about a man who skips his friend’s funeral in an attempt to start living his own life to the fullest.

Scott thinks he might be dying. Not at all an uncommon thought for Scott, but today the lump he believes he found might actually be there. Today also happens to be the day of his friend Ken’s funeral ­ who did in fact die of cancer.

Directed by: Jon Weinberg


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Hello Hello Hello: Lee Ranaldo : Electric Trim

Hello Hello Hello is a story for contemporary artists and audiences - Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) collaborates with producer/composer Raül Refree, across a year and 3,842 miles with a little help from their friends. Novelist Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude) plays writer/lyricist/muse to Ranaldo’s artist/composer wanderings, across soundscapes created alongside friends and musical guest artists Nels Cline (Wilco), Sharon Van Etten, Alan Licht, Kid Millions, and Steve Shelley (formerly of Sonic Youth).

What happens next is akin to the Surrealists’ “exquisite corpse”, interdependent creations whose combinations make for a strange and powerful journey that pushes the boundaries of the current state of music-making, simultaneously enmeshed and liberated by technology. Whatever the century, making music is a process, and here we experience the unusually intimate and personal, creative process of a bold, new work.

Directed by: Fred Riedel


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Last Seen In Idaho

A woman awakens from a coma after a car accident and begins having shocking visions of her future murder. It's a race against the clock as she tries to solve and prevent her own murder.

Directed by: Eric Colley


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Lives Well Lived

Forty people aged 75 to 100, with a collective life experience of 3000 years, share their secrets, wit, and wisdom on how to live a meaningful life. Their thoughtful perspectives reveal a treasure trove of life lessons about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of the great challenges. Their stories will make you laugh, perhaps cry, but mostly inspire you to think.

Directed by: Sky Bergman


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Proof of Loyalty

"Proof of Loyalty: Kazuo Yamane and the Nisei Soldiers of Hawaii" tells the story of a Japanese American who played a crucial strategic role in World War II. He and his fellow Nisei from Hawaii combated prejudice and discrimination to loyally serve their country. Their extraordinary service, mostly untold, ultimately changed the course of U.S. history.

Directed by: Lucy Ostrander & Don Sellers


Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches

Rod Taylor is very much himself in this lively, loving documentary.

The late Australian actor was a versatile and popular leading man, equally adept at romantic comedy, adventure, and dramatic roles. Taylor's rugged on-screen and off-screen persona created a brand of Australian masculinity now enjoyed by actors such as Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth.

Directed by: Robert de Young


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Service to Man

In 1968, a white student from Brooklyn finds himself an outsider at Nashville’s legendary black medical school, where he and his peers attempt to battle the mysteries of medicine, demanding professors, and each other in their quest to become healers in the Service To Man.

Directed by: Aaron Greer & Seth Panitch


SMART

Imagine your pet - a member of your family - stranded on a cliff, stuck in a lake, starving on top of a 100' palm tree or trapped underneath an abandoned home. Who would you call? Meet Armando Navarrete and Los Angeles' Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team. SMART - the extraordinary documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Justin Zimmerman - showcases Armando's journey as he grapples to get his team off the ground, survives death-defying rescues and finds love, all in the midst of LA's heart-breaking animal shelter system. It's "Blackhawk Down" meets "Blackfish" and an unforgettable experience for anyone who's shared a bond with an animal.

Directed by: Justin Zimmerman


Songs for the Firmament

In the spring of 2016, the Joonior Space Administration detected mysterious alien lights and unexplainable solar phenomena throughout the day in the Pacific Northwest. In response, the agency developed an attempt to communicate and make first contact. Songs For The Firmament is an abstract live concert movie exploring some of the strange phenomenon of the Pacific Northwest. Original music and live performances by Light Thieves, X Suns, & Mos Generator.

Directed by: Chris Mathews, Jr.


The Happiest Man

"The Happiest Man" tells the story of a personal journey. A 24-year old woman flies from Germany to Sydney, Australia to portrait the 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku, who after more than thirty years of silence speaks to people from all walks of life about his experience. By sharing his life story, he transforms the pain of the past into joy and happiness and teaches younger generations how happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times.

Directed by: Jasmin Lord Gassmann


The Memory of Fish

The Memory of Fish is a documentary portrait of the intertwined lives of Dick Goin and wild fish, and his fight to free a river. The Elwha River’s salmon fed Dick and his family after they migrated to the Olympic Peninsula during the Dust Bowl, and Dick never forgot his debt to the now disappearing fish. We follow Dick, a pulp mill worker and master fisherman, as he uses his memories and persistence to battle for the biggest dam removal project in US history so that the salmon can come home.

Directed by: Jennifer Galvin & Sachi Cunningham


The Sisterhood of Shred

In the male-dominated world of biking emerges a community of women riders. From all walks of life, different points around the globe, they empower each other to push their personal limits on and off their bikes. They have banded together... they are The Sisterhood of Shred.

Directed by: Meg Valliant


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Verona: The Story of the Everett Massacre

On 5 November 1916, 250 Wobblies aboard the steamer Verona were met at the Everett City Dock by Sheriff Don McRae and 140 deputies. When the shooting stopped, five men were dead, two were dying, and dozens were wounded. Verona: The Story of the Everett Massacre explores the killing, the cause, and the characters in this long-forgotten labor conflict.

Directed by: Denise Ohio


Voice from the Stone

Voice From The Stone is a haunting and suspenseful thriller set in 1950’s Tuscany. This Hitchcock fairy tale stars Emilia Clarke, Marton Csokas, Caterina Murino, Remo Girone, Lisa Gastoni, and Edward Dring. The story is based on the award winning Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo.

Directed by: Eric D. Howell