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A Look at the Friday Harbor Film Festival Highlights

The fourth annu­al Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val on Nov. 4–6, fea­tured line-up of doc­u­men­tary films, as well as many spe­cial events that cel­e­brat­ed the art of filmmaking.

Richard Chew accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Chew accepts Life­time Achieve­ment Award

“I start­ed work­ing on fea­ture sto­ries to enlight­en and inspire so it is fit­ting to receive an award from an orga­ni­za­tion with the same goal,” said film edi­tor Richard Chew, who is this year’s film fes­ti­val win­ner of The Andrew V. McLa­glen Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

Chew is a dis­tin­guished acad­e­my award-win­ning film edi­tor and pro­duc­er. The fes­ti­val hon­ored his 50 years in the film indus­try at the Open­ing Night Gala at the San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre on Fri­day, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

Dur­ing his accep­tance speech, Chew regaled the audi­ence with his past includ­ing sto­ries about his ear­ly work on shoot­ing doc­u­men­taries in the Peace Corps to film­ing Wood­stock. He talked about the tran­si­tion from edit­ing films with hard mate­ri­als like scotch tape in your hands with a large team to work­ing on films on a com­put­er. Now he works with mon­i­tors instead of oth­er people.

So it goes,” said Chew.

The film fes­ti­val showed clips of some of Chew’s most notable works like “Star Wars,” One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Risky Busi­ness,” “That Thing You Do!” and “I Am Sam.”

They also screened the movie “The Way,” also edit­ed by Chew.

Oth­er awards

After a full week­end of films, the Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val atten­dees chose “Glen Camp­bell I’ll be Me” as their favorite film Sun­day, Nov. 6. The film recount­ed coun­try singer Glen Campbell’s “Good Bye Tour,” the con­cert tour he held after being diag­nosed with Alzheimer.

One film­go­er said every­thing she saw was won­der­ful, a three out of three, in terms of vot­ing so it was hard to choose a favorite,” said Lynn Dana­her, direc­tor of the Film Festival.

The ulti­mate choice, “Glen Camp­bell I’ll be Me” is very mov­ing, and por­trays the dif­fi­cul­ties of liv­ing with the dis­ease, and being a fam­i­ly mem­ber or loved one of some­one who has it.

Elsa Sin­clair also won the “Local Hero” with her doc­u­men­tary “Tam­ing Wild, a Girl and a Mus­tang” which showed her jour­ney with her horse.

Awards includ­ed:

  1. Explor­ers and Adven­tur­ers: Lost & Found
  2. Things to Con­sid­er: The Babushkas of Chernobyl
  3. Tales of the Heart: Last Gold
  4. Local Heroes: Tam­ing Wild
  5. Over­all Win­ner: Glen Camp­bell: I’ll Be Me
  6. Best Short Film: The Serene Heartache
  7. Win­ner of The Young Film­mak­ers Project: El Juego. Direc­tors Max Kessler and Par Black received a $500 schol­ar­ship from the YFP.

Over­all, atten­dance was up 13 per­cent, Dana­her report­ed, “We have had many vol­un­teers, film­mak­ers and vis­i­tors say that this was a real­ly fun event to par­tic­i­pate in and the film goers were thrilled with the qual­i­ty of the films.”

Young film­mak­ers

Stu­dents and their friends and fam­i­lies turned out in force Sat­ur­day after­noon to watch the Young Film­mak­ers Project.

We will be watch­ing a set of eight shorts that Fri­day Har­bor stu­dents put togeth­er them­selves.” said Chris Lott, the festival’s mas­ter of ceremony.

Sub­jects ranged from being a good land stew­ard, dis­cussing the envi­ron­men­tal move­ment Leave No Trace, to a snap­shot of a day at Spring Street School, and a sto­ry about the tragedy of the Tsuna­mi that hit Japan in 2011 and a thriller called El Juego.

El Jueg0 (The Game) by Max Kessler and Par Black was the win­ner. The two received a $500 schol­ar­ship from the Young Film­mak­ers Project.

The Young Film­mak­ers Project also fea­tured “Screenagers”, which doc­u­ment­ed a young moth­er strug­gling to do the right thing by her pre­teen daugh­ter who wants a smart­phone. Through­out the film, the moth­er speaks to oth­er par­ents, teach­ers, sci­en­tists and even teenagers them­selves on the effects of not just smart­phones, but dig­i­tal tech­nol­o­gy of all kinds. One of the high­lights of the film was when she says, after show­ing a cou­ple fight about com­put­er usage, “We can not expect our chil­dren to be respon­si­ble with this new tech­nol­o­gy when we can not han­dle it ourselves.”


Sto­ry by CALI BAGBY Mon Nov 7th

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