The second annual Friday Harbor Film Festival (www.fhff.org) will be held this November 7–8-9 on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington State. The Festival will feature a total of over 30 award-winning documentaries and docu-dramas over three days in four venues. We are also very proud to announce that the Festival will feature the premieres of three films: The Barefoot Bandit Documentary, Fragile Waters and Material of the Future.
The Barefoot Bandit Documentary (directed by Carly Bodmer) tells the tale of Northwest native Colton Harris-Moore, following his legendary two-year international crime spree that captured the imagination of the nation’s public and press. The film explores the dynamics of his family as well as his personal exploration and growth. Colton, a teenage boy who camped in the woods and, wearing no shoes, broke into vacation homes, became obsessed with airplanes. His dream of flying and designing airplanes became a reality when he broke out of a halfway house at the age of 15 and stole the first of five airplanes. He survived several crash landings while flying across the U.S. and eventually landed in the Bahamas, where he was arrested. Colton’s captor, lawyer, mother and the FBI team that hunted him for two years, tell the almost unbelievable story of “The Barefoot Bandit.”
Fragile Waters (directed by Rick Wood) [no need to say it’s premiering, since you just said that above!] is a ground-breaking documentary which makes a very strong case that there’s one time to save our beloved Southern Resident killer whales from extinction, and that moment is right now. Filmed by Blaine residents/filmmakers Rick Wood and Shari Macy, in collaboration with the Orca Network, Fragile Waters explores the relationship between people, whales, water and fish. Focusing on the local Southern Resident orcas and wild Chinook salmon, as well as their environment, the Salish Sea, the film spotlights the people – orca experts, fishermen, hatchery scientists and Native leaders – who are currently working to save both the whales and the salmon in a multi-pronged effort that is aimed at preventing an ecological disaster unparalleled in modern times. And where there are heroes such as these, there is hope.
Material of the Future, inspired by the recent discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, tells the troubling story of how plastic — the same miracle material that has enabled us to land on the moon, rebuild a human heart, curb epidemics and alter the course of history – is now choking our oceans and poisoning our lives. The film offers solutions and challenges us rethink our role in the use of plastic.
Films will feature stories of the Pacific Rim, from Chile to Alaska. Our mission is to Entertain our film goers, Inspire them to get involved in issues that speak to them, and Enlighten those in attendance to environmental issues, social concerns, humanitarian efforts and tales of grand adventures. We will be presenting awards for the best documentary, best short, best film representing each of the Festival’s categories (“Tales from the Heart,” “Explorers and Adventures,” “Issues to Consider” and “Local Heroes”), as well as hosting a Filmmakers’ Forum and Young Filmmakers’ Project.
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