Andrew McLa­glen

Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Friday, November 3  •  7 to 10 pm  •  Whittier Theatre  at San Juan Community Theatre

This is a not-to-be-missed evening — an exclu­sive par­ty that cel­e­brates all film­mak­ers in atten­dance! It is open to film­mak­ers, spon­sors, spe­cial guests, all-access pass hold­ers, and pur­chasers of Film­mak­ers Gala tick­ets. In

Award win­ners receive a per­son­al­ized met­al salmon sculp­ture made by Chuck Moen of Sandy Ore­gon.

addi­tion to hearty, local­ly-sourced appe­tiz­ers, refresh­ments will include a selec­tion of bev­er­ages that fea­ture local wine and brew.

The evening will begin with an intro­duc­tion of our film­mak­ers, fol­lowed by a video high­light­ing all of the films that will be screened at the Fes­ti­val. The pro­gram will con­tin­ue with the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Andrew V. McLa­glen Life­time Achieve­ment Award, which is being giv­en posthu­mous­ly to Elouise Cobell, Black­feet trib­al com­mu­ni­ty leader. Pri­or to the award pre­sen­ta­tion, the Samish Nation will offer an invo­ca­tion. Fol­low­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive of Cobell’s career, her sis­ter Joy Ketah will accept the award on behalf of her fam­i­ly. 

The evening’s pro­gram will con­clude with a screen­ing of a short doc­u­men­tary “Maid­en of Decep­tion Pass: Guardian of Her Samish Peo­ple” Long ago a maid­en named Ko-kwahl-alwoot risked her life to save the Samish peo­ple from star­va­tion.

Fol­lowed by fea­ture film “100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Jus­tice”, the engross­ing film that tells the sto­ry of Elouise Cobell’s 30-year fight for jus­tice for 300,000 Native Amer­i­cans, whose min­er­al-rich lands were gross­ly mis­man­aged by our country’s gov­ern­ment. 

We are also show­ing the 8 minute short “MNI Wiconi” with the Direc­tor, Lucian Read in atten­dance. 

Gala Sched­ule (tim­ing might change)

8:00–8:20- Intro­duc­tion


8:40–9:00-Life­time Achieve­ment

9:00–9:08-Mni Wiconi 8min

9:08–9:35-Maid­en-27 min

9:35–10:51–100 Years-76 min


Unlike most bus dri­vers, Tom Tomp­kins — aka Tom­my Tran­sit — had a mis­sion to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the lives of every per­son that he picked up. Upon retir­ing, he wrote Bus Tales: How to Change the World from 9 to 5. He gives inspi­ra­tional talks on Art of Acknowl­edg­ment: Trans­form­ing Every­day Life. Every sum­mer he cre­ates mag­i­cal, musi­cal trips for rid­ers on the Hum­ming­bird Pub Bus on Galiano Island, B.C.

An award-win­ning TV pro­duc­er, ani­ma­tor and writer, Michele’s pas­sion is in bring­ing sto­ries to life whether they are on film or in words. Her cur­rent busi­ness is work­ing hand-in-hand with clients who wish to pub­lish their first book, tak­ing them through the numer­ous hur­dles from con­cep­tion to final print­ed book.



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