To give islanders and guests the opportunity to see a variety of interesting and important films – some that are new, and some that are worthy but haven’t been widely distributed. First-run films that are still playing in commercial theaters include Blackfish (about the captive orca Tilikum, who killed its trainer), Girl Rising (about young women from third world countries who are uncompromising in their quest to get an education), and the recently remade Kon-Tiki (about a young Norwegian explorer’s 1947 trip across the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft).
To highlight films that have an island connection, such as Brightwood, which was filmed here; Honor & Sacrifice, which is about local resident Roy Matsumoto, a Japanese-American who served with distinction as an American soldier in World War II; and three full-length films (Blackfish, The Whale, and Keiko – The Untold Story of the Star of Free Willy) that are about orcas, the magnificent creatures who inhabit our local waters
To present films about compelling environmental issues: Coal (highlighting the current debate raging over whether or not to build a terminal in Bellingham), Pandora’s Promise (about the controversial future of nuclear energy), and Black Wave (which describes the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska)
To give residents and visitors alike the enriching experience of hearing the 15 special guests — filmmakers and others associated with the featured films — talk about their personal perspectives as documentary filmmakers and answer questions from those in attendance
To inspire our island kids to make quality films about their world by screening films made by children, including local children, at the Kidz Cinema on Saturday afternoon
To help our island’s economy, by encouraging tourists to visit during our “shoulder season”
To be able at some time in the future to award grants that will fund research efforts relating to the challenges facing our area of the world, the Pacific Rim
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