The Director Series provides movie lovers the opportunity to view impactful documentary films highlighting heroic adventures, sustainable agriculture, marine ecology, social justice, the environmental crisis, and human-interest stories.
Friday Harbor Film Festival will present films on-demand 24/7 for 10-14 days each month through September. Each will include a scheduled livestream, interactive Q&A with the filmmaker and expert panelists discussing the issues raised by the film. Q&A sessions will be recorded and available on-line free of charge.
January 18 - 31: Farming innovations.
A DIRECTOR SERIES DOUBLE-FEATURE
Watch both films for just $5.95
Leo Horrigan, Director
2020 | 42 minutes
GROWING SOLUTIONS looks at real-life solutions to challenges plaguing farmers, such as water scarcity, soil degradation and the ravages of climate change. The flip side of that coin is a regenerative agriculture that means farmers can rebuild degraded natural resources and be more resilient in the face of mounting challenges. It highlights new milestones on the road to creating a perennial polyculture that could replace our current model that relies on annual crops planted in monoculture. This emerging model mimics Nature's eminently resilient prairie ecosystems.
THE FUTURE OF FARMING
Scott Morris | Jay Windland, Co-directors
2020 | 16 minutes
VERTICAL: THE FUTURE OF FARMING follows a new generation of urban, indoor farmers, whose approach to food production offers the potential to combat climate change while feeding hundreds of millions. From New York City, to Portland, Oregon to Singapore, these farmers are turning agricultural conventions on their head by utilizing vertical space in cities, rather than expansive rural fields. The result, according to retired Columbia Professor Dickson Despommier, represents the "next evolutionary jump in humanity's quest for a reliable, sustainable food supply."
February 1 - 17: A heart-warming and exciting musical trilogy.
FHFF AND SONG WITHOUT BORDERS PRESENTS
In Search of the Great Song
A three film documentary series from director Michael Stillwater
IN SEARCH OF THE GREAT SONG Three Film Documentary Series: Festival Introduction (5 min, 30 sec)
Michael Stillwater is a filmmaker with a background in music, as composer, performer and educator. He is founder of Inner Harmony and Song Without Borders, production agency for his filmmaking and a project of US nonprofit Living Bridges.
Together with his wife, Doris Laesser Stillwater, he produced a documentary series (2012-2019) entitled 'In Search of the Great Song'.
Born in Washington, DC in 1953, he has lived on the West Coast of the US until 2006, in Switzerland from 2006-2017 , and now resides in Finland with his wife and film series co-producer, psychologist Doris Laesser Stillwater.
Films in the documentary series include:
Films are $3.95 each to screen, or pre-purchase a TRILOGY PASS and watch all three films for $8.95.
February 18 - 28: Just for animal lovers!
2020 | 73 minutes
In Stray, director Elizabeth Yo follows the adventures in the world of Zeytin, a stray dog living life on the streets of Istanbul.
PRE-RECORDED FILMMAKER Q&A AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Join us each month as we present free livestream Q&A's with filmmaker and expert panelists. Browse our previously recorded livestream filmmaker Q&A's below:
FOR FILMMAKERS: 2021 SUBMISSIONS
Filmmakers are encouraged to submit their entries beginning December 15th on Film Freeway for consideration for both The Director Series and the October 2021 Friday Harbor Film Festival.