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Salish Sea/San Juan Island Short Films Showcase to Screen at SJI Grange on June 23

Experience the captivating beauty of the Salish Sea and San Juan Island through the lens of talented filmmakers 🎥. Join us on June 23rd for our 'Best of the Fest' short films showcase at SJI Grange or online at!

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s FREE “Best of the Fest” series will present the Short Films Showcase, six related films about the Salish Sea and San Juan Island at the San Juan Island Grange on Friday, June 23 at 7 pm. Following the film Dr. Deborah Giles from Wild Orca will lead the filmmakers’ Q&A. Filmmakers will appear in person and by live stream to speak about the films and answer audience questions. For those who can’t attend in person, the movies will be live-streamed free. Start the film between 7 and 8 pm, on the website:


Stepping Into History: On the Old Military Road Trail” was directed by San Juan Islander Michael Noonan. In the 1850s, the US and Britain nearly clashed over the San Juan Islands in the Salish Sea. Commanders and authorities prevented conflict, by constructing a road linking military camps. Today, volunteers are reviving this road, celebrating peaceful resolutions while showcasing the area's history and natural beauty. Michael Noonan will participate in the Q&A in person.

"Contrasts" advocates for marine species' liberation, shedding light on the grim realities of their captivity. It stresses every creature's right to freedom, challenging humans' entitlement to exploit them for profit and amusement. The film intends to awaken empathy for animal welfare. Director Vanessa Prigollini will participate in the Q&A via livestream.

Stories from the Salish Sea” is a series about the Salish Sea comprised of 3 episodes: “The Kelp Highway,” “Salmon in the City,” and “Eba + the Orcas.” They feature Chris Morgan, wildlife ecologist, conservationist, filmmaker, and host of the podcast “The Wild,” as he showcases three of the Pacific Northwest’s main concerns - the kelp highway, the city’s connection to salmon, and the dog who helps save orcas. Director Aaron Straight will participate in the Q&A by livestream.

"Bring the Salmon Home," 2022 FHFF Audience Choice Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film, portrays the resilience of Klamath River tribes running a 300-mile marathon from sea to source, advocating for the largest-ever river restoration - the removal of four Klamath River dams. As dam removal approval looms, the race symbolizes a hopeful future. Director Shane Anderson will participate in the Q&A via livestream.

Thank you to the sponsors of these films: Printonyx, San Juan Islands Food Coop, Wild Orca, and Harbor Rental & Saw Shop.


Each month through September Best of the Fest will offer an award-winning documentary along with a livestream Q&A. Programs begin at 7 pm. Since they’re on Fridays, they are a great “date night” activity. Details about the films in the series are available on the website. Mark your calendar and plan to view the exceptional Best of the Fest documentaries.

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