NW Projections film festival April 17 through 19

Published on Thu, Apr 2, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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NW Projections, an annual juried festival showcasing the work of Washington State filmmakers, returns to downtown Bellingham on April 17 through 19. Festival-goers can get a taste of homegrown cinematic talent and vote on their favorites for the Audience Choice Award, which will be presented at a Sunday night awards ceremony along with the coveted Golden Hamster “Best of Fest” trophy.

The festival lineup includes feature films and documentaries in addition to shorts in documentary, narrative, experimental and the ever-popular “pure schlock” categories, as well as films from February’s Guerilla Film Project high school competition.

Highlights include Bellingham-made features “Kung Fu Joe” and “American Collector,” and opening night documentary “Bury Me in Redwood Country,” a meditation on the history, science and lore of California’s ancient redwood forests by a team of Bainbridge Island filmmakers. There will be workshops for aspiring and experienced filmmakers and plenty of opportunities to mingle.

NW Projections 2009 will be based at the Pickford Cinema, 1416 Cornwall Ave., and SoundWise Studios, 115 Unity St., Suite 302, with an opening night party amid the tanks in the brew room at Chuckanut Brewery, 601 W. Holly St., an awards ceremony at the Upfront Theatre, 1208 Bay St., and a Sunday night screening at the Nightlight Lounge, 211 E. Chestnut St.

NW Projections Film Festival is produced by Pickford Film Center, formerly known as the Whatcom Film Association. PFC operates the Pickford Cinema, Bellingham’s only independent movie house, and produces other programs including the Doctober documentary series and the Bellingham Children’s Film Festival. For more information, see www.pickfordfilmcenter.org for more information on PFC.

NW Projections Film Festival is scheduled from April 17 through 19 at various locations. Tickets for matinee shows are $5.25 for member and $6.25 for non-members. Tickets for all other shows are $8.25. Opening night tickets are $20. For more information, email michael@pickfordfilmcenter.org.