Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival Oct. 26-28

Columbia Center for the Arts presents the inaugural Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival running over three days Oct. 26-28 at four venues throughout downtown Hood River. Films will be shown at Columbia Arts, Andrew’s Skylight Theater and on Saturday evening a special screening at Springhouse Cellar Winery.

The three-day festival kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, (festival headquarters) with an opening reception and films starting at 7 p.m. The festival continues throughout the weekend with an awards presentation and closing party on Sunday at 6 p.m., winning films to be shown following the awards presentation.

The festival features films in all genres from sports and feature documentaries to comedy, short and full-length narratives and horror plus panel discussions with filmmakers and other artists. Ticket and pass holders are also invited to opening and closing ceremonies and other special events.

With more than 60 hours of film there is literally something for everyone. The festival is highlighting local filmmakers as well as Pacific Northwest, national and international films.

Some of the films will feature a group of local environmental topics on Saturday at 4 p.m. These will include a stop-animation short about Celilo Falls called “Beneath the Surface,” “The Art of Dam Removal” featuring footage of the Conduit Dam project, “Save the Bees” with our youngest filmmakers and “Gorge Grown.” All of the local filmmakers will be on hand following their films for Q & A’s.

Other local films shown over the course of the weekend include the winners of the Columbia Gorge 48 Hour Film Project, “The 48 Hours” directed by Zach Zoller.

On Saturday evening at Springhouse Cellar, Portland filmmaker Whit Scott is screening his film “Rolled.”

Stacey Shaw will be on hand with her film “Baby Boy Church,” showing Sunday at 3 p.m. at Skylight Theater. For a complete list of films, tickets or for more information visit www.columbiaarts.org.

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