Festival provides 60 hours of film

The inaugural Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival screens in four rooms around downtown Hood River, Oct. 26-28.

“In screening over 60 hours of film, there is literally something for everyone,” said festival coordinator Catherine Butler of the presenting Columbia Center for the Arts.

The main theater at the center is one auditorium, joined by the smaller studio, and Springhouse Cellar Winery and Skylight Theatre, both within three blocks of CCA.

Daily passes cost $10 and allow admission to all films and programs. Most film sessions include three to seven films, varying from 5 to 60 minutes. There are also two workshops and a meditation session.

Film sessions are generally one to two hours long, and involve groupings of fictional and documentary films, narratives, sports and environmental, sci-fi and horror, foreign, student-made films, sports documentaries and controversial topics.

Film-makers come from around the world and the United States as well as thee Gorge, and numerous films are by Gorge film-makers or concern local topics.

Single film sessions include the windsurfing-inspired documentary “Children of the Wind,” 94 minutes at 7 p.m. Saturday, and “Mountain Runners,” (a recreation of an early 20th century race up Mount Baker in the North Cascades) 88 minutes, at 1 p.m.

The festival’s longest film is “Camilla Dickensen,” in solo run, at 119 minutes, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Skylight.

Some of this year’s films include: “Oregon Brewed,” directed by David Panton; “Rolled,” a 76-minute feature narrative directed by Whit Scott, who talks about his use of Kickstarter to fund his film-making (7 p.m. Saturday at Springhouse); “Finding Truelove,” directed by Samuel Kuhn; “Falling Angels” (base jumping), directed by Ana Isabel Dao; “Factory of One” (Burning Man), directed by Sage Eaton; “Klunkerz,” directed by William Savage (following the history of mountain biking); “We Grew Wings,” directed by Ellen Schmidt-Devlin (think University of Oregon Women’s national champion track and field team); award-winning films: “Camilla Dickinson”; “A Big Love Story”; “Things I Don’t Understand” and “The 48 Hours,” directed by Zach Zoller, winner of the Columbia Gorge 48-Hour Film Project hosted by Columbia Center for the Arts.

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