The 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Fest: A few highlights worth seeing

This year's Pacific Northwest-focused fest runs from November 12 - 18 and it's packed with several shorts programs and 16 features

For four decades, he Northwest Film Center has been at the forefront of supporting¬†locally made, truly independent movies. The tradition continues with the 42nd annual Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, starting Thursday and running through November 18. Made up of several short film programs, more than a dozen features, and a few offshoot, filmmaker-friendly gatherings and get togethers. All the better to enjoy locally made films from the Pacific Northwest and talk shop with other filmmakers.

Before we dive into our four main highlight feature films recommended by our own Lily Hudson, I thought I might chime in a little and throw out a few more recommendations of films that I enjoyed, and you just might as well. From Vancouver, BC, comes Hadwin’s Judgement, a straightforward documentary adaption of the wonderful nonfiction novel The Golden Spruce, by ¬†John Vaillant. The novel is something of a cousin to Into The Wild, so make sure to check out the film and the book. A regular at the Northwest Film Center for the last few years, Zach Weintraub, continues to show his growth as a filmmaker with his latest, Slackjaw. And finally, a few shorts I really admired, playing in SHORTS II: Tracing Space program, Miles Sprietsma’s Spatial and Kurtis Hough’s To See More Light.

Make sure to check out our interview feature with programmer Thomas Phillipson for his tips and themes for this year’s fest. See you at the fest!


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