The fourth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival will offer more than a chance to see independent movies.
This year’s event will feature art shows, conversations with filmmakers, workshops, world premiers, live music and after parties every night of the festival.
The three day event begins Thursday, Feb. 28, and the festival’s first feature screening will begin at 7:20 p.m. in the Granada Theater.
The first film, Only the Young, is a coming of age documentary that focuses on three teenagers, and, judging by the trailer, is shot unlike any other documentary I’ve seen. After the screening, there will be a question and answer session with the filmmakers.
EOFF board member and EOU alum, Scott Nearing, said that this year’s selections offer something for everyone.
The festival is regional by nature, but EOU students, and professors, are a big part of the nationally recognized event. Nearing said, “We do have a presence in the film program and some of the other arts programs, but really the university is made up of a lot of student athletes, and I think that our films cater to them as well.”
EOFF co-creator, and EOU professor, Benjamin Morgan, said that the festival has grown every year, and the support from the university and community is how it keeps going.
Morgan said that even with the support they’ve received, they can always use more. “We’re out there looking for angels, and those people exist.”
He went on to say that you don’t have to be an angel to help out.
From building stages to operating festival venues, volunteering for the festival offers opportunities to access events and more. Morgan said, “I’ve seen most new volunteers who get involved seem to be really excited to be a part of something cool and to be part of this movement.”
Other featured films included in this year’s festival are War Witch and The International Sign for Choking, a topical documentary about America’s healthcare.
Morgan said that the EOFF board locked in War Witch to the festival just a day or two before the film was nominated for an Academy Award.
The last screening of the festival will be An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, directed by Terence Nance. “It is hands down the most innovative film I have ever seen,” Morgan said. “The whole movie — I’m going wait, whoa, what?”
To see the trailer for An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, and trailers of all of the other films at this year’s festival, go to eoufilmfest.com. The website has all the information about tickets, times, locations, live music performances and all things EOFF.
Contact EOU alum and EOFF board member, Jerry Marshall — firstname.lastname@example.org — to see how you can volunteer your way into the festival.