BendFilm To Screen Eight Films at the PAC
When: October 11- 14, 2018
BendFilm announced the eight feature films selected to screen at the Madras Performing Arts Center during the 2018 BendFilm Festival running October 11 – 14, 2018. The films include a 20th anniversary screening of Smoke Signals directed by Chris Eyre and starring Adam Beach. Beach will join audiences live for a Q&A discussion about the film, his acting career and founding the Adam Beach Film Institute to mentor young Native American filmmakers.
The Madras Performing Arts Center will host a special selection of films including Native, women-led and Spotlight films
Friday, October 12th
5:30 PM Smoke Signals
7:45 PM The Blessing
Saturday, October 13th
10:30 AM Dawnland
12:45 PM Dirt McComber: Last of the Mohicans
2:45 PM Join Us
5:15 PM You Can Choose Your Family
7:45 PM White Tide: The Legend of Culebra
Sunday, October 14th
1:00 PM The Last Hot Lick
The films include a 20th anniversary screening of Smoke Signals directed by Chris Eyre and starring Adam Beach. Beach will join audiences live for a Q&A discussion about the film, his acting career and founding the Adam Beach Film Institute to mentor young Native American filmmakers.
Todd Looby, Director of BendFilm, said, “Smoke Signals was a groundbreaking film when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 20 years ago and the timeless story still resonates strongly with independent film fans across the world. We look forward to hosting Adam Beach and hearing him reflect on how the film has impacted his life and influenced his illustrious career.”
We are honored to once again be part of the BendFilm Festival and to help them celebrate 15 years of independent cinema. The eight feature films set to screen in Madras showcase a wide range of styles and stories and there is truly something for everyone in the line up.
Madras all-access wristbands are available for purchase now ($25), and individual tickets ($5) are available beginning September 16.
BendFilm Festival is a celebration of independent storytelling through film, music, events, panel discussions and more. The BendFilm Festival will screen 44 feature films, 47 short films and award over $10,000 in prizes directly to independent filmmakers. This year in celebration of BendFilm’s 15th anniversary, audiences can look forward to a range of other programs and entertainment including panel discussions, interactive movie experiences, spontaneous performances, street theater, music and virtual reality.
The feature films screening at the Madras Performing Arts Center are:
Directors: Hunter Robert Baker, Jordan Fein
Central Oregon Premiere
A Navajo coal miner raising his secretive daughter on his own struggles with his part in the irreversible destruction of their sacred mountain.
Directors: Adam Mazo, Ben Pender-Cudlip
A story of stolen children and cultural survival: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans.
- Dirt McComber: Last of the Mohicans
Directors: Joanne Storkan & Ryan White
West Coast Premiere
In Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, rough-and-tumble Dirt McComber struggles to support his large modern family as the last member of his community to maintain a traditional Mohawk livelihood.
Director/Writer: Ondi Timoner
Four families as they leave an abusive church in South Carolina and realize they have been in a cult. The film documents them as they enter the only accredited, live-in cult treatment facility in the world, where they learn the true extent of the brainwashing they have all experienced.
Director: Mahalia Cohen
Central Oregon Premiere
Jack is a washed-up musician on a never-ending tour, desperate to recapture the fleeting fame he experienced in the 1970s. When he meets a mysterious woman, he believes her beautiful voice is the key to his success; but she has a secret that could threaten Jack’s plan.
Director: Chris Eyre
Though Victor and Thomas have lived their entire young lives in the same tiny town, they couldn’t have less in common. But when Victor is urgently called away, it’s Thomas who comes up with the money to pay for his trip. Starring Adam Beach (Suicide Squad, Wind Talkers), Evan Adams, and Irene Bedard.
- White Tide: The Legend of Culebra
Director: Theo Love
Rodney is an American dreamer, but when the great recession wipes out his construction business, his family faces a nightmare of debt. One evening around a campfire, he hears a story from an old, bare-footed hippy that just might solve his family’s problems. There’s an island. There’s a map. And there’s buried treasure…
- You Can Choose Your Family
Director: Miranda Bailey
A normal father’s family life is turned upside down when his son discovers he has another family. Starring comedian Jim Gaffigan, Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Samantha Mathis(Pump Up the Volume).