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Leonard Oakland Film Festival

The Sixth Annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival
Feb. 8-22, 2014
Film Viewings and Events

Make plans to join us on three consecutive Saturdays in February for the sixth annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival. All showings are free of charge. This year’s 7 p.m. features follow the festival’s traditional slate of recent fare: an American Independent film, a documentary, and an international film. Our late-night offerings this year will feature three movies filmed in Spokane, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Whitworth’s move to Spokane in 1914. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre
Film No. 1: Mud
Director: Jeff Nichols, 2012
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and to reunite him with his true love. Set in the Arkansas delta, the young boys learn about the unspoken rules and risks of love and the reality of heartbreak.

Tonight’s program opens with winners of the 2014 student-made short-film contest.

10 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre
Late-night Film No. 1: Vision Quest
Director: Harold Becker, 1985
In this coming of age movie, a high school wrestler decides to become something more than a high school athlete and sets his sights on a prize many don’t believe he can win. He sets out to reach his goal alone, until a drifter moves in and changes his life.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre
Film No. 2: 20 Feet From Stardom
Director: Morgan Neville, 2013
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight, and this is the untold true story of the singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.

The program opens with A Portrait of Leonard Oakland, produced by Whitworth alumna Andrea Palpant Dilley, ’00.

10 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre
Late-night Film No. 2: The Basket
Director: Rich Cowan, 1999
A new school teacher introduces the game of basketball to his students, using its lessons to teach about teamwork and life. When the team is entered into a game against an established adult squad, the community must pull together and realize that understanding and acceptance ultimately triumphs over hate.

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre
Film No. 3: The Band’s Visit
Director: Eran Kolirin, 2007
A band comprised of members of an Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

This program opens with Don Quixote, a short film featuring puppets that is the second installment in alumnus Steven Ritz-Barr’s “Classics in Miniature.” It is the story of an aging Spanish gentleman who reads so many books about chivalry that he imagines himself to be a knight. Accompanied by his faithful squire Sancho Panza, he embarks on a series of absurdly fantastic adventures across 16th century Spain.

Steven Ritz-Barr, ’78, will be on hand for a Q&A following the showing.

10 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theatre
Late-night Film No. 3: Benny & Joon
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik, 1993
After losing a bet, a mechanic who cares for his mentally ill sister takes in the unusual cousin of a friend. This is the story of how two eccentric individuals find each other and fall in love.


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