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Leonard Oakland Film Festival 2017

Leonard Oakland Film Festival

Plan to join Whitworth University in the ninth annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival Feb. 9-12. This year’s films will feature guest documentarian Alexandra Hidalgo, a Whitworth faculty panel, and a World War II international film.


Thursday, Feb. 9
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theater
Special Event: Alexandra Hidalgo lecture
The Leonard Oakland Film Festival is pleased to welcome Alexandra Hidalgo, assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures at Michigan State. Hidalgo will host this pre-festival event with a reading and lecture on film and video production, film studies, gender, race, immigration and memoirs.

Friday, Feb. 10
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theater
Film No. 1: Vanishing Borders (2014)
Hidalgo’s most recent feature documentary tells the story of four immigrant women living in New York City who are transforming their communities through their work, activism, and the way their cultural hybridity influences their interactions with others.

A Q&A with filmmaker Alexandra Hidalgo will follow the viewing.

Saturday, Feb. 11
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theater
Film No. 2: Inherent Vice (2014)
Including a faculty panel of experts on Paul Thomas Anderson and Thomas Pynchon, including English professors Casey Andrews and Fred Johnson.

In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry “Doc” Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

Sunday, Feb. 12
3 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theater
Film No. 3: Son of Saul (2015)
Hosted by Whitworth Professor of English Laurie Lamon, an expert in holocaust-themed poetry of witness.

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival in trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

Thursday, April 20
7 p.m., Robinson Teaching Theater
Special Event: Lincoln (2012) viewing and Ron White Introduction
The university and the LAOFF welcome Ronald White, a former Whitworth professor and university chaplain, writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, and best-selling author of A. Lincoln: A Biography (2009). White currently serves as a fellow at the Huntington Library, in San Marino, Calif.

As the Civil War rages, America’s 16th president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and disagrees fiercely with many of his own cabinet members about the decision to emancipate the slaves.