Overcoming the tunnel
vision that keeps artists and audiences apart is what the Northwest
Film & Video Festival attempts to correct.
This year (our 31st) we hope to introduce you to friends and neighbors
who have something to say without the benefit of a mass marketing
machinery or a big budget PR campaign.
Judging solely by the entries, over 300 such friends and neighbors
here in the Northwest made new films this year—and those are
just the ones that were entered. Of these, a select 46 shorts have
been choosen for Festival screening, plus a number of invitational
pieces. We mention this not only to emphasize the difficulty inherent
in making choices, but also as a disclaimer that no festival can
hope to exhibit the full scope of filmmaking in our region. As vibrant
as the community of makers is the network of presenters, events,
festivals, and venues throughout the region that offer the opportunity
to see the ongoing, onscreen vitality celebrated here. The Festival
offers merely the tip of the iceberg—an iceberg we sincerely
hope you will explore more fully once the lights come up and the
We would like to thank this year's guest judge Sam Green, the Oscar-nominated
director of THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND, for contributing his time,
expertise and vision to shaping this year's view of the region's
media arts community. His appreciation of the pure voice of the
artist is evident in the diverse selections present in the Festival.
Our thanks also go to the Festival's lead sponsors, The Paul G.
Allen Foundation, addidas, Willamette Week and the National Endowment
for the Arts, and to the many other partners in the regional film
and video community who continue to help the Festival flourish.
We appreciate the effort it can take to bypass the multiplex and
look closer to home for an evening's entertainment and inspiration.
On behalf of the filmmakers, those friends and neighbors whose feverish
work has fashioned the magic you are about to see on screen, thank
you for being part of the 31st Festival.
Andrew C. Blubaugh, Festival
Bill Foster, Director, Northwest Film Center