It has been a banner year for Dramatic Films here at the Oregon Independent Film Festival, from our 2012 BEST PICTURE “Toad Road” (a horrific and thrilling psychological drama) to the classic coming of age tale ” Camilla Dickinson” a star-filled affair featuring Samantha Mathis and Cary Elwes in the story of a young girl trying to find her place in the world) and the amazing mental thriller “The Particulars” with a star-making turn by our 2012 BEST ACTOR Scott Patrick Green. Check out our programming category lists for more hints about films in genres you might enjoy.
An estranged father and son stumble upon a fabled Theory of Everything that could alter the course of history and heal the rift between them.
After the disappearance of his father. a boy tries to drown his sorrows until he loses his way in the endless night.
An isolated traveler, trapped in a hotel room by his company through the devices they gave him.
The Art & Crimes of David Choe, a painter, muralist and graffiti artist whose work has been displayed at the White House, and his time in a Japanese prison.
A personal take on the vanishing nomads of Tibet and their uncertain future in a modernizing world.
A teenage boy searches for an old friend he lost to methamphetamine addiction. His journey takes him to every corner of his small town and into his own childhood.
The monster from under the bed has his world turned upside down after he encounters a young boy with a depressing plight.
An experimental film that features eighty feet of film painted in blood.
A relaxing vacation for family and friends at a cabin in the redwood forest gives way to turmoil when some campers begin to doubt the identities and intentions of their two new guests.
Amazing archival footage as taken by Bob Marley's former girlfriend and collaborator Esther Anderson.
A girl comes of age in this screenplay by Madeleine L'engle starring Cary Elwes.
Is death the end? ...with Progenitor Cloning every ending can be a new beginning. It's not legal, yet...
A young man's reality becomes torn apart by the disappearance of his girlfriend, who was last seen walking with him on a forest path that is rumored by locals to lead into the gates of hell.
With her father trapped, his daughter joins forces with her first crush to rescue him.
A young French woman retreats to her mountain home, and has a confusing night where dreams and memories dissolve into each other.
A modern day fairy tale about a lonely boy\'92s attempt to make his dream come true through the delicacies of dessert only made on the moon.
An experimental film with kaleidoscopic, apocalyptic fantasy designs that were generated from digital images of human skin.
This couple has lived so long together that they have nothing left to say to each other. Living in an isolated state in their old house, they go about their daily routines, until...
A good-natured traveler journeys through India by rail, excited to finally come to a land he has fantasized about for years only to find nothing is like he imagined.
Director: Ben Woodiwiss A film student struggles to keep her funding for her thesis, a horror film, but is challenged by her inability to compromise. In this first feature film from Look/Think Films, we see a young woman struggle with her blindness to the horror in her own life, as she attempts to protect herself in numbness and distrust. Against this grippingly rendered claustrophobic emotional landscape, Benny must face her responsibility in introducing more horror into the world. United Kingdom Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Directors: Esther Anderson & Gian Godoy A fascinating look at the iconic Bob Marley, this musical documentary features footage from the early 1970s that had been lost for 30 years. Going way back to a young Bob Marley before he was famous, we get to see the first Wailers’ rehearsal, their dreams of a Jamaican supergroup, and the beginnings of their international influence. United Kingdom Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: So-jin Park When a boy gets home and witnesses his father’s despair over his mother abandoning them for her lover, he decides to go on a journey to kill her new lover with a knife. But will he do the deed? South Korea Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Bee Rana In this surreal short film, a man is tempted by a woman to enter a fictitious room. Realizing he is actually being tricked into facing some past and current demons, he tries to plot his escape from self-knowledge. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Cornelia Duryée Moore A coming-of-age film equal parts sweet, poignant and wise. Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson, a lover of astronomy, leads a sheltered life in New York City until her parents’ marriage begins to fall apart. Life becomes more complicated with the attentions of her best friend’s older brother. At its finest moments the film touches on the spiritual. Based on the 1951 book by Madeline L’Engle and starring Samantha Mathis and Cary Elwes. USA Bijou Theater August 30 ...read more
Director: Anthony Tocchio In this dark comedy based on a dream, a man is hunted through the forest by a band of villagers who want something for him. Eschewing spoken dialogue, director Anthony Tocchio displays a sure hand in portraying the nightmare of being hunted down. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Devin Hand A life-altering dream inspires exploration and change in the life of Philip, an irresponsible asthmatic in his late 20′s who wants nothing more than to find a place where he can escape the rat-race lifestyle. Facing a quarter-life crisis of sorts, Philip is led by a mystical figure to an archaic wheat field in his dream. Convinced that field is to be his Utopia, Philip becomes determined to locate it in the physical world. An imaginative drama interwoven with traces of fantasy. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Dino Coons Adam was the first man to name things in the world. In this post-modern comedy, we see two men, trapped in a room together, waiting to name whatever comes out of a box. The film contrasts the mind of the artist, who is given to whimsy, to that of the scientist, rational and logical. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Tristan Stoch Set in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, a teenage boy searches for an old friend lost to methamphetamine addiction. His journey takes him to every corner of his small hometown, into the surrounding mountains, and ultimately back into his own childhood. With an emphasis on local color, the film asks universal questions about why some children can survive unstable childhoods and others do not. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Felike Santbergen A young French woman has retreated to her mountain home, where dreams and memories dissolve into each other as she anticipates the arrival of her lover. Longing and intimacy are distorted by thoughts of her ex-boyfriend and the past. France/Netherlands Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Brian Conti In a desperate attempt to raise $100,000 for a surgery needed by his granddaughter, a con man crafts an identity as a pseudo door-to-door salesman, tailoring his sales pitches to what he thinks people at each door want to hear. With a day job, months of after-hours soliciting, and still nowhere near his goal, the grifter is on the verge of giving up, until he comes to the door of a woman with a huge issue of her own… USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Patrick Tarrant An entrancing portrait of a window cleaner, composed of 54 shots recorded over different days. The film is a worthwhile attempt to find beauty in the quotidian, or to reveal it as it becomes obscured by familiarity and automatic recognition. We see how lights and patterns change, in this strange space within the city between inside and outside. United Kingdom Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: James Macdonald Director James Macdonald shows a rare virtuosity and understanding about the subtler aspects of filmmaking, giving us an portrait of two slightly off-beat characters becoming friendly, with a deft touch that evokes a wide range of emotions with sensitivity and respect. A quiet masterpiece. USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Cameron Beyl Owen and Rosie invite their significant others and friends up to their family’s cabin in the redwoods forest for a Fourth of July weekend getaway. A relaxing vacation gives way to turmoil when the campers begin to doubt the true identities and intentions of two of their new guests. USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Gunda Aurich Director Gunda Aurich looks with an unwavering eye at relationships issues of doubt and trust, we meet Laura and Hans who are on a weekend getaway in the country. A fight makes Laura doubt the reasons for their trip. Balancing uncertainties, director Gunda Aurich skillfully handles the characters’ questioning of truth and appearance. Germany Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Roman Quirot An American in Paris tries to make his last night in the magical city last forever, before heading home to face his mother and brother after his father’s suicide. With an overwhelming urge for a hamburger and whisky, he wanders the streets. A charming nod to nouvelle vague, Quirot shows a sympathetic portrait of a man who doesn’t want to face the grief and loss of his father’s death. USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: David Hovan Skillfully underlines the subtleties in the day in the life of an elderly couple. The non-verbal interactions between the two make for sometimes funny and at other times poignant moments throughout the film. This couple has lived so long together that they have nothing left to say to each other. Living in an isolated state in their old house, they go about their daily routines, until… Canada Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Evan Houston Do you pursue someone you love no matter what? Or does your happiness lie within the happiness of that loved one, even if you are not with them? After twelve years in prison, former high school basketball star Saul returns to his old neighborhood hopeful about meeting his daughter, Abigail, for the first time. When Saul learns that the young girl is unaware of his existence, he struggles to decide what role he will now play in her life. A heart-felt, provocative examination of a father’s love. USA Bijou...read more
Directors: Andrew Franks & Alexander Atkins Based on the short story by Raymond Carver, Men Who Don’t Work follows a small town postman who becomes obsessed with an unusual family that moves into a house on his route. An examination of a man unquestionably sure of his beliefs in the face of the ambiguities of 1960s America, the film was shot entirely with a local cast and crew in Portland. USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Sylvain Giannetto Handsome Nicolas may have been rolling through life treating every girl as a one night stand, but when he hooks up with Nina at a night club he’s got a lot to face the next morning – including her father. Part sexy thriller, black comedy and angry critique looks at the consequences of a shallow world where love is as disposable as a condom. France Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Mark Gerstein Part of a multi-chapter essay film that blends fiction and documentary, Overunity shows us a father and son who stumble upon a Theory of Everything that could change history and heal the rift between them. Grand in its scope like any cosmology, the film explores intellectual ideas of perpetual motion and infinite regress within the 20th century context of the energy crisis, ecological disaster and political cynicism. USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Dianne Bellino Almost 40, hipster Danny is a sometimes artist who recreates himself as a clown for kids’ birthdays. Finding himself before a tough crowd of suburban parents and kids, he has an unexpected moment of insight. In this era of extended childhood, Director Dianne Bellino explores the themes of aging, connection and alienation, and regret. USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Trevor Allen Is death the end? with Progenitor Cloning every ending can be a new beginning. It’s not legal, yet… USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Cliff Sargent A man tries to find out the answer to the mystery of his own death in this short based on the short story “The Return.” Benjamin dies in a nightclub, and steps into an unspectacular after-life. Unable to interact with anyone, but able to see everything around him, he follows his body to the hospital. Witnessing the theft of his body, he decides to trail the robbers to find out how he became a ghost. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Brayden Yoder A good-natured American travels through India by rail, excited to finally come to a land he has fantasized about for years, thinking of himself as a pilgrim in a spiritual land. He is looking intently for something different than the corporate, materialist Western world that he left behind…yet the Indian people he continues to meet in his 1st-class, air-conditioned train car do not meet his expectations for the country. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Sabine Derflinger In this erotic drama, two university girls from the country who’ve been best friends since childhood entertain the idea of working together as call girls. They form a pact to go into it together, promising to both quit if one of them stops liking it. Starting from this engaging premise, the film is a deft portrayal of 2 personalities and an examination of the relation between sex and money. Austria Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: Toddy Burton While Lyle’s clinical obsession leaves him glued to a radio broadcasting the news of some trapped miners, his teenage daughter Louise confronts her own fixation in the form of a neighborhood hoodlum. When Lyle’s life begins to imitate that of the miners, Louise must join forces with her first crush to rescue her father. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Ayse Altinok In this moody short, David, a business traveler, wants to escape from a hotel room where he is trapped by the iPhone, laptop and Ipad his company has given him. The film accomplishes a great deal, showing us the character losing his sense of time and space as well as his autonomy. Gus Van Sant said of the film: “It’s difficult to entertain an audience for 25 minutes with one character and one location but The Particulars achieves the hardest thing.” USA Bijou Theater August 29 ...read more
Director: KJ Knies Desperate to be accepted by the local basketball players, Eddy is challenged to kiss the most popular girl at camp — then keep her to tell the tale! Using his personal camera, Eddy records his chronicles of first love and heartbreak, as well as how he finds the power to stand up for what he believes in. USA Bijou Theater August 28 ...read more
Director: Jason Banker This surreal psychological drama gives a truthful look at human behavior while crafting a current of unease. Subtle horror permeates this tale of James, a part-time pizza worker addicted to taking situations to extremes, hurting himself physically and avoiding any type of relationship that demands openness. His friends enable this behavior until he meets Sara. But she soon becomes immersed in experimentation with drugs and finds herself unleashing something locked away since childhood. His life is torn apart by her...read more
Director: Philippe Weibel On an expedition into unexplored wolf territory, two zoology students intrude into a secret world. In the midst of unrelenting wilderness and hours from civilization, they encounter a strange young woman. The two men are drawn into her enchanted reality…and their friendship is put to the ultimate test. Switzerland Bijou Theater August 30 ...read more