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DOCUMENTARY

The Oregon Independent FIlm Festival is known for our dedication and obsession about finding and screening the best in new independent documentary films, with large programing slots allocated for documentary programming and a curatorial focus with the goal of crafting the best documentary programming in the country.


As Goes Janesville – August 28th – 12:30 pm

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As Goes Janesville   – August 28th – 12:30 pm

Director: Brad Lichtenstein In the normally placid Land O’ Lakes, a battle is currently raging. What’s at stake? The future of the middle class and of the unions. As Goes Janesville goes to the frontlines, showing the lives of laid-off GM employees, Governor Scott Walker inciting a recall election with his bill to end collective bargaining, business leaders trying to promote a pro-business political agenda, and a state senator caught in the middle. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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Bob Marley: Making of a Legend – August 28th – 3:30 pm

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Bob Marley: Making of a Legend   – August 28th – 3:30 pm

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    ...

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Century Farm – August 28th – 9:30 pm

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Century Farm   – August 28th – 9:30 pm

Director: Melissa Gregory Rue This heartfelt short documentary follows the Gates, a fourth generation farming family from Oregon who fight to keep the city of Helvetia designated as rural reserve land. As farmland gives way to urban development, the family recount their history and face the possibility that the children may be the last to know of their connection to the land. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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Chicken and Zoe – August 28th – 8:00 pm

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Chicken and Zoe   – August 28th – 8:00 pm

Director: Yael Bridge Profound in its detailed observation of the world of a child, this short documentary shows us 4-year old Zoe, who goes from being excited at witnessing a slaughter to feeling conflicted at witnessing death. Something she took for granted, eating chicken takes on a new meaning after this eventful moment in her life. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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Crossing Over: Jeremy Down – August 28th – 9:30 pm

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Crossing Over: Jeremy Down   – August 28th – 9:30 pm

Director: Mike Bernard A near-death experience while out canoeing drastically changed the life of artist Jeremy Down, who also changed his approach to painting. His work, which is rooted in the mountains and lakes of British Columbia’s beautiful Slocan Valley, explores the liminal boundaries of place and our identity and past. Canada Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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DIRTY HANDS: Art Crimes of David Choe – Aug 28th – 2:00 pm

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DIRTY HANDS: Art Crimes of David Choe    – Aug 28th – 2:00 pm

Director: Harry Kim A portrait of the eccentric and prolific David Choe, a painter, muralist and graffiti artist whose work has been displayed at the White House, and his time in a Japanese prison. Choe, an art school dropout, is currenty homeless but still gets asked to speak at universities. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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Emptys – August 28th – 8:30 pm

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Emptys   – August 28th – 8:30 pm

Director: Joshua Leake In 1971, the State of Oregon pioneered a bottle return deposit bill. The bill required individuals purchasing beverages to place a deposit in escrow until the container was either returned or recycled. Today, many people are living off this money. Emptys introduces Tim, Ernie, Joe and Jenna and follows them as they return bottles and cans as their principal source of income. The film moves to an interesting place beyond the mechanics of survival. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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From Nomad to Nobody – August 28th – 8:30 pm

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From Nomad to Nobody   – August 28th – 8:30 pm

Director: Michael Buckley A personal documentary, From Nomad to Nobody documents the vanishing nomads of Tibet who are being run out by Chinese interests, intent on using the land for mining and dam building. In Kham, the fiercely independent Khampa nomads are known for their bravery and horsemanship. Director Michael Buckley used a small hand-held camera to keep a low profile and focuses on the horse-racing festivals near Litang as well as central Tibet, Kathmandu (Nepal) and Dharamsala (northwest India). USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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Occupy and Repeat – August 29th – 5:00 pm

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Occupy and Repeat   – August 29th – 5:00 pm

Director: Nelson Carvajal The Occupy Wall Street movement was one of the most heavily documented social events in recent memory. Another entry in a body of appropriated videos, ‘Occupy and Repeat’ illustrates the police brutality inflicted on the peaceful demonstrators and also comments on the theme of repetition in the media. USA Bijou Theater August 29    ...

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Quasicrystal Research – August 28th – 8:00 pm

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Quasicrystal Research   – August 28th – 8:00 pm

Director: Alexander Tuschinski This documentary shows crystals aren’t just fascinating for New Age hippies. In the early 1980s, Daniel Schechtman made a discovery of highly-ordered, faceted materials which were not periodic. Schechtman (who was awarded the Nobel Price in Chemistry 3 decades later) had made a discovery of a material which at the time was considered science fiction. Germany Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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Slick: Behind Deepwater Horizon – August 28th – 8:00 pm

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Slick: Behind Deepwater Horizon   – August 28th – 8:00 pm

Director: Michael Bennett Smith Four residents of coastal Alabama recount their experiences during the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Interviewing two boat captains, a mayor and a marine biologist, Director Michael Bennett Smith attempts to reveal the truth behind the largest man-made environmental disaster in history. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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The New Debutants – August 28th – 9:30 pm

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The New Debutants   – August 28th – 9:30 pm

Director: Jarratt Taylor A peek into the life of Ms. Pat, who went from an unstable childhood to an ascendant career after discovering a fixture of the past — finishing school, with its associations of a life of “walking in brilliant circles.” Hoping to offer the hope of success to children growing up with similar challenges, Ms. started now teaches classes in etiquette. The documentary probes the pros and cons of this institution, and whether finishing school perpetuates conventional gender and social roles. USA Bijou...

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Was ist Das? – August 28th – 9:00 pm

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Was ist Das?   – August 28th – 9:00 pm

Director: Kevin Balmer March Fourth Marching Band in Germany is an up-close and personal ride along with Portland Oregon’s most colorful musical export. An eclectic mix of world music, described as Duke Ellington meets Sargent Pepper in an international big-top Fantasia. USA Bijou Theater August 28    ...

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