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.
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: 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 ...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: 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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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...read more
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 ...read more