By Christopher Jennings Director, Eastern Oregon Film Festival
The sixth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival brought Eastern Oregon to life May 7-9, 2015. The opening night of the festival, set in La Grande, featured Guy Reid’s stunning feature documentary, Planetary. It was accompanied by Danny Madden’s All Your Favorite Shows!, and a live Q&A with the filmmakers after the films. Additional selections included Scott Cummings’ hypnotic Buffalo Juggalos, Sara Dosa’s The Last Season, a meditative look at Oregon mushroom hunters, and Alison Bagnall’s closing-night comedy Funny Bunny.
From all directions, this year’s musical guests created the soundscape to the sixth annual event. On Thursday, May 7, the Art Center at the Old Library hosted a local kick-off show with Ham n Cheese and Pendleton’s JDK&EOPB. The following night, Benchwarmer’s parking lot saw Boise’s Hillfolk Noir and Old Death Whisper. Wrapping up the festival’s musical selections were Portland’s Yeah Great Fine and Astoria’s pop rock group Holiday Friends. Bijoux and Like a Villain also made an appearance as special guest solo performers.
Special screening events included a Secret Screening with Zach Weintraub and an Online Showcase hosted at FilmmakerMagazine.com, and a local showcase of works by Eastern Oregon University students and Eastern Oregon media makers.
Full program details and wrap-up are available at the Festival’s website, www.eofilmfest.com.