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Thursday, August 28 • 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Shorts Block 14: Doc Showcase Volume I

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SHORTS BLOCK 14: Documentary Showcase, Volume One

17 min -- “The Game Changer by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.

31 min -- Some Na Ceremonies” by Tami Blumenfield: Representations of Na people (aka Moso) usually center on their matrilineal kinship system, overlooking religion, a central aspect of their lives. The film directors captured important ceremonies ranging from a film festival, to a pig-sacrifice, to a three-day funerary ceremony.  The events are rivetingly elaborate and spiritually meaningful. By avoiding interpretation or voice-over narration, the film emphasizes the partiality of any representational attempt.

12 min -- "Methel Island" by Meg Smaker: A peacock, a musical number on meth, and a trash full of condoms - Welcome to Methel Island. This island in the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco is infested with crystal meth. In the film we explore this lost island and its inhabitants.

13 min -- “Paper Wrap Fire by Raymond Yeung: A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.

09 min -- The Invisible Hobby by Wesley Skotko: The film follows enthusiastic participants of Airsoft, a game of technique and imagination where players participate in tactical training usually reserved for the military and police. Events can simulate military training, recreate famous battles from history, or derive from pure imagination such as a zombie apocalypse.



Directors
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Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple demolition. In Jan 2007, I produced a documentary on a modern day slavery about a family who escaped after being bonded labourers for three generations. My... Read More →
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Meg Smaker

Director - Methel Island
Meg's documentary subjects read like a who's who of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. She is currently getting her MFA in Documentary filmmaking at Stanford University.
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Tami Blumenfield

Tami Blumenfield is an anthropologist of China and documentary film producer who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2010. While a college sophomore studying Chinese at Yunnan University, she took a short-term leave of absence to act in a Yunnan Minority Film Studios feature film, Garden of Happiness. Later she was recruited to help National Geographic Television film an episode of Taboo II: Blood Bonds in Yongning... Read More →
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Wes Skotko

Director, "The Invisible Hobby"



Thursday August 28, 2014 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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