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Deemed one of the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, the Eastern Oregon Film Festival returns for its eighth year.
The coveted award was announced this past summer by MovieMaker magazine. The La Grande-based event was recognized for its “handcrafted festival that delivers quality and a wide-open sensibility without much hubbub.” The 2017 Panel of Cool highlighted “the cozy confines of the Granada 3 Theatre ... and an undeniable love of good independent cinema with a healthy dose of hospitality” as reasons for inclusion on the list.
Festival director Christopher Jennings, a 1998 Pendleton High School graduate, said the event is “an experience” for filmmakers and guests alike.
In addition to screenings of nearly three dozen independent film projects, the festival includes musical entertainment, filmmaker presentations, author/writer discussions and after parties. The event runs Thursday through Saturday at multiple venues in La Grande. Festival activities will take place at The Granada 3 Theatre, 1311 Adams Ave.; Jax Dog Cafe, 1118 Adams Ave.; McKenzie Theater in Loso Hall at Eastern Oregon University; and HQ, 112 Depot St., which also serves as festival headquarters.
Festival passes are $65, which provide access to all screenings and musical performances, special presentations and after parties. If seats are available, people can purchase tickets at the door for individual events. Those prices are $9.50 for screenings at the Granada, and $10 for events at McKenzie Theatre, HQ and after parties.
A live taping of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “State of Wonder” is Saturday at noon at HQ. The OPB program is free of charge and open to the public.
The weekly radio show is about the arts, entertainment and creativity. During the festival show, hosts will sit down with EOFF organizers and several visiting filmmakers to talk about what is being screened, what they’re watching, and what exactly an albino bumblebee is (for more about that, be sure to attend the live taping).
In addition to serving as a venue for the festival, Eastern Oregon University students have been involved in fundraising for the event through service learning projects. Also, some students have worked to promote the festival and coordinate on-campus speaking engagements with writers and filmmakers. Jennings is pleased with the collaborative effort with the university.
“We look forward to building our partnership with EOU to provide more cultural and educational experiences for students,” he said.
For more information about the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, including film synopses and schedules, musical lineups and performer information, and to purchase festival passes, visit www.eofilmfest.com.
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