BEST OF SHOW: “Broken Paradise,” by Edward C. Schiessl (Eugene). A young girl's sweeping, romanticized memories of her childhood as she witnesses her father's descent into alcoholism.
JURY HONORABLE MENTION: “Miss Gripweed's Treat,” by Al Kline (Creswell). An elderly lady, living alone and in failing health, has a visitor from her past on Halloween night.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: “Breath: In Three Verses,” by Katherine P. Roselli (Ashland). This documentary, conceived as a tribute to our life force, takes the audience on a visual and auditory journey: revealing individual stories and perceptions of breath's focus, power and impact.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD - Wild Life Interest: “Amigos del Parque,” by Robin Canfield (Newberg). On the outskirts of León, Nicaraqua is Parque Arlen Siu, a semi-abandoned zoo where derelict animals have been confined for decades. There is hope.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD - Lighting: “Transmissions,” by Brian Trotter (Lake Oswego). A man builds a radio hoping to make a fortune. Instead he makes contact with aliens and things take an unexpected turn.
JURY SELECTED FILM PROGRAM
“Bone Collector,” by Charles J. Griffin (Eugene). This is a visualization of the song by Heather Jones about an earthy adult fairy tale where mysteries of the dual feminine meet-the cool magic above ground and the dark sensuality beneath.
“Communication,” by Aaron Blanton and Haley Fluke (Eugene). A young intern's life is turned upside down following a traumatic experience at the urinals.
“Emmanuella's Story,” by Lisa Cicala (Portland). The devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti was just the first tragedy to strike Emmanuella's young life. Find out how she has found comfort and confidence on the soccer field.
“Music-Thanatology: An Innovation in Palliative Care,” by Cathy Zheutlin and Wendy Russell (Portland). Being in the presence of dying is sacred work. Michael, a trained music-thanatologist, plays harp and uses his voice at the bedside of the sick and the dying.
“My Oregon Trail in the Willamette Valley,” by Sándor Lau (Eugene). Writer and raconteur Sándor Lau tells historic fish tales shared by emigrants on the Oregon Trail. Herein are revealed how to fish on the Willamette River with just a frying pan and how to find gold in California with only oil.
“Sea of Doubt,” by Bret Marren (Portland). An experimental stop motion surrealistic journey of a girl and her old boyfriend/lover. The bedroom comes to life after she drowns herself in alcohol and pills.
“Self Inflicted,” by Barton Lewis and Ross Williams (Talent). Jim's just a regular guy, except for his masochistic tendencies. Can he control his destructive urges long enough to find Mrs. Right?"
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