Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Director Series

Posted January 6, 2021 at 4:30 am by

From Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val Direc­tor Series will present a var­ied selec­tion of not-to-be-missed doc­u­men­taries to bright­en your life dur­ing the win­ter of 2021.

All can be accessed online at at extreme­ly low prices.  Here is the line­up for Jan­u­ary and February:

Jan. 7–17: The importance of public lands

“A Plea for Refuge,” direct­ed by Dan Holmes of KAVU, fol­lows two adven­tur­ous friends who hike and fly paraglid­ers across the Arc­tic Nation­al Wildlife Refuge in the east­ern Brooks Range of Alas­ka, north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle, learn­ing the impor­tance of fierce­ly pro­tect­ing its nature. A livestream Q&A with the direc­tor is planned.

Jan. 18–31: Farming innovations

“Grow­ing Solu­tions” looks at real-life solu­tions to chal­lenges plagu­ing farm­ers, such as water scarci­ty, soil degra­da­tion and the rav­ages of cli­mate change. Regen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture allows farm­ers to be more resilient in the face of mount­ing challenges

“Ver­ti­cal: The Future of Farm­ing” fol­lows a new gen­er­a­tion of urban, indoor farm­ers, whose approach to food pro­duc­tion offers the poten­tial to com­bat cli­mate change while feed­ing hun­dreds of mil­lions by uti­liz­ing ver­ti­cal space in cities, rather than expan­sive rur­al fields.

A livestream pan­el dis­cus­sion with the direc­tors and local farm­ing experts will also be featured.

Feb. 1–17:  A heart-warming and exciting musical trilogy 

“Shin­ing Night: A Por­trait of Com­pos­er Morten Lau­rid­sen,” offers a glimpse into the life and music of the artist con­sid­ered to be one of the great­est liv­ing choral com­posers, now a San Juan Island resident. 

In “Search of the Great Song,” explores and cel­e­brates the uni­ver­sal cur­rent puls­ing through all life in spo­ken word, sound, and music. Twelve coun­tries, one ques­tion: What is the great song to you?

“Beyond the Fear of Singing,” explores how the world-wide epi­dem­ic of song silenced by crit­i­cism in child­hood is being met by an irre­press­ible upris­ing of the pri­mal urge to sing. 

Direc­tor Michael Still­wa­ter, along with com­posers Morten Lau­rid­sen and Alex Shapiro, both San Juan Islanders fea­tured in the films, will par­tic­i­pate in a livestream Q&A.

Feb.18–28: Just for animal lovers 

“Stray” draws us into the frag­ile world of Zeytin, a stray dog liv­ing life on the streets of Istan­bul as seen through Zeytin’s eyes. Direct­ed by Eliz­a­beth Low and Danielle McCarthy-Bowles, this film will be pre­sent­ed by Mag­no­lia Pic­tures pri­or to its release on Hulu.

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