Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Director Series starts April 21

Posted April 19, 2022 at 4:40 pm by

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val shares news about their ongo­ing Direc­tor Series, which starts on Wednesday.

Fri­day Har­bor Film Festival’s 2022 Direc­tor Series will offer fea­ture films that will each run for two weeks on the FHFF web­site. Begin­ning on April 21 and con­tin­u­ing through Octo­ber 5, each offer­ing will open with a free sched­uled screen­ing on the open­ing Thurs­day evening at 6:30 p.m., as well peri­od­ic livestream Q&As through­out the year with a spe­cial guest knowl­edge­able about the film’s sub­ject. From Fri­day through the clos­ing Wednes­day, both the film and record­ed spe­cial event will be avail­able on demand for only $1.95.

Out­stand­ing movies from past fes­ti­vals, cel­e­brat­ing our tenth year, will rep­re­sent FHFF themes: Explor­ers & Adven­tures, Things to Con­sid­er, and Tales from the Heart.

The series open­er will be The Posei­don Project, an Explor­ers & Adven­tures doc­u­men­tary about one of Britain’s most advanced sub­marines, the HMS Posei­don, that sank of the coast of Chi­na in 1931, and the Amer­i­can explor­er who spent six years look­ing for it. Half of the submarine’s crew escaped in the first few sec­onds after their boat col­lid­ed with a car­go ship, but the rest were entombed as the sub­ma­rine sank. Three hours lat­er, six sailors sur­faced – bare­ly con­scious and bit­ter­ly cold – the first ever to escape from a sunken sub­ma­rine using a pro­to-scu­ba device. Years lat­er, while Bei­jing-based scu­ba instruc­tor Steven Schwankert was look­ing for near­by wrecks to dive, he found HMS Posei­don on a list of unex­plored sites. What start­ed as his pri­vate obses­sion went on to chal­lenge offi­cial accounts of the escape and bring togeth­er the lost pieces of a sto­ry that touch­es on the his­to­ry of Britain and Chi­na up to the present day.

Explor­ers & Adven­tures films fol­low amaz­ing peo­ple explor­ing our world. They show­case adven­tur­ous peo­ple on sci­en­tif­ic and explorato­ry expe­di­tions into remote areas of the plan­et – on land and in the sea. While fol­low­ing coura­geous explor­ers these doc­u­men­taries also stress the need for preser­va­tion of our nat­ur­al resources and the ani­mals that share our world. Watch these to become aware of cut­ting-edge ideas and to rev­el in the exploits of others.

Things to Con­sid­er films explore the chal­lenges we all face in the world, urg­ing view­ers to take action to solve prob­lems. Top­ics range wide­ly, includ­ing the impact of cli­mate change, health con­cerns, the plight of wild ani­mals, sci­ence, inno­v­a­tive gar­den­ing, and polit­i­cal action. Watch these to learn and be moti­vat­ed to get involved.

Tales from the Heart films tell human-inter­est sto­ries. They describe extra­or­di­nary achieve­ments, the beau­ty of nature, peo­ple who over­come adver­si­ty, or efforts to cre­ate a bet­ter world. Some fea­ture inter­views with amaz­ing peo­ple. Oth­ers show­case the arts. Watch these for both infor­ma­tion and inspiration.

FHFF great­ly appre­ci­ates the work of the film­mak­ers, the gen­eros­i­ty of our spon­sors, and the sup­port of all lovers of great doc­u­men­tary films.

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