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Against the Irreversible

Against the Irreversible
2019 | NR. 1hr 13min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various 2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection

Animated, narrative, and documentary short films.


1. The Flood is Coming

United Kingdom | 2018 | 8 min | Gabriel Böhmer
A forest hermit tries to prepare for a flood, but he becomes distracted by his noisy neighbour - who happens to be the hermit's left eye. The Flood is Coming explores the growing anxiety about the state of nature, and our place in it. West Coast Premiere

2. Cold Holy Water

US | 2019 | 6 min | Vanessa Renwick
"A video made with vintage 16mm educational footage transferred to video and layered.The images came to my mind for the 17 days that the orca whale mother pushed her dead infant around in the Salish Sea this past fall 2018 in what biologists referred to as a "tour of grief". This piece to me is about how the ocean is a gigantic home to so many we know very little about, who are migrating all the time. And it is about hope for something better. And love of your offspring. And it is a peaceful slow and hypnotizing work, with the fluidity and beauty of the oceans inhabitants. Marisa Anderson created a guitar score and wave and whale breath sounds were added to create a complimentary sound design, the waves and the breathes of the whales soothing and connecting with our own breaths." - Vanessa Renwick

3. Witch a Well

US | 2018 | Pacific NW | 5 min | Nikki Mitha
Jim Cline is a Water Witch. He finds water where it seems there is none - deep beneath the arid sweep of the Yakima Valley. How's he's able to do so is a mystery. Even to him. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

4. The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

US | 2019 | 15 min | Elisabeth Tova Bailey
When a woman is bedridden by a mysterious pathogen, a forest snail unexpectedly takes up residence on her nightstand. Together, the woman and snail share an intimate journey of survival and resilience. Their captivating and graceful explorations expand the boundaries of the bedroom. An intimate and surprising live action true story. Adapted from the award-winning nonfiction memoir of the same title. WA State Premiere

5. Three Forgivable Failures of an Incorrigible Dreamer

US | 2019 | 12 min | Joe Callander
Somewhere deep in the frozen blue light of a Vermont winter, an incorrigible dreamer ruminates on three things that just didn't turn out quite right. West Coast Premiere

6. Once & Again

US | 2018 | 24 min | Isabel Dunn
"How can I get closer to the past, which moves farther and farther away?" So begins "Once & Again," a film about early recorded sound and the hunger for connection across time that marks each of us. West Coast Premiere


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