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Explore: PNW Visions

Explore: PNW Visions
2019 | NR. 1hr 39min
CAST: Various DIRECTOR: Various
2019 Tacoma Film Festival Official Selection


Documentary and narrative short films by Pacific NW creators. Programmed by Katy Evans.

1. Explore The Roar

US | 2018 | Pacific NW | 9 min | Alberta Poon
Equal parts documentary and performance, the film explores a traditional Chinese community in Portland, Oregon, following the members of Lee’s Association Dragon and Lion Dance Team. They share what the ancient craft means to them and what they hope it can become. US Premiere

2. Mount Angel Pilgrim

US | 2019 | Pacific NW | 11 min | Coleman Weimer
Sherman is a poet and pilgrim living in Salem. He writes while taking pilgrimage to neighboring holy sites in the valley. Follow Sherman, and filmmaker Coleman Weimer, on this three-day prayer pilgrimage from Salem, Oregon to nearby monasteries in Mount Angel. WA State Premiere. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

3. La Serenata (The Serenade)

US | 2019 | Pacific NW | 11 min | Adelina Anthony
Two parents struggle with their beloved Mexican musical tradition when their son requests a love song for another boy. WA State Premiere

4. The Chase

US | 2019 | Pacific NW | 14 min | Ryan Horner 
When Connor comes home to find his wife has left him, he discovers she also left him a set of clues and sets him off on an adventure where he finds himself and his love once again. WA State Premiere. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

5. Magnificent

US | 2018 | Pacific NW | 11 min | Dawn Jones Redstone
Still dealing with a recent break up, Cynthia, goes on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge for her first date with Alex. When a misunderstanding leads to tense emotions, Cynthia struggles to connect with her date as she walks the trails amidst the beauty and volatility of nature. US Premiere

6. Ramadan

US | 2018 | Pacific NW | 32 min
Yuhaniz Aly, Joseph Mills, Abdulgani Mohamad, Samir Nguyen
Yuhaniz, Samir, and Abdulgani, three Cham American high school students in Seattle, share their experiences during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month. Using hand-held video cameras, they chronicle their daily lives, the struggle of balancing school, friends, and faith, and the realities of Islamophobia. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

7. #StopErasingBlackPeople

US | 2018 | Pacific NW | 7 min | Christopher Paul Jordan, Cana Marie, Jamika Scott, Jaleesa Trapp
This documentary responds to interconnected structural violences with the demand #StopErasingBlackPeople: chronicling how the Tacoma Action Collective organized to address the whitewashing of the "Art, AIDS, America" exhibition, and their work at the International AIDS Conference in South Africa. Filmmakers will be in attendance.

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