Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival

February 20, 2016

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Feb. 20-22. Eight annual festival pays tribute to Oakland, who is a professor of English and a member of the Core 250 team and has taught at Whitworth for 48 years. Since he moved into a half-time faculty position, the university has been working with his friends and family to create an endowment in his name. Since Oakland has identified film studies as the area he’s most excited about funding for the long-term, the endowment is being used to fund an annual film festival. Featuring alumni filmmakers, an international film and an evening about faith and film led by Matthew Rindge, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University. Screenings held at Saturdays at 7 p.m. Saturday, alumni filmmakers Ryan Graves, ‘11, and Kelly McCrillis, ‘09, will show their new feature-length film, “Emily.” Nathan and Emily are a young married couple in Portland, Ore. Their daily struggles are typical for twenty-somethings: career anxieties, finding time for friends, being there for family. As a couple, they’ve done well to help each other out. When Nathan suffers a devastating crisis of faith, his and Emily’s once-contented marriage collapses. He struggles desperately to find himself and to remain the husband Emily married, cared for, and loved. Meanwhile, Emily’s own faith is challenged as she’s forced to question what it means to stay true to her husband. They both know that the marriage must change. But into what? Sunday, “Ida” (2013), Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation. Monday, Matthew Rindge, Ph.D., professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, will be discussing his second book, “Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream” and introducing the final film, “Fight Club,” which is featured in the book, at 7 p.m. An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into much, much more.

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