Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival
Fifth annual event pays tribute to Oakland, who is a professor of English and a member of the Core 250 team and has taught at Whitworth for 47 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. Feb. 21: “Footnote” at 7 p.m. Director: Joseph Cedar, 2011. An Israeli professor and his son enter into a heated competition when their roles are reversed. The son has relied on recognition to fuel his sense of self-worth, while his father has shunned the spotlight. But a prestigious honor reveals the father’s vanity, and the son’s intense jealousy drives him to consider the unthinkable. Feb. 22: “Get Low” at 7 p.m. Director: Aaron Schneider, 2009. A recluse (Robert Duvall) emerges from the Tennessee woods after 40 years; he is the topic of much town gossip - including rumors that he’s a cold-hearted killer. He walks into a funeral parlor, announces plans to throw himself an epic party before his impending death, and surprises everyone at the much-anticipated gathering by revealing why he shunned society for life in the woods. The program opens with winners of the 2013 student-made short-film contest. Rated PG-13. Feb. 22: “Jackie Brown” at 10 p.m. Director: Quentin Tarantino, 1997. A flight attendant gets caught smuggling gun money and has to choose whether to rat out her murderous boss or keep quiet and do time. She meets a burned-out older guy whose marriage has fallen apart, and he becomes instrumental in both her life and her plan to stay out of jail and cop a million-dollar payoff. Rated R. Feb. 23: “4 Little Girls” at 7 p.m. Director: Spike Lee, rated NR, 2001. In 1963, four girls, ages 11-14, were killed in an infamous church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. This movie, Lee’s first feature-length documentary, examines not only the crime, its aftermath, and its pivotal place in civil-rights history, but the lives of the four girls as their family and friends remember them. This program opens with the 2007 documentary Act Six Leadership Development Program by North by Northwest Productions. Feb. 23: “Bill Cosby: Himself” at 10 p.m. In this concert movie from the zenith of Cosby’s on-stage comedic career, the Cos holds court on subjects ranging from childbirth to substance abuse. While his subjects can be serious, his perspectives are usually hilarious and always entertaining.