Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival
Feb. 8-22. Sixth annual event. Feb. 15 film is “20 Feet From Stardom,” millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight, and this is the untold true story of the singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. Feb 22 film is “The Band’s Visit,” a band comprised of members of an Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town. 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. Featuring screenings of an American independent, a documentary, and an international film, and late night offerings of movies filmed locally. Screenings held at Saturdays at 7 p.m.