Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival
Film No. 1 is “Wildlike,” a troubled but daring teenage girl is sent by her struggling mother to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. After being forced to run, Mackenzie finds herself lost and with no one else to turn to, she shadows a loner backpacker. Together, they cross the wilderness and discover sanctuary in the last frontier (2014). The 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 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.