A Remarkable Selection of Documentary Films at Friday Harbor’s Inaugural Film Festival Oct 11-12-13, 2013

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For a small town like Friday Harbor, WA to launch their inaugural Film Festival with such a high quality and award winning selection of films, in and of itself is quite remarkable and well beyond the usual small town Film Festival line-ups.

This an amazing line up of very high quality documentary films, FHFF is not to be missed!!

For starters the Friday Harbor Film Festival features 5 first run films currently in theaters and generating buzz where ever they play: Shining Night, Girl Rising, Pandora’s Promise, Kon-Tiki and Blackfish. Plus award-winning documentaries, like Red Gold, Taylor Camp and Honor and Sacrifice (winner at the 2013 PTFF) will be featured.

The special opening Friday night event features composer Morton Lauridsen on piano accompanying the local San Juan Singers, followed by the screening of Shining Night, an award winning documentary about his life and music.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival is screening a total of 3 films that feature Orca Whales, besides Blackfish, they will be screening Keiko the untold story of the star of Free Willy and The Whale about Luna, the lonely and curious, young Orca whale who became lost and befriended people along the BC coast. All 3 Orca related films are represented by someone involved in the filmmaking to answer questions. Including Colin Baird, who was a trainer for Blackfish, then later was involved in the Keiko release project.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival also chose to honor long time Orca Researcher Ken Balcomb as their “Local Hero” at the Sunday night award ceremony, along with the “Audience Choice” award for the favorite film of the entire event.

Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance, so they will share their perspective, stories and answer questions at the Filmmakers Forum. The Friday Harbor Film Festival will also host the Kidz Cinema a special selection of films and shorts interspersed with discussion and opportunities for learning, both on Saturday afternoon.

There is a clear theme to this event. It is to entertain as most Film Festivals are meant to do. But veiled in the intention of these films is to make us think. Maybe even inspire some to get involved in whatever issue or subject speaks to them. The end result is to hopefully enlighten some to issues they were not aware of or guide us to new purposes. Please plan to join us. http://www.fhff.org

The Friday Harbor Film Festival will be easily accessible for visitors. Screenings will be held at four venues, right in downtown Friday Harbor, all within easy walking distance of the ferry. For complete information about the films, events, tickets and travel planning assistance, visit the website http://www.fhff.org.

Attending the Friday Harbor Film Festival is also your opportunity to discover the historic seaport of Friday Harbor, located on San Juan Island, Washington State -- named by TripAdvisor as the #1 USA island destination, and the 4th best island to visit in the world! Getting here is half the fun!

Capt. Lynn Danaher, Director
Stories of the Pacific Rim
Oct 11-12-13, 2013
10 First Street
PO Box 2627
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

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