The annual Bainbridge film festival, Celluloid Bainbridge, wherein every film is filmed on Bainbridge or includes an Islander in cast, crew, or production team, starts tomorrow, November 14, and runs through the weekend. This year, among its 28 films are a select few taking a hard look at Japanese American Exclusion, that episode of American history that began here on the Island.
- Lois Shelton’s film After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience gives the late Frank Kitamoto his tribute. The film documents Kitamoto’s time spent with five BHS students developing archival prints. Kitamoto, who spent more than three years as a child in an internment camp during World War II, and the students discuss the need to safeguard the constitutional rights of those living in the United States.
- Only What They Could Carry, by filmmaker Brenda Berry, follows a delegation of Bainbridge Islanders on a journey to the former Manzanar concentration camp on the 70th anniversary of their forced removal and relocation.
- The Manzanar Fishing Club, by Cory Shiozaki, is about a small group of Japanese Americans incarcerated at Manzanar who regularly sought personal freedom by sneaking outside the barbed wire and machine gun towers to catch fresh fish in nearby streams.
- Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol, by Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers, tells the story of the oldest living survivor of the first group of internees. Hayashida died November 2nd at age 103.
The Sunday afternoon screening of the three films will feature a discussion panel of guests from the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community.
Don’t miss these other highlights from the festival:
- Matt Smith’s autobiographical comedy/mockumentary My Last Year with the Nuns about growing up in 1960s.
- Matt K. Turner’s Family Weekend about a 16-year-old competition rope skipper and featuring Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine.
- Hector Carosso’s Kayan Beauties about human trafficking and the journey of three Kayan women who travel from their remote village to sell handicrafts in a distant city in Myanmar.
- Robert Scott Crane’s Curio Shop, an “award-winning post-apocalyptic acid western” directed by two-time Emmy Award-winning Eric S. Anderson and shot by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning Director of Photography David Stump. Crane will be available for a Question and Answer session immediately following his film Sunday evening.
- BHS student Brendan Bennett’s Listen about a boy and his drug-dealing brother.
To see the full list of films and the schedule click here.
The Opening Night Celebration, tomorrow at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, will help to underwrite the otherwise free festival. The festive evening features with refreshments, a chance to meet the filmmakers, and the feature film The EDGE at the Movies, celebrating the best of the EDGE Improv. Tickets for opening night can be purchased at CelluloidBainbridge.org.
Admission to films screened on Saturday and Sunday is free of charge. Saturday morning of the festival will be held at Bainbridge Cinemas, where three theaters will be showcasing a variety of family focused films, in addition to the Celluloid Bainbridge Film Challenge entries. On Sunday, the Historic Lynwood Theatre will offer films from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival is funded by the Arts & Humanities Council and its donors, along with the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Two Islanders Reflect on History of Japanese American Exclusion (w/ podcast)
- The Late Bob Burkholder Honored in New Film Opening Friday, Followup to ‘Old Goats’
- Dr. Frank Kitamoto Remembered
- Frank Kitamoto, 1939-2014, Bainbridge Oral Historian and Dentist