North Bend Film Festival announces first wave of programming

The film festival will run from August 23 to 26 and feature numerous films and VR experiences.

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The 2018 North Bend Film Festival Poster created by Pacific Northwest artist Zachary Schomburg. Courtesy of the North Bend Film Festival

The 2018 North Bend Film Festival Poster created by Pacific Northwest artist Zachary Schomburg. Courtesy of the North Bend Film Festival

The North Bend Film Festival is recently announced the first wave of titles for the inaugural edition of their destination event in North Bend, taking place from Aug. 23 to the 26, and unveiled their new poster from Pacific Northwest artist Zachary Schomburg, featuring the region’s scenic slopes and ghostly pines.

Best known as the original shooting location for Twin Peaks, the festival will take place in the beautiful historic North Bend Theatre, embracing the classic diner and eerie woods that once gave David Lynch and Mark Frost so much inspiration, just a couple of miles away from the iconic Salish Lodge.

The festival seeks to spotlight innovative means of storytelling, while exploring surrealism as well as highlighting multi-dimensional stories and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Introducing a new structure in nonfiction form, Khalik Allah’s sophomore documentary “Black Mother” offers an insight into daily life in Jamaica, unfolding like a historical mixtape that immerses the audience in a sensorial journey in space, time and culture, according to a press release.

Building from coinciding social constructs, Patrick Cunningham’s debut film “Model Home” is a surreal, free-wheeling take on the ostracization of the lower middle class, according to a press release.

Blurring the line between dreams and reality, Mitzi Peirone’s “Braid” feels like a fever dream by way of Sofia Coppola, according to a press release.

Timur Bekmambetov’s “Profile” uses a minimalist visual setting, a computer screen, familiar to Bekmambetov from 2014’s hit Unfriended, which he produced, to tell a story about an ISIS investigation gone too deep and too far, all based on true events.

North Bend Film Festival’s focus on crossover storytelling includes the World Premiere of the immersive and intimate art performance from Ava Lee Scott of Sleep No More, titled “Annabellee”, a mixed-media art experience using tarot reading, immersive theater and virtual reality to enthrall and enchant, according to a press release.

The festival will also venture into linear virtual reality territory with five unique titles, each one bringing their own approach to molding new narratives.

For the first year, the North Bend Film Festival will host a short film program dedicated to exploring the inspiration behind David Lynch’s work as an artist and filmmaker, called “The Extra Ordinary,” for which Jonathan Marlow of Camera Obscura has curated four influential films that speak to Lynch and his work, ranging from 1966 to 2000.

Locals can find more information on the North Bend Film Festival website, http://northbendfilmfest.com/.

A still from Mitzi Peirone’s film “Braid”, described as a “fever dream” that is “blurring the line between dreams and reality.” Courtesy of the North Bend Film Festival

A still from Mitzi Peirone’s film “Braid”, described as a “fever dream” that is “blurring the line between dreams and reality.” Courtesy of the North Bend Film Festival

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