Cultural heritage films to run for five days
The 10th annual Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival opens Tuesday and runs through May 11 at The Shedd's Recital Hall, 285 E. Broadway, and other venues around town.
A complete listing of the 18 films from eight countries and other events can be found at rgne.ws/16qhfzd.
Among the films are "Iceman Murder Mystery," about the mysterious murder of iceman Utzi 5,000 years ago in the Italian Alps; "I Remember, I Believe," about a forgotten African- American cemetery in Georgia; and "Lost Cities of the Amazon," about archaeological investigations along the Amazon River in South America.
The five-day event also will feature guest speakers, including Vince Porter, executive director of the Governor's Office of Film and Television, and the keynote speaker, Tom Dillehay, an anthropology professor at Vanderbilt University; guided tours by the Willamette National Forest, the Conference on Cultural Heritage Film (including participants from Armenia, Macedonia, Malaysia and Pakistan) at the University of Oregon's Downtown Baker Center, 975 High St.; and a video bar at the Baker Center for individual viewing of all festival films.
"We're really gratified that we have been able to bring Eugene's longest-running film festival to its 10th edition," festival director Rick Pettigrew said in a press release.
"In our second year, we almost gave it up, but now, with community support, we run this event in the black and have raised its visibility worldwide as one of the leading competitions for cultural heritage film."
The festival concludes with an awards reception at the DIVA Outpost, 280 W. Broadway, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 11.
Ticket packages for entry into all events are $70. Individual tickets are $12 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; $20 on Friday May 10 (includes keynote address); and $12 each for the morning and afternoon sessions on May 11. Student tickets for high school age and younger are $5 per session.
You can purchase tickets at The Shedd before the festival in person or by phone at 541-434-7000.
Black Maria Film, Video Festival on tap
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art's monthly Schnitzer Cinema brings back the Black Maria Film and Video Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday.A live Skype talk with festival director John Columbus is part of the evening.
Co-sponsored with the Cinema Pacific Film Festival, Schnitzer Cinema is the museum's monthly showcase for adventurous cinema and media art. Schnitzer Cinema screenings are free and refreshments are provided.
Thirteen short films are featured in this year's selection, including "Bug People," a whimsical film essay from Paul Meyers of San Francisco;
"Pulling Teeth, a documentary by Jennifer Suwak of Bangor, Pa., that follows the no-frills work of an equestrian dentist; and "Lionfish Delusion," an imaginative underwater neo-noir animated short by Quique Rivera Rivera of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
'Dancing Salmon Home' part of event
Award-winning documentary "Dancing Salmon Home" will premiere in Eugene today at the Bijou Art Cinemas, 492 E. 13th Ave.
The evening includes a 6 p.m. reception, a special short film, "Ceremony Is Not a Crime," and a question- and-answer session with director Will Doolittle and Chief Caleen Sisk, Winnemem Wintu Tribe, one of the film's participants.
"Dancing Salmon Home" is a 66-minute documentary produced in Eugene. The film follows the journey of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Northern California across generations and oceans to reunite with their long-lost salmon relatives.
From their ancestral McCloud River, tribal members travel to New Zealand to meet the descendants of the McCloud River Chinook salmon, which have been missing from their home river for 65 years. The 28 tribal members hold four days of ceremony beside New Zealand's Rakaia River, sharing a message of respect for the natural world and launching plans to bring their salmon home.
Tickets are $8 and available in advance at www.bijou-cinemas.com.
Documentaries to air at PLC on UO campus
Two documentary films, "The Revolutionary" and "Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol," will be offered at 6 p.m. today at Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, Room 180, 1415 Kincaid St.
A panel discussion with Sidney Rittenberg and filmmakers Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander and Don Sellers will follow.
During China's Cultural Revolution, Sidney Rittenberg, an American citizen, rose to fame as the only American citizen to join the Chinese Communist Party.
Arriving as a GI interpreter at the end of World War II, he was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution.
"Fumiko Hayashida: The Woman Behind the Symbol" recounts the predicament of Japanese- Americans who lived on Bainbridge Island, Wash., and were incarcerated during World War II.
The story follows 97-year-old Fumiko and her daughter as they return to the site of an internment camp 63 years later.