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Festival opens its lens on region's best films.

Byline: Lewis Taylor The Register-Guard

Kelley Baker will be a busy man this weekend.

Baker, aka the Angry Filmmaker, is the special host of the OpenLens Film Festival, which is happening tonight, Saturday and Sunday at the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts, 110 W. Broadway.

In addition to showing one of his own productions, Baker will be leading two filmmaking workshops and appearing at a invitation-only reception and film screening.

Now in its third year, the festival spotlights independent filmmakers from Southwestern Oregon.

Known for his sound design work on the films of Gus Van Sant (`Good Will Hunting," "Finding Forrester," "My Own Private Idaho') and Todd Haynes (`Far From Heaven'), Baker is also a director in his own right. His style has been described as "Bruce Springsteen meets David Lynch."

Baker's 1999 film, "Birddog," was set in Portland and explored the themes of racism, greed and class. His latest work, "Kicking Bird," was shot in 18 days on a budget of $5,000.

A 7 p.m. screening of Kelley's newest production will kick off the festival today. The film tells the story of Martin "Bird" Johnson, a 17-year-old high school kid on the run from a number of different factors in his life.

The showing will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a public reception.

Saturday's schedule includes Baker's low budget filmmaking workshop, followed by a pair of screenings of independent films selected by this year's festival jury. The audience will vote for its favorite productions.

Sunday's lineup kicks off with another Baker workshop, this one focused on sound design for films. A final afternoon screening of this year's selected productions follows.

Award winners will be announced during an invitation-only wrap party on Sunday afternoon. The festival comes to a close with a screening of the best films from last year's Eugene Film Festival.

This year's festival is divided into the following sessions, not all of which are open to the general public:

Today

7 p.m. - Eugene premiere of "Kicking Bird" and director Q&A

9 p.m. - Public reception for host Kelley Baker

Saturday

9 a.m. - Workshop: "Making the Extremely Low Budget Film"

2 p.m. - Festival "Filmmaker Afternoon" (invitation only)

7 p.m. - Screening: OpenLens Festival juried program

9:20 p.m. - Screening: OpenLens Festival juried program

Sunday

9 a.m. - Workshop: "Sound Design for Independent Films"

1 p.m. - Screening: OpenLens Festival juried program

4 p.m. - Festival awards and filmmaker wrap party (invitation only)

7 p.m. - Best of the Eugene Film Festival

FESTIVAL PREVIEW Third annual OpenLens Film Festival When: Today through Sunday Where: Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts, 110 W. Broadway, How much: $5 per event; $3 for students and DIVA members; workshops are $40 or $25 for students and festival entrants (requires advance registration) Information: Call 344- 3482 or go to www.divamedia .proscenia.net/openlens
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