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51st Humboldt Int’l Film Fest
April 18-21, 2018
Minor Theatre, Arcata

Full Program

Since its inception in 1967, Humboldt Int’l Film Fest has earned a reputation for supporting and celebrating student and independent filmmakers working in experimental and non-traditional ways. Now, in our 51st year, we continue to promote the art of film, not only as a means of entertainment, but as a tool for inspiring dialogue and facilitating change. For us, personal self-expression and exploration of the medium are just as important (if not more) as high production values and wide market distribution. Our fundamental goal over the years has been to support and acknowledge developing filmmakers, while bringing international cinema to Humboldt County.

Humboldt Int’l Film Fest has the proud distinction of being the oldest student-run film festival in the world. The festival is organized by students from a wide range of academic interests, who share a genuine respect for the art of film. This year over 180 entries were pre-screened by HSU students, 32 were chosen for you to see this week. Awards are given for Best of the Festival and Best of Category, as well as locally sponsored awards: Pablo Koontz Award for Best Experimental Technique, Ledo and Vittoria Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration Theme or Pioneering Spirit, and Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Award for Best Use of Location.

This year we are honored to have Udi Aloni, Patricia Cardos0 , and Hal Masonberg as our panel of judges. One of the festival’s greatest rewards is the chance for student filmmakers and festival audiences to meet and speak with these visiting professionals. The survival of the festival depends upon the consistent support and appreciation we receive from the residents of Humboldt County. Thank You. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!

History of the Festival

The first Humboldt Film Festival was organized by Professor George Goodrich who was instrumental in making film a part of the curricular offerings at Humboldt. The next year, because of his encouragement, two students, David Phillips and Don McKenzie took over the responsibility of organizing and supervising the annual film festival.

As the film program grew, it quickly became an experimental hub where all forms of film were encouraged and accepted. Early classes centered around production and editing, but students soon realized they had no platform to showcase their films, and that Humboldt wasn’t the only campus having difficulty showing their works.

Students used their own money and supplies to ensure the festival would go on. “We used typewriters in the department office, copy machines for free, shot an intro on 16mm, booked what was then Sequoia Theater…and eventually were reimbursed about $50,” says Phillips. They made brochures and sent them to various campuses across the country, receiving about 20 submissions the first year.

Several of the entries came to be recognized as classics. One of the submissions in the second year of the festival later received an Oscar for best live-action short film.

Over the past 51 years, the Humboldt Int’l Film Fest has grown into the success it is today. Films make their way to HSU from around the world as filmmakers of all ages are drawn to the Humboldt spotlight. Through endless hours of hard work and years of practice, it has become the oldest student-run film festival in the world.

We look forward to bringing you independent films from around the world for another 50 years!

Winners, 2017

Best of Fest Awards
Animation: Two Balloons by Mark Smith
Experimental: Pussy Willows by Chris Tcholakian
Documentary: Doreen Garner Sculpts Our Trauma by Brian Redondo
Narrative: “Look at Me” by Andres Gil
Best of Fest: Doreen Garner Sculpts Our Trauma by Brian Redondo

People’s Choice Award
Animation: Two Balloons by Mark Smith
Experimental: Pussy Willows by Chris Tcholakian
Documentary: Doreen Garner Sculpts Our Trauma by Brian Redondo
Narrative: “Look at Me” by Andres Gil

Honorable Mention
Animation: Akiby Taylor Reynolds

Special Awards
Pablo Koontz Award for Best Experimental Technique: iRony by Radheya Jegatheva
Ledo and Vittoria Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration Theme or Pioneering Spirit: Dancing in Limbo by Amanda Larsh
Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Award for Best Film Celebrating Local or Environmental Sustainability: Bananafest by Almond Dodge

Finalists, 2018

The Icons by Mitchell Rose (USA)
Pussy Willows by Tommy Regan (USA)
below the neck, above the knees by Desiree Dawn Kapler (USA)
Inactivity by Ryan Wicks (USA)
Werifesteria by Jennifer Hardacker (USA)
Lessons from Exes by Misti Boland, Lyn Elliot, Caitlin Horsmon, Meg Jamieson, Mary C. Taylor

Nobody by Elham Toroghi (Iran)
Fishy by Joe Sulsenti (USA)
Two Balloons by Mark C. Smith (USA)
iRony by Radheya Jegatheva (Australia)
KCLOC by Ninaad Kulkarni (India, USA)
AKI by Taylor Reynolds (USA)                                                                                                                                                                                Lilly and the Baby by The Bum Family (Canada)                                                                                                                                                    Polybius by Brad Pattullo (USA)


Doreen Garner Sculpts our Trauma by Brian Redondo
Arrested Again by Dan Goldes
Bananafest by Almond Dodge
Beginning of the Road by Jeremiah Jake Thompson
Black Sheep by Rachel Lattin
Dancing in Limbo by Hannah Bradford, Amanda Larsh, Nick McDonald, and  Caroline Roffey                                                                    Here Still by Alyssa Michener

Why are the Trees Pink – Trystan Millet
Othello-San by Theodore Adams
Night Call by Amanda Renee Knox
“Look at Me” by Andres Gil
Pickle by Grant Moore
Gloria Talks Funny by Kendall Goldberg

Co-Directors, 2018

Maddy Harvey

Promotions and Historian

Maddy Harvey is working on her senior year here at HSU as a film major and journalism minor with a focus on media studies.  She’s been involved with the fest for the past three years and now has taken on a role as co-director in her fourth in final year.

Helen Molina


Helen Molina

“It is such a pleasure to be one of three co-directors of the 51st Humboldt International Film Festival. I am privileged to be able to host this event and cannot wait to expose and showcase all the extraordinary talent located all over the world.” A senior attending Humboldt State majoring in Film and minoring in Theatre Arts. Growing up in the city she was exposed to many different cultures and events.  She was raised in the city of South Gate located southeast of Los Angeles. She experienced both good and bad aspects of a large town. She was lucky enough to find my calling at a very young age. Deeply interested in the arts, she never knew how she would be able to get involved. She didn’t know how to sing, act, or draw, until one day she stumbled across film and fell in love.

Peter Blickensderfer

Budget and On-Campus Connection

Peter Blickensderfer

From Fairfax, CA. A junior now at Humboldt State. Peter has been involved with film since high-school. Being part of a program called Comacad, he made shorts and screened them for the community with his class. He likes his films like he likes his books, short. He is curious to see how film is changing as a medium and appreciates the diversity and uniqueness of films that the HIFF showcases. Peter is looking forward to seeing the new techniques that filmmakers across the world are finding to get their stories told.

Faculty Adviser, 2018

Susan Abbey

Festival Faculty Adviser

This is Susan’s seventh year as a faculty adviser for the HIFF. Originally from the intermountain west, she has been an educator, director, and actress in theatre for over 40 years. Her bridge to film began as a graduate assistant, teaching several Introduction to Film courses, while earning her MFA in Directing at Brigham Young University. Susan’s work in film continued when she took her performance skills to the acting side of the camera: while living in Salt Lake City, she began working in films, television, commercials, print ads, and voiceover projects. She continues to act and direct locally when time and opportunity come together. Susan has been a lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance at HSU since 2007.

Judges, 2018

49th Humboldt International Film Festival

April 20-23, 2016

Co-Directors: Emily Hall, Nairobys Apolito, Kyrie Hood

Adviser: Susan Abbey

Winners, 2016

Best of Fest Awards

Animation: Hum – Tom Teller, USA

Experimental: Simon – Camille de Galbert, USA

Documentary: Alzheimer’s: A Love Story  – Gabe Schimmel, USA

Narrative: Guide – Jackson Miller, USA

Best of Fest: The Dynamic Double Standard – Luke Patton, USA


People’s Choice Awards

Animation: Cuerdas – Pedro Solís García, Spain

Experimental: Door of Perception – Caroline Schwarz, Germany

Documentary: Alzheimer’s: A Love Story – Gabe Schimmel, USA

Narrative: Cowboys  – Bernabé Rico, Spain


Honorable Mention

Animation: Revoltoso – Arturo Ambriz, Mexico

Experimental: Heartbreak & Beauty  – Genevieve Clay-Smith, Australia

Documentary: A Drag Queen for Kids – Byron Karabatsos, USA

Narrative: Cowboys – Bernabé Rico, Spain


Special Awards

Pablo Koontz Award: The Last Tear – The Last Tear, Documentary, USA/Korea

Ledo Matteoli Award: Papa Pasquale – J.C. Little, Animation, Canada

Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Award: We Are Fucked – Andrew Sobey, Documentary, USA

Finalists, 2016


Papa Pasquale – J.C. Little  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]  

Revoltoso – Arturo Ambriz  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]  [Trailer]

The Wind – Jinyue Wan  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Trailer]

Cuerdas – Pedro Solís García  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]  [Trailer]

Switch Man – Hsun-Chun Chuang  [Website]  [Trailer]

Hum – Tom Teller

Last Judgment – Junyi Xiao [Trailer]

Lilly Gets a Pet – Xstine Cook

Lilly’s Big Day – Xstine Cook

The Land Before Time Machines – Nick Saucedo  [Facebook]



Simon – Camille de Galbert  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]  [Trailer]

Heartbreak & Beauty – Genevieve Clay-Smith  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]  [Trailer]

doors of perception – Caroline Schwarz [Trailer]

A Partial History of Nature, 1965 – Sasha Waters Freyer [Website]

Mourn – Camille Carpenter

Infinite – Julius Damenz

Will I Scatter Away? – Emma Penaz Eisner [Website]  [Twitter]

Field Notes: Tree 1 – Kate Lain [Website]



The Last Tear – Christopher H.K. Lee  [Website]  [Facebook]  [Trailer]

We Are Fucked: An Environmental Film – Andrew Sobey

A Drag Queen for Kids – Byron Karabatsos [Website]

Growing Resistance: Drought, Oil, and Climate Change in California – Bunker Seyfert [Website] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Trailer]

Wild at Heart – Devan Robertson

Alzheimer’s: A Love Story – Gabe Schimmel [Facebook]  [Trailer]

Titans of Art – Mor Albalak

After 1437 Years – Hossein Jehani

Slabbers – Tanner DiGirolamo



The Light Thief – Eva Daoud

I’ve Just Had a Dream – Javi Navarro  [Twitter]  [Trailer]

Cowboys – Bernabé Rico [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]

The Dynamic Double Standard – Luke Patton [Website]

Twinsburg – Joe Garrity [Website]  [Facebook]  [Twitter]

Adagio – Kevin Wolf  [Website]  [Facebook]

Guide – Jackson Miller

The Last Words – Keegan Mullin  [Trailer]

Total Awesome Viking Power – Morten Forland  [Facebook]  [Twitter]  [Trailer]

Groundhogs – Jamel Northern

Judges, 2016

Dr. Michelle Cartier


An alumni of Humboldt State University, having received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film, Dr. Michelle Cartier is an educator, media poet, and community activist whose philosophical research continues to examine ‘love’ as an ethics and responsibilities of a media culture.  She holds a PhD in Media and Communication from the European Graduate School where she worked closely with French Philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, through an extensive study of his writings on Being Singular Plural, and under the mentorship of French filmmaker Claire Denis for her revered filmic style of non-verbal language in cinema.

As a filmmaker and media poet, her work consistently pushes the boundaries of the frame and is often best translated through interactive media performances.  Characteristically including short original films, socio-political remixes of pop-culture, and live DJ-ing, Dr. M. Cartier’s theoretical focus un-works as a relentless invitation for her audience to coauthor an experience of authentic communication.  Michelle was recognized in 2006 at the Humboldt International Student Run Film Festival for her short experimental work Redemption: An Ode to Stanley Tookie Williams, receiving Honorable Mention in Documentary, and has, ever since, continued to strengthen the plurality of her personal and political stance as an artist.  The technical style of her filmmaking is usually dense with an eccentric mix of 16mm Optical Printing, super-8 found footage, and multi-media digital remixes.
Dr. M. Cartier has extensive experience in organizing, teaching and curating critical thinking through active media events for people of all ages and a diversity of backgrounds.  Her recent publications, events, and films include: The Media Poet, a philosophical text on the contemporary responsibilities and ethics of a media culture, published in 2012 by Apropos Press; PUNISHMENT On Trial: Step 34, Reclaiming Human Rights, a multi-media event and speaker panel curated to bring awareness and raise discussion about the complexities associated to the death penalty; and Identity and Orifices Part II, a collection of short experimental films on the incision of love and forgiveness, for the Open Heart Show hosted by the Ink People.  She has recently returned to working on the development of her 2006 launched media poet collective, Los Media Poets, which aims to serve as a creative mentorship project for youth and community members towards the promise of social justice with change through the development of new learning and literacy techniques as the very happening of a media culture.

Howard L. Ritter, DGA

Former Associate Director/Professor

I obtained a BFA from Ohio University in 1968, and a Directing MFA from Ohio University in 1970.  I attended Parsons College through 1972, and since then have worked in the Southern California television industry. In 1976, I became a member of the Director’s Guild of America, and since that time, my assignments have included single & television, children’s specials, situation comedies and new media for the internet.  I most enjoy the HD multi-camera quad split coverage production process which accompanies scripted story driven media.  Network television awards include a 2001 Directors Guild Award for General Hospital, Associate Director and Primetime Emmy contributions to Night Court in 1989, Associate Director, and NBC Donohue & Kids in 1981, Stage Manager.

In 1980, I was the Associate Director for Alan Landsburg Productions on That’s Incredible, the second reality program on network television for ABC.  During that time I concentrated on live/tape multi-camera production and post-production CMX electronic editing and Sweetening.  Post editing inspired me, and I chose to strengthen my skills as a post-production Associate Director whenever possible for the next thirteen years.

In 1982, I began working in situation comedies such as Soap, Night Court and Oh, Baby.  I so enjoyed the sitcom scripted experience that I continued to direct and associate direct in network television in that genre.  Whenever possible, I continue to work in daytime drama as an Associate Director to further enhance my booth and stage communication skills.

In 1984, I helped launch the NBC one hour Daytime Drama entitled Santa Barbara using my production background in studio and my post production skills in the edit.   I observed the rehearsal process of directors working with the acting ensemble, and learned much regarding the moment to moment layering as part of an actor’s work in developing a character for performance.

Since 1992 I have worked as a guest artist within the California State University system and CSU Summer Arts, and other Southern California Universities as a way of giving back to others as my mentors have done to me in theatre and network television.  Currently, my present teaching assignment is at Humboldt State University in the Theatre, Film & Dance Dept.

For the last six years I’ve worked with Disney on multi-camera sitcoms series for The Disney Channel and the XD Channel.

I have lived in Pasadena, CA for twenty-three years with my wife, Karen, and we are proud of our two daughters, Blaire Anna Lacey, an MA graduate of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Skylar Amelia LaRue, a recent graduate of Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA.
Karen and I currently live in Eureka, CA with our young, but stubborn Scottish Terrier, Maggie McPhee. As a family, we enjoy our time together at home, traveling, and camping adventures throughout California.

George Nelson III

Local Filmmaker

Hoopa Tribal member George Nelson III first realized he had an interest in filmmaking after editing his first documentary, a film about the 1955 and 1965 Humboldt County floods, during his sophomore year at Hoopa Valley High School.  He used a consumer grade VHS camcorder, VCR deck, and found footage that his grandfather shot on Super 8mm. George is now an award-winning filmmaker, a Humboldt State University Alumni and the owner of War Pony Films.

While serving in the United States Air Force as an Avionics Technician, George traveled through Germany, Western Asia, New Zealand, and Antarctica. Having grown up as a member of a federally recognized tribe in a small community, the experience of meeting tribal members from other nations made a profound impression on him.

George is the winner of a cinematography award from the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts for his work on the HSU Theatre Arts Production of “City of Angels.” He also received a Telly Award for Director of Photography for his work on a local commercial.

After graduating from Humboldt, George worked for the Hoopa Tribal Education department teaching Photography and Filmmaking classes to high school youth. He led a project for the 2nd annual White House Film Festival working with K-12 youth to produce a film in just over 5 days. The film placed among the top 10 percent of entries winning an Honorable Mention at the 2015 White House Film Festival.
George is currently working on a series of educational films documenting the Hoopa culture, language and tribal customs for future generations.

48th Humboldt International Film Festival

April 22-25, 2015

Winners, 2015

Best of Fest Awards

ExperimentalSwallowed Whole Directed by Heidi Kumao & A Rabbits Life in 3 Parts Directed by Don DiNicola

AnimationI Was A Teenage Girl, Apparently Directed by Lyn Elliot and Nina Frenkel

DocumentaryCode Oakland Directed by Kelly Amis

NarrativeSon Shine Directed by Katrelle Kindred

Best of the FestBirthday Directed by Chris King


People’s Choice Awards

ExperimentalCyberGenesis Directed by Andre Silva

AnimationI Was A Teenage Girl, Apparently Directed by Lyn Elliot and Nina Frenkel

Documentary Code Oakland Directed by Kelly Amis

NarrativeThe Collection Directed by Ian Gullett


Honorable Mention

Carpet Sweeper Directed by Channing Salazar


Special Awards

Leto Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration ThemeTadiama Directed by Robin D’Oench

Jim Demulling Award for Best Film with Social Justice ThemeRoad to Desegregation Directed by Kareem McMichael

Pablo Koontz Experimental Award for Best Experimental Technique in a filmCyberGenesis Directed by Andre Silva

Judges, 2015

Paolo Davanzo


An alumni of Humboldt State University and founder of the Echo Park Film Center, Paolo Davanzo is a filmmaker, educator and community activist whose work is a catalyst for creative collaboration and positive social change.

Originally from Italy, he currently lives and works in Los Angeles where he is the Co-founder and Executive Director the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit neighborhood media arts center.

Since 2001, the Film Center has provided equal and affordable community access to film/video resources via five channels: a neighborhood microcinema space, free and nominal cost education programs, a comprehensive film equipment and service retail department, a green-energy mobile cinema & film school, and a touring film festival showcasing local established and emerging filmmakers.

Paolo Davanzo has extensive experience in organizing, teaching and curating media arts programs for people of all ages and skill levels. His work as a filmmaker and the works of his students has been exhibited internationally at festivals, museums, art centers, community spaces and educational facilities.

He is currently working on a film with the Vuntut Gwitchen people to create a contemporary city symphony based on the classic 1920s avant-garde genre.


Jensen Rufe

Filmmaker/ Musician

Rufe received a B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA in 1995 and followed his fascination with Media Arts up to Humboldt State University. Two of his HSU thesis projects “In Search of the Famous Hoosier Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich” and “The Ugliest Fountain in the World (Without a Doubt)” won awards at film festivals internationally and eventually aired on PBS.

Upon receiving an M.A. in Film Production from HSU in 1998, Rufe was offered the position of Humboldt County Film Commissioner, where he worked for three years providing assistance to producers of on-location television and film productions. It was during his stint as Commissioner that Rufe completed his third documentary, a feature-length called “Orick, CA, U.S.A.”

In 2001, Rufe relocated to Los Angeles to focus on professional creative work within the television industry, Producing/Directing/Editing non-fiction shows such as “Project Runway,” “The Real World,” “The Simple Life,” and a wide range of Discovery Channel and MTV projects.

Over the past decade, Rufe has continued to independently produce documentaries, including a TV pilot called “Rural Rock and Roll.” Filmed in Humboldt County in June of ’05–the pilot screened all over the globe and won awards on the U.S. and international film festival circuit as a stand-alone documentary piece.

Rufe is a life-long devotee of rock and roll, having written and recorded songs for 25+ years and played in dozens of bands: (chronologically) Three Boxed In, The Package, Laxton’s Superb, Puddletown Tom, Mexico (a 4-track duo with comedian Bobby Lee), Tigerbomb (a Humboldt-based Guided by Voices tribute), The Sin Men, Hasslehoff, The Foster Kids, Loaded, The Watermelon Guns, The Steve and Jensen Rufe Quartet, The Beatles (a Beatles coverband), The Natural Lights, The Flaming Boys, and The Cutters. In 2004, Rufe produced a limited-edition vinyl-only L.P. of his old Eureka band, The Sin Men, featuring snippets of cassette recordings re-edited, re-recorded and spliced together digitally. In 2012, Rufe released a solo album under the stage name Johnny Render (recorded in Cleveland, OH by legendary Producer Todd Tobias).


Kristy Guevara-Flanagan

Director/ Producer

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s first feature-length film was an acclaimed documentary covering four years in the lives of four adolescent girls. Going on 13 was an official selection of Tribeca, Silverdocs, and many other international film festivals. It received funding from ITVS and was broadcast on public television in 2009.

Kristy has also produced and directed several short films, including El Corrido de Cecilia Rios, a chronicle of the violent death of 15-year-old Cecilia Rios, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. Her recent documentary, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, traces the evolution and legacy of the comic book hero Wonder Woman as a way to reflect on society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. Premiering at SXSW, the film was broadcast on PBS’ acclaimed Independent Lens.

Now an assistant professor at Diablo Valley College, Guevara-Flanagan earned her MFA in Film Production from San Francisco State University.


47th Annual International Humboldt Film Festival

April 16-19, 2014

Winners, 2014

Best of Fest Awards

ExperimentalVirtuos Virtuell Directed by Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann **

AnimationLight Me Up Directed by Derek Dolechek and Ryan Watson

DocumentaryHeklina Directed by Brian Favorite

NarrativeHelpless Directed by Christene Hurley

Best of the FestSalmon Deadly Sins Directed by Steven Vander Meer


People’s Choice Awards

ExperimentalVirtuos Virtuell Directed by Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann **

Animation Salmon Deadly Sins Directed by Steven Vander Meer

DocumentaryForge Directed by Andrew Baird

NarrativeHelpless Directed by Christene Hurley


Special Awards

Leto Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration ThemeSearching for Answers Directed by Dee Thao

Jim Demulling Award for BEst Film with Social Justice ThemeButterfly Dreams Directed by Venkat Krishnan

Pablo Koontz Experimental Award for Best Experimental Technique in a filmFieldbrook Livin’ Directed by Jules Coronado


** Virtuos Virtuell

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Making of – tv special:



Judges, 2014

Joel Moffett

Filmmaker/Associate Professor

Joel Moffett was raised on the island of Maui where he graduated high school from Seabury Hall. He holds an MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Humboldt State University. He has received grants from the NEA, the AFI, the Tides Foundation, the Lane Family Foundation and the Colin Higgins Foundation. Recognition for his film work includes a Student Academy Award, a Student Emmy Award, the Amy Bloch Directing Award and AFI’s highest honor, the Schaffner Award. Collectively, his films have screened in over seventy international film festivals including Cannes and Berlin. His film My Body received the award for Best Short at fourteen film festivals including the Los Angeles International Film Festival, The Uppsala International Film Festival, the Nashville Film Festival, the Aspen Short Fest, Cinequest and Clermont Ferrand. Joel has directed numerous award-winning plays including Havel’s The Memorandum, Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, and Euripides’ Alcestis. His original play The Middle of Nowhere toured the homeless shelters and soup kitchens of the continental United States. While in Los Angeles, Joel taught screenwriting and Directing at the American Film Institute for nine years. In addition, he consistently taught screen acting, production and directing classes for the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University. Joel has worked as a screenwriter for Alibi Entertainment (London), Hervis Entertainment (Berlin) and Moving Movies (Los Angeles). In 2007 his short film Horsepower screened at twenty-eight film festivals, winning top honors at seven, including the London Independent Film Festival and the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. In 2010 his short film Poi Dogs screened at over sixty film festivals, including Tribeca, Berlin, and Melbourne. Poi Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize for “Best Short” at the Washington D.C. Independent Film Festival, the Platinum Remi Award at the WorldFest Houston, a Cine Golden Eagle Award through the CINE Awards Competition, and the Award of Merit from the Accolade Film Awards Competition. Most notably, Poi Dogs won the sole Award of Merit at the 2010 University Film and Video Association Conference. Presently Joel serves as Associate Professor in the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. In this capacity he was awarded a Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching in 2010.

Anayansi Prado


Anayansi Prado is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has taught and showcased her work throughout the U.S., Latin America, Asia & Africa. Anayansi was born in Panama and moved to the United States as a teenager. Her debut documentary Maid in America about Latina domestic workers in Los Angeles, CA screened nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. Her second production, the award-winning documentary Children in No Man’s Land about unaccompanied minors crossing the US/Mexico border screened in more than 30 countries around the world. Paraiso for Sale, her third independent production, takes Prado back to her homeland, Panama to document the impact American retirees and developers are having on the local community of Bocas del Toro Panama. Paraiso for Sale is being broadcast nationally on PBS and has won numerous film festival awards. Anayansi is an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She also works on a regular basis with the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to bring documentary filmmaking production and photography training to people in developing countries. She’s taught in Burma, Angola, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Singapore, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay. She also serves as a Film Expert on the US State Department’s film program The American Film Showcase (2013-14). Ms. Prado is a recipient of a Rockefeller Media Fellowship and has received funding from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Creative Capital, Latino Public Broadcasting, The Paul Robeson Media Fund, and many other foundations. Anayansi is the founder of Impacto Films and the non-profit Impacto Project with the mission to bring photography and video training to youth in developing countries. She holds a BA in Film from Boston University. Anayansi resides in Los Angeles, California.

Maria Matteoli


Award winning filmmaker Maria Matteoli finds inspiration in the place we call home: Humboldt County, California. She is a 7th generation native of Humboldt, an alumni of St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Eureka, who studied acting in both San Francisco and Manhattan before returning to school for her BA in Film from HSU. She then moved to Italy, working as an art history guide at the Vatican in Rome, where her travels inspired her to write a screenplay. After returning to California, she established her own video production company, Mermade Film, which enabled her to produce and direct over fifty short films, music videos, commercials and campaign documentaries. She was brought on board the Humboldt Made endeavor, directing sixteen short films for the County of Humboldt, including the “Love, Humboldt” series. Her first feature film, The Wine of Summer, which she wrote, directed, and produced was primarily shot in and around Barcelona, Spain, with additional scenes filmed in Hollywood and Old Town, Eureka. The film stars an international cast including Ethan Peck (grandson of Gregory Peck), Spanish film stars Elsa Pataky (Fast Five), Najwa Nimri (Sex & Lucia), Golden Globe Nominee Brazilian Sonia Braga, and Academy Award Winner Marcia Gay Harden. The Wine of Summer had its world premiere at the Douro Film Festival in Porto, Portugal in September 2013, where it won the top prize in its category. The film has just received a world-wide distribution deal from New Films International. She is currently finishing up her latest feature-length script, Lady of the Canyon, which is based on a true story and takes place in the Rocky Mountains in the 1870’s. She is married and has a one year old son, Ledo.

46th Humboldt Film Festival

John Van Duzer Theatre
April 17-20, 2013

Co-Directors, 2013

Danielle Durand
Danielle Durand is a junior at HSU. She is a Geography major with a Film minor and plays the jazz flute. Having migrated to Arcata from San Rafael almost two years ago, she fell in love with HSU and Humboldt County. She has many leather bound books and her apartment smells of rich mahhhhhogany. Once a student in the film festival class, she is now in charge of the film entries and has enjoyed the madness of putting together the Film Festival.

Alicia Flores
Alicia Flores is a second year Film and Anthropology major at HSU. She is currently scheming to break into the film industry with the toolbox of madness that the Universe has blessed her with. She enjoys long-distance cycling, and anything having to do with culture fascinates her. Having emigrated from Hidalgo, Mexico in 2001, she is still learning her way around things, but her extensive collection of work by Aphex Twin keeps her sane.

Zane Krakowski
Zane Krakowski is a senior at HSU working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Conservation. Coming from a small mountain town in the Sierra Nevada’s, Zane transferred to HSU. While here he has branched out into his other interests including film. Even though he isn’t a film major, Zane’s interest in film is what prompted him to take the Humboldt Film Festival class during its 45th year and then again for the 46th. He has enjoyed the road, including the challenges of putting together this year’s Festival.

Faculty Adviser, 2013

Susan McMurray Abbey

Faculty adviser to the festival, has been a lecturer for the Theater, Film and Dance Department since 2007. Originating from Salt Lake City, Utah, she has been a teacher and professor of theater for almost 35 years. Her bridge to the film industry began while teaching several classes of Introduction to Film while earning her MFA at Brigham Young University. From there, she turned her stage-acting skills to teaching Acting for the Camera. She has performed in several films, television, and commercial projects, as well as voice work in Salt Lake City and locally.

Judges, 2013

Corey Grant


Corey Grant was born in Joliet, Illinois.  He attended Norfolk State University in Virginia, where he received his BA in Communications.  After graduating and working for NBC, he decided film was his ultimate goal and moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University where he received a Master’s Degree in Film.  After graduating he moved to Hollywood taking his film career to the next level.  Grant wrote and directed Dysfunctional Friends, his third feature film which was released theatrically and has garnered rave reviews and success on DVD and VOD.  His next film, Bigfoot.  The Lost Coast Tapes, took him in a completely different direction as he entered the mainstream horror arena.  Shot on location in Humboldt County CA, the Lost Coast Tapes thriller was well received, picked up for worldwide distribution, and released in a limited theatrical run, as well as VOD in the fall of 2012.  It was released in the US on Blu-Ray and DVD in February 2013.  Grant prides himself on quality, commercial stories that are cutting edge and original.

Chevez Frazier


Corey Grant was born in Joliet, Illinois.  He attended Norfolk State University in Virginia, where he received his BA in Communications.  After graduating and working for NBC, he decided film was his ultimate goal and moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University where he received a Master’s Degree in Film.  After graduating he moved to Hollywood taking his film career to the next level.  Grant wrote and directed Dysfunctional Friends, his third feature film which was released theatrically and has garnered rave reviews and success on DVD and VOD.  His next film, Bigfoot.  The Lost Coast Tapes, took him in a completely different direction as he entered the mainstream horror arena.  Shot on location in Humboldt County CA, the Lost Coast Tapes thriller was well received, picked up for worldwide distribution, and released in a limited theatrical run, as well as VOD in the fall of 2012.  It was released in the US on Blu-Ray and DVD in February 2013.  Grant prides himself on quality, commercial stories that are cutting edge and original.

Full Program


The 45th edition of the Humboldt Film Festival was titled “The Power of the Film”. This year, the festival was held for a whole week in the John Van Duzer Theatre with more than 130 entries.


Monday, April 16: Local Filmmakers Night hosted by Cassandra Hesseltine and Sean McLaughlin; with the presence of the guest judges Allen Larsen and Kip Baldwin from the United Filmmakers Association.

Arts Alive: The Soul of Eureka (5:31) – Ben Bettenhausen & Jim Hight

The Scope (5:08) – Sean Powers & Pat Quinn

Humboldt Slackers (9:11) – Owen Roth

Humboldt Fog (1:40) – Ben Bettenhausen

Box Office Romance (14:05) – Joshua Nelson & Ian Strope

Met Once (2:02) – Oskar Azucena

Lost Coast Street Art (10:20) – Daniel Mariscal

Watching TV (10:32) – Rick St. Charles & Matt St. Charles

The Fell Mirrors (12:53) – Michael Garcia

Land Apple (1:40) – Oskar Azucena  

While Riding my Bicycle (20:00) – Ace Aseltine

Astrobot Apocalypse (16:12) – Casey Lewiston  


Tuesday, April 17: Young Media Night hosted for the first time in the history of the festival, by Barbara A. Domanchuk.


Wednesday, April 18: Animation and Experimental Night with the presence of judges John Coda and Tasha Oldham.

Live Outside the Box (4:19) – Shu-Husan Lin (Taiwan)

Taxonomy (4:08) – Karen Aqua (USA)

Translucence (8:11) – Kate Lain (USA)

Young Mother Nature (4:29) – Steve Conroy (USA)

Met Once (2:02) – Oskar Azucena (USA)

The Quiet Life (11:00) – Timothy Hittle (USA)

Man I Am (10:46) – Justin Oberman (USA)

Another Dress, Another Button (2:45) – Lyn Elliot (USA)

The Jockstrap Raiders (18:55) – Mark Nelson (USA)

A finger Two Dots, Then Me (7:40) – David Holechek (USA)

A Movie By Jen Proctor (11:47) – Jennifer Proctor (USA)

VISITATION (8:50) – Susan Pitt (USA)

Undergrowth (11:30) – Robert Todd (USA)

How I lost my Birthday (8:43) – Deja Bernhardt (USA)

The Olympian (5:00) – Gerald Pesta (USA)

Pennipotens (17:38) – Heather D. Freeman (USA)


Thursday, April 19: Documentary Night with the presence of judges John Coda and Tasha Oldham.

Long Way Home (15:20) – Damiano Cinque (Venezuela)

Crossing Over: The Art of Jeremy Down (12:06) – Mike Bernard (Canada)

A Salton Soul (12:46) – Mike Agnew, Greg Balkin & Tim Kressin (USA)

Randy Parsons: American Luthier (8:16) – David Aldrich (USA)

Humboldt Slackers (9:11) – Owen Roth (USA)

Mijo (9:33) – Chithra Jeyaram (USA)

Touches of Love (7:58) – Lance Johnson (USA)

Among Giants (13:42) – Lance Johnson (USA)

A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics, and the Supreme Court (15:30) – Devan Shea (USA)

Guanape Sur (23:58) – Janos Richter (Italy)

Missionary Lizards (8:42) – Zachary Johnson (USA)  


Friday, April 20: Special Panel discussion/narrative Night with Cassandra Hesseltine, John Coda and Tasha Oldham; followed by the screening of narrative entries.

Box Office Romance (14:05) – Joshua D. Nelson (USA)

The Maiden and the Princess (18:07) – Ali Scher (USA)

Literally, Right Before Aaron (23:00) – Ryan Eggold (USA)

Queen (22:00) – Adam Rose (USA)

The Handshake (6:18) – Danny Hankins (USA)

The Orphan (6:16) – Teresa Sutherland (USA)

Love (6:40) – Kaveh Nabatian (Canada)

Home (13:34) – Seimi Kim (South Korea)

Rock Hunter in 3D (24:45) – Spenser Fritz (USA)

Ab Morgen (23:30) – Raphael Wallner & Stefan Elsenbruch (Germany)

In Our Hands (27:40) – Peter Bruenner (Austria)


Saturday, April 21: Best of the Fest and awards celebration.     


Best in Animation: Another Dress, Another Button – Lyn Elliot

Honorable mention: The Quiet Life – Timothy Hittle

Best in Experimental: The Olympian – Gerald Pesta

Best in Documentary: Mijo – Chithra Jeyeram

Honorable mention: Humboldt Slackers – Owen Roth

Best in Narrative: Queen – Adam Rose

Honorable mention: Ab Morgen – Raphael Wallner

Best of Fest: In Our Hands – Peter Bruenner



Brittany White: Brittany White is a cool person. She is a water-bender and knows magic spells. She tames dragons on the weekends and frequently wrestles polar bears for exercise. She also is a Co-Director for the Humboldt Film Festival in charge of the money and the film entries which tops many of her adventures. As a Theatre major she spends a lot of her time not attending class but instead working on Film or Theatre projects which keep her in the pits of the theatre building (aka The Prop Shop) all hours of the night, Brittany loves props, they make everything that much more absolutely wonderful.

Kristyn Delgado: Kristyn Delgado is a Journalism major who is from L.A area. She has been apart of the festival for over a year. Having participated in other student-run organizations she was over joyed with the opportunity to be a co-director for the Humboldt Film Festival. As a co-director she was in charge of public relations for the festival and fundraising. The types of films she is interested in are cult horror, romance and animation.


Susan McMurray Abbey: Susan McMurray Abbey is a faculty adviser to the festival, she has been a lecturer for the Theater, Film, and Dance Department since 2007. Originating from Salt Lake City, Utah, she has been a teacher and professor of theater for almost 35 years. Her bridge to the film industry began while teaching several classes of Introduction of Film while earning her MFA at Brigham Young University. From there, she turned stage acting skills to learning, then teaching, Acting for the camera. She has performed in several films, television, and commercials projects – as well as voice over work in Salt Lake City and locally.



Tasha Oldham: Tasha Oldham is an Emmy nominated, award-winning filmmaker whose work has been celebrated and distributed throughout the world. Tasha began her film career working on David Lynch’s Lost Highway and went on to work in development at Columbia/Tri-Star Pictures. Tasha’s directorial debut, The Smith Family, wowed the independent film community, airing on PBS, BBC, and around the world to over 6 million viewers. The film won AFI Film Festival’s Audience Award and the prestigious Columbia/Alfred I Dupont Award. Most impressively, The Smith Family won Tasha the covered Director’s Guild of America Award and was nominated for an Emmy.

Tasha was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as the #1 Face of the 25 Hot New Faces to Watch in Independent Film and was also featured in MovieMaker Magazine in the cover story Fiercely Independent Women.

In 2010, Tasha took her passion for storytelling into a new business venture, My Story. Inc, that marries her artistic talents with a unique documentary style to create biography based “advertorial”. From entrepreneurs to non-profit founders, My Story, Inc. is an avenue through which visionaries tell their stories online through film as a compelling route to connecting with and acquiring customers.

Most recently, Tasha has found herself in new territory directing her first music video for Canadian artist Neema in Montreal and 14 national commercial spot for SCORE.

Next up, Oldham will direct the independent feature Everything’s Going to be Alright, starring Neve Campbell, Tom Everett Scott, Assif Mandvi (The Daily Show), Alan Ruck (Spin City) & Monique Curnin (Dark Knight), in New York. Tasha is based in Venice, California where, when not writing or filming, she plots and plans volunteer vacations in Africa, Cuba, Thailand and other remote corners of the world.

John Coda: L.A native composer John Cola has scored music for film and television since 1993. Some of his feature films include Bratz: The Movie, Robosapien (2012), starring Penelope Ann Miller, Legally Blondes, Race to Space, starring James Woods, and the 2007 Sundance Premiere of If I Had Known I was a Genius, starring Whoopie Goldberg and Sharon Stone, John is also known in Hollywood for having penned the theme song for the hit Disney series That’s so Raven. The show’s success garnered him a BMI award and a Gold Record on Walt Disney Records. That’s So Raven tops a long list of hit TV series, which have sought out the music of Mr Coda, including Even Stevens with Shia LeBoeuf, Beyond The Break, and Just 4 Kicks on Nickelodeon. In addition to scoring music, John has written songs for vocal artists, including Raven Symone, Christy Carlson Roman, and Quincy Coleman. Drawn to music and songwriting since his teens, John played drums and performed in local bands, learning to play piano, guitar, and flute along the way. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Cal State University Northridge and later worked in several Hollywood recording studios – all the while mastering the skills of modern recording and mixing.

Most recently, John created the music score for the family film Baby Geniuses 3, starring John Voight. He is also ventured into the world of documentary style commercials with DGA award winner Tasha Oldham to score 14 national spots. However, John is most recognized for his shagadelic jam fests.  


The 44th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

May 1-7, 2011


About the Festival

Our film festival has been bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt County for forty-three years. As the world’s oldest student-run film festival we have created a unique venue for traditional films and alternative digital media that enjoys an international reputation for supporting and celebrating independent filmmakers working in traditional, experimental, and non-traditional modes. Founded in 1967 by a group of film-loving HSU students the Humboldt Film Festival has expanded over the years to feature several days of public screenings, workshops and presentations by guest filmmakers each spring. The festival promotes the art of film, not only as means of entertainment, but also as a vehicle for self-expression and a stimulus for dialogue about social, political, and cultural issues.

Judges, 2011

Kevin Kearney


Kevin is an artist, business executive and screenplay writer who served on the board of directors of Public Media Works during the transitional years of 2008-2009 as the company sought to re-brand itself to become the multi-faceted company it is today. Kevin was classically educated as a figurative painter and earned his Master’s degree in Fine Art from U.C. Davis where he spent two years as the assistant to Californian artist Wayne Thiebaud. Currently Kevin is adapting and co-writing a screenplay based on the short story “Girl with Lizard;’ with the writer Bernhard Schlink, the author of “The Reader”.
While teaching painting and drawing at Mills College and pursuing a career as a professional artist, Kevin founded a construction and design company that he grew to over $180 million in sales. Since 2002 Kevin has served on the board of directors of Promia, a nationally recognized cyber-security software company based in San Francisco that has developed and deployed top secret security products for the U.S. Navy, National Security Agency as well as numerous Fortune 500 corporations.

The 44th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

May 1-7, 2011


The 43rd Humboldt Film Festival
April 19-24, 2010
Van Duzer Theatre

Feed Your Head.


The Humboldt Film Festival is the oldest surviving student-run film festival in the world.
Each spring, our festival showcases short films from every corner of the globe – the creativity and calibre of which cannot be seen anywhere else. For 43 years the Humboldt Film Festival has fostered the independent spirit, striving to represent a broad spectrum of film styles from whimsicle animation to documentaries providing social commentary.

This year, we invite you to feed your head and treat yourself to a unique array of narrative, documentary, experimental and animated shorts!

Our goal is to make this festival affordable for the community, but we can’t do it without generous support of our sponsors and attendees. Please consider making a donation so that we can continue to celebrate independent filmmaking in Humboldt County and beyond!

Finalists, 2010


Sebastian’s Voodoo – Joaquine Baldwin, United States
Git Along, Little Dogies – Katie Lain, United States
Shocking, Bloody Robot News – Mike Fisher, United States
Somewhere – Salise Hughes, United States
The Empress – Lyle Pisio, Canada
The Chambered Nautilus – Vanessa Woods, United States
The Passenger – Julie Zammarchi, United States
When Herons Dream – Serge Gregory, United States
LoopLoop – Patrick Bergeron, Canada
Milbe – Karl Tebbe, Germany
Dancer and the Red Ball – Tony Cammarata, United States
Inside Out/Side One – Matt Meindl, United States
Night After Night – Jennifer Schwed, United States
Hydromorphone 8mg – Francois Miron, Canada
Father and Sister, Soyeon Kim, South Korea
JumpaJumpa – Shannon Silva, United States
Star Dust – Karen Hanson, Canada
Indurance – Iin P. Cox, United States
Lightheaded – Mike Dacko, United States
O Pintor De Ceos (The Painter of Skies) – Jorge Morais Valle, Spain
Skylight – David Baas, Canada


Home is Where You Find It – Alcides Soares, Mozambique
Whirlygig Farm – John Marshall, United States
No Pity – Drew Goldsmith, United States
And What Remains – Marc Havener, United States
A Thousand Suns – Stephen Marshall, Ethiopia
Tortured Law – Glen Pearcy, United States
Finding D-Qu: The Lonely Struggle of California’s Only Tribal College – Christopher Newman, United States


True Beauty This Night – Peter Besson, United States
En La Otra Camilla – Luis Melgar, Spain
Squared – Jeremy Braverman, United States
The Iranian Dream – Shahaub Roudbari, United States
Marvin and Stevie and God – Cecil Moller, United States
Horst – Wolf-Tassilo Sack, Germany
Pier 41 – Joshua D. Nelson, United States
Bridge – Nick Garrison, United States
Boond – Abhishek Path, India

Co-Director, 2010

Meriah Miracle


Meriah Miracle has always been a nerd for movies.  Originally from Oklahoma, she first attended the Humboldt Film Festival as a high school student.  Now as a co-director she is honored to have an opportunity to celebrate independent filmmaking and encourage another generation of filmmakers.  Meriah has worked with film or video for over ten years and recently launched a production company focused on providing video services to business professionals.  She is always writing and producing an animated series for kids.

Liberty Divina


Liberty Dinina is a fourth year film student at Humboldt State University.  She has worked on many film ops, both professional and student run.  Her greatest accomplishment to date is being credited as the 2nd 2nd Assistant Camera for the independent film, The Music Inside, directed by David Scheerer.  Apart from holding the position as one of the co-directors for the 43rd Humboldt Film Festival, she is also the Unit Production Manager for the web series, Deathless at HSU.  When she is not working on films or class work, Liberty enjoys jamming out on her drums with her close friends.

Michelle Dobosh


Michelle is a senior at HSU who plans to graduate this spring with a major in film.  She has always had a passion for filmmaking; her first big cinematic undertaking was a short she wrote and directed high school entitles Teenage Bearsuit.  Since then, she has worked on both student and professional films, and looks forward to putting her film degree towards fetching coffee for famous people.  Michelle’s hobbies include snowboarding, painting, travelling, and talking about herself in the third person.  She especially enjoys awkward situations as well as those who instigate them.

Faculty Advisor, 2010

David Scheerer

Faculty Advisor

David Scheerer is an independent filmmaker and professor who has scripted, produced and directed a wide spectrum of films, including narrative features and documentaries.  In August of 2006 he moved to the Redwoods from Montana, where he was the Director of the Discovery Channel MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University.  Professional Film Credits include a dramatic feature, dramatic shorts, and documentary films.   His current major work-in-progress is entitles Reality’s Edge.  It is the first documentary on Robert J. Flaherty, who in 1920 started the worldwide documentary film movement with his film Nanook of the North. 

Judges, 2010

Brian O'Halloran


Best known as “Dante,” the goateed protagonist in Kevin Smith’s no-budget classic CLERKS, Brian O’Halloran has uttered some unforgettable lines which many of us have memorized and repeated ad nauseam.  O’Halloran has also appeared in Smith’s follow-ups Mallrats, and Vulgar.  His last film, Brutal Massacre: A Comedy, was described by Fangoria as “A Spinal Tap for horror filmmakers.”  Current projects include Hooking Up, Calendar Girl, and Keeper of the Pinstripes. 

Dr. Betsy A. McLane

Executive Director

Dr. Betsy McLane is the former Executive Director of the International Documentary Association, and retains the title of Director Emeritus.  She has been a juror at the Sundance Film Festival and a speaker at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, as well as Hot Docs, among many others.  She has taught courses on film and documentary history at Loyola Marymount University, the University of Vermont, Emerson College and the University of Souther California.  She is a past President of the University of Film & Video Association.  Currently she is the Project Director of the American Documentary Showcase.

Rima Greer

Talent Agent

Rima Greer began agenting in 1984 and built her client list, selling such products as Memphis Belle, Highlander, backdraft, and Milk Money.  She was the President of Literary form 1989 to 1994, when she started her own company, About the Line Agency.  At Above the Line, Rima has been involved in studio projects such as Charlie’s Angels, Timeline, and the upcoming Nowhereland.  In addition, she has shepherded such independent projects as The Prophecy, Slow Burn, and The Poker House.  Her workshop is entitled Guerilla Filmmaking: How to Make Great Movies Outside of Hollywood with No Money.

42nd Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 19-25, 2009

Van Duzer Theatre

41st Annual Humboldt Film Fest

March 24-29

Van Duzer Theatre

40th Humboldt Film Festival

April 3-7, 2007

Expose Yourself


Welcome to the Humboldt Film Festival. Forty years ago a group of film enthusiasts from HSU set out to create an event that would bring world-class independent and experimental films to Humboldt County. The first festival attracted a little over two dozen films and the entry fee was a modest five dollars. Thousands of films and four decades later, the 40th Humboldt Film Festival continues that tradition.
This year’s festival renews the traditional emphasis on independent and experimental filmmaking, while celebrating the diversity of international film. Our theme is “Expose Yourself’ – highlighting films on the edge that express fresh ideas and themes that are raw, bold and revealing. We also continue our dedication to showcasing all genres of film and video work by innovative and emerging student and independent filmmakers.
All the works included in the festival competition have been pre­screened by a student committee comprised of the Spring Film Festival class offered by the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance at HSU.

This year’s festival format is slightly different than in past years. The judges will be screening the entries live at the Minor Theatre, rather than cramped in our office. And we’re asking you, our screening audience, to participate in voting for the Audience Choice Award. The ballot is included in your program, please make sure to return it to us before you leave.
As a festival organized, coordinated, and directed by students (with help from faculty and staff), we feel that we have created an event unlike any other. We couldn’t do it without the continuing support of our generous donors and patrons like you. Thank you for being a part of the festival and helping to make the dream a reality. YOU are involved in this unique and outstanding festival!

Jurors, 2007

Bill Basquin


Bill Basquin started out in a small railroad town in north central Indiana. He moved to Wisconsin . Grew up. Started to take pictures. Built a lot of theatre sets. Worked for a photographer. Went to college. Drove a cab. Then moved to San Francisco in 1995 where he has since become an award-winning film director and lighting professional. He really likes the smell of vast acres of sheep shit on a damp day. His films are gritty and optimistic. He is searching for the fusion between urban and rural in his own life and he makes work that explores this point of contact.


Bill Brown


Bill Brown makes movies about the dusty corners of North America. He has visited a UFO crash site near Roswell, New Mexico; driven the Trans-Canada Highway; snooped around missile silos in North Dakota; and gone hunting for ghosts in the hollows of West Virginia. Most recently, he followed the US-Mexico border from end to end. His films hover stylistically somewhere between ethnographic study, idiosyncratic travelogue,
and critical essay. Currently, he is struggling to pay the rent in San Francisco.


Deborah Stratman


Deborah Stratman works in a territory between experimental and documentary. In her films and frequent work in other media including photography, sound, drawing and sculpture, Stratman often explores the history, uses, mythologies and control of landscapes of varying types and scales: from Muslim Xinjiang China to gated suburban California. She is presently working on two new films about the milieu of elevated threat, patriotism, disappearance and the possibility of transcendence. She continues to solicit public responses about FEAR (to participate, call toll-free 1-800-585-1078) and teaches at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Co-Directors, 2007

Aubree lbabel


Co-Director Aubree lbabelis a filmmaker, noisemaker, lover and local softball/volleyball official. She lives with a dog named Chase. She makes rad films about sad and joyful people. Her interests include authenticity, awareness, intimacy & disruption. She despises politeness.

Ivy Matheny


Co-Director Ivy Matheny was born and raised in Nevada City. Moved to Arcata in 2001. Studied for a year in Chengdu, China in 2003. Ivy is majoring in Anthropology (with a focus in visual ethnographic theory) and Alternative Film Studies (with a focus in Cinematography). She works for the HSU Women’s Resource Center, and this is her second year as Co Director for HFF. She enjoys: walks on the beach, rainy days, and movies about true love.

Steve Spain


Co-Director Steve Spain has been known to sell blood for film. Born on Marine Base Quantico during the tail end of Vietnam, he’s been on the move ever since. Steve came to film through photography and still misses the darkroom, but he’s getting used to windowless editing suites. He graduates this Spring (17 years – and several states of being – after his first college lecture). Thanks Mom and Dad, Roxy too!

Faculty Adviser, 2007

David Scheerer

Faculty Adviser

Film Fest Advisor David Scheerer is an associate professor of film at HSU and an independent filmmaker who has scripted, produced and directed a wide spectrum of films, including features, national commercial spots and documentaries. Highlights include: THE MUSIC INSIDE (scheduled for a 2007 release), FEDORA (1995), YELLOWSTONE: AMERICA’S EDEN (1995/2006), and IN SEARCH OF LEWIS & CLARK (2002).

Winners, 2007

Best of the Fest
Mercy Me
Dir. Sean Wilson

Best Documentary
Highway Amazon
Dir. Ronnie Cramer

Best Experimental
Love Story
Dir. Orr Marshall

Best Narrative
Motion Report
Dir. Verica Patrnogic

Best Animation
Phantom Canyon
Dir. Stacey Steers

Audience Choice Award
Girls Room
Dir. Maria Gigante

Alice Guy Blache Award
Dir. Robert Todd

The Jim Demulling Speakout Award
Portrait #2: Trojan
Dir. Vanessa Renwick

The Ledo Matteoli Award for Best Immigrant Story
Dir. Yuri Makino

The Dorothy June Romano Robertisini Banana Slug Award for Surrealism
To Hellen Bach
Ishan Vernallis & Erika Chong Schuch

Emerging Genre Award for Best Experimental Documentary
Against Soft Earth
Dir. Marianna Milhorat

Bill Basquin Juror Award
Pre-Cognition Reverie
Dir. Alex Nothis

Deborah Stratman Juror Award
How to Draw Clouds
Dir. Salise Hughes

Bill Brown Juror Award
Extended Forecast
Dir. James Dingle

Honorable Mention Documentary
Radio Zine #1: Glove of Minutes; Page 2, Redemption
Dir. Michelle Cartier

Honorable Mention Experimental
Boy in the Air
Dir. Lyn Elliot

Honorable Mention Narrative
Girls Room
Dir. Maria Gigante

Honorable Mention Animation
Karaoke Show
Dir. Karl Tebbe

The 39th Humboldt International Short Film Festival

April 3rd through 8th

Winners, 2006

Thanks for all the hard work our festival screening class, faculty advisor and co-directors put in to make this year an incredible film experience. We also want to thank Matt McCormick, Vanessa Renwick and Melinda Stone for bringing their expertise and fantastic personalities to our little corner of the world as our festival judges, and guest filmmaker Chuck Hudina for enriching us with his own unique vision. Lastly, without our entrants this festival could not exist so thanks to everyone who entered.

Best Of The Fest
The Legend Of Black Tom – Deron Albright

Best of the Festival is a category that is open to both digital and film submissions, it is an award that is given to the overall best submission, and is not limited by length or category or format.

The Alice Guy Blache Award for Celebration Of Film
Rock/Hard Place – Roger Beebe

The Alice Guy Blache Award for Celebration of Film is given to a film that must have originated in film and be screened in film (not digital video). This award is for a film that showcases the beauty of film as a medium.

Best Narrative (film or dv)
Bartholomew’s Song – Lowell Frank & Destin Cretton

Best Animation (film or dv)
Communications Factory 6min – Jen Sachs

Best Experimental (film or dv)
Endless- Wenhua Shi

Best Documentary (film or dv)
Bone Mixers – Mike DeChant

Melinda Stone’s Juror’s Choice Award (film or dv)
Reveries From Cistae Memoria – Phil Hastings

Matt McCormic’s Juror’s Choice Award (film or dv)
The One And The Many – Andre Silva

Vanessa Renwick Juror’s Choice Award (film or dv)
Two Rivers – Kayle Carpenter

The Ledo Matteoli Award for Best Immigrant Story (film or dv)
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night – Sonali Gulati

Robertisini Banana Slug Award for Surrealism (film or dv)
The Egg – Sam E. Stehr

The Jim Demulling Speak Out Award for Best Social Awareness Documentary (film or dv)
Generation War – Caitlin Lindsey

The Emerging Genre Award for Experimental Documentary (film or dv)
In Loving Memory – Robert Todd

HSU Women’s Resource Center Award for Dismantling Systems of Oppression (film or dv)
Scene Not Heard – Maori Karmael Holmes

Honorable Mention in Narrative (film or dv)
Whats Love Doing In The Mountains -Yunus Firat
Kuboa – Dave B

Honorable Mention in Animation (film or dv)
Damaged Goods – Don Best

Honorable Mention in Experimental (film or dv)
The Waiting Time – Sasha Waters

People’s Choice Picks: (film or dv)
Wet Shave by Boris Schaar-schmidt
Light Stains by Sandra Cheng
The Orb by Matthew T. Burns
Marshlands by Michel Sargent
Musak by M.R. Dhar
Betty Creek by Robbie Land
Afraid So by Jay Rosenbladt
Knowing Me, Knowing You by Christa Dickman
Rein Ne Va Plus by Andreas Schaap
The Big Ass World Of Science by Mike Wellins
Déjà Vu by Tony Gault
Pears by Heidi Saman
Skin Tone by Eric Gerber
Prickle Britches by Jill Johnston-Price
Projections by Boris Schoa-Schmidt
Soon Is Good by Andrei Bowden
Tanguero by Daniel Seideneder
Soliloquy by Shannon Moore
Ashes by Dianne Ovellette
The Rubber Duckling by Jody Rice
Kosmos by Thorsten Fleish

Festival Crew, 2006

Festival Advisor

Mary Cruse – Mary has worked for the festival for S years; as a Co-Director and then as the !=acuity Advisor. She is currently teaching Art of Film and is the Facuity Advisor for the Humboldt International Short Film Festival. She is married with three beautiful dogs and four grandchildren. Mary is lovingly known as the Godmother of the Film Festival.


Ivy Matheny – Ivy loves to geek out on alternative filmmaking techniques. She loves to explore cinematography through the use of 16mm-3Smm, and 3Smm- 16mm transfers via: duplikin, contact transfers, copy machines, slide making, animation stand work and more! There is nothing that Ivy finds
more enjoyable than playing with film equipment.

Sean Wilson – ‘Sean Wilson has been an enthusiastic fan/participant of the Humboldt International Short Film Festival for many years and found it to ‘be an inspiration in deciding to attend HSU for the pursuit of film­ making. “It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of the oldest student run film festival in the world.” He has enjoyed working in all genres of films while obtaining an education in the art of filmmaking, however, documentary filmmaking has captivated most of his attention. This summer, following his graduation, he and several other film students from HSU will be making a documentary film on firefighting in California. They will be following several crews that are stationed throughout the state. This is a project he has been planning for almost a decade since he first began training to become a firefighter himself.

Montel Vanderhorck III – Monte! was drawn to film because of it’s story telling power. A theatre geek at heart, Montel enjoys working on film and video projects with groups of committed individuals who share his pas­sion. He has recently finished working as editor on “Mercy Me”, a ten minute experimental documentary, and is currently directing a silly puppet film. When he graduates in May he plans to continue working on as many films as possible.

 Outreach Coordinator

Viva Soffian – Viva likes to look at pictures, especially ones that move. The marriage of sight and sound is a concept she has recently become infatuated with since studying film production at HSU. After she graduates in May, Viva plans on finding some kind of balance, playing music and completing some films she has been working on.

Judges, 2006

Chuck Hudina – Chuck Hudina is an artist and filmmaker involved in both experimental and documentary work. www.chuckhudina.com

Matt McCormick – Festival Judge Matt McCormick is an award winning filmmaker and director from Portland, Oregon. He is also the founder of the video label Peripheral Produce and is the director of the Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival. Matt’s films blur the lines between documentary and experimental practices. His films combine found and original sounds and images, to fashion abstract and witty observations of contemporary culture. http://www.rodeofilmco.com 

Vanessa Renwick – Also hailing from Portland, Oregon is Festival Judge and cinematic rabble-rouser Vanessa Renwick. Right now she is working on two long documentaries (both of which have been in the works for seven years running), two short portrait series films, and a video installation. Her work roller-coasters from the “pretty silly” to the “super grim,” and she finds herself more attracted to the grim.

Melinda Stone – Humboldt County native and l=estival Judge Melinda Stone, Ph.D., is the director of film projects for the Center for Land Use Interpretation, an art research organization dedicated to finding the common ground in matters of land use. Recently she has been directing site-specific outdoor film screenings in which the featured attraction is the confluence of the sur­rounding landscape as it appears cinematically and in real time. She is currently a pro­fessor/ director of the film studies program at the University of San Francisco. http://www.sites.cca.edu/curatingarchive/archives/000135.html 

The 38th Humboldt International Short Film Festival

April 4-9, 2005

Welcome to the thirty-eighth annual Humboldt International Short Film Festival! The oldest student-run film festival in the world, HISFF was founded in 1967 by Humboldt State University students and continues to bring new experimental and independent works in cinema to Humboldt County each year. We strive to pro­mote the art of filmmaking as well as to support and ac­knowledge independent and student filmmakers.

The festival begins in the fall of each year; the film festi­val committee hosts fund-raisers and issues a Call for Entries to filmmakers around the world. Filmmakers who are respected within the cinema community and whose work inspires the three student co-directors are sought to act as the festival’s judges. They are invited to spend festival week in Arcata and make the final awards deci­sions. Submission deadlines are set for the end of the year and entries are screened and rated by the student committee during the spring semester. Entries with the highest ratings are passed on to be screened by the three festival judges. Award winners are selected here.

The week-long festival features workshops with the judges and screenings of their work followed by People’s Choice Night and Best of the Fest.

Winners, 2005

Best Narrative
All Fall Down – Rebecca Ormand

Ledo Matteoli Award
Legends of Echo Park – Dr. Jules Medina

Best Documentary
Purify – Marisa Pearl

Best Experimental
Spam Letter + Google Image Search = Video Entertainment – Andre Silva

Juror’s Choice: Doug Wolens
My Most Important Self-Portrait – James Barany

Juror’s Choice: Nami Uman
Phantom Limb – Jay Rosenblatt

Alice Guy Blache Award
Post-Industrial Symphony – Jason Middleton

Best of the Fest
Uso Justo – Scott Coleman Miller

Best Animation
Whan – Jaehung Ju

Dorothy June Romano Robertisini Banana Slug Award
It Could Happen to You – Elizabeth Henry

Jim Demulling Speak Out Award
Struggle in the Woods – Remedy (Jen Card)

Juror’s Choice: Craig Baldwin
Reckless Eyeballing

About The Awards

In addition to each category’s top winners, honorable mentions and Best of the Fest, HISFF features four additional awards for merit in filmmaking.
The Alice Guy Blache Award for Celebration of Film
was created in honor of Alice Guy Blache, who began making films in the 1890s and is known as the “Founding Mother” of Cinema. This award is for an entry which was specifically shot and screened in film and that showcases the beauty of film as a medium.
The Ledo Matteoli Award for Best Immigrant Story celebrates the contribution immigrants have made to American culture. The son of Italian immigrants, Ledo Matteoli was raised in Arcata and graduated from Humboldt State College, was a WWII veteran and had a long career as a teacher here in Humboldt county.
The Jim Demulling Speak Out Award promotes consciousness-raising films or digital videos. It was created to celebrate the life of Demulling, an activist, conservationist and lover of life until his passing ten years ago. A resident of Humboldt County for fifty years, he believed it was an obligation as a citizen to speak out for the truth of one’s heart, soul and mind.
The Dorothy June Romano Robertisini Banana Slug Award for Surrealism was established over twenty years ago by Romano Robertisini, a great film enthusiast and a lover of all that is surreal. We thank him for his continued support of our festival across the decades.

Michel Sargent


Michel Sargent was raised in the small Northern Sacramento Valley Town of Red Bluff, CA and has lived in Humboldt County for over eight years. He has been part of the local activist and music scene including playing synthesizer and tapes for numer­ous bands. While designing fliers for the local all-ages venue the Placebo, he fell in love with the collage process which he then transferred to found sound and eventually film. Michel will grad­uate in May 2006 and plans to move to a far away land with his wife Julie and raise a large family of furry non-humans.

Christa Dickman


Due to the malfunction of a van, Christa Dickman was born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. She developed a relation­ship with visual composition while studying at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She moved to California in 2002, where she spent a year and a half in Yosemite National Park. Soon after­ward she found herself in Arcata by way of another van and is currently a Senior at HSU in the film department. Her post­ graduation plans are too numerous for this margin to contain.

Amanda Blanchard


Originally from New York, Amanda Blanchard moved to California eight years ago. She is a Junior at HSU majoring in film.She began in creative writing and photography and has translated her passion for visual storytelling to film. Plans for the future include Cal and Arts and/or creation of Columbia films. University to continue her study and creation of films.

Mary Cruse

Faculty Adviser

Mary Cruse is an edit away from an M.A. in Film at HSU. She has been involved with the Film Festival for four years, serving as Co-Director last year and step­ping forward as this year’s festival advisor and hero. The Co-Directors cannot thank her enough for her hard work, dedication, support and friendship.

Judges, 2005

Naomi Uman

Celebrated experimentalist Naomi Uman is an independent filmmaker in the truest sense; she films, processes and edits her own films by hand.  Her award-winning work has been shown at festivals around the world.

Craig Baldwin

Baldwin’s work represents a political engagement with film; his use of found footage raises important questions concerning the ‘authenticity’ of the document and the meaning of copyright and so-called ‘piracy.’   Baldwin teaches at San Francisco State University and organizes film screenings at A.T.A. (Artists’ Television Access) Gallery, an oppositional, underground screening space in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Doug Wolens

Wolen’s work has been screened at film festivals throughout the world, including Sundance, Seattle, and Mill Valley.  The successful self-distribution of his feature documentaries WEED (1996) and BUTTERFLY (2000) yielded theatrical screenings in over 80 cities.


Guest Filmmaker, 2005

Chuck Hudina

Underground Filmmaker Chuck Hudina will make a special appearance at the 38th Humboldt International Short Film Festival.

37th Humboldt International Short Film Festival

April 5-10, 2004

Minor Theatre

Boa Vinda.  Willkommen.  Shalom.  Benvenuto. Welkom.  E Komo Mai.  Welcome. Bienvenidos.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 37th Humboldt International Short Film Festival. We are very excited to present the amazing films and digital creations that will be shown this week. The fundamental goals of our festival have historically been to support and acknowledge developing filmmakers, while bringing international cinema to Humboldt county. We strive to continue to promote the art of cinema, not only as a means of entertainment and personal self­ expression, but as a tool for inspiring dialogue and facilitating change.

For 37 years the festival has focused on celebrating the art of the moving image, and this year marks a new and exciting change in the festival. For the first time we have , included digital video entries, and we have been excited to see submissions pour in from all over the world. We want to celebrate the artists and filmmakers, and create a community of cinema that is not divided by the medium. Digital video has enabled many filmmakers with the capabilities of creating movies that may not have been previously possible, and it has made movie-making much more accessible to a broader range of people, either due to mobility issues, crew size or the ever ­changing computer software programs for editing, animation, and 3-D imagery. These are new times in cinema, and just as we have embraced independence in creativity all these years, we continue to do so today.

Thirty-seven years ago, a small group of film enthusiasts had an idea. They wanted to create a film festival vibe, in this inspiring environment, and it is with great pride that we carry on the tradition of these visionaries. Welcome to our festival! We hope you enjoy what you see!

Awards, 2004

GB Hajim Juror’s Choice Award
Bludren by Jill Johnston-Price 7 min.

Best Experimental
Habitat by Josh Haroldsen 7 min

Animation Honorable Mention
Overpass by Allan Price 7 min.

Experimental Honorable Mention
Not Too Much Remember by Tony Gault 11min.

Best Narrative
Zamboni Man by Seth Henrikson 14 min.

Alice Guy Blache Award for Celebration of Film
Home Town by Brett Bell 29 min.

Honorable Mention Animation
The Invisible Hand by Lori Hiris 12 min.

The Ledo Matteoli Award for Best Immigrant Story
La Ofrenda by Alejandro Fernandez 13 min.

Experimental Honorable Mention
I Cannot Understand You by David Baeumler 6 min.

Best of the Festival
Maree (Tides) by James Pellerito 14 min.

Best Documentary
Backseat Bingo by Liz Blazer 6 min.

Narrative Honorable Mention
Soulmaker by Phil Hastings 13 min.

Best Animation
Woman in the Attic by Chansoo Kim 5 min.

CheL WhitE Juror’s Choice Award
Talking with Angels by Michael Knowles 18 min.

Documentary Honorable Mention
Watch by Robert Todd 6 min. 

Kevin Peer Jurors Choice Awards (Tie)
The Treasure is Steelhead by Emmanuel Rose 10 min. and
My First War by Douglas Katelus 17 min.

Animation Honorable Mention
50 Feet That Shook the World by John Cannizzaro 3 min.

Experimental Honorable Mention
Zoe by Lei Han 5 min.

The Jim Demulling Speak Out Award
Energy Country by Deborah Stratman 14 min.

Romano Robertisini Banana Slug Award for Surrealism
Tanglywood by Peter Stinson 13 min.

Experimental Honorable Mention
The Fair & the Weak by Lauren Cook 9 min.

Narrative Honorable Mention
Bean Pole by Simon Weber 9 min.

Best of the Festival
Maree (Tides) by James Pellerito 14 min.

Co-Directors, 2004

Mary Cruse


My experience at HSU has been an amazing one, a first step to many doors opening outward; from working on the Osprey magazine, as editor-in-chief of a first-place state award-winning issue to the 4 semesters working with the Humboldt Film Festival.  My journey here has been much richer than a BA in Journalism and my much anticipated MA in Film production in May, 2004. The greatest rewards are my true friends, the tool belt filled with a bit of this and that, and the belief that I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. It’s been a long trek since that first day when I felt I had nothing to offer. Those thoughts are long gone. What’s next? My first priority will be to spend some time with my husband, dogs, family and backyard hammock. Then, I’ll start checking my list …

Pablo Koontz


Movies have always inspired me with their simple but visually enriched language. Whether speaking through the pure entertainment cinema of my youth, or exposing me to those uniquely specialized films that have transformed the medium, the art of film continues to greatly influence my own life, reinforcing and supporting a passion for those distinct and varying artististic visions of its medium. I am cur­rently finishing my undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Film. I will be going to graduate school in the fall at UCLA for Film Archiving and Preservation. I enjoy watching movies, surfing, and long walks in the rain.Movies have always inspired me with their simple but visually enriched language. Whether speaking through the pure entertainment cinema of my youth, or exposing me to those uniquely specialized films that have transformed the medium, the art of film continues to greatly influence my own life, reinforcing and supporting a passion for those distinct and varying artististic visions of its medium. I am cur­rently finishing my undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Film. I will be going to graduate school in the fall at UCLA for Film Archiving and Preservation. I enjoy watching movies, surfing, and long walks in the rain.

Maria Matteoli


Last January I left Manhattan to return to Humboldt County after being gone for almost a decade. It has been one of the best things I have ever done. Filmmaking is the combination of everything I love, writing photogra­phy, acting. I plan on making films until I run out of ideas, which I hope will never happen. My favorite aspect of this festival is that we get to see these films that people are making all over the country, all over the world, and it allows us this little window into how people are living their lives, an opportunity to experi­ence something different from our own. Much love to my awesome family and Greg for patiently supporting me in this pursuit, and every pursuit.

Judges, 2004

GB Hajim


GB Hajim was raised in Cos Cob, Connecticut and then moved west attending UCSD, where he eventually taught classes in African Film, Ethnographic Filmmaking and Polynesian Art. While doing field studies in the Kingdom of Tonga and Western Samoa, he shot two documentaries faitoka and kava tonga. In 1989 he received his BA in Visual Arts with a focus in animation, video and filmmaking. Before he graduated he interned at the San Diego Supercomputing Center, testing and helping develop the first ALIAS/Wavefront 3D animation system.

After some practical experience in Mexico and Canada, GB enrolled in the M.A. Filmmaking Program at HSU, where he focused on directing narrative and experimental films.

Kevin Peer


Kevin’s work has been seen by more than a billion people over the past 20 years and has garnered him more than 40 national and International film festival awards. Hi overwhelming exposure is a result of working with the National Park Service and National Geographic Explorer as staff producer/ director/ cameraman, as well as working as a freelance documentary filmmaker. His passion today is teaching and being a part of Sacred Cinema. Instead of letting jet lag and stress get the best of him, Peer became a practitioner in zazen. His awareness through zen crossed over to every aspect of his filmmaking and to each segment of his life.

Chel White


Chel has a 20-year career as an independent filmmaker. One description that often comes up when describing his works is that, “his short films consistently defy categorization.” He has been able to be true to his passions and his drive to explore such psychological territories as obsessions, alienation, fetishism, death, and childhood memories. Dreams also play a large part in this multiple-award winning filmmaker. From Sundance to Berlin to Humboldt, his work has touched the heart, spirit and intellect of those who experience them.

36th Humboldt International Short Film Festival

March 29 through April 5, 2003

The Minor Theater

Greetings and Salutations

The festival directors would like to extend a warm welcome to all to the 36th Humboldt International Short Film Festival. We are thoroughly excited to bring you a week of fantastic events that celebrate innovative and independent films and filmmakers. We have all worked very hard, had fun, met some interesting people, seen some amazing films, and learned more than we could ever have imagined.

A brief look back at the Humboldt International Short Film Festival reveals an intense dedication to celebrating the University of films from around the world. We are the oldest student-run film festival in the world, with screenings at the longest continuously running film house in the United States, The Minor Theater. Thirty-six years ago, a group of students wanted to bring independent short cinema to the North Coast. That desire has blossomed into a week long festival.including three days of screenings featuring festival entries entertain­ing and educational workshops and film presentations from guest filmmakers, and this year, a recognition of the power of film with our screening of the Argentine classic Hour of the Furnaces (La hora de los hornos).

We have received some spectacular films in each cat­egory, which were presented to our student pre-screening committee for advancement consideration. We have as­sembled a panel of professional filmmakers to serve on our juror committee, which is responsible for selecting the win­ning films, to be screened on Saturday, April 5 at the Best of the Festival. The students have selected some of their favor­ites to be presented on Friday, April 4 at People’s Choice Night. We have all enjoyed working to bring you this opportunity to see some of the rising stars in independent film­making. We appreciate your support and we hope you enjoy the festival.

Co-Directors, 2003

Denise Sullivan


Denise is a senior in the Department of Theatre, Film and Dance and has been involved with the festival for over three years. Denise enjoys working in film as an art form, and hopes to continue making experimental films long after her time at HSU.

Heather Bash


Heather is a graduate student at Humboldt State University. She recently returned from Africa where she shot her thesis film documenting the effects of west­ernized education on the tribal culture of the Maasai. This is Heather’s second year as a stu­dent co-director.

Sheldon Heath


Sheldon is a first time co-director but a long time fan of independent film.  He is currently an undergraduate pursuing a BS in Political Science.  Sheldon looks at his endeavor of being a festival co-director as his first step towards world domination.

Judges, 2003

Andrew Garrison

Award winning independent filmmaker Andrew Garrison be­gan his career co-founding a political media production and dis­tribution group. Later he moved on to Eastern Kentucky to work with the internationally renowned media arts organization Appalshop. There he was Director of Photography on 39 of the 93 films in Appalshop’s catalog. His own work has earned him fellowships from The
American Film Institute, The National Endowment for the Arts and the J. Simon Guggenheim Foundation. For his fiction film, The Wilgus Stories, The Council on Foundations presented him the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film and Digital Media. Currently Andrew Gar­rison is teaching film and video production at the University of Texas at Austin where he is also the head of Film and Audio Production.

Barbara Klutinis

Guest filmmaker Barbara Kluntinis graduated with a masters in film production from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 1986.  Since then she has created a body of experimental work using a process that she describes as “a blend of optical printing, hand coloring and hand processing.”  Her films, including, Wind/Water/Wings (1995), and Journey, Swiftly Passing (2000), have been screened at a wide selection of film festi­vals, and have won such awards as Best Experimental Film (Philadelphia Film Festival), and Best in Festival (California Inde­pendent Film and Video Festival) respectively. Barbara Klutinis now teaches at Skyline College and SFSU while living with her husband and sons in San Francisco.

Roger Blonder

While suffering from the study of quantitative economics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Roger Blonder be­came interested in the art of independent animation and poetry. After completing an under-
graduate degree in Management Science from UCSD and a Masters in Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television, Animation Workshop, Blonder went to develop an interac­tive museum installation for the Skirball Cultural Center. He also worked in the start-up art department of DreamWorks Interactive. Roger Blonder then focused his full time efforts on his short animated film The Common Sense of the Wisdom Tree,which has screened in over 25 festivals and won six major awards. He is currently teaching the animation and new media courses at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

35th Humboldt International Short FIlm Festival

March 30th – April 6th 2002

Minor Theatre, Arcata

Faculty Advisor, 2002

Ann Alter

Co-Directors, 2002

Talese Shertzer


Dave Williamson


Jordan Packer


Making it Happen

Welcome one and all to the 35th Humboldt International Short Film Festival. Thirty five years is a long time, and it takes a lot of work to keep a festival going strong for such a long time. This year has been no exception. Three Co-directors, one epic -Alm festival, and an endless amount of work. A small price to pay for what we are bringing to you this year in 2002. An amazing year for independent film.

Through a vigorous pre screening process and impeccable judging we have hand picked a variety of excellent short films. We invite you to sit back relax and enjoy the show. We are sure that when the lights go down, and the projector begins to hum, you will dive so deeply into a world of cinema brilliance that you may never find your way out. You will know that there is no stopping us, you can only hope to contain us. We have made this festival for you, and thank you for your support. Enjoy the show.

Judges, 2002

Shellie Fleming


Shellie Fleming has offered her insight and expertise to the indepen­dent film world for the last twenty years. Focus­ing on short format personal experimental films, she has addressed and explored a wide range of topics: from AIDS to the destructive aspects of human behavior. With her devotion to the single author approach to filmmaking, students and audiences are sure to gain some fascinating insight and information from this excellent experimental filmmaker.

Ms. Fleming, an Associate Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has been the recipient of a variety of awards and grants throughout her career: in 2000 her film Life/Expectancy, a meditation on a woman’s mid-life search for meaning, was awarded Director’s Choice Award and toured nationally with the Black Maria Film and Video Festival; in 2001 Ms. Fleming was awarded Teacher of the Year at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Ornithology, a visual poem with an implicit criticism of the murderous charge within academic life, won the Peter Wilde Award for most Technically Innovative in 1996 at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

François Miron


Working since 1982, François Miron has mastered the film image manip­ulation technique known as optical printing (the re-photographing of film to achieve various special effects). In addition to his highly awarded and highly acclaimed body of short exper­imental films, Mr. Miron has: pro­duced music videos; created feature title sequence designs; experimented with still photography; worked on short narrative films; and has taught optical printing and various technical aspects of filmmaking since 1993 a the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal.

Mr. Miron’s films have gained recognition and acclaim throughout his career: in 2001 Resolving Power, a surrealist cin­ematic oddity exploring the subconscious, the metaphorical, the absurd and the insane, was awarded Best Cinematography at the MicroCineFest in Baltimore; The Evil Surprise, a psychedelic found footage optical printing collage manifesto about social conditioning, won Best Experimental at the 1994 Ann Arbor Film Festival; What Ignites Me, Extinguishes Me, an industrial self portrait about mindscape and architecture, won Best Experimental at the Illinois Film and Video Artist Film Festival in 1990; and his student film, 4x Horizontal, 4x Vertical, won Best Exper­imental at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Tami Gold


Tami Gold is a documentary video and filmmaker who has pro­duced and directed more than 20 films on: AIDS, gender, feminist and labor issues, drug addic­tion and Vietnam veterans. Ms. Gold has been haled as a pas­sionate filmmaker seeking to broaden and deepen discussion and awareness about critical issues affecting diverse com­munities throughout the world. Audiences and students won’t want to miss the work of this woman who is “committed to the creation and dissemination of fiction and nonfiction films and videos about the complex lives of working people.”

Throughout her career Ms. Gold’s films have been rec­ognized and awarded for their excellence: her HBO special Out At Work: America Undercover won the 2000 GLAAD Media Award for Best Documentary; Another Brother, a docu­mentary about an African American Viet­nam Veteran won a Gold Hugo Award from the Chicago International Film Fes­tival in 1998; her groundbreaking doc­umentary about working-class gay men and lesbians on the job, Out At Work: Lesbian and Gay Men on the Job, premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast in Poland, Germany, France and Italy.

34th Humboldt International Film Festival

Projecting our Roots

April 3-7, 2001
Minor Theater, Arcata, California

THe oldest student-run film festival in the world featuring student and independent short films created in Super-8 and 16mm.

Winners, 2001

Best Documentary
I Could Have Been Human – Barbara Medajska

Best Narrative
Soulmate – Chel White

Best Experimental
“missed” – Melanie Jeffrey

Best Animation
Mountain Trip – Siegfried Fruhauf

Best Student Film
Nightlight – Anne Alvergue

Danny Plotnick’s Juror’s Choice Award
Once – Lyn Elliot

Walter Ungerer’s Juror’s Choice Award
Solarwinds – Joe Taylor

Banana Slug Award for Surrealism
Pleasureland – Bryan Poyser

Honorable Mention: Documentary
Grandma Fern – Brent Notbohm

Honorable Mention: Narrative
Operation YY – Oded Lotan

Honorable Mention: Experimental
Residual Artifacts of Communication – Richard Sandoval

Honorable Mention: Animation
Split – Ya-Nan Chou

Finalists, 2001


Drink Me – Lisa Barnstone

Memoria Mortalis – Rose Bond

Truth – Bernard Roddy

Split – Ya-nan Chou

Dim Bulb – Kerryn Z. Miller

Mountain Trop – Siegfried Fruhauf

A Day Full of Variety – Albert Sackl



Dead Battery – Joe Leigh

Tex: The Passive-Aggressive Gunslinger – Brian Sawyer

Recipe for Disaster – Brett Vail

Stealing You Blind – Al Ceraul0

Eulogy – Sarah E. Nagy

To Play The Game – Benjamin Zobel

Cock Fight – Sigalit Liphshitz

Souvenir – Yui Takamatsu

Grief – Hadar Friedlich

Operation YY – Oded Lotan

Pleasureland – Bryan Poyser

Anderson – FSU Film

Strangers – Kathrin Resetarits

The Georgia Peach Boy – Michelle Eisenreich

Thinking Out Loud – Daniel Glasser

Rattus Maximus – FSU Film

8 Ball – Avner Matsliah

Lector – FSU Film

Soulmate – Chel White

Mallcops!  A Love Story – Geoffrey Chadwick

Everything in Between – Fatimah Tobing Rony

Sweet Joe, An American Hero – FSU Film

Lunch at the Yellow Moon – Casey Dexter

SuperDoll – Julia Halperin



Discharge – NOW – Deni Blaise

Team Red – Ann Alter

Art as Experience – Robert L. Hahn

Riding the Tiger – Kristine Samelson, John Haptas

Grandma Fern – Brent Notbohm

I Could Have Been Human – Barbara Medajska

It’s Hard to be an American – Joseph HIlsenrad

Spondiloza – Anita Talevski

Nightlight – Alvergue Anne

Transitions – David Kenneth



Blind Light – Pola Rapaport

Portraits in Moonshine and Sunlight – David Gramly

Take 2 – Marcuad Olivier


Welcome to the 34th Humboldt International Film Festival.
Your student-engineers for this year’s RIFF activities are Alanna Giardinelli, Heather Bash and Jordan Packer. Just nine short month ago, we were handed the keys to the RIFF engine room and asked to deliver five nights of independent short cinema to the film-loving residents of Humboldt County.

The journey ahead of us appeared daunting, even to our ambitious little minds, but we had faith that the miles of track laid down by previous festival directors would lead us safely to our final destination.

Along the way we managed to navigate the HIFF Express around several mountains of deadlines, through valleys of procrastination and a forest of fundraisers. We survived at least two natural disasters, and to the best of our knowledge have left no smouldering bridges in our wake.

The steam-belching behemoth that has just pulled into the station is the oldest student-run film festival in the world. We are proud to have arrived on schedule, with the product intact, and our sanity in check. We hope you enjoy the ride.

All aboard the HIFF Express!

Jurors, 2001

Danny Lotnick

Awards Juror

Danny Plotnick earns a living as the Director of Seminars for the Film Arts Foundation in San Francisco. The rest of his time is spent maintaining his reputation as “the King of Super-8” in the underground film community.

Over the past fifteen years, Danny has completed 17 films on the much-maligned Super-8 film format and is often called upon for his expertise in the area. Back in the days when Super-8 Sound film was available, Plotnick was shooting featurette length movies in a week, editing them by hand in his kitchen, and exhibiting them himself at places like The House of Low Self-Esteem, Bloodshot Cafe, The Knitting Factory and the Howling Frog Cafe.

When Danny isn’t malting movies of his own, he can be found teaching teenagers how to shoot and edit their own Super-8 films at Bay Area high schools and the California State Summer School for the Arts. He also travels several times a year to exhibit his films in a variety of underground film festivals. He has just recently completed his second tour of Holland and Germany covering nine cities in ten days.

His delightfully demented Pipsqueak Pfollies won the Banana Slug Award for Surrealism at the 29th RIFE Danny has recently switch to 16mm film, which he jokingly refers to as “the next dying format.” Swingers Serenade (1999) is a tawdry interpretation of an amateur movie script, found in a1950’s home-movie magazine and was awarded the Juror’s Choice Award by Alexander Payne at the 33rd RIFE.

The Humboldt International Film Festival has always been a receptive venue for Danny’s films. We are excited to have him here as a Juror for the 34th HIFF.

Walter Ungerer

Awards Juror

Walter Ungerer is one of the most original talents in today’s independent cinema. He has been creating experimental films for over three decades and continues to explore new techniques in filmmaking.

Mr. Ungerer first established himself as a filmmaker in the 1960’s with several short films consisting of abstract patterns, shapes and colors hand-painted directly onto the surface of the film and intercut with photographed images and sound collages. Meet me, Jesus ( 1966) gained national attention at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and was enthusiastically included in its national tour. In 1969, Walter created Introducution to Oobieland and Ubi Est Terram Oobiae? the first two parts of a four part series utilizing the same experimental techniques.

In 1976, Walter established Dark Horse Films, an independent production company based in his adopted home of Montpelier, Vermont. At this time Walter began to experiment with narrative structure, movement and cinematography. He produced four feature films The Animal (1976), The House Without Steps (1979), The Winter There Was Very Little Snow (1982), and Leaving the Harbor (1991), each of which have been recognized at international film festivals. The Animal was screened at the Florence Film Festival and was described as “pure cinema, a masterpiece of existentialism.”

These days Walter is experimenting with the possibilities of digital editing and graphic design programs such as Media 100, After Effects, Photoshop and Peak. He says that working with computers has opened up whole new areas of exploration which take him back to his earlier days of drawing and painting. We are glad to have him as a juror for the 34th HIFF.

Demetria Royals

Featured Artist

Demetria Royals is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work has received support from the American Film Institute’s Independent Filmmaker’s Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), among others.

Demetria Royals was originally scheduled to participate as a juror for the 34th HIFF. However, due to an unavoidable family emergency, she was forced to back out just a few weeks before the festival. We are very sony that she could not attend, however we are ve1y excited to screen her performance based documentary Conjure Women ( 1995, 85 :00) which premiered at the 1995 Mill Valley Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on PBS in February, 1997.

“Conjure Women make magic, they call forth spirits to electrify the prosaic stuff of life. It’s another name, perhaps the best name, for artists, without whose conjuring the deep essence of life would not burst into expressive flame. In her Vivid documentary filmmaker Demetria Royals captures the heat and light created. by four powerful African American women artists: choreographer/dancer Anita Gonzalez, performance artist Robbie Mccauley photographer Carrie May Weems and singer/composer Cassandra Wilson. Royals makes us see these four in double action, as artists creating movement, sound, language and image, and as women creating themselves in the crucible of colliding cultures. In its fusion of performance with personality, Royals’ film conjures up an exciting vision of a new power being forged in the self discovery of these extraordinary artists.” NEWSWEEK ( 1996)

33rd Humboldt International Film Festival

April 4-8, 2000

Minor Theater
Arcata, CA

The Future of Film Starts Here
Focusing on innovative Super-8 and 16mm Student and independent films from the last three years

Co-Directors, 2000

Emily Weems


John Oluwole ADEkoje


Tracy Boyd


We’d love to regale you with faerie tales of how things all came together, on time (ahead of time, even), how all we really did was make a few phone calls, watch a few films, and a festival just materialized.

But we’d be lying.

Rather, ours is more of a cautionary tale: a tempest-tost sea filled with missed classes, empty gallons of midnight oil, and countless abandoned bodies in our wake. Yet somewhere, in the debris of our madness, from the ashes rose the phoenix of this week’s festival, which we proudly present to you. Pay no attention to the trio of lunatics who linger in the shadows, turn your eyes to the screen. These shows are for you: the audience, the filmmakers, the world.

The future of film starts here.

32nd Humboldt International Film Festival

April 6-10, 1999

Minor Theater
Arcata, California

Co-Directors, 1999

Smiley Brown


John Klump


Emily Weems


A warm welcome to the 32nd Humboldt International Film Festival. We, the directors, can not begin to express our surprise that we actually managed to pull off an event of this magnitude. We’ve had fun, made some friends, learned more than we ever would have imagined, and seen some really cool films.

For those who are unaware, the Humboldt International Film Festival is the oldest student-run film festival in the world and runs at the longest continuously running film house in the United States. It began in 1968 by two students who wanted to bring film up to the North Coast and has grown a great deal over the  last thirty-one years.

This year, we continue to celebrate and share the best in student and independent films from around the world. We received over 130 films in every category, which our student screening committee narrowed down to pass on to our visiting judges, who then selected the award winners, which we present Saturday night. We are also presenting two other nights of screening from festival entries as well as films by our visiting filmmakers and free workshops during the festival week.
We have greatly enjoyed working to bring you this opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rising stars in independent filmmaking and we thank you all for your support.

Judges, 1999

Lindy Laub


Lindy Laub is an award-winning short filmmaker and screenwriter, as well as a cinematographer for a number of short films. As a cinematographer, her film work includes Parcel Post, Sweet Jail: The Sikhs of Yuba City, and Dark Exodus, all of which won awards. She co-wrote the screen-play of For the Boys with Neal Jimenez and Marshall Brickman. Her directorial efforts include Shikse, a story about a Gentile and the son of Holocaust survivors, which has brought her many awards at a number of international film festivals, and tonight’s film They Come at Night. They Come at Night depicts the unfolding of a relationship between two women in Los Angeles: one seemingly just another Latina face, but actually a well-educated El Savadoran political refugee, the other a respected therapist undergoing her own sort of recovery.

Ms Laub received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from SUNY-Buffalo and worked as a photographer before turning to film. She has taught at UCLA, UCSB, and presently is an assistant -professor of screenwriting and film at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lynne Sachs


Lynne Sachs is an experimental filmmaker currently residing in Baltimore Maryland. She describes her films as exploring “the intricate relationship between personal memories and broader, historical experiences. As an experimental maker, I try to make images that lead to new ways of thinking about the language of film. I am drawn to the metaphors of collage, the cinematic stirrings that occur when two disparate film images come into contact.”

She graduated from Brown University with a degree in history, then went on to San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute to receive her masters degree in film. NEA Regional Fellowships have allowed her to explore her film experiments and create two of the films we show tonight: “Which Way is East: Notebooks from Vietnam”, a collaborative effort with her sister, and “The House of Science: A Museum of False Facts”, which examines the feelings she saw from interviews with women and girls. Tonight’s third film, “A Biography of Lilith” examines a modern-day Lilith interwoven with the story of the original Lilith.

Currently, Ms Sachs lives in Baltimore with filmmaker Mark Street, and their two daughters, Maya and Noa. She is the visiting artist in the film program at Temple University.

31st Humboldt International Film Festival


April 7-11, 1998
Minor Theater
Arcata, CA

Co Directors, 1998

Bruce Halling, Peter Breuer, Abby Kavanaugh, Steve Love

Howdy Folks! Welcome to the show!

The Humboldt International Film Festival was started many years ago by two students who wanted to bring films up to the North Coast. And now we are the oldest student run festival on the world!
This year we continue the tradi­tion of celebrating and promoting the best student and in­dependent films from around the globe.

We received entries in every cat­egory including narrative, experimental, documentary, anima­tion, and even some films beyond catego­rization.
Selected films were passed onto our panel of judges, three visiting filmmakers who will be showing their work as well as giving free work­shops during the fes­tival week.

We’ve enjoyed being able to help bring you this rare opportunity to view some of the most unique and diverse films from around the world and we thank you for your support.

Now sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Judges, 1998

Martha Colburn


Martha Colburn is a self taught experimental filmmaker living in Balti­more. Martha spends most of her time either collect­ing found footage and making collages or new films or teaching filmmak­ing. Adding her own cre­ative imagery and music, she creates some of the most vivid and outrageous experimental films of our time.

Martha’s films are far from the ordinary. Her intense imagination is taken straight from her head and put directly onto the screen. Her unique combination of underground, over-the-top, flashy, wacky and almost perverse images of ani­mation and collages set to origi­nal music expresses a unique view of filmmaking. Her work has been admired and praised by many critics from such pa­pers as The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Austin Chronicle.

Jim Klein


Jim Klein has been an independent filmmaker since 1969. With two Academy Award nominations, national airings of every film and presentations at many leading film festivals, such as the New York Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, Jim proves to be one of the leaders of his field.

Besides making award winning films,judging at film festi­vals and being on the Board of the Association of Independent Video and Film for 6 years, Jim is also one of the founders of New Day Films. New Day Films is a cooperative of around 100 media producers who, together, operate one of the top educa­tional film and video distribution companies in the country. Jim has also been teaching narrative filmmaking to students in a pro­fessional training program for the past 12 years.

LETTER TO THE NEXT GENERATION is a feature documentary about college students and their attitudes and values in the 1990’s. LETTER had it’s premiere at Kent State University in Ohio during the anniversary commemorating the shootings that occurred there in 1970.

Paul Zehrer


Paul Zehrer was born and raised in a small dairy farm in Minnesota. His interest in film began in 1987 while working at the University Film So­ciety in Minneapolis. He moved to New York in 1988 and began working as a film editor. In 1994 Paul wrote and directed
his first film BLESSING.

BLESSING was a critical success at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the 1995 IFP/West Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay. In addition to writing and di­recting, Zehrer continues to work as a free-lance editor for inde­pendent films, long-format documentaries and music videos.

BLESSING is an emotionally charged drama about a young woman’s struggle to reconcile family expectations with personal dreams. Randi, the main character, has a dream to go to the ocean. Her dream is thwarted by her parents’ wish for her to take over their farm complicating her decision to leave. Ranging from intimate family drama to tragedy in its most classic form, BLESSING is a heart­rending portrait of the, love, rage and hope that bind family life.

The 30th year is missing some information.  If you think you have history from this year, email us at filmfest@humboldt.edu.

30th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

April 1-5, 1997

Focusing on independent and student experimental, animation, documentary and narrative films.

Festival Week Schedule of Events

Tues. 4/1 – Psychological thriller “SUTURE”
Wed. 4/2 – Short avant-garde films
Thurs. 4/3 – British animated shorts
Fri. 4/4 – People’s Choice Night
Sat. 4/5 – Best of Fest I – 7:00 PM
Best of Fest II – 9:30 PM

All shows at the Minor Theater at 8:00

29th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

April 2-6, 1996

Minor Theatre

Arcata, CA

Co Directors, 1996

Paolo Davanzo

Kathy McDowell

Michael Schumacher

Greetings and hello from the three cinematic freaks who have sac­rificed sanity and sanctity to bring you the 29th annual Humboldt Interna­tional Film Festival, the oldest student run film festival in the world. For 29 years our Festi­va I has been dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Independent film making as both an art form and means of enter­tainment. Being a festival com­pletely orga­nized, coordi­nated, and directed by students, we have created a film festival unlike any other.

This year’s Festival renews its tra­ditional emphasis on Experimental filmmaking within all genres, and at­tempts to highlight the diversity of In­ternational film. We hope that in pro­viding a series of invaluable workshops by professional filmmak­ers, our community can take an ac­tive part in this exciting week of cel­ebrating film. There will also be opportunities for local filmmakers to sign up for one-on-one meetings with the Festival judges.
Festival week is a rare opportu­nity to discover Documentary, Ex­perimental, and Narrative filmmaking from the masters -Julia Reichert, Standish Lowder, and Mike Pratt are inventors of their film genres. Their passion and dedication to the art of film is an inspiration to us all.  The journey from inception to ac­tualization of our Festival has been an arduous yet at times glorious one. In Septem­ber, we met with a dedicated group of enthusi­astic HSU stu­dents planning events and strat­egies for the year.  In February, We sat in a film screening room with 50 students con­fronted with the formidable task of screening 260 films, in order to select an impressive group of films to pass onto the judges. Along the way we Ranted and Chanted, celebrated Lo­cal Filmmakers, and made Wonka Bars. After much laughter and tears, we feel we have selected an exciting and inspiring assortment of films that articulate the desire and tradition of the Humboldt International Film Festival.

We wish to thank Julia Reichert, Standish Lowder, and Mike Pratt for their devotion and commitment to In­dependent filmmaking by serving as the distinguished Jury for our Festival. We hope you enjoy.

Faculty Adviser, 1996

Ann Alter

Judges, 1996

Mike Pratt


With a bachelor of Fine Arts from the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University, Mike Pratt has earned numerous scholarships and awards for his films. His thesis film, THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD, won Outstanding Experimental, Cinematography, Art Direction, Technical Award, Sound Design and others at the 1994 NYU Film Festival.

In the beginning, he worked on asphalt crews, was a short order cook, did stints as a fashion model in Milan, Italy and was a pro surfer in California and Hawaii. After owning a surfboard factory in Florida, it was on to New York, and a scholarship in the NYU film program.

Five years of cab driving later, he graduated cum laude. In addition, he received numerous school based awards, including best narrative screenplay in the 1989 NYU Video Festival for the short I HAVE NO PICTURE OF THE SKY. He was the cinematographer for EYES OF A BLUE DOG. Upon graduating, he spent six months developing OCEAN DRIVE, a sit-com based on the South Beach Miami OCEAN DRIVE, a sit-com based on the South Beach Miami Fashion scene.

In 1995, he and Stephen Earnhart, of Miramax Films, completed A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOOL, a film dealing with a hapless carney finding himself transformed from unwanted outcast to heroic savior of a floundering circus. Aside from film work, his other current projects include a collection of short stories, an audio play, and a novel. Mike Pratt is a musician as well as a filmmaker, and recently signed a six record deal with David Byrne’s label. Being that he is the quintessential starving artist, he occasionally works on commercial projects such as co-sound designer on the feature HALLOWEEN VI, and SUDDEN MANHATTAN an arthouse farce written and directed by Adrienne Shelly. For his diverse life experience, numerous artistic involvements, and unusual aesthetic sensibility for filmmaking, we are very proud to present Mike Pratt to you as a judge for the 29th Film Festival.

Julia Reichert


Julia Reichert has been an active independent filmmaker since 1970. Two of her films, SEEING RED and UNION MAIDS, have been nominated for Academy Awards in the feature documentary category.

The five films she created with partner James Klein (including the above and GROWING UP FEMALE, METHADONE: AN AMERICAN WAY OF DEALING, and MEN’S LIVES) have been screened at most international film festivals, including the New York, Telluride, Sundance and Berlin Festivals. All of her work has been broadcast on national prime time television on PBS. Her critically acclaimed film SEEING RED was released theatrically in one hundred cities.

Ms. Reichert’s greatest challenge to date was the co-producing, co-writing and directing of her first fiction feature, EMMA & ELVIS. Her instincts have always drawn her to explore the edges between political and personal life. EMMA & ELVIS encompasses the pain and joy off an activist’s life. UNION MAIDS focuses on a generation of working class women who organize trade unions. SEEING RED examines the generation of Americans that joined the Communist Party in the 1930’s. This film 1s an informed look into the lives of the individuals of
the American Communist Party, who found their passionate commitment to their beliefs ended up in disillusionment in the system.

As a priority, Ms. Reichert has been committed to building the independent film community in Ohio and nationally throughout her career.  She co-founded New Day Films, a distribution cooperative for independent films, in 1971, and was a founder of the Film Fund, a foundation that supported the making of social issue media, in 1977.  She received her bachelor of arts, in Documentary Arts from Antioch College, in Ohio. Now a professor at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, she is currently directing, writing and producing a documentary series about the cultural history of women’s sexuality. Ms. Reichert’s extensive knowledge and experience in producing, funding, and distributing high quality films is a true inspiration and testament to the independent spirit of

Standish Lawder


As a filmmaker, art historian, teacher and artist, Standish D. Lawder’s internationally known as one of the founding fathers of the experimental film movement in the early 1960’s. Standish has devoted his life to the exploration of film and the visual realm, taking the viewer on a majical tour into the subconscious world of dreams and imagination. His experimental films – 28 of them, including prize winners at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals – are combinations of metaphysical musings, sociological satire, cartoon humor and commentary on contemporary paranoia.

“Film,” Lowder says, “has a majic all it’s own. I’ve spent my life trying to ‘mine the majic’ out of it”. Everywhere in Lawder’s existence, art in­tersects with science and technology. Art his­tory captured his imagination, and he earned a doctorate on the subject at Yale University. Lowder later inaugurated the first course in the history of film at Yale where he taught from 1965-1975, founding the Yale Film Festival.

In 1975, Standish became the chairman of the department of visual arts at the University of California at San Diego, building the art film program into one unrivaled in the country, emphasizing film as an art, and performance rather than a dramatic presentation or conventional narrative tool.

When the experimental film movement began to wane in the early 1970’s, Standish began searching for alternative modes of vision. In 1973, he was awarded the first Guggenheim Fellowship in stereoscopic (3-D) filmmaking, an activity that had absorbed his energies ever since. “3-D is one of the most fascinating visual experiences I’ve known,” he says. “The world is intensely real with a sense of objects in space – like a magical Easter egg you can walk right into.”

Standish currently lives in Denver working out of his stereoscopic film studio Babylonian productions. It is an honor to have such a profound visionary share his dreams of joy and madness with us all.

28th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

March 7 – 11, 1995

Minor Theater

Co-Directors, 1995

Daniella Gleeson


Douglas Martin


Ree McSween


Co-Directors, 1995

Welcome to the 28th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival, the Oldest Student-Run Film Festival in the World!  We have worked hard to bring you an exciting and energetic festival.  Our goal was to highlight animation films, and documentary films in addition to the Festival’s continuing commitment to Student-Independent/Experimental and Surrealistic Films.

As you can see from our entries, we received films from all over the world.  We have three well-known professional filmmakers for judges and encourage you to attend their free workshops and evening screenings of their work.  See what the People voted for on People’s Choice Night and what the Judges voted for in Best of the Festival.  We would like to hear your suggestions, thoughts and views on the 28th Festival so please take a moment to call or jot your thoughts down and send them to us.

We would like to thank the many Humboldt County businesses and individuals listed in these pages who support the Festival and encourage you to let them know what you appreciated their support.  Also thanks to Ann Alter, our Faculty Advisor.

We hope you enjoy the Festival and Continue to support The Oldest Student-Run Film Festival in the World!

Faculty Adviser, 1995

Ann Alter

Judges, 1995

Rose Bond


Portland based animator Rose Bond was born in Canada and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  With a background in drawing and painting, she made the transition to filmmaking in the late 1970s.

Her method of animating is unique in that she does not use a camera.  The images in her films are made by drawing and painting directly on clear film leader.  In the past nine years Ms. Bond has created four award winning short films, GAIA’S DREAM, NEXUS, CERRIDWEN’S GIFT, and, most recently, MALLACHT MACHA (Macha’s Curse).  The films’ beauty and vitality have brought her international attention.

During her college years, Bond noticed the details of women’s lives played out across the bowls of antiquity; it sparked an interest in archeology and ancient fables.  When a few years later, she began researching women’s history, she encountered a series of Celtic myths about women.  The stories lent themselves to animation through characters who changed forms and told their tales in an ancient, oral, storyteller manner.

As an independent filmmaker, Bond is in full charge of her production.  It is a time-consuming, precise art form.

Instead of drawing large images to be shot onto film, Bond draws and colors each frame directly onto a clear celluloid strip, under a magnifying glass.  The result is a rapidly-moving film, pulsating with an energy that enhances the fable.  “I want my art to become part of a dialogue.  There is an excitement that comes in women redefining themselves.  Whether you approach it from an entertainment level, an intellectual level or a political level, I want my films to contribute to those ideas.  It seems worthwhile to me.”

Greta Schiller


Greta Schiller is an award-winning lesbian independent filmmaker.  For fifteen years she has made documentaries which utilize archival footage to reclaim lost or overlooked aspects of cultural history.  Her groundbreaking film, BEFORE STONEWALL, for which she won an Emmy Award for Best Cultural or Historical Film and a Nomination for Best Director, traces the origins of America’s Gay and Lesbian subculture.

Schiller co-produced and directed INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM, the story of an interracial, all-female jazz band which rose to prominence during World War II.  The film was selected for the 1986 New York Film Festival and has won awards in festivals worldwide, including First Place, Blue Ribbon Award at the Oberhausen Film Festival.  This toe-tapping film tells the story of the swinging, multi-racial all-women jazz band of the 40s.  A 16-piece band with a strong brass section, heavy percussion, and a deep rhythmic sense, the Sweethearts were not jsut a novelty but featured many of the best female musicians of the day.

Schiller later produced and directed MAXINE SULLIVAN: LOVE TO BE IN LOVE, a musical profile of this once famous black jazz singer who was prohibited from making the cross-over from radio to television in the Fifties.

Her most recent film is WOMAN OF THE WOLF, a half-hour fairy tale based on a story written in 1904 by American poet and author Renee Vivien.  Two opposing versions of the same narrative are told: one verbally, by Pierre Lenior a male narrator at a dinner party, and one visually through the behavior of a woman who meets him on a fantasy cargo boat.  Intercut, the two different aesthetics create a tension between the different world views of the woman and the man.  Schiller is a founder and board member of Jezebel Productions, based in New York and London.  She was awarded the first ever U.K. Fulbright Arts Fellowship in Film in 1989.

Martin Rose


Working extensively as a freelance animator, Martin Rose’s most notable project was to direct a short film, “Trawna tuh Belvul” produced at the National Film Board of Canada’s Pacific Centre production studio.  It is an innovative interpretation of a sound poem written and performed by Earle Birney, about a train and it’s array of occupants travelling between Toronto and Belleville, Ontario. The film was made with cut paper puppets, animated on a multi-plane camera.  It opened the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and competed at the North West Film and Video Festival in Portland, Oregon.  “Trawna tuh Belvul” won Best Animated Film at The Vancouver International Film Festival in October of 1994.

For five years Martin Rose taught animation to children at Arts Umbrella, Canada’s only art and performing arts centre for young people.  In the autumn of 1994, he started teaching introductory animation at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design.

Martin will be presenting a workshop using cutout animation techniques.  He will focus on two methods: a very simple cutout puppet and a simple puppet using hinged joints.  Cutout animation is not well known in North America, but is used extensively in Europe, particularly in Poland and the Czech Republic, as well as in Russia and China.  It involves animating two-dimensional puppets frame by frame under an animation camera.  Thursday evening’s presentation will include Russian and Canadian films that influenced Martin’s work.

Film Entries, 1995

Filmmaker Title Type Location
N Keegan & M Sherida Sophie Anim New York, NY
Kimberly Ane Peirce The Last Good Breath Nar New York, NY
Prompop Lee Eat at Mom’s YCI Chicago, IL
Barbara Hadden A Suitcase in Berlin Nar Jamaica Plain, MA
Scott Segal Ladies in Waiting Nar Los Angeles, CA
J.I. Jolles Your Montana Vacation Tour of YCI Baltimore, MD
Skizz Cyzyk Four Films in Five Minutes Anim Baltimore, MD
Mark Yardas Chase Nar Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Lando Crossing Exp Paris, France
Jonathan Parker Hugo & Hilda get Engaged Nar San Francisco, CA
Lori Shinseki The Least of our Brothers Doc Washington, DC
Mark & Linda Keane Tangents Anim Shorewood, Wi
Michele Fleming deoto moderna Exp Chicago, IL
Sharene Azimi Let it Go Nar New York, NY
Oded Daydaff In Good Hands Nar Jerusalem, Israel
Avi Mussel Korby’s Girlfriend Nar Jerusalem, Israel
Dror Sabo Ancestral Desire Nar Jerusalem, Israel
Noah Stollman Seeker Nar Jerusalem, Israel
Daphna Levin The Price is Right Nar Jerusalem, Israel
David Ofek Home Nar Jerusalem, Israel
Bo Mehrad Tangled Nar San Francisco, CA
Scott Felixson HeliumHead Nar Brooklyn, NY
Ronen Divon The Magic Hour Nar Kew Gardens, NY
George Ratliff The Plutonium Circus Doc Austin, TX
Roslyn Schwartz Arkelope Anim New York, NY
Brett Smith Busher Nar Pittsburgh, PA
Michael Walsh Monk it Up YCI Milwaukee, WI
E. Steven Fried Cryptic YCI Leonia, NJ
Habib Faisal Dawat-The Feast YCI Carbondale, IL
Alena Tam White Monkey YCI Manhattan Beach, CA
Cam Williams Roads Exp Carbondale, IL
John Jeffcoat Donut Holes YCI Bainbridge Island, WA
Bryan Lewis Mr. Smith’s Day Nar Long Beach, CA
Isabel Herguera Los Muertitos Anim Valverde, CA
L.K. Noller Hub Cap World Nar Stone Ridge, NY
Ferne Pearlstein To Meet the Elephant Doc San Francisco, CA
Jonathan Halpern The Minors Doc San Francisco, CA
Madeleine Solano Alma Perdida (Lost Soul) Nar Elmont, NY
Ari Bustin The Search Nar New York, NY
Daniel Robin Matzo Balls & Black-Eyed Peas Doc San Francisco, CA
Andrea Bailey The Expendables Nar Santa Monica, CA
Mike Mathis The Train Nar Altadena, LA
Shari Carpenter Since Lisa Nar New York, NY
Mark Rollins Red Light, Green Light Nar Long Beach, CA
Laura Stramer By the Time it was too Late YCI Saint Louis Park, MN
Emily Weissman Pocketful of Stones Nar New York, NY
Hiromasa Konishi Summer Nar Austin, TX
John Jeffcoat Strange Life Nar Bainbridge Island, WA
Frank Mosvold Forsaken Nar Playa del Rey, CA
Rob Hoegee Greater Dallas Nar Sherman Oaks, CA
Patrick Ruane White Autumn Chrysanthemums YCI San Francisco, CA
Roslyn Broder Siren Exp Chicago, IL
Stacie Heintze When I Grow Up Nar Somerville, MA
Dean Pittsinger Stranger Legend of St. Desmond Anim Astoria, NY
Leslie Thornton The Last Time I Saw Ron Exp Brooklyn, NY
Kenneth Kemp Fedora Nar Salt Lake City, UT
Chuck Smith Jason Doc Fairborn, OH
Peter Bouc Lisa Smiles YCI Brooklyn, NY
Grace Lee-Park Daughterline Nar Portland, OR
Yvonne Leach A Temporary Life Nar Philadelphia, PA
Ray Leos I’ll Pick the Flowers You Love Nar Santa Monica, CA
John Choi Chopsticks Nar Walnut, CA
Anne Chamberlain Burden of Dykes YCI Carbondale, IL
Anton Linecker Hidden Valuables Nar Los Angeles, CA
Warren Milando Ba 56 Nar Etobicoke, CANADA
Edgar Patterson Davis A Jury of Her Peers Nar Washington, DC
Frank Gaide Darkwood Nar Boston, MA
John Simmons One on One Nar Miami, FL
Matthew Richardson Solar Lottery Exp Annapolis, MD
Jordan Deitcher Meditations on the promised land Nar New York, NY
Irina Leimbacher Travelogue Exp San Francisco, CA
Rohan Sen Cell Properties Exp West Hollywood, CA
Christine Ferriter Annie Anim Glendale, CA
Akira Shimokawa Midnight Family Dinner Nar Brooklyn, NY
Stacey Richter Invisible World Nar Tucson, AZ
M. Daniel & T. Clark You Call It-Experimental YCI Los Angeles, CA
Ken Feldman This is Your World Nar New York, NY
Andrew Lund My Daughter’s Son Nar New York, NY
Kasi Lemmons Dr. Hugo Nar Los Angeles, CA
Brady Lewis Truth Serum Anim Pittsburgh, PA
Steve Cox Libido Warrior YCI Arcata, CA
Mark Wilcken The Dancer Rehearsing YCI Arcata, CA
Mark Wilcken Bob’s Backalley Abortion Clinic YCI Arcata, CA
D. O’Malley & E. Algieri Preen Doc Fieldbrook, CA
Jesse Kona The Fastest Gun in the West Nar Arcata, CA
Rachel Lyon Distraction Exp Chicago, IL
Sam Bozzo Holiday On The Moon Nar Blue Jay, CA
John Derevlany Leftovers Nar Venice, CA
Alexis Krasilovsky Epicenter Doc Los Angeles, CA
Greg Nash No Beginnings For Mankind Exp Miami, FL
Harut Sassounian Armenia: Bittersweet Freedom Doc Glendale, CA
J.P. Maijala The Script Nar Toronto, CANADA
Brein Burroughs Urbana Exp San Francisco, CA
Steve Kay It’s in the Bag Nar San Francisco, CA
Mark Street Excursions Exp Tampa, FL
Cris Chatter The Coast Redwood: Uncut Stories Doc Mill Valley, CA
Lynne & Dana Sachs Which way is East Doc Tampa, FL
Andy Moore Split Description Exp San Francisco, CA
Edmund Skellings SuperPoem Anim Fort Lauderdale, FL
John Derevlany Leftovers Nar Bayside, NY
Adam Fratto A Silent Night YCI Los Angeles, CA
Chris Maccowan 2789th Street YCI Saint Paul, MN
Beatrice Palicka Sportsters Nar Irvine, CA
David Wing Student Nar Tucson, AZ
Lori Cashonuor The Uprising of ’34 Doc New York, NY
Alec Theilman Done YCI Miami, FL
Karl Hirsch Dave’s Trip YCI Scottsdale, AZ
Paul Lee Shoes weren’t made for Walking Doc Toronto, CANADA
Laura Harrison A Flash of Color Doc San Francisco, CA
Susan Everett White Rabbits YCI Kippax, ENGLAND
Relah Eckstein Oat-Meal YCI Brown Deer, WI
Hubert Toh The Search for Gold Mountain Nar North York, CANADA
Kamshad Kooshan The Last Illusion Nar Oakland, CA
Christoph Jonatowski Cowboy Joe Nar New York, NY
Tchavdar Gueorguiev Further YCI Chicago, IL
Danny Plotnick Pipsqueak Pfollies YCI San Francisco, CA
Sean Anderson Gamblers Chance Doc Oakland, CA
Leslie Bishko Gasping for Air YCI Burnaby, CANADA
Tony Gault Millions of Acres Nar Iowa City, IA
Joe Miyano Full Circle Nar Monterey Park, CA
James Bai Reticence Nar Danville, CA
Susan Largon The Boundary Nar Chicago, IL
Betsy Weiss Mother Load Doc San Francisco, CA
Karen Brown Davison On the Job Doc Woodside, CA
Noel Maxam Clowning Around Nar Tarzana, CA
Sarah Feltes Pulling Threats Doc Menlo Park, CA
Ilya Chaiken The Actress Nar Hillburn, NY
A. Chin & J. Voltz Normal Deviate Behavior Nar San Francisco, CA
Nina Fonoroff The Accursed Mazurka Exp Boston, MA
Mike Pratt The Beautiful World YCI New York, NY
David Cunningham As I Dream Nar Van Nuys, CA
Jarek Kupsc Dog Nar Emeryville, CA
Luca Pizzaroni Stop YCI New York, NY
Kyla Zaggy Your test came back… Doc Hollywood, CA
Madeline Schwartzma The Begat Nar New York, NY
Pia Cseri-Briones La Nina, La Pinta the Santa Maria Exp Rochester, NY
Rebecca Ormond Aqueduct Nar San Francisco, CA
J. Corbet & I. Chaiken Dawg YCI Brooklyn, NY
Paul Wagner The Living Nar Dayton, OH
Ulrike Reichold Home Exp Chicago, IL
Mike Tutundjian Temperate Habits Nar New York, NY
Anne Flatte Interlove Story Doc San Francisco, CA
Laura Coleman Loose Ends Nar Tarzana, CA
Ellen Bruno Satya-a prayer for the enemy Doc San Francisco, CA
Gary Ellenberg No Quarter Nar Los Angeles, CA
Sheldon Serkin Irma & Floyd Nar New York, NY
Ken Sackheim If the sun went down Exp New York, NY
Thad Pvey Thine Inward-Looking Eyes YCI San Francisco, CA
Jeff Scher Garden of Regrets Anim New York, NY
Tyrone Sheridan The Truth About Goobs YCI New York, NY
B. Ingram & C. Clum Spent Anim Raleigh, NC
Fei Loo Now & Then, Here & Now Doc Iowa City, IA
Chana Pollack Revision Exp San Francisco, CA
Kate Toll Speak softly please to Mrs Babaj Nar Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Zoran Rakovic Chimes at Ten Nar Gladstone, AUSTRALIA
Jessica Kane Sun in the Seveth House Anim Brooklyn, NY
Ruth Hayes Reign of the Dog Anim Seattle, WA
Benjamin Maxfield Rough Cut Exp Stow, MA
David Brown Out of Body Experience Exp Orlando, FL
Ann McGuire Eating Cake Nar Brooklyn, NY
McGovern & Raymont Middle Man YCI Salinas, CA
Mike Mabehl The Secret Princess Nar San Jose, CA
Erin Sax Seven of Worlds Doc San Francisco, CA
Allison Lane The Manicure Nar New York, NY
Chris Hall The Orange Grove Nar Tarzana, CA
Douglas Kass The Way to Mount Thunder Nar Los Angeles, CA
Patrick Crowson On Leaving YCI San Francisco, CA
Mark Ferrell Fade to Blue YCI Huber Heights, OH
Leslie LaPage Generation of Lies Nar Toluca Lake, CA
David Becerna Serial Killer Nar San Francisco, CA
Diane Richard Moments Exp New York, NY
Clayton Allis The Road Taken Nar St. Thomas, USVi
Joanna Priestly Grown Up Anim Santa Monica, CA
Vladan Nikolic Cut Nar New York, NY
Sylvette Steward Taabu Nar Detroid, MI
Rebecca Lainez Psyche Anim Kutztown, PA
Jason Berlin Concentric Kisses Exp Somerville, MA
Jonathan Goldman Anytime Nar Los Angeles, CA
Kyle Henry Bedlam YCI Houston, TX
K Mack & M Sheridan What’s the Name of the Game? Nar New York, NY

Doc – Documentary / Nar – Narrative / Exp – Experimental/ YCI – You Call It / Anim – Animation

27th Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

April 11th – 16th, 1994

Minor Theater

Festival Directors, 1994

Ethan Derner, Dina Rubiolo

Finalists, 1994

Selective Memory – Jim Swanson

Above Average – Benjamin B. Maxfield

Reminiscence – Olexa O. Hewryk

Description of a Struggle – Tony Pemberton

Dormite Minita – Thad Povey

Blue Hat – Leighton Pierce

Metermaid – Lynda Tarryk

La Reina – Alfonso Alvarez

SOS – Mara Mattuschka

Condomnation – Anne Chamberlain

First Days on Earth – G.B. Hajim

Winners, 1994

Best of the Fest

Best Documentary Film: Midburb – Zachary Stratis

Best Animation Film: Above Average – Jamie Maxfield

Best Narrative Film: The Lost Continent – Joel Moffett

Best Experimental Film: Passage L’Acte – Martin Arnold

$200 Judge’s Choice Awards

Selected by Aarin Burch: Platforms – David Noy

Selected by George Burdeau: Description of a Struggle – Tony Pemberton

Selected by Heather McAdams: Passage L’Acte – Martin Arnold

Cinematic Disobedience Award

Best Unrestricted Film: Palindrome – David Melito

Daylight Spool Award

Best Short Film: Cinematic Excursions… – Mitch Gross

Romano & Bridgette Robertisini Banana Slug Award

Most Surrealist Film: I Am the Night – Janice Findley

Prize Winners

$200 Gift Cert. to Alpha Cine: The Gallery – Aaron Wilde

2 400′ cores of Eastman Kodak 16mm color negative film:
Landscape with the fall of Icarus – Christopher Sullivan
The Evil Surprise – Francois Miron

3 400′ cores of Eastman Kodak 16mm black & white negative film:
Five Spot Jewel – John O’Hagan

1 100′ core of Eastman Kodak 16mm black & white negative film:
Morning Tide – Birgitte Mortensen & Maria Rodriguez

$100 Gift Cert to Christy’s Editorial Supply: Picture #4 – Tony Gault

Eight 7.5″ reels of 3M audio recording tape:
Maintenance – Jesse Feigelman
Beauty & the Beast – Mara Mattuschka

Michael Weise Prod’s Shot by Shot: Maintenance – Jesse Feigelman

Honorable Mentions

A Shortness of Breath – Ann A. Kaneko

Brooklyn on the Bowery – Rudolf Josef Blanke

Daddy’s Little Girl – Kari Hobson

Red Dog – Robert Gibbons

The Bird’s Eye View – S.E. McIntosh

Two Women: A Sister’s Dialogue – Laura Napier

Crossexamination – Lor HIris

Family Portrait – Scott Kravitz

Phrensy – Iqbal S. Hans

Thick Lips, Thin Lips – Paul Lee

The Twenty-Sixth Annual Humboldt International Film Festival

March 25th-28th 1993

Festival Directors, 1993

Jill Foos, Phil Guzzo, Mark Wilcken

Faculty Adviser, 1993

Ann Alter


The Humboldt International Film Festival is again upon us and the Directors, Prescreeners, Judges, Advisors et al have been hard at work now for the greater part of the school year and it is time to enjoy the fruits of their labor.  So sit back, relax and watch some films.

The Humboldt International Film Festival, now in its 26th year, is the oldest student-run film festival in the world.  Established in 1967 by Arcata resident and business owner David Phillips, the Festival continues to provide a forum for student and independent filmmakers.  It has been successful in gaining a strong reputation both nationally and internationally and this year, in addition to the many entries stateside, we received films from countries as far away as Austria and France.

The Festival is a non-profit, student organization, funded by HSU’s Associated Students, competition entry fees, and grant from the Arcata Foundation, and you the audience.  Other support comes from private and local business donations of supplies, services, and food.

Judges, 1993

Claire Foster
Claire Foster came to America on a Fulbright and Knox Fellowship, ending up at Harvard teaching Greek Literature from 1986-1988, using the proceeds to finance the development of a documentary about the U.S. and Nicaragua. She won an American Association of University Women International Fellowship to go to UCLA. Her first film, The Lemon Tree, won two festival awards in Europe. She won the Eleanor Perry Screenwriting Award from Women in Film for her first script The Other Side of the Canal in 1990 and was nominated by British Screen for the International Screenwriters’ Studio in 1991. She has sold films to European television and taught writing, producing, directing, and acting in various capacities over the past four years. She spent a year in England trying to produce a television series about European images of America. She is slated to direct a 35mm short in Berlin this summer as part of a collaboration with the Potsdam-Babelsberg film school.

Lucy Winer
Receiving a BA with honors in English Literature and Theatre from SUNY at Stone Brook, Lucy pursued graduate studies in English at the University of Toronto and Cinema Studies at Richmond College, CUNY. In 1988 she was chosen as one of fifteen women working in film and television to participate in the American Film Institute’s newly reinstated program, The Directing Workshop for Women. She is now an adjunct lecturer in Film Studies and Production at Brooklyn College, CUNY; College of Staten Island CUNY, and Pratt Institute. Screening at film festivals around the world and on television in the U.S., England and Norway, her films include Tales of an Exhausted Woman (finalist, USA Film Festival), Rate It X (Red Ribbon, American Film Festival), Silent Pioneers (Emmy nomination for Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement; Gold Plaque, Chicago Film Festival; Best Documentary, Athens International Film Festival) and Greetings from Washington, D.C. (Outstanding Film of the Year, London Film Festival).

Geoffrey Hill
A psychotherapist practicing Jungian oriented analysis in Los Angeles, Hill is also a story, script and creativity consultant and a frequent lecturer on various film subjects. As a film analyst, he has written the first and only book-length study of film mythology, Illuminating Shadows: The Mythic Power of Film.

Awards, 1993

Originality, creativity, artistic quality and something undefined are what makes an award winning film.
All of the films entered at the HIFF are subject to the rigorous scrutiny of two levels of judging. The films must first pass the gauntlet of the prescreening class whose high standards and discriminating tastes allow only the best films to move on to the second tier. During the second round, the festival judges view and evaluate each film deciding which ones deserve
This year the Festival will be presenting the following awards:

The Giant Redwood
(for the best film of the Festival)
Best Narrative
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Non-Traditional Narrative
(Each of the above wins $100, additional prizes at the judges’ discretion)
The Banana Slug Award for
Surrealist Film
($100 Donated by Romano Robertisini)
Judges’ Choice Honorable Mentions

Humboldt International Film Festival

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

April 6th – 11th 1992

Judges, 1992

Peter Sempel – “I started making film s(1981) because of the music I love … (Especially classic Neubauten & Cave) and dance.  It’s just fascinating to make ideas & pictures in one’s head visible on a big screen”

Dean Snider – RULE #1: Your mother didn’t make you a luck-up, YOU DID! Stop blaming her!
RULE# 2: All other events are built on this concept!
Axiom A.: Be kind to your art. It Is your friend, sometimes your only friend. Like a friend even more than a lover, be faithful to your art. You may have a girl friend who doesn’t care how drunk you get and will still drag what-there-ls-left-of-you home, even when a showdown comes. Not the little showdowns: like why you couldn’t go to her office party, because you had this new film, and anyway you wouldn’t like the people there (they WORK for a living); NO, I mean the BIG showdown, where the rubber meets the road. THEN, when you’re In WAY over your head with the MAN, BIG MR. D., the old dude with the scythe; you’ll find out what sustains you. ART will save you, you THINK, as you fall Into a serious state of unconsciousness; not the kind, where you wake up In a pool of puke on the hall carpet with rug burns on your Ups. No, I mean the kind of serious unconsciousness where the only thing different between you and gravity is that gravity doesn’t pee in its pants. You thought your art would save you.Was the satori revealed In your last film going to get the landlord to unlock your apartment door. Or was ii your standing in the Art Community that was going to get you on your feet and off to the Emergency Room. You may be driven by your art, but right now, what you need Is an ambulance. II Isn’t art, but your girlfriend (lover, mate. etc.) that will save you In the end. This is not the end that has !lash forwards to the scene of your l􀁅st Farewell-party-furneral .The old guys from the Musicians Union, with while hats and hangovers, aren’t playing, NOW! This is not the happy ending of some movie. This is the REAL IT, the it where even Charles Bukowski is so scared he calls for his mommy, knowing his art isn’t going to save him. Your girlfriend will save you. She will find you in you. even though you are only able to think about bananas, and wishing that the next time you re-surface from unconsciousness, you might be able to see something besides your nose flattening; scabs already starting to form from 48 hours of uninterrupted contact with the bedroom floor. She will call for the brightly Iii ride to the hospital. She’ll be standing there in Intensive Care the next day when you find yourself lying on a starched white bed. tubes stuck into you everywhere, including your dick. She will save you, and you will think what a terrific movie this will make!
FINAL PARADYGM: Don’t blame Mom. she has already been someone’s savior

Finalists, 1992

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up Award
The Square Root of Negative Three by Francois Miron
16mm Experimental 7min

Best Narrative
What Have We Done by Anthony E. Nicholas
16mm Narrative 30min

Maya Deren Award
Melissa’s Lullaby by Karry R. Fefer
16mm Experimental 12min30sec

Jonas Mekas Award
Paradise Is by Tony Pemberton
16mm Experimental 18min30sec

Alpha Cine Award
A Psychopath’s Impressions by Yun-Ning Huang
16mm Narrative 9min

Truth Award
The Apocryphal History of Meat Part IV: Brotherhood of Meat by Shane McNeil
16mm Other 29min

Best Experimental
Great Things Are Happening by Kevin Cunningham
16mm Experimental 3min

Best Documentary
The Cleansing Machine by Patricia Baum
16mm Documentary 18Min

Kenneth Anger Award
The Wild Winds by Steve Simpson
Super8 Narrative 8min30sec

Best Animation
Oga The Chameleon by Michael W. Johnson
16mm Animation 5 Min

Prurient Interest Award
A Hero Lost in the Red Wood by Sebastian Dellers
35mm Experimental/Animation 5min

Pavlov’s Dog Award
Victor by James Mangold
35mm Experimental/Narrative 28min

Tiffen Filter Awards
Paradise Is by Tony Pemberton
The House of Science: Museum of False Facts by Lynne Sachs
Hey Come Back Here by Matthew Ross

Honorable Mentions
Mother Tongue by Irina Leimbacher
Oral Hygiene by David Fain
Earl by Matthew Buzzell

24th Humboldt International Film and Video Festival

April 8-13, 1991

Awards, 1991

  • Jonas Mekas diary award
  • Best 16 mm 100′ Film
  • Cinematic disobedience award#

$3000 in cash and prizes.

Judges, 1991

Deborah Fort

An Independent Filmmaker for ten years, has been teaching film production and history at Humboldt State University for six years (84-90).  She received a Jerome Foundation Grant for her work in film installation and has exhibited her films and installations throughout the country and in Europe.  The film, “Mort’s Court,” co-produced with the Humboldt county Victim Witness Association for children going into the court system, is being used by Victim Witness programs throughout the country.  Deborah has worked as camera operator and sound recordist on independent film projects, as well as producing and directing her own films.  Deborah received her MFA in Filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she also worked as technical advisor to students and faculty.

This year, Deborah is a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz teaching Films, Video and Audio Production.  In the summer of 1990, Deborah was selected to participate in the National Endowment Summer Seminar for College Teachers, “Autobiographical Form in Film and Video.”

Bill Nichols

Bill Nichols has published extensively on issues in film and contemporary culture.  His two volumes of the anthology Movies and Methods helped define the field of film studies in the university.  His books on Newsreel: Documentary Filmmaking on the American Left and Ideology and the Image dealt extensively with issues of documentary film theory and practice.  He has lectured widely in the United States as well as in Australia, Canada, China, Great Britain, Finland, Malaysia, the Soviet Union and Sweden.  In addition to his writing, Bill Nichols also reviews contemporary films for KUSP, a National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Cruz, California.

Tom Thonson

Studied Film/Theater Arts, Humboldt State University 10/72-12/75.  Live in Los Angeles.  Have worked in the FIlm Industry since 1978.  I am currently working as a Writer.  An original feature screenplay of mine will go into production — May, 1991.  Member of the Writer’s Guild and the Director’s Guild.

23rd Annual Humboldt Film & Video Festival

April 2-7, 1990


The Humboldt Film and Video Festival, the oldest student run film festival In the United States, seeks to provide a forum for the presentation of personal expression through the use of film and video. The festival, open to all student and Independent film and video artists, Includes a series of lectures, workshops and film screenings. Artists, students and the public converge to view and discuss some of the most Innovative and exciting contemporary work In the media arts. The festival seeks work by Independents which reflect the complexity of their personal vision, skill and In­volvement In the medium of film and video.

Awards and Prizes

S3,000 total, Including cash prizes and professional ser­vices awarded at the discretion of the Judges. Special award categories Include young filmmaker (under age 18), social and/or environmental awareness, and the Salvador Dall Memorial Award for the best In surrealistic film.
The Humboldt FIlm and Video Festival Is presented by the Theatre Arts Department and Associated Students of Humboldt State University.
Festival Directors: Vincent Ray Booth, Heather I. Denton and Stephanie Welch

Judges, 1990

Jan Krawitz

Independent director and producer of documentary films. Associate Professor In the Department of Communication at Stanford University. M.F.A. In film from Temple University, B.A. In film and photography from Cornell University. Films Include “Drive-In Blues,” “Cotten Candy and Elephant Stuff” and “Little People,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award In 1985.
Mark Freeman

Independent maker of documentary films. Founder and director of Fine Line Productions. M.F.A. and B.F.A. In film from San Francisco Art Institute. Films Include “Mad River,” “Nuclear Newsreel” and “The Yidishe Gauchos.”
Ted Lyman

Independent experimental filmmaker. Assis­tant Professor of Art at University of Vermont. M.F.A. from University of California at San Diego In Visual Art, B.F.A. from Harvard University In Visual and Environmen­tal Studies. Films Include “Testament of the Rabbit” (screened at the 1989 festlval), “Fla.Me.” and “Mansacts.”

22nd Annual Humboldt FIlm Festival

April 2-8, 1989

Co-Directors, 1989

Sandra Van Den Brink

Adrien Hart

Steven Matts

Judges, 1989

Jo Ann Gillerman
Independent Media Artist working in Video, Computer Graphics and Performance. Associate Professor at California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, Ca .. President and founder of Viper Optics, a media arts company in the Day Area. M.F.A. in Video and Painting from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Lourdes Portillo
Independent film maker. Board of Directors for the Film Arts Foundation, Board of Directors for the A.I.V.S., Member of the Screen Writers Guild. M.F.A. from San Francisco Arts Institute. Co-director of Oscar Nominee Las Madres.

Chris Simon
Independent film maker. currently working as Production Manager at Flower Films. Grant-writer and lecturer. M.A. in Folklore and Myth from U.C.L.A. Combines her formal education and extensive production experiencein her filmmaking.

The 21st year is missing some information.  If you think you have history from this year, email us at filmfest@humboldt.edu.

Humboldt State University

21st Annual Film & Video Festival

March 14 – 19, 1988

Calendar of Events, 1988

March 12 – Judges Campagne Reception at Hotel Arcata

March 14 – Workshop and Public Screening at Gist Hall Theater

March 15 – Workshop and Public Screening at Gist Hall Theatre

March 16 – Workshop and Public Screening at Gist Hall Theatre

March 17 – Public Screening at Gist Hall Theatre (Specialty Night)

March 18 – Best of the Fest/Judges Choice Public Screening at Gist Hall Theatre

March 19 – Best of the Fest/People’s Choice Public Screening at Gist Hall Theatre

Visiting Artists, 1988

Jeanne Finley

Lynn Kirby

Ray Day

Ann Sargent Wooster

20th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 6-11, 1987

Crew Members, 1987

Coordinators: Bonnie Barnes, Miriam Labes, Michael Fox

Faculty Advisors: Deborah Fort and Ann Skinner-Jones

Judges, 1987

Charles Lyman is an independent filmmaker with his own production company and instructor of film at the University of Southern Florida, Tampa. He has produced, directed and edited over 28 documentary films as well as 13 short art films including a series with specific emphasis on space, time and design, the most recent is the Emmy Award winning series, “Fantasy of Florida”.

Pat Oleszko is a performance artist and filmmaker from New York City. She integrates her world view with satire, outrageous costumes, humor, projected slides and films. She has performed at the Museum of Modern Art and events such as the Annual Easter Parade in New York.

Peter Rose is an independent filmmaker and instructor of film at Philadelphia College of Art. He uses language, voice, text and multiple imagery to convey a comical yet philosophical look at life. His works have been shown extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

19th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

May 5-10, 1986

Crew Members, 1986

Coordinators: Suzanne Blais and Pilar “Anarca” Rodriguez

Faculty Advisor: Ann Skinner-Jones

Poster Design: Bernice Kagan

Film Installations: Deborah Fort

Library Case: Anne Mendelson

Judges, 1986

Christine Choy
Born in Shangai, of a Russian woman and a Korean man, Christine’s personal background is as important as her work on film.  She lived in China for twelve years and then in South Korea until she got a scholarship to study in the United States (1965).

After two years she began to be aware that art was the area she wanted to get into, but because of economic considerations, she went into architecture.  In late ’68 she applied to Washington University where she first got introduced to filmmaking.  She had been hired to translate Leonard Henry’s solar energy’s theories into three dimensional designs both on acetate and in small model form.  Then students made a film, animating it.  She watched the whole process and became fascinated; however, she felt that filmmaking was only for rich kids.

She finally decided to make documentary films after seeing “Seventeen Parallel” by Joris Iven.  In 1971 she joined Newsreel (she was the first non-white in the entire group).  Newsreel was one of the ’60s radical organizations; it produced films every week.  They developed camera originals and showed them in the community to provide an alternative viewpoint on the Vietnam war, minority issues, civil rights, etc.  By 1974, all white people had led out of the group.  And Christine Choy became one of the founders of Third World Newsreel.

Her Films include: Adopted Son: the Murder of Vincent Chin 1985, Namibia Independence Now! 1984-5, Mississippi Triangle 1982, Bitter Sweet Survival 1981, To Love, Honor and Obey… 1980, Inside Women Inside 1978.


Michael Rudnick
He lives in San Francisco and since 1971 has produced. 27 films, which have been screened at more than 70 theatres, museums, festivals and universities, and on television in the United States and Internationally. He has been honored with 20 awards, including the James D. Phelan Award in Art (1982), the first such award ever given to a filmmaker; the S.E.C.A. Award (1984) from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. 1973, 1978 and 1983. (He juried the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1985).

He’s had several one man shows and his films have been
included in numerous group shows and reviewed in such
publications as New York Times, American Film Magazine, and Artweek.  From 1982 to 184 Michael was a visiting lecturer on Film and the Art Department of the University of California, Davis.

He was elected to the Board of Directors: of the Canyon Cinema Cooperative and was codirector of the Filmmakers Festival in 1983. He is an organizer and current administrator of the No Nothing Cinema, a theatre showcasing independent films in San Francisco. Recently, he’s been awarded with the NEA -Rockefeller Foundation Interdisciplinary Arts Grant 1986.

Some of his films include: Beam Drop 1985, A Tooth Film for Ruby 1985, Portico 1984, Non Legato 1984, You Won You Lost 1984, Wazoo Oiseau 1983, Panorama 1982, The Compound 1981, Microseries 1-5 1977-78, You Are Christine Dietrich 1977, Coming Attraction 1971.


Guest Artist, 1986

Lucy Ostrander
She is a documentary producer and director based in Seattle, Washington.  Her recent film Witness to Revolution, a half hour film on the life of the American journalist Anna Louise Strong, served as her Master’s thesis at Stanford University; this film won a student Academy Award, a Nissan Focus Award and has been awarded a Cine Gold Eagle.  For the production of this film.  Ms. Ostrander traveled to Beijing, being the first American student to be invited to work with the China Film Co-Production Corporation.

Lucy Ostrander will show Witness to Revolution and her most recent work: East of Occidental: The History of Seattle’s Chinatown.

The 18th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

May 6-10, 1985

Crew Members, 1985

Coordinators: Amy Jennings, Jack Lucido, Kelly Roach

Technical Director: Michael Brown

Faculty Advisor: Deborah Fort

House Manager: Joel Shaw

Graphic Design: Riley Quarles

Advertising/Publicity: Logan Herbert and Ann Blumenstein

Projection & Production: Rob, Mack, Phil Cummins, Cheryl Pauling, Pilar Rodriqez, Brian Lewis, Lisa Woodward, Kelly Green, Logan Herbert, Martin Schmidt, Anne Blumenstein, Karen Christensen, Peter Kral, Arlene Garfield

Judges, 1985

Karen Barbour is a freelance artist living in New York City.  Karen works with graphic arts and film animation.  She has sold her work to national magazines and television.

Warren Bass is an independent filmmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Warren’s work ranges from documentary to narrative films.  He teaches cinema at Temple University.

George Manupelli teaches cinema at York University in Toronto.  He is the founder of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.  George is an independent filmmaker and is active in an artists’ collective which sends art supplies to Nicaragua.


Guest Artist, 1985

Peter Rose
The 18th Annual Humboldt Film Festival is pleased to present Peter Rose as a special guest.  Mr. Rose is an acclaimed contemporary filmmaker.  His work deals with vision itself and often employs multiple images.

Winners, 1985

Romano Robertsini Banana Slug Award for Best Surrealism:

“The Water Sluice Valve for the Spraying of the Ball Tank is in the Heat Centre” by Sebastian Dellers


Cash Awards:

“Waterbone” by Don Briggs

“Metal Dogs of India” by Chel White

“Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone” by Daw Ming Lee

“Secret Agent” by Daniel Keller and Jackie Ochs

“Phosphene” by John Burns

“Next” by Knut Wilhelm

“Plato’s Cave” by Christopher Coppola

“Broken Patterns” by David Emerson

“Fallen Dreams” by Lynn Wegenka

“Imbroglio” by Michael Brown

“Today’s Big News” by Phil Cummins


Honorable Mentions:

“Man Made” by Byrd Nappa

“Retreat” by Anthoni Cicardi

“XSPACE” by Ye Sook Rhee

“4681” by Tim Blaskovich

“Observational Hazard” by William Kopp

Finalists, 1985

Windflight – Ron and Bob Condon

Manmade – Robert Byrd Nappa

Plato’s Cave – Christopher Coppola

Carcus Caucus – Ira Latour

Animalation – Mike Brown

Retreat – Anthony Ricardi

Toll Call – Mike Newman and Tim Glavin

Metal Dogs of India – Chel White

The Car of Your Dreams – Bob Rogers

Broken Patterns – David Emerson

Writ in Sand: The Art of Luther A. Douglas – Vicki Douglas

Nylons in Nihlon – Joel Shaw

Ragged Edge – Eric Lau

Waterborne – Don Briggs

Next – Knut Wilhelm

The Secret Agent – Daniel Keller and Jockie Ochs

Today’s Big News – Phil Cummins

The Water Sluice Valve for the Spraying of the Ball Tank is in the Heat Center – Sebastian Dellers

Why’d the Beetle Cross the Road – Jan Skrenty

Microfilm – Tom Bessoir

No Title – Marion Swartz

Mr. Gloom – William G. Kopp

On A Field of Ice – Randall Hurlbut

A Day in the Life of a Mosquito – John Schnall

Quest – Saul and Elaine Bass

Phosphene – John Burns

Kiss the Animals Goodbye – Erik Friedl

The Darta Ray – Robert Anderson

4681 – Tim Blaskovich

On Sunday – Jeanne Badman

Kid Gloves – Vince DiPersio

Fallen Dreams – Lynn Wegenka

The Masterpiece – David Dechant

Class – Michael Kinbert

I Want to be Like You – Ellen Woodbury

Xspace – Ye Sook Rhee

The World of Theodore Wores – Ira Latour

Rats with Wings – Lorna Wiley Anderson

Clair De Lune – Dan Woodard

Observation Hazard – William G. Kopp

Higher Law – Francisco Moreno

Imbroglio – Michael Brown

Up – Mike Hoover

The 17th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

May 7-12, 1984

Crew Members, 1984

Coordinators: Michael Brown, Suzanne Newman-Dockter

Technical Direction: Holly Thomas

Technical Crew: Hillary Whitaker Mark Hopkins

Graphic Design: Suzanne Newman-Dockter, Doug Laursen

Advertising and Publicity: Doris McCarthy, Michael Ross, Karla Knorr, Logan Herbert, Braden Aro

House Management: Joel Shaw

Festival Host: John Burns, Joel Shaw

Faculty Advisor: John Heckel

Judges, 1984

Edmund Penney
Writer-director Edmund Penney has garnered over fifty international film awards and honors.  His filmmaking range is diverse, going from ten-second commercials to feature-length theatrical and documentary films including his work on Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (as one of five writers) and his own documentary production Walls of Fire (featuring Mexico’s revolutionary artists Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueriros) which won a Golden Globe, Hollywood Press Award, and an Oscar nomination as well.

Mercedes Alberti
As co-producer, script supervisor, and casting director, Miss Alberti works behind the scenes with husband Edmund Penny on his productions as well as productions for Epcot/Disney.  The former Miss South America also teaches drama at the Cub Theatre in Hollywood, presenting original plays.

Don Lloyd
This makes Don’s fourth visit to Humboldt County.  His past workshops on sound, composing, and in filmmaking have been of immense value to many Humboldt State University film students.  Having been Chair of the Film Program at the San Francisco Art Institute and on the Board of Directors of Canyon Cinema Co-Op, plus his own numerous prize-winning films, make Don an extremely qualified judge of American independent films.


Guest Artist, 1984

Jeremy Paul Kagen
Beginning as one of the first interns at the American Film Institute, Mr. Kagen’s career as a director includes such feature films as The Chosen, starring Rod Steiger and Robby Benson (which won the 1981 Montreal Grand Prize), The Sting II, The Big Fix, and Heros, starring Henry Winkler and Sally Field.  Other credits include Movie of the Week, My Dad Lives In A Downtown Hotel, which won an Emmy nomination and No More Mondays, an animated experimental film.

Finalists, 1984

Liveline – Ellen Woodbury

Dreaming – Jeffery H. Stroud

Machine Story – Doug Miller

In the Nuclear Shadow: What the Children Tell Us? – Vivienne Verdon-Roe, Eric Thierman & Ian Thierman

The Rolling Stones – Karl Kogstad

The Humane Society – Gabrielle Liuzzi

Along the Way – Michael Wallin

Sewing Woman – Arthur Dong

Hand and Face – Sal Giammono

Sold America – Richard S. Boehm

Waiting for the Big One – Joshua Stein

X-ray – John Foster

Redux – Rupert A. Nadeau

Yours for the Taking – Karen Aqua & Jeanee Redmond

Place for Emergence – Paul Brekke

Herman and Luigi – Erich Seilbert

Quest – Saul and Elaine Bass

My Second Wife – Douglas Sandberg

What About the Russians? – Vivienne Verdon-Roe, Eric Thiermann and Ian Thiermann

Olympics/Los Angeles 1984 – Geoffrey Schroder

A Second Chance – Daniel Sarokin

The Big Red Auk – James Irwin

In the House of Nathaniel Beck – Thierry Varrier

Wing Haven: A Gift to the City – George H. Van Allen

Happy Hour – Brett Koth

IRT #2 – Allison Reuling

View from the Underground – Richard Sabatte

The Place Beneath – Guy Guillet

Cocaine Blues: The Myth and Reality – Malcolm Barbour and John Langeley

A Curtain of White – Christine Loizeau

The Pact – Randi D. Colgert

Somethings Happened Here – Jason Matlin

The Man Who Could Not See Far Enough – Peter Rose

Coup D’Oeil – David Lewison

Godzilla Meets Mona Lisa – Ralph Arlyck

Cabium – Michael Emery

My Place – Tony Shiff

Starlore – Faith Hubley

Epilogue – Victor David Fridman

Industrial Park – Chel White

Witness – Deirdre Fishel

Half Moon Bay – Jason Matlin

A Rose for Emily – Lyndon Chubbuck

Follies: An Introduction to Don Quixote – Michael Long

Jude – Drew Klausner

Gotcha Covered – Russell Mills

Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff – Jan Krawitz and Thomas Ott

Bronze – Rayond DiCarlo

Speaking of Harvey – Erik Friedel

Java Junkie – Tom Schiller

Ichthyophagous – Fran Shamburg, Mike Barth, Holly Thomas, & Jack Lucido

Want – Brian Davis

A Year in the Making  Gary Hutzel/Tom Matthens

16th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 4-9, 1983

P.O.V.: Persistence of Vision

Crew Members, 1983

Coordinators: Raymond V. DiCarlo, David L. Russell

Technical Direction: Michael Barth

Technical Crew: Jon Ashe, Arlene Garfield, Lisa Milsteir, Fran Shamburg

Advertising: M. Braver, Russell Simms, Rick Siegfried, Galen Young

Publicity: Tom Johnson, Randy Littlejohn

Graphic Artists: Pat Cudahy, Doug Laursen

House Management: Jack Lucido, Steve Korobkin

Festival Hosts: Donna Tromborg, Patrick Tromborg

Faculty Advisor: George Cozyris

Judges, 1983

June Foray
is Hollywood’s most prolific Specialist in recording voices and sound effects for television, films and albums.  She presently teaches classes at USC, and serves on the Board of Motion Picture Academy.

Will Hindle
is an independent filmmaker who has been teaching at the University of South Florida since 1972.  The Mid-Atlantic Region Media Center has called Hindle “the most consummate artist-technician working in film today.”

Ben Shedd
A USC professor and an Academy Award-Winning documentary filmmaker.  The film “The Flight of the Gossamer Condor,” which he wrote, directed and edited, won the prestigious award in 1978.

Guest Artist, 1983

Nina Foch
is an actress and teacher whose film credits include an Oscar nomination.  She has worked with directors such as Cecil B. De Mille and Stanley Kubrick.  Ms. Foch will spend a couple days with us conducting film acting workshops.  Her visit is being sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Visiting Artists Program.

A New Tradition:

The Romano Robertsini Banana Slug Award for Surrealism — A new award to be presented annually for meritorious achievement in surrealism.  Sponsored by Humboldt County resident John Robertson.

Finalists, 1983

Animus – Gary Schwartz

Ballet Robotique – Bob Rogers

Terminal Fun – Paul Holahan

Across the Border – Dana Rays

Jonah has a Rainbow – Ron Taylor

P.M. – Jan Krawitz

Temp d’escrime – Fran Shamburg

Ernie & Rose – John Huckert & Mary Maruca

The Wrecker – Tony Miskesell & Terry Hagar

The Great Cognito – Will Vinton

The Tree – John Poll & Mark Kaplan

Nun Fu – Karl Schaffer

Distant Traveler – David Rathod

Cinetract: Emotional Fascism – Thomas Colby

StripsFilm – Kon Petrochuk

Moonchild – Anne Malsepeace

Currents Caprice – Steve Eagle

No Bag Limit – Andrew Vial

After Three Letters – Mitchell Lock

Squaring the Circle – Michael Emery

Allegro Con Brio – John O. Allen

Fishheads – Bill Paxton

First Ascent – Bob Carmichael & Greg Lowe

The Snowfield – Theron Yeager

Tummy Vision – Mark Mendal

Tom Kern Rents Cars – Michael Krewer

Circles – Gary Murarami

Public – Arthur Dong

Morning After – Cort Tramontir

Renewable Renaissance – Richard N. King

Deutschland Spiegle – S. Cousin

Dreamer – Paul Lawrence

I’d Rather be in Paris – Domenic Angerame

Hollywood Halloween – John Poll

Alice Out Alice In – Ray Day

39, Single & Pregnant – Christine Wynne

The Intruder – Jose Monroe

Trifles – Sandra L. Nervig

Portrait of a Woman with Tomatoes – Julie Zammarchi

Half-Life – Robert Newman

Mad River – Fine Line Productions

Loving Makes You Lovely – Karen Winner

P.M. – John Krawitz

Grow in Peace – Ron Taylor

I.D.N.O. – James Irwin

Winterform – Richard A. Johnson

A Hard Passage – Dennis Pies

On the Corner – Chuck Hudina

15th Annual Humboldt State Film Festival

May 11-16, 1982

Crew Members, 1982

Coordinators: Fran Shamburg, Lynn Wegenka

House Management: David Ospenson, Brenda Pokras

Technical Direction: Jonathan Ashe, David Knopf

Advertising: Joanna Goff, Sheri Kirkland, Laura Wagner

Master of Ceremonies: Tom Austin

Publicity: Bob McLaughlin, Michael Peters

Graphic Artist: Cathy Wagner

Projection: Don Donato, Valerie Davidson, Ray DiCarlo, Robert Doran, Bob Graves, Bruce Ogata, David Russell, Galen Young

Faculty Advisors: Ray Day, John Heckel

Crew Members, 1982

Coordinators: Fran Shamburg, Lynn Wegenka

House Management: David Ospenson, Brenda Pokras

Technical Direction: Jonathan Ashe, David Knopf

Projection: Don Bonato, Valerie Davidson, Ray DiCarlo, Robert Doran, Bob Graves, Bruce Ogata, David Russell, Galen Young

Advertising: Joanna Goff, Sheri Kirkland, Laura Wagner

Publicity: Bob McLaughlin, Michael Peters

Graphic Artist: Cathy Wagner

Master of Ceremonies: Tom Austin

Faculty Advisors: Ray Day, John Heckel

Judges, 1982

Anna Thomas
Independent filmmaker, Writer, Director, Producer of “The Haunting of M.” which is her first feature.  She is also the author of the cookbook, “The Vegetarian Epicure.”

Greg Nava
Independent filmmaker, Cinematographer of “The Haunting of M.”, Director, Writer, “The Confessions of Amans”, his first feature which won the Silver Hugo Award for Best First Feature at the Chicago International Film Festival, 1976.

Dorothy Tristan
Actress for film, television, and theatre.  Credits include the lead in Fear of Trial, End of the Road with Stacy Keach, the Theatre version of Streetcar Named Desire with Jon Voight and parts of Klute and Swashbucker.

John Honcock
Musician, theatre director, Hollywood director of Bang the Drum Slowly, California Dreaming, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death.

Special Guest: Marc Huestis
Independent filmmaker, Writer, Director of “Whatever Happened to Susan Jane?”.   This is the first feature of this Award winning San Francisco filmmaker.

14th Humboldt Film Festival

April 27 – May 3, 1981

Crew Members, 1981

Coordinators: Steven Jones, Lynn Wegenka, Philip Middlemiss

Technical Direction: Gary Bryan

Production Management: Fran Shamburg

Projection: Ray Day, Ray DiCarlo, Robert Doran, Glen Eichenblatt, Lisa Milstein, Michael Peters

House: Don Bonato, Chris Chapman, Roz Delligatti, Arlene Garfield, Lake Hollingsworth, James Lindeman, Carrie Namson, Ross Palmer, Liz Sain, Barrett Meyers

Lighting: Steven Jones, Norm Spencer

Festival Commercial: Philip Middlemiss

Publicity: Valerie Davidson

Judges, 1981

Barbara Linkevitch is a young Director and Writer now living in Los Angeles.  As a dedicated experimental filmmaker her short films have won over 70 awards in festivals around the world.  Barbara, in collaboration with Carol Eisenrauch, has formed her own production company, Starbright Productions.  Recent projects include pre-production work for her first feature “Night Limits.”  Linkevitch’s work in the Festival includes “Though Dreams” 1972, “Traces 1973, “Silverpoint” 1974, and “Chinamoon” 1975.

Judy Irola brings to the festival a wealth of film experience which includes television, production groups and collectives.  Her features, documentaries and short films reflect a concern for social and political issues.  As a Cinematographer Judy has gained wide recognition for her work which includes “Northern Lights” 1978 winner of the CAMERA D’or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.  Screenings of Irola’s films in the festival include “Northern Lights” 1978, “Steppin” 1980, “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker” 1979, and three shorts from “Saturday Night Live”.

Robert Elfstrom, with over 80 films to his credit, including work in features, short films and documentaries, this Producer/Director and Cinematographer brings to the festival the perspective of an established professional.  Elfstrom’s work includes: for ABC “Mysteries of the Deep”, the NBC “Life Line” series and “The Tall Ships” for PBS.  He has received several EMMY awards and Academy Award nominations.  Elfstrom’s work in the Fest includes: “My Father the Circus King”, a prime time special for NBC, and a one hour documentary from the NBC “Life Line” series.

The 13th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 1-5, 1980

Encore: April 6, 11, 12

Coordinators, 1980

Michael Elliot, Philip Middlemiss, Steven Jones

Advisor: Doug Cox

Judges, 1980

Walter Murch
Editor and sound designer.  This year Murch has received two Academy Award nominations for his work on “Apocalypse Now.”  Other fine work includes: “The Conversation,” “Julia,” and “The Godfather.”

Ralph Rosenblum
Editor, Director.  As an editor, Rosenblum collaborated with Woody Allen for over ten years.  This includes work on “Annie Hall”  and “Interiors.”  Recently he directed an episode of the PBS “American Short Story,” entitled “The Greatest Man on Earth.”

Ronald Chase
San Francisco artist and independent filmmaker, his short films have won awards at National International Festivals.  Chase will bring two highly acclaimed feature films, “Lulu” and “Bruges-La-Morte.”

Finalists, 1980

Survival Run – Joanquin Pardo

Sky Dance – Faith Hubley

Anya At 5 – Jean de Segonzac & Marian Marzynski

Pilgrims from New York – Karen Horn

$20.01: A Chinese Food Odyssey – Gary Weimberg

The Tunnel – Larry Klingman

Sky Dive – Carl Boenish

C.C. Beam Goes for a Walk – Lynn Kirby & Don Lloyd

Midwife – Michael Anderson

Eduardo the Healer – Richard Cowan

Strivin’ & Survivin’ – Spencer Moon

Wavelines II – Reynold Weidenaar

Why Me? – Derek Lamb & Janet Perlman

The Work of Love – A.M. Sullivan

Oh Brother, My Brother – Ross Lowell

The Season – Don MacDonald

Save the Planet – Green Mountain Post Films

Performance – Gary Murakami

Kick Me – Robert Swarthe

Little Red Riding Hood: A Balinese-Oregon Adaptation – Portland State

Sydney’s Asian Film Festival – Andrew Vial

Malfunction – Film & TV Institute of India

Sky Dive! – Carl Boenish

Born for Hard Luck: Peg Leg Sam Jackson – Tom Davenport

History of Photography – Geoffrey de Valois

Let off Steam & Work Like Heck – John Braukis

Blind Curves – Steven Haberman

Torture – James Strong

Hospitals Don’t Burn Down – Brian Trenchard

Implosions-Part I & II The Final Version – Bill Knowlard

Egyptology – Brian Patrick

In the Year of the Child – Film & TV Institute of India

The 12th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 3-9, 1979

The 11th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 6-9, 1978

Festival Organizer, 1978

Dan Dagnes

Finalists, 1978

299 Foxtrot – S. Martin Shelton

Turnabout – Richard Haverinen

Notes on the Popular Arts – Saul Bass

Sea in the Clouds – A Chronicle of Lake Tahoe – David Phillips

The Mouth that Roared – Douglas Sandberg

The Preparatory – Terence Cahalan

Á Toute Bêtise – Edward Jones

Dark Clouds Over the Lake Lone Birds Flies Through the Rain – Corwin Fergus

A Sports Suite – Mike O’Connell & Rick Harper

Judges, 1978

Frank Capra
The Director of Academy Award winners such as “It Happened One Night,” “Mr. Deed Goes to Town,” and “You Can’t Take it With You,” Capra will divide his time between films presentations and student-directing workshops at HSU.  Two of Capra’s Films — “Lost Horizon” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” — Will be shown at the Minor Theatre in Arcata on April 7 and 8, to complement the director’s visit.  And, according to festival organizers, there will be a special tribute to Capra the first evening of the festival.

Marcia Lucas
The wife of film director George Lucas has to her credit the editing of “American Graffiti,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Taxi Driver,” and “New York, New York.”  Her Work on “Star Wars” has earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Les Blanc
Blanc is well-known by cinema fans for his documentaries which use America’s regional music to capture what San Francisco columnist Joel Selvin recently called “a piece of vanishing America — regional culture untouched by the global village.”   Blank’s films have rendered the New Orleans Mardi Gras (“Always for Pleasure”  — which will be shown at Cannes this May), the blues  (“The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins,”  “Hot Pepper”) and rural Cajun culture (“A Well Spent Life” and “Dry Wood”)

Don Lloyd
Lloyd who specialized in soundtrack composition, is returning for a fourth time to the festival.

10th Annual Humboldt Film Festival

April 28-30, 1977


Director: James Breen

Assistant: Patricia Spillane

Publicity: William Johnson

Program Designer: Holly Hosterman


House Staff & Pre-Screening Committee: William Councelman, Russell Bekins, Robert Doran, Margi Goldberg, Allison Block, D.O. Dagnes, Kim Battles, Holly Hosterman, Patricia Spillane, Richard Jett, Rob Ridenhour

Winners, 1977

The Stagecoach Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore

Keinbahn – Lyn Gerry

Roy Oby – Kip Krusen

Portrait – Paul Brekke

Poppin Flesh, Take One  – David Casci

The Puppeteer – Steve Kaire

33 Yo-Yo Tricks – P. White

The Cowboy – Thomas E. Schulman

Last Moments – Bob Levy

Okie-Dokie – Larry Sharp

Humboldt State University

9th Annual Film Festival

Director: James Breen

Film Festival Committee: Joanus Otis, Andrew Avalos, John Braukis, Adrienne Brown, Dan Dagnes, Richard Glickman, Richard Jett, Robert Kaylor, Bob LEvy, Michael Porte, Amanda Ramsey, Pat Spillane

Projectionist: Glenn Micallef

Winners, 1976

Freude’s Comments on Independent Films.

Screentest – “A witty, original collage film looking at a little seen world.” ($100)

American Shoeshine – “A well done document of a dignified and dying art: shoeshining. Joyful and poignant.” ($50)

Woman to Woman – “A loosely structured historical survey of women from WWI to the present. Inspiring.” ($50)

Gravel Springs Fife and Drum – “A short entertaining visit with a fife maker and player in the South.” ($25)

Inner City – “Stop grames time lapse photography expertly used to convey a deep emotional experience.” ($25)


Anthony Reveaux’s Comments on Student Films

Alderpoint – “Relatively compact and concise cutting frames a re-documentation of a painful event…a sort of All the Sherriff’s Hombres … with courage and craft.” ($100)

Going South – “Using the continuity and pacing of a 1950’s feature film, the story’s faltering structure successfully delivers the payload of the punch ending, launched by the pre-pubescent pearlescene of the young star’s performance.” ($50)

Luma Nocturna – “There are few films which can successfully capture a visual sense of touching the perceptual fringes of the cosmic forces of creation.  Pies does this with restrained subtlety and luminous depth of wonder.” ($25)

L.A. Backwater – “While this documentary doesn’t give a point-of-view of total objectivity, it does deliver a very satisfying sense of humor texture and the emotional space of the people within its center, and a bitter-sweet flavor of Utopia lost.” ($25)

Saturn Cycle– “The three parts of this optical exercise are too long, but they demonstrate a genuine strength of intelligent structural dialectics which explore the realms of perception and cinematic vision.” ($25)

No Breaks  – “It is often difficult to separate medium and event in a film like this where Ripley and Guiness loom larger than Ford and Goddard, but the camera manages to nimbly and succinctly capture the concept and avoid becoming another ingredient in the World’s LOngest Sandwich.” ($25)


Honarable Mention:

Eat the Sun

Starman in November

Moonmen from Detroit

Finalists, 1967

Wednesday, May 12

Light Tide – Jeffrey Noyes Scher

Like a Rose – Sally T. Barrett-Page

Coney – Frank Mouris & Caroline Ahlfors Mouris

Two Black Churches  – Bill Ferris

No Breaks – Dan Manson

Fickle Hill – Geoffrey deValois

Bye Bi – Osvaldo Zornizer

American Shoeshine – Sparky Greene

Saturn Cycle  – David Wilson

Our Little Munchkin Here – Lois Tupper

Eat the Sun  – Jim Cox


Thursday, May 13

L.A. Backwater – The Venice Canals – Rosenberg-Murphy-Spiller-Segal-Wing

Going South – Linda Temkin

Breath – Arthur Zipperer, Jr.

Night of Samhain – Richard Patton

Cologne – Rafael Elortegui

Luma Nocturna – Dennis Pies

The Great Arturo – Louis Kent

Screentest – Frank Mouris & Caroline Ahlfors Mouris

Re-Entry – Barbara E. Nelson

Green Valley Grandparents – Judy Reiser & Bill Ferris

Happy Birthday I’m Forty – Alida Walsh

Starman In November – Thomas Wallace


Friday, May 14

Walter – Jay Steinberg

Inner City – Gregg Schiffner

Moonmen From Detroit – James Sturgeon

Alderpoint– HSU Class Project

Celluloid Heroes – Geoffrey C. Clifford & Joseph A. Presson

Vote for Ira – Bruce Postman

River of Stars – Bruce Wood

Gravel Springs Fife and Drum – Bill Ferris

Thanksgiving – Clarden Johnson

Woman to Woman – Donna Deitch

Freude – is an independent filmmaker (Promise Her Anything But Give Her the Kitchen SinkShooting Star and Woman At Large) and independent film distributor (located in Berkeley: Serious Business Company).  She has just recently returned from serving as a judge at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Anthony Reveaux – is an instructor at SFSU in Film and has written film journalism for Film QuarterlyArt Week and the San Francisco Chronicle.  He was a consultant for The International Animation Festival (KQED) and is currently in preparation on two books: The Independent Film, with Sheldon Renan and The Art of the Animated Film.

8th Annual International Film Festival

May 8, 9, 10, 11


Pre-Screening Committee: George Goodrich, Lisa Obrian, James Breen, Jeffrey Matakovich, Jan Kraepelin, David Phillips, Lee Roberts, and Wendy Shepard

Projection Crews: Bob Torrance, Luis Flores, Bob Levi, Timeree McCormick, Richard Jett, and Lee Roberts

Posters: Steve Booth

Programs: Rick Burn

Thursday, 7:30 PM Showing

Flapperette – Caril Willat

Father – Stanley Salfas

Field of Honor (USC)

Marie – Geoffrey de Valois

Hookers– George Paul Csicsery

Why – Fred Szymanski

Roseblood – Sharon Couzin

An Exotic Live Act – Al Saxton


Thursday, 9:30 PM Showing

Black Orifice – Ross Albert

Bright Lites – Eric Anderson

Living Arragements – John Saffron

IIIrd Life – Rone Finne

Realworld – Brian Reisman

Cybernetic Legacy – Robert Norby

Same Difference – Al Wong

Reflections of Man (USC)

Hobart Millard – Edward Stabile


Carel Rowe – Member of the faculty of SFSU in film and video production and theory, an independent video tape and film maker.  Ms. Rowe is a contributing writing on Experimental Film for Film Quarterly.

Don Lloyd – Member of the Faculty of SF Art Institute, on the Board of Directors of Canyon Cinema, an independent film maker – Mr. Lloyd is specializing in optical printing techniques.

Ray Kril – Guest Lecturer in Documentary Film Production, HSU Film Department, Spring 1975, an independent documentary film make – Mr. Kril is the director of the Warner Brothers Summer Film Workshop to be held at HSU, Summer 1975.

The Seventh Annual Humboldt Student Film Festival

February 21-24, 1974

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Judges: Constance Peeson, Fred Padula, Mary Myers

Directors: John Heckel, Jim Johnson, Katheryn Camp, Lisa O’Brien

Publicity: Kathryn Camp, Larry Wolfe, Sharon McCormack, Jeff DeValois

Pre Screening Committee: Jim, Johnson, John Heckel, Jan Kraepelien, Alvin Tokunow, Lee Roberts, Kathryn Camp, Lisa O’Brien

Friday, Feb. 22, 1974

Deep Water – David McLaughlin

Flesh Flows – Adam Beckett

Grease – Chuck Hudina

Sausage City – Adam Beckett

Good Morning, John – John Eddington

Because it Changes – Brogan DePaor

Slow Gin Fizz – Mark Morris


Thursday, Feb. 21, 1974

Framelight – Rob Hahn

Gilgamesh – Vincent Collins

Climate of the Streets – Robert Achs & Michael Sweeney

First Man on the Sun – Adam Beckett

Heavy-Light – Adam Beckett

A Night at the Sunset – Paul Newell, Varo Kaykorian, Bob Coleman

Dark Planet– Sherrie Ferrell

Institutions and Change – Richard Towne

And I Don’t Mean Maybe – Mark Griffiths


Friday, Feb. 22, 1974

ZZZYZX – Paul M. Basta

Pescados Vivos – Susan June Felter

That’s Mom – Stuart Coe

Evolution of the Red Star – Adam Beckett

The Piano Lesson – University of Southern California

Musa Paradisiaca Sapientum – Steve Klocksiem

J. Roy / New and Used Furniture – Anthony Buba

High Finance – Amy Heckering

Prey – David Fullerton


Thursday, Feb. 21, 1974

B”Raesheet – John Teton

Lattice – Dan Wargo

Papa Oom – J. Wokuluk

Storm – Mark Stouffer

The Boxer – Bob Thurber

Good Times with the Jefferson Airplane at the Old Fillmore – Marston A. Schultz

Amusement Park/Composition and Decay – Robert Friedman and Grahame Weinbren

Boobs – Bruce Postman

The Wild Goose – Bruce Cronin

There is no history found for the 6th year.  If you think you might have information for this year, email us at filmfest@humboldt.edu.

5th Annual HSC Film Festival


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Judge: James Broughton

Festival Directors: Jan Kraepelien, Faison Jordan, Gordon Townsend

Pre Screening Committee: Jan Kraepelien, Jim Johnson, Gordon Townsend, Dick Rothrock, George Goodrich

Projection Operators: Terry Flint, Gordon Townsend, Jan Kraepelien

Assistants: Mike Gerell, Joan Kosich, Lee Roberts, Greg Kauffman

House Manager: John Marsh

Film Festival Finalists, 1972

Thursday Night

This Is It – James Broughton

The Whale – Ron Finne

Silver Turkey – Warren Haack

Star Bright – Jim Johnson

Flash – Lionel Martinez

Portrait – Donna Deitch

Fishes in Screaming Water – Pola Chapelle

A Blow – Carl Conversa

Serpent – Scott Bartlett

Fragments and 3 Narratives from Life – Jon Jost


Friday Night

William Davis Memorial Zoo – Jan Kraepelien

Meditation – Jordan Belson

One – Jim Johnson and Pat Corry

The Path – Clint Bergum

Salute – Ross Albert

Imagine Image – Josef Bogdanovich

People Near Here – Ron Finne

Putting the Babies Back – Neal White

I Don’t Know – Penelope Spheeris

War – Andrea Brown

Natural Habitat – Ralph Arlyck

To Her – John Mahony

Seashore – Pyramid Film


Saturday Night

Express – Augie Cinquegrana

Susannah’s Film – Jan Jost

Let’s Get It Over With

Interior with a View by Ken DeRoux

Tower – Darrell Forney

Star Spangled Banner – Roger Flint

Gospel Plow – Don Lloyd

Operatoritus – Joan Kasich

An Arkenstone Fantasy – Don Cambou

The Dispossessed – George Ballis

Act – John Gruenberger


Matinee Schedule

Saturday Afternoon

The Magician

Fall Creek

Standing Water


In Sun






This Land Our People

Porch Glider



Sunday Afternoon

Original Dream

Butcher’s Bread

The Last Chicken


Ann A Portrait


Yellow Ball Workshop

Too Late Man

My Other World

A Fable for Fleas

Tea for Two

The Ambassador from Lapland


Downtown Diametrics

4th Annual Collegiate Film Festival
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3rd Annual Humboldt State College Film Festival

April 30 – May 1, 1970

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Judges: James Broughton

Director: Don McKenzie

Team: Gordon Townsend, George Goodrich, Lois Goodrich, Thomas Dugan, Royal Holbrook, Jim Keeler


Film Festival Finalists, 1970

Snatchs – Vahgn Obern

Anima – Steve Howe

Pim & Emma Trueheart – Mike Little

The Fly – John Wesa

Columbus – Gordon Townsend

Run Away – Standish Lawder

Joy – Steven Foster

Hans in the Hold in the Wall – Gordon Townsend

The Harriers – Dave Phillips

No. 2880 – Don McKenzie & Tom Dugan

Airplane Glue I Love You – Howard Lester

The Purple Heart – Vaughn Obern

11 horses by Standish Lawder

Eddies Tennis Shoes – Jim Blashfield Jr.

Necrology – Standish Lawder

The Savages – Al Grog

Mother of Five – David McLauglin

2nd Annual Humboldt State College Film Festival

March 27-28, 1969

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Full Program

Directors: David Phillips, Donald McKenzie

Team: Rick Brazeau, Tom Dugan, Royal Holbrook, Louis D’Aria

Film Festival Finalist, 1969


Awakening Stacy Aspy

Forever Beaching Their Coracles – Jane Oliver

Auricuria – Peter Palmquist

Zelda – Robin Crump

The Most Vulnerable Union – David Phillips

Intrusion – Warren Haack

Ashes – Linda Wallace

Refraction- Michelle Bain, William Curtis

The End – Rej Rejayan

Monopoly – Robin Crump



Summer Institute – Humboldt State College

Roger Vogtman-Wireart – Benjamin Blake

Hey Mama – Vaughn Obern

A Kind of Magic – Donald McKenzie

Sean – Ralph Arlyck

Film Festival

April 19, 1968 – April 20, 1968

Sequoia Theater, Humboldt State College