Friday Harbor Film Festival this Fall

November 6 - 8, 2015- On San Juan Island, the third annual Friday Harbor Film Festival – Stories from the Pacific Rim & Beyond

FHFF carries forward the momentum of the past two years’ successes. In addition to award-winning documentary films and special events, Q & A periods with the filmmakers will enrich and engage participants. Five venues within easy walking distance of the ferry terminal present the opportunity to discover the historic waterfront town’s galleries, museums and shops without a car.

The 2015 lineup will offer more documentaries focusing on the Pacific Ocean and its Rim, with films about island cultures, marine ecology, environmental issues, great adventures and individuals who live and work near the world’s largest ocean. A sampling of the over 30 films includes: Chihuly Fire & Light, which follows the renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly as he conceives and creates an extraordinary exhibition of his works; winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Telluride Mountain Film Festival and Toronto’s HotDocs festival, Unbranded is a real-life adventure that makes the case for better land and wild horse management; and Dancing with Thoreau, a unique environmental film told from the perspective of a naturalist and organic farmer.

The second Andrew V. McLaglen Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the festival’s Opening Night Gala on Friday, November 6.

to actors Katharine Ross (who will be present to receive the award) and Sam Elliott, celebrating their outstanding careers in film and television.

November 14, 2015 – The 3rd-annual one-day Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Orcas Center features short films made by change makers that are rethinking how we inhabit our planet. This year’s short documentary films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling with the festival theme of “A Wild Life”. Hosted by Orcas Center and the San Juan Preservation Trust.