The 2017 Eastern Oregon Film Festival is gearing up to kick off October 19-21 in La Grande, OR and yesterday the full lineup of films was announced. There are a solid amount of great looking indies screening this year with a few highlights being Mike Ott‘s California Dreams, Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney‘s Sylvio, and Theo Anthony‘s Rat Film.
You can take a look at the full list of features below, and be sure to head over to the festival site at eofilmfest.com for additional screenings including the shorts lineup and for ticketing information.
American Utopias (dir. Maxime Pelletier-Huot)
A road trip across the United States documenting those who attempt to manifest utopia and all of its mythology.
Buzz One Four (dir. Matt McCormick)
Crashed planes, lost nuclear bombs, and an Air Force cover-up: a filmmaker unpacks the secret history of how his grandfather nearly blew-up the eastern seaboard.
California Dreams (dir. Mike Ott)
A journey into the hallucination of cinema.
Everything Beautiful Is Far Away (dir. Pete Ohs, Andrea Sisson)
A guy, a girl, and a robothead hike across a desert planet in search of a mythical lake.
Frank & Zed (dir. Jesse Blanchard)
*Unofficial / Work-in-Progress Screening*
Centuries ago, a desperate battle left a village wasted, a new bride dead, and two mortal enemies dependent on each other for survival. Frank & Zed is gore-filled puppet horror at its best.
The Force (dir. Peter Nicks)
An intimate glimpse inside an embattled urban police department struggling to rebuild trust in one of America’s most violent yet promising cities.
Let There Be Light (dir. Mila Aung-Thwin, Van Royko)
In the south of France, scientists from 37 countries are building the most complex machine ever attempted: an artificial sun. If they get it right, it will illuminate the way to produce clean, cheap, abundant energy for millions of years.
Love and Saucers (dir. Brad Abrahams)
The strange story of David Huggins, a 72 year-old Hoboken man who claims to have had a lifetime of encounters with otherworldly beings – including an interspecies romance with an extra-terrestrial woman (with whom he lost his virginity), and chronicled it all in surreal impressionist paintings.
On the Edge of Freedom (dir. Anita Mathal Hopland, Jens Lengerke)
A documentary about two young “roofers” who, without safety harnesses, climb the tallest buildings and deepest abysses in conflict-ridden post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine.
The Pearl (dir. Jessica Dimmock, Christopher LaMarca)
Against the backdrop of post-industrial logging towns are four extraordinary transgender women who, having lived in the closet their whole lives, make the decision to transition in their middle and senior years.
The Perfect Selfie (dir. Jenni Salonen, Maryam Razavi)
A modern coming of age story in the social media era.
Rat Film (dir. Theo Anthony)
A kaleidoscopic documentary that uses the rat to explore the history of Baltimore and expose human boundaries of separation.
The Strange Ones (dir. Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliffe)
Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
Sylvio (dir. Kentucker Audley, Albert Birney)
It’s the story of a small town gorilla, Sylvio, who is stuck in his job at a debt collection agency. Deep down he just wants to express himself with his hand puppet, Herbert Herpels.
What Children Do (dir. Dean Peterson)
A comedy about two estranged sisters brought back into each other’s lives by the impending death of their grandmother.