Submitted by Friday Harbor Film Festival.
Be sure to check out the winners of the Friday Harbor Film Festival People’s Choice Awards! The Six, Best Feature, and Honor Thy Mother, Best Short, will both air January 22-28 on www.fhff.org. Orchestrating Change, best feature Tales from the Heart, paired with audience favorite The Black Stonefly, will be available January 15-21.
The Six, by award-winning filmmaker Arthur Jones: When the RMS Titanic sank on a cold night in 1912, just 700 people escaped with their lives. Among them were six Chinese men. Arriving in New York with the other survivors, the six were not greeted with compassion, but with suspicion and slander. Less than 24 hours later, they were expelled from the country, quickly forgotten and lost under the waves of time. What have they become ? The Six is an extraordinary story of survival and dignity in the face of racism and anti-immigrant politics that still resonates today. The Six is sponsored by Friday Harbor Freight.
Honor Thy Mother, by filmmaker Lucy Ostrander: This is the untold story of 36 Native women from Canada and Native women from tribes in Washington State and Alaska who migrated in the 1940s to Bainbridge Island , the traditional territory of the Suquamish people. As residential school survivors, they came, some still teenagers, to pick berries for Japanese American farmers, fell in love with, and married Filipino immigrants. They settled on the island to raise their mixed heritage, (indigenous mother and Filipino father) indipino children. The voices of the now-elderly Indipino children are integral to telling the story of the courage and resilience of their mother who married Asian men and faced disenfranchisement from their 19 different tribes. Many Indipino children grew up in homes burdened with their father’s and mother’s traumatic collective memory of the forced expulsion of Japanese Americans after President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942. This short film is sponsored by Star Surveying.
Orchestrating Change, by filmmakers Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellen: This film tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. The orchestra’s mission is to erase the stigma of people living with mental illness through the creation of beautiful music, community, compassion and understanding…one concert at a time. More importantly, it changes the lives of musicians and audiences in ways they never imagined. Orchestrating Change is sponsored by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art.
The Black Stonefly, from filmmakers Cody Lewis and Marc Rotse: Gian Lawrence is a fly fisherman and outdoorsman with a unique origin story. Growing up in Puyallup and Tacoma’s Hilltop, he fell into a life of crime, violence and misery until a near-death experience opened his eyes and soul to the outdoors and a sport largely inaccessible for young black men like him, fly fishing. This short film is sponsored by Windermere SJI.
The FHFF greatly appreciates the work of the filmmakers, the generosity of our sponsors and the support of all lovers of great documentary films. Find out all about it on our website: www.fhff.org.