Theatre & Film Festivals
BendFilm is hosting a screening of two independent films celebrating the Pacific Crest Trail and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Saturday, March 7 at 7pm at The Old Stone Church in Bend. Filmmakers will be in attendance!
The headlining film, Only the Essential, is a truly independent documentary film by former Bend resident, Colin Arsiman. Arisman and friend Casey Gannon thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail with cameras in hand.
Only The Essential is the story of their five month, 2,668 mile journey on foot from Mexico to Canada across the wilderness of California, Oregon and Washington. Their goal was to capture the brutal, yet breathtaking, ebb and flow of thru-hiking.
The film serves as a window to experience the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and witness the value of simplifying life to a point where “only the essential” remains. Arisman and Gannon are scheduled to attend for a post-screening Q&A and a raffle. (See more information and the trailer here: http://www.onlytheessential.com/watch)
A screening of The Meaning of Wild will open the evening. The film is a half hour documentary that takes viewers on a journey through one of our nation’s wildest landscapes, the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska.
The film follows wildlife cameraman Ben Hamilton as he travels by boat, plane, kayak and foot to capture and share the true value of wilderness. Along the journey, Ben encounters bears, calving glaciers, ancient forests and harsh seas, but it’s the characters he meets along the way that bring true insight to his mission. (See more information and the trailer here: www.meaningofwild.com.)
“We’re excited to bring these films to Bend – a town that truly appreciates the natural wonders of our county and area,” said BendFilm Director Todd Looby. “Though we loved Wild, we wanted to celebrate the PCT in true Indie style, Colin and Casey’s film is a genuine, raw, humbling and all-encompassing look at the beauty and challenges of the trail. And The Meaning of Wild is a perfect compliment. Both films remind us that the Wilderness Act is even more relevant now than it was 50 years ago.”
BendFilm celebrates the brave voice of independent cinema through films, lectures and education. The organization was designed to enrich the cultural life of Central Oregon and provide an economic stimulus to the region through their annual Fall Festival and their year-round education programs and film screenings. In its 12th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices, perspectives and visions to the Bend community. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated crew of volunteers and generous sponsors.
541-388-3378, www.bendfilm.org. Tickets are available on BendTicket.com and on the BendFilm website
Howard Schor says of his process for directing Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, “It is different from the five plays I have directed or the 40 plus I have produced here in Bend, in that the actors and I have been given the privilege of adding or modifying the dialogue to further enhance this beautifully written play.”
For instance, Rick Jenkins plays three supporting roles and helped mold the scene of Ben Golden, a 1930’s Hollywood movie mogul. “My roles in Baby Jane provide important plot information and add to the wildly comedic aura of the play,” he said. “The characters stand as symbols of the darker forces that can surround any star. This combined with an absence of compassion can enable a descent into madness and despair.”
Dave Finch, a noted pianist/musician, displays his talents as a vaudeville pianist and as Edwin Flagg. He says of Edwin, “This part lets me explore playing a lazy mamma’s boy that decides to take advantage of a washed up albeit scary ex-child star. I enjoy the dichotomy of wanting to be an independent man, yet being sucked in to my doting mother. I am thrilled to work with this talented cast and crew and can’t wait for everyone to see this funny at times thriller!”
Elise Franklin who plays one of the two major roles says, “What excites me about playing Blanche Hudson is being wheelchair bound for 30+ years. What a challenge to achieve action and mobility and realize my life is threatened and yet have no way to communicate for help. No way to escape. It makes the stakes much higher in the play, as my sister Baby Jane breaks down mentally and begins her unraveling.”
Mary Kilpatrick, whose 50 year career stretches from Broadway to being a noted actress and director, plays the complex, boundless character of the adult Baby Jane. She is also the artistic director of BEAT, the successful nonprofit for youth theatre arts. Kilpatrick says, “Playing Jane is my dream role of a lifetime. The comedy in this dark play is just so deliciously supported by our magnificent cast.”
Adapted by Ron Spencer from the Henry Farrell novel that later became the screen classic, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane is a fascinating blend of comedic almost Moliere like farce and dark, horrific tragedy ala Stephan King. We are all familiar with the tale of the performer who achieves fame and fortune as a child or a teen only to be darkened and ultimately destroyed as an adult by the absence of the stardom that once lit their life.
Love, Loss And What I Wore is directed by Sandy Silver (Brighton Beach Memoirs) and promises to provide a unique and intimate theatrical experience. Performed as a “reader’s theatre” Love, Loss And What I Wore features five talented actresses portraying 25 different characters in a series of fast paced monologues, telling real life, funny and poignant stories of pivotal events in their lives and what they were wearing. There are prom dresses, bras, high heels and designer handbags, all with stories to tell.
“I fell in love with this play when I saw it performed while in New Zealand,” says Silver, “and I knew that I wanted the chance to direct it here in Bend. Who among us does not have a “go to shirt”...you know, the one that seems to go with everything...or doesn’t remember getting her first bra, or the humiliation of having to wear an outfit your mother picked out, and no matter how big your bag is you can never fit enough in it! For the actor it is a chance to create some memorable women, for me it is a chance to help get their stories told with honesty and humor in a way that audiences will understand and enjoy.”
Featuring: Susan Benson, Laura Lee Coffman, Patricia West-Del Ruth, Dana Fykerud and Judi Van Houweling.
Stage Right Productions is a nonprofit organization that runs 2nd Street Theater. Founded in 2011, Stage Right Productions’ mission is to cultivate the performing arts and provide a venue, support, entertainment and education to both the creative individuals and audiences in Central Oregon.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30pm, with two Sunday matinee performances January 18 and 25 at 3pm. There will a Champagne Reception on Friday January 16 from 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets are $19 adults, $16 Student/Seniors.