2024 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

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Thursday, April 25

OPENING NIGHT FILM PROGRAM
Sponsored by IMCO Construction

6:30 p.m.: Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham).

WELCOME & LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT — Cheryl Crooks, CASCADIA Executive Director

U.S. PREMIERE

FILM: “WaaPaKe” (Tomorrow) — Directed by Dr. Jules Arita Koostachin, the Shirley Jo Finney Featured Filmmaker U.S. Premiere.

DISCUSSION — Moderated by Claudia Puig, CASCADIA Program Director & Film Critic.

OPENING NIGHT RED CARPET AFTER PARTY

9 p.m.: Penny Farthing (1309 Cornwall St., Bellingham).

RECEPTION FOR FEATURED FILMMAKER JULES KOOSTACHIN — CASCADIA Directors, Panelists, CASCADIA Board and Audience Members celebrate and kick-off the festival at this ticketed event to continue conversation with Director Jules Koostachin with fabulous late night bites and a glass of bubbly. (Ticketed Event through CASCADIA)

Sponsored by San Juan Broadband and Cascade Brain and Spine Center

Friday, April 26

SHORTS FILM SHOWCASE I—Body & Soul

1 p.m.: Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham).

    • “Vida” directed by Maria Valdez. (USA) Sponsored by Julie Fleetwood and John Binns
    • “Hemorrhage” directed by Ruth Hayes (USA)
    • “Blood Like Water” Dima Hamdan (Palestine)* Sponsored by Greenwood Cider
    • “Choices” Kameishia D. Wooten. (USA) Sponsored by American Association of University Women Whatcom Branch
    • “Bodily Rennaissance” directed by Claudia Lee. (UK) Sponsored by Pandora Larner
    • “Hamster” directed by Fatima Nofely (Iran) Sponsored by True North Legal Services
    • “Spit It Out” directed by Melina Kiyomi Coumas (USA) Sponsored by Women of Morey Avenue
    • “A Shattering” directed by Jan Jalenak (USA) Sponsored by Deborah Loober and Jane Burns

Directors Q&A To Follow

*Returning directors

FEATURE FILM PROGRAM

 3:30 p.m.: Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham

WASHINGTON STATE PREMIERE

    • Power Alley directed by Lillah Halla (Brazil) Sponsored by Wendy Bohlke and Brian Hansen
HONORED GUEST SPECIAL EVENT**

7 p.m.: Mount Baker Theatre’s Walton Theatre (104 N. Commercial Ave., Bellingham)

Sponsored by Patti and Frank Imhof

    • An Evening With Director Catherine Hardwicke
    • Introduction & Welcome: Cheryl Crooks, CASCADIA Executive Director

Tickets available through Mount Baker Theatre box office

9 p.m.: Mount Baker Theatre Encore Room (104 N. Commercial Ave., Bellingham)

Sponsored by Diane Norman

    • Meet and  Greet Reception for Catherine Hardwicke
    • Welcome and Introduction: Audrey Sager CASCADIA Board President

Artisian Desserts by Nancy Babick

**NOTE: ADMISSION TO THE HONORED GUEST EVENT IS INCLUDED IN OUR ALL-ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS if pass is purchased by Friday, April 19.
Tickets are also available separately through Mount Baker Theatre box office
here.

Saturday, April 27

PANEL DISCUSSION

10 a.m.: New Prospect Theatre (207 Prospect St., Bellingham)

    • Topic to be announced
    • Moderated by Claudia Puig, CASCADIA Program Director
    • Panelists to be announced
PANEL DISCUSSION II
11 a.m.: New Prospect Theatre (207 Prospect St., Bellingham)

    • Topic to be announced
    • Moderated by Claudia Puig, CASCADIA Program Director
    • Panelists to be announced
FEATURE FILM PROGRAM I

12:45 p.m.: Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham) 

WEST COAST PREMIERE

    • “Preconceived” (USA) directed by Sabrine Keane, Kate Dumke. Sponsored by Mount Baker Planned Parenthood
    • Introduction and Director Q&A
"HOPES & DREAMS" SHORTS FILM SHOWCASE II

2:45 p.m.  —  Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham)

    • “Sampo” directed by Marziyeh Riahi (Iran)* Sponsored by Carol Snowball
    • “Stitched” directed by Lorena Lourenco (USA) Sponsored by Women of Morey Avenue
    • “For Roy” directed by Vivian Cheung (Canada) Sponsored by Ken Sager, Austin Burke, Miami
    • “Call of the Orcas” directed by Jessica Plumb (USA)* Sponsored by Mary and John O’Connell
    • “Mångata” directed by Maja Costa (Germany) Sponsored by Chrysalis Inn and Spa
    • “Sol Supernova” directed by Kimberly Mendiola & Alyssa Rodriguez (USA)

Directors Q&A to follow

FEATURE FILM PROGRAM II

4 p.m.  —  Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham)

WASHINGTON STATE PREMIERE 

  • Last Dance,” directed by Delphine Lehericey (Switzerland, Belgium) Sponsored by Barbara vz Howard
FEATURE FILM PROGRAM III

6:30 p.m.  —  Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham)

  • Miss You Already directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Sponsored by Paul McMullen
DIRECTORS’ PARTY & LAUREL’S PRESENTATION

8:30-11 p.m. : Ponderosa Beer & Books (1225 Roeder Ave., Bellingham)

Meet, mingle and party with CASCADIA directors, panelists and guest speakers Saturday, April 27 at 8:30 p.m. after the evening in person screening of Catherine Hardwicke’s film. The party will take place at Ponderosa Beer and Books, 1225 Roeder Ave in Bellingham. Indulge in late night bites, desserts, drinks and music by DJ Aireekah of Glyter Lyfe. You’ll be there for the presentation of this year’s laurel certificates to our visiting directors.

Ponderosa Beer and Books

1225 Roeder Ave.
April 27, 2024, 8:30 – 11:00 PM PDT

Ticketed event through CASCADIA

Sunday, April 28

SCRIPT STUDIO

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. New Prospect Theatre (207 Prospect St., Bellingham)

Sponsored by Daniel & Pandora Larner

Welcome & Introduction — Dan Larner, CASCADIA Board Member

    • “Fire and Oak” by Susannah Stengel
    • “How to Eat an Elephant” by Donna Mae Foronda
    • “Wherever You Are” by Amelia Renee Cuttle
    • “Winners and Losers” by Cece A. Wheeler

Moderator — Josh Krenz, Bellingham Film Script Studio Coordinator

Panelists:

    • Barbara Brown, Director, Past President, Women in Film Seattle
    • Mary Lou Belli,  Two-time Emmy-winning Director and Author
    • Julie Trimingham, Award-winning Director and Writer

Acting Ensemble Directors: Rich Brown and Eva Gil, Faculty Members, Department of Theatre, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Western Washington University.

Event is free of charge and Open the General Public. 

Breakfast breads and pastries by local bakeries, juice and coffee for attendees

"CONNECTIONS" SHORTS FILM SHOWCASE & "Love Letters" Encore

2 p.m.  —  Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham)

  • “Love Letters” directed by Greta Schiller (USA)
  • “The Ruse” directed by Johanne Prégent (Canada) Sponsored by Cindy and Jonathan Franklin
  • “Roses” directed by Coral Knights (UK)
  • “Musica Quarantena” directed by Lilian T. Mehrel (USA) Sponsored by Heron’s Haven
  • “Evanescence” directed by Maaman Rezaee (USA) Sponsored by Kenneth Fulton
  • “[subtext]” directed by Erin Brown Thomas  (USA) Sponsored by Glenda Henifin
FEATURE FILM PROGRAM

4:15 p.m.  —  Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham)

WASHINGTON STATE PREMIERE

    • Cowboy And The Queen—directed by Andrea Nevins (USA). Co-Sponsored by Sheila and Robert Goodwin and Kelly Stables
FEATURE FILM PROGRAM II

6:10 p.m.  —  Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St., Bellingham)

    • Ama Gloria—directed by Marie Amachoukeli (France). Sponsored by Megan Taylor and Kent Stoddard
Closing NIght No Host Wrap Dinner

7:35 p.m.: JUXT Taphouse (119 W. Holly St., Bellingham)

Close out the 2024 festival after the Sunday night film program with the directors, CASCADIA board members, volunteers, and festival attendees for a No Host Wrap Dinner at Juxt Taphouse in Bellingham. Swig down artisan beer, cider and wine, and eat while bidding farewell to everyone who came to this year’s festival! No reservations or tickets needed. Just show up and join the closing celebration!

Free of charge and Open to the General Public

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