Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival
Rambles Back To Grants Pass
Now in its 4th season of bringing important cinema to small towns and rural communities all over North America, Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival is back at Barnstormers Theatre in Grants Pass for another weekend of powerful, award winning short films from around the world.
Barnstormers Theatre Presents this year’s WRTFF Festival, which includes two collections of inspiring short films: "Gender Blender" and "Outsiders" (see showtimes and descriptions below). Tickets are $10 per screening and take place at Barnstormers Theatre, 112 NE Evelyn Ave Grants Pass, OR 97526. A Q&A discussion with festival director, Michael Harrington will follow the films.
Take a peek at portraits of the seemingly mundane moments, memories, and dreams that play meaningful parts in our lives through the unique styles of six visionary storytellers.
Films: Bonobo • Into the Blue • Three Red Sweaters • The End of Time • The Boatman • End of the Rainbow
Encounter stories of people who disrupt (or uphold) traditional gender roles and who represent the juxtaposition and sometimes every day interplay between toxic masculinity and the struggles of feminism in the modern world.
Films: Death Metal Grandma • Libre • Born in the Maelstrom • Schoolyard Blues • Little Potato
WHAT WE DO
Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. WRTFF strives to engage its audience in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.
This year, the festival features 25 short films divided into four different themed programs that explore topics ranging from gender and equality, to overcoming obstacles and remembering the little moments that make a life whole. For the first time in the festivals short history, the majority of films featured this year are directed by women, a fact that according to festival director, Michael Harrington, was “not intentional but a wonderful surprise once the final films were chosen.” Each film is chosen based on its merit of telling a powerful story, then programmed with films that, together, are an integral part of a larger story, represented in the theme of the program.
Wandering Reel was not only conceived as a way to give a longer life to important short films, but a way to bring communities together through a shared experience, in this case, the shared experience of cinema. For this reason, Michael Harrington leads a Q&A discussion after each screening to deepen the experience and provide information about how and why the films were made. “Short films don’t necessarily answer all the questions for the viewer and often times are made to inspire questions,” says Harrington. “I’m more of a facilitator of these conversations. The best screenings always end with me learning something from the audience about the films we just watched, not just the other way around.”
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