Reel NW Films

Reel NW

About Reel NW

Reel NW airs independent films from or about our own community. From thought-provoking documentaries to powerful narrative dramas, KCTS 9 showcases our region's talents, stunning environment, and the issues that affect us.


June 7, 2014
Reel NW - Cement Suitcase
The best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley is headed for a breakdown and only two people can help him. One just broke into his house. The other is having an affair with his girlfriend. Episode
May 31, 2014
Reel NW - Icons Among Us
Icons Among Us: jazz in the present tense, is a documentary film that captures the metamorphosis of jazz by showcasing the words, music, and spirit of the artists that are paving the way for an unprecedented musical evolution. Episode
May 24, 2014
Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians
Following the rise of arguably the largest and most well-funded blackjack team in America - made up entirely of church-going Christians. Episode
May 17, 2014
Reel NW: 47 Views of Leslie Laskey
He is often described as passionate, demanding, insightful, magical, inspirational and above all creative. Leslie Laskey is a force to be reckoned with, as illustrated in this beautifully shot film portrait. Episode
May 10, 2014
Reel NW - Fix: The Story of an Addicted City
Dean Wilson used to be an IBM salesman. Now he is possibly the most outspoken drug addict in Canada. As president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) he is a loud and articulate advocate for street addicts from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s poorest neighborhoods, and the site of the highest HIV rate in North America. Episode
May 3, 2014
Justine left to sit quietly by and observe the early signs of her own deteriorating relationship. Episode
April 25, 2014
Reel NW - Closure
A story about identity, the complexities of trans-racial adoption, and most importantly, CLOSURE. Episode
April 19, 2014
Reel NW - Field Work: A Family Farm
A poignant portrait of a Midwest community as it explores where the American family farm is headed in the twenty-first century. Episode
April 11, 2014
Reel NW: Saving Luna
A visually stunning, award-winning film that follows Luna, a baby killer whale separated from his family on the wild coast of Vancouver Island. All alone, he seems determined to make friends with humans. Episode
July 27, 2013
Paddle to Seattle
Two friends build kayaks and paddle 97 days through wilderness from Alaska to Seattle. Episode
June 1, 2013
Hood To Coast
Hood To Coast follows four teams on an epic journey to conquer the world’s largest relay race. Episode
May 18, 2013
Bone Wind Fire
An intimate and evocative journey into the hearts, minds and eyes of Georgia O'Keeffe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo Episode
May 11, 2013
One Big Hapa Family
Japanese-Canadian filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns explores why everyone in his family married interracially. Episode
May 4, 2013
Cue The Muse
There’s only really one time in life when you don’t care what other people think... Episode
April 27, 2013
Back to the Garden
Flower power comes full circle in this time-lapse view of a group of back-to-the-land ”hippies” in 1988 and 2006. Episode
April 20, 2013
Waking the Green Tiger
Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists, the film follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a massive dam project Episode
April 13, 2013
Welcome to Doe Bay
A documentary about the greatest music festival you’ve never heard of. Episode
April 6, 2013
Carts of Darkness
Homeless men in North Vancouver turn bottle-picking into high-speed shopping cart racing. Episode
February 23, 2013
Mighty Jerome
The rise, fall, and redemption of Canadian track star, Harry Jerome, who was once the fastest man on earth. Episode
September 27, 2012
Reel NW Season 3 Shorts
Reel NW Season 3 Shorts. Watch online now. Episode
February 28, 2012
Lord, Save Us From Your Followers
In this humorous but heartfelt documentary, Portland filmmaker Dan Merchant sets out across the U.S. to ask people why faith is dividing America. Episode
February 27, 2012
Animated Shorts
In this episode of short films, seven Pacific Northwest filmmakers use the power of animation to tell their stories. Episode
February 14, 2012
Reel NW Shorts: McCracken & Blank
Two short films about artists whose work is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest:sculptor Philip McCracken and glass artist Martin Blank. Episode
February 7, 2012
Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon
A rift between liberals and conservatives threatens to end a program that pays the college tuition of the town's high school graduates. Episode
January 31, 2012
Way of the Puck
Air hockey players battle to be the best--and to keep their sport from heing forgotten. Episode
January 24, 2012
Smoke, Sand & Rubber
Former midget race car driver in his 80s gets behind the wheel for the first time in 54 years. Episode
January 3, 2012
Long Shorts
Four short films by Northwest filmmakers explore themes such as parental uncoolness and the fleeting time between youth and adulthood. Episode
November 29, 2011
TAD: Busted Circuits and Ringing Ears
Documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the pioneering Seattle grunge band TAD. ONLINE ONLY. Episode
May 20, 2011
Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia
A moving first person account of a woman’s troubled relationship with her father and his mental illness. Episode
May 13, 2011
Between The Laughter
"Between the Laughter" interweaves lively snapshots of the complex but extraordinary life of deaf comedian Stephen O'Keefe. Episode
May 6, 2011
Citizen Sam
The story behind quadriplegic city councillor Sam Sullivan's mayoral campaign in Vancouver, BC. Episode
April 29, 2011
Warrior Boyz
This film chronicles the realities of gang violence in Metro Vancouver and the real story behind the headlines. Episode
April 15, 2011
Sweet Crude
The Niger Delta story: 50 years of oil extraction, non-violent protest, and the members of a new insurgency. Episode
April 8, 2011
American Collectors
Documentary looking at the relationship between collectors and their objet du désir. What drives these obsessions? Episode
April 1, 2011
Rebuilding Hope
Documentary following three Sudanese refugees as they return to their homeland to find surviving family members. Episode
March 4, 2011
Man Zou: Beijing to Shanghai
Four American travelers and their guide document a 1,000-mile bicycle trip across the world’s most populous nation. Episode
February 18, 2011
Wheedle's Groove
The chance discovery of a 45-record reveals a forgotten Seattle soul music scene. Episode
February 11, 2011
Perfect Sport
A compelling coming-of-age drama about a teen forced to grow up quickly when his mother leaves for Iraq. Episode