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NFFTY 2017: Meet the Filmmakers

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NFFTY 2017: Meet the Filmmakers

The inside scoop on five of the Northwest’s most talented young filmmakers, whose films are screening at the 2017 #NFFTY film festival.

April 24, 2017


An elderly man grapples with the guilt of what he’s done in the strange, whimsical land of his guilty subconscious.

Genre: Experimental

Director: 18-year-old Wynter Rhys of North Bend. 

See it at the Powerful Grit Screening on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:30 p.m. Uptown Cinema 2.

La Fuerza Interna

A specific focus on the organizing efforts of the independent farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia, this film visits their struggle to earn a union contract with their employer, Sakuma Farms.

Genre: Documentary.

Director: 20-year-old José Chalit Hernandez of Seattle.

See it at The Human Race Screening on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., Uptown Cinema 2.

Northern Belles

Perfectionist Dani da Silva and imperfectionist Alex O’Neill navigate love, friendship and various mishaps in the glorious city of Seattle.

Genre: Narrative. 

Director: 24-year-old Lael Rogers of Seattle.

See it at Lighten Up! Screening Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., Uptown Cinema 2.

Open Exhibition

An exploration of Seattle street art. Follow painters, stencilers and taggers to find out what makes graffiti both empowering and controversial.

Genre: Documentary.

Director: 21-year-old Tommy Tang of Bothell.

See it at the #UpperLeftUSA Screening on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., Uptown Cinima 2.


In an attempt to save his relationship with his brother, Gabe retreats into a virtual world where he can express his true feelings.

Genre: Narrative.

Director: 24-year-old Isaiah Corey of Seattle.

See it at #UpperLeftUSA Screening on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., Uptown Cinema 2.


Jen Germain

Jen Germain is a producer with Spark Public. Jen is a graduate of the Film and Video Program at (the former) Seattle Central Community College, as well as a graduate of the Communications Program at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO. She completed an internship with Filmateria Studios and worked as a videographer with Pixel Dust Weddings before commencing working as a freelance production crew member and producer.

Fun fact: Her favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls, and she binge-watches the entire series at least twice a year.

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