Film Festival

A 30-minute film by Clatskanie native son Scott Hildula will kick off the Clatskanie Independent Film Festival at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16 at the Clatskanie Cultural Center’s Birkenfeld Theatre, located at 75 S. Nehalem Street.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. A question and answer session with Hildula will follow the film showing.

Inspired by a series of actual events, ‘North Beach’ is a short film set in the iconic Italian American neighborhood in San Francisco where tourists eat pasta, and local real estate hustlers and gangsters have plied their trades since the 1800s. In a compact film of 30 minutes, ‘North Beach’ follows the parallel journeys of a young man leaving the backbreaking life of a field worker in 1957 for life in the big city while a similar coming of age journey coincides that his grandson must take 60 years later, set in the present day.

The film is rated for mature audiences because of smoking, profanity and implied violence.

“I used to have an office in North Beach inside a real estate company where every now and then a local made guy would drop by to discuss his holdings with my landlord,” said Hildula, long-time San Francisco resident who graduated from Clatskanie High School in 1981.

“After years of listening to these real estate sharks talking about their latest deals over plates of pasta, Osso Buco and chianti, the dialogue for the movie flowed pretty easily,” he said. “When we got ready to shoot the film, I realized that I needed a switch blade for one of the pivotal scenes. Well, North Beach is a neighborhood where if you know a guy, then he knows a guy and boom, two phone calls and you’ve got a switch blade. When the knife guy asked ‘What color you want?’ I realized I was plunging into a world that is still very much alive.”

Hildula is an award-winning former journalist who has been making films for more than a decade - work that has taken him all over the U.S. and world for his corporate clients.

The Clatskanie Independent Film Festival

Organized by filmmakers Ray and Migdalia Etheridge, the film festival will showcase 26 short films produced by independent filmmakers from across the United States, including several from Oregon. Genres include comedy, horror, drama, documentaries and animation.

The films for the program were selected by a panel of five judges, who graded each film on its technical quality, acting, script development, and entertainment value. The festival received nearly 100 entries, and films with the highest judging scores are being shown. Awards in various categories will be presented after each block of films.

The public is invited to two showings at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the doors to the Cultural Center opening at 12:45 p.m. Different films are scheduled for each of the two-hour showings, and both shows are free to attend. Many of the films contain adult language or subject matter and are therefore not recommended for children.

Popcorn, candy and water will be available for sale in the lobby.

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