Years from now, you could say you were among the first — the first people to attend the first showing of each film at the first Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival.
But only if you attend. You know how many people say they were at Woodstock? Right. Everybody wishes they had gone, but only the chosen few were actually in the mud.
The cool thing about the Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is that it’s all indoors, out of the weather and the mud. No Wavy Gravy appearance scheduled, perhaps, but a chance to see some truly creative expressions of short- and long-form video art.
It all starts with a kickoff event at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, followed by viewings of five of the 77 films selected for the festival. Opening night showings will all be in the two theaters at the sponsoring Columbia Center for the Arts.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, films will be shown there, as well as at Andrew’s Skylight Theater and Springhouse Cellar. Here’s the full schedule (you can also print out your own version, to guide you between showings and venues.)
Tickets are a bargain. Beyond the 10 VIP passes available for $100 each, you can get a festival pass — admitting you before one-day and rush ticket holders — for just $25. That gets you first in line for any screening, on any day of the festival. Now, obviously, because there are multiple screenings at multiple venues, it’s going to pretty near impossible to see everything — but you could see a lot of video for $25. One-day passes are $10, and rush tix at $8. Get pricing details here.
Now, saying all that, we at the Hood River Hotel wish we could offer you a room for the entire weekend. Sorry. We’ve got a few available on Friday night, and plenty of space for film buffs who want to stay over Sunday, after the Festival’s final screenings and awards show. Interested? Check our reservations page.