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    March 2021

    Amos Nachoum is one of the world’s greatest underwater photographers. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach, that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection. He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks but one major predator has always eluded him: the polar bear. He tried before and barely escaped, but now, as he nears the end of his career, he is determined to give it one last shot.

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    Amos Nachoum is one of the world’s greatest underwater photographers. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach, that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection. He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks but one major predator has always eluded him: the polar bear. He tried before and barely escaped, but now, as he nears the end of his career, he is determined to give it one last shot.

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    Two Ways Home (film) March 19, 2021

    A young woman living with bipolar disorder struggles to care for her cantankerous grandfather and his dilapidated farmhouse, all while trying to reconcile with her estranged 12-year-old daughter.

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    Two Ways Home (film) March 24, 2021

    A young woman living with bipolar disorder struggles to care for her cantankerous grandfather and his dilapidated farmhouse, all while trying to reconcile with her estranged 12-year-old daughter.

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    “Personhood” explores an urgent issue from all sides including the fetal personhood movement, social justice advocates, medical professionals and legal experts. Through this collection of voices, the film calls for a necessary shift in dialog that looks beyond abortion and focuses on the far-reaching impacts of anti-choice efforts on women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies.

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    “Personhood” explores an urgent issue from all sides including the fetal personhood movement, social justice advocates, medical professionals and legal experts. Through this collection of voices, the film calls for a necessary shift in dialog that looks beyond abortion and focuses on the far-reaching impacts of anti-choice efforts on women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies.

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    April 2021

    Running Naked is a feel good comedy drama directed by Victor Buhler. At the heart of the film are two lifelong friends who met each other when they were teenage leukemia patients. Twenty years later Mark has become a successful doctor and ladies’ man. Meanwhile Ben has devolved into obsessional recluse whose life is a series of obsessive habits. A piece of news forces Mark to reassess his life and, in the process, convinces him to play a bigger part in Ben’s, risking everything in order to break Ben out of his shell.

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    Running Naked is a feel good comedy drama directed by Victor Buhler. At the heart of the film are two lifelong friends who met each other when they were teenage leukemia patients. Twenty years later Mark has become a successful doctor and ladies’ man. Meanwhile Ben has devolved into obsessional recluse whose life is a series of obsessive habits. A piece of news forces Mark to reassess his life and, in the process, convinces him to play a bigger part in Ben’s, risking everything in order to break Ben out of his shell.

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    Rodney Stotts is on a mission to build a sanctuary for injured birds of prey. A falconer guided by the healing power of nature, Rodney becomes the unlikely hero of a new environmental movement in his stressed Washington DC community.

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    Rodney Stotts is on a mission to build a sanctuary for injured birds of prey. A falconer guided by the healing power of nature, Rodney becomes the unlikely hero of a new environmental movement in his stressed Washington DC community.

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    Franklin is the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley, however his personal life is falling apart. He hates his life, his girlfriend is cheating on him, and he doesn’t even have the self respect to tell her that he knows. When he meets the “other guy,” who turns out to be terrific, he decides that it might be time to let go of some baggage.

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    Franklin is the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley, however his personal life is falling apart. He hates his life, his girlfriend is cheating on him, and he doesn’t even have the self respect to tell her that he knows. When he meets the “other guy,” who turns out to be terrific, he decides that it might be time to let go of some baggage.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a work-in-progress screening of the upcoming documentary film “Triggered” – the story of artist Charles Krafft. In 2013, Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture until a Seattle newspaper art critic published a piece labeling him as a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The instantaneous response by the art work and Krafft’s own friends and colleagues was instantaneous and foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a work-in-progress screening of the upcoming documentary film “Triggered” – the story of artist Charles Krafft. In 2013, Krafft was riding high as the bad boy of ceramic sculpture until a Seattle newspaper art critic published a piece labeling him as a holocaust denier and white nationalist. The instantaneous response by the art work and Krafft’s own friends and colleagues was instantaneous and foreshadowed the rise of cancel culture.

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    After release from prison, Nick is trying to walk a straight line by taking care of his father, Pop, who’s forgotten what a lousy dad he once was. When Nick is reunited with his 11 year-old daughter Edie (who insists she’s now Eddie) and his ex-wife, Vick (who’s engaged to a woman), this ragtag team of bulletproof misfits has to relearn everything they know about what makes a family.

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    May 2021

    After release from prison, Nick is trying to walk a straight line by taking care of his father, Pop, who’s forgotten what a lousy dad he once was. When Nick is reunited with his 11 year-old daughter Edie (who insists she’s now Eddie) and his ex-wife, Vick (who’s engaged to a woman), this ragtag team of bulletproof misfits has to relearn everything they know about what makes a family.

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    “Beyond the Glass” was produced by Whitman College graduate Jackson Clough about local residents Rick and Mosseta Brown, who operate a local boxing club for at-risk youth in the area. When Rick Brown emerged from decades of drug addiction and run-ins with the law, he was determined to forge a new path forward as a productive citizen. He and his wife opened Rick’s Boxing Club in College Place, where they strive to give kids an alternative to getting involved with drugs and gangs. 

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    As teenagers, kung fu disciples Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan), and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) were inseparable. They trained together, fought together, and planned to become the next great martial arts masters. Life, as they say, had other plans. Fast forward 25 years, and each has grown into a washed-up, middle-aged man, seemingly one kick away from pulling a hamstring – and not at all preoccupied with thoughts of martial arts or childhood best friends. But when their old master is murdered, the trio reunites, soon learning that avenging their sifu will require conquering old grudges (and a dangerous hitman still armed with ample knee cartilage) if they are to honorably defend his legacy.

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    As teenagers, kung fu disciples Danny (Alain Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan), and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) were inseparable. They trained together, fought together, and planned to become the next great martial arts masters. Life, as they say, had other plans. Fast forward 25 years, and each has grown into a washed-up, middle-aged man, seemingly one kick away from pulling a hamstring – and not at all preoccupied with thoughts of martial arts or childhood best friends. But when their old master is murdered, the trio reunites, soon learning that avenging their sifu will require conquering old grudges (and a dangerous hitman still armed with ample knee cartilage) if they are to honorably defend his legacy.

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    June 2021

    Phoebe’s finally found something that lights her fire: cycling. But when her father comes back into her life, their meeting uncovers wounds that never healed, and Phoebe has to face her past head on.

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    “A Valley Divided” explores the ways in which the Latino community in Eastern Washington is finding its voice and demanding equal representation at the ballot box. The new documentary, directed by Madeline Gunderson, reveals the entrenchment of decades of political discrimination and holds up a mirror to the larger story of a changing United States.

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    October 2021

    Ben Givens (Tom Skerritt) is a retired heart surgeon and recent widower who learns he has terminal cancer. Determined to navigate his final days on his own terms, he shares the news with no one—not even his daughter (Mira Sorvino)—instead traveling back to his boyhood home in Eastern Washington with only his dog in tow. But the journey does not go as planned; the familiar landscape triggers memories and a connection with a kind stranger (Annie Gonzalez) inspires new insight. Based on David Guterson’s best-selling novel and unfolding against the scenic vistas of the Columbia Basin, this compelling character study offers a long-overdue showcase for one of cinema’s greatest treasures.

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    January 2022

    Incorporating exuberant dance sequences, and featuring a pair of principal characters played by four different actors daringly expressing both masculine and feminine sides, “Aviva,” directed by Boaz Yakin (“Remember the Titans”), is cutting edge cinema which captures a restless and changing world where who we are as women and men, and how we navigate the world, is up for grabs.

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    Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals the first viable solution to our climate crisis. Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

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    February 2022

    In 1993, the voters of Washington State allowed a law to pass that sent children to prison for life as “irredeemable”. What has this legacy of captivity done to them, and to their communities?

    Since I Been Down is told by the people who have lived these conditions, unravels intimate stories from interviews brought to life through archival footage, cinema verité discussions, masquerade, and dance, unravelling why children commit violent crime and how these children – now adults – are breaking free from their fate by creating a model of justice that is transforming their lives, our humanity and a quality of life for all our children. Free admission.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the thriller “The Beta Test” on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. In this scintillating satire, a married Hollywood agent receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, murder and infidelity.

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    March 2022

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the 2021 short documentary film “Takeover” on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. “Takeover” takes place during the twelve historic hours on July 14, 1970, in which fifty members of the Young Lords Party stormed the dilapidated Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, drove out their administrative staff, barricaded entrances and windows, and made their cries for decent healthcare known to the world.

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    After unexpectedly failing her final college class due to a traumatic personal event, Jane, an aspiring speech pathologist, retreats home to her parent’s lake house in the hometown she grew up in. Her older sister and friends, as well as an old high school crush, soften the burden of failure, inspiring her to embrace the carefree summer as she tries to sort out what to do next.

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    “All Sorts,” a movie about a lonely data entry clerk who stumbles into the world of championship folder filing, is a quirky comedy about finding magic in everyday life. Director J. Rick Castañeda will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

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    April 2022

    The Automat is a documentary film about the phenomena of Horn & Hardart, America’s original & most beloved restaurant chain in NYC & Philadelphia. Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, The Automat tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers, entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees – we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the music-infused drama Thin Skin on Friday, April 15, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Several of the filmmakers will be in attendance for a live Q&A following the screening, including director and co-screenwriter Charles Mudede, lead actor and co-screenwriter Ahamefule J. Oluo, and co-screenwriter Lindy West (Shrill).

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    Last July, the 5th Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush festival of short cinema presented 117 short films over the course of three days. This “Best of” event will feature the majority of the award winners and is a great introduction to the annual festival. Similar in format to the full festival, three blocks of films will be presented with short breaks in between to stretch and grab a drink from the bar.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie presentation of “Seattle Jewish Film Festival Shorts” on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. Director of Film Programming Warren Etheredge will curate the best short films from the 2022 Seattle Jewish Film Festival for this program. More details to be announced closer to the event.

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    June 2022

    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the documentary “Cat Daddies” on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. This award-winning film contains heartwarming portraits of nine unique men navigating the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of their feline friends.

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    July 2022

    “All Ages Show” is a new documentary film about the history of the music scene in Tri-Cities, Washington, that began in the mid-1980s and continues today. While Seattle’s music scene, was changing the world in the early 90s with “grunge,” Tri-Cities had its own thriving music scene inspired by Washington DC Hardcore, a scene that many didn’t think could exist in a smaller community.

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    Gesa Power House Theatre presents a Power House Movie screening of the documentary “Cat Daddies” on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. This award-winning film contains heartwarming portraits of nine unique men navigating the unprecedented challenges of 2020 with the help of their feline friends.

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