#EOFF2022 Official In-person Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, September 07, 7:00 PM HQ

Festival Sneak Peek Party

#EOFF2022 is getting real!

Thursday, October 20, 4:45 PM HQ

Festival Welcome & Toast

Kick off #EOFF2022 with a gathering of Festival Friends, Filmmakers, and Community. Snack on some tasty local treats while we thank our sponsors, donors, supporters and welcome visiting filmmakers. This is where it begins! There will be a light spread of tasty bites from Mamacita's International Grill, Side A Brewing's beer on tap and plenty to discuss as we all check out the physical program, visual art, and get revved up for a bender of a weekend.

Thursday, October 20, 6:45 PM McKenzie Theater

Opening Night Shorts: West Winds & Soldier

Q&A to follow with visiting filmmakers.

West Winds

Directed by: Matthew Thomas Ross
17 min | United States | English | 2021

The survivor of an unknown apocalypse seeks refuge at a beach where the west winds keep the air safe.


Directed by: Justin Zimmerman
22 min | United States | English | 2022

SOLDIER focuses on Daniel Krug: a heroic firefighter, father of five, SWAT trainer and armored combat enthusiast.

Thursday, October 20, 8:15 PM McKenzie Theater

A Crack In The Mountain

A Crack In The Mountain

Directed by: Alastair Evans
100 min | Hong Kong | English | 2022

A story millions of years in the making.

Thursday, October 20, 9:00 PM HQ

Opening Night After Party w/ Hillfolk Noir (Electric)

Gather together at HQ for the first of three afterparties. Burn barrels, beer garden, and live music from Boise, Idaho's HILLFOLK ELECTRIC NOIR! These festival bards have been playing EOFF since the beginning - this year they come with Jason Beek. He also plays drums for Eilen Jewel , and frontman Travis Ward will be sporting an electric guitar!

"Grab a drink, sit down, take a breath, have a listen for a moment, an hour, a night, because here they come with their earnest musical narratives of the back alleys, the open range, the hollow, the front porch, the lives behind the love, want, fear and fracture of a world that despite all adversity remains, within their songs, hopeful, thoughtful, jubilant."

The band deems their sound Junkerdash – part folk, part bluegrass, part string-band blues, part punk, and most certainly wholly kickass. Bourbon and the Western Swing are a recommended pairing with Hillfolk’s Junkerdash, we’re told, which seems spot-on.

Fronted by multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Travis Ward, this trio of neo-traditionalists includes Alison Ward on musical saw, washboard, banjo, and purely gorgeous vocals, as well as Mike Waite keeping the heartbeat, rhythm and flow alive on double bass.

John Doe (X, the Knitters), patron saint of the American Dream, once said, “If John Steinbeck owned a speakeasy, Hillfolk Noir would be the house band.” Amen.

Friday, October 21, 11:00 AM Schwartz Theater

Your Friend, Memphis

Your Friend, Memphis

Directed by: David Zucker
93 min | United States | English | 2022

Memphis, a young man with cerebral palsy, is caught between the world’s expectations and his own ambitions. His story is an odyssey of dogged determination: a search for work, love, and freedom – no matter what.

Friday, October 21, 1:00 PM Schwartz Theater

Staged Reading "Dumped on Christmas"

The Eastern Oregon Film Festival is thrilled to announce a special event as part of this year’s festival: a live reading of a new feature length screenplay DUMPED ON CHRISTMAS by Festival Alumni Nelson Tracey!.

Twenty-something Ben brings his longtime girlfriend Cassie to his rural Oregon hometown for the Christmas holiday to meet his parents and siblings for the first time. The night they arrive, an argument turns into a breakup, and the holiday goes from Xmas to Ex-mas as Cassie is now stuck with her newly minted ex and his family until the end of the holiday. Drama, comedy, and serious heartache ensue.

The event will feature a combination of visiting artists, local talent and Eastern Oregon University Students for a unique presentation.

View full details and learn about this production in our community.

Friday, October 21, 3:30 PM Schwartz Theater

Shorts Block Friday

Q&A to follow with visiting filmmakers.

Between Realities Along the Edge of Time

Directed by: Jessica Huras
12 min | Canada | English | 2022

Blake lives alone with her dog when she becomes consumed by the intensifying sounds coming from next door until one day they stop, forcing her to examine her relationship to her own anger.

Bury Your Fish

Directed by: Emma Josephson
15 min | United States | English | 2021

A young woman desperate to rediscover purpose in life takes guidance from a flashing light a block away.

Bad Child

Directed by: Nicole Mendez
13 min | United States | English | 2022

The director turns the camera toward herself, remembering what it was like to be an abused child.


Directed by: Emma Hall-Martin
10 min | United States | English | 2022

On the day of her mother's wedding, fifteen-year-old Delia tries to find clarity about a strange incident from the night before with her soon-to-be stepfather.

In This Neighborhood

Directed by: Lilly Lion
9 min | United States | English | 2022

After breaking into her estranged family’s home, a young, unhoused woman spirals deep into psychosis during her search for safety and shelter.

Milk Snake

Directed by: Jacob Shelton
15 min | United States | English | 2022

When two couples get together for drinks, one of the couples realizes that something is wrong.

Micks Out

Directed by: Keenan O'Reilly, Joe Coffey
18 min | United States | English | 2022

A Boston ICE Agent is forced to choose between the law and his community.

Friday, October 21, 4:15 PM The Liberty Theatre



Directed by: Stacey Tenenbaum
78 min | Canada | English | 2022

Discover the vast and strangely beautiful places where things go to die and meet the people who collect, restore, and recycle the world’s scrap. SCRAP scratches beneath flaking paint and rusting metal to reveal the beauty and pathos in the ugliness we leave behind.

Friday, October 21, 4:45 PM The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs

Midday Black Midnight Blue

Midday Black Midnight Blue

Directed by: Daniel Talbott, Samantha Soule
88 min | United States | English | 2022

In this cinematic poem about love, loss, and healing, a man grapples with his shifting memories of a woman he once loved. His existence turning ever darker, he will have to let her go before his imagined life swallows him whole.

Friday, October 21, 5:15 PM Schwartz Theater



Directed by: Anna Baumgarten
100 min | United States | English | 2021

Based on the 2018 award-winning short film, DISFLUENCY won the 2022 Oxford Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature, which followed last year’s 2021 Austin Film Festival Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature Film.

Friday, October 21, 7:30 PM The Liberty Theatre

Mean Spirited w/ Animal in Ascension

Intimate screening of filmmaker Ian Clark's newest short and a special look at feature thriller w/ visiting filmmaker in attendance!

Mean Spirited

Directed by: Jeff Ryan
94 min | United States | English | 2022

Andy, an up-and-coming vlogger who attempts to reconnect with his estranged friend, Bryce. But, this all starts to fall apart while a demonic presence begins tormenting the vacationing group.

Animal in Ascension

Directed by: Ian Clark
6 min | United States | English | 2022

An inter-dimensional fever dream about DMT and the margins of human perception.

Friday, October 21, 7:30 PM McKenzie Theater

The Unknown Country / The Event

The Unknown Country

Directed by: Morrisa Maltz
85 min | United States | English | 2022

An unexpected invitation launches a grieving young woman on a solitary road trip through the American Midwest as she struggles to reconcile the losses of her past with the dreams of her future.

The Event

Directed by: Frank Mosley, Hugo De Sousa
11 min | United States | English | 2021

It's 2 AM, and Vince just wants to know why.

Friday, October 21, 9:00 PM HQ

After Party w/ Mylo Bybee

Join with the Festival Community for After Party #2 at HQ Friday night! Musical Guest MYLO BYBEE.

Boise, Idaho trio Mylo Bybee has a polished and hard hitting alternative/indie rock sound similar to Manchester Orchestra, Silversun Pickups and Death Cab for Cutie.

Lead singer Tyler Schlagenhauf evokes melodic symphonies with his crisp vocal delivery, while staying true to an independent sound. Bass player Wes Schlagenhauf and drummer Jason Guadalupe create a deep rhythm section elevating the band’s unconventional and energetic style.

“The music sweeps you up into the soundscape with the easy vibes of the opening only to enthrall you with a more upbeat chorus” - The Other Side Reviews

Mylo Bybee signed with ZMI Arcadia Recordings in 2022 and their debut EP was remastered (by Simon Gibson at Abbey Road Studios) and released worldwide in partnership with ZMI Arcadia Recordings / Ingrooves / Universal Music Group.

Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM McKenzie Theater

A Midsummer Night's Dream in Prison

Q&A to follow with subject director Johnny Stallings

A Midsummer Night's Dream In Prison

Directed by: Bushra Azzouz
60 min | United States | English | 2022

"It's almost like, for three hours, we weren't in prison." Zeb

Saturday, October 22, 1:00 PM Schwartz Theater

Shorts Block Saturday

Q&A to follow with visiting filmmakers.

Deer Girl

Directed by: Giovanna Molina
11 min | United States | English | 2022

A reclusive researcher attempts to film a deer decompose in a forest, until a teen girl interferes.

My Dad Gets a Smartphone

Directed by: Sarah Wells
5 min | United States | English | 2022

A short documentary about my dad getting a smartphone for the first time.


Directed by: Alexander Craven
12 min | United States | English | 2022

Up to his eyeballs in debt, Dr. James B. Taut talks backwards through his past, until someone with a briefcase walks in and makes him an offer he can't refuse.

Scam Likely

Directed by: Collin Insley
6 min | United States | English | 2021

When a man answers a phone call from an unknown number with the intention of messing with the probable scammer, he quickly finds himself in over his head.

The Girl at the Motor Hotel

Directed by: Garrett Detrixhe
18 min | United States | English | 2022

A young woman working at a rundown motel struggles physically and emotionally after a recent abortion.

The Space Between Us

Directed by: Gabriel Diamond
6 min | United States | English | 2021

The Space Between Us is a radical experiment in the power of bearing witness, inviting vulnerability, and sharing movement, in a time of social distancing and racial reckoning.

Mr. Mayonnaise

Directed by: Patrick Rahill
13 min | United States | English | 2022

A young adult's imaginary friend returns to remind him of an unfulfilled contract they agreed to as children.

Saturday, October 22, 3:00 PM Schwartz Theater

La Recua (The Mule Pack Train)

La Recua (The Mule Pack Train)

Directed by: Trudi Angell, Dario Higuera Meza
86 min | Mexico | Spanish | 2021

Grab your sombrero and ride with a charismatic cowboy, his friends and family as they re-enact a merchant mule-pack-train from centuries past. When there were no roads – there were recuas!

Saturday, October 22, 3:00 PM The Liberty Theatre

This is Where I Meet You

Q&A to follow with visiting filmmaker.

This Is Where I Meet You

Directed by: Katharina Ludwig
81 min | Germany | German | 2019

As their plans for a fun-filled couple vacation misfire, struggling artist Charlotte’s and boyfriend Georg's camping trip to Croatia turns into a journey of self-discovery.

Saturday, October 22, 5:00 PM The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs

Sweet Disaster

Sweet Disaster

Directed by: Laura Lehmus
90 min | Germany | German | 2022

A late-in-the-game pregnancy and the sudden ending of a relationship are not necessarily catastrophic by themselves. Combine the two, and it is like throwing fire accelerant on charcoal.

Saturday, October 22, 5:30 PM Schwartz Theater

Make People Better

Make People Better

Directed by: Cody Sheehy
83 min | United States | English | 2022

In 2018, the Chinese scientist Dr. He Jiankui crossed a Rubicon in human evolution by altering the genetic structure of embryos to produce the world’s first genome-edited babies -- this documentary tells the story of the experiment and the whistleblower who revealed it all.

Saturday, October 22, 7:45 PM McKenzie Theater

The Last Election and Other Love Stories w/ Visions

Q&A to follow with visiting filmmakers.

The Last Election and Other Love Stories

Directed by: Miguel Silveira
72 min | United States | English | 2021

Amateur podcaster Khadim Diop sets out to interview strangers on the streets of Times Square for 24 hours on Election Day 2020 and explores the varied beliefs that divide the nation.


Directed by: Karina Lomelin Ripper
10 min | United States | English | 2022

A kaleidoscopic portrait of three first generation artists, a Congolese-American illustrator, a Chicanx musician and a Vietnamese visual/textile artist.

Saturday, October 22, 9:00 PM HQ

After Party w/ Bag of Hammers

Bag of Hammers consists of two people, 5 instruments, a loop station and a sweet dirty dance party. Every show is unique, because Luke McKern and Holly Sorenson create layers of improvised instrumental grooves and familiar vocal hooks right before your eyes that will leave you with nothing else to do but move that body - perfect fit for after spending the day(s) watching incredible film. Come dance you pants off at HQ and help us wrap up the weekend in celebration!