2011 Festival Recap

2011 marked an incredible year of growth for our little festival — We felt warm embraces by local and regional audiences, were humbled with the presence of more guest artists than ever, and saw a 30% increase in attendance. EOFF was one of the first festivals to utilize Skype technology for its Q/As. This past edition we held conversations with emerging artists Evan GlodellTristan PattersonSophia Takal, and Dustin Guy Defa. For opening night, we were graced by the presence of Jon Foy, director of the Sundance award-winning documentary Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles.

Satellite screening in Eugene — BIJOU Art Cinemas Presents:

Eastern Oregon Film Festival will host a satellite event in Eugene, OR—the three nights of screenings will take place April 24-26 at the lovely Bijou Art Cinemas. 2011 official selections Country Story and (shorts)Pioneer, A Face Fixed, Kosmos will be screened. There will be a Q/A with the director…

Skype Q & A with Dustin Guy Defa

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Filmmaker Dustin Guy Defa get’s asked a pretty big question – This skype Q & A was part of Eastern Oregon Film Festival’s 2011 program – ‘Bad Fever‘, (Dustin’s Film) won him the coveted EOFF Innovation in Directing award.

2011 EOFF Award Winners

Eastern Oregon Film Festival awards five filmmakers with this year’s honors. Bellflower and Dragonslayer received Best Film nods in the narrative and documentary categories, respectively. Cirkus Columbia, and short, Summer Snapshot won audience choice awards. And Bad Fever director, Dustin…

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

Feature Documentary
TRT: 85 min. | U.S.A. | color
A film by JON FOY.
Awards: 2011 Sundance Director's Award: Documentary

Strangeness is afoot. Most people don't notice the hundreds of cryptic tiled messages about resurrecting the dead that have been appearing in city streets over the past three decades. But Justin Duerr does. For years, finding an answer to this long-standing urban mystery has been his obsession. He has been collecting clues that the tiler has embedded in the streets of major cities across the U.S. and South America. But as Justin starts piecing together key events of the past he finds a story that is more surreal than he imagined, and one that hits disturbingly close to home.


Narrative Feature
TRT: 72 min.| U.S.A. | color
Written and Directed by Sophia Takal
Awards: SXSW / Chicken & Egg Emergent Woman Director Award

An intimate friendship between two women dissolves as they are drawn into an irrational, destructive spiral of jealousy and paranoid fantasy in this haunting examination of the female psyche.

Cirkus Columbia

Narrative Feature
TRT: 113min | Bosnia | color
A film by Danis Tanovic
*In Bosnian with English Subtitles
Official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival

Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1991. The communists have fallen from power and Divko Buntic returns to the small town where he grew up to reclaim his family home. After a 20-year exile in Germany. Divko arrives in his flashy red Mercedes with sexy young girlfriend Azra, lucky black cat Bonny and ...

Hillfolk Noir

Hillfolk Noir Supplies Opening Night Soundtrack Eastern Oregon Film Festival is pleased to announce Boise, Idaho’s Hillfolk Noir as our festival kick off band Thursday, October 20th at the Granada Theater with a little pre-screening Junkerdash — then again as…

Sons of Guns

Eastern Oregon Film Festival will kick off Friday night’s after party with La Grande’s own Son of Guns. The band has just released a new album ‘Oregon Slogan’ and is primed to bring the new material to the table. “Sons…


Long time La Grande musicians Wayne Callahan and Jeff Grammer bring their most recent project / band ‘Elidila’ (pronounced elah – dee – lah) to the table. Elidila is wrapping up their first West Coast tour – playing with the…

The Last Mountain

Feature Documentary
TRT: 113min | USA | color
Director: Bill Haney
*A panel discussion hosted by Oregon Rural Action will follow the screening.

In the valleys of Appalachia, a battle is being fought over a mountain. It is a battle with severe consequences that affect every American, regardless of their social status, economic background or where they live. It is a battle that has taken many lives and continues to do so the longer it is waged. It is a battle over protecting our health and environment from the destructive power of Big Coal.

Finn Riggins

Finn Riggins will be honoring EOFF again this year with their increasingly rich musical escapades.  Eastern Oregon Film Festival welcomes the Riggins’ to 2011 with the Official Selection stamp (as seen on their photo below. 🙂  La Grande has been…

Gregory Rawlins

Gregory Rawlins In a world of quick fixes and shock value, one-hit wonders and weekly online sensations, it is a rare treat to hear a songwriter like Gregory Rawlins, a poet whose words are both whittled from the sturdy oak…


Documentary Feature -- West Coast Premiere
TRT 74 minute | United States | HD
Director: Tristan Patterson
Awards: Best Documentary Feature, SXSW 2011, Best Cinematography, SXSW 2011, Best International Feature, Hot Docs 2011

Drag City in association with Killer Films presents the transmissions of a lost kid falling in love in the suburbs of Fullerton, California. Featuring skateboarding, the usual drugs, and stray glimpses of unusual beauty.

Atomic Mama

There is nothing we love more than having new (and might I add, mind-blowingly swell) music groups getting a taste of La Grande – and in return letting us taste them (maybe that came out poorly). Regardless – Eastern Oregon…

Jared Mees & The Grown Children

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is plump with excitement to announce our final 2011 Official Music Selection – hailing from the tenderest parts of Portlandia — Jared Mees & The Grown Children. Jared Mees, at the helm of both the band…


Narrative Feature
A Film by Ian Clark
TRT 64 Min | USA | Color

Jason is a small-town slacker living with his mom. Content with idle days and easy livin’, his forgetful nature creates tension at home so he sets off with his pals to try his hand at redemption.

Bad Fever

Narrative Feature -- West Coast Premiere
TRT: 77 minute | United States | Color
Director: Dustin Guy Defa

Alternatingly quiet and delirious, always desperate, Bad Fever is a witness to one man's broken American Dream and his eternal longing to find someone, anyone, who understands or even pretends to understand.

Nobody Cares

Narrative Feature - WORLD PREMIERE
A Film by Dustin Travis Swartz
TRT 95 Min | USA | Color

Bob Rockefeller has never been loved, by anyone, ever. He's a sad sack who shovels shit for a living. Life has been anything but extraordinary but that's about to change. During a routine prostate exam, Bob learns he has only 8.5 days to live. 8.5 days to find happiness. 8.5 days to find true love. 8.5 days to find a home for his guinea pigs. 8.5 days to make up for 43 years of living a life that totally sucks.

Press Pause Play

Feature Documentary
A Film by Victor Köhler and David Dworsky
TRT 80 minute | United States | Color

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent of people in an unprecedented way, unleashing unlimited creative opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art, film, music and literature or is true talent instead flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?


Narrative Feature
A film by Evan Glodell
TRT: 105 min | United States | Color
World Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2011

Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building MAD MAX-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse.  But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.

The Roll Out Begins…

The 2011 Eastern Oregon Film Festival is starting the countdown.  Festival passes are now available, sponsoring opportunities are being finalized, submissions are closed and the programmers are smiling.  Check out the offerings and information below – get your pass (they will go…

2010 Opening Night

Eastern Oregon Film Festival 2010

Musician Shaun Daniel plays an acoustic set as people line the sidewalk for admittance to the opening night film at 2010’s Eastern Oregon Film Festival.

Hillfolk Noir (Boise, ID)

Venue: Granada Theater & White House Coffee Filtered through a half-century of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll, and fed by family history and an affinity for acoustic mountain music, medicine show culture and Depression-era string-band blues, Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar…

Finn Riggins (Hailey, ID)

Venue: Benchwarmer’s Bar & Grill Finn Riggins is the result of a longtime collaboration between Cameron Bouiss, Eric Gilbert and Lisa Simpson. Having met while completing their music degrees at the University of Idaho, the trio began playing music together…

Yeah Great Fine (Portland, OR)

Venue: Benchwarmer’s Bar & Grill Yeah Great Fine. Something we all say when we just don’t care. Perhaps a comment on the general malaise of our generation (ourselves included). Mostly, an ironically spiritless label for a band that is anything…


The official festival spot for the first-annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival (est. 2009). XOXOXO