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#EOFF2021 – It’s all happening.

#EOFF2021 – It’s all happening.

Eastern Oregon Film Festival will share its twelfth annual program with audiences both in-person and online come October 21-23. 

Due to the ever changing nature of COVID and with safety in mind a curated version of the program is being offered in-person that focuses on visiting filmmakers and our core EOFF Member base. All in-person events are included with a Festival Member Pass or Visiting Artist Pass. Selections are available for virtual streaming over the weekend via the Festival’s Virtual Hub.

Two feature public presentations will be held at EOU’s McKenzie Theater and are available for pre-purchase stand-alone tickets to the general public and are free to Eastern Oregon University Students. 

Jim Cummings as ‘Jordan’ and Virginia Newcomb as ‘Caroline’ in
Jim Cummings’ and PJ McCabe’s THE BETA TEST. Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

The Beta Test, a new thriller from Jim Cummings (Thunder Road, Wolf of Snow Hallow), and PJ McCabe will screen in-person ONLY on Friday, October 22 at 7pm. In this A married Hollywood agent (Cummings) receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data. 

Jim Cummings Rivets as a Hollywood Agent in a Twilight Zone of Temptation.
– Variety

Tickets for this in-person screening can be purchased here. This film is not recommended for children.

Key still from Everything in The End.

On Saturday, October 23 EOFF will show Everything in The End at EOU’s McKenzie Theater starting at 7pm. This quiet, contemplative humanist story is set in Iceland. It explores themes of grief, death, and how, in the end, human connections allow us to forgive and accept. Everything in The End was shot on location in Iceland over 10 days with a crew of 4 people and is filmmaker Mylissa Fitzsimmons’ first feature film.

This film is recommended for ages 12 and up. Pre-ordered general admission tickets are available for this in-person screening here and can also be screened online.

EOFF will be hosting 17 Visiting Filmmakers during the weekend and they will be sharing their films with EOFF Members, visiting artists, colleagues, and EOU students via two Short Salons in The Schwarz Theater at EOU on Friday and Saturday of the event. 

Filmmakers will be staying in a variety of local lodging facilities and will not only have a chance to share their work but also explore our community and region. EOFF has partnered with The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs to offer a special Filmmaker Only event that will give the artists a chance to relax, network, dream, discuss and just be. 

After-parties will be held at HQ, 112 Depot Street on Friday and Saturday night (22,23) after the evening  feature film with live music by Blood Lemon and Floating Witch’s Head (Boise, Idaho).  Tickets will be  available at the door but subject to capacity availability and will be $10.00 per night. 

All in-person screenings at EOU’s main campus will be free to EOU students to attend. Masks are required in all screenings and in-door events. The full schedule of in-person events can be found here: https://www.eofilmfest.com/eoff2021-in-person-schedule/

Virtually all of the programming can be streamed from home via the festival virtual platform and EOFF encourages all to scan through the selections and find something that resonates with you. Watch it. Tell us what you think. Stand out features include Eric Bloomquist’s new horror Night at The Eagle Inn, Dean Peterson’s Kendra and Beth, Mari Walker’s See You Then, and EOFF Alum Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney’s futuristic fantasy Strawberry Mansion.

Key still from Strawberry Mansion.

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Eastern Oregon Film Festival is sponsored in part by Eastern Oregon University, Koerner Camera, Oregon Film, lagrande.life, HQ, Side A Brewing, The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs, Baum Smith Attorney at Law, The Liberty Theatre Café, and The Subshop. Additional grant support for this year’s program made possible by The Roundhouse Foundation.