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Wandering Reel Film Festival

November 4 @ 6:00 pm

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One event on November 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Traveling Film Festival Wanders Into Vashon

Now in its 5th season of bringing powerful, thought-provoking cinema to small towns and rural communities all over North America, Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival visits Vashon for the first time, bringing a slate of award winning short films from around the world.

The Vashon Theatre hosts this year’s festival, which features four unique collections of inspiring short films (descriptions below). Films start at 6:00 P.M. each day, Friday, November 1 through Monday, November 4. Tickets are $10/adults, $9/student/senior/military. The Vashon Theatre is located at 17723 Vashon Hwy SW Vashon, WA, 98070. Each screening will be followed by Q&A discussion with festival director, Michael Harrington.

Festival Schedule:
Friday, November 1 at 6:00pm
Program A: Is This Love?
Stories of compassion, connection, and adventure that question the awesome (and complex) power of love.
Films: Little Waves • A Tangled Tale • The Update • Your Mother Is A Thief • Deep End Dance • If This Isn’t Love • Two Balloons

Saturday, November 2 at 6:00pm
Program B: The Nonconformist
Description: An examination of some of the unconventional norms that permeate the diverse beauty of modern life.
Films: Washed Away • Mahalia Melts In The Rain • Welcome to the Ball • Lady Hater • Burton Before and After • About the Birds and the Bees • Where Do Cats Go After 9 Lives

Sunday, November 3 at 6:00pm
Program C: One World
Description: One part look at the affects of human caused climate change and corporate greed…One part look at war and the refugee crisis… one part look at the common bond of human compassion in a one world we must all learn to share and to save for future generations.
Films: Welcome to the Gwichyaa Zhee • The Fourth Kingdom • Starvation • Untravel, • Aziza • Brotherhood • Bodega

Monday, November 4 at 6:00pm
Program D: Revisionist History

Description: History rinses and repeats but is not always as we remember or as we were taught. Tying the past into the present can be a warning, an opportunity to learn, and a celebration all at once.
Films: Framing Agnes • A Night at the Garden • Sticky • Counter Mapping • Earthrise


Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema. WRTFF strives to engage its audience in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.

This year, the festival features 26 short films divided into four different themed programs that explore some of the most important topics of our time, including: corporate greed, the climate crisis, the refugee crisis, immigration, and how we interpret and reinterpret history in the modern age, as well as more everyday life happenings in youth culture, our relationships, love, gender and more. Each film is chosen based on its merit of telling a powerful story, then programmed with films that, together, are an integral part of a larger story, represented in the theme of the program.

For the second year in a row, the festival proudly features a line-up of films feature a majority of female filmmakers, a sign that, according to festival director, Michael Harrington, “short films are once again ahead of the pack and paving the way for innovation and true gender equality in the film industry.”

Wandering Reel was not only conceived as a way to give a longer life to important short films, but a way to bring communities together through a shared experience, in this case, the shared experience of cinema. For this reason, Michael Harrington leads a Q&A discussion after each screening to deepen the experience and provide information about how and why the films were made. “Short films don’t necessarily answer all the questions for the viewer and often times are made to inspire questions,” says Harrington. “I’m more of a facilitator of these conversations. The best screenings always end with me learning something from the audience about the films we just watched, not just the other way around.”


To learn more about Wandering Reel please contact:

Michael Harrington
Founding Director
(971) 319 4407

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November 4
6:00 pm