The 2018 Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival presents a look back at the highlights from two decades of showcasing local and regional films. From feature-length dramas to documentaries, comedy shorts, and experimental music videos, the films in this year’s lineup represent the creativity, the hilarity, and the heart that have defined Celluloid from the very beginning.

The lineup of films is curated by Kathleen Thorne, the festival’s founder and mastermind, and TJ Faddis, former long-time manager of the Historic Lynwood Theatre.

BAD DAY AT THE CIRCLE K (1989)

A docudrama of the first (and last) cow lottery held on Bainbridge Island: a fund-raising scheme of the Kiwanis Club, in which Bainbridge was transformed into the Wild West. 13 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 1999

BASIL GOES TO TOWN (2005)

Downtown Winslow through a dog’s eyes. Produced by Kathleen Thorne and Bill Branley. 2 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2005

BBC PLANE CRASH (1999)

BBC newscast footage of the Oct. 1, 1999 plane crash on Bainbridge Island involving the Tomorrow's World television crew, filmed by a camera mounted on the plane.  You are there, keeping a stiff upper lip with the BBC crew as they plummet into the island’s characteristic evergreens. 3 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2000

THE BIRTH OF A SALESMAN (1976)

You'll never feel the same about toothbrushes again after seeing the story of Herman and his indomitable spirit. It was a winner in the 1977 Northwest Film & Video Festival, and went on to surprise audiences at film festivals around the country. Not recommended for young children. 6 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 1999

BOB (1998)

An experimental music video by island artist Bob Lucas with a soundtrack by islander Don Clifton. 5 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 1999

BOOMTOWN: THE FOURTH OF JULY IN INDIAN COUNTRY (2002)

This documentary, which originally aired as a PBS Point of View program in 2002, explores the cultural and economic issues behind the Suquamish Tribe's annual Fourth of July fireworks sale. Filmmaker Bryan Gunnar Cole grew up on Bainbridge Island and now lives and works in New York City. 75 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2003

THE DISASTERVILLE SERIES / CAR BALLET (1997)

Stop-action animation films of various natural disasters that befall a small town.  “Car Ballet” offers a possible solution to the downtown Winslow parking problem. Created by Sean Fraga, then a student at Hyla Middle School. 4 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2000

EAGLE HARBOR LIVEABOARDS (2005)

This documentary provides a look into some of the personalities and lifestyles of those who make their homes on boats in Eagle Harbor, along with their take on the cultural and political issues surrounding Bainbridge Island liveaboards. The film was a thesis project by Amelia Sericova for the UW American Indian Studies Film Department. Sericova lived aboard on Eagle Harbor for two years. 15 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2005

FATHER JOHN & JANITOR PETE (2004)

This short epic follows an unlikely trio – a priest, a janitor, and a mop - on an unlikely journey. It was produced for the One Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot 2004. Produced by local filmmakers Mark McKnight and Johnny Seattle and featuring music by Chris Brunton and Paundy. 10 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2005

FRANK BUXTON TRIBUTE (2005)

A selection of scenes from Frank Buxton’s life in the movies. The tribute appeared at Celluloid on the occasion of the actor’s 75th birthday. Buxton, a mainstay of the performing arts community on Bainbridge Island, passed away in January, 2018. 8 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2005

THE GEFILTE FISH CHRONICLES (2007)

In April of 2004, the descendants of Abe and Minnie Dubroff celebrated their 100th Passover in the U.S., documented in loving and humorous detail. Tap your toes to an irresistible klezmer soundtrack as “Pesach Machers” Sophie, Peppy, and Rosie lead a six-week preparation process culminating in a seder that’s a lot like seders worldwide — only way bigger. 56 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2007

A GOOD CAR (2014)

An ambitious young woman, discontented with her life situation, seeks to break through and find more… if only her mechanic could fix her 1964 Karmann Ghia. 10 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2014

HAW HEE (2016)

A father answers some questions his daughter has about their family life. 5 minutes.

Originally Screened at Celluloid 2017.

HERO (2002)

This short feature combines two classic youth experiences – working the night shift at a grocery store and a first kiss – with a suspenseful espionage story. Written and directed by BHS graduate Ned Thorne, then a student at Whitman College. 7 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2003

HISTORIC LYNWOOD THEATRE 75TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE (2011)

This documentary is a light-hearted look at the history of this island cultural institution. Photographer, filmmaker, and graphic artist Steve Stolee has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1979 and is a regular at the Historic Lynwood Theatre. His Celluloid Bainbridge credits include Another Man's Treasure, a profile of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction, which screened at Celluloid 2017. 17 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2011

LIFE IN PUGET SOUND: RETURN OF THE PLANKTON (2004)

This documentary follows two scuba divers on an incredible journey through the underwater world that surrounds Bainbridge Island. Produced by island artist Cameron Snow with underwater videographer John F. Williams and science advisor Bruce Claiborne. 30 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2005

LIFE SOCKS (2015)

Michael Anthony is a broken man. He goes about each day waiting for something to happen. Something to get him out of his perpetual “funk.” Until one day, while performing a few simple chores like doing his laundry, he meets a couple of… socks. Written, directed, and edited by Liz Ellis and 2016 guest festival director Matt Longmire. 7 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2016.

MEMORY LANE: A PHOTO JOURNAL FROM A BAINBRIDGE TAXI DRIVER (2007)

A historical photo journal of Bainbridge Island people and places taken on the road by island taxi driver Jewel Clearwater between 1997 and 2006. 22 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2007

ONE WITH THE WORK (2006)

Dave Ullin was a Bainbridge Island woodworker, liveaboard, and poet. This short portrait gives voice to the ideas of a remarkable community steward. Ullin passed away last year. Filmmaker Noah Dassel studied film and video production at the Evergreen State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. 7 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2007

OPENING DAY (2004)

The story of an old man coming to grips with age and losing the ability to do the things he loves. Produced by Taylor Guterson and adapted from a short story by his father, David Guterson, with the assistance of his cousin, Gillon Crichton.  Starring Bob Burkholder, Bob Cederwall, and Travis Guterson. 22 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2005

OUTSOURCED (2006)

Outsourced is a modern-day comedy of cross-cultural conflict and romance. Todd Anderson spends his days managing a customer call center in Seattle until his job, along with those of the entire office, are outsourced to India. Adding insult to injury, Todd must travel to India to train his new replacement. As he navigates through the chaos of Bombay and an office paralyzed by constant cultural misunderstandings, Todd yearns to return to the comforts of home. But it is through his team of quirky yet likable Indian call center workers, including his friendly and motivated replacement, Puro, and the charming, opinionated Asha, that Todd realizes that he too has a lot to learn, not only about India and America, but about himself. He soon discovers that being outsourced may be the best thing that ever happened to him. 103 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2010

OVER THE YEARS: SAN CARLOS ANNUAL POETRY READING (2007)

A retrospective of Bainbridge Island’s longest running poetry reading (over twenty years – no one can really remember when it started) that takes place each spring at the San Carlos Restaurant. 30 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2007

PLASTIC IS FOREVER (2010)

Bainbridge Island families collect plastic refuse washed up on the beach at Point No Point, contemplate its impact on the marine environment, and turn it into artwork with the message: rethink plastics. The film was a project of the Bainbridge Island Watershed Council. 12 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2011

RUN AWAY (2015)

The death of a relationship told through dance. 4 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2015

SNEEZE (2000)

An absurd but sympathetic look at a community of people who eroticize sneezing. The film follows the fetishists as they inhale pepper, record endless “achoos,” and surf the web for sneeze sites, in hot pursuit of the "beauty and power of the sneeze." 8 minutes.

BHS graduate Jordan Harrison produced this quasi-documentary for a film class at the New School for Social Research, where it was chosen for a selected screening of new student films. He is now an award-winning New York-based playwright and screenwriter.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2001

2000 MAN (2001)

A humorous look at a guy (played by local artist J.EZ) caught in a modern-day bind: he knows he needs to be "sensitive and such," but he's clueless about what that means. 7 minutes.

Originally screened at Celluloid 2002