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Academy Award Nominee James Longley Livestream Event

James Longley, recipient of the 2020 FHFF Local Hero Award, will participate in a special livestream Q&A on Sunday, October 18 at 8 pm, giving viewers the opportunity to learn about his work and ask questions.  His most recent film about Afghanistan, Angels Are Made of Light, is showing on demand during the Festival, October 15-25. Full details about his film and Q&A are available at

Longley uses documentary filmmaking and photography as a way to enhance awareness of the wider world. His work focuses particularly on civilians in locations - The Gaza Strip, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan - that are politically fraught and whose futures are intertwined with our own foreign policy. 

He grew up on San Juan Island with three sisters and marine neurobiologist parents, Alison and Roger, long-time researchers at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories. James attended school in Friday Harbor through the 10th grade and worked during college as a projectionist at the Royal Theater - now the Palace Theater - and stocking shelves at Kings Market. Longley finished high school at Phillips Andover Academy and attended the University of Rochester, The Gornyii Institute in Leningrad, Wesleyan University, and the All-Russia Institute of Cinematography in Moscow.

Starts: October 18, 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: online
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