Friday Harbor Film Fest Presents Best of the Fest

First & Third Tuesday Jan. - June
7:00 p.m.
Admission Information:

 Admission is by donation.  Film Society Members are free.

The Friday Harbor Film Festival presents The Best of the Fest, shown every first and  third Tuesday of each month and has selected the top rated films of the 2017 Film Festival to screen at the Grange Jan.-June 2018. 

March 6 - Yasuni Man

Winner of Best Feature Film at 2017 New York WILD Film Festival and the Panda Award for Emerging Talent at 2016 Wildscreen Festival

 In the depths of South America, where the Andes, the Amazon and the Equator collide, a wilderness exists that is one of Earth’s most bio-diverse areas – a place where mammals (including humans), birds, plants, and amphibians all thrive.  Yasuni Man documents a conflict raging deep within this area, pitting biodiversity and human rights against extractive industries and human consumption. The Waorani people who inhabit this forest Eden were once under siege by missionaries seeking to civilize them; now they are facing industry operatives and their own government in their fight to survive.

Join filmmaker Killackey and his native friend Otobo as they explore what may be lost as oil companies encroach, human rights violations run rampant, and the wilderness is destroyed — all for the oil that lies beneath this not yet exploited land.

March 20 - Crazy Wise

Premiered at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival

Crazy…or wise?  There is a growing movement of mental health professionals in this country who are concerned about how various psychoses are defined and treated in the West.

The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures is often quite different from our modern views, identifying what we term “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential rather than as evidence of a brain that is somehow broken.  In this documentary, human rights photographer and filmmaker Borges explores the mental health crisis in America, and interviews a variety of renowned professionals in the field.  He discovers a growing group of individuals who are concerned about our biomedical psychiatric approach, and are instead demanding alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections and finding meaning.

Crazywise explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into a positive transformative experience.