Family Film Festival brings education, inspiration and a sense of community to our valley
I was excited to learn about the upcoming Icicle Creek Family Film Festival that will be held in Leavenworth and Wenatchee from Sep. 29 through Oct. 1. This festival represents a collaboration of North 40 Productions and Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and I think it will prove to be a wonderful community-building endeavor.
What stands out about Scott and Howell is their devotion to making an impact through their work. Scott, the director of content for the local video production company, said the work he finds most inspiring helps people see possibilities. A good example of this is the Era of Megafires Project that is transforming how we think about forest health and reducing wildfire risk. Howell, the director of film and development at ICCA, has a similar approach. “A lot of my work has been built around hiding something educational around something fun” such as Pedal Driven, a film about mountain biking that focuses on sustainability.
The Icicle Creek Family Film Festival is the full expression of their passion for education, community and digital literacy.
The family film workshops are going to give kids and their parents an opportunity learn stop motion techniques and basic documentary making. I think it’s great that adults get in free but they have to come with a child who is 17 or under. Youth tickets are $12. Thanks to various sponsors, the festival is extremely affordable. A pass good for all movie screenings cost just $70 for a family of four. Individual and youth passes are also available. They’ve lined up some great films, including a remake of Heidi, feature shorts from Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Kedi, the story of cats in Istanbul. El Jeremias, a film in Spanish, brings a multicultural flavor to the festival.
“Movies are a significant medium of storytelling in our culture,” Scott told me. These are films that people in the community might never have the opportunity to see.
Scott and Howell hope this film, education and workshop event is the start of an annual celebration on our region. That’s community building at its finest.