Mini film festival, April 26-28

Submitted by the Orcas Island Film Festival.

The Orcas Island Film Festival will present a seven-film/six-country mini film festival, April 26-28, at the Sea View Theatre.

OIFF film curator Carl Spence, has been to all the world’s best festivals to get the best films (and his favorites) that will be coming out this summer and fall. He has created another powerful lineup of films that local film buffs have come to expect from him.

The seven hand-picked films include: “Knock Down the House,” the audience award-winner from Sundance Film Festival, which was voted best overall documentary and narrative; the Glasgow country singing audience favorite “Wild Rose” from the Toronto International Film Festival; from China, award-winning director Zhang Yimou’s latest, “Shadow,” in which he once again pushes boundaries to create a swordplay epic like no other; Kenya’s banned but submitted-to-the-academy-awards lesbian love story “Rafiki,” reminiscent of Spike Lee’s early work; “Never Look Away,” Germany’s Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language Film; “The Biggest Little Farm,” a charming documentary from India on the trial, tribulations and pitfalls of city folk trying to tame the land for harvest; and “Photograph” by director Ritesh Batra, a powerfully romantic and gently comedic film that made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

A single-ticket price is $14, and a Film Lovers Pass is $65 (less than $10 for each film with no fees). Visit for more information.