City Lights hosts 2018 ‘Wandering Reel’ film festival


Wandering Reel is a traveling short film festival with a focus on bringing meaningful films to communities with limited or no access to compassionate, thought-provoking cinema.

Wandering Reel strives to engage its audience in deeper conversation about the role of cinema, and how films can relate to community, conscious living, and contribute to making the world a stronger and more unified place.

Now in its 4th season of bringing important cinema to small towns and rural communities all over North America, Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival is back in Florence for another afternoon of powerful, award winning short films from around the world.

This year’s festival will take place at City Lights Cinema (1930 Highway 101 Florence, OR 97439) on Sunday, November 4th at 2:30 P.M. The program showing is called “Our Basic Assumptions.”

Here's the description: What happens when we leave our assumptions at the door? These seven shorts challenge stereotypes around poverty, race, integrity, sexuality, gender, age, and more.

This year, the festival features 25 short films divided into four different themed programs that explore topics ranging from gender and equality, to overcoming obstacles and remembering the little moments that make a life whole.

For the first time in the festival’s short history, the majority of films featured this year are directed by women, a fact that according to festival director, Michael Harrington, was “not intentional but a wonderful surprise once the final films were chosen.”

Each film is chosen based on its merit of telling a powerful story, then programmed with films that, together, are an integral part of a larger story, represented in the theme of the program.  

Wandering Reel was not only conceived as a way to give a longer life to important short films, but a way to bring communities together through a shared experience, in this case, the shared experience of cinema.

For this reason, Michael Harrington leads a Q&A discussion after each screening to deepen the experience and provide information about how and why the films were made. “Short films don’t necessarily answer all the questions for the viewer and often times are made to inspire questions,” says Harrington. “I’m more of a facilitator of these conversations. The best screenings always end with me learning something from the audience about the films we just watched, not just the other way around.”  

Visit City Lights Cinemas for more information.