City Lights to host ‘Wandering Reel’ film festival

Oct. 10, 2018 — 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.

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, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. The program showing is called “Our Basic Assumptions.”

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.”

Harrington will lead 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.”


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