Friday Harbor Film Fest's Winter series begins Jan. 5

The Friday Harbor Film Festival's   2016 Audience Choice Winter Film Series runs January through May on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange. All the films included were audience favorites during the three-day Festival in November 2015.

Theresa Simendinger is coordinating the winter film series.  If you would like to help, please stop by the film festival's office, located at the corner of First and West Streets to sign up, or write info@fhff.org. Screening fees and venue cost for each of these films are paid for by your donations so your generosity is extremely appreciated.

The  first film Jan. 5, 2016 is Killswitch; a gripping documentary about the battle for control over the Internet. Free speech, innovation and democracy are all up for grabs as the Internet comes under attack for its disruptive and dynamic nature. The filmmakers frame the story of two young “hactivists.”

This film probes the efforts of big business to control the Internet, the efforts of government to regulate it, and the efforts of hackers to free up information worldwide as well as the consequences of doing this. Winner of the Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary at 2014 Woodstock Film Festival

On January 19, 2016 is  Buck, winner of Tales of the Heart at the 2015 FHFF.

“Your horse is a mirror to your soul, and sometimes you may not like what you see. Sometimes, you will.” So says Buck Brannaman, a true American cowboy and sage on horseback who travels the country for nine grueling months a year helping horses with people problems.

Buck, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life “horse-whisperer,” he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.

A truly American story about an unsung hero, Buck is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds. Also Winner of the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at 2011 Sundance Film Festival and 10 other awards in 2011 and 2012

Join us this winter to see all those films you missed or want to see again. Join the Film Society and check out any of the previous films from the past  three years. http://www.fhff.org/film-society/, or stop by our office we are open 12-4 Tues-Friday.

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