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Audience choses films about women at Friday Harbor Film Fest

The most popular film of the 31 feature films at the Friday Harbor Film Fest this past weekend was The If Project.  The 2019 documentary is about  Seattle’s IF Project, an innovative program aimed at assisting incarcerated women to confront the circumstances that led to their imprisonment and to begin the process of turning their lives around. It was directed by Kathlyn Horan.

"The IF Project," a documentary about an innovative writing program for incarcerated women, won the 2019 Friday Harbor Film Festival's Audience Choice AwardSunday, Oct. 27. Kathlyn Horan, the film's director, displays the festival's top trophy and left of her is Kim Bogucki, the Seattle police officer who developed the life-changing program. From left to right are FHFF volunteers: Producer Karen Palmer, Board Member Susan Waters and Director Lynn Danaher. Matt Pranger photo

In the category of Things to consider, the audience chose Zen Speaker: Breaking the Silence The documentary about sex trafficking is the story of Amy Ayoub, a prominent Nevada businesswoman who found the courage to overcome her shame about the trauma she’d kept hidden for 38 years. The film was directed by Robin Greenspun.

Maiden was chosen as the best in the Explorers and Adventures category. The documentary tells the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

The documentary, RBG, about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was chosen as the best in the Tales from the Heart category. The film   explores Ginsburg’s exceptional life and career, including her work as a legal architect of the modern women’s rights movement. It was directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West.

The best short film chosen by the audience was This Being Human a film about Hameed, a young Iraqi child of war who left everything behind when he was only 15, in a solo quest for a more peaceable future. The film was directed by Aimie Vallat.


"The IF Project," a documentary about an innovative writing program for incarcerated women, won the 2019 Friday Harbor Film Festival's Audience Choice AwardSunday, Oct. 27. Kathlyn Horan, the film's director, displays the festival's top trophy and left of her is Kim Bogucki, the Seattle police officer who developed the life-changing program. From left to right are FHFF volunteers: Producer Karen Palmer, Board Member Susan Waters and Director Lynn Danaher. Matt Pranger photo

Joe Gaydos displays the Local Hero Award presented to him at the 2019 Friday Harbor Film Festival Sunday, Oct. 27. The award recognizes "outstanding contributions to our quality of life, impacting people, animals, the arts, health or the environment." FHFF board members with Gaydos, Sea Doc Society's wildlife veterinarian and science director, are, from left: Producer Karen Palmer, Board Member Susan Waters, Director Lynn Danaher and Board Member Malcolm Suttles. Matt Pranger photo

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