CASCADIA debuted a multi-event film festival. It begain on Friday, October 28, 2016 with a Welcome Happy Hour for guest directors, festival sponsors, and the CASCADIA Board of Directors. It was followed by a one-day showcase on Saturday, October 29, 2016. This included two screenings presented as part of the Pickford Film Center’s Doctober film festival. The program included an evening kick-off party, a day of films, a directors’ reception, and a panel discussion. See below for all the details!


Panel: IMMERSIVE REALITY: New Technologies in Media & Film

The event was held WWU Campus, Communication Facility Building and moderated by Dr. Mary Erickson, Professor of Communication Studies and CASCADIA Board Member. The event was free and open to the public.

This panel examined how new technologies and platforms are changing contemporary filmmaking practices. CASCADIA brought together filmmakers, activists, and leading creatives in virtual reality(VR), augmented reality (AR) and 360°immersion to explore the impact of new media and other multimedia modalities on filmmaking and communities. Emphasis was given to the ways in which these new technologies and platforms open up spaces for women to produce and distribute media projects.

Panelist: Dacia Sáenz –  Filmmaker & Storyteller from Austin, Texas

Panelist: Sandy Cioffi –  Filmmaker and Founder/Executive Director of Fearless360º, a new media and virtual reality production company in Seattle, WA.

Panelist: Amy Benson –  Filmmaker & Co-owner of Nonfiction Media, a production company in Seattle, WA.

Workshop: Creating VR Content for Smartphones

This workshop was held on the WWU Campus, Communication Facility Building and instructed by John Farquhar, Director, WWU Academic Technology & User Services. It was free and open to the public.

This hands-on workshop introduced the technology of Virtual Reality by exploring Google Cardboard and other smartphone apps for creating VR content. Participants created 3D and panoramic images for display within Google Cardboard. Attendees brought their own iPhone or Android smartphone. Google Cardboard kits were provided.


“Sweet Crude” doc
by Sandy Cioffi

Despite the valuable crude oil that flows from the ground beneath their feet, the impoverished villagers in the Niger Delta wage a daily struggle to survive. This Seattle-made documentary journeys to the region to examine the complex fuel economy situation that could have drastic local and global effects. Film Website Here

6:30PM SCREENING: “Drawing the Tiger” doc
by Amy Benson, Scott Squire,
& Ramyata Limbu

Filmed over seven years, Drawing the Tiger is an intimate portrait of a family in Nepal who get a chance to break their cycle of poverty: Their brightest child is awarded a scholarship to attend school in the city. When she doesn’t return home, the family is forced to survive without her and the opportunity they believed would change their ill fate. Film Website Here

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