This month Spokane Falls Community College’s Annual International Film Festival brings movies from around the world to Spokane for its seventh year. Remaining films this year are The Grocer’s Son (French – 2007) on Tuesday, May 8th, Undertow (Peru – 2009) on Tuesday, May 15th, and My Name is Khan (India & U.S. – 2010) on Tuesday, May 22nd. Movie summaries are available here: http://www.spokanefalls.edu/College/Diversity/FilmSchedule.aspx
In 2005, through the work of French Instructor Elodie Phan and film instructor Mary Hyatt, SFCC was awarded a grant from the French government to put on a French Film Festival, which was held in the Bing Crosby Theater (then known as The Met). The second year the festival expanded to include films from other countries and moved to The Garland Theatre to facilitate parking. When funding was cut in 2008 it seemed that the festival might be cancelled, but Spanish Instructor Bonnie Brunt brought together a group of faculty and students who were committee to find a way to continue. To this day the festival is largely funded by student groups; major contributors over the years have been the French Club, the Spanish Club, the Alliance Club, with support from many others. Now in its seventh year, the festival continues to bring award-winning films from around the world to Spokane and has introduced thousands of students to the world of International Cinema.
Films are shown at 7:15 PM on five consecutive Tuesday evenings at The Garland Theatre, 924 West Garland Avenue, Spokane, WA. CCS students are admitted free; all others pay a general admission fee of $3.50. Ticket sales help fund next year’s festival. For more information, contact Bonnie Brunt at (509) 533-3597.