He Gave Up His Car

By Alexandra Bush April 29, 2010


NFFTY (the National Film Festival for Talented Youth), an annual event put on by an arts non profit called The Talented Youth, is a four-day youth short-film festival for kids from across the country. That includes films about sitting on your front stoop waiting for your prom date to show up (A Date to Prom, Mark Dreschke, 19, California), sitting at the car wash trying to figure out the world (The Carwash, James Kicklighter, 21, Georgia), and, mostly, sitting just about anywhere and thinking about growing up.

There are also panel discussions and workshops re: how to be a young filmmaker, including how to find success in Hollywood, how directors should talk to actors, and how to make DIY special effects.

There’s an opening night gala and film screening tonight at the Cinerama at 7:30 pm, and then a party at the EMP’s Sky Church. Check out the full NFFTY schedule here.

From April 29th to May 2nd at the Cinerama (2100 4th Avenue), SIFF Cinema (321 Mercer Street), the Vera Project (Warren Avenue N. & Republican Street), and the Experience Music Project (325 5th Avenue N.).


In 2008, Whidbey Islander Kurt Hoelting stopped just thinking about the climate crisis, and started doing. He gave up his car and pledged for one year to travel only by foot, bike, sea kayak, and occasionally, public transportation.

Staying within 100 km (60 mi) of his home over the course of that year, Hoelting undertook adventures including a 500-mile bicycle trip around the region, a 200-mile kayak voyage from South Whidbey to Vancouver Island, and a 130-mile walk through the Skagit Basin.

Originally inspired by Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Hoelting has now produced a book of his own:  The Circumference of Home.  He reads from the book and talks about his experiences tomorrow evening at a People for Puget Sound-sponsored lecture.

Tomorrow, 7-8:30PM, Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave).  Tickets $10.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

The University of Washington School of Law hosts the 17th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, for lawyers, mediators, and conflict managers.  Registration includes three sessions and a reception at the Burke Museum.

April 30-May 1 at the UW School of Law, William Gates Hall (15th Ave NE and NE 42nd St).  Registration required, $130-$290.

The '50s and '60s in America were an iconic time: the look, the sound, the action of the times still shapes what we do now. Bill Guttenberg and Dan Sturman's new documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution takes a closer look at the protest songs that inspired civil rights activists of those days.

Northwest Film Forum, April 30-May 5 at 7 :00 and 9:00PM.  Tickets $6-$9.

Search-and-rescue worker Susannah Charleson comes from Dallas to read from her new book, Scent of the Missing:  Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog. It's about Charleson's relationship with her partner, Puzzle—the dog she raised and trained from infancy to sniff out disaster victims.  If you haven't seen the beautiful new Elliott Bay space, here's a good chance to check it out.

Tomorrow at 7pm at Elliott Bay (1521 10th Ave).  Free.

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