Humboldt State University film students have been bringing carefully-crafted independent films to local aficionados for 48 years via the Humboldt International Film Festival. It's the oldest student-run film festival in the world — HSU students have been prescreening and judging festival submissions since 1967. This year, the festival returns to its original home, the Minor Theatre, after spending nearly a decade at the Van Duzer Theater.
The festival kicks off Wednesday, April 22 and runs through Saturday, April 25 with 26 films over the first three nights. The screen lights up each night at 7 p.m. ($5 per night). Wednesday gets things started with the weird and wonderful Animation/Experimental night, including I Was a Teenage Girl Apparently, Uncandy, Swallowed Whole and Cybergenisis. On Thursday, see the documentaries Road to Desegregation, Old Dudes, Code Oakland, Life Under the Bridge and DAMS. Narrative night is on Friday, with Tenuous, Electric Indigo, The Matador, Son Shine, Consolation Prize and The Collection, among others. Wrap it up with Best of the Fest and Judges Awards on closing night, Saturday.
These films embody the art, time and execution of student filmmakers from around the world. Come to the Minor Theatre and see the storytelling unfold. The next Scorsese, Bergman, Capra or Bigelow may be seated next to you.
— Kali Cozyris