Many ‘Watch Globally, Drink Locally’ at film festival

Mo Fine (left), one of the filmmakers that brought the Tumbleweed Film Festival to Oroville at Esther Bricques Winery, with fellow Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins, whose film “Dishonesty” took Tumbleweed’s “Best of Fest” awar

Mo Fine (left), one of the filmmakers that brought the Tumbleweed Film Festival to Oroville at Esther Bricques Winery, with fellow Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins, whose film “Dishonesty” took Tumbleweed’s “Best of Fest” awar

OROVILLE -Seattle filmmakers Charles Forsgren and Tim Watkins took “Best of Fest” withtheir film “Dishonesty” at the first annual Tumbleweed Film Festival held lastweekend in Oroville.

“This year’sfestival went beyond our expectations, as the turnout was great. We’realready making plans to continue the growth and excitement for next year’sfestival,” said Geoff Klein, who with fellow Seattle filmmaker Mo Fine andseveral of their friends from Seattle and Oroville brought the film festival totown for its inaugural run.

“We reallyappreciated the community’s support for the film festival and for theopportunity to make it happen,” Klein said. “It was great that we had guestsfrom the U.S. and Canada and from as far away as Germany.”

The short filmfestival attracted about 120 people total at its two venues on Friday andSaturday, with even a few film-goers attending both night’s showings.  On Friday night at Esther Bricques Winerythe audience was treated to 12 short films with six shown in each one-hoursegment with a break in between. Shown were “The Dream” , “Sleepwalker” ,  “Alma” , “Prizes” ,  “Time Machine” , “Baxter’s Big Day” ,”Sacred Symphony” , “Wonder Hospital” , ”Dishonesty” ,  “Painter ofSkies” , “Estes Ave.” and “Miracle Fish.” “Dishonesty,” a film aboutrelationships, was the winner of the Best of Fest, but Baxter’s Big Day, byKlein and Fine, about a dog who fills in at the corporate office and gives apresentation after his master’s car breaks down was certainly a fan favorite.”Alma” , “Wonder Hospital” and “Painter of Skies” were foreign animated shortsand definitely a little creepy, though beautifully crafted.

Steve and LindaColvin, owners of the winery went out of their way to make the movie-goerscomfortable with their new addition to their tasting room and winery, as wellas with food catered by Diana Taylor.

After wine atasting event the next day held at Taber’s Taste of Summer Fruit Barn featuringCopper Mountain Wines, the film festival’s “Watch Globally, Drink Locally” motowas continued at its next venue at Alpine Brewery in downtown Oroville.

The Saturdayevening showings were hosted by Bart Truabek, owner of the brewery, as well asKen and Bonni Mathews of Lake Crest Winery, Linda and Steve Colvin of EstherBricques and Judi Tabor of Copper Mountain. Wines from Okanogan Estate andVineyards were also available thanks to the Mathews who poured for Oroville’sfourth local winery as well.

At the Brewerythe movies were “Follow the Flow”, “Live Henry Live”, “Adelide”, “Mei Ling” and”A Few Marbles More” during the first hour and “Living Planet”, “The Furry”,”Last Hand Standing” , “Ladenhueter” and “True Beauty this Night.”"Ladenhueter,” from Germany, like the other foreign entries, had subtitles, butweren’t needed for the several German-speaking attendees to the festival intown to visit the brewery owner.

Each nightthose who watched the movies were asked to rank them between one and five, withfive being the highest. The votes were then tallied to give the festivalorganizers an idea of what movies were liked best.

“Kudos to Steveand Linda at Esther Bricques, Bart at Alpine Brewing and Judiat Copper Mountain for all their hard work and for believing in us.Without their help, this event probably wouldn’t have happened!” Klein said.”We’d also like to thank Oroville Chamber of Commerce President and our friendGary DeVon for all his help and the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune for alltheir coverage leading up to the festival.”

Attendees that would like to further comment on theirexperience can go to on how to improve the festival are welcome by the organizers at

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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