Local Designers + Global Films

To commemorate SpIFF’s 15th anniversary, we asked 21 local designers to create original posters for 25 of this year’s films. This site is a preview. Like all good design, though, you’re going to want to see these in person.

Feb. 1, 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm | Free | All-Ages | The Bing

Logo design by Jesse Pierpoint

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Okay so now it’s feeling real! Three days you guys!

SpIFF: PosterizeFeb. 1, 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm | Free | All-Ages | The Bing

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MARIACHI GRINGO

Feb. 8 at 7 pm & Feb. 9 at 4:15 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Sebastian Lopez

A stifled, small-town man, stuck in a dead end life, runs away to Mexico to be a mariachi singer. Mariachi Gringo is a musical tour-de-force exploring the reality of “following your dreams” across cultural, personal, social and geographical borders.

SITTING BETWEEN TWO CHAIRS

Feb. 10 at 4:15 pm | The Magic Lantern | TICKETS

Poster design by Derek Landers

WORLD PREMIERE! Sitting Between Two Chairs tells the story of world-renowned Russian photojournalist Leonid Bergoltsev, who documented the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War and is now living in America without possibility of returning to his homeland.  He is a man stuck between two cultures who makes insightful comparisons between film and digital photography and Communism and Capitalism and who asserts, with wit, passion, and conviction that for all its thought-policing, the photography of the Soviet Era still bears more truth than the imagery seen in the American media today.

Ira Gardner and Leonid Bergoltsev are scheduled to attend

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WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES

Feb. 4 at 6:45 pm & Feb. 10 at 11:30 am | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Katie Irvin

Traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman from the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the comic blockbusters of today, examining how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation. 

Hosted by Mary Pat Treuthart of Movies 101 and Gonzaga Law School (Feb 4 Only)

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BERT STERN: ORIGINAL MADMAN

Feb. 3 at 2 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Sean Murphy

This story of self-creation — rise, fall, and reinvention —  follows Bert Stern from his start as a mailroom boy at Look Magazine to his minting as one of the original photographer stars. 

Hosted by Irv Broughton of Spokane Falls Community College

IN THE FOG

Feb. 5 at 6:30 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Sean Finley

Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.

Hosted by Pete Porter, Director of SpIFF

WAR WITCH (REBELLE)

Feb. 10 at 6:30 pm | the Magic Lantern

Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film

THE THIEVES

Feb. 2 at 7 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Jesse Pierpoint

Five thieves at the top of their game assemble for their biggest job yet. But this new score may be too hot. As the crew gears up and strolls into the casino armed with a plan, skills and a whole lot of nerve, it quickly becomes clear that avoiding the cops may not be the toughest problem.

Sponsored By The Sister Cities Association of Spokane

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NUALA

Feb. 2 at 2 pm & Feb. 3 at 4:30 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Nick Tibbetts

Nuala tells the story of memoirist, critic and novelist Nuala O’Faolain though the eyes of her friend Marian Finucane. With only a month left to live, Nuala turned to Marian to talk about her impending death in a radio interview whose rawness transfixed all of Ireland and provoked an intense debate. 

Hosted by Tony Flinn of Eastern Washington Univerity

ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR

Feb. 8 at 9:30 pm & Feb. 9 at 9 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Matt Bogue

Loved equally by the London Film Society and The Hollywood Reporter, Andrew Bird: Fever Year is a deft melding of documentary and concert film about one of the most beguiling minds of our musical generation.

Hosted by Luke Baumgarten, SpIFF Programmer

GARDEN IN THE SEA (Jardin en el Mar)

Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm & Feb. 6 at 6:45 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Katie Linder

In the heart of Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO world heritage site in Baja Califironia Sur, Mexico, the renowned Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias, creates a “Garden in the Sea” — a labyrinth-like setting of various screens sunk into the sea. 

Hosted by Isaac Grambo of Eastern Washington University (Feb 1 Only)

ROSE (Roza)

Feb. 1 at 5:30 pm & Feb. 10 at 2:15 pm | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Karli Ingersoll

This riveting period drama reveals a little-known chapter of Polish history: the post-WWII persecution of the Mazurians, indigenous residents of what is now northeastern Poland. Drawn together by their respective sorrows, Tadeusz and Rose form a protective bond that unexpectedly matures into a deep and tender love.

Hosted by Vaughn Overlie, SpIFF Programmer

IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH: THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY

Feb. 1 at 9:30 pm & Feb. 2 at noon | The Magic Lantern

Poster design by Marcus Brown

This enthralling music documentary brings together such diverse musicians as Pete Townshend of the Who and Chris Funk of the Decemberists in celebration of the life and work of theinfluential composer, guitarist, author and provocateur John Fahey. 

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BEST OF THE NORTHWEST

Feb. 1 at 5 pm | The Bing 

Poster design by Eric Smith

A program of unique and award winning short films, all harvested from right in here in the Great Northwest. Tickets are only $5, and audience members will have the chance to vote for their favorite short, The Best of the Northwest.

Hosted by Adam Boyd, SpIFF Programmer

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