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Woodsrider, screening with: Marshall

  • Colligan Plaza Theater 1020 River Street Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 United States (map)


(Documentary Feature, 1 hr 12 mins)


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Scheduled to attend: Cambria Matlow (Director) and Sadie Ford (subject)

Synopsis: Tucked in the trees of Oregon’s Mount Hood, an introspective young snowboarder camps alone, anticipating a winter of adventure and self-renewal in this experimental, moody documentary.  Tenacious, 19-year old Sadie Ford operates within the poetic persona of a searching pioneer. Her footsteps track over the town of Government Camp’s mountain landscape, her dog Scooter her only constant companion.  Deep among the Douglas firs Sadie snowshoes to build her nestled tentsite, a place she feels more at ease than anywhere with four walls.  Riding sessions and house parties in town provide breaths of social interaction and connection, but otherwise she chooses to spend time in solitude.  Sadie’s simple quest for joy is tempered by melancholy when increasingly warm temperatures on the mountain cause rain to replace snow, and the winter season grows shorter.  Striking a youthful yet elegiac tone, WOODSRIDER is a meditative film about identity, home, and the way that human experience echoes that of the natural world.


Director: Cambria Matlow received the inaugural 2016 Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award to write a feature length narrative script for an environmental fable about Mexican women set in the high desert during the Rogue River Wars (1855-56) in Southern Oregon. Her latest feature film, WOODSRIDER, is an immersive documentary portrait of a female snowboarder on Mt Hood, slated to premiere on the festival circuit in 2017. BURNING IN THE SUN (2010), about a young man who starts a local solar energy business in Mali, West Africa, was her directorial debut. The film was selected for IFP’s Documentary Lab and Independent Film Week, broadcast on Al Jazeera and PBS, and seen in festivals worldwide, including Rooftop Films, FICMA Barcelona, New York African Film Festival and Addis Int’l Film Festival, eventually winning the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award in Berlin. Cambria’s films seek meaning in moments of stillness and value the emotional experiences created from atmosphere and mood. Small interactions and environmental realities reveal personal and political truths. Her work has been awarded grants and artist residencies from LEF Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Experimental Television Center, the Puffin Foundation, and NW Documentary. Cambria holds a Certificate in Film Production from Burlington College in Vermont and a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from Columbia University. She anticipates earning her Masters in Essay Documentary from EICTV in Cuba in 2018.

Screening with:


(Narrative Short, 13 mins)

Scheduled to attend: Ben Judkins (director, D.P, editor), Dylan Hutchinson-Enos (actor & writer), Sophia Zaklikowski (writer), Kai Killion (score), Lucas Heinel (sound).

Synopsis: "Marshall" is a fictional short film aimed at understanding the balance an individual must find between the natural world and the manmade, concrete world. It questions and studies our relationships with ourselves, with our families and communities, with material objects, and with urban humanity and nature. The film is divided into four chapters, each symbolic of an element (water, land, fire, and wind), audio-visually representative and connected to the human experience. It functions as a meditative and self-reflective film for the viewer, grappling with what is most important to us as human beings.

Director: Ben Judkins was a recipient of the 2016-2017 UCSC Dean's award for his short film "Marshall". With a camcorder in one hand and a skateboard in the other, Ben began creating entertaining videos at the age of eight and there's no stopping in sight. He's currently working on several new film projects featuring water, wilderness and wanderlust.