Guerrilla Film Project seeks teams of high-schoolers


February marks the 10th annual Guerrilla Film Project, a Northwest filmmaking competition produced by Pickford Film Center, 1316 Bay St. Registration is now open to teams of high school students. This year, organizers are trying to cast the net a bit further and reach more students.

Lindsey Gerhard, Pickford's marketing coordinator, and Avielle Heath, director of the project, explain how it works.

It's an annual competition for high school students from around Northwest Washington. Students form teams of three to five to write, shoot, cut and edit a three-minute narrative film in less than 65 hours. All entries must use a specified line of dialogue and select props.

This year's competition will be held over Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, at Pickford.

The competition is open to the first 25 teams that register. The deadline to register is Feb. 10. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three film teams.

Details:, or 360­441­8821 or


Each spring Bellingham is home to a half dozen creative re-use events - the Welding Rodeo, Trash Fashion, Recycled Art Shows and the Procession of the Species.

In addition to that highly entertaining roster of events, the Recycled Arts Resource Expo (RARE) hosts a strong program of educational workshops, speakers, panel discussions, exhibits and booths.

People who attend can take home innovative ideas that recognize the value of using resources creatively, forging new avenues for reuse in other industries. Artists, businesses and groups that focus on the environment and sustainability all become a part of RARE.

For the purposes of RARE, recycled art is defined as consisting of at least 75 percent materials that would otherwise have been thrown away if not for their creative use in art.

This year, RARE is set to run April 4-6, mostly at the Federal Building on Magnolia Street and Cornwall Avenue. Entries are open for artist booths, exhibitors, workshop facilitators, speakers and performers.

Partners for RARE include Bellingham Arts Commission, Appliance Depot, Pickford Film Center, The Spark Museum, Whatcom Museum and Whatcom Tourism. Allied Arts membership is not required to participate in RARE, but it is appreciated.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 7. Details:, 360-676-8548,


And now for something completely different. If you've never tried folk dancing, this Saturday, Feb. 1, may be a good time to try it.

The Makedonians will play for the First Saturday Folk Dance party from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the "upstairs" room at Fairhaven Library, 1117 12th St.

Formed in 1983 at Western Washington University, they call themselves "the college recital that never ended." The number of musicians varies from about seven to 10, and the talented ensemble (which include Bellingham saxophonist and flute player Mark Kelly and guitarist Pat Wickline), play toe-tapping tunes from the Balkans and neighboring regions, including songs like "Fida Has Lost Her Necklace" and "Why Do You Look At Me So Passionately?"

OK, so the songs are sung in Greek, Russian or some Slavic language, but the band is so infectious you may come just to listen!

You'll hear all kinds of ethnic instruments, such as the bouzouki, tambura, dumbek and klarino, as well as oboe, accordion and fiddle.

The Fourth Corner Folkdancers will be happy to lead you through the dances, which usually start out easy earlier in the evening and gradually become more complex. Guests are encouraged to bring finger foods; suggested donation is $15 to pay the band and rent the hall. Also, please wear clean-soled shoes so the floor won't be damaged.

Details: 360-733-1815. More on the band:

Reach Margaret Bikman at 360-715-2273 or

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