Bainbridge Island’s homegrown film festival made its twentieth appearance November 17 and 18, 2018. Once again, the Historic Lynwood Theatre’s silver screen lit up with dozens of local films, delighting audiences with visions of the island stretching back forty years.

Since 1999, Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival has been presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. In that time, it has showcased hundreds of films with a connection to Bainbridge Island, either filmed here or made by island residents. To celebrate this legacy, this year we offered up a retrospective selection of quirky favorites from two decades of Celluloid.

Kathleen Thorne being presented an award recognizing her contributions to Celluloid at the festival’s Opening Night Reception

Festival-goers revisited the highlights of the festival with films like “Boomtown,” “Outsourced,” “The Gefilte Fish Chronicles,” and “Birth of a Salesman.” This year’s featured film was “The Fundamentals of Caring,” based on “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving,” the best-selling novel by island author Jonathan Evison. The retrospective was co-curated by Kathleen Thorne, the festival’s founder and mastermind, and TJ Faddis, former long-time manager of the Lynwood Theatre. From feature-length dramas to documentaries, comedy shorts, and experimental music videos, the films in this year’s lineup represented the creativity, the hilarity, and the heart that have defined Celluloid from its very beginning.

The festival began with an Opening Night Reception at the Marketplace at Pleasant Beach. Guests enjoyed fine food and drink and heard from AHB Executive Director Anne Smart as well as special guests Jonathan Evison and Kathleen Thorne. Kathleen was presented with a commemorative achievement award in recognition of her role in bringing Celluloid to the island community for so many years.

Sunday saw a full day of retrospective screenings, with local films from 1976 to 2016 making appearances. Hundreds of islanders showed up to revisit favorite films of the past.

In recognition of their contributions to the twentieth Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival, we want to express our thanks to Kathleen Thorne, TJ Faddis, Jonathan Evison, Case Levenson and Ruel Johnson, Jeff Brien and Pat Patton of Faraway Entertainment, Keith Brofsky, Diane Bonciolini, Natalia Clermont, Ethan Currier, Jason Erickson, Joel Sackett, Ron Stewart, Rosario Treviño-Yoson, the entire staff of the Lynwood Theatre, Flowering Around, the Marketplace at Pleasant Beach, the City of Bainbridge Island’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, and the many filmmakers who have contributed to Celluloid over the past two decades!

What’s next for Celluloid?

Since its inception, Celluloid has been presented by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. An important part of AHB’s mission is to nurture and grow programs that can eventually take wing as stand-alone arts institutions. In the course of twenty years, we’ve made Celluloid an indispensable feature of the island’s creative landscape.

As AHB refocuses on our primary role as a connector to and within the island’s cultural sector, we think Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival is ready to transform into an independent event. We’re handing the festival’s considerable legacy over to a team of community members who are interested in piloting the festival into the future. We’re already in the process of reviewing proposals and welcome the community’s interest and enthusiasm. Send us an email at admin@ahbainbridge.org if you’d like to get involved with the festival’s future.

We would ideally like to see the festival continue as a venue for local filmmakers and films with a connection to Bainbridge Island, but we’re also excited to see Celluloid continue to grow and change.

It’s been a tremendous pleasure to serve the local community of filmmakers and film enthusiasts and to offer an experience that is truly representative of Bainbridge Island. Thanks to everyone whose participation has made Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival possible throughout the years.

Get the History

And check out the interview with Kathleen Thorne and TJ Faddis on What’s Up Bainbridge from BCB:

Hosted by frequent Celluloid organizer and film buff John Fossett, the conversation digs into the origins of the festival and describes some of its highlights.

We’ve got a new logo, a new mission, and a new project!

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge debuted a fresh look last weekend at the Farm to Table Harvest Supper for the Arts. The exciting new logo signals the organization’s evolving role in the island’s cultural sector.

Throughout 2018, we’ve been having conversations with our partners in the cultural sector and with people throughout our community about how best AHB can serve Bainbridge Island. What we’ve heard is that, while the opportunities to experience arts and culture on the island are plentiful, what’s missing is a central resource that allows island residents and visitors to tap into our community’s creative culture in all its dimensions. The arts are so vibrant here: what if there was an easy way to get connected to the full breadth of what our community offers?

AHB has been at the center of the cultural sector for 30 years. We’re uniquely positioned to lead the way toward a more cohesive, integrated, and inviting arts culture on Bainbridge Island. We heard you, and we’re working on some innovative solutions.

While we’ve always been “the nexus of all things cultural on Bainbridge Island,” we’re focused on new ways we can fill this role. To match this effort, we’ve come up with a new mission statement:

We connect you to the abundance of creativity in our community to empower and inspire.

We’re committed to bringing Bainbridge Island’s arts and culture right to your door, making it available for you to reach out and see, hear, and feel every day. Our new projects will do just that. Stay tuned for more information about the resources we’ll be rolling out in 2019, and in the meantime, keep an eye out around town for our new logo!