Rainy Day Film Festival Presents Stanley Nelson’s Freedom Riders

Clatsop Community College (CCC) will hold the first film of the Rainy Day Film Festival on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 at Noon in the CCC Performing Arts Center (PAC).

The PAC is located at 16th and Franklin St. in Astoria and is ADA accessible.

The film shown will be Stanley Nelson’s, Freedom Riders, up for this year’s Sundance Award. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Astorian Ron Craig will introduce the film and hold a question and answer session after the film. Craig, who is the executive director and founder of the PDX AAFF (now in its second year) and the Astoria International Film Festival (now in its fourth year), has had a long love affair with independent films. It started with a visit to Paris as a young man in the spring of 1968. As he recalls, the students were after De Gaulle’s head, and they got it. Amongst all this chaos, Craig found his way to a number of independent film houses. These encounters changed his understanding of film as an art form, and inspired him to someday create his own film festival. Craig’s inspiration has taken him to produce a children’s book and three films, including Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Searching for York for which he received a 2008 Emmy nomination, along with one radio production in 2004, also with OPB.

This event is open to the public but appropriate only for mature audiences because of the graphic violence in this documentary. Admission to both the film and lecture is $5.00. Tickets may be purchased at the door of the PAC on Tuesday, January 11th, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

The Rainy Day Film Festival is hosted by C. Knutson’s English 110 Introduction to Film Studies class and the Happy Ramblers Literary Club. Email Carol Knutson for more information about this event. Visit the following links for more information about the film and the Freedom Riders:

The Happy Ramblers Literary Club also supports overseas soldiers as one of their projects this term. CCC Students Joyce Crawford (who has two sons stationed in the 104th Airborn) and President Madisen Goucher Jones have gathered new and used DVDs, CDs, and written materials (essays, poems, short stories, books, to send to the U.S. armed forces Rakkasans Unit. The unit is currently posted in an extremely remote and dangerous area in Afghanistan and cut off from contact with others. The Happy Ramblers Literary Club will send the packages to the men and women in that unit serving our country overseas.

Members of the Happy Ramblers Literary Club also plan to help with the CCC’s annual literary trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at the end of April 2011.

Visit for more information about these and other literary activities/organizations at CCC.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

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Astorian Ron Craig will introduce the film, Freedom Riders, and hold a question and answer session after the film at CCC’s Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 as part of the Rainy Day Film Festival and NW Brownbag Lecture Series. Photo courtesy of Ron Craig.

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Madisen Goucher Jones (left) and Joyce Crawford, members of CCC’s Happy Ramblers Literary Club, wrap donated items to ship to men and women serving in the U.S. armed forces overseas as part of their “Support Our Overseas Soldiers” project.

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