Cemetery Tales Film Screening & Talkback

Saturday, November 6, 2021
$20 per Adult
$18 for Students & Seniors
$5 SNAP/Oregon Trail discounted tickets available – must be purchased in the Gallery in person.
Cemetery Tales is a fundraiser for the Hood River County Heritage Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that runs The History Museum of Hood River County. Proceeds from this screening will be shared between the History Museum and Columbia Center for the Arts.
Cemetery Tales, the popular annual theatrical performance about influential members of our community from the past, has been created as a professional video production this year. This is the 11th production of Cemetery Tales, an event created by The History Museum of Hood River County featuring local actors. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the production of Cemetery Tales in 2020 and has shifted this year’s production to a virtual format.
The individuals portrayed this year represent the diversity of those who have lived in Hood River County, including early white settlers in the 1850s; the first Black family to live in Hood River in the 1870s; a Japanese-American man born in Parkdale but affected by internment and racism during and after WWII; and one of the first Mexican-American families to settle here in the late 1960s who opened the beloved Jose’s Taco House.
Director/ producer Joe Garoutte reflected on the project: “This year’s video rendition of Cemetery Tales strives to connect the stories and struggles of our historical residents, but moreover I hope to illuminate how similar we all are at our cores, at a human level. We see and experience so much division right now, and in so many ways it is not new. We need to recognize that. If at every opportunity we have conversations about our similarities instead of our differences, about our common goals instead of our selfish interests, and if we also recognize that helping out and standing up for our fellow humans is crucial to our healthy survival, we may someday unite more completely as a species.
Talkback to include director/producer Joe Garoutte, writer/producer Michael Friend and actors Jim Yue, Elisa Solis, Kathy Williams, Ann Harris and Tom Burns.


Nov 06 2021


7:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR, 97031, US

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