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"Twisp: The Power of Community" to show at FireHouse Arts and Events Center


“Twisp: The Power of Community” (, a film that explores the question, “In a society that seems increasingly polarized and confrontational, how do some communities manage to get along?” will screen at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center at 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham, on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults; $5 kids and are available at the door, which opens at 6:30. Several years in the making, the 40-minute documentary explores the qualities that enable one tiny rural community—well-known to most Bellingham residents—to thrive, when so many others are dying, or being swallowed up by development. Starting with a telling of the town’s Native/white reconciliation process, the film also shares its successful opposition to a controversial mega ski resort development; its homegrown safety net—from a teen suicide prevention program to a food bank and, more recently, an affordable housing initiative. It also describes the town’s recovery from back-to-back summers of devastating wildfires and its investment in art and local artists as an economic development strategy. The film has won a handful of awards from Impact Docs and Docs Without Borders, among others. Leslee Goodman, the film’s director, says the film is intended as an antidote to the increasingly confrontational and intolerant rhetoric that has characterized public discourse in recent years. “Our community is as evenly divided between people with ‘red’ versus ‘blue’ affiliations as the rest of the country,” she says. “But we still work together to address our common problems and to celebrate the qualities we’re grateful to share—such as local beauty, local food, and local talent. I hope that's a message that will inspire the rest of the country, as well." For more information, visit

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Firehouse Performing Arts Center
• Fri 8/23/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM