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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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$9 General
$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
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THE 10-MINUTE RULE
Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Northwest Tracking

Our Northwest Tracking programs showcase the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest—Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington—whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region. Whether presenting single artist retrospectives, new features, documentaries, or inspired collections of short works, Northwest Tracking offers testimony to the creativity and talent in our flourishing media arts community.



Thu, Apr 3, 2014
at 7 PM

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ICH HUNGER
DIRECTOR: ISAAC OLSEN
TACOMA, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—Tacoma writer/director/photographer/editor/animator Isaac Olsen’s expressionistic art film follows the exploits of an elusive “creature boy” who terrorizes a rural German township. This creature, naive but murderous, spends his days lurking in the woods and satisfying his lust for human flesh as an inspector from Frankfurt sets out to hunt him down. Olsen employs a visual cornucopia of moods, textures, and themes with miniatures, animation, water tank photography, and other techniques. With an international cast of non-actors speaking in German with English subtitles, this mostly black-and-white nod to German expressionism moves closer to the field of abstraction and transforms a simple narrative into a true sensory experience. (70 mins.)

Director Isaac Olsen will lead an audience Q&A following the screening.


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Thu, Apr 10, 2014
at 7 PM

ROMANTIC MACABREDY: SHORT FILMS BY DAVE HANAGAN
DIRECTOR: DAVE HANAGAN
SEATTLE/PORTLAND, 2000-2014

VISITING ARTIST—A recent transplant from Seattle, Hanagan joins the Portland film community (and the Northwest Film Center staff) with a body of short film work that traverses a wide span of experimental and narrative approaches to visual storytelling. Each film is set in a world uniquely different from our own—one where buffoonery and eeriness are abundant in equal measure. With a passion initially sparked by the art of cinematography, his work demonstrates a concentrated study of experimentation with cameras, lenses, and all manner of visual trickery. His films playfully recreate cinematic genres, moving from the atmosphere of classic Universal horror films to ’60s psychedelic science fiction and beyond. Included in this screening are eight films: LANDING SHIP X-1 (2014, 8 mins.); ATLAS (2011, 7 mins.); HARVEY WULFE (2009, 4 mins.); SPANISH STEPS (2007, 3 mins.); TOASTERLAND (2007, 2 mins.); CIRCADIA SEES THE MOON (2005, 17 mins.); JACK STRANGE, LITERARY HERO (2001, 32 mins.); and HIT THE OFFICIAL IN THE FACE (2000, 5 mins.). (Total running time: 78 mins.)

Director Dave Hanagan will lead an audience Q&A following the program and will teach a workshop, MAKE YOUR OWN DSLR LENS, at the School of Film on June 14.


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Thu, Apr 17, 2014
at 7 PM

Sat, Apr 19, 2014
at 5 PM

THE BEST OF THE 40TH NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

VISITING ARTISTS—Each year, following the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in November, the Film Center assembles a program of Festival highlights—award winners, audience and critical favorites—and sends it out on tour across the region and beyond to find new audiences. Tonight the tour stops in Portland—a chance to see these great films again or for the first time if you missed their Festival screenings. The program includes THE ROPER, by Anna Sandilands and Ewan McNicol, Seattle; WILD BICHONS, by Stefan Nadelman, Portland; DEER FATHER, by Alex Brinkman, Belgrade; A BEGINNING, A MIDDLE, AND AN END, by Jon Behrens, Seattle; AMERICAN LAWN, by Robert Sickels, Walla Walla; SPLIT ENDS, by Joanna Priestley, Portland; CHERYL’S SPIN, by Kathy Witkowsky, Missoula; SF HITCH, by Vanessa Renwick, Portland; and NEMO, by Adrienne Leverette and Rob Tyler, Portland. (72 mins.)

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Wed, Apr 23, 2014
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 27, 2014
at 7 PM

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WINTER IN THE BLOOD
DIRECTOR: ALEX SMITH, ANDREW SMITH
MISSOULA, MT, 2013

“True to the tough, lyrical, magical spirit of James Welch’s classic novel of Native American life, this hauntingly beautiful movie follows a young Blackfoot Indian’s alcohol-fueled search for his wife, his rifle, his identity—and salvation. WINTER IN THE BLOOD portrays a world that is too often overlooked, that of modern Native American life. Using the prose of James Welch, the film takes an unflinching and realistic look at some of the troubles that this community faces through the lens of this individual. It’s also a treat to see Native American actors, too often relegated to nameless parts in period dramas, portray such nuanced and complicated characters. The Smith brothers have created a truly beautiful and unique film that deserves to be seen; a creative accomplishment not only of filmmaking but of capturing this world.”—Indiewire. (105 mins.)



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Thu, May 1, 2014
at 7 PM

ONE LAST HUG AND A FEW SMOOCHES: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP
DIRECTOR: IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY
PORTLAND, 2014

Irene Taylor Brodsky’s diverse films have earned her numerous awards, including an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short for THE FINAL INCH (2009) and a Peabody Award for HEAR AND NOW (2007). Her latest film, ONE LAST HUG, is an unflinching documentary short film set at Camp Erin—a sleepover summer camp where grieving children of all ethnicities find comfort in one another to deal with their pain. Under the guidance of grief professionals, kids learn that their feelings are normal—and that by talking about them, they can begin to heal. (36 mins.)

PRECEDED BY


THE FINAL INCH
PORTLAND 2008
DIRECTOR: IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY
Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for polio was developed in the United States, the polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. In India and Afghanistan’s impoverished neighborhoods, THE FINAL INCH follows the massive—and yet highly personalized—mission to eradicate polio from the planet. The film challenges our most basic assumptions about disease, poverty, and our own health as a human right. (38 mins.)

Director will be attendance via SKYPE.


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Tue, May 6, 2014
at 7 PM

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A STANDING STILL
DIRECTOR: SCOTT BALLARD
PORTLAND, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—Scott Ballard, who has worked extensively as a cinematographer and short filmmaker, follows up his first feature WELCOMING DEPARTURE (2012) with this story of a young recluse. A STANDING STILL revolves around Allison (Sara Robbin), who works as a fire lookout in the forest and struggles with the future in the midst of loss and displacement. When she is called down early for a medical emergency with her father, she is forced to face the present and the past that has led her there. Shot on location in Portland; Cannon Beach; Bellingham, Washington; and the Willamette National Forest. (75 mins.)

Director Scott Ballard will lead an audience Q&A following the screening.


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Wed, May 14, 2014
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
DIRECTOR: WOMEN

VISITING ARTISTS—The Film Center partners with Women in Film Portland to present an all-women filmmaker edition of our bimonthly Open Screening program. If you identify as female and have recent work you would like to share, e-mail thomas@nwfilm.org with “Open Screening” in the subject line. First come, first served, time allowing, with priority for films less than 15 minutes.

Co-presented with Women in Film Portland, wifpdx.org.

FREE ADMISSION.


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Sun, May 18, 2014
at 7 PM

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OPEN ROAD
DIRECTOR: ALAIN LETOURNEAU
PORTLAND, 2014

VISITING ARTIST—Building on the quiet, evocative 16mm images that marked his earlier EMPTY QUARTER (2011), LeTourneau’s new experimental documentary examines an urban landscape overlaid with a grid designed for the movement and storage of motor vehicles. His patient camera explores the spaces allocated to roads and parking, fuel distribution and storage, and the activities of maintenance and road construction that serve our “drive-thru” culture. Referencing John Charles Fremont’s THE EXPLORING EXPEDITION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS, OREGON, AND NORTH CALIFORNIA, 1843-44, the present-day environment and Fremont’s historical record are juxtaposed to consider a pristine but arduous past and mobile but congested present. (72 mins.)

Director Alain LeTourneau will lead an audience Q&A following the screening and will teach DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY at the School of Film this spring.


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Thu, May 22, 2014
at 7 PM

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BLUEBERRY SOUP
DIRECTOR: EILEEN JERRETT
SEATTLE, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—Blueberry soup, an Icelandic comfort food, is an apt metaphor for this insightful documentary that explores the unique and devastating situation of a country gone bankrupt. In the aftermath of the 2008 economic collapse in Iceland, the Nordic island country undertook the revolutionary task of rewriting their constitution. With a lens on the impacts the process has on the cultural landscape, Jerrett’s film interweaves interviews with a local fisherman, members of the constitutional council, Icelandic music stars, and journalists, displaying a proud nation whose people have endured turbulent times and are curious about their future. (80 mins.)

Director Eileen Jerrett will lead an audience Q&A following the screening.


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