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Special Screenings


Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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Fri, Apr 4, 2014
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Sat, Apr 5, 2014
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Sat, Apr 5, 2014
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THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI
DIRECTOR: ORSON WELLES
US, 1947

In THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, writer/director Orson Welles shares the screen with Rita Hayworth, his second wife, creating a wildly stylish film noir that was years ahead of its time. Welles plays a tough, footloose Irish sailor who takes a job on a wealthy lawyer’s private yacht, only to fall in love with the sinister man’s beautiful wife. The story’s multiple double-crosses come to a boil in Marin County and San Francisco, where some of Welles’s (and cinema’s) most memorable visualizations of a twisted world of corruption and evil unfold with surreal delight. “The film’s bravura moments resonate beyond pyrotechnics, especially the magnificent sequences of reflexive cinema in the macabre Hall of Mirrors scene and the confession of love in a ‘fishbowl’—the San Francisco Aquarium.” —Pacific Film Archive. (87 mins.)

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Sun, Apr 6, 2014
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NWFC AND WHITE BIRD PRESENT: ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS
DIRECTOR: LUCHINO VISCONTI
ITALY, 1960

VISITING ARTIST—A chronicle of family loyalty and disintegration, Visconti’s epic masterpiece is one of the most powerful and emotionally charged movies ever made. Rosaria Parondi and her five sons journey north to Milan to seek a better life, but the industrial north proves just as unforgiving as the desolation in Sicily. Simone (Renato Salvatori) becomes the first brother to find success—but his career as a boxer flounders when he meets Nadia (Annie Girardot), a beautiful prostitute. When Simone’s possessiveness drives Nadia away, she falls in love with his younger brother Rocco (Alain Delon). The lovers set in motion a shattering chain of events for which the family’s traditional values leave them unprepared. The most dramatic and spectacular film of Visconti’s career, its sweeping operatic style, Nino Rota score, and striking Giuseppe Rotunno cinematography influenced the work of directors Martin Scorsese (MEAN STREETS), Francis Ford Coppola (THE GODFATHER), and a generation of other filmmakers. (177 mins.)

Co-presented with White Bird Dance, which is presenting the world premiere of Dutch choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten’s dance-theater piece “Rocco,” based on the film, April 10-12. For information and dance performance tickets, visit whitebird.org.

Admission to the film is free for White Bird ticket holders. Film attendees and Silver Screen Club members are eligible for a “Rocco” ticket discount. Choreographers Greco and Scholten will introduce the film.


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Fri, Apr 11, 2014
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Sun, Apr 13, 2014
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FAUST
DIRECTOR: ALEKSANDR SOKUROV
RUSSIA, 2011

Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FAUST is Sokurov’s fourth and final film in his tetralogy on the corrupting effects of power. In MOLOCH (1999), TAURUS (2001), and THE SUN (2005), Sokurov turned his gaze on Hitler, Lenin, and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, respectively. Here, the RUSSIAN ARK director offers a visceral, freestyle reading of the legend of Dr. Faust, a scholar who exchanges his soul for unlimited knowledge. Departing sharply from Goethe’s version of the tale, Sokurov’s Faust (Johannes Zeiler) inhabits an earthy, 19th-century world of primitive autopsies and medical rituals. He becomes obsessed with the beautiful Margarete (Isolda Dychauk) and desperately turns to a physically grotesque Moneylender to conjure their union. “Intensified by the immersive, painterly cinematography of Bruno Delbonnel (AMELIE), FAUST is a poetic meditation on, and a sensually overwhelming vision of, man’s unyielding hunger for knowledge.”—AFI Film Festival. (140 mins.)

Sponsored by the Russian and German departments of Reed College.


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Sat, Apr 12, 2014
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Mon, Apr 14, 2014
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THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM
DIRECTOR: OEKE HOOGENDIJK
THE NETHERLANDS, 2013

“The renovation of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum went on for ten long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies. Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won’t tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum’s magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to $500 million. It’s a messy, complicated story, but fortunately, one with a glorious ending.”—Film Forum. “THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM proves that films can describe nuances of character and situation as finely as the finest novel or creative nonfiction.”—RogerEbert.com. (240 mins.)

PLEASE NOTE: The scheduled 2 p.m. screening on Sunday, April 13, has been cancelled.


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Tue, Apr 15, 2014
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SELECTED 3
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
GREAT BRITAIN, 2009-2012

GUEST PRESENTER—SELECTED 3 is a collection of artists’ film and video chosen by the artists shortlisted for The 2012 Jarman Award. The Jarman Award honors the legacy of avant-garde filmmaker Derek Jarman, recognizing and rewarding the exceptional creativity of today’s British artist-filmmakers whose work, like Jarman’s, resists conventional definition. Jamie Wyld, program co-curator, will be present to introduce the films, which include new works by Emma Alonze (I SPRAY HAIRSPRAY INTO THE AIR), Sophie Beresford (MAKING ADIDAS MERMAID), Nicholas Brooks (ARRASTRE), Mat Fleming (TWO LAKES), Piotr Krzymowski (BOYS), Naheed Raza (SILK), Frances Scott (THE MIRACLE METHODS series), Daniel Shanken (COHESION), Cheryl Simmons (WHAT ARE YOU DOING MAN?), and Edward Thomasson (JUST ABOUT MANAGING). (80 mins.)

Produced by videoclub and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and supported by Arts Council England and Film London.


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Fri, Apr 18, 2014
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Sun, Apr 20, 2014
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NORTHERN LIGHTS
DIRECTOR: JOHN HANSON, ROB NILSSON
US, 1978

One of the landmarks of American independent film, NORTHERN LIGHTS won the Caméra d’Or (best-directed first feature) at the Cannes Film Festival. An old man (played by 94-year-old Henry Martinson, an actual participant in the dramatized events) turns the pages of a brittle diary, and we’re back in the winter of 1915, as Robert Behling crisscrosses a bleak North Dakota in his Model T to drum up support for the Nonpartisan League against the trust-held grain elevators, trains, and banks that constantly threaten foreclosure. Shot on the proverbial shoestring in temperatures that hit 40 below, with a cast largely of non-professional locals and North Dakotans, apart from Behling, onscreen fiancée Susan Lynch, and pesky friend Joe Spano. (95 mins.)

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Fri, Apr 18, 2014
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Sat, Apr 19, 2014
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Sat, Apr 19, 2014
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A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS
DIRECTOR: BEN RIVERS, BEN RUSSELL
ESTONIA/FRANCE/GERMANY, 2013

“As collaborators, Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, two intrepid and nomadic talents of experimental film and art, have created one of the most bewitching cinematic experiences to come along in a great while. In A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS, Robert A. A. Lowe, the celebrated musician behind Lichens and Om, gives a strangely affecting, perhaps even trance-inducing performance as the film’s Parsifal figure, a quixotic man who embarks on a quest for utopia—the holy grail of infinite truth, self-knowledge, and spiritual connectedness. He finds some measure of it in three seemingly disparate contexts: in a small collective community on a remote Estonian island, in isolation in the northern Finnish wilderness, and onstage fronting a black metal band in Norway. While his experience seems to be a perpetual one of home, exile, and return, for us, it is purely magical.”—Museum of Modern Art. (98 mins.)

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Tue, Apr 22, 2014
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STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS REGIONAL ONE FINALS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

Each year, the Northwest Film Center conducts the regional jurying of entries submitted for the annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® Student Academy Awards. Region One (of three nationally) includes students from colleges and universities in the West vying for a regional award, thereby qualifying for advancement to the national finalists’ competition in Los Angeles. This open screening is a unique opportunity to assess the quality of work—narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental—out of the top film schools on the West Coast. Whether you’re a prospective film school student, parent, filmmaker, or film lover, the night is always full of surprises and discovery. (180 mins.)

FREE ADMISSION.


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Thu, Apr 24, 2014
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WITH MORNING HEARTS
DIRECTOR: DAVID MACDOUGALL
INDIA/AUSTRALIA, 2001

VISITING ARTIST—“Although only one hundred and fifty miles from the New Delhi setting of GANDHI’S CHILDREN, the prestigious Doon School in Dehradun is an incalculable distance away. One of India’s most highly regarded boarding schools for boys, the Doon School allowed MacDougall to film daily life in its classrooms and, above all, in its living quarters from 1997 to 2000. MacDougall’s patience resulted in a five-film cycle, including this one following a group of boys through their first year in the school. Like MacDougall’s groundbreaking Turkana films, WITH MORNING HEARTS offers memorable slices of life, the boys’ complex personalities emerging from their rituals of rivalry, friendship, cruelty, and generosity.”—Harvard Film Archive. (110 mins.)

Director David MacDougall will introduce the film.


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Fri, Apr 25, 2014
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TRIBUTE TO JAMES BLUE: THE MARCH
DIRECTOR: JAMES BLUE
US, 1964

GUEST PRESENTERS—Fifty years ago, Portlander and University of Oregon graduate James Blue directed a team of fourteen in documenting the landmark civil rights event The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Blue wrote and narrated the script and edited the footage, producing, in the words of preservation specialist Christina Kovac of the National Archives, “a visually stunning, moving, and arresting documentary of the hope, determination, and camaraderie embodied by the demonstration.” In 1962, Blue’s feature THE OLIVE TREES OF JUSTICE, made in Algeria, won the Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. (33 mins.)

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A FEW NOTES ON OUR FOOD PROBLEM
US 1968
DIRECTOR: JAMES BLUE
Blue served as director, scriptwriter, narrator, and editor for this visionary essay, made for the US Information Agency, that looks at the green revolution and the development of agricultural production on three continents. The documentary was shot in Taiwan, India, Uganda, and Brazil and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1968. (35 mins.)

Special guests Richard Blue, Gerald O’Grady, Christina Kovac, and Gill Dennis will introduce the program and talk about  Blue’s extraordinary legacy.


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Sat, Apr 26, 2014
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APPROVED FOR ADOPTION
DIRECTOR: LAURENT BOILEAU, JUNG HENIN
BELGIUM/SOUTH KOREA/FRANCE/SWITZERLAND, 2012

VISITING ARTIST—The Korean War left thousands of young refugees scattered across Europe and the United States. In this vibrant animated documentary based on his graphic novel, Jung, the film’s co-director and subject, retells his experience as a South Korean adoptee growing up in Europe. The film spans from an animated 1970s Belgium to present-day Korea, where a live-action Jung reconciles with his past, and moves through a variety of tones, as the ephemeral darkness of his youth is often trumped by a lighter, adult sensibility. Jung acknowledges the shortcomings and perhaps misguided intentions of his adoptive family but does so with a midlife serenity. This is not a story of a boy lost to circumstance but of a man who managed to elude his demons through artistry and creative expression. (70 mins.)

Co-director Jung Henin will introduce the film.


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Fri, May 2, 2014
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HAWAII
DIRECTOR: MARCO BERGER
ARGENTINA, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—“Following on from his acclaimed explorations of nascent male desire, PLAN B and ABSENT, Marco Berger continues to impress with HAWAII, a taut and unusual love story set almost entirely in a single location. Eugenio is a young man residing at his uncle’s deserted house in rural Argentina. One day he encounters the homeless Martin, whom Eugenio realizes he knew as a child. Charitably employing Martin to help around the house, Eugenio rediscovers his friendship with him, and as time progresses, new and unexpected feelings begin to emerge. What might initially appear as simply an exercise in prolonged sexual tension soon blossoms into a rich and delicate tale of self-discovery and the redemptive possibilities of love.”—London LGBT Film Festival/British Film Institute. (102 mins.)

Director Marco Berger will introduce the film. Co-presented with the University of Oregon’s Departments of Romance Languages and Cinema Studies.


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Sat, May 3, 2014
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Sun, May 4, 2014
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FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS
DIRECTOR: SHOLA LYNCH
US, 2012

Angela Davis went from an obscure, academic UCLA philosophy professor to the poster girl for domestic terrorism over the course of several tumultuous years starting in 1969. FREE ANGELA is a gripping account of the era and events that catapulted her from Communist Party membership and protests with the Black Panthers to becoming a principal spokesperson for the burgeoning prison reform movement and a vocal challenger of American social justice. Not unnoticed by California Governor Ronald Reagan and other establishment forces, Davis found herself fighting to keep her job and stay in the national media spotlight for her subversive “Power to the People” message. When implicated in a politically motivated kidnapping and collateral murder of a judge in a brazen shootout at the Marin County, California, courthouse, Davis, fearing a fair trial was impossible, fled, setting off an electrifying nationwide manhunt on charges of murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy culminating in an internationally followed prosecution that put the American justice system on trial. (102 mins.)

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Sun, May 4, 2014
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HUBLEY CLASSICS
DIRECTOR: JOHN AND FAITH HUBLEY
US, 1956-1970

The husband-and-wife team of John and Faith Hubley brought a humanistic perspective and a distinctly modern style to postwar American animation. The films they made together, and independently, influenced a generation of independent animators worldwide and earned many honors, including three Academy Awards. Selected in collaboration with the Hubley family (daughter Emily is also a distinguished animator) to honor John Hubley’s (1914-1977) centennial, the sparkling new 35mm prints of these innovative, visually striking classics (a handful among dozens of brilliant films)—THE ADVENTURES OF AN * (1957), THE TENDER GAME (1958), MOONBIRD (1959), THE HAT (1964), URBANISSIMO (1967), WINDY DAY (1968), OF MEN AND DEMONS (1969), and EGGS (1971)—address a wide range of topics, from urbanization and overpopulation to two boys’ search for a pet bird, and feature the voices of Dizzy Gillespie, Dudley Moore, and the Hubleys’ children, as well as music from Benny Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, and Quincy Jones. (80 mins.)

Faith Hubley’s classic animated feature THE COSMIC EYE screens May 11.


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Wed, May 7, 2014
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Sat, May 10, 2014
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THE APU TRILOGY: PATHER PANCHALI (SONG OF THE LITTLE ROAD)
DIRECTOR: SATYAJIT RAY
INDIA, 1955

Satyajit Ray’s “The Apu Trilogy”—an adaptation of the semi-autobiographical novel cycle by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee—remains one of cinema’s most heralded works, retaining the affecting power that made it an international sensation when it was released. PATHER PANCHALI depicts a poor Brahmin family struggling to survive in their small Bengali village. The birth of a new child, Apu, marks the beginning of new adventures—and struggles—for the family. A mosaic of village life unfolds as we meet Apu’s dreamy father, fretful mother, and tempestuous older sister. Beautifully balancing the prosaic and poetic, harsh poverty and childhood joy come alive with unsentimental compassion. Voted one of the ten greatest films of all time in Sight and Sound Magazine’s international critics’ poll. With music by the legendary Ravi Shankar. “One of the most stunning first films in movie history.”—Jack Kroll, Newsweek. (119 mins.)

Newly restored 35mm print.

“The Apu Trilogy” was restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation, and the Film Foundation. 35mm prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.


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Thu, May 8, 2014
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Sat, May 10, 2014
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THE APU TRILOGY: APARAJITO (THE UNVANQUISHED)
DIRECTOR: SATYAJIT RAY
INDIA, 1956

APARAJITO, the second film in “The Apu Trilogy,” continues the story of the Bengali family after they have left for the holy city of Benares on the banks of the Ganges. Faced with the loss of his father and the demands of fast-approaching adulthood, Apu grows from 10 to 17. He trains for the priesthood—the traditional family vocation—but in the end leaves his mother to study in Calcutta, where he finds a new life in “modern India.” “Ray’s magic, the simple poetry of his images and their emotional impact, will always stay with me.”—Martin Scorsese. (110 mins.)

Newly restored 35mm print.

“The Apu Trilogy” was restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation, and the Film Foundation. 35mm prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.


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Sat, May 10, 2014
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Sun, May 11, 2014
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THE APU TRILOGY: APUR SANSAR (THE WORLD OF APU)
DIRECTOR: SATYAJIT RAY
INDIA, 1959

The concluding part of “The Apu Trilogy” deals with Apu’s adulthood and the challenges of living in the city in poverty. Ultimately a love story, the film chronicles his serendipitous marriage, the birth of his son, the tragic disillusionment he faces, and his eventual regeneration through the love of his son. “The great, sad, gentle sweep remains in the mind of the moviegoer as a promise of what film can be.”—Roger Ebert. (105 mins.)

Newly restored 35mm print.

“The Apu Trilogy” was restored by the Satyajit Ray Preservation Project through a collaboration of the Academy Film Archive, the Merchant-Ivory Foundation, and the Film Foundation. 35mm prints courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.


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Sun, May 11, 2014
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THE COSMIC EYE
DIRECTOR: FAITH HUBLEY
US, 1986

After winning three Academy Awards for her shorts made with husband John, Faith Hubley’s first and only animated feature serves as a compendium of both her visual style and deep interest in the world’s mythologies and art. The Cosmic Eye is the name of an alien spaceship that takes an unexpected detour to check out Planet Earth and its strange humans. At the controls are three hipster jazz musicians with acute homesickness who, as they witness little children and their hopes, dreams, fears, and constant yearning for peace, decide they must help. Hubley’s enchanting parable comes to life through the voices of Mother Earth (Maureen Stapleton) and Father Time (Dizzy Gillespie), with glorious music by Benny Carter, Elizabeth Swados, and Gillespie himself. (76 mins.)

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Thu, May 15, 2014
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QDOC OPENING NIGHT: THE CASE AGAINST 8
DIRECTOR: BEN COTNER, RYAN WHITE
US, 2014

VISITING ARTISTS—The Northwest Film Center is pleased to co-present the opening night film of this year’s QDoc: Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival. While other films have dealt with the electoral ups and downs of the marriage battle, THE CASE AGAINST 8 focuses on the extraordinary legal strategies that altered the landscape for marriage equality around the country, including Oregon. Challenging California’s Prop 8 banning same-sex marriage, the legal case was argued all the way to the Supreme Court by a very unlikely team of attorneys: Ted Olson and David Boies, former adversaries in the 2000 Bush v. Gore presidential election battle. Together, they found common ground advocating for two courageous couples who allowed their personal lives to become the center of this controversial crusade. (109 mins.)

Winners of the Best Director Award for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, directors Cotner and White will be in attendance.

Special admission: $25 film and party; $10 film only, available at queerdocfest.org. Sponsored by HBO.


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Fri, May 16, 2014
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Sat, May 17, 2014
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THIS AIN’T NO MOUSE MUSIC!
DIRECTOR: CHRIS SIMON, MAUREEN GOSLING
US, 2013

VISITING ARTISTS—As a teenager in 1947, Chris Strachwitz migrated from Germany to the United States, where he saw a film that would change his life forever: NEW ORLEANS, starring Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Since then, his life has been a relentless quest to track down and record the best of American folk music roots—New Orleans jazz, down home blues, Creole, Cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex, norteño, and more. A true detective of sounds, Strachwitz is the legendary record producer and founder of Arhoolie Records, the label that brought rural American music out of the shadows and into the limelight. In the process, he changed music in America forever. Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Doucet, The Pine Leaf Boys, Flaco Jiménez, and CJ Chenier join in this rich Strachwitz-guided tour of the sounds and rhythms of our country. (92 mins.)

Co-directors Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling, longtime collaborators with the late documentary filmmaker Les Blank, will introduce their film and host a workshop, THE ART OF COLLABORATION, on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m.


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Thu, Jun 5, 2014
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NWFC AND CREATIVE MUSIC GUILD PRESENT: THE REACH OF RESONANCE
DIRECTOR: STEVE ELKINS
US, 2010

THE REACH OF RESONANCE juxtaposes the creative paths of four musicians and sound artists from different parts of the world. Miya Masaoka, a composer who plays the koto, uses music to study the social behavior of insects and the physiology of plants. Using a violin bow, Jon Rose, a violin virtuoso, transforms barbed-wire fences into musical instruments. John Luther Adams’s work is inspired by his fascination with the landscapes of Alaska, while Bob Ostertag integrates sociopolitical issues into his performances. By contrasting the creative worlds of each of these artists—united by the renowned Kronos Quartet—the film explores music as a tool for developing meaningful relationships between people and the complexities of the world in which they live. (118 mins.)

Co-presented with the Creative Music Guild’s Improvisation Summit of Portland, June 5-7. For more information, visit creativemusicguild.org.


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Fri, Jun 6, 2014
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Sat, Jun 7, 2014
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AI WEIWEI: THE FAKE CASE
DIRECTOR: ANDREAS JOHNSEN
DENMARK/CHINA/GREAT BRITAIN, 2013

Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai has met the full force of the Chinese authorities, who have done everything but eliminate him to stifle his attempts to express himself and organize people through art and social media. Following his 2011 arrest and subsequent solitary confinement, THE FAKE CASE follows Ai Weiwei after his parole and battle with a thwarting suit for tax evasion: a lawsuit that he dubs “the Fake Case.” But the troubles with his enemies only continue to provide inspiration for making new art, the only outlet to vent his frustration. “Picks up where AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (2009) left off, serving as not just an update but an even more galvanizing call for reform. Ai’s voice carries louder than ever before.”—Variety. (86 mins.)

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