Upcoming Screenings

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7 pm

The Devil’s Horn

Directed by Larry Weinstein

From Adolphe Sax’s workshop of the 1840s to the legendary era of jazz and bebop, the saxophone was forbidden (even

Thursday, January 19 @ 7:00 pm

A Poem is a Naked Person

Directed by Les Blank, Maureen Gosling

Les Blank’s portrait of Leon Russell went unreleased for 40 years before hitting the screen. Russell, who also coproduced the

Friday, January 20 @ 7:00 pm

Two Trains Runnin’

Directed by Sam Pollard

In June, 1964, college students from throughout the country, impassioned by the civil rights movement, traveled to Mississippi in what

Friday, January 20 @ 9:00 pm

Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget Your Music

Directed by Alfred George Bailey

Shot over four years, Bailey’s film spans the life and career of singer and songwriter Gregory Porter, one of jazz’s most

Saturday, January 21 @ 4:30 pm

Mali Blues

Directed by Lutz Gregor

It is generally believed that the slaves who brought their music and traditional West African string instrument the ngoni—which evolved

Saturday, January 21 @ 7:00 pm

Contemporary Color

Directed by Bill Ross, Turner Ross

Only David Byrne could mastermind this surprising fusion of pop music and swirling pop ceremony. Byrne is joined on stage


The Northwest Film Center is one of the largest community-based film arts programs in the country. It offers the Northwest’s most comprehensive curriculum in media production and appreciation.

Documentary Production

Get your cause, concern, and/or fascination out into the media universe. This

Art of Filmmaking I

Shoot and edit two beginning-level short films as an introduction to visual,

Screenwriting for New Media

Venture beyond the 120-page, three-act theatrical screenplay to explore writing for web

Narrative Production

* Due to concerns about weather and road conditions, this class will now

Screenwriting Fundamentals

* Due to concerns about weather and road conditions, this class will now

Silver Screen Club

Join the Silver Screen Club to find your front row seat to some of the best cinematic programming Portland has to offer! The Northwest Film Center boasts over 500 screenings per year, including the Portland International Film Festival, Top Down rooftop series and Reel Music Festival.

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