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August 23, 2019

Friday | Noon-1pm

Join BC filmmaker, visual artist, performance artist and professional pole dancer, Sydney Southam, for this informal talk about her artistic practice of re-appropriating home-movie footage to create personal essay films and explore body positive themes. She will also talk about her career path and work with the illustrious Iris Film Collective in Vancouver, B.C., a group which she helped to found.  Followed by a casual Q&A.

Bring your lunch or just drop by 934 SW Salmon.  No registration required.  Open to all.  FREE.

Sydney Southam’s films include Daddy (2011) and Catharsis (2015), which use 16mm archival footage and home-movie video to investigate memory and death through the lens of a family tragedy; Object (2017) and That’s Why I Like It (2018), which explore the backstage and domestic lives of exotic dancers and how their lives are defined through ideas of feminism, objectification, power and love; and Ice Cream (2010), which juxtaposes idyllic visuals with a haunting soundtrack to create a suspicious sense of nostalgia.

NOSTALGIA, POST-MEMORY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL: THE FILMS OF SYDNEY SOUTHAM screens in the Whitsell Auditorium Thursday, August 22 at 7pm.

This class is in: Workshops


The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.