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A Beginning, A Middle, and An End

Directed by Jon Behrens

A truck explodes into a kaleidoscope of painted, optically printed animation.

Abstractions: Films by Jon Behrens

Directed by Jon Behrens

A pioneer of the Northwest’s experimental film scene, Seattle filmmaker Jon Behrens has been making visually striking optically printed films

Abstractions: Films by Jon Behrens

Directed by Jon Behrens

A pioneer of the Northwest’s experimental film scene, Seattle filmmaker Jon Behrens has been making visually striking optically printed films

Recycled Realizations

Directed by Jon Behrens

Combining an optical printer, found footage, and handmade filmmaking techniques, Behrens achieves a new visual experience.



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.