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A Universe: Films by Laura Heit

Directed by Laura Heit

At the heart of animator, filmmaker, and puppeteer Laura Heit’s creative universe is a yearning to connect to human emotions.

Animated Worlds: Portland Animation Since 2000

Directed by Marilyn Zornado, Chel White, Joanna Priestley, Laura Heit, Joan Gratz

The state of Oregon has played an amazing role in helping to shape the world of animation. This program showcases

Animation By Design

Directed by Various

Presented in association with Design Week Portland, this short program of abstract animation features a variety of diverse work by

Rover’s Eye

Directed by Laura Heit

Images recorded by NASA on the surface of Mars gain a mysterious presence through the interventions of the human hand.

The Deep Dark

Directed by Laura Heit

An allegorical tale of walking into the subconscious to face ones fears.

Two Ways Down

Directed by Laura Heit

Fantastical creatures float in and out of space, destined for a hellish final destination.



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.