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October 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Presented in conjunction with Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal, a major solo exhibition at the Portland Art Museum on view October 12-January 12, artist Hank Willis Thomas has selected a wide-ranging series of films that grapple with mass media, race, and representation in the contemporary United States. “These films impacted my life and whole understanding of the power of art to shape our notions of the truth and therefore reality.”—Hank Willis Thomas.

Screenings are free admission to members of the Portland Art Museum and same-day museum ticket holders.

Screenings in January 2020 include: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004, Michel Gondry) and An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012, Terence Nance).

A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde

Directed by Ada Gay Griffin, Michelle Parkerson

This incisive portrait-doc about the radical black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lorde traces her involvement in and leadership of

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Directed by Grace Lee

American Revolutionary poignantly charts the life and legacy of Asian-American activist and writer Grace Lee Boggs, noted for her barrier-breaking

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Directed by Terence Nance

Visionary filmmaker Terence Nance wrote, produced, directed, and stars in this kaleidoscopic film about an artist exploring the notions of

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directed by Michel Gondry

From a Charlie Kaufman script, Gondry’s fantastical vision finds an estranged couple (Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey)  meeting again after

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

Directed by Karen Thorsen

An emotionally stirring journey through famed writer and intellectual James Baldwin’s life, The Price of the Ticket compiles rare archival


Directed by Godfrey Reggio

Reggio’s must-see visual symphony—set to an unforgettable Philip Glass score—juxtaposes urban environments with the natural world, linking structures together through

Life and Debt

Directed by Stephanie Black

Chronicling the severe impacts of International Monetary Fund and World Bank policies on the small Caribbean island of Jamaica, this

Malcolm X: Make it Plain

Directed by Orlando Bagwell

Produced for PBS’s American Experience series and narrated by actress Alfre Woodard, this trenchant, eye-opening doc traces the radical civil

The Corporation

Directed by Mark Achbar

Based on a book with the revealing subtitle “the pathological pursuit of profit and power,” this chilling and never-irrelevant doc

They Live

Directed by John Carpenter

John Carpenter—absolutely a master filmmaker by 1988, with such key films as Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York,

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.