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January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

The Film Center’s Northwest Tracking program showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest—Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region. Whether presenting single artist retrospectives, new features, documentaries, or inspired collections of short works, Northwest Tracking offers testimony to the creativity and talent in our flourishing media arts community.

Thu, May 23

Zulu Summer

Directed by Joseph Litzinger, Eric Michael Schrader

What began as an assumed spam email at a local radio station—something along the lines of a Nigerian prince asking

Wed, May 29

Our Trails Too

Directed by Liz Haan, Emilia Quinton

The Northwest Film Center is proud to partner with QDoc Film Festival, Women In Film Portland, and Northwest Documentary to celebrate

Thu, May 30

Whitman at the Whitsell

Directed by Marilyn Zornado, Various, Joan Gratz, Devon Damonte

An evening of animation and poetry in celebration of the American poet Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday. Portland-based animator Marilyn Zornado

Thu, Jun 13

Best of the BendFilm Festival

Directed by Various

Now in its 16th year, BendFilm Festival, which takes place every October, showcases short and feature-length films from around the

Fri, Jun 21

Phoenix, Oregon

Directed by Gary Lundgren

Directed and produced by Ashland, Oregon based filmmaker duo Gary and Anne Lundgren, Phoenix, Oregon tells the story of Bobby

Thu, Jul 11

Canopy Stories

Directed by Various

Presented as part of the Portland Circuit, a partnership between the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, the Hollywood Theatre, The Clinton

Wed, Jul 17

Mary Janes: The Women of Weed

Directed by Windy Borman

As legalization spreads, cannabis is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation. It is also an industry led by

Thu, Aug 1

Black Pool

Directed by Dustin Morrow

Set over the course of a single night, Michael, an Irishman living in the United States, believes he has found

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Mon, Aug 5

Undertones II

Directed by Various

An evening of live video and analog projections in the Whitsell Auditorium and the Portland Art Museum sculpture court, paired

Thu, Aug 15

La Chunta

Directed by Genevieve Roudane

The Chuntá is a traditional female character reenacted every year by thousands of men (and some women) in the town

Thu, Aug 22

Nostalgia, Post-Memory and Autobiographical: The Films of Sydney Southam

Directed by Sydney Southam

Working with archival 16mm film and constructs of the documentary format, Sydney Southam is a co-founding member of the illustrious

Thu, Aug 29

Internal Review: Films by Northwest Film Center Staff

Directed by Various

Join us for a showcase of work by filmmakers on staff at the Northwest Film Center.

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.

EXTRA ORDINARY: Short Films & Videos About Everyday Life by Julie Perini

Directed by Julie Perini

Portland-based filmmaker Julie Perini has created two feature-length documentaries examining socio-political subjects and issues in the Northwest. In addition to

Karen Doesn’t Dream

Directed by Zach Huckaby

Karen is having issues with insomnia. She also works at an adult video store and sells alcohol to kids from

NW Music Video Showcase

Directed by Various

Join us as we present another installment of our annual showcase for some of the best music videos being made

Prospect

Directed by Zeek Earl, Chris Caldwell

This engaging science fiction thriller tells the story of a young girl, Cee, played by the up-and-coming Sophie Thatcher, as

Solo: The Evolution of the One Man Band

Directed by Billy Dimes

There are many solo musical acts, however for the creative musicians who wield multiple instruments at once, the unique moniker

The Animated Films of Richard Reeves, 1992-2018

Directed by Richard Reeves

Working in the tradition of animation greats such as Norman McClaren, Len Lye, and Mary Ellen Butte, Canadian animator Richard

The Last Gospel of The Pagan Babies

Directed by Jean Donohue

In 1960s Kentucky, the old-world gay scene took a dramatic turn towards the future as the The Pagan Babies, a

The Native Wisdom Documentary Film Series

Directed by Lawrence Johnson, Tim Keenan Burgess

Presented in conjunction with Portland-based non-profit Wisdom of the Elders, this short series explores how climate change is affecting native

This Mountain Life

Directed by Grant Baldwin

British Columbia is a province in which 75% of its geographical landscape is made up of large mountains. While many