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Featured Films

Cinema Unbound Drive-In at Zidell Yards

July 6-September 27, 2020


March 6 – March 15, 2020

Essential Cinema

Weekly essential film programming

Underscan: Cult & Genre Reframed

Sci-fi, horror & subversive

Upcoming Films

Thu, Aug 6
Fri, Aug 7

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Directed by Dawn Porter

John Lewis: Good Trouble, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dawn Porter (TRAPPED, GIDEON’S ARMY), chronicles the life and career of the

Sat, Aug 8


Directed by Barry Jenkins

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as

Thu, Aug 13


Directed by Gus Van Sant

Leading an all-star cast (Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco) in Van Sant’s intimate and meticulously researched biographical drama, Sean

Fri, Aug 14

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Directed by Amy Heckerling

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Sat, Aug 15

Do the Right Thing

Directed by Spike Lee

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry

Thu, Aug 20

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Directed by Jack Arnold

A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the

Fri, Aug 21

Labyrinth – SOLD OUT

Directed by Jim Henson

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for

Sat, Aug 22

Knives and Skin

Directed by Jennifer Reeder

A mystical teen noir that follows a young girl's disappearance in the rural Midwest and its effect on teens and

Thu, Aug 27

Sword of Trust

Directed by Lynn Shelton

Cynthia and Mary show up to collect Cynthia's inheritance from her deceased grandfather, but the only item she receives is

Fri, Aug 28

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Directed by Steven Spielberg

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his homeworld. Screens with

Sat, Aug 29

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Directed by Stephan Elliott

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. Screens with

Thu, Sep 10

Lost in Translation

Directed by Sofia Coppola

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Screens with

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.