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Directed by Chris Freeman

Oregon 80 mins.

Portland filmmaker Chris Freeman’s work explores issues of masculinity and identity through video, photography, and performance. Fashioning short self-portraits in constructed situations, the works seek to portray contradictions in social groups that might be so “normal” they are not even defined as groups. Often humorous and ironic, his own “far-from-perfect male body” portrays the pressures of strength, vigilance, and competitiveness men subject themselves to in societal forms. Included in the program are, Chris Freeman Takes His Shirt Off (2010), When Chris Freeman Was Visited by a Ghost (2011), and Chris Freeman’s 34th Birthday (2014), which explores the division between internal and external perceptions of aging.

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.