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An Evening With Joan Gratz

The work of Academy Award winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, 1992) began as moving paintings, but evolved into the process Gratz pioneered, termed “clay painting,” while working at Portland’s storied Will Vinton Studios. Incorporating improvisational and fine art techniques, Gratz’s work straddles the realm of poetry and storybook as lush moving palettes of color come to life. Films at 7:15pm, but come early for a reception with food and drink at 6pm, included with your ticket. 

Films to be screened include:

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase, (1992,7min), 35mm

Pro and Con, (co-directed by Joanna Priestley), (1993, 9min)

Dowagers’ Feast (music by Three Leg Torso) (1996, 5min)- 35mm

Puffer Girl (music by Judith Gruber-Stitzer), 2009

Kubla Kahn, (2010, 4 min)

Lost and Found, (2014, 4min)

Work (from feature film Kahlil Gibran’s the Prophet), (2014, 2min)

Night Weaver, (2015, 7min)

Primal Flux, (2016, 3min)

The Second Coming (William Butler Yeats) – WORLD PREMIERE

Genres: Animation

Other Films by Joan Gratz

Animated Worlds: Portland Animation Since 2000

The state of Oregon has played an amazing role in helping to shape the world of animation. This program showcases a variety of animated films from Portland based animators beginning with the year 2000 and steadily moving to the present day.

Northwest Tracking: Trailblazing Women of Independent Animation

As a preview of the Film Center’s post-festival Northwest Tracking series showcasing six independent animation innovators, we are  pleased to offer this program sampler of their outstanding work to be featured. After the screening head on over to the Northwest Filmmakers’ Summit for a panel and conversation with the animators about their craft working in

Best of the 43rd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

The Best of the 43rd Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival features a few of the best short films from 2016. This touring program features narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films from Oregon, Washington, Montana, and British Columbia. Come celebrate last year’s festival as we look forward to the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, kicking off on November 1.

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Night Weaver

A tapestry of computer mandalas and intricate animated weavings.

Primal Flux

Colors and shapes shift and change as images emerge and disperse in a play on the nature of conscious and unconscious communication.