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Directed by David Bee

Oregon 2015 80 mins. In English

Sitting on his porch in a bustling SE Portland neighborhood, 95 year-old Frank Wesley plays his well-worn saxophone while recalling a life full of adventure, loss, love, and melody. In Frank’s Song, David Bee creates an extended jazz piece of the historical markers of this man’s life, from holocaust survivor, to World War II combat veteran, from psychology professor to renowned author, and finally, jazz musician. The film serves as both document for one man’s life, but also for Portland itself, a city of ship builders and jazz musicians in which this spirited survivor found refuge.   

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.