Skip to content

Directed by Bryan Hiltner

Oregon 72 mins.

Tonight we welcome Bryan Hiltner, whose short films explore themes of horror, suspense, mystery, and dark comedy. The program includes Present (2012), telling the story of a young woman haunted by her inability to change her life; Elena Vance (2015), following a young man as he witnesses what might or might not be a murder in the glow of the Christmas lights on Peacock Lane; The Bends (2015), a cautionary tale for parents about who their children might end up bringing home for dinner; Spunk of the Reaper (2016), taking on the world of heroin and a seedy family hell-bent on getting new customers addicted to their product; and CORPSE (2017), two travelers find their relationship and sanity tested by mysterious forces at a local air BnB.  Come early for a pre-screening reception at 6pm with pizza from Hotlips, chips and dip from Chipotle, beer from Stormbreaker, and wine from Abacela in the Stevens room near the Whitsell auditorium.

Genres: Narrative

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.