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Directed by Dziga Vertov

USSR 1929 84 mins.

We welcome Los Angeles composer and bassist Tom Peters for a live performance of his score for Vertov’s classic city symphony. Demonstrating his famed “kino-eye” theory, which endows the movie camera with the flexibility of the human eye, Vertov’s groundbreaking film retains the infectious exuberance that has made it an enduring classic. Though the film is part documentary—a portrait of a city and its inhabitants and a veiled political rumination on the state of the Soviet Union—it is also a witty compendium of extravagant camera techniques and editing tricks, forever commenting on itself and the perspective of the cinema audience. Appropriately, at the end of the film the “man with the movie camera” comes out from behind the lens to take a well-deserved bow. Tom Peters is a 2014 Grammy ® Award nominee in the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance category for the recording “Cage: The Ten Thousand Things.” Special thanks to Walker.



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.