Memory & Observation

  • Directed by Various
  • United States, 2015, 80 mins.

This program of old and new explores memory, observation, and film’s unique and varied abilities to visualize the act of remembering. Portland filmmaker Pam Minty’s Direct Route (2015) observes a blind woman navigating her domestic surroundings alongside landscapes and recollections prior to losing her vision. Through conversations and word puzzles with her daughter, a story emerges about the relationship between memory, sense of direction, and the texture of experience. Complimenting her film is Bruce Baillie’s classic Roslyn Romance (1974), a correspondence and collage film of family photos and superimposed imagery that invoke the cycle of the life; Ute Aurand’s Maria (2011), an observational portrait of the filmmaker’s dear friend; and fellow German filmmaker Maria Lang’s Family Crypt – A Love Letter to My Mother (1981), through which the filmmaker as daughter speaks about herself, her family, and their love, despite invisible walls and barriers.

Appears in: Northwest Tracking

Genres: Experimental

Other Films by Pam Minty

2016 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship Awards

For the past nine years the Northwest Film Center has presented the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, an award funded by the Oregon Arts Commission and organizations such as the Oregon Media Production Association and Oregon Public Broadcasting. Fellowships have gone to Oregon filmmakers who have proven their ability to create unique and challenging personal works

Direct Route

Direct Route observes a blind woman navigating her domestic surroundings alongside landscapes and recollections prior to losing her vision. Through conversations and word puzzles with her daughter, a story emerges about the relationship between memory, sense of direction, and the texture of experience.

Other Films by Ute Aruand

Maria

An observational portrait of the filmmaker’s dear friend.

Other Films by Bruce Baillie

Roslyn Romance

A correspondence and collage film of family photos and superimposed imagery that invoke the cycle of life.

Other Films by Maria Lang

Family Crypt – A Love Letter to My Mother

The filmmaker as daughter speaks about herself, her family, and their love, despite invisible walls and barriers.