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Directed by Various

Portland 2015 100 mins.

Since 1977, the Film Center’s statewide Filmmakers-in-the-Schools Program has partnered with K-12 schools and community organizations around Oregon to bring the power of filmmaking to young people through artist residencies with Film Center faculty. Hundreds of youth-authored films have been made, many of them now a capsule in time. With support from a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 84 of these films have recently been rescued from the clutches of aging videotape stock by being digitized onto archival media. Drawing from those archives, this screening presents a vintage youth-eye view of how family and community define and reflect us and includes: Keep Our Land for the Future (1991), about how young people are helping to shape the future of the rural community of Pine Creek, Oregon, created through an artist residency with Kristy Edmunds; Thought I Knew: Reality from the Inside (1993), a call out from incarcerated teens in the MacLaren Correctional Facility in Salem, Oregon, about living a life of honesty, sobriety and personal responsibility, created with artist-in-residence Christopher Ley; and Friends First (1992), a Romeo and Juliet-inspired story of escape and recovery, created with Taft High School in Newport, Oregon, and artist-in-residence Sharon Genasci.

Genres: Short



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.