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Directed by Shane Carruth

United States 2004 77 mins.

A group of engineers working on an anti-gravity device stumble upon an unexpected side effect: whatever enters their invention is freed from the effects of time. As they begin to experiment on themselves, a spiraling cascade of paradoxes overtake them, causing identity and reality to blur across multiple timelines. “Primer really does spread a radioactive creepiness around its subject, simply by treating it as an everyday conspiracy thriller, and this radioactivity pours relentlessly from the screen. This is a type of movie-making that assumes its audience are intelligent adults—and it breaks lots of other Hollywood rules, too!”—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian



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.