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Films in this Program


Directed by Jessica Baclesse

An injured rodeo star must juggle his dreams with his responsibilities.

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Invisible Sails

Directed by Michael Annus

A point of merge at a busy traffic artery demonstrates a curious human tendency to cooperate.


Directed by Matt Christy

Sidney’s wife brings a monkey home to live in a giant cage in the middle of their living room, but

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Long Way Gone

Directed by Austin Will

This surreal portrait follows a lost soul navigating ghostly landscapes by motorcycle in search of shelter from a vicious storm.

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The Framer

Directed by Dan Sadowsky

Portland’s Peter Murdoch builds picture frames that are themselves works of art.

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Bottle Neck

Still life silhouettes, abstract shapes, and complex, interlocking patterns renovate the commonplace objects of a classical painting genre in a

Sherlock Homeless

Directed by Mychal Sargent, Matt Cornelius

Tallboy Tarrance lacks a home and traditional charm, but has a knack for solving mysteries.


Directed by Vanessa Renwick

Swirling in flight, the Vaux’s Swifts layover for three weeks in Portland each fall on their migration to South America.

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American Gladiators

Directed by Lara Jean Gallagher

Jean’s little sister, Mae, may be gravely ill, but Jean is sick of it.

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Melvin the Birder

Directed by David Emmite, Spencer Lott

Melvin is a lonely fellow who is obsessed with capturing every species of woodpecker known to man.

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The Punishing Business

Directed by Heather Harlow

Life isn’t easy for Ellen, her parole officer, or her developmentally disabled neighbor.

A Year & A Day

Directed by Pam Minty

A series of images of Bond Butte taken each month over the course of a year precede a series of

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.