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Directed by Doug Aitkin

United States 2015 71 mins.

Provocative mulitmedia artist Doug Aitken’s STATION TO STATION is high-speed road trip through modern creativity made-up of 62 one-minute films. In the summer of 2013, his nomadic “happening” crossed North America by train from East to West over 24 days. The train set in motion a series of events, each unique to its location and mix of creative participants. The film includes profiles, moments on the train, conversations, and performances at different locations that range from artist Ed Ruscha describing the discoveries to be made in the great American landscape to Beck performing with a gospel choir in the Mojave desert. In between, a kaleidoscope of experience and artistic productions that involve dozens, including Jackson Browne, Cat Power, Patti Smith, William Eggleston, Dan Deacon, Mavis Staples, Thurston Moore and Savages, Giorgio Moroder, along with flamenco dancers, marching bands, and the kinetic drawing machine of artist Olafur Eliasson.

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.