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Directed by Ezekiel Brown

Portland 2015 73 mins.

What was the song with which you first fell in love? “An anthology love letter to music” is how cinema artist Brown, aka the Chocolate Giant, explains his 12-part film, which asks friends and strangers to record themselves reciting the lyrics of a personally meaningful song. Using his subjects’ lyrical recitations and backstories, Brown fashions a dozen short pieces inspired by the songs and the people who love them. Subjects range from The National’s “Pink Rabbits”, Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing”, The Deftones’ “RX Queen,” to Built to Spill’s “Velvet Waltz.” With The Lyric Project, Brown fashions not only music videos, but “powerful reminders of a certain place in time and lyrics that can sink in and stick with you forever–for better or worse.” —AP Kryza, Willamette Week.

Genres: Documentary, Music

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.