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Directed by Derek Ewell, Jenny Watters, Darian Slayton Fleming, Fuchsia Lin, Kurtis Hough, Dicky Dahl, Suzanne Moulton, Matt McCormick, Joanna Priestley

Oregon, Washington 2019 90 mins.

Join us for an evening of works-in-progress by Oregon- and Washington-based filmmakers who are both fulfilling a grant requirement and seeking feedback from audiences as they work toward completing their newest projects. The program features Jenny Watters, Derek Ewell, and Darian Slayton Fleming’s documentary Flying Blind, which follows John Fleming, a blind man who has skydived over 1,200 times. Dicky Dahl’s documentary Mr. Immortal Jellyfish Man explores Japanese scientist Shin Kubota’s obsessive work to unlock the secrets of the “the immortal jellyfish”—and his quixotic goal to spread the gospel of “most wonderful dream” through karaoke. Matt McCormick’s documentary The Deepest Hole is an investigation into the US and Soviet Union’s race to see who could dig the deepest hole—and who might have discovered Hell in the process. Kurtis Hough’s New Brain is an experimental project involving single-cell organisms known as “slime molds,” and their intricate fractal designs. Fuschia Lin’s Future Cosmos Flow, a dance film that utilizes intricate costumes, is a sci-fi fairytale story of twin heroes’ quest to restore harmony to their land after it’s been nearly destroyed by their unscrupulous Uncle. Suzanne Moulton’s stop motion short film Nowhere’s Wolf recounts the journey of radio collared wolf, OR-7, who became the first recorded wolf to cross the Cascades  in over sixty years. Joanna Priestley’s Jung and Restless is an animated exploration of archetypal symbols and the mythopoetic realm

Come early for a reception at 6pm and stick around post-films for a discussion with the directors. 

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.