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Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Directed by Arwen Curry
  • United States, 2018, 65 mins., English

US Theatrical Premiere! Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018) is one of America’s finest writers. Early in her career, she sought to break the gender barrier in male-dominated science fiction and did so thrillingly, quickly racking up awards and writing a long string of unforgettable novels like The Earthsea Trilogy, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, and The Lathe of Heaven. Through her writing, Le Guin offered readers a glimpse into new forms of life, questioning the dominant narratives of her time (and ours) and offering a staunchly anti-capitalist, utopian view of human, plant, and animal life. Le Guin and her beloved husband Charles lived in Portland since 1958, becoming two of the city’s most cherished residents. First-time director Arwen Curry’s loving, grounded portrait of Le Guin probes deep into her life and work, offering a primer for the uninitiated and new avenues of interpretation and moments of nostalgic joy for her innumerable longtime fans. Co-presented with Literary Arts.

30 minutes before each screening, Berkeley-based Street Eaters will perform a special set of original instrumental music inspired by LeGuin’s books “The Dispossessed” and “Left Hand of Darkness” in our Whitsell Auditorium. These works sonically hint at the vast range of human and otherworldly conditions explored in these books, with instrumentation from live bass guitar, synth, and percussion to field recordings of the oscillating frequencies of planets, comets, the cracking of icebergs, and more.

Director Arwen Curry and other guests (TBA) in attendance for post-film Q&As.

Join us at 6pm on Opening Night (9/14) in the Portland Art Museum’s Fields (Sunken) Ballroom for a catered celebration and meet-and-greet with the filmmaker and additional guests connected to the film. Reception music by Jenny Conlee. Jenny Conlee plays piano, organ, and accordion with many Portland bands including The Decemberists. She will be playing french inspired solo accordion music from her record “French Kayaking Music”, which is the soundtrack for the film “Voyagers Without Trace” produced by Ian McCluskey and NW Documentary.

Genres: Documentary