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The Qualities of Being Human: The Films of Evan Raymond Spitzer

Directed by Evan Raymond Spitzer

Oregon-based filmmaker Evan Raymond Spitzer presents three uniquely crafted films, each using different techniques. In Praise of Shadows (2014) is

The Secret of the Kells

Directed by Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey

Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a dazzling, enchanting story about the power of imagination and faith to

The Shirley Temple

Directed by Daniela Sherer

An abstract narrative about childhood and adulthood, escapism, and sexuality.

The Short Adventures of Wallace and Gromit

Directed by Nick Park

Established in 1972, Aardman Animation vaulted to international affection with the release of A Grand Day Out (1989), the first

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The Six is Silent

Directed by Sarah-Jane-Lapp

This animation is inspired by the song by SkyJelly, which is inspired by the short story, now a film, by

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The Smiths

Directed by Neely Goniodsky

The story of how a family falls into and is rescued out of homelessness comes to life through hand-drawn animation,

The Somnambulists

Directed by Mark Andres

Self-described as a “kinographic novel,” The Somnambulists combines stylized drawings, inter-titles and music to fashion an intriguing combination of graphic

The Thief of Mirrors / Looking For Love in the Hall of Mirrors

Directed by Daniel Barrow

Since the early '90s, Daniel Barrow has developed a unique style of "manual" animation, layering and manipulating his intricate drawings

The Two Frosts

Directed by Jiří Trnka

Two mischievous frost spirits—voiced by famed comedian Vlasta Burian and author, popular actor, and satirist Jan Werich—make things chilly for

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The Unclouded Organs

Directed by Rob Shaw

A song from the rock band The Unclouded espouses organ donation with the help of stop motion insects.

The Wind Rises

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Miyazaki, co-founder of the legendary Studio Ghibli, eschewing his typically fictional characters ensconced in a fantasy world, instead brings to

The Wound

Directed by Robert Lobel

A little girl’s resentment, embodied in a shaggy creature that becomes her best friend, starts to completely control her life.



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.