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Thank You for Coming

Directed by Sara Lamm

Documentary filmmaker Sara Lamm learned as an adult that she was conceived via sperm donor, a fact that led her

Thank You For Supporting The Arts

Directed by Carolann Stoney, W. Alexander Jones

Directors W. Alexander Jones and Carolann Stoney turn their cameras on Liv Osthus, one of the best-known artists working in

That Way Madness Lies

Directed by Sandra Luckow

Sandra Luckow’s very personal documentary chronicles her 46-year-old brother's rare late-onset paranoid schizophrenia told, in-part, from his point-of-view with a

The 78 Project Movie

Directed by Alex Steyermark

The 78 Project Movie is a road trip across America to make one-of-a-kind 78 rpm records with musicians in their hometowns

The Agronomist

Directed by Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme’s career as a feature filmmaker was paralleled by personal documentaries focusing on music and human rights, with a

The Amazing Nina Simone

Directed by Jeff Lieberman

Nina Simone (1933-2003) defied labels—musical, sexual, or political—and today enjoys a popularity and recognition never realized in her lifetime. Lieberman’s

The Anonymous People

Directed by Greg D. Williams

Addiction to drugs and alcohol is one of America’s most most prevalent yet ignored social and public health issues. Misunderstood

The Atom Station

Directed by Nick Jordan

Iceland's dramatic and volatile landscape - natural and manmade - through the eyes of poet W.H. Auden and environmental activist

The Atomic Cafe

Directed by Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty

Composed entirely of found footage, The Atomic Cafe offers a darkly humorous leap into the abyss of cold war–era hubris,

The B-Side: Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

Directed by Erroll Morris

Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger than life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera—her’s one of only

The Ballad of Fred Hersch

Directed by Charlotte Lagarde, Carrie Lozano

Internationally renowned jazz pianist Fred Hersch has been playing professionally for the better part of four decades. Hersch has always

The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Directed by Rob Curry, Tim Plester

Shirley Collins, one of UK folk’s most storied voices, is a legend in her own time, but her career could



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.