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20,000 Days on Earth

Directed by Ian Forsyth, Jane Pollard

An inventive ode to creativity, 20,000 Days on Earth fuses drama and reality by weaving the journey of a fictional

All the Labor

Directed by Douglas Hawes-Davis

For two decades, The Gourds have played their rock/folk/country tunes, gathered cult listeners, and always managed to float just under

Always for Pleasure

Directed by Les Blank

The vibrancy of New Orleans’ cultural life in the late 1970s shines through in Blank’s characteristically freewheeling, fun, yet incisive

American Epic

Directed by Bernard MacMahon

Presented by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White, and produced for the BBC’s Arena and PBS, MacMahon and

American Hot Wax

Directed by Floyd Mutrux

“You get the idea that rock ‘n’ roll was born and all but killed off over one weekend in New

Approximately Nels Cline

Directed by Steven Okazaki

Best known as the lead guitarist of Wilco and one of the most adventurous musicians on earth, Nels Cline is

Bang! The Bert Berns Story

Directed by Bob Sarles

Though he died at age 37, Bert Berns managed to become one of the most important songwriters of the 1960s.

Bayou Maharajah

Directed by Lily Keber

The Ivory Emperor, the Black Liberace, Lil Booker, Little Chopin in Living Color...James Carroll Booker III. BAYOU MAHARAJAH explores the

Beautiful Noise

Directed by Eric Green

"Although it's one of the most radical and influential movements in contemporary music, having given birth to some of the

Big in Japan

Directed by John Jeffcoat

“Real-life Seattle rockers Phillip A. Peterson, David Drury, and Sean Lowry, known collectively as Tennis Pro, play reasonable facsimiles of

Bill Evans, Time Remembered

Directed by Bruce Spiegel

In the pantheon of great jazz pianists, few remain as influential as Bill Evans. His arrival in the late 1950s

Black Orpheus

Directed by Marcel Camus

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Black Orpheus is a colorful, vibrant adaptation of the



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.