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The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present Totally Under Control. Opens [Online] Tuesday, October 13.

Your $5.99 ticket will directly support both NWFC and PAM and we encourage all of our members, staff, and supporters to join us—and spread the word.

Tickets to this virtual screening will be on sale Tuesday, October 13 – November 15, 2020.

At a time when the bulk of cinemas are expected to remain shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, our plan is to continue bringing new films to the PAM and NWFC audiences that allow us to follow social distancing rules.

We are proud to partner with NEON, the film production and distribution company that released Oscar winners such as Parasite and I, Tonya, on this innovative strategy to bring Totally Under Control.

We are excited to offer this film at an affordable price because of the economic hardship that Americans are facing during the pandemic.

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side) and co-directors Susanne Hillinger and Ophelia Harutyunyan, Totally Under Control was shot in secret during the past five months of the U.S. COVID-19 crisis. Using ingenious new safety protocols they developed to film safely during the coronavirus pandemic, Gibney and team have created one of the first pandemic documentaries in real-time.

Gibney, with his long history of exploration into what makes political and business leaders tick and make the choices they do, has meticulously tracked information throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to figure out why and how America has found itself in its current state. The results are shocking, maddening, and enlightening, and they come together to create a non-fiction exposé that is especially important and critical viewing right now, on the eve of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

—Amy Dotson, Director of the Northwest Film Center and Curator of Film and New Media, Portland Art Museum


On January 20th, 2020 the US and South Korea both discovered their first cases of COVID-19. However, 9 months later, the novel Coronavirus has claimed the lives of almost 200,000 Americans and caused staggering economic damage, while in South Korea, there were no significant lockdowns and, in an urbanized population of 51 million, only 344 lives have been lost. Where did we go wrong? As the presidential election nears, Americans are increasingly enraged by a lack of clear leadership, endemic political corruption and left to wonder how did the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world manage to fail so thoroughly in its response to a global pandemic? Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, directing with Ophelia Harutyunyan and Suzanne Hillinger, interrogates this question and its devastating implications in Totally Under Control. With damning testimony from public health officials and hard investigative reporting, Gibney exposes a system-wide collapse caused by a profound dereliction of Presidential leadership. It will be a generation before we know the full extent of the damage wrought by this pandemic, but Totally Under Control will stand as the definitive account of the Trump administration’s incompetence, corruption, and denial in the face of this global pandemic. (Film description provided by NEON.)

Totally Under Control
Directed by Alex Gibney, Ophelia Harutyunyan, Suzanne Hillinger
United States | 2020 | 123 min


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This film will be available for viewing through November 30, 2020.

Your $5.99 ticket supports both the Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum.


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.