Friday, November 2, 2001
7pm The Guild Theater

Shorts 1:

Mia Wood/ Galiano Island, B.C.
Shot in black and white Super 8 and hand processed, Zipped is a full-on infatuation with the human fly set to a driving boogie-down beat. All Zippers Down!

Reveries & Rocketships
Howie Woo/ Coquitlam, B.C.
When John emerges from an accident without his memories, he stumbles into a strange reality where a gangster chases him with a gun, a trip to the moon costs a sandwich, and bakeries appear out of nowhere. A stunning mystery filmed in succulent black and white.

Bloodhag: The Faster You Go Deaf, the More Time You Have to Read
Brad Vanderburg/
Seattle, WA
A death-metal rock group tours Puget Sound area libraries belting out raging heavy metal songs about science fiction authors to inspire kids to read. Watch as kids plug their ears and mosh with the card catalogs. If you’re a good little rocker, Bloodhag might even give you a personalized reading list. Turn your library cards up to eleven and enjoy the show. 3 min

The End of the Old as We Know It
Courtney Taylor-Taylor/ Portland, OR
While awaiting thermonuclear global annihilation, six young adults discuss how retro destroyed the world. The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor directs this sauntering and fashionable contemplation.
9 1/2min

Found Footage
Clancy Dennehy/ Vancouver, B.C.
"Found inside a super 8 film camera at a garage sale, this three minute home movie records a local family's day trip to the mountains." Duchamp did it with his ready-mades -- exploring the enigmas of the found object and the roll of the artist as chooser and/or manipulator. You can appreciate it as objet d'art or just enjoy the rollicking guitar soundtrack and sunny images of a boy and his mom frolicking amongst the old growth.

Woke Up Dreaming
Chad Essley/ Portland, OR
Pull down the shades and prepare yourself to absorb this flight into the artist’s subconscious. Beautifully drawn and masterfully animated, this short will leave you ethereally transfixed.

Claudia Morgado Escanilla/ Vancouver, B.C.
Elissa, a famous trapeze artist, is being forced by her father to marry an up and coming trapeze impresario. The problem is that Elissa is in love with someone else. Upon witnessing her pain, Simone, her identical twin sister, reveals the true meaning of love.

Positive Reinforcement
John Helde/ Seattle, WA
On a lazy suburban afternoon, Lowell thinks he has found a new way to get Melissa to do what he wants. His day changes course when Melissa, envisioning grander goals, puts the technique to work for her. A beautifully shot homage to classic slapstick with a snappy Latin soundtrack.
9 min

Friday Night Idiot Box
Bruce Wilson/ Vancouver, B.C.
Watching television in the year 2001. A triptych of tasteless animation that is "wince out loud" funny.
3 min

David Russo/ Seattle, WA
Judge's Award, Best of Show
Set to "Mars, Bringer of War," by composer Gutav Holst, Populi follows the creation and journey of humanoid sculptures through various time-lapsed environments of the Northwest region. This masterful work breathes new life into the art of pixelation. Intricately crafted and filmed, Populi is a treat for anyone who marvels at the power and mystique of the motion picture camera.
8 min

Friday, November 2, 2001


9PM Lush at NW 6th & Couch $10 admission
21 and over

Saturday, November 3, 2001
11am Guild Theater


Where is the next generation of media makers coming from? What do they have to say? Each year the Film Center’s Young People’s Film & Video Festival, held in June, takes the pulse. Join us for a special program of selected highlights by high school age producers from this year’s 25th Annual Festival. Program includes ETERNAL-E & ME by Dominic Fratto (Salt Lake City,UT), A PROFOUND INSIGHT by Andrew Morse (Salem, OR), HALF LIFE by students of Lewis & Clark High School (Spokane, WA), BREAKING THE STEREO by 911 Media Arts Center students (Seattle, WA), SOMEONE LIKE YOU by Dolly England (Vancouver, WA) and CHARLIE, a personal reflection on a life lost by Portland homeless teens. 90 min. Free Admission

Saturday, November 3, 2001

1pm Whitsell Auditorium

DV to 35mm Workshop:
A Comparison of Labs
Hosted by Robert Goodman

AIVF asked ten transfer facilities from around the world to transfer two minutes of test footage shot on a Canon XL1 in both PAL and NTSC formats to 35mm. These transfers were then evaluated by a panel of experts and the results presented in an article by contributing editor and producer, Robert Goodman, in the August/September issue of AIVF's magazine, The Independent. This event is a public presentation of the test results. Samples of the footage are shown to illustrate the potentials and the problems that result from the various transfer processes.
Admission is free. RSVP is encouraged
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Saturday, November 3, 2001

Matinee, 2pm Guild Theatre

Shorts 2:

Conor Buescher/ Corvallis, OR
Two hayseed gas station attendants play a friendly and probably lifelong game of oneupsmanship when they are trumped by life with the arrival of a King on a Vespa.
5 1/2 min

A Night in the Gilman
David Nytra/ Vanouver, B.C.
A gruesome yet beautifully animated story of a girl with mud for skin, sticks for bones, and a fish for a brain.
3 1/2 min

Sleeping Car

Monique Moumblow/ Vancouver, B.C.
A visually hypnotic narrative constructed on a train film with voice track borrowed from an old Swedish film and subtitles telling their own story.
6 min

The Tasseled Loafers
Jim Blashfield/ Portland, OR
Blashfield pulls out some of the quintessential tricks that make him a legend. While fixing a leak a plumber finds a projector and is bombarded by animations of twirling chairs, talking dogs, and other such oddities. By the end one man is dead and shoeless.
11 min

Heart of Harlem
Brian Lindstrom/ Portland, OR
This short documentary profiles the late Holcombe Rucker, his famous schoolyard basketball league, and the people who continue his legacy of mentoring in Harlem.

Weldon DeBusk/ Seattle, WA
A handgun takes form; a bullet is fired; the path of the projectile is followed through a surreal landscape of possibilities.
3 1/2 min

Rick Raxlen/ Victoria, B.C.
Dinnertime for Ricky Junior. No laughing. Dad is mad. Mom is nervous. The maid is starched. Using pop images, scratch animation, stock-character animation, and abstract ink washes, the filmmaker evokes troubled nights around the family dinner table. This textured Structuralist beauty might make you think twice about eating meat again.
6 min

A Problem with Sharks
Mike Shapiro/ Seattle, WA
Still reeling from a recent visit to a palm reader, Sylvia meets Frank, an undersea treasure-hunter, at water's edge in the middle of a beach-wide shark alert. Despite better judgement, they risk the wilds and wiles of a school of sharks, one Siberian tiger, a seven-armed octopus, and each other's company- all for a momentary glimpse of that rarest creature: love.
10 min

Adrian’s Hole
Ross Ferguson/ Vancouver, B.C.
Adrian Spigg discovers a seemingly bottomless hole in the floor of his living room, which, over the course of a weekend, will force him to rediscover his humanity. A black comedy about fear and the chasm between the individual and society.
15 min

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal
Matt McCormick/Portland, OR
Reclassifying graffiti as art is not a new idea in art circles -- but what about those patches of paint that city workers and establishment owners roll over the graffiti? The layering effect of these latex curtains, the sometimes subtle variants of hue, as McCormick states, "graffiti removal has characteristics that share similarities with many of the importand movements of modern art…"It's all an absurd premise, but the argument is so well made that it's almost convincing.

Saturday, November 3, 2001
7pm The Guild Theater

Shorts 3:

Airplane Glue
Evan Mather, K. William Hostetter/ Seattle, WA
The story of twin brothers Randy and Rusty McNally who are convinced the Apollo moon landings were faked in an unholy pact between Hollywood and the government. A must see for any aspiring conspiracy theorist.
12 min

The Lines of the Hand
Anya Medvedeva , Sebastien Chevrel/ Portland, OR
Based on a short story by Julio Cortazar, LINES OF THE HAND documents the adventures of a piece of writing as it escapes the page. Through stark and expressive animation we follow the line through a romp in the city toward its macabre destination. Though designed for presentation on the Web, LINES OF THE HAND is no less mesmerizing on the big screen.
2 1/2min

Frank was a Monster that Wanted to Dance
Ian Freedman/ Vancouver, B.C.
Judge's Award for Best AnimationFrank is a sweet monster who will let neither his quirky appearance nor his less-than-stellar coordination stop him from showing his groovy moves at the local theatre. There is only one small problem; Frank has a tendency to fall apart- literally. This animated short is a direct adaptation of a book by celebrated children’s author and illustrator Keith Graves.
3 1/2min

Strange Ships
Mark O’Connell/ Seattle, WA
STRANGE SHIPS takes footage from a Hollywood film and re-contextualizes it through montage. The same footage is layered upon itself, adding new textural imagery with each pass, thus creating a trance-like and automatic response for the viewer. Coupled with a rich and engaging soundscape, STRANGE SHIPS is cinematic candy for both the eyes and ears.
2 1/2min

The Passage
Jacob Effert/ Portland, OR
A claustrophobic journey through a prisoner’s psyche and his struggle with the obstructions of differing realities. Expressively lit and darkly pensive, PASSAGE evokes a Kafkaesque tone. Where does a prison begin and end?
5 min

Chel White/ Portland, OR
Haunting underwater portraits juxtaposed with archival films of war and atrocities in this stylized film collage dealing with the poetic, the terrible, innocence and corruption. Taking cues from Gustav Holts' “Neptune”, the aqueous portraits allow each person's vulnerable core to surface, exposing a deep, primal innocence. Simultaneously, wars are waged, brutalities committed, and the worst of the human race evolves. But in this sea of humanity, all is not lost to the corruption of the human spirit.

Insect Poetry
Marilyn Zornado/ Portland, OR
Tucked quietly away in the corner of a writer's study, the Insect Literacy Society convenes to share poems written by a few of its members. The subject matter is the stuff that insect's lives are made of: metamorphosis, anatomy, danger, nature, beauty, and love. INSECT POETRY uses stop-motion insect puppets and elaborate sets to shed new perspective on the coffeehouse crowd.
6 min

Thought Bubble
Billy Greene/Portland, OR
The lonely exploits of a man living on the streets, in a city made of paper.
Billy Greene animated on "The Pj&Mac226;s" at Will Vinton Studios in Oregon, and was working
on the series "Phantom Investigators" in San Francisco at the time of his sudden, tragic death.

The Burden
Andy Blubaugh/ Portland, OR
"A year ago my father sent me our old family camera with a roll of film left inside. In THE BURDEN I explore my regret at having no photographs of my mother by playing out three different endings to that scenario." In this subtly crafted and moving film, the filmmaker touchingly comes to terms with regret and the need for redemption.

Saturday, November 3, 2001

4pm Portland Art Museum-North Wing
Parlour Room


DIY Distribution Roundtable

Making a film is really only half the battle -- getting it distributed -- getting it SEEN can be tricky business. But there may be more options than you think. The Northwest Film Center is collecting filmmakers and exhibitors who might have some crafty tips. Hear about the adventures of one local filmmaker who took his film on a road trip, learn how to get your film into film Festivals, hear about the vast networks of film societies who create their own opportunities for exhibition. Got a projector and a clean white sheet? Anything's possible.
Admission is free. RSVP is encouraged
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Saturday, November 3

8:30 pm Guild Theatre

Tim Coulter/Seattle, WA
"When I cleaned houses a couple of years ago, I became resentful of my work and the clients I worked for. As I was looking to regain my self-respect, fate and the trash bin connected me with Seth Warshavsky, the Seattle Porn King, best known for the distribution of '"Pam and Tommy: Hardcore and Uncensored." Seth was looking for 'unique and controversial material.' So, I set about videotaping the lives of my clients in the things I found in their home. As my little project goes national, I take a step back to understand how personal lives so easily become entertainment." This Documentary is a compelling addition to the personal essay genre. Writer/Director, Tim Coulter, often in a stream of consciousness, walks us through his feelings -- among them, the ethics of not only his subjects', but also his own behavior. Does anyone really have anything to hide anymore? Only your housekeeper knows. And what about the whole question of busy minds trapped in minimum-wage work -- does manual labor beget mayhem?
75 min Pointedly preceded by
Sean O'connell and Mark McCoy/Eugene, OR

Suck it in and clean while you work out. Sure it's a parody on infomercials, but you know, it might just be crazy enough to work!

Sunday, November 4
8pm Guild Theatre

Manchild Unmasked
Ted Jackson/Portland, OR

Wearing a giant prosthetic baby's head and stinking of rotting fish, performance artist, Justin Callaway, within his encephalitic alter ego Frederick Manchild, belts out heartrending indie-pop ballads of isolation and litters the city's phone booths with fetid luncheon meat. This is all part of Callaway's grand scheme to publicly call into question conventional assumptions of normalcy and acceptance. But there is only one thing that can stop him from attaining his dream of top-40 stardom -- he can't sing.
56 min

Monday, November 5
7 pm Guild Theatre

The Wise Ones
Chris Matheson/ Corbett, OR

Like a following character out of a Nabokov novel, we get to endure, enjoy, and second guess the neuroses of Dr. Isaac Goode (David Meyers) who surprises us at every turn with spectacular delusions of grandeur that lead him so far down a fringe path that there's clearly no turning back. Shot around Portland - on the Mt. Hood Community College campus and elsewhere-- THE WISE ONES will remind you how important (and how rare) good writing is. A tour-de-freaking-force performance from Meyers in a plum part that would utterly fail with anything less, this delightful film's twists and turns will slap smiles on audience faces. A first feature from Portland Writer/Director Chris Matheson, co-writer of BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE.
80 min

9pm Guild Theatre
Film Harmonic
Jim Blashfiield, Joan Gratz, Gus Van Sant, Chel White
Offering a contemporary twist on the traditional cinema experience of “silent” film accompanied by live music, FILM HARMONIC, offers our top Portland Filmmakers' interpretations of Symphonic works. Jointly conjured and presented by the Northwest Film Center and The Oregon Symphony, each filmmaker strove to bring new and unique context to the music. Jim Blashfield’s THE TASSELED LOAFERS and Joan Gratz’s INNERPLAY both find their inspiration in Berlioz’s “Dream of a Witches Sabbath” yet achieve completely distinct translations. Gus Van Sant 's SMOKING MAN gives a playful interpretation to “Chairman Dances” by Adams while Chel White’s PASSAGE chooses to expand on the pensive and ethereal tone of “Neptune” by Holst..

Tuesday, November 6

7pm The Whitsell Auditorium

Election Night America
Vanessa Renwick and Dawn Smallman/ Portland, OR
Richard Tracey is a folk artist living in Centralia, Washington who had a mental breakdown 17 years ago at which time, at age 50, he began making art. Three lots filled with black and white sculpture surround his house. His basement is filled with thousands of collages -- all about color. He scavenges for material and his yard changes each day. If you find yourself in Centralia, you can't miss it -- neither should you miss this engaging look at a small town legend who's doing it his way.
25 min

This is What Democracy Looks Like
Jill Freidberg, Rick Rowley/Seattle, WA
The 2000 WTO scuffle in Seattle through the eyes and lenses of the protestors. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE recaps the event of those tense days in Seattle where protesters essentially shut down the World Trade Organization by taking to the streets and risking arrest and pepper spray and some strong-arming by police to send a clear message that the WTO ought to be more accountable. Susan Sarandon lends her voice to this film with a brief narration and music from Rage Against the Machine drives the often challenging footage. Well edited with a style its own, . THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE reminds us that, like it or not, questioning our government is as American as hoisting a flag.
72 min

8:45pm The Whitsell Auditorium

Crash Fans
Paul Killebrew/Seattle, WA

Demolition in the great Northwest! -- as these beat to hell muscle cars are destroyed, a way of life is sustained. Follow the process from junkyard beater to war-wagon as these close-knit competitors revel in this sport of dings. After-market I-beams, ass-print paintjobs, and naked V-8's with little more than a couple rolls of duct tape around them all competing for the glory of being the last one rumbling. And yes, "only in America" will you meet a Nudist/Fender Bender who has found ways to combine his passions.

Preceded by 2 shorts:
Serena Bartlett, Bill George, Christopher Hampton, Roger Howard/Galliano Island, BC
A quick documentary tribute to another man's junk, Beaters is a sentimental treat for anyone who's ever owned a daily driver that sometimes couldn't.
4 1/2 min

Real Smoker
Ernest Truely/Portland, OR
Follow Filmmaker Truely's and his hidden camera on his gentle rampage through various Portland establishments including the Multnomah County Library-- watch him light up a cigarette and see the response this simple but outrageous action provokes. Sometimes filmmaking isn't about making friends.
10 min

Wednesday, November 7
6:30pm and 9:15pm McMinamin's Mission Theater


Honkeytonk Dirt
Adrienne Leverette, Eric Schopmeyer and Rob Tyler
This is the story of Lucky Buster the Six String Outlaw -- a singing fixture on Northwest Portland streets for years. Having played amongst the legends-- now ghosts --of Country Music, Lucky's calling has kept him warbling and strumming to anyone who might wander by. This engaging documentary fills in the story of this street performer's life reminding you that there's almost always so much more than meets the eye.
43 min

8:00pm We welcome the Melody Guy Band for some vintage country rockin' between screenings

followed by
Welcome to the Club:Women in Rockabilly
Beth Harrington/Vancouver, WA
A lively dive into the other side of Rockabilly roots, Welcome to the Club sings the tale of the pioneering women of Rockabilly with plenty of great archival photos and footage of along with interviews and performances from rockabilly greats Wanda Jackson, Brenda Lee, Lorrie Collins and Janis Martin.
57 min

Friday November 9
7pm Guild Theatre

Shorts 3
Please see description for Saturday, November 3

9pm Guild Theatre

Bruce Spangler/Vancouver, BC

Protection is the explosive story of two women locked in battle over the safety of two children. Jane (Nancy Sivak) is a child protection social worker on the verge of burning out. Betty (Jillian Fargey) is a heroin-addicted mother of two children. Jane fears Betty's boyfriend might be abusing the children. As she investigates the case she discovers a loving mother who has lost control of her life. She is confronted with the extremely difficult decision of whether or not to take away the kids. In this line of work, decisions are never black and white, but they can mean the difference between life and death.
Writer/director Bruce Spangler was a front-line child protection social worker for five years and confronted these life and death decisions every day. In Protection, he takes the audience on an explosive and powerful journey to the front lines.
Vancouver Film Critics Award - Best Canadian Feature
Best First Feature - Victoria Independent Film Festival.
"Protection evokes a gritty realism that easily places it alongside the best of Ken Loach or Dogma 95…a landmark achievement in cinematic realism."
-Vancouver International Film Festival
80 min

Saturday, November 10
4pm The Guild Theater

Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship /David King Memorial Grant

An afternoon of congratulations as we announce this year's recipients of the Oregon Arts Commission's Media Fellowship and David King Memorial Grant. Oregon Arts Commission (OAC) offers a $5000 award for film projects each year -- the 2002 fellowship received 27 applicants and a panel of judges convened to determine which of these was most deserving of this support. Join us as we recognize and screen selected works created by this year's Fellowship recipient Adrienne Leverette, and Scholarship winners Jacob Effert, and Jason Ellis. We'll also screen work from last year's OAC co-winners, Zak Margolis and Matt McCormick as well as an excerpt from last year's David King Fellowship awardee
Free Admission

Saturday, November 10

6pm Saturday, November 10

Shorts 1
Please see Friday, November 2 description.

Closing Night Soiree

8pm The Guild Theater
Bill Bailey,Andrew Dixon/Portland, OR
Suddenly the film world is lousy with mockumentaries but here's one that nails the genre. It's played straight -- no tongues in cheeks, no over-the-top acting, just a couple of goofballs with a brilliant idea. Company CEO, Bob Swanson is the driving force behind this dot-com dream working the deals and calling the shots. Kenny (co-director, Andrew Dixon) lumbers about on crutches in his two-sizes-too-small Tee shirt, seeming to hide a wisdom that just may never surface.
23 min

Ugly Parade
Sol Burbridge, Greg Arden/Portland, OR
The Mangini Twins perform a show in their living room for their dying mother. Tommy, the uptight producer, auditions a ramshackle group of amateurs in a world where showbiz is considered the guiltiest of pleasures. Like a soap opera set in a Reno suburb, UGLY PARADE is an occasionally raunchy and always a raucous kick in the ass. UGLY PARADE was written and directed by Sol Burbridge and Greg Arden -- fixtures in the live cabaret circuit of Portland, OR with Burbridge achieving notoriety as a DJ and musician with his band LaRue, and Arden creating the UN-famous cover band/lounge opera, The Tony Mangini Show. The pair then combined efforts with the hilarious camerawork and dramatic lighting of Steven MacDougall to create the television-based-reality of UGLY PARADE.

Followed by

The Tony Mangini Show
at the Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th Ave.
In the live version of UGLY PARADE, a.k.a. The Tony Mangini Show, the intricacies of Tony Mangini's mind are revealed in a drunken exorcism of obscure cover songs. Talented musicians back Mr. Mangini through this oedipal nightmare brought to life in living color.

"Tony Mangini needs no introduction--Portland's biggest television star with the biggest hair and the silkiest chest hair--and he's got a voice that's sticky like Wesson Oil." Julienne Shepherd, The Portland Mercury

21 and over. Admission included with the evening's screenings. Party only $5.