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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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ADMISSION PRICES
$9 General
$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
$6 Friends of the Film Center

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Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Special Screenings


Sat, Nov 24, 2007
at 5 PM

Sun, Nov 25, 2007
at 5 PM

HELVETICA
DIRECTOR: GARY HUSTWIT
US
Few who read newspapers, books, ads or even film subtitles are consciously aware of the typefaces employed. But as Hustwit's fascinating film connects the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, it invites a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. Focusing on the proliferation of Helvetica, the ubiquitous Swiss typeface created in 1957 that started a design revolution, Hustwit examines the larger context of how type affects our lives and experiences, and the creative process and aesthetic choices behind the use of type. Interviewing the range of early champions and subsequent generations of postmodernist designers who rejected the conformity it engendered, HELVETICA offers unique social history of global visual culture that is full of discovery. ( 80 min )


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Sat, Dec 1, 2007
at 5 PM

Sun, Dec 2, 2007
at 5 PM

Thu, Dec 13, 2007
at 7 PM

2007 BRITISH ADVERTISING AWARDS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
BRITAIN
This annual collection of award winning British TV and cinema commercials showcase what many in advertising and film consider to be consistently the best work done in the world. This year's eclectic mix of dry British comedy, cinematic bravura, hard-hitting PSA's and new twists on long-running campaigns is highlighted by Sony's famed "exploding paint" commercial; a piece of computer-generated trickery that places Elvis Presley on the same stage as The Sugababes; and Marvin Gaye, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Wonder describing the daily output of a BBC radio station. This year's collection reveals that the humor and innovation go on unabated and offers a crash course in the contemporary state of the marriage of advertising and film. ( 85 min )


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Tue, Dec 4, 2007
at 7 PM

SYMBIOPSYCHOTAXIPLASM: TAKE ONE
NWFC and 40 Frames present
DIRECTOR: WILLIAM GREAVES
US
In this film-within-a-film, Greaves dares to break the accepted rules of cinema. Greaves and his crew are in New York's Central Park ostensibly filming a screen test. The drama involves the bitter break up of a married couple, but this is just the "cover story". The real story is happening off camera, as the enigmatic director pursues his hidden agenda. The growing conflict and chaos— accompanied by moments of unintentional humor—explode on-screen, producing the energy, and the insights, that the director is searching for. Mixing multiple cameras, split-screen images, cinema-verité and conventional shooting styles, Greaves allows multiple levels of reality to reveal, and comment upon, the creative process. "A witty, still-timely and extraordinary satire on filmmaking theory and technique that ranks with the liveliest formal experiments of Jean-Luc Godard, John Cassavetes and Andy Warhol."–Armond White, THE CITY SUN. ( 74 min )


Co-sponsored by Portland State University English Department, Film Studies Minor.
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Sat, Dec 8, 2007
at 7:30 PM

DANNY WILLIAMS FACTORY FILMS
LIVE MUSIC EVENT: NWFC and PICA Present:
DIRECTOR: DANNY WILLIAMS
US
In October, we screened Esther B. Robinson's A WALK INTO THE SEA, a portrait of her Uncle Danny Williams, a filmmaker and onetime lover/collaborator with Andy Warhol. Tonight we welcome Robinson for a screening of William's films in their entirety, with musical accompaniment by composer T. Griffin and Catherine McRae. The program includes FACTORY FILM (1965), which features intimate footage of Warhol along with other factory stars (screened silent); THE VELVET UNDERGROUND and THE VELVET UNDERGROUND EAT LUNCH (1965), which features the impossibly young-looking, pre-fame band rehearsing and clowning around (silent); and HAROLD STEVENSON PT 1 AND PT 2 (1966), with live accompaniment by Griffin and McRae, who have created a score for guitar, violin, samples and Walkman. Fashioning an immerse, oceanic abstraction of bubblegum pop, LaMonte Young-inspired drones and, of course, the music of The Velvet Underground, the score takes its cues from modern ambient artists like Tim Hecker and Belong. Griffin and McRae, also known as The Quavers, have collaborated on live soundtrack experiments with filmmaker Jem Cohen, theater directors Anne Bogart and Richard Maxwell, and musicians including Vic Chesnutt and Tom Verlaine. ( 75 min )


Special Admission: $10 general; $8 Silver Screen, PICA, PAM members.
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Tue, Dec 11, 2007
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
DIRECTOR: YOU!
US
Invite your friends to a public showing of your latest project as we throw open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium for our bi-monthly open screening. If you have something you're proud of, sign up by October 1st with Thomas Phillipson at thomas@nwfilm.org. First come first served as time allows.

FREE ADMISSION
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Sat, Dec 22, 2007
at 4 PM

Sun, Dec 23, 2007
at 4 PM

Sun, Dec 30, 2007
at 4 PM

CHUCK CLOSE
DIRECTOR: MARION CAJORI
US
Richly expanding on her early short documentary made a decade earlier, Cajori's fascinating portrait of painter Chuck Close examines his personal working process and his place in contemporary art as the re-inventor of portraiture. Close photographs his subjects, blows up the image to gigantic proportions, divides them into detailed grids and then uses a complex set of colors and patterning to reconstruct each face. We follow the rhythms of a painting's life from Polaroid self-portrait, through 82 days of invention and discovery, including exhilarating images shot from the artist's brush. Close's subjects—family, artists and friends—provide insight into his work and their own, rendering a collective portrait of a whole creative generation. Featuring Brice Marden, Robert Storr, Dorothea Rockbourne, Philip Glass, Arne Glimcher, Kiki Smith, Elizabeth Murray, Alex Katz, Kirk Varnedoe, and Leslie Close among others. ( 85 min )


The Portland Art Museum's exhibition Chuck Close Prints: Process is on view through January 6. more information at www.portlandartmuseum.org.
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Fri, Dec 28, 2007
at 7 PM

Sat, Dec 29, 2007
at 5 PM

CZECH DREAM
DIRECTOR: DIRECTORS: VIT KLUSAK, FILIP REMUNDA
CZECH REPUBLIC
Capitalism, globalism and advertising are the targets in this witty and provocative documentation of a large-scale consumer hoax perpetrated by two mischievous filmmakers in Prague. Impressed/dismayed by the rapid growth of big-box "hypermarkets" in their country, Klusák and Remunda organize an advertising and promotional campaign for the grand opening of a nonexistent supermarket called "Czech Dream". They hire a top ad agency to develop their advertising and marketing campaign—including TV and radio spots, billboards, jingle, website, flyers and newspaper ads—and await the grand opening. Sure enough, on the appointed day an unsuspecting public, rabid for deals, storms a ribbon cutting held in front of a fake façade erected in a field. The resulting scandal, alternately hilarious and discomforting, illuminates the power and effect of rampant consumerism in a country still adjusting to a market economy, CZECH DREAM is a stimulating contribution to the ongoing debate over the globalization of goods, the spread of shopping culture and the loss of national identity. "Genius."–Morgan Spurlock (SUPERSIZE ME). "Exhilarating."–Michael Moore. "THE Comedy of Capitalism"—Stephen Holden, NEW YORK TIMES. ( 90 min )


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Sat, Dec 29, 2007
at 7 PM

THE SOLDIER'S TALE
DIRECTOR: PENNY ALLEN
FRANCE/US
On a flight to the U.S., former Portland director Penny Allen (PROPERTY, PAYDIRT), now living in Paris, happened to sit next to a traumatized American soldier on leave from Iraq. Horrified by what he had seen and done as a soldier, he shared his stories with her, later sending photos and videos shot by himself and his friends that confirmed the grim realities of the war. A year later, Allen and the soldier rendezvous back home for a filmed conversation, which supplies the surprising soundtrack for painful images of chaos, destruction and futility. War is hell, but it's exciting and it pays the bills. Instead of leaving the military, he's going back for another tour. Allen's film, driven by the compulsion to "do something" about the War in Iraq, reflects the reality that life, and death, go on no matter the insanity. ( 60 min )


Penny Allen will introduce the film.
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