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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


Thu, Jan 3, 2008
at 7 PM

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
SILVER SCREEN CLUB MEMBERS SCREENING
DIRECTOR: JULIAN SCHNABEL
FRANCE
Jean-Dominique Bauby was a key player in Parisian social and cultural circles before suffering a massive stroke at the age of 43, which robbed him of all muscle control save his left eyelid. Blinking one letter at a time, he composed a book describing life in a vegetative state that became an international best-seller. This is the basis of Julian Schnabel's (BASQUIAT, BEFORE NIGHT FALLS) enthralling new film, a powerful meditation on the nature of visual perception, as well as a celebration of the emergence of personal artistic expression. Winner of the Best Director Prize, Cannes Film Festival. ( 112 min )


Admission limited to Silver Screen members and their guests.
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Fri, Jan 4, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Jan 5, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Jan 6, 2008
at 5:30 PM

LYNCH
DIRECTOR: BLACKANDWHITE
US/DENMARK
This fascinating, indeed "Lynchian," portrait offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic mind and creative process of the famed director of ERASERHEAD, THE ELEPHANT MAN, BLUE VELVET, and MULHOLLAND DRIVE, to name just a few of his surreal and seminal works. Filmed over a period of two years (by mysterious producers) it follows David Lynch at home and at work on the set of his recent INLAND EMPIRE with Laura Dern and Jeremy Irons. Delving into his artistic process and "hands-on" approach to painting, sculpture, music and screenwriting, the film taps into Lynch's infectious enthusiasm, inspiring us to tap into the well of creativity that he believes we all share. "When I catch an idea for a film, I fall in love with the way cinema can express it. I like a story that holds abstractions, and that's what cinema can do."—David Lynch. ( 82 min )


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Fri, Jan 4, 2008
at 9 PM

Sat, Jan 5, 2008
at 9 PM

Sun, Jan 6, 2008
at 7:30 PM

ERASERHEAD
DIRECTOR: DAVID LYNCH
US
As startling a directorial debut as any you can think of, David Lynch's ERASERHEAD became, and remains, a cult sensation. Described by Lynch at the time only as "a dream of dark and troubling things," the bleakly comic story chronicles the travails of Henry (Jack Nance) and Mary X (Charlotte Stewart), who inhabit a dank, acoustically terrifying apartment in a decaying industrial city with their baby, a reptilian mutant that cries ceaselessly. When Mary eventually flees, leaving the child alone with Henry, he quickly spirals into the madness of Lynch's surreal, nightmare world. Long out of circulation on 35mm, we are pleased to screen a new print restored by Lynch with the assistance of the Museum of Modern Art. "A masterpiece of texture, a feat of artisanal attention, an ingenious assemblage of damp, dust, rock, wood, hair, flesh, metal, ooze."—Nathan Lee, VILLAGE VOICE. ( 89 min )


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Sun, Jan 6, 2008
at 2 PM

INLAND EMPIRE
DIRECTOR: DAVID LYNCH
US
INLAND EMPIRE features Laura Dern in a bravura performance as a fading movie star who not only inhabits her role in an overcooked melodrama, but also becomes inhabited by it. A Moebius strip of a film that threatens to spin off into insanity at any moment, it maintains a fluid inner course straight from the mind of its director, who shot much of the film in secret. (INLAND EMPIRED was shot entirely on video, and Lynch has proclaimed that he will never return to film as a medium.) "Interchangeably terrifying, maddening, shockingly hilarious and perversely exciting, and that's just to those who end up disliking it."—PREMIERE. "My advice, in the face of such hallucinatory brilliance, is that you hang on."—Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE. ( 172 min )


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Thu, Jan 10, 2008
at 7 PM

THIS SHOWING HAS BEEN CANCELED -- RIVER WAYS
DIRECTOR: COLIN STRYKER
US
RIVER WAYS examines the emotional and controversial proposal to remove four dams on the Snake River in Eastern Washington through the very personal stories of those most directly affected. River Ways presents environmentalists, citizen activists, biologists, family wheat farmers, tribal, commercial and sport fishermen, workers from the tug boat industry, and more as they go about their lives struggling to have their voices heard above the clamor of regional politics. ( 90 min )


www.sawgrassproductions.com
THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELED BUT WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IT FOR A LATER DATE.
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Mon, Jan 14, 2008
at 7 PM

A SCREENING OF CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FILMS
CERTIFIABLY YOURS
DIRECTOR: ANDREW WARNECKE, RUSS CALKINS
US
Join us as we screen and celebrate the achievements of two matriculating School of Film Certificate Program students, Andrew Warnecke and Russ Calkins, and the faculty, staff, friends and families who have supported them. Advised by lead faculty Bushra Azzouz and Enie Vaisburd, the filmmakers will present the narrative short film that each one has created as the culminating effort in this 14-course sequence in filmmaking. Directed by Andrew Warnecke, BLUE ANGLE explores the bond which forms when secrets are shared between almost strangers. OBVIOUS PUNS ASIDE, directed by Russ Calkins, follows the futile search for emotional connection in everyday conversation. The filmmakers will be in attendance to present their work and take questions from the audience. ( 70 min )


FREE ADMISSION
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Fri, Jan 18, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Jan 19, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Jan 20, 2008
at 4:30 PM

DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE
DIRECTOR: PIETRO GERMI
ITALY
Sparkling new prints provide the occasion to screen two of the greatest sex comedies in Italian cinema (SEDUCED AND ABANDONED begins January 25th). What if you lust after your chaste yet sexy cousin (Stefania Sandrelli), but are saddled with a spouse (Daniela Rocca) you can't divorce? If you're a suave, scheming Sicilian baron (Marcello Mastroianni), the epitome of Italian masculinity, you hatch an honorable fit of jealous rage, a "crime of passion," and earn the judicial wink that will set you free. Germi's most famous and successful film, DIVORCE won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and nomination for Best Actor and Best Director. Mastroianni gives one of his consummate performances in what Martin Scorcese hailed as "one of the greatest films about Sicily. . .just an extraordinary film." ( 104 min )


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Fri, Jan 25, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Jan 26, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Jan 27, 2008
at 4:30 PM

SEDUCED AND ABANDONED
DIRECTOR: PIETRO GERMI
ITALY
Germi's follow-up to DIVORCE, ITALIAN STYLE is even blacker and more sharply satirical than its predecessor in its skewering of macho Italian male values and the injustices of the Sicilian moral code. After 15-year-old Agnese (Stefania Sandrelli) gets pregnant courtesy of her sister's dopey fiancée, he abandons her because she is, of course, no longer a virgin. Her obsessed father (Saro Urzi) resorts to a series of ever more desperate schemes in his attempts to restore the family's honor. Urzi won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his frenzied performance. ( 117 min )


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Sun, Mar 9, 2008
at 3 PM

THE CRIMEAN WAR: A CLASH OF EMPIRES
DIRECTOR: THOMAS VAUGHAN
US
Since Roman Times the geography that sweeps from the Balkans (present-day Bosnia) through Turkey to the borders of the Persian Empire has been a battleground between East and West. From 1853 to 1856, in what was perhaps the first real "world war," the armies of England, France and Sardinia joined forces to repel the advance of Russia, intent on gaining access to Constantinople and the Mediterranean and controlling the Balkans, long ruled by the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire. Working with rare photographs and over 1600 prints and drawings, many from his personal collection, Vaughan vibrantly brings to life the story and lessons of a conflict now remembered only, if at all, because of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade," and the legendary exploits of Florence Nightingale—one note of grace in a nightmare of bloodshed and cholera. ( 180 min )


Thomas Vaughan will introduce and discuss the film.
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Thu, Mar 13, 2008
at 7 PM

UNION: THE BUSINESS BEHIND GETTING HIGH
NORTHWEST TRACKING
DIRECTOR: BRETT HARVEY
CANADA
Marijuana is one of British Columbia's most profitable industries, but for whom? THE UNION dives head first into Canada's most socially acceptable illegal activity, demystifies the underground market, and brings to light how such a large industry can function while remaining illegal. With interviews with experts from around the globe—including growers, clippers, police officers, criminologists, economists, psychologists, medical doctors, politicians and pop culture icons—the cause and effect nature of the business behind getting high comes to light. "The Union is a fascinating and in-depth look at one of BC's most profitable industries and the players involved, from the growers and dealers to pharmaceutical companies and builders of private prisons."—VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Winner, Outstanding Documentary Feature, 2007 Winnipeg International Film Festival. ( 105 min )


www.theunionmovie.com
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Sun, Mar 16, 2008
at 2 PM

ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY: A MONARCH OF THE SEAS
DIRECTOR: THOMAS VAUGHN
US
In 2007, with America's interests seemingly in every corner of the world, it is timely to look back to an event that heralded the emergence of this new world power. In 1898, a relatively obscure Admiral George Dewey (1837-1917) was in command of the U.S. Navy's Asiatic Squadron based in Hong Kong when the U.S. declared war on Spain. Commanded to sail to Manila and capture or destroy the Spanish fleet based there, Dewey engaged a large flotilla in Manila Bay and defeated it in mere hours. Instantly acclaimed a hero, his order "You may fire when ready, Gridley," entered into naval lore everywhere. Upon his return, he was celebrated in New York City with the greatest water and land parade in history. Soon, everything was being named in his honor, from pets, streets, and schools to children. Vaughan's meticulous film, featuring rare film clips, photographs and illustrations, traces the history and hysteria of events which seemed to channel, through an unlikely and now dimmed hero, a nation's romantic fervor in an age in which it awakened as a military, political and industrial power. ( 59 min )


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Sun, Mar 16, 2008
at 2 PM

WELLINGTON'S LAST PARADE
DIRECTOR: THOMAS VAUGHAN
US
In 1852, Queen Victoria decreed a state funeral to honor her "wisest counselor" Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington. Vaughan reanimates the "Iron Duke's" last and most spectacular parade, his own funeral. The disasters yet to befall the British army are framed by a chronicle of Wellington's military career and the funeral parade which unfolds in rich detail. The pomp and circumstance left a false impression—with generals and statesmen alike—that Britain was invincible. Less than two years later the fabled British army would find that this was no so in the hills of Crimea. ( 30 min )


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Thu, Mar 20, 2008
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
DIRECTOR: YOU
US
Several times each year the Northwest Film Center throws open the doors of the Whitsell Theater and invites Northwest filmmakers to show off a little. First come is first served with preference awarded to films under ten minutes. Sign up in advance by contacting Thomas Phillipson at thomas@nwfilm.org, get us a screening copy of your film by March 14, then bring your friends and family to the screening. Seeing your work on the big screen has never been easier.

FREE ADMISSION
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Wed, Mar 26, 2008
at 7 PM

A SCREENING OF FILMS BY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
HONOR ROLL
US
Tonight, we recognize the talents and ambitions of a group of School of Film students who have recently been selected to receive tuition assistance, and acknowledge the School of Film scholarship programs which have supported them. Included is the work of Debra Sea, Jarratt Taylor, Patti Sakurai and Jeffrey Richardson, each the winner of a David King Scholarship, which remembers the life and work of former Film Center student David King. We also screen work by the winner of the new Faerie Godmother Scholarship for Women, which helps emerging women filmmakers position themselves for long term success in the primary creative roles of the field. Filmmakers in attendance. Our thanks to the King Family Foundation and Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation for their support. ( 70 min )


FREE ADMISSION
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Sun, Mar 30, 2008
at 2 PM

GEORGE CATLIN: PAINTER, PRESERVATIONIST & ETHNOLOGIST
DIRECTOR: THOMAS VAUGHAN
US
In the 1830s George Catlin became the first major artist to travel west of the Mississippi and live with Native Americans. With a pack on his back, in saddle or canoe, he drew and painted incessantly on his own personal mission to preserve some hint of the noble cultures he predicted would soon vanish off the face of the earth. An inventive "episodic docu-drama" that deftly weaves paintings, drawings, photographs and letters, the film traces both a remarkable personal story and a rich artistic and ethnographic legacy. As Vaughan brings Catlin's journeys to life and reveals his keen understanding of indigenous cultures, he offers timely perspective on an important chapter in post-Lewis and Clark American history. ( 180 min )


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Sat, Apr 5, 2008
at 1 PM

THE RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR: A STUDY IN EXTREMES
DIRECTOR: THOMAS VAUGHAN
US
The Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) was the first major conflict of the modern age. From the onset it received huge, largely inaccurate, press coverage when it became apparent that a new Asian power might overturn a European army considered the strongest in the world. During the preceding decade Russia had completed the 8,000 mile long Trans-Siberian Railway. Needing a naval base to support her Pacific fleet, China was pressured to lease strategic Port Arthur on the tip of the Manchurian peninsula. Russia's expansionist activities ran counter to Japan's emerging sense of regional power and destiny, recently stirred by a victory over China and co-equal recognition in the spoils of the (1900-1901) Boxer Rebellion. A surprise attack carried out by Japanese torpedo boats started a long and bloody siege of the port, which culminated, after nearly a quarter of a million casualties, in a costly recognition of Japan as a world power. As in his earlier films, Vaughan's analysis of far-ranging events is a military historian's delight. Vaughan connects obscure dots between "forgotten" events of a century ago that still inform our geo-politics; and, insofar as it is possible, offers some understanding of the intricate mysteries of war. ( 118 min )


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