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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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Special Screenings


Thu, Jun 12, 2008
at 8 PM

THE BEST OF THE 34TH NORTHWEST FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
NORTHWEST TRACKING—VISITING ARTISTS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
NORTHWEST
The Best of the 34th Northwest Film & Video Festival touring program provides an exuberant cross-section of the state of filmmaking in the Northwest. Chosen by this year 's Festival Judge, German writer and film critic Heike Kuhn, and first screened at the Festival last November, the selections reveal the diversity, vibrancy and creativity at play in the region 's media arts community. The program includes the Judge 's Award winner SARI 'S MOTHER, by James Longley, Seattle; Audience Award winner NO BIKINI, by Claudia Morgado Escanilla, Vancouver, BC; MORRIS, by Adam Locke-Norton and Ryan Warren Smith, Vancouver, BC; PORTRAIT #2 TROJAN, by Vanessa Renwick, Portland; POTL: THE PENGUIN ON THE LEFT, by Rick Guinan, Portland; ALL BROKE UP, by Mark O 'Connell, Seattle; SOMETIMES, by Scott Amos, Victoria, BC; OPERATION: FISH by Jeff Riley, Portland; Judge 's Award winner BY MODERN MEASURE, by Matthew Lessner, Nehalem, OR; and Judge 's Award winner PATTERNS 3, by Jamie Travis, Vancouver, BC. ( 84 min )


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Fri, Jun 13, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Jun 15, 2008
at 6 PM

THE BEST OF THE 2007 OTTAWA ANIMATION FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
VARIOUS
Now in its 32nd year, the Ottawa International Animation Festival is the largest animation showcase in North America and one of the most highly regarded in the world. This year 's edition drew from over 2,000 submissions from 70 countries for its final selection of 97 new works. The eclectic and entertaining "Best of Ottawa" showcases award winners, honorable mentions and jury favorites in a wide variety of forms: independent and experimental shorts, music videos, Internet works, and more. Among the brilliant animators are Aaron Augenblick (GOLDEN AGE), Signe Baumane (TEEN BEAT OF SEX), Jonas Odell and Anders Mehring (OIAF SIGNAL FILM), Jonas Dahlbeck and Juan Pablo Zaramella (LAPUS), Jeff Scher (L 'EAU LIFE), Michael Langan (DOXOLOGY), Shoji Goto (UMO), Bert Gottschalk (FRAMING), Josh Raskin (I MET THE WALRUS), Elizabeth Hobbs (The OLD, OLD, VERY OLD MAN), Tibor Banoczki (MILK TEETH), Nick Cross (THE WAIF OF PERSEPHONE), and Koji Yamamura (FRANZ KAFKA 'S A COUNTRY DOCTOR). ( 90 min )


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Fri, Jun 13, 2008
at 9 PM

GERRY
DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT
US
In this existential "buddy" movie, two guys named Gerry (Matt Damon and Casey Affleck) set off on a cryptic hike to find "the thing" and soon lose their way in an increasingly sparse and foreboding desert landscape. Without comforting narrative exposition, we are as lost as the protagonists, whose own perceptions give way to hallucinatory abstractions as they must face life-and-death decisions. ( 98 min )


GUS VAN SANT 'S DEATH TRILOGY: Each derived from true stories widely covered in the media, Gus Van Sant 's provocative companion pieces are "each about death. GERRY is about death by accident. ELEPHANT is about death by insanity or retribution by someone else 's hand. [LAST DAYS] is about death by one 's own hand."—GUS VAN SANT.
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Sat, Jun 14, 2008
at 9 PM

ELEPHANT
DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT
US
Winner of the Palme d 'Or and Best Director awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Van Sant drew inspiration for his key protagonists from the real-life Columbine High School tragedy. Rather than attempting to offer easy explanations, Van Sant creates a highly stylized evocation of a day in the life of a "normal" American high school, conveying a surface that in its very universality provides a telling portrait of an undercurrent of complexity and unease untied to specific events. Long, rhythmic takes and tracking shots subliminally map a topography in the viewer 's mind that is later revisited by the student killers. ( 81 min )


GUS VAN SANT 'S DEATH TRILOGY: Each derived from true stories widely covered in the media, Gus Van Sant 's provocative companion pieces are "each about death. GERRY is about death by accident. ELEPHANT is about death by insanity or retribution by someone else 's hand. [LAST DAYS] is about death by one 's own hand."—GUS VAN SANT.
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Sun, Jun 15, 2008
at 8 PM

LAST DAYS
DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT
US
Michael Pitt portrays a hauntingly familiar figure in this meditation—dedicated to Kurt Cobain—on the final days in the life of a famed musician retreating from the clamor of the world and its myriad, insistent demands. "Success is subjective," an earnest Yellow Pages salesman tells Blake (Pitt), as he invites him to consider how a directory listing may best serve his "business needs." Blake, however, doesn 't need more calls and prefers to wander the grounds of his secluded estate, build himself a campfire and ironically sing "Home on the Range" to no one in particular. ( 97 min )


GUS VAN SANT 'S DEATH TRILOGY: Each derived from true stories widely covered in the media, Gus Van Sant 's provocative companion pieces are "each about death. GERRY is about death by accident. ELEPHANT is about death by insanity or retribution by someone else 's hand. [LAST DAYS] is about death by one 's own hand."—GUS VAN SANT.
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Thu, Jun 19, 2008
at 7:30 PM

THE SEXY CHEF
NORTHWEST TRACKING—VISITING ARTISTS
DIRECTOR: TYSON SMITH
US
Portland 's Smith Brothers, writer Ian and artist Tyson, began over ten years ago, working their way up in the comic book industry and then carrying their offbeat comic sensibilities to filmmaking. THE SEXY CHEF is a quirky tale of love, obsession, insanity, and kitchen utensils—for everyone who has hated their boring job so much that they 'd jump in a car with three neurotic friends to chase a mysterious woman in a chef hat all the way across the country. It is also a road trip filled with witches, '70s classic rock burnouts and Smurf fetishists. ( 81 min )


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Thu, Jun 19, 2008
at 7:30 PM

MONDAY NIGHT GIG
DIRECTOR: TYSON SMITH
US
MONDAY NIGHT GIG is a comedic take on the struggles of a workingman 's band named "The French." Spanning eight years, the film provides great moments of insight into the milieu of gigs in dive bars with small and not-so-very-loyal audiences, and offers the Smith Brothers ' humor a showcase in which to shine. "Filmed on a ridiculously small budget, MONDAY NIGHT GIG is an example of the promise and potential of digital filmmaking."—David Walker, Willamette Week. ( 85 min )


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Thu, Jun 26, 2008
at 7:30 PM

PROFIT MOTIVE AND THE WHISPERING WIND
DIRECTOR: JOHN GIANVITO
US
Voted Best Experimental Film of 2007 by the National Society of Film Critics, Gianvito 's powerful film consists of elegantly composed shots of gravesites and public shrines that reflect radical American history from colonial times to the present. A "monument to monuments," and a call to arms, it is a visual meditation on progressive history in the United States. Gianvito visits the resting places of such famed figures as Malcolm X, Mother Jones, Cesar Chavez, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Crazy Horse and Eugene V. Debs, along with many less familiar heroes, and also takes us to the markers of crucial strikes, protests and massacres. Loosely inspired by Howard Zinn 's "A People 's History of the United States," the film punctuates the visits to graves and historical sites with images of wind blowing through trees, a symbol of the eternal force and spirit of the many whose lives have been sacrificed in struggle. "Gianvito 's radical-left optimism looks ahead to a very different 'coalition of the willing, ' and suddenly seems not just hopeful but possibly prescient. Judge for yourself."—Michael Sicinski. ( 60 min )


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Thu, Jul 10, 2008
at 7:30 PM

AN EVENING WITH ROSE BOND
NORTHWEST TRACKING—Visiting Artist
DIRECTOR: ROSE BOND
PORTLAND
Exploring the intersection of high art and low art, film and architecture, and interior/exterior installation, Rose Bond 's work re-imagines animation through multi-windowed projections that transform surrounding spaces into cinema-lit Lyceums. Tonight Bond shares stories and images from several of her installation pieces, including her latest work ELECTRO-FLUX, a piece originally created as a multi-channel public installation for the Platform Animation Festival. Poignant and playful, it visually samples hew own work and that of experimental giants Norman McLaren and Len Lye, accompanied by original music and sound design by Judith Gruber-Stitzer. Based on her and Joella Jackson 's work with children and youth in day and residential treatment centers, WARD OF COURT: COUNTY OF ORIGIN offers a multiple-lens observation of children remanded to state care. Bond 's GATES OF LIGHT, an animated installation commissioned for the newly restored Museum at Eldridge Street in New York City, evokes a haunting vision of the Museum building 's history as the 120-year-old Eldridge Street Synagogue and the dynamic Lower East Side immigrant neighborhood in which is resides. ( 80 min )


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Thu, Jul 17, 2008
at 7 PM

Open Screening
Northwest Tracking
DIRECTOR: YOU
VARIOUS
The Film Center throws open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium and invites you to show your new short work at this free public screening. If you have something you 're proud of, sign up by contacting Thomas Phillipson by July 11 at thomas@nwfilm.org. First come, first screening as time allows.

FREE
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Thu, Jul 24, 2008
at 6 PM

MEET CAT CLIFFORD
NORTHWEST TRACKING—VISITING ARTIST
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
VARIOUS
In conjunction with the Portland Art Museum 's Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, join award recipient and emerging Washington artist Cat Clifford as she discusses a selection of artists ' videos and Hollywood films that have influenced her work. Clifford 's intimate ink drawings, stop-motion animation, and site-specific performance video, captured in digital video and Super 8, resonate with a sense of fleeting romanticism and a reverence for the American pioneer dream. Films will include Joan Jonas ' WIND (1968), scenes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, Dennis Oppenheim 's LEAFED HAND (1970), a scene from OKLAHOMA, and William Kentridge 's MEMO (1994). At 7 pm, join Clifford and exhibition Curator Jennifer A. Gately in the Museum 's galleries for a discussion.

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Fri, Aug 15, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Aug 16, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Aug 17, 2008
at 7 PM

EMPTIES
DIRECTOR: JAN SVERÁK
CZECH REPUBLIC
Winner of the Audience Award at this year 's Portland International Film Festival and the biggest box office success in the Czech Republic since the fall of communism, EMPTIES stars the director 's father Zdenek Sverák, who also starred in and wrote their Oscar-winning collaboration KOYLA. Past retirement age, teacher Josef Tkaloun finds he no longer understands his students and decides it is time to quit. Unaccustomed to the sudden lack of activity, he takes a succession of part-time jobs, including bicycle messenger and manager of bottle returns in a supermarket, where he finds an interesting new world. A sophisticated and perceptive comedy, EMPTIES is full of the low-key, unpretentious and engaging observation characteristic of classic Czech cinema. ( 103 min )


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Fri, Aug 22, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Aug 23, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Aug 24, 2008
at 7 PM

FOREVER
DIRECTOR: HEDDY HONIGMAN
NETHERLANDS
Honigmann (METAL AND MELANCHOLY, O AMOUR NATURAL, UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA), the subject of a Film Center retrospective in 2004, explores the famous Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the last resting place for many famous artists. Visiting these famous graves—including those of Frédéric Chopin, Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Amadeo Modigliani, Oscar Wilde, Jean-Auguste Ingres, Maria Callas, Georges Méliès, Jim Morrison, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret—FOREVER introduces us to the Parisians and tourists who make pilgrimages to these tombs, whether to pay their respects, leave flowers or personal messages, or even to tend to the upkeep of the tombstones. While it might sound morbid, Honigmann 's sensitive, intelligent film isn 't about death; it 's about the power of art, beauty and memory in our lives. "Exquisite! . . . How can a film about a graveyard contain so much life? . . . FOREVER is ultimately a meditation on the human condition and how, in the midst of grief and loss, we manage to create fragile, piercing joys."—Tom Beer, Time Out New York. ( 95 min )


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