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Special Screenings


Sat, Nov 1, 2008
at 4:30 PM

Sat, Nov 1, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Nov 2, 2008
at 4:30 PM

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE
DIRECTOR: MARION CAJORI, AMEI WALLACH
US
The brilliant, iconoclastic Louise Bourgeois', now 96 and surely the grande dame of the art world, full-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum is simultaneous with the premiere of this riveting portrait. The film records Bourgeois at work and play, fashioning art in her studio and ruminating upon the deep emotional and psychological roots of her work. Bourgeois' massive spiders, some as large as 30 feet, have been exhibited throughout the world. They symbolize the maternal impulse, but it is the artist's passionate connection with various childhood traumas (her father's live-in mistress being just one) that fuel much of her groundbreaking work. Critics/curators Robert Storr and Deborah Wye, and the artist's aide-de-camp Jerry Gorovoy, lend piquant commentary. —Film Forum. ( 99 min )


Co-sponsored by the Portland Art Museum's Contemporary Art Council.
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Sun, Nov 2, 2008
at 7 PM

TO SEE IF I'M SMILING
DIRECTOR: TAMAR YAROM
ISRAEL
Israel is the only country where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. TO SEE IF I'M SMILING is a disturbing look at the actions and behavior of female soldiers in the Israeli army who, stationed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, help maintain the 40-year-old occupation of Palestinian territories. One woman recounts how she posed for a photo with a Palestinian corpse; she searches for that picture, saying, I wanted to see if I'm smiling. At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this powerful film explores the ways that gender, ethics and moral responsibility intersect during war. ( 59 min )


Sponsored by the Marc Zwerling Fund for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Portland Chapter, with a panel discussion to follow the film.
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Sun, Nov 2, 2008
at 7 PM

DEADLY PLAYGROUND
DIRECTOR: KATIA SALEH
UK/LEBANON
Thirteen-year-old Hussein of the village of Sadikkeen in south Lebanon has been watching the de-mining experts in his area as they clear the estimated three million cluster bombs that the Israeli forces dropped in the war with Hezbollah in 2006. A projected one million of these remain unexploded and scattered around villages and mountains. Hundreds of children, like Hussein, are still fascinated by them. ( 23 min )


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Wed, Nov 5, 2008
at 7 PM

PROJECT KASHMIR
DIRECTOR: SENAIN KHESHGI, GEETA V. PATEL
US
Two American friends, one Hindu and one Muslim, enter the war zone of Kashmir to investigate the 60-year rivalry between their homelands, India and Pakistan. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Ross Kauffman, the film captures the physical splendor of Kashmir, while expertly juxtaposing moving personal stories of Kashmiris with those of the American friends who strive to reconcile their ethnic and religious heritage with the violence that haunts their native lands. ( 89 min )


Sponsored by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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Thu, Nov 6, 2008
at 7 PM

LA STRADA
DIRECTOR: FEDERICO FELLINI
ITALY
Fellini's tale of the simple Gelsomina (Giulietta Masina), sold into virtual slavery to itinerant strong man Zampano (Anthony Quinn), is one of the undisputed classics of post-war Italian cinema. Although he shows her no kindness and uses her without affection, she remains devotedly at his side as rivalry and murder rear their ugly heads after the pair join up with a small circus. A film of the greatest joy, the bleakest despair and the most delicate heartbreak. ( 115 min )


Presented in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum's exhibition Making Merry: The Circus and Carnival in Graphic Art, on view through January 4.
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Fri, Nov 28, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Nov 29, 2008
at 4 PM

Sun, Nov 30, 2008
at 4 PM

ZIDANE, A 21st CENTURY PORTRAIT
DIRECTOR: DOUGLAS GORDON, PHILIPPE PARENO
FRANCE/ICELAND 2006
Art stars Douglas Gordon and Philippe Pareno are among the many soccer fans that became fascinated with the Algerian-born Zidane, former captain of the French national squad, during his revolutionary career. Their remarkable film—shot before the headbutt heard around the world—places viewers right in the action, as no less than 17 cameras track Zidane's every move and glance one day in April 2005, when his Real Madrid club battled Spanish La Liga opponent Villareal. Filming something in between an art installation and a sports documentary, Gordon and Pareno have re-imagined the experience of a complete game as a study in time and motion of one sweaty, concentrated figure, his movements seemingly choreographed to the drone of a score by the Scottish band Mogwai. According to Gordon, it is a portrait of an anti-hero, though many soccer fans would somewhat disagree. This is portraiture in its purest form, as practiced by Titian or Rembrandt, only made with more recent technology for an audience that consumes its heroes on TV. —The Guardian, London. ( 90 min )


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Sun, Nov 30, 2008
at 2 PM

THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE: A NATURAL HISTORY
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
US
Produced through the Northwest Film Center's Young Filmmakers Program, this award-winning animated and live-action film was made by students in the Experiential Biology Program at Portland's Cleveland High School. Through clay animated sequences and stunning live-action photography, it traces the geological and biological transformations which shaped this natural wonder, and explores the ecological complexity of a unique landscape. ( 23 min )


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Sun, Nov 30, 2008
at 2 PM

SAGEBRUSH SAILORS
DIRECTOR: NANCY WEBBER
US
A journey back to the beginnings of commercial transportation on the Columbia River, SAGEBRUSH SAILORS recounts the story of daring 19th-century riverboat captains who piloted the raging rapids. ( 28 min )


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Sun, Nov 30, 2008
at 2 PM

SINGING WATERS: WHERE ROLLS OREGON
DIRECTOR: HOBART H. BROWNELL
US
Famed Portland orator Frank Branch Riley narrates (sound was added in 1934) this early Columbia Gorge scenic travelogue, produced by local filmmaker H.H. Brownell for New York film producer Talking Picture Epics. ( 8 min )


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Fri, Dec 12, 2008
at 7 PM

Sat, Dec 13, 2008
at 4:30 PM

Sun, Dec 14, 2008
at 4:30 PM

Mon, Dec 15, 2008
at 7 PM

2008 BRITISH AD AWARDS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
GREAT BRITAIN
The British Television Advertising Awards' annual collection of television and cinema commercials showcases what many in advertising and film consider to be consistently the best work in this field in the world. This year's eclectic mix of dry British comedy, cinematic and digital bravura, hard-hitting PSA's and new twists on long-running campaigns reveals again that humor and innovation go on unabated. Thanks again to BTAA, London for this always entertaining crash course on the marriage of advertising and film. ( 86 min )


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Fri, Dec 12, 2008
at 9 PM

Sat, Dec 13, 2008
at 7 PM

Sun, Dec 14, 2008
at 7 PM

OBSCENE
DIRECTOR: DIRECTORS: DANIEL O'CONNOR, NEIL ORTENBERG
US
Barney Rosset is one of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century. Through his imprint Grove Press, his magazine Evergreen Review, and Grove Press Films, Rosset battled—in the courts of justice and public opinion—for the right of Americans to read the works of Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Harold Pinter, D. H. Lawrence, and many other enemies of morality. OBSCENE traces the history and impact of Grove's free speech fights—from Ginsburg's Howl and Miller's Tropic of Cancer to the sensational release of the Swedish film I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW)—while creating a fascinating portrait of the volatile, eccentric Rosset. Without Rosset, you might never have been able to hide that copy of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' from your parents or plaster that ubiquitous poster of Che Guevara on your dorm-room wall. —NEW YORK TIMES. ( 97 min )


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Sun, Dec 14, 2008
at 2 PM

HYDRO: THE STORY OF COLUMBIA RIVER POWER
DIRECTOR: GUNTHER FRITSCH
US
This classic promotional film, produced by the Bonneville Power Administration, touted the benefits of damming the Columbia for power. A fascinating visual, historic and social document that promised progress and democracy for all. ( 34 min )


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Sun, Dec 14, 2008
at 4 PM

CELILO FALLS AND THE REMAKING OF THE COLUMBIA
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH CONE
US
For millennia, Celilo Falls was the great Indian fishery of the Columbia River and central to almost every aspect of native peoples' existence. Through a combination of rare historic films and photographs, Cone's film provides a glimpse of life at Celilo before the Dalles Dam inundated it in 1957. ( 29 min )


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Sun, Dec 14, 2008
at 4 PM

ROLL ON COLUMBIA: WOODY GUTHRIE & THE BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL MADJIC, DENISE MATTHEWS
US
In 1941 unemployed Dust Bowl balladeer, Woodrow Wilson Guthrie, took a one-month job with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Its Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) had decided it needed a folksinger to help promote the benefits of building dams on the Columbia and Guthrie delivered, writing 26 songs in 30 days, among them classics like Roll on Columbia. ( 60 min )


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Wed, Dec 17, 2008
at 7 PM

46th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAM—PROGRAM I
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
VARIOUS
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running experimental film festival in the country and one of the few that circulates the winning works. This year's Festival Tour is comprised of two programs featuring 31 of the finest short films from the 46th Festival—personal, documentary, animated and narrative works by artists from throughout the country and the world. Together, they offer a singular snapshot of the state of independent film, and a continuation of the festival's rich tradition of showcasing new work by established and emerging talents. The first program (fully annotated notes will be available at the door) includes: DOXOLOGY, Michael Langan; MY OLYMPIC SUMMER, Daniel Robin; YOURS TRULY, Osbert Parker; THE GREEN GRASS OF TWILIGHT, Richie Sherman; FROG JESUS, Ben Peters; BULLET PROOF VEST, May Lin Au Yung; SAFARI, Catherine Chalmers; AMERICA IN PICTURES, Georg Koszulinski; CRANK BALLS, Devin Bell; NUMBER ONE, Leighton Pierce; NIJUMAN NO BOREI (200,000 PHANTOMS), Jean Gabriel Periot; I MET THE WALRUS, Josh Rankin; LI: THE PATTERNS OF NATURE, John Campbell; and OFFICE SUITE, Robert Todd. ( 120 min )


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Thu, Dec 18, 2008
at 7 PM

46th ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL TOURING PROGRAM—PROGRAM II
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
VARIOUS
Tonight's program includes: A PAINFUL GLIMPSE INTO MY WRITING PROCESS, Chel White; THE ANTHEM, Apichatpong Weerasethakul; THE DRIFT, Kelly Sears; A HUNDRED FEET UNIVERSE, Naoko Tasaka; SPONTANEOUS GENERATION and MY CROATION NOSE, Andrew Cahill; MATES, Martin Thoburn; WHITE OUT, Jeff Scher; THE ADVENTURE, Mike Brune; ON THE ASSASSINATION OF THE PRESIDENT, Adam Keker; BRILLIANT NOISE, Semiconductor; ENERGIE, Thorsten Fleisch; PORTRAIT #2: TROJAN, Vanessa Renwick; and OBSERVANDO EL CIELO, Jeanne Liotta. ( 120 min )


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Sun, Dec 28, 2008
at 4 PM

ECHO OF WATER AGAINST ROCKS: REMEMBERING CELILO FALLS
DIRECTOR: IAN MCCLUSKY, STEVE MITA
US
On March 10th, 1957, the newly constructed Dalles Dam backed the Columbia River up over Celilo Falls. Regional newspapers heralded new hydropower, while hundreds of river people paid their final respects to the passage of a 10,000-year-old way of life. Two generations later, the memory of Celilo still resonates through the stories of eye-witnesses, the children of Celilo fishing families, and local residents who remember one of the most sacred and legendary places in the Pacific Northwest. ( 13 min )


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Sun, Dec 28, 2008
at 4 PM

AND WOMAN WOVE IT IN A BASKET
DIRECTOR: BUSHRA AZZOUZ, MARLENE FARNUM, NETTIE KUNEKI
US
For the Columbia River's Klickitat Indians, basketweaving is a way of reclaiming native forms and heritage. This evocative portrayal of basketweaver Nettie Jackson Kuneki and her family explores Klickitat river culture within an investigation of documentary practice and cultural preservation. Capturing native life as experienced by a contemporary Klickitat woman, the film presents her daily activities through seasonal changes, the documentation of her craft and a visual history of Indian tales and legends. Voices of the filmmakers' own quest supplement Kuneki's reflections, creating a unique tapestry of personal memory and cultural collaboration. ( 70 min )


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