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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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THE 10-MINUTE RULE
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


Wed, Jan 7, 2009
at 7 PM

THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK
DIRECTOR: ROB EPSTEIN
US
Harvey Fierstein narrates Epstein's Academy Award-winning documentary about San Francisco's most colorful and tragic political figure: Harvey Milk. A staunch fighter for gay rights, Milk helped forge a presence for the city's gay community in city hall, becoming the first openly gay member of San Francisco's combative city council. But his life, along with Mayor George Moscone's, was cut short by infamous fellow politico Dan White. Gus Van Sant's new feature, MILK, starring Sean Penn, has brought Milk's inspirational story to new audiences, but it takes nothing away from the power of Epstein's compelling chronicle. ( 90 min )


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Thu, Jan 8, 2009
at 7 PM

PAYDIRT
VISITING ARTIST
DIRECTOR: PENNY ALLEN
US
Portland filmmaker Penny Allen's second feature, like PROPERTY, her first, is a time capsule of the Northwest. Set in the lush hills of Newberg, PAYDIRT tells the story of Nancy (Lola Desmond), the great-granddaughter of an Oregon pioneer, who reclaims the family land to start a vineyard and winery. The dirty little secret is that her back-to-the-land fantasy is only possible if she grows a crop that actually generates cash: marijuana. When local thugs show up to steal the sinsemilla, Nancy and her friends turn to their fellow vintners for help (Eyrie winemaker David Lett has a cameo), but in the end only old-fashioned self-reliance will protect the fruits of their labor. Allen's modern urban-vs.-rural "Western," strikingly shot by cinematographer Eric Edwards, is "a down-to-earth morality tale...full of looming ironies, crisp wit and poignant humor."—United States Film Festival (the precursor to Sundance). ( 90 min )


Penny Allen will introduce the film.
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Thu, Jan 22, 2009
at 7 PM

SKY SETTLES EVERYTHING: THE WAYNE JAMES STORY
NORTHWEST TRACKING—VISITING ARTIST
DIRECTOR: DEBBRA PALMER
Seventy-three-year-old Wayne James is living proof that the cowboy way of life is still alive and well in the wide-open ranges of the Northwest. A portrait of a landscape and the characters in it, SKY SETTLES EVERYTHING explores an often-romanticized way of life through the eyes of James and his first cousin, the well-known Oregon poet Verlena Orr, who grew up on the Idaho prairie where James has worked and lived his entire life. Verlena reads poems written by the land, and they both share their stories of life, death, work and family. ( 90 min )


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Wed, Jan 28, 2009
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
DIRECTOR: YOU
Invite your friends to your own gala public screening of your latest project as the screen in the Whitsell Auditorium lights up with new locally made work. If you have something you're proud of, sign up by January 21 with Thomas Phillipson at thomas@nwfilm.org. First come first served as time allows. Admission is free. ( 90 min )


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Wed, Mar 4, 2009
at 7 PM

VEER
NORTHWEST TRACKING—VISITING ARTIST
DIRECTOR: GREG FREDETTE
US
Fredette's spirited documentary explores America's fast-growing bicycle culture and considers how social movements are formed. The film follows five Porland cyclists and the bike-centric social groups they belong to (including the Community Cycling Center, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Tall Bikers, the World Naked Bike Ride and the infamous Zoobombers) over the course of a year, offering an intimate look at their personal struggles and triumphs as they discover what it means to be part of a community. ( 98 min )


Fredette will be in attendance to introduce the film.
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Fri, Mar 13, 2009
at 7 PM

Sat, Mar 14, 2009
at 1:30 PM

Sat, Mar 14, 2009
at 7 PM

CHE
DIRECTOR: STEVEN SODERBERGH
US

A great movie. Che is a thing to be experienced.—J. Hoberman, THE VILLAGE VOICE

It's one of the most ambitious biopics ever conceived, and one of the more astute political films ever made by an American. A collaboration between director Steven Soderbergh and lead actor Benicio Del Toro, CHE is an attempt to encapsulate the life of the Che Guevara, the doctor turned revolutionary, through two feature films of equal length but shot in two wholly different styles. Part One is called "The Revolutionary," and chronicles Che and Fidel Castro's toppling of the Batista government in Cuba in the late 1950s. Part Two, "Guerilla," follows Che as he attempts to foment revolution in Bolivia. Taken together, "you can smell the gun smoke and taste the cigars," according to Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe. Del Toro offers a "tour de force performance," in the eyes of MaryAnn Johanson of Flick Filosopher, and Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews writes that CHE is a "complex production mounted, with confidence and a scrupulous eye for detail, by one of our great American filmmakers." "The director has approached his subject as the complicated human being he was in life, not the overblown symbol he has become since his death," notes Kurt Loder of MTV. For Beverly Berning of culturevulture.net CHE is "a revelation, an enlightening analysis of a man whose devotion to a political movement defined his life." For Brian Tallerico of Movie Retriever CHE is "both a subtle commentary on failed political ideals and an amazingly detailed character piece," adding that CHE "is like no movie you've seen in a long time. It's one of the best of 2008."

The Northwest Film Center and Cinema 21 will be presenting the special Road Show edition of CHE, with no titles or credits (a program will be distributed to the audience) and one intermission. In addition, director Soderbergh will be in attendance to introduce and discuss the film its opening weekend.

CHE will screen at Cinema 21 through March 19. Tickets after March 14 are available at www.cinema21.com.
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Wed, Mar 18, 2009
at 7 PM

THE TOE TACTIC
VISITING ARTIST
DIRECTOR: EMILY HUBLEY
US
Acclaimed short film animator Emily Hubley's feature debut mischievously plays with themes of time, memory, loss and yearning. Mona Peek's grief for her long-dead father is reawakened when she finds out that her childhood home has been sold. Her emotional plight is the subject of an esoteric card game played in another dimension by four animated dogs. When Mona returns to her backyard to disinter her father's relics, the game begins. Over the course of an odd, magical weekend, the dogs mystify an unknowing Mona by stealing objects, impersonating humans, intervening with fate and ultimately cajoling her out of her despair. Mixing live-action reality and animated fantasy—enhanced by the music of Yo La Tengo—THE TOE TACTIC explores the interaction between human and magical realms as Mona finds a way to reconnect with her world. ( 85 min )


Emily Hubley will introduce the film. She leads a workshop, MYSTERIOUS COHESION: EVOLVING A BODY OF WORK, on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m.
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