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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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$9 General
$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
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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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NW Tracking


Thu, Apr 8, 2010
at 7 PM

BRUTAL BEAUTY
DIRECTOR: CHIP MABRY / PORTLAND
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST“Forget Drew Barrymore’s recent foray into roller derby: Chip Mabry’s BRUTAL BEAUTY gives an honest shot of girl-powered adrenaline in his documentary on Portland’s own Rose City Rollers. Stakes are raised when their all-star team goes on the road to face off against Bay Area and Denver opponents. Without the contrived personalities or plotlines of WHIP IT, Mabry’s tattooed and bruised chicks are entertainment enough, and with the help of Voodoo doughnuts to explain the derby rules, there’s no way a Portlander won’t feel a rousing sense of pride as they gear up for the Rollers’ upcoming season.”—Ali Rothschild, Willamette Week.

( 80 min )

Sponsored by Bitch Media.

The audience is invited to join Bitch Media, Portland's Rose City Rollers, and the Northwest Film Center for no host drinks and snacks after the screening at Momo's Bar (725 Southwest 10th Avenue).


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Wed, Apr 14, 2010
at 7 PM

ALASKAN TALES
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

VISITING ARTIST—Juneau, the small and isolated capital of Alaska, boasts whales, glaciers, great beer, and a surprisingly active filmmaking scene. In a community where you have to learn to entertain yourself, the JUMP (Juneau Underground Motion Picture) Festival provides a flickering coming together to make the long winters and gray summers more endurable and warm. Since its inception eight years ago, the JUMP Society has screened over 350 short films, and this traveling collection features some of the curator’s favorites. The program includes work from Lou Logan, Aaron Suring, Paul Disdier, Greg Chaney, Brice Habeger, Mukhya and Hari Dev Khalsa, Clint Farr, Arlo Midgett, and others.

( 90 min )

Pat Race, Founder of the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.


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Fri, Apr 16, 2010
at 7 PM

BASS ACKWARDS
DIRECTOR: LINAS PHILLIPS
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—“Yes, in BASS ACKWARDS a man drives a ´76 Volkswagen van across America. No, the film isn’t mired with the tired mechanics of a typical 'road movie.' This utterly original, lyrical, and visually exciting adventure has such a light touch that it quietly sneaks up and tugs you into an overpowering appreciation of being human. When humble Linas (WALKING TO WERNER), kicked off of his friend’s couch and spurned by his lover, finds a forgotten van on a llama farm outside Seattle, he begins lurching east with nothing to lose. Slowly, the road eases him out of his relentless longing and into the moment. As his encounters with enigmatic characters take on subtly transcendent qualities, his shame and discomfort at being alone gradually give way to self-acceptance and connection. The dented, off-kilter vehicle, which valiantly, amazingly endures the journey, becomes a colorful metaphor for the human condition—our tenacity and hopefulness always tinged with imperfection.”—Sundance Film Festival.

( 93 min )

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Thu, Apr 29, 2010
at 7 PM

SEATTLE: ANIMATION ON THE EDGE
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

VISITING ARTIST—Rethinking the boundaries between animation, visual art, and experimental filmmaking, Salise Hughes brings together artists working in mediums rarely shown together in this program of films by (mostly) Seattle filmmakers. The program includes: CARNIVAL OF LIFE by Cathy McClure; A MOMENT’S REVERIE by Tess Martin; THOUGHT CITY by Stefan Gruber; THE SLOVENIAN BAG by Amanda Moore; I FORGOT MY NAME by Matthew Cox; SINKING OF THE HUNLEY by Drew Christie; CREDO CIGALIA by Britta Johnson; LIFE FORMS by Davis Limbach; THE PRODUCTION AND DECAY OF STRANGE PARTICLES by Jon Behrens; LAST CALL 1 by Webster Crowell; MYTH LABS by Martha Colburn; LAST CALL 2 by Webster Crowell; HOW TO DRAW DOGS by Salise Hughes; DEERHOOF by Clyde Petersen & Forrest Baum; BEDTIME STORIES by Sarah Jane Lapp; LAST CALL 3 by Webster Crowell; ENDLESS TUNNEL by Tommy Thompson; MARINETTI’S FUTURIST MANIFESTO by Drew Christie; MY LIFE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT by Friese Undine; SAVAGE ARCHAEOLOGY by Britta Johnson; and FRACTUMS with Brent Watanabe, Henry Gallery 2007 (including footage from Jeffery Michell's Hanabuki Installation) by Brent Watanabe.

( 90 min )
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Thu, May 6, 2010
at 7 PM

WHERE YOU FROM
DIRECTOR: SABRINA LEE / BOZEMAN, MT
US, 2009

This surprising journey into rural American hip-hop follows a beat far from the urban streets where the music was born. We meet Franco from Fortuna, California, who hopes to win the top prize at Scribble Jam, the hip-hop competition that helped launch Eminem; Tommy 2 Tone from Livingston, Montana, who is fighting addiction and legal problems as he tries to make his music and become a good father and husband; and Chris from Bozeman, Montana, who is still seeking closure in his relationship with his estranged alcoholic father. Sabrina Lee’s film is a visually stunning, provocative portrait of young men confronting small town life, broken families, and drug addiction, and ultimately seeking triumph in their music.

( 76 min )
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Sun, May 9, 2010
at 2 PM

THE ART OF COLLABORATION: HARRY DAWSON AND BILL VIOLA

VISITING ARTIST—Portland filmmaker Harry Dawson has been making his own works for four decades and working as a cinematographer for others for almost as long. One of his most intriguing collaborations as a director of photography has been with internationally celebrated video artist Bill Viola, whose QUINTET OF THE ASTONISHED (2000), currently on view in the Portland Art Museum exhibition DISQUIETED, marries new technology image making with old master iconography. Today, Dawson will discuss his innovative, complex work with Viola, a two-decade association that in addition to this piece, has yielded works ranging from a 3 1/2-hour, 35’x70’, silent film “backdrop” for the Paris Opera’s production of “Tristan and Isolde” (2005), to GOING FORTH BY DAY (2002), which references fresco painting to create a powerful five-part projection-based installation that examines cycles of birth, death, and rebirth.

( 75 min )

Presented in collaboration with the Portland Art Museum. Admission to the talk includes admission to the galleries to see DISQUIETED. Tickets: $12 general; $5 Portland Art Museum and NWFC Silver Screen members.


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Wed, May 12, 2010
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING

The Northwest Film Center throws open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium and invites you to show your new short work. If you have something you’re proud of, sign up by contacting Thomas Phillipson by May 7 at thomas@nwfilm.org. First come, first served as time allows—preference given to films under ten minutes.

FREE ADMISSION


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Fri, May 14, 2010
at 7 PM

FIELD GUIDE TO NOVEMBER DAYS
DIRECTOR: NICK PETERSON / PORTLAND
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—In this second feature from Portland filmmaker Nick Peterson (YELLOW), Matt and Natalie, recently separated from each other, resume their relationship after a chance meeting. Passion clouds their perception and they soon fall back into destructive patterns. Further complicating the situation, they are each exploring ideas about their own mortality. Jealousy and communication problems resurface and they separate once again. To cope with the loss, Natalie isolates herself and experiments with a radically different place in society. Matt finds solace in his friendship with Christian, who is gay, but is confused by their companionship and begins to question his own sexual identity. (Made entirely by bicycle except for a single drive to the coast.)

( 80 min )
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Sun, May 23, 2010
at 7:15 PM

MAN ZOU: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI
DIRECTOR: JASON REID / SEATTLE
US, 2010

VISITING ARTIST—Arriving in Beijing three weeks after the Olympics, four American friends from Seattle and their Chinese guide set out on a month-long trip to bicycle 1,000 miles in China’s countryside, filming their adventures along the way. Without support vehicles, they were able to capture an intimate and unfiltered look at parts of China that are typically bypassed or flown over. In more ways than one, the bicycle trip is a vehicle to explore the environmental, economic, and sociological issues facing China today. The team members intersperse their own experiences with the opinions of residents, expats, and academics.

( 102 min )

Sponsored by Northwest China Council.


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Thu, May 27, 2010
at 7 PM

TIME IN THE MINORS
DIRECTOR: TONY OKUN / BOISE, IDAHO
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—Each year approximately 1,500 high school and college graduates are drafted into professional baseball and sent to play in the minor leagues. Trying to make it big is a fiercely competitive task that breaks more than it makes. Boise filmmaker Tony Okun’s TIME IN THE MINORS documents a season in the lives of two minor league players on their formidable journey trying to reach the major leagues. John, 19, a high school all-American center fielder from San Diego, is selected in the first round by the Cleveland Indians and offered a million-dollar signing bonus, then struggles to live up to the hype of being a first-round pick. Tony, 28, a sixth-round draft pick from Omaha, finally receives an invite to spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers, after eight years in the minor leagues. For Tony, this may be the last shot at a dream that never dies.

( 84 min )

Sponsored by Friends of Baseball.


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Thu, Jun 3, 2010
at 7 PM

Sun, Jun 6, 2010
at 7 PM

THE BEST OF THE 36TH NORTHWEST FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

VISITING ARTIST—Last November’s 36th Northwest Film & Video Festival showcased the best recent work made by filmmakers in the Northwest. This touring program—screening this year at film venues throughout the Northwest—is both inspiring and entertaining as it celebrates the great talent at work in the region. The films include: THE MOUSE THAT SOARED by Kyle T. Bell; NOUS DEUX ENCORE by Heather Harlow; THE FANCY by Eric Maxen; NATURE ON ITS COURSE by Su-An Ng; IS THAT ME? by Elijah M. Hasan; EROS by Megan Griffiths; ENDLESS TUNNEL by Tommy Thompson; MISSED ACHES by Joanna Priestley; TROLLS by Brianne Nord-Stewart; 122 RANDOM SECONDS by Karl Lind; DAMIAN AND ENDE by Benjamin Schuetze; STICK by Patrick Beechinor, Justin Longoz, and Chris McKinlay; DON’T WORRY IT’S A NEW CENTURY by Jeff Guay; and SOMEWHERE by Salise Hughes.

( 90 min )
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