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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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Northwest Tracking

Our Northwest Tracking programs showcase the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest—Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—whose work reflects the vibrant cinematic culture of the region. Whether presenting single artist retrospectives, new features, documentaries, or inspired collections of short works, Northwest Tracking offers testimony to the creativity and talent in our flourishing media arts community.



Thu, Jun 21, 2012
at 7 PM

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NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT
DIRECTOR: SHASTA GRENIER, SABRINA LEE
BOZEMAN, 2012

VISITING ARTIST—Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings found his own healing after returning from Vietnam by tying a fly onto his fishing line and casting it into the rivers that flowed through his home state of Montana. Forty years after his return from Vietnam, Hastings now invites a new generation of warriors for a therapeutic week of catch and release fly-fishing. Bozeman, Mont. filmmaker Sabrina Lee (WHERE YOU FROM) follows five soldiers who have recently returned home from war—all physically and mentally ravaged by the horrors of combat—who come to a tranquil river in Montana to find both peace and healing through fly-fishing. They learn Hastings’ secret: that there are places where you can still be consumed by a simple act and be redeemed as another creature is released, unharmed, into quiet waters. (61 mins.)

Shasta Grenier will introduce the screening.


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Sun, Jun 24, 2012
at 1 PM

A PLACE CALLED HOME
THE DILL PICKLE CLUB AND NWFC PRESENT

Join us today for three short lectures and audience conversation about the history of documentary filmmaking in Portland from the perspective of three long-time followers of the scene. Filmmaker Tom Chamberlin will address the community of 16mm filmmakers who worked in Portland between 1969-1979 and their extraordinary level of cooperation and mutual support. Film programmer and historian Dennis Nyback’s talk, “Filmed in Portland Before Sound,” will salute the pioneering work of Jesse Sill, Lewis Moomaw, Lew Cook, and others in the 1920s and ’30s. Film and photography archivist Tom Robinson will talk about the relationship of home movies to documentary, drawing from his collection of historic Oregon home movies. (90 mins.)

Admission: $10 general; $5 members.


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Thu, Jun 28, 2012
at 7 PM

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DANCING ON THE EDGE
DIRECTOR: ALEXANDER MACKENZIE
VANCOUVER, WA, 2011

VISITING ARTIST—Filmed in Vancouver and in Happy Valley, southeast of Portland, DANCING ON THE EDGE is a family film about a teenage girl’s struggle with addiction and her dream of being a ballet dancer. When sixteen-year-old Corey Farmer is released from detox, she is placed in Priority Place, a recovery center, in lieu of juvenile detention. Here, under the stern guidance of counselor Barney Dugan and her roommate Lynne Duckworth, Corey is allowed to attend ballet class where she meets Diane Simpson who leads her into the crisis that changes her life. (93 mins.)

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Mon, Jul 2, 2012
at 7 PM

DEATH OF A SIDESHOW
ESSENTIAL NORTHWEST
DIRECTOR: MIKE MCLEOD, PETER MARONEY
PORTLAND, 1972

VISITING ARTIST—The rapid pace of change in Portland’s Burnside area in the early 1970s seemed to predict that within 5-10 years Portland’s skid row would no longer exist—at least there. Mike McLeod and Peter Marone’s award-winning documentary produced by KGW-TV is a passionate and analytical study of the people, places, and institutions that made up the neighborhood at that time and the forces of change at play seen 15 years later. DEATH OF A SIDESHOW provides an interesting perspective on the continuing problems on the streets of the city. (87 mins.)

Mike McLeod will introduce the screening.


ADMISSION: PAY WHAT YOU WILL (by contribution at the door)


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Thu, Jul 12, 2012
at 7 PM

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JANADHAAR
DIRECTOR: JADE ADJANI, DAVID MEEK
PORTLAND, 2012

VISITING ARTIST—For nearly a century, alpinists and hikers were drawn to Nanda Devi, the highest peak entirely within India. When it was designated as a national park in 1982, mountaineering and trekking were prohibited, causing many people dependent on ecotourism to migrate. Campaigning to win back their right to economic self-determination, the local Bhotiya finally won a government concession to run treks in 2006. As Portland filmmakers Jade Adjani and David Meek follow a trek through the stunning mountains, they illuminate the nearly 25-year effort of one Himalayan community to balance environmental conservation and participatory economic development. (93 mins.)

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Thu, Jul 19, 2012
at 7 PM

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MIND ZONE: THERAPISTS BEHIND THE FRONT LINES
DIRECTOR: JAN HAAKEN
PORTLAND, 2012

VISITING ARTIST—Tonight we welcome Jan Haaken (QUEENS OF HEART, GUILTY EXCEPT FOR INSANITY) for a work-in-progress screening of her new film about the work of clinicians that deploy with Army combat stress control units in Afghanistan. Their mission is to help protect soldiers from battle fatigue and post-traumatic stress—while keeping them battle-ready. Although the team is equipped with a wide arsenal of psychological techniques, the reality of balancing soldiers’ interests with the Army’s needs confronts sobering front-line realities and raises disturbing questions about the psychological costs of warfare. (50 mins.)

Jan Haaken will introduce the screening.


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Wed, Aug 1, 2012
at 7 PM

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OFF LABEL
THE NWFC AND HOLLYWOOD THEATRE PRESENT
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL PALMIERI, DONAL MOSHER
PORTLAND, 2012

VISITING ARTISTS—“A young vagabond couple pays for their wedding through work as professional guinea pigs. An Army medic struggles with failed PTSD treatments. A woman mourns her son who committed suicide while taking part in an antidepressant marketing study. These are the medicated margins, those who’ve gone ‘off-labels’—a term that refers to the use of pharmaceuticals in any way counter to their prescribed dosage or function.

Weaving together the moving and personal stories of these people and many more, Portland filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (OCTOBER COUNTRY) expose the breadth of off-label drug use and take us on an emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America.”—Tribeca Film Festival (93 mins.)

Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher will introduce the screening.


Special thanks to the Hollywood Theatre for fiscal sponsorship of the film.


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Mon, Aug 6, 2012
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST VISIONARIES
ESSENTIAL NORTHWEST
DIRECTOR: KEN LEVINE
SEATTLE, 1980

VISITING ARTIST—Much of the art of the Northwest in the late 20th century, particularly that emanating from the Puget Sound area, reflected a unique set of recurring influences. Focusing on the work of painters Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Margaret Tompkins, Guy Anderson, Paul Horiuchi, Helmi Juvonen, and George Tsutakawa, Seattle filmmaker Ken Levine has fashioned a historically informative yet contemporary documentary that broadly examines the regional characteristics of Northwest art from the 1930s onward. Weaving together interviews with historic footage and rare photographs, Levine presents a highly personal account of the evolution of artists and their environment. (59 mins.)

Ken Levine will introduce the screening.


ADMISSION: PAY WHAT YOU WILL (by contribution at the door)


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Wed, Aug 8, 2012
at 7 PM

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HOME: THE STORY OF VALSETZ
DIRECTOR: RONAN FEELY
PORTLAND, 2011

Like so many other logging towns of its time, the community of Valsetz, nestled in the Oregon coast range west of Salem, grew from humble roots to hold a special place in the hearts of all who made it their home. For the children who were raised there, life was idyllic, playing with friends and neighbors in the safety of a community essentially gated by its remoteness in the forest. For the adults, the old growth provided bounteous wood and steady, well-paid work at the town’s mill. But unlike many of its contemporaries, Valsetz was a company town, leaving it as vulnerable to the forces of economics as it was to the forces of nature. Through the interviews of many who lived there emerges a portrait of an iconic Northwest way of life that is now long gone. (78 mins.)

Ronan Feely will introduce the screening.


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Sun, Aug 12, 2012
at 7 PM

AN EVENING WITH LEIF PETERSON

VISITING ARTIST—Over the past ten years, Portland filmmaker Leif Peterson has made numerous short films—MUSEUMS OF FOREST (2002), IT CAME FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (2004), BRUNO AND BIPPY GO BOATING (2005), and THE GLASS WHALE (2008)—and created film installations with a variety of collaborators. Using elements of myth, legend, and memory to create his own unique, personal mythology, much of his recent work in his “Origin Series” lurks just out of reach of waking consciousness in a half-remembered land. Tonight he will show two recent films based on the creation mythology of the Bible, EARTH (2010), the story of Cain and Abel told within the context of the 1890s American West, and EDEN (2012), the story of Adam and Eve in the context of human species evolution. (70 mins.)

Following the screening, the Northwest Film Center invites you to taste, or rather drink, the forbidden fruit at a cider tasting soiree hosted by Oregon’s own Bushwhacker Cider, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, and Tieton Cider Works, as well as enjoy gluten-free delectable goods from Portland’s Back to Eden Bakery and Abby’s Table. This fun and gluten-free event will be held in the Portland Art Museum’s sculpture garden, turned Garden of Eden for the night.


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