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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

PARKING

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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Northwest Tracking

Northwest Tracking showcases the work of independent filmmakers living and working in the Northwest—Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, 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, this ongoing showcase offers testimony to the creativity and talent in our flourishing media arts community.



Fri, Jun 20, 2014
at 7 PM

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HOW A PEOPLE LIVE
DIRECTOR: LISA JACKSON
VANCOUVER, BC, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—The Gwa’sala and the ‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations people lived as two distinct groups along Canada’s northwest coast. In 1964, the Canadian government forcibly relocated them from their traditional territories to the Tsulquate reserve near Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and burned their villages. Candid and moving interviews, striking archival footage—including their early contact with Franz Boas and Edward Sheriff Curtis—and a visit to their stunning homelands portray a journey of healing. Jackson brings to life the story of a people known for their theatrical dances, strong connection to the land, and the strength that enabled them to overcome incredible hardships. (60 mins.)

Director Lisa Jackson will introduce the film.


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Thu, Jul 3, 2014
at 7 PM

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CARDBOARD
DIRECTOR: MATT LONGMIRE
SEATTLE, WA, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—Encountering panhandlers with their rumpled cardboard signs asking for help is an everyday occurrence in Seattle. Many are veterans, many have issues with mental illness, and most make between $10 and $60 a day. Matt Longmire was inspired to interview many of them to understand the corrugated trails that led to these street corners. What is their background? How do they survive? Seattle’s mayor, Mike McGinn, who made the highly controversial decision to veto the city’s ban on panhandling, offers political context balanced with countless other outlooks from Seattle’s citizens. (89 mins.)

Director Matt Longmire will introduce the film.


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Thu, Jul 10, 2014
at 7 PM

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AN EVENING WITH ORLAND NUTT
DIRECTOR: ORLAND NUTT
PORTLAND, 2003-2014

VISITING ARTIST—Portland’s Orland Nutt is a prolific filmmaker whose uniquely accessible experimental short works burst with an otherworldly sprightliness, humor, and charm. Tonight, Nutt will share selections from over a decade of work and premiere his latest, BEAR OF HEAVEN (2014), which features stop-motion animation, a miniature paper set, a choreographed performance of a poem, and contributions from many Portland friends. Among the older highlights are: ESCALATOR MEDITATION (2003), an early abstract work; video letter movies from his DEAR PETER (2008-2012) series, which intimately share his worldview; and selections from his visually ornate poetry series including I AM INTO YOUR FIRE (2011), where odd characters perform poems in fantastical settings. (90 mins.)

Director Orland Nutt will introduce the films.


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Thu, Jul 17, 2014
at 8:15 PM

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A BRONY TALE
DIRECTOR: BRENT HODGE
VANCOUVER, BC, 2014

VISITING ARTIST—Brent Hodge investigates a world you may not have considered: the “brony phenomenon”—grown, mostly heterosexual men who are earnest fans of the animated television series, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Hodge follows Ashleigh Ball, the voice actress for many of the show’s main characters, who is as surprised as anyone at the fanaticism and says, “As stories about the influence of the show on soldiers suffering from PTSD, autistic boys, and even the world’s toughest ‘brony’ make clear, there is much more here than simply a cartoon series about ponies.” “Candy-colored values of self-reliance, cooperation, and friendship.... A pop ode to a culture that is honest, goodhearted, and an insane amount of fun.”—DOXA Film Festival. (79 mins.)

Director Brent Hodge will appear via Skype for a post-show Q&A.


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Wed, Jul 30, 2014
at 7 PM

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MENDING THE LINE
DIRECTOR: JOHN WALLER
PORTLAND, 2014

VISITING ARTIST—Tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger, 90-year-old Frank Moore has always loved to fly fish. Back in 1944, he landed with 150,000 other troops on the beaches of Normandy, France, for the D-Day invasion. Despite the war around him, he couldn’t help but notice the fishing potential of the rivers he and his fellow troops crossed as they made their way into France. Seventy years later, reflecting on his life, Moore is compelled to return to Normandy, this time armed not with a gun but with fly rod and reel. Waller’s inspirational film follows Moore on his arduous physical and emotional journey from home on the North Umpqua River, where for years he has fished and tended the famed Steamboat Inn, to the battlefields of his youth. (70 mins.)

Director John Waller will introduce the film.  Subjects Frank and Jeanne Moore will also attend the screening.


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Wed, Aug 6, 2014
at 7 PM

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AN EVENING WITH BEN POPP
DIRECTOR: BEN POPP
PORTLAND, 2000-2014

VISITING ARTIST—Working primarily on 16mm and hand-processing his films, Ben Popp works in the traditions of experimental and underground cinema. A co-founder of the Portland microcinema Grand Detour and Experimental Film Festival Portland, tonight Popp presents his own short films, including: OMAR (2000); DANCE OF THE DEVIANT (2008), featuring his first use of hand-processed black-and-white animation; SEXY NOIR (2009), a collaboration of his animation combined with live elements by Kenny Reed; the live-action DEVOUR (2009); LASZLO LASSU (2011), a sweet music film for the band A Hawk and a Hacksaw, about lovers separated by the recesses of space (selected by the Ann Arbor and Northwest Filmmakers’ Festivals); and A THAUAMA-TALE (2014), which uses digital stills to create animation. (80 mins.)

Director Ben Popp will introduce the films.


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Wed, Aug 13, 2014
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
DIRECTOR: YOU

Tonight the screen is yours. We throw open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium inviting you to show your new short work. If you have something you’re proud of, sign up by contacting Thomas Phillipson by July 13 at thomas@nwfilm.org. First come, first served as time allows, with preference given to works under 10 minutes. Bring your friends, family, and crew. (90 mins.)

FREE ADMISSION.


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Wed, Aug 20, 2014
at 7 PM

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CRAZYWATER
DIRECTOR: DENNIS ALLEN
WHITEHORSE, YUKON, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—In Vancouver, Alex, from the Nisga’a Nation, talks about the abuse and violence that drove him to take his first drink. Paula, a Woodland Cree woman, started shooting up at age 11; soon, the only way to support her habit was as a sex worker. As a five-year-old girl, Desirae was put into foster care; now as an adult with her own kids, she struggles to break the generational cycle of addiction. Aboriginal writer/director Dennis Allen’s raw and honest exploration of substance abuse among First Nations communities begins in his own childhood, when, according to him, “people were drinking hairspray, they were drinking solvents. I understand it too, because I’m an alcoholic.... How can anyone understand us, if we don’t tell our story?” (56 mins.)

Director Dennis Allen will introduce the film.


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Wed, Aug 27, 2014
at 7 PM

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DOWN RIVER
DIRECTOR: BEN RATNER
VANCOUVER, BC, 2013

VISITING ARTIST—“Writer/director/actor Ben Ratner tells an emotionally stirring story of three young women—Fawn, a talented but insecure actress; Harper, a gifted rock singer teetering between self-destruction and self-discovery; and Aki, a scatological artist who emerges from under her paint-stained hoodie like a drunken butterfly. Inspired by Ratner’s longtime friendship with iconic Vancouver actress Babz Chula, this is a funny film about mentorship, friendship, living life to the fullest, and, ultimately, letting go.”—Vancouver International Film Festival. Winner of the Most Popular Canadian Film Prize at the 2013 VIFF.  (93 mins.)

Director Ben Ratner will introduce the film.


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