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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

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Special Screenings


Thu, Mar 8, 2007
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING
ELOQUENT NUDE: THE LOVE AND LEGACY OF EDWARD WESTON AND CHARIS WILSON
DIRECTOR: IAN MCCLUSKEY
US
Tonight, we are pleased to premiere Portland filmmaker Ian McCluskey's new film on the great American photographer Edward Weston. Emmy award-winning filmmaker McCluskey provides an inside look at the making of an American photography legend through the eyes of the now 92-year-old Charis Wilson. Only 19 when she met and fell in love with Weston, she became his model, lover, artistic collaborator and eventually his wife. She would help apply for, and help Weston receive, the first Guggenheim Grant awarded to a photographer, together setting off with his camera and her typewriter across the American West during the depths of the Great Depression to make photographic history. ( 60 min )


Post-film discussion with the filmmaker, Wilson's biographer Wendy Madar, Portland Art Museum Curator of Photography Terry Toedtemeier, and OPB's Jessica Martin. Join us afterwards for a reception in the Museum's Fields Ballroom with music by the gypsy jazz band Djangophiles. Tonight's events are co-sponsored by NW Documentary, Portland Art Museum's Photo Council, Pro-Photo Supply and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

For more information about NW Documentary please visit www.nwdocumentary.org.
ADVANCE TICKETS FOR ELOQUENT NUDE ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
To accommodate the high demand for this show, the screening has been moved to the Grand Ballroom in the Portland Art Museum's Mark Buildilng (1119 SW Park Avenue) and a second screening has been added that will take place in the Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park Avenue). Tickets to the second screening (which WILL NOT include the panel discussion and reception) will be available day of show at the Whitsell Auditorium box office beginning at 6:30pm.
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Tue, Mar 27, 2007
at 7 PM

BLACK AND WHITE TRYPPS NUMBER ONE
DIRECTOR: BEN RUSSELL
US
A theory of origins, a film for the stars and planets, exploding around our heads. Russell's psychedelic op-art film references the traditions of hand-painted avant-garde cinema by replacing it with something entirely different. ( 7 min )


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Tue, Mar 27, 2007
at 7 PM

TERRA INCOGNITA
DIRECTOR: BEN RUSSELL
US
Terra Incognita is a lensless film whose cloudy pinhole images create a memory of history. Ancient and modern explorer texts of Easter Island are garbled together by a computer narrator, resulting in a forever-repeating narrative of discovery, colonialism, loss and departure. ( 10 min )


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Tue, Mar 27, 2007
at 7 PM

THE TWENTY-ONE LIVES OF BILLY THE KID
DIRECTOR: BEN RUSSELL
US
Shot in the abandoned buildings of Gary, Indiana and the cornfields of Western Illinois, Russell presents a fractured historical narrative without any real protagonist and in which the titular character goes mostly unseen. Based almost entirely on historical accounts leading up to and surrounding the events of the 1877 Lincoln County War in New Mexico, TWENTY-ONE LIVES employs a series of re-enactment of murder and resurrection that produce history as its main character in an effort to unravel it. ( 55 min )


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Wed, Mar 28, 2007
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
DIRECTOR: YOU
US
To further provide that all-important opportunity of a hallowed hall in which to show work, the Film Center throws open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium and invites you to show your new short work at this free public screening. If you have something you're proud of, sign up by contacting Thomas Phillipson-thomas@nwfilm.org-by March 23. First come first served as time allows. FREE ADMISSION

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Sun, Apr 1, 2007
at 7 PM

BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN
DIRECTOR: ELLIOTT ERWITT
US
In 1940, the Kilgore College Rangerettes became the first dancing drill team in the nation. They have been performing at half-time shows during college football games ever since. Erwitt's account of the selection and indoctrination of the Rangerettes traces the entire process as pretty young girls from all over the county try out at a special summer camp for a coveted spot in middle Americana. ( 26 min )


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Sun, Apr 1, 2007
at 7 PM

RED, WHITE AND BLUEGRASS
DIRECTOR: ELLIOTT ERWITT
US
Filmed in and around Union Grove, North Carolina, Erwitt captures local bluegrass musicians and artists as they play and reflect upon their heritage. A time capsule filmed in informal, natural settings, the performers include Lost John, The Brushy Mountain Boys, Sherrill Harris, Stanley Hicks, Buna Hicks, Joe Talbert, Smather's Old Time Band, The Gritz Band, Barry Myers and L.W. Lambert Jr., The Spring Valley Boys, and The Little Family. ( 26 min )


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Sun, Apr 1, 2007
at 7 PM

THE GLASSMAKERS OF HEraT
DIRECTOR: ELLIOTT ERWITT
US
In Herat, Afghanistan, Erwitt discovers two artisans making glass by the same method described in 7th-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets. A film about an ancient "lost" process and the way of life of its craftsmen and of their fellow villagers, Erwitt's offers a portrait of a society on the cusp of change with the invasion of the Soviet Union. ( 30 min )


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Tue, Apr 3, 2007
at 7 PM

DEMON LOVER DIARY
DIRECTOR: JOEL DEMOTT
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"In the fall of 1975, cameraman Jeff Kreines was hired to shoot a low-budget horror movie called DEMON LOVER for Don Jackson and Jerry Younkins, two amateur aspiring directors from Michigan who grew up on comic books and slasher flicks. Joel DeMott joined Kreines for the trip, and with her camera set out to document this haphazard foray into B-movie filmmaking. The result is a simultaneously disturbing and fascinating behind-the-scenes record, at times scarier and frequently funnier than the film being created. DeMott and Kreines's documentary provides unflinching insight into the chaotic and occasionally violent behavior that transpired on location."--LA FILM FORUM. ( 90 min )


Presented in co-sponsorship with 40 Frames and Portland State University's English Department/Film Studies Minor, this is the second in a series of programs presenting important works-experimental, documentary, ethnographic, and narrative-produced and screened on 16mm film.
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Thu, Apr 5, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 8, 2007
at 6 PM

THE BLOOD OF THE YINGZHOU DISTRICT
DIRECTOR: RUBY YANG, THOMAS LENNON
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Yang and Lennon's film is a stunningly shot, sensitive portrait of a hidden AIDS epidemic in a country not commonly associated with the disease. Young Gao Jun, a Chinese AIDS orphan, faces rejection by his surviving relatives, friends and an unprepared government, each in their own ways torn between family tradition and fear of the disease. ( 38 min )


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Thu, Apr 5, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 8, 2007
at 6 PM

RECYCLED LIFE
DIRECTOR: LESLIE IWERS, MIKE GLAD
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For decades, thousands children and their families have lived in one of the largest and most toxic areas in all of Central America-the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. Its inhabitants ("guajeros"), who recycle the city's trash, were shunned by society and ignored by the government until a disastrous event in 2005 forever changed the face of this landfill. ( 39 min )


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Thu, Apr 5, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 8, 2007
at 6 PM

REHEARSING A DREAM
DIRECTOR: KAREN GOODMAN, KIRK SIMON
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Exceptionally talented high school students experience the chance of a lifetime when attending a weeklong workshop that includes mentors like Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vanessa Williams, Jacques d'Amboise and Michael Tilson Thomas and other leading figures from the world of the performing arts. ( 34 min )


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Thu, Apr 5, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 8, 2007
at 6 PM

TWO HANDS
DIRECTOR: NATHANIEL KAHN, SUSAN ROSE BEHR
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When celebrated pianist Leon Fleisher lost the use of his right hand in 1965 he began a decades-long struggle to find a cure for his mysterious ailment while reshaping his career to accommodate his loss. ( 18 min )


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Thu, Apr 12, 2007
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING: PUNK LOVE
DIRECTOR: NICK LYON
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The streets of Portland are transformed into a modern noir metropolis where two kids struggle to find their way through the gauntlet of dire everyday existence. Fifteen-year-old Sarah (Emma Bing) clings to the glimmer of happiness provided by 21-year-old Spike (Chad Lindberg) whose rough and violent world is a preferred alternative to her abusive stepfather and her heroin addiction. A Portland native, Nick Lyon attended the Film Academy Baden-Wurtemburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany and then directed his first feature, I LOVE YOU, BABY starring Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell. Now back living in Portland, PUNK LOVE is his second feature. His latest projects includew Grendel for Sci-fi and Species: the Awakening for MGM. ( 96 min )


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Tue, Apr 17, 2007
at 7 PM

MY NAME IS OONA
DIRECTOR: GUNVOR NELSON
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One of the few women to emerge from San Francisco's heady independent film scene of the 1960s, Swedish filmmaker Gunvor Nelson has produced one of the great bodies of work in experimental film. "Gunvor Nelson is true poetess of the visual cinema. OONA captures in haunting, intensely lyrical images fragments of the coming to consciousness of a young girl. In a series of extremely brief flashes of her moving through night-lit space or woods in sensuous negative, separated by rapid fades into blackness, burst upon us like a fairy-tale princess . . . throughout the entire film, the girl, compulsively and as if in awe, repeats her name, until it becomes a magic incantation of self-realization."-Amos Vogel, CINEMA 16. ( 10 min )


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Tue, Apr 17, 2007
at 7 PM

RED SHIFT
DIRECTOR: GUNVOR NELSON
US
"A meditation on the emotional relationships between three generations of women, (Nelson, her mother and daughter) explored via daily gestures, everyday events, and disjunctive aural traces. Set in the filmmaker's childhood home in Sweden, the film, made with the assistance of Diane Kitchen, is interwoven with voice-over readings of Calamity Jane's letters to her daughter."-MOMA. "It is not the social context that is exploited but the little everyday events. RED SHIFT is a radical film; it sets new measures for avant-garde filmmaking dealing with personal problems."-Alf Bold, THE ARSENAL, BERLIN. ( 50 min )


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Thu, Apr 19, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 22, 2007
at 4:30 PM

WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN
DIRECTOR: CAM ARCHER
US
Archer's debut feature (executive produced by Gus Van Sant), made with a ragged inventiveness on a minuscule budget, is at once a fearless and original portrait of adolescent foolishness and ache. Protagonist Logan is 13 years old, and a dreamer. Soft spoken and isolated, he has a crush on an older and infinitely cooler boy, Rodeo Walker. His infatuation is fuelled by the fact that Rodeo is one of the few people who doesn't go out of his way to make Logan's life miserable. As a mismatched friendship develops, Logan is inspired to create a new persona, the seductive Leah. . . "It's not overstating the case to say that Archer redraws the American avant garde with his poetic and sexy study of burgeoning sexuality and youthful woes. With its day dreamy look and its little stabs of recognition, this is a must for anyone who ever felt the pang of loneliness or longing, teenaged or not."-LONDON FILM FESTIVAL. ( 93 min )


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Sat, Apr 21, 2007
at 7 PM

MARIA TALLCHIEF
DIRECTOR: SANDRA & YASU OSAWA
US
With dynamic archival performance footage, photographs and current interviews with Maria Tallchief and her contemporaries, the life of the first American Prima Ballerina leaps to the screen. The story draws indelible lines from Tallchief's Osage Indian heritage in Oklahoma, through her training and marriage with George Balanchine, to several breakthrough performances that in turn helped establish ballet in the United States. Her performance in Orpheus, choreographed by Balanchine to the music of Stravinsky (with sets and costumes by Isamu Noguchi no less) led to the creation of the New York City Ballet in 1948. She continues to coach ballet hoping to entrust the passion that the native dance of her youth engendered within her. USA Premiere. ( 57 min )


The filmmakers will be in attendance at the screening and will be teaching a workshop, BEYOND THE PAST TENSE: PRODUCING AMERICAN INDIAN DOCUMENTARIES at the Northwest Film Center's School of Film on Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm. Click here for more information.
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Mon, Apr 23, 2007
at 7 PM

STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS REGIONAL FINALS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
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Each year the Northwest Film Center assists the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by helping jury their Student Academy Awards. Students from accredited colleges, universities and art schools in the Western States (Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming) vie for a Regional award this evening, allowing them to go on to National competition where their work will be voted on by Academy members. Assess for yourself the top animated, narrative, documentary and alternative films-the latest from some of the top film schools in the nation-as a panel of distinguished judges in our audience picks the winners. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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Thu, Apr 26, 2007
at 6:30 PM

The Northwest FIlm Center/PDX FEST PRESENT:
New Videos by Jacqueline Goss and Lynne Sachs
DIRECTOR: JACQUELINE GOSS AND LYNNE SACHS
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We are pleased to present an evening with video and new media artists Jacqueline Goss and Lynne Sachs, featured guests at this year's PDX Film Festival.

Stranger Comes to Town
Jacqueline Goss
28 minutes, video
They say there are only two stories in the world: man goes on a journey, and stranger comes to town. "Stranger Comes to Town" re-works animations from the Department of Homeland Security, combining them with stories from the border, impressions from the on-line game World of Warcraft, and journeys via Google Earth to tell a tale of bodies moving through lands familiar and strange. Through the stories of six different people who have entered the U.S. as foreigners, Goss focuses on the questions and examinations used to establish identity at the border, and how these processes in turn affect one's own sense of self and view of the world.

States of UnBelonging
Lynne Sachs in collaboration with Nir Zats
63 min, video
Filmmaker in attendance!
The core of this haunting meditation on war, land, the Bible, and filmmaking is a portrait of Revital Ohayon, an Israeli filmmaker and mother killed in a terrorist act on a kibbutz near the West Bank. Avoiding easy political polarizations, the film is structured around an exchange of letters between Sachs and her Israeli friend Nir Zats. Together, they reveal Revital's story through her films, news reports, and interviews, culminating in heartbreaking footage of children discussing the violence they've witnessed and an unforgettable visit with Ohayon's grieving family. Without taking sides or casting blame, States of UnBelonging becomes a cine-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, violence and the land of Israel/Palestine.

Lynne Sachs will also be teaching a workshop at the NW Film Center during the fest. For more information, visit: http://www.nwfilm.org/education/workshops.php#27.
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