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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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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 highlights 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.



Sat, Apr 4, 2015
at 7 PM

Sun, Apr 5, 2015
at 7 PM

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BIG IN JAPAN
DIRECTOR: JOHN JEFFCOAT
SEATTLE, 2014

VISITING ARTIST—“Real-life Seattle rockers Phillip A. Peterson, David Drury, and Sean Lowry, known collectively as Tennis Pro, play reasonable facsimiles of themselves in this semi-fictionalized comedy loosely based on the group’s true-life attempts to boost their careers by making a splash in Tokyo. The three leads are introduced just as they’re near the point of casting aside their dreams and settling into day jobs. Frustrated by their inability to find an audience in the Seattle music scene, they have begun to wonder—and, worse, have been encouraged by significant others to believe—that if it hasn’t happened for them yet, it likely never will. Effortlessly convincing as friends and collaborators whose sometimes jokey, sometimes bickering interactions are informed by a shared past, if these ‘characters’ sometimes seem like stereotypes, that doesn’t make them any less believable as they strive to catch a break and keep hope alive.”—Variety. (100 mins.)

Director John Jeffcoat will be in attendance.


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Thu, Apr 9, 2015
at 7 PM

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FOR THE RECORD
DIRECTOR: MARC GREENBERG
PORTLAND, 2015

VISITING ARTIST—If a court reporter is doing their job well, they go virtually unnoticed. The goal is to capture the record without becoming a part of it. Ironically, that very ability means that court reporting flies under the radar. FOR THE RECORD tracks several stenographers as they strive to break the Guinness World Record and seize the title of World’s Fastest Court Reporter. It also explores the steno culture, the connections people make as interpreters for the hard of hearing, and charts the history of these keepers of the record. Marc Greenberg has spent 20 years working within the court reporting industry, returning to his earlier passion of filmmaking to tell the story of a little-known world. (68 mins.)

Director Marc Greenberg will be in attendance.


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Sun, Apr 26, 2015
at 3:30 PM

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CANCELED SHOW: AND WE WERE YOUNG
DIRECTOR: ANDY SMETANKA
MISSOULA, 2015

VISITING ARTIST—Andy Smetanka’s work has ranged from creating a short segment for Guy Maddin’s MY WINNEPEG to ‘The Bachelor and the Bride,’ a music video for the Decemberists. For his first feature-length film, Smetanka turned to his fascination with World War I. Three years and over 250,000 individual frames in the making, AND WE WERE YOUNG is a stop-motion animated oral history of American soldiers in France in the last days of the Great War, performed entirely by black-paper puppets and filmed on Super 8 against translucent paper backgrounds. Brooding, brutal and hauntingly beautiful, this epic is a vision of war beyond your wildest dreams and nightmares. (115 mins.)

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Sunday, April 26 screening of AND WE WERE YOUNG has been canceled. We will endeavor to reschedule the screening at a future time.


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Wed, May 13, 2015
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST FILM CENTER MOVERS AND MAKERS
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

VISITING ARTISTS—More than just a staff show-and-tell, we celebrate short films by Northwest Film Center faculty and staff. The program includes A YEAR & A DAY by Pam Minty, a series of images of Bond Butte taken monthly over the course of a year and then the same butte taken hourly on one day; BALING BALING by Lawrence Johnson captures the efforts of famers in Bali to keep the birds away with rhythmic noisemakers, plastic bags, and scarecrows; SLACKER CATS by Paul Harrod, a pilot demo for a proposed animated WB Network series; JUNE by Lee Krist, an early 21st century visual memoir of Portland shot on 35mm slides; LANDING SHIP X-1 by Dave Hanagan, in which two space traverlers explore a desolate planet and discover a glam rock icon; LIGHT’S JOURNEY by Mark Eifert, a meditation on our presence in the cosmos; MANGO by Geoff Peterson, in which a confident psychic challenges a skeptic’s beliefs; OUT OF THIS WORLD by Melissa Tvetan, an investigation of sex and string theory, promiscuity and parallel dimensions; SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE by Stephanie Hough, which offers a look at the unsettling nature of affected action—feeling home and lost simultaneously; THE ROUGH RIDER by Jarratt Taylor Aline follows an effort to make it to the state Wrestling Championship; PICTURE by Amy Beth O’Brien, sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words; and UNREQUITED by Andrew Price, in which an amateur science fiction writer finds himself torn between two worlds. (90 mins.)

Directors will be in attendance.


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Sun, May 17, 2015
at 4 PM

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DEATH ON A ROCK
DIRECTOR: SCOTT BALLARD
PORTLAND, 2014

VISITING ARTIST—Portland filmmaker and Film Center instructor, Scott Ballard’s (A STANDING STILL, WELCOMING DEPARTURE) latest feature follows a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian’s (Rachael Perrell Fosket) bright outlook—she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend (Joe Von Appen)— is rocked by illness. Days spent in long term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension. This vibrantly shot tale follows Liliian’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness. Seen through a framework of loss, Death On A Rock is a bittersweet tale balanced between tragedy and levity. (82 mins.)

Director Scott Ballard will be in attendance.


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Wed, May 20, 2015
at 7 PM

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A RIVER BETWEEN US
DIRECTOR: JEFF MARTIN
PORTLAND, 2015

VISITING ARTIST—A three-term State Senator, Jason Atkinson took a sabbatical from politics in 2012 to produce this film about the decades-old water war centered on the river he grew up on. At the heart of the story are four dams along the Klamath River’s over-allocated basin—symbols of freedom and prosperity to some and symbols of the cause of poverty and downfall to others. The sometimes violently opposing views on how to manage this majestic resource have informed generations of conflict between farmers, who need the river’s water; Pacific Power & Light, which manages the dams; environment activists and experts; fisherman; members of the native tribes, who’ve lived and worked along the Klamath River for centuries; and a myriad of federal, state, and local politicians looking for solution. “The film isn’t about fish or water rights, or even a forty-year water war, it’s about the harm people do to each other, and by extension, the damage people have done to one of this country’s greatest wild rivers.”—Jason Atkinson. (90 mins.)

Director Jeff Martin will be in attendance.


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Sun, Jun 7, 2015
at 4:30 PM

Thu, Jun 11, 2015
at 7 PM

THE BEST OF THE 41ST NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ FESTIVAL
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

VISITING ARTISTS—Each year, following November’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, a program of shorts tours the region to find new audiences and inspire new artists. Tonight the tour stops back home, offering the chance to see Audrey Hall’s PAINTING JOHN, a portrayal of a portrait artist’s process; Amanda Harryman’s MAIKARU, about a young man overcoming his victimization from violence and human trafficking; Clancy Dennehy’s REZ CARS, which brings to life stories held within the ghosts of abandoned cars; Amy Enser and Drew Christie’s THE BEAST INSIDE, an animated tale recounting memories of homelessness told through rap; Malia Jenson’s THE BEAR’S PROGRESS, which follows an inhabited bear costume wandering through the landscape doing what bears do and do not do; Marshal Axani’s ANXIOUS OSWALD GREENE, about a man who visits a fantastical clinic attempting to cure his crippling anxiety; Joshua Cox’s PROXIMITY, a tale of love and revenge told through kitschy collectibles; Mike A. Smith’s COOPED, a rambunctious cartoon about an excitable dog with cabin fever; Kyle Eaton’s TACO NIGHT, in which two bros’ evening devolves into drinking games with a combative couple; and Evangeline LaRoque’s DAVE’S BEARD, which uncovers the nocturnal secret life of Dave’s adventurous whiskers. (85 mins.)

Directors will be in attendance.


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Sun, Jun 7, 2015
at 7 PM

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BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY
DIRECTOR: CINDY STILLWELL, TOM WATSON
BOZEMAN, 2014

VISITING ARTISTS—BARD IN THE BACKCOUNTRY chronicles a summer season of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, a professional traveling theater company based in Bozeman who not only perform, but also act as their own roadies, make-up artists, and set builders. The film features the season’s cast of ten actors from around the U.S. as they encounter the Montana landscape, culture, and people, many for the first time. Sometimes traveling hundreds of miles every day to set up in their stage, don their costumes, and perform their roles, they learn about discipline, the generosity of spirit needed to become part of a team, and the sheer magnitude of the terrain found across Montana. At the heart of the story is a sense of transformation—for the players and for audiences touched by this beloved company. (57 mins.)

Directors Cindy Stillwell and Tom Watson will be in attendance.


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