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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 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.



Sun, Jun 7, 2015
at 4:30 PM

Thu, Jun 11, 2015
at 7 PM

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

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 returns 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 Jensen’s THE BEAR’S PROGRESS, which follows an inhabited bear costume wandering through the landscape doing what bears do and do not do; Marshall 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
MISSOULA, 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 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.)

Director Cindy Stillwell will introduce the film.


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Fri, Jun 12, 2015
at 7 PM

50 FOOT CHALLENGE
A 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION FOR SUPER 8 FILM

Northwest Film Center presents
The 50 Foot Challenge
A 50th Birthday Celebration for Super 8

A screening of new Super 8 films by Portland area artists followed by a birthday party. 

Participating filmmakers:

Howard Mitchell - Nathan Williams - Julie Keefe - Sam Pirnak  - Sika Stanton - Zach Weintraub - Sean Whiteman - Pam Minty - Hannah Piper Burns - Becky Meiers - Frances Fagan - Ben Popp - Carl Diehl - David Cress - Miles Sprietsma - Matt Schulte - Alicia J. Rose - Enie Vaisburd - Vanessa Renwick - Christoff Whiteman - Stephanie Hough



Cash and credit card accepted at the door.


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Fri, Jun 19, 2015
at 7 PM

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
at 9 PM

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THE WAY WE TALK
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL TURNER
PORTLAND, 2015

VISITING ARTIST—Michael Turner (THE LIFE OF VESPER GEER), winner of the 2015 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, struggles with one of medical science’s most baffling and enduring disabilities—he stutters. On the surface, stuttering is syllable repetitions, prolongations, blocks, and various physical tics. But as he illustrates in the film, stuttering is like an iceberg, with the major symptoms below the surface. Emotions caused by the disorder— anxiety, depression, denial, and a negative self-image—are rarely confronted in speech therapy or even by people who stutter. Turner explores his own experiences with stuttering and presents the stories of others who are part of the self-help movement within the stuttering community—stories that are relatable to anyone who has experienced feelings of separateness, isolation, or inadequacy in any area their life, and are trying to make the most of who they are. (80 mins.)

Director Michael Turner will introduce both screenings of the film; additionally, there will be a Q&A with the director and cast following both screenings.

Second screening added due to popular demand!

PLEASE NOTE: Advance tickets for the 7pm show are sold out. There may be rush tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime. Advance tickets for the 9pm show remain available.


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Sat, Jun 20, 2015
at 4:30 PM

SCHOOL OF FILM STUDENT SCREENING

Everyone is invited to watch the many short films created by students in the Winter Term and Spring Term 2015 classes. Whether the first attempt of a beginner or something more ambitious from an advanced student, it's an uncruated, all-comers program for anyone who has decided they're ready to show their work on the big screen. Join in congratulating them on this important step in their journey toward self-expression through film. Free admission. 

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Fri, Jun 26, 2015
at 7 PM

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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.)

Director Andy Smetanka will introduce the film.


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Wed, Jul 15, 2015
at 7 PM

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SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS
DIRECTOR: KRIS ELGSTRAND
VANCOUVER, BC

VISITING ARTIST—“A timid office worker becomes both pariah and Pied Piper when she unleashes her confessional, scathingly honest pop compositions upon friends and co-workers in this hilarious comedy from Vancouver’s Kris Elgstrand. In his work as a playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Elgstrand has wittily and often hilariously chronicled the foibles of bohemians. Following his collaboration with Dylan Akio Smith on 2009’s DOPPELGANGER PAUL, Elgstrand now makes his solo directorial debut with SONGS, which takes caustic aim at art therapy, the contemporary music scene, and the suppressed artistic yearnings of middle managers—which, it turns out, are better left suppressed.”—Toronto International Film Festival. (80 mins.)

Director Kris Elgstand will introduce the film.


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Mon, Aug 3, 2015
at 7 PM

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I AM CHRIS FARLEY
DIRECTOR: BRENT HODGE & DERIK MURRAY
US, 2015

Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I AM CHRIS FARLEYwill tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever - from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on “Saturday Night Live” and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.

I AM CHRIS FARLEY showcases the performer’s most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies and family snapshots, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend – a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf, and family members including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brothers Tom Jr. and Johnny, and sister Barbara.

( 94 min )


Director Brent Hodge and others connected to the film will appear via Skype for a post-screening Q&A


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Wed, Aug 5, 2015
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
CANCELLED
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS

**THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

Tonight the screen is yours. We throw open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium and invite you to show your new short work. If you have something you’re proud of, sign up by contacting Thomas Phillipson —thomas@nwfilm.org—by July 31. First come, first served as time allows with preference given to works under ten minutes.

Invite your friends—admission is free!


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Tue, Aug 11, 2015
at 7 PM

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MOTHERING INSIDE / THE FAMILY PRESERVATION PROJECT
DIRECTOR: BRIAN LINDSTROM
PORTLAND, 2015

VISITING ARTIST—The Family Preservation Project at Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek Correctional Facility works to keep imprisoned mothers in contact with their children, the common-sense theory being that the family that stays together stays out of jail together. Through emotional testimony from participants and intimate observation of the time they spend with their kids, Lindstrom makes a strong argument for the FPP as a humane and worthwhile expenditure of public money. The State of Oregon disagrees, and the program will be phased out later this year. The film hopes to reverse that decision by publicizing the program and its benefits, which include a recidivism rate of exactly zero percent. MOTHERING INSIDE is a continuation of the cinematic empathy Lindstrom has demonstrated since his first films, KICKING and FINDING NORMAL. (30 mins.)

WITH

FINDING NORMAL
DIRECTOR: BRIAN LINDSTROM
US 2007
Lindstrom’s powerful documentary takes an unflinching look at the daunting difficulties in overcoming addictions and the dynamic within Portland’s Central City Concern’s recovery mentor program. With a 70% success rate, the program’s strength lies in its ability to promote a strong sense of community and connectedness with peers and mentors, all former addicts committed to helping others as they help themselves. “The film is raw and real, filled with undeniable moments of pain and elation and human personality. It’s impossible to imagine a more honest look at this all-too-common world.”—Shawn Levy, The Oregonian. (77 mins.)

Brian Lindstrom, who teaches at the Film Center, will be on hand to discuss his films.


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Wed, Aug 12, 2015
at 7 PM

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SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE
DIRECTOR: ANA VALINE
VANCOUVER, BC

VISITING ARTIST–Vancouver director Ana Valine’s first feature follows clean living, but experienced, 16 year-old Sammie, who, waiting for her father to get out of prison, is drawn into the family con business by her pill-popping friend Marlene. Adapting Billie Livingston’s novella “The Trouble with Marlene,” the film takes us on a bittersweet, emotional journey, skating on either side of the law and Christian morals, through dysfunction, love, and addiction toward a kind of deliverance for this compelling mother and daughter duo. “The depth of characters explored are matched only by the incredible performances from the actors...demands an audience to question their own definitions of tragedy and survival, hope and despair...”—Women in Film + Television. (90 mins.)

Director Ana Valine will introduce the film.


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