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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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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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Special Screenings


Mon, May 7, 2007
at 6:15 PM

NWFC YOUNG FILMMAKERS PROGRAM PRESENTS CHANGE AGENTS: THE OREGON SMALL SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
US
Hard evidence shows that smaller high schools are more effective high schools, allowing a richer academic environment and a more positive social experience for young people. Through its Oregon Small Schools Initiative, Employers for Education Excellence (E3) is leading the movement in Oregon, helping large high schools transition into smaller ones, while helping brand new ones be created. With E3 and the Young Filmmakers Program as collaborators, teams of students from Medford, Pendleton, Hillsboro, Newberg, Portland and many other communities have created a series of public service announcements which capture how their own school is unique. A short reception will take place at 5:30 PM. Student filmmakers will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. ( 75 min )


FREE ADMISSION
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Thu, May 10, 2007
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING:
NORMAN WAITING
DIRECTOR: TRAVIS SWARTZ
US
Norman, by nature, tends to give everything a proverbial second thought. When he proposes to Kristie—the woman who he's pretty sure is "The One"—his confidence falls apart when her acceptance fails to induce the convincing "Eureka!" that folklore had led him to expect. As they sit in the Western-themed Italian restaurant—complete with murals of gondolas and a cowboy troubadour singing original plot-moving tunes tableside—Norman puts on the brakes before sealing the deal, seeking advice from the bathroom-bound chef, Kristie's off-the-wall parents and a waitress whose opinion might just be tied to tip potential. Shot in his home state of Idaho, writer/director/editor/actor Travis Swartz heads the engaging cast in the title role of a film that attempts to rope the classic Western film dilemma: a man torn between the freedom of being a ramblin' cowhand and the comforts of the 21st Century sod-buster. ( 90 min )


Travis Swartz will introduce his film.
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Sat, May 12, 2007
at 7 PM

SUMMERTIME
DIRECTOR: DAVID LEAN
BRITAIN
David Lean's personal favorite among his many great films (BRIEF ENCOUNTER, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI) stars Katherine Hepburn as lonely American spinster-teacher Jane Hudson, who has carefully saved for a trip to Venice (in glorious Technicolor), harboring the faint hope of finding romance. While out and about she meets Renato (Rossano Brazzi), a handsome antique dealer and passionately succumbs to his charms before discovering that he is very married. Outraged by his deception but determined to keep opportunity alive whatever, she does what's best to notch the memory of the happiest summer of her life. "She is another of Lean's fantasists, searching for a romantic ideal, suffering guilt and settling, like Rosy Ryan (RYAN'S DAUGHTER), for something less."—National Film Theatre, London. "This is one of the romantic movies people love and remember."—Pauline Kael. ( 100 min )


Tonight's screening will be introduced by Portland author Karen Karbo, whose new book "How To Hepburn: Lessons on Living From Kate the Great" offers an appreciation of Hepburn's best known films in relation to what was happening in her life at the time she made them. "Katharine Hepburn was one of our household saints growing up (people told my mother she looked like her), and I got to thinking about how she would have been almost a hundred. So, I decided to write a meditation on her life and what eventuated was "an appreciation, with lessons."
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Fri, May 18, 2007
at 7 PM

Sat, May 19, 2007
at 9 PM

mystic ball
DIRECTOR: GREG HAMILTON
CANADA
For the last two decades Toronto resident Greg Hamilton has passionately devoted himself to mastering chinlone, a unique combination of sport and dance that not many people outside of Myanmar (Burma) play. A chance encounter with a strange ball set Hamilton on a journey deep into a little known culture with a "team" sport where the focus is not on winning, but on how beautifully you play the game. Filmed over eight years, MYSTIC BALL follows Hamilton as he evolves from an awkward beginner to a teammate capable of soloing with the greatest chinlone players in Mandalay and a friendship with "Golden Princess" Su Su Hlaing, the greatest solo artist in the country. More than introducing a mesmerizing, mystical sport, Hamilton tells a beautiful story about the happiness and fulfillment that comes from following one's passion. Winner, Special Jury Prize, Hot Docs Festival, and Audience Awards at the Vancouver Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, and Chicago International Documentary Festival. ( 83 min )


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Sat, May 19, 2007
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING:
AN EVENING with LAURA DI TRAPANI
DIRECTOR: LAURA DI TRAPANI
US
Portland animator Laura di Trapani's studio has been producing award winning advertising, independent film and educational work since 1990. She has collaborated with such local animation producers as Jim Blashfield, Vinton Studios, Chel White andThe Children's Television Workshop's "Sesame Street." In addition to numerous corporate projects, di Trapani has found time for personal works that have screened at festivals as diverse as Sundance, Annecy, Ann Arbor and the Northwest Film & Video Festival. Tonight, di Trapani will screen the range of her productions, including her and co-director Kelly Baker's classic I THINK I WAS AN ALCOHOLIC (1993), Portland cartoonist John Callahan's animated memoir, and her just-completed WE THREE (2007), a combination of Daliesque daydream and Busby Berkeley fantasy. ( 80 min )


Laura di Trapani will introduce her films.
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Wed, May 30, 2007
at 7 PM

PARIS JE T'AIME
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
FRANCE
A valentine to the City of Light, this kaleidoscopic omnibus features 18 shorts by celebrated directors, including Gus Van Sant, the Coen brothers, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuaron, Tom Twyker, Christopher Doyle, Isabel Coixet, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assayas. With each director taking a Parisien neighborhood as their setting, an intriguing cast of actors—Juliette Binoche, Steve Buscemi, Ben Gazarra, Emily Mortimer, Marianne Faithful, Nick Nolte, Fanny Ardant, Gerard Depardieu and Natalie Portman among them—bring alive stories that range from comic to poignantly romantic. PARIS JE T'AIME offers a dizzying showcase of cinematic styles and enchanting exploration of parts of the city rarely seen. ( 120 min )


Schedule permitting, Gus Van Sant will introduce the film. Admission to the screening is by advance ticket only and limited to Silver Screen Producer and Director members. Tickets available at the Film Center office May 21. Seating limited.
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Thu, Jun 7, 2007
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING:
BRIAN LIBBY TRAVELOGUE
DIRECTOR: BRIAN LIBBY
US
With a background as a film and visual arts critic (WILLAMETTE WEEK) and still photographer, Brian Libby has been on a self-described "binge" of short filmmaking over the last few years, taking his digital camera wherever he goes, whether around Portland or on his world travels. Working with a variety of Portland's best short film composers—including Eric Schopmeyer, Elias Foley and Rob Tyler—on sound design, he has created a body of lyrical, visually intriguing and aurally stimulating works. These include such recent pieces as ROUTE 23 (2006) a vertiginous view from atop a double-decker bus in London, CREAMERY BIRDS (2006), which captures a graceful flock of birds and their sinuous arabesques swooping through the architecture of a Portland industrial setting, and AVENUE AND INTERSTATE (2006), an observation of the lines and curves of Portland's infrastructure animated by the camera's movement. ( 80 min )


Brian Libby will introduce his films.
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Fri, Jun 15, 2007
at 7 PM

NORTHWEST TRACKING:
finding normal
DIRECTOR: BRIAN LINDSTROM
US
Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom's (FROM THE GROUND UP, KICKING, HEART OF HARLEM) work reflects an ongoing concern for social issues and people who engage the challenges. His new film 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 min )


Brian Lindstrom, who teachers in the Film Center's Young Filmmakers artist residency programs, will be on hand to discuss the film and his experiences.
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Thu, Jun 21, 2007
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING
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 May 25. First come first served as time allows.

FREE ADMISSION
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