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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
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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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Special Screenings


Thu, Jul 5, 2007
at 10 PM

REEL BLUES
JOHNNY OTIS REUNION
DIRECTOR: ALAN MUIR
US
In 1970, bandleader Johnny Otis gathered old friends for a special, one-night-only salute to the glory days of the Central Avenue R&B scene in Los Angeles in the '40s & '50s. With his own stellar band (including son Shuggie) providing the backup, the parade of fellow legends includes Charles Brown, Big Joe Turner, Little Ester, Roy Milton, Lowell Fulson, T-Bone Walker and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, each of whom deliver performances that will make you wish you were there. As Joe Turner exclaims, "Have mercy, Mr. Percy"-which means this rare, not-in distribution, archival treasure is something you won't want to miss. ( 60 min )


The Film Center invites you to two special outdoor screenings on the Credit Union Blues Stage at this year's Waterfront Blues Festival. All-day admission to the Festival is $8 + two cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. The complete Festival schedule is at waterfrontbluesfest.org.
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Fri, Jul 6, 2007
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 7, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Jul 8, 2007
at 6 PM

STRANGE CULTURE
DIRECTOR: LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON
US
"Artist and college professor Steve Kurtz was preparing for a MASS MoCA exhibition about genetically modified food in May 2004 when, days before the opening, his wife, Hope, suddenly and tragically died of heart failure. Distraught, Kurtz called 911, but when medics arrived, they became suspicious of his art supplies and called the FBI. Soon after, dozens of agents in haz-mat suits sifted through his home and impounded his computers, books, cat, and even his wife's body. The government held Kurtz as a suspected terrorist, and, nearly three years later, the charges have not been dropped. He still faces up to 20 years in prison. Because Kurtz cannot legally talk about the case, Leeson enlists actors, including Tilda Swinton, Thomas Jay Ryan, and Peter Coyote, to interpret the story. Leeson skillfully weaves dramatic reenactment, news footage, animation, testimonials, and footage of Kurtz himself into a sophisticated work about post-9/11 paranoia and the risks artists face when their work questions government policies." -SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. ( 75 min )


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Fri, Jul 6, 2007
at 10 PM

HENDRIX & THE BLUES
DIRECTOR: ALEX GIBNEY
US
Gibney's film features timeless Hendrix live performances of "Red House," "Hear My Train A Comin'," "Killing Floor," and other blues classics along with commentary from former Howlin' Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy. "The first guitarist I was ever aware of was Muddy Waters. I heard one of his records when I was a little boy and it scared me to death, because I heard all those sounds. Wow! What was that all about? It was great. I liked Muddy Waters when he had only two guitars, harmonica, bass, and drum. Things like 'Rolling And Tumbling' were what I liked-that real primitive guitar sound."-Jimi Hendrix. ( 25 min )


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Fri, Jul 6, 2007
at 10 PM

THE LOSERS' CLUB
DIRECTOR: PIERRE OUELLETTE
US
Portland guitarists and bandleaders Jim Mesi and Steve Bradley both became legends in the Portland music scene in the 1970s. Mesi, who toured with BB King, cemented his position as a world-class blues player while Bradley became an anchor in the local club scene with his quirky songwriting, singular guitar style and inventive rock and roll bands. Ouellette, a guitarist himself, affectionately celebrates the lives of these two journeymen performers as they rock night after night, on across the tides of pop music trends and the siren call of fame and fortune. ( 50 min )


The Film Center invites you to two special outdoor screenings on the Credit Union Blues Stage at this year's Waterfront Blues Festival. All-day admission to the Festival is $8 + two cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. The complete Festival schedule is at waterfrontbluesfest.org.
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Thu, Jul 12, 2007
at 7:30 PM

Sat, Jul 14, 2007
at 9:15 PM

BEST OF THE NORTHWEST
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS DIRECTORS
NORTHWEST
The Film Center's annual "Best of the Northwest" touring program features highlights from the 33rd Northwest Film & Video Festival, our annual survey of new moving image art produced in the Northwest. Back from screenings in five states, the program offers a lively mixture of animation, documentary, narrative and experimental pieces that reflect the flavor of the outstanding work being done throughout the region. The program includes MAGIC HOSTESS, THE ELECTRIC CAN OPENER by Rob Tyler, Portland; I AM (NOT) VAN GOGH, David Russo, Seattle; CATFISH MAN, Joel Bennett, Juneau; THE BIG ASS WORLD OF SCIENCE, Mike Wellins, Portland; FIFTY YEARS LATER, Matt McCormick, Portland; SCAREDYCAT, Andrew Blubaugh, Portland; EUROPA, Rick Phillips, Missoula; ALICE & BASTARD, Ana Valine, Vancouver, BC; PILEDRIVER, Calvin Lee Reeder, Seattle; A PAINFUL GLIMPSE INTO MY WRITING PROCESS, Chel White, Portland; and REGARDING SARAH, Michelle Porter, Vancouver, BC. ( 90 min )


Entries for this year's 34th Northwest Film & Video Festival, November 9-17, are due August 1. Entry information and forms AT www.nwfilm.org.
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Sun, Jul 15, 2007
at 2 PM

31st Young People's Film + Video Festival
DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
US
The Young People’s Film + Video Festival celebrates the creativity and talents of students who are using video, animation and multi-media to contribute their ideas and concerns with the rest of the world. Each year individuals in grades K-12 living in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, or Utah, send us their drama, documentary, comedy, animated movie or media in some other style to a panel of jurors. Works are reviewed for their originality, artistic merit, technical achievement and persuasiveness. Selected entries will be screened in a free public program. Click here for program details.

FREE ADMISSION.
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Sat, Jul 21, 2007
at 6:30 PM

WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS
DIRECTOR: SPIKE LEE
US
On August 29, 2005, the city of New Orleans was forever changed when Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city, killed more than a thousand residents and displaced well over a million people. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television, Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but also by the inept emergency response and recovery efforts. Compelled to come to grips with the disaster with his own "film document," Lee interviewed nearly 100 people- politicians, activists, artists and ordinary victims-to tell the stories of those who endured the harrowing ordeal and survived to tell their tales of misery, heartbreak, despair, and triumph. Composed in four acts, WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE is a sweeping chronicle not only of a disaster, but also of a nation still sharply divided along race and class lines. "New Orleans is fighting for its life. These are not people who will disappear quietly-they're accustomed to hardship and slights, and they'll fight for New Orleans."-Spike Lee. ( 240 min )


Shown with a brief intermission. ADMISSION BY CONTRIBUTION
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Fri, Jul 27, 2007
at 7 PM

Sat, Jul 28, 2007
at 9 PM

THE YATRA TRILOGY
DHARMA RIVER: JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND BUDDHAS
DIRECTOR: JOHN BUSH
US
Dharma is the Sanskrit word for universal law. Essential to Buddhist understanding, dharma is the natural order, a living truth, and a force for awakening. Bush's DHARMA RIVER is a lyrical and exquisite sensory journey through Southeast Asia's great spiritual and cultural treasures, exploring the legendary lost civilizations and the living traditions of Laos, Thailand, and Burma. Ancient temples, mystical landscapes, and wondrous shrines provide a rich visual tapestry. With a score of rare classical Southeast Asian music, this visual voyage masterfully illuminates timeless artistic and devotional traditions. ( 81 min )


Double Feature with Prajna Earth on Friday and Vajra Sky on Saturday. Click here for a double feature ticket for the Saturday show. Click here for the Sunday show.
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Fri, Jul 27, 2007
at 8:45 PM

Sun, Jul 29, 2007
at 6:30 PM

THE YATRA TRILOGY
PRAJNA EARTH: JOURNEY INTO SacrED NATURE
DIRECTOR: JOHN BUSH
US
Prajna is a Sanskrit word for radiant wisdom. A pilgrimage to sacred intersections where Buddhist and Hindu traditional wisdom merges with the animist worship of nature, PRAJNA EARTH, the second part of the "Yatra Trilogy," offers a stunning cinematic journey to the legendary temples of Angkor in Cambodia, spiritual sites in Hindu Bali, and Buddhist Borobudur in Java. Monks and nuns travel on foot for days to reach a full moon gathering near Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world. The dance of the Devatas celebrates the rebirth and cultural healing of a war torn country. As the journey moves to Bali, gamelan music, Ramayana dance, and lively street processions echo through the hill town of Ubud. In Java, a night of trance dance and spirit possession is followed by a golden dawn and ascent up the startling seven-level mandala wonder of Buddhist Borobudur. ( 85 min )


Double Feature with Dharma River on Friday and Vajra Sky on Sunday. Click here for a double feature ticket for the Saturday show. Click here for the Sunday show.
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Sat, Jul 28, 2007
at 7 PM

Sun, Jul 29, 2007
at 8:30 PM

THE YATRA TRILOGY
VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET
DIRECTOR: JOHN BUSH
US
"When the iron bird flies, the dharma will go to the West," says a 1,500-year-old Tibetan Buddhist prophecy, one fulfilled in 1959 when Mao's Communist forces overwhelmed Tibet and forced the 14th Dalai Lama into exile. VAJRA SKY OVER TIBET is an extraordinary cinematic pilgrimage to central Tibet in the 21st century, a journey through the breathtaking Himalayas to legendary temples, monasteries and festivals. While the attempt to destroy ancient culture is ongoing, and despite the absence of the Dalai Lama, the luminous faith of the endangered Buddhist community still shines brightly. "Bush's stunning camerawork adroitly captures the majestic landscapes and icons of Buddhism: its murals and artworks, monks and nuns. . .A tonic for Buddhists, no doubt, it offers many pleasures to athesists as well."-John Patterson, VILLAGE VOICE. ( 89 min )


Double Feature with Prajna Earth on Saturday and Dharma River on Sunday. Click here for a double feature ticket for the Saturday show. Click here for the Sunday show.
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Tue, Aug 14, 2007
at 6 PM

Sisters in Cinema Meeting
The Sisters in Cinema meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 7th has been POSTPONED to Tuesday, August 14th at 6 p.m. to give Sisters an opportunity to attend the Local Film Industry Community Night (info below). If you are a woman filmmaker at any level of experience, Sisters in Cinema is for you! Network with others and gain valuable inspiration and insight. If you have work you'd like to screen on the 14th at the Sisters in Cinema meeting, please email or call Cheryl by 5 p.m. (503.221.1156 ext. 17 OR info@nwfilm.org) on the 14th so we can get you on the play list. Meeting location is 934 SW Salmon.

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Tue, Aug 14, 2007
at 7 PM

Service Learning Celebration
FREE
DIRECTOR: LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
US
The Northwest Film Center Young Filmmakers Program's national-model Service Learning Center, a collaboration with Portland Public Schools, Lincoln High School, Portland State University and service organizations throughout the metro area, stands out as a dynamic example of how the media arts can help jumpstart and facilitate the involvement of young people in volunteerism and community service. Last year, with support from the Starbucks Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust and Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, 10 teens from Lincoln High School worked with independent filmmaker Sue Arbuthnot for an entire semester to create documentaries about three stalwart local outreach programs which they believe deserve a larger presence in the public eye. A TASTE OF INDEPENDENCE, by Daniel Ben-Israel, Adelle Pomeroy, Ryan Lewis and Justin Combs, examines the history and services of Meals On Wheels; PLAYING TAG, by Fernan Rojas-Echonique, Nicole Freshley, Simon Yugler, follows students at the PPS Access School for Talented & Gifted students; DRY HUMPING SAVES LIVES, by Tessa Whitlock, Aurora Selland-Taylor and Gali Slayen, profiles the Cascade AIDS Project's Teen-2-Teen Program. These documentaries are preceded by PROJECT ERASE: THE TATTOO REMOVAL PROJECT OF OUTSIDE IN (2006), a film created during the pilot year of the Service Learning Center, by Lincoln High School students Amelie Rousseau, Max Davidson, Travis Drake, and Adam McKinney, which screened recently in the Seattle International Film Festival. With many of the young filmmakers in attendance, we celebrate their achievements as videotapers, interviewers and editors, and acknowledge the important contribution their work is making in helping to improve the lives of others. Tonight, we also present this year's Service To Young Filmmakers Award to the Mount Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, whose Community Access Capital Grant Program has helped facilitate the growth and maturation of youth media efforts throughout our community for more than a decade. ( 60 min )


FREE ADMISSION
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Thu, Aug 23, 2007
at 6:45 PM

Sun, Aug 26, 2007
at 7 PM

THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
DIRECTOR: GILLO PONTECORVO
ITALY/ALGERIA
The recent passing of Gillo Pontecorvo (1919-2006) provides a timely occasion to screen his epic masterwork, unfortunately as relevant today as ever. Inspired stylistically by Italian neorealist cinema, THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS uses non-actors and documentary-style footage in its dramatic account of the Algerian National Liberation Front's uprising against the French during the years 1954-1957. So authentically and naturalistically staged, with thousands of citizens participating, it appears to be a documentary put together from newsreels and complemented by staged dramatic scenes. The story focuses on a NLF leader and a French colonel and works to represent the complexity of the conflict, showing the violence perpetrated by both sides while at the same time arousing sympathies for all the civilians harmed by the fighting. A powerful piece of filmmaking, it raises important questions about the realities of imperialism and occupation no matter where and when, and reminds us that one man's terrorist is another man's revolutionary. ( 123 min )


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