Northwest Tracking: NWFC and Cinema Project present MEMORY & OBSERVATION


This program of old and new explores memory, observation, and film’s unique and varied abilities to visualize the act of remembering. Portland filmmaker Pam Minty’s DIRECT ROUTE (2015, 45 mins.) observes a blind woman navigating her domestic surroundings alongside landscapes and recollections prior to losing her vision. Through conversations and word puzzles with her daughter, a story emerges about the relationship between memory, sense of direction, and the texture of experience. Complimenting her film is Bruce Baillie’s classic ROSLYN ROMANCE (1974,17 mins.), a correspondence and collage film of family photos and superimposed imagery that invoke the cycle of the life; Ute Aurand’s MARIA (2011, 3 mins.), an observational portrait of the filmmaker’s dear friend; and fellow German filmmaker Maria Lang’s FAMILY CRYPT – A LOVE LETTER TO MY MOTHER (1981, 10 mins.), through which the filmmaker as daughter speaks about herself, her family, and their love, despite invisible walls and barriers. (80 min.)

Director Pam Minty will be in attendance.


MEMORY & OBSERVATION screens Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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