40th Anniversary Gala: Andrew Dickson

“I’ve wanted to host an event like the 40th Anniversary Gala ever since I became part of the Northwest Film Center’s community in 1995. Back then I was crestfallen to learn that the Center was only 23 years old, but after waiting 17 long years I can honestly say I’m more excited than ever to host the event!”

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40th Anniversary Gala Preview: “Pop up Salon”

Kristen Behlings

The Northwest Film Center is excited to partner with local vintage hairstylist Kristen Behlings to facilitate a “Pop up Salon” with discounted services for the 1940s Gala. In addition to the pop up, Kristen will be offering a pre-Gala “Era Hairstyling Workshop,” which will take place at AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m.

As a longtime hairstylist, Kristen is thrilled that the Northwest Film Center has chosen a 1940s theme for their 40th Anniversary Gala! She believes that, compared with other 20th century hairstyles, 1940s looks are “the most becoming to anyone, the most adaptable to current haircuts, and the easiest to style.” With that kind of encouragement, Kristen will help all of her appointments find their perfect 1940s hairdo. Appointments will be taken on May 12th in the bridal suite at Portland Art Museum’s Mark Building beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The day’s menu will consist of a $45 full curl and style,  or a $10 basic comb-out for short hair. A  finger wave can be added to the basic comb-out for an additional $10.

Geared toward making men every bit as fashionable as women, Kristen boasts that finger waves look great on today’s man just like they did on Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby. Maybe even better! But if your a fella that can’t make it to the Pop up Salon before the event, Kristen suggests asking your barber for a close taper, leaving the top long, somewhere along the lines of quintessentially dapper men like Frank Sinatra and Cary Grant.

To make an appointment with Kristen, or to reserve a spot at her “Era Hairstyling Workshop” on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, please contact Kristen at 503-551-3132 or email kristen@kristenbehlings.com.  The cost for the workshop is just $30 and includes dessert!

40th Anniversary Gala Preview: 1940s Fashion Overview Part Two

The fashion industry took its time to develop new trends after the end of World War II. There were still clothing rations and fabric restrictions that influenced style, but as the economy began to climb, certain changes began to take shape. Significant during this time was America’s exposure to the tropical prints of exotic locales, which featured leaf and floral patterns such as palm fronds and hibiscus blooms. The styles of Mexico and Latin America brought new colors like terra-cotta and turquoise to women who craved brightness and fun, inspired by the popular artist Frida Kahlo.

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40th Anniversary Gala Preview: 1940s Fashion Overview Part One

Women at the Alfred Eisenstaedt Stork Club powder room (1944)

Fashion in the 1940s was most influenced by World War II, since the subsequent world economy necessitated changes in clothing styles and fashion design. Fashion for women was specifically determined by the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, because determining aspects of style like fabric and leisure time became immediately less abundant. Germany had already invaded Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Yugoslavia, and Greece by the time Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, so haute couture had been in the back seat for several years. Women had voluntarily begun to join the workforce in droves to offset the loss of male labor due to military enlistment, which necessitated changes to hair, makeup, shoe, and clothing styles.

40th Anniversary Gala Preview: 1940s Slang

In anticipation of the 1940s Classic Hollywood themed Gala, which will take place on Saturday May 12th, the NW Film Center thought you might like a little exposure to the relevant slang and phrases of the time. So here they are, in no particular order:

  • Take a powder – to leave
  • Eager beaver – enthusiastic helper
  • In cahoots with – conspiring with
  • Doll dizzy – girl crazy
  • Ducky shincracker – a good dancer
  • Above my pay grade – don’t ask me
  • Cook with gas – to do something right
  • Killer-diller – good stuff
  • Stompers – shoes
  • Flip your wig – to lose control of yourself
  • Pennies from heaven – easy money
  • Gas – either a good time or something that was really funny
  • Grandstand – to show off
  • What’s buzzin’, cousin? – how’s it going?
  • Hi-de-ho – hello
  • Applesauce – an expletive; same as horsefeathers, As in “Ah applesauce!
  • Broad- a woman
  • Carry a Torch – to have a crush on someone
  • Cat’s Meow – something splendid or stylish; The best or greatest, wonderful
  • Dame- a woman
  • Gams – a woman’s legs
  • Hard Boiled – a tough, strong guy
  • Hooch – bootleg liquor
  • Hoofer – dancer
  • Horsefeathers – an expletive; same usage as applesauce
  • Hotsy-Totsy – pleasing
  • Jalopy – old car
  • Joint – a club, usually selling alcohol

  • Keen – attractive or appealing
  • Kisser – mouth
  • Line – insincere flattery
  • Moll – a gangster’s girl
  • Pushover – a person easily convinced or seduced
  • Ritzy – elegant (reference to the Ritz hotel)
  • Scram – ask someone to leave immediately
  • Soitently- sure!
  • Speakeasy – an illicit bar selling bootleg liquor
  • Spiffy – an elegant appearance
  • Spread Out!- Get out of the way! Give me some room! Stop crowding me!
  • Stuck On – having a crush on
  • Swanky – ritzy
  • Swell- wonderful
  • Wise guy- a smart ass
  • Whoopee – to have a good time

Taking place on Saturday May 12th, the 1940s Classic Hollywood themed Gala will be an evening of film-related auction items, delicious food and drink, phenomenal music, and A-list company. For more information and tickets to the event, please visit the NW FIlm Center’s website. For further discussion of 1940s slang, check out the online essay From Hep Cats to Full Birds: Slang of the 1940s by Michelle Carr, courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History.

40th Anniversary Gala: Lights, Camera, Action!

Over the last four decades, the Northwest Film Center’s myriad exhibition, education, and artist service programs have become a vital part of Oregon’s cultural fabric. The Film Center’s 40th Anniversary Season provides an opportunity to look back at its founding and celebrate the fostering of a media arts community internationally recognized for its vibrant talents, enthusiastic audiences, and creative collaborations.

40th Anniversary Gala Preview: Film Nostalgia Auction Items

Though the ultra stylish, 1940s inspired 40th Anniversary Gala is still seven weeks away, the Northwest Film Center is thrilled to have already procured a long list of incredible items for both the silent and live auctions to be held at the Gala on Saturday May 12, 2012. Below, you’ll find a sneak peek at the film nostalgia auction items. Stay tuned to the NWFC newsroom to catch a glimpse of what else will be available at the Gala’s auctions. [Read more…]

40th Anniversary Gala Preview: Gus Van Sant

The NW Film Center is proud to announce that Gus Van Sant will be the honorary chair for this year’s Gala, which will take place on Saturday May 12th. For those of you who don’t know as much as you should about Van Sant, here’s a quick briefing:

He began studying painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1970, but changed his major to cinema when he became aware of avant-garde directors like Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Andy Warhol. He went to Los Angeles in 1976, and was a production assistant to writer/director Ken Shapiro. It was in L.A. that he took an interest in Hollywood Boulevard’s marginalized population, which has since become one of his cinematic themes. His first feature, Mala Noche (1985), dealt with existence on society’s fringe.

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Today at PIFF35

As we head into the final weekend of the 35th annual Portland International Film Festival there is still plenty to see. Today alone you can catch ten film screenings. Well, eleven if you count the nineteen minute French short I Could Be Your Grandmother  that screens before Lebanese documentary Grandma, A Thousand Times, both playing at the World Trade Center Theater tonight at 8:45.

Director Mahmoud Kaabour has made an incredibly sweet documentary about his 85 year-old grandmother who is nearing the end of her richly lived life. Having raised a large family, Teta Fatima Kaabour now lives alone in a small and immaculately clean apartment in Beirut. Yet she is still a hookah smoking matriarch, still a sprightly woman who haggles with street vendors and the butcher, commanding respect within her section of old Beirut. Her husband, once a successful violinist but now long deceased, is the indirect source for much of this film, since director Mahmoud Kaabour not only shares his grandfather’s name but also his looks. Exploiting this resemblance throughout, Mr. Kaabour takes on the role of both grandson and grandfather as he gets ready for his wedding day while coming to terms with the reality of his grandmother’s mortality. In Arabic, with English subtitles.

Showing earlier in the day at PIFF35 is The Island President, a film about the (until very recently) President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed (Nasheed was very recently overthrown by those with political ties to the old, tyrannical regime). Having been tortured, imprisoned, and exiled, Nasheed seems unable to stop his international fight against global warming, which threatens the very existence of the 200 islands that make up the Maldives. Watch the trailer below, and then go see the film tonight at 6:15 at the World Trade Center Theater.

Cirkus Columbia

The NW Film Center brings director Danis Tanovic’s (Triage, No Man’s Land) sexy, communicative adaptation of Ivica Djikic’s novel Cirkus Columbia to the screen today, February 21st, as part of PIFF 35.

The setting is Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1991. The communists have fallen from power. Divko Buntic returns to the small town where he grew up after a 20-year exile in Germany. With a flashy red Mercedes, a voluptuous young girlfriend named Azra, his lucky black cat Bonny, and a pocketful of Deutschmarks, Divko forcefully evicts his estranged wife Lucija in order to take his home back.

When Bonny the cat disappears, the whole town joins in a frantic search to get the cash reward, simultaneously putting strain on Divko’s fragile relationship with Azra and his attempted reunion with his 20-year-old son Martin. Not so unexpectedly, Azra and Martin are strongly attracted to each other. Disruption and clandestine activities ensue, but while these plot lines unravel daily, everyone seems unaware of the mounting political unrest around them: Croatia has seceded, all Yugoslavs are being forced to take sides, and the Serbs begin bombing Dubrovnik. Although their area is on high alert, many still can’t imagine anyone or anything could divide Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Cirkus Columbia is Danis Tanovic’s most recent film about war and its consequences. It is set in the period before the conflict reaches his native Bosnia & Herzegovina, while his 2009 film Triage dealt with post-war trauma, and his 2001 debut feature No Man’s Land took place in the midst of the Bosnian war in 1993 and won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as Best Script prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and European Film Awards; the widely acclaimed film received over 40 international awards, making it one of the most awarded first feature films in history. With Cirkus Columbia, one could say that Tanovic has come full circle, giving audiences a glimpse of the before, during, and after of war in that part of the world.

See it at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 6).

(Cirkus Columbia review taken in part from Match Factory)