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: Live Auction!

At the end of any great evening, you want to come home with a couple of things: photos of you in your evening-out attire, tired feet still tapping to the tunes of the music you danced to, and great memories of fun and laughter with friends, new and old. Thanks to the generous donations of the friends of the NWFC, we are thrilled to be able to send you home with (at least) one more thing at the end of next weekend’s 40th Anniversary Gala- an incredible auction package!

Here’s a little preview of some of the auction packages we’ll have available at next weekend’s Live Auction- get excited! (And start making friends- you want to be on the good side of whoever goes home with “A Week in Provence!“)


A Visit to Portlandia

Head behind the scenes of IFC’s hit show Portlandia! This package includes a visit to the Season 3 set for you and a guest. Meet the production crew, grab an autographed show poster, and- if you’re lucky- see if you can snag a spot on-screen as an extra.

Filmmaker’s Dinner at Grüner with Todd Haynes & Jon Raymond

The Portland duo behind the award-winning HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce wants to take you (and eight of your closest friends) out to dinner! Join director Todd Haynes (Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There) and writer (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cut Off) and producer Jon Raymond at 2012 James Beard Award Winning Restaurant Grüner. Their decadent seasonal offerings, highlighting the bounty of the Pacific Northwest, pair well with sparkling conversation and a bottle of Gewürztraminer- take our word for it.

A Week in Provence

Just north of Avignon,  Châteauneuf-du-Pape has been producing world-class wines (and a few popes, for good measure) for centuries. Make yourself at home in a lovely village house in the heart of the Southern Rhone country, surrounded by France’s most renowned wine producers. Enjoy the beautiful countryside that inspired artists from Cezanne to Matisse, immerse yourself in papal history (Châteauneuf-du-Pape means, roughly, “the Pope’s new castle”)… and did we mention the wine?

AND THAT’S NOT ALL! We have a host of wonderful silent and live auction items- to see for yourself, join us at the Northwest Film Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Saturday, May 12th, 2012.

40th Anniversary Gala Preview: Auction Item that Sparkles!

Antoinette Sweet of Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry sent us a dazzling peak at her generous donation to the auction component of our 40th Anniversary Gala (of course it’s 40’s themed) taking place on May 12. 2012.

Antoinette fills us in on 1940’s post war jewelry:

Post WWII prosperity unleashed an indulgence in luxury jewelry.  Christian Dior introduced his “New Look” in 1947 and jewels returned to an extravagant display of gemstones  with larger proportions.  Citrine and aquamarine were both popular gems at that time and this ring comes to you from that era.

This ring is 14k rose gold with a large rectangular cut citrine ~13.50ct

Join us at the Gala for food, fun, glamour, film and to place your bid on this beauty–there’s still time to buy your seat! Don’t forget to stop by Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry (2328 NW Westover Rd, Portland) to feast on other gorgeous items.

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 Preview: Firesteed Winery

“And wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.”          -Alexander Pope

We know you’ve been wondering- what delicious beverages will we be drinking on this momentous occasion, the long-awaited celebration of 40 years of fantastic films and fabulous filmmakers? On this note, the Northwest Film Center is extremely pleased to announce another major sponsor of the upcoming 40th Anniversary Gala: Firesteed Winery.

Since the early 1990s, Howard Rossbach of Firesteed Winery has been carefully sourcing the best fruit that the wine countries of the Pacific Northwest, and select international regions, and producing consistently well-made and enjoyable wines. Firesteed has produced wines from all of the major viticultural appellations in Oregon, including: the Willamette Valley, the Umpqua Valley, the Rogue Valley of western Oregon and the Walla Walla Valley in eastern Oregon.

For the first decade of business, Rossbach ran a “virtual winery, without his own vineyards. However, since 2003, Firesteed has been producing wine from the 90 acres surrounding their popular tasting room and retail shop in the Eola Hills appellation. In 2006, Rossbach began work on another 200-acre plot, lovingly dubbed the “Erratic Oaks” property.

Firesteed commands a dedicated following throughout the entire Pacific Northwest and beyond. Two decades of fine wine making, dedication to sourcing the highest quality of grapes, and a commitment to showcasing the best that the Oregon wine countries have to offer, are but a few of the reasons we are thrilled to have them on board for the Gala.

Stay tuned for more wine and food details- coming soon! Tickets and more information about the 40th Anniversary Gala can be found here.

40th Anniversary Gala Preview: golightlyfilms, inc.

The NW Film Center is thrilled to announce golightlyfilms, inc. as a Partner for our 40th Anniversary Gala, taking place Saturday, May 12th of this year.

golightlyfilms, inc. Executive Producer Kaja Zaloudek and Director of Photography Kenneth Luba have been chosen to write, produce, direct, shoot and post a short creative video communicating the story of the Film Center. Utilizing the Center’s archive photos, video, and a multitude of voices from the Northwest filmmaking community, the film will be a highlight of the 40th Anniversary Gala. Also working with golightlyfilms is writer Aaron Cohen, music composer Cal Scott, Paul Nelson of Sonic Media Studios, Koerner Camera and Cinerent West.  Kenneth and Kaja are also very excited to be working with producer and committee member John Ripper. [Read more…]

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…]