40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: ALL THE LABOR

All the Labor

For two decades, The Gourds have played their rock/folk/country tunes, gathered cult listeners, and always managed to float just under the radar of mainstream success—exactly where they like it. Through a mash-up of interviews, live performances, and scraps of footage, Hawes-Davis’s film will have your foot tapping and your heart laughing. These fathers, husbands, and regular guys have bonded with their instruments and friends, playing music for the love of playing. “Director Doug Hawes-Davis manages to turn this quintet into a dynamic symbol of hard work and friendship. He imbues the collage of live performances and interviews with the same ramshackle, loving spirit as the group’s amalgam of blues, country, and folk.”—Willamette Week. (96 mins.)

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

ALL THE LABOR screens Saturday, November 16 at 8:30pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: JUNK

Junk

Kaveh and Raul are two B-movie co-writers who have suffered a bitter falling out. Kaveh has lost his girlfriend and spends his days getting high, while Raul is across the country studying at Columbia. When word arrives that their all-but-forgotten film, ISLAMA-RAMA 2, has made it into a film festival, the ex-friends are forced to reconnect in order to pitch a new script to the festival’s marquee guest, the mysterious and powerful producer Yukio Tai. Along the way, the pair forges their way through hilarious mishaps involving prima donna actors, cutthroat colleagues, inept agents, seedy motels, and romantic entanglements—all while trying to resolve their own issues and seize the opportunity of a lifetime. (104 mins.)

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

JUNK screens Friday, November 15 at 8:30pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: FINDING TRUELOVE

Back Camera

Clay, Michael, and Andrew are fascinated by a yearbook from Chico High’s Class of 1990, which they discover at a Value Village. Intrigued by the cryptic word “caduceus” emblazoned across the cover and by the countless sweet mullets and dream girls inside, the three friends lock onto one particular student: feather-banged mystery man Timothy Truelove. When the guys discover the upcoming Class of 1990’s 20th reunion, they can’t resist the temptation to crash. “This is hands down the most awesome road trip you’ll ever take from Portland to Chico, California! Will they get busted by the Reunion Committee? Will Truelove show? The documentary equivalent of a John Hughes movie, FINDING TRUELOVE is an exuberant comedy that pays homage to all things ’80s with pure energy and heart.”—Hot Docs Festival. (69 mins.)

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

FINDING TRUELOVE screens Thursday, November 14 at 8:30pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: CAMERA SHY

Camera Shy

Larry (Nicolas Wright) is an unprincipled city councilman who doesn’t mind a little fraud and infidelity if it advances his political career and strokes his ego. Soon, however, he notices an uncanny cameraman documenting his every move and misdeed. Larry’s psychiatrist suggests that the cameraman is a manifestation of his subconscious, whose purpose is to make Larry own up to his bad behavior and change his ways. But owning up to the truth of his life, which now includes not only a broken marriage but an accidental homicide, proves too much for Larry’s ego to handle. He comes to the only other conclusion he can live with—that he’s a character in a movie. Now if only he can find an ending that works…. “A low-budget wonder that’s inventive and very funny.”—The Vancouver Observer. (91 mins.)

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

CAMERA SHY screens Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: CITY BABY

CityBaby

“This pungent, Portland-set tale features a striking performance by Cora Benesh as Cloey, a 25-year-old aspiring actress facing a turning point in her life. Freewheeling party girl Cloey is comfortably living off her daddy’s (Daniel Baldwin) money, ignoring his entreaties to get a job and pursuing her acting career while living with her aging rocker boyfriend Jesse (Andrew Harris). She’s just landed a role in a new play, as a gay teenage boy. Taking full advantage of its extensive Portland locations—‘I love being damp 250 days a year,’ one character bitterly observes—it also effectively captures the city’s independent rock scene via performances from several of its notable bands and an amusing cameo by Stephen Malkmus of Pavement.”—The Hollywood Reporter. (98 mins.)

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

CITY BABY screens Monday, November 11 at 7pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: The SHORTS III program

UFOlogist

Join us this Sunday, November 10th at 7pm for the SHORTS III presentation at the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival at our Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue).  This lively program of narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated shorts from across the Northwest region screens twice more during the Festival at McMenamins’ Mission Theater.

Here’s what to expect from this year’s SHORTS III presentation:

THE INNOVATOR
DIRECTOR: TRISTAN STOCH – (PORTLAND)
(DOC) Mike Friton is a shoe designer, weaver, and paper sculptor.
5 Minutes

THE SIX IS SILENT
DIRECTOR: SARAH JANE LAPP – (SEATTLE)
(ANI) This animation is inspired by the song by SkyJelly, which is inspired by the short story, now a film, by James Cowan.
3 Minutes

PORTLAND MEADOWS
DIRECTOR: VANESSA RENWICK – (PORTLAND)
(DOC) This rhythmic portrait explores Portland’s horse race track.
15 Minutes

BY THE SALISH SEA
DIRECTOR: SERGE GREGORY – (SEATTLE)
(NAR) On the Northwest coast in the early 19th century, a Salish native’s dream quest is disturbed by the arrival of a tall ship.
12 Minutes

CUBE VARIATIONS
DIRECTOR: LAWRENCE JOHNSON – (PORTLAND)
(EXP) Repetition and unfulfilled anticipation fuel this abstract experiment with animated objects.
7 Minutes

BINARY
DIRECTOR: BEN POPP – (PORTLAND)
(EXP) 1s and 0s—what will be programmed? Behold, an analog response to digital media.
3 Minutes

BLIND SPOTS
DIRECTOR: AMANDA THOMSON – (VANCOUVER, BC)
(EXP) A woman’s voice sketches out an enigmatic romance while the camera gets lost in the patterns of sunlight on windswept leaves and water.
9 Minutes

UFOLOGIST
DIRECTOR: ANNA SANDILANDS, EWAN MCNICOL – (SEATTLE)
(DOC) Peter Davenport’s life work is running the National UFO Reporting Center.
17 Minutes

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

SHORTS III screens Sunday, November 10 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum) as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  It also screens on Wednesday, November 13 at 8:45pm and Saturday, November 16 at 7pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Tickets are available here or at the door.

40th NW Filmmakers’ Fest Highlights: EDEN

Eden

In this electrifying thriller inspired by true events, Jamie Chung (THE HANGOVER, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS) stars as Hyun Jae, a young Korean-American girl abducted and forced into prostitution by a human and drug trafficking ring. Renamed “Eden” by her kidnappers, she soon learns the only way to survive is to earn the trust of those in charge: Bob Gault, a corrupt US Marshal (Beau Bridges), and his assistant Vaughan (Matt O’Leary), a disturbed young man battling demons of his own. But as Eden’s influence within the operation grows, she must decide just how much of herself she’s willing to lose to survive. (98 mins.)

Our Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

EDEN screens Sunday, November 10 at 7pm at McMenamins’ Mission Theater as part of the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Tickets are available here or at the door.

The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival – November 8-16

40 NWFF banner

The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the line-up for its 40th annual survey of new work by regional media artists, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival), which takes place November 8-16, 2013.

This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents 40+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Mike Plante, the senior shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.  Festival film highlights include Megan Griffiths’ (THE OFF HOURS) latest film EDEN, starring Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung; Jon Garcia’s sequel to his much talked about 2012 film THE FALLS; Nicole Teeny’s engaging, character-driven documentary BIBLE QUIZ; Zach Weintraub’s (THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING) minimalist exploration of a relationship in flux, YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG; and Alex Stonehill’s haunting documentary expose of xenophobia in a time of terror, BARZAN.  Also programmed into the Festival is HAWAIIAN PUNCH, a new feature by Nandan Rao (THE MEN OF DODGE CITY), and MMXIII by Ian Clark (SEARCHING FOR YELLOW), both directors have been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in the past two years.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I— a collection of films from Portland, OR, Tigard, OR, Seattle, WA, Walla Walla, WA, Olympia, WA, Belgrade, MT, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II and Shorts III are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction.  All three shorts programs will screen numerous times during the Festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker; and the “Defining Yourself as a Filmmaker” panel, featuring directors Nandan Rao ($500 PARTY), Stephanie Hough (HEART), and Gabe Van Lelyveld (MANDAROSE). Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.

This year’s Opening Night party will be held in the former Broadway Metroplex space at 1000 SW Broadway.  Festival screenings will take place at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, and at McMenamins’ Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

For more information, visit The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest40/

Reel Music 31 – MEAN STREETS

mean-streets

Based in part on his own experiences in the darker corners of New York’s Little Italy, MEAN STREETS is Martin Scorsese’s parable of a man attempting to reconcile his violent lifestyle with an irresolute Catholic faith. Harvey Keitel portrays Charlie, a well-meaning, small-time hood whose conflicted nature is slowly beginning to jeopardize both his work and his private life. Robert De Niro turns in a startling performance as Johnny Boy, Charlie’s arguably psychopathic friend, whose quick temper and unpaid debts quickly become menacing liabilities. A powerful, character-driven film, Scorsese’s Italian-American tale is one of the classic films of its era and remains the standard for great rock soundtracks. (112 mins.)

MEAN STREETS screens Tuesday, October 22 at 9pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Reel Music 31 – BROTHERS HYPNOTIC

Brothers Hypnotic

For the eight young men in the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, “brotherhood” is literal: they’re all sons of anti-establishment jazz legend Phil Cohran. Cohran and their mothers raised them together on Chicago’s South Side on a strict diet of jazz, funk, and black consciousness. Family band practice began at 6 AM. Now grown, as they raise eight brass horns to the sky—while playing in the streets of New York City, collaborating with Mos Def, or wowing a jazz festival—they find the values their father bred into them constantly tested and must decide whether his principles really are their own. BROTHERS HYPNOTIC is a coming-of-age story, for eight brothers and for an ideal. (86 mins.)

 

BROTHERS HYPNOTIC screens Tuesday, October 22 at 7pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.  The film is being presented as part of our Reel Music 31 Festival.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.