The 50 Foot Challenge: A 50th Birthday Celebration for Super 8

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This Spring, the Northwest Film Center’s Equipment Room asked filmmakers to join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Super 8. We put out a call for submissions for The 50 Foot Challenge, a June 12th screening of Super 8 films at the School of Film. Entrants were asked to make a film using a single roll of Super 8 film and only in-camera edits. In the spirit of Super 8’s simplicity, participants shot in sequence and made no edits after the roll of film passed through the camera.
We will screen the submitted films on Friday, June 12, 7pm at Northwest Film Center School of Film, 934 SW Salmon St. This public screening will be followed by a birthday party featuring music and images from 1965, the year of Super 8’s birth. Admission is $5. In the spirit of celebration, there will be a complimentary Super 8 birthday cake on hand, as well as drinks available for purchase.

Sponsored by Kodak and Lightpress.

Participating filmmakers include:
Alicia J. Rose, David Cress, Zach Weintraub, Vanessa Renwick, Matt Schulte, Hannah Piper Burns, Ben Popp, Julie Keefe, Enie Vaisburd, Pam Minty, The Whiteman Brothers, Carl Diehl, Howard Mitchell, Nathan Williams, Sam Pirnak, Sika Stanton, Becky Meiers, Frances Fagan, Miles Sprietsma, and Stephanie Hough.

Screening times:
June 12 – Friday 7 pm934 SW Salmon St.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit http://www.nwfilm.org.

Northwest Film Center’s School of Film – 934 SW Salmon St.
Admission: $5; Cash and credit cards accepted at the door.

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The 50 Foot Challenge: Northwest Film Center announces call for Super 8 films

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This Spring, the Northwest Film Center’s Equipment Room asks filmmakers to join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Super 8. We are seeking submissions for The 50 Foot Challenge, a June 12th screening of Super 8 films at the School of Film. Entrants are asked to make a film using a single roll of Super 8 film and only in-camera edits. In the spirit of Super 8’s simplicity, shoot in sequence and make no edits after the roll of film passes through the camera. Although no editing is allowed, entrants my provide a soundtrack to accompany their film.

We will screen the films on Friday, June 12, 7pm at Northwest Film Center School of Film, 934 SW Salmon St. The screening will be followed by a birthday party featuring music and images from 1965, the year of Super 8’s birth.

The deadline for submissions is June 2nd. Submit a processed roll of film (optionally with an accompanying soundtrack as a .wav or .mp3 file) OR a digital transfer as a Quicktime Movie. Turn in your film to the Equipment Room at Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon, Portland, OR. For more information contact Dave Hanagan (NWFC Equipment and Facility Manager) 503-221-1156 x31.

(BTW, Northwest Film Center sells Super 8 film and rents Super 8 cameras!)

Many thanks to our generous sponsors Kodak and Lightpress!

Workshop – CASTING: SELECTING THE RIGHT TALENT – Sat., May 16 at the School of Film

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Join us for this single-session workshop taught by Portland-based director Scott Ballard (DEATH ON A ROCK, STILL STANDING).

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Serve as a director in a casting session with professional actors, and experience the art and the process of selecting talent.

Topics:

  • Knowing your story and what you are looking for
  • Clarifying your characters’ histories, motives, strengths/weaknesses
  • Charting out where a character is at any moment in time
  • Where to hold a casting session and what is needed
  • Selecting the scenes to be read
  • The professional casting environment and its protocols
  • What exactly happens in a casting session
  • How to communicate with talent during the session
  • Recording the readings
  • Get actor, instructor, and peer feedback on your directing
  • The call-back process
  • Frameworks for making the final decision

Prerequisites: none

Related Courses: FILM DIRECTING STUDIO (also taught by Scott Ballard)

Tuition includes admission to DEATH ON A ROCK, which screens in the Whitsell Auditorium on Sunday, May 17 at 4pm.

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Feast on Fall Offerings: Download Our September/October 2014 Schedule

The print edition of our September/October 2014 is hitting the streets right now and is on its way to mailboxes all around town.  We’re really excited about our upcoming lineup, which includes:

classes & workshops at our School of Film
–the 32nd annual Reel Music Film Festival
–a Portland stop-off for the touring Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series
–the local and regional selections that populate our Northwest Tracking series
–a curated collection of new restorations and prints that we’re calling (Re)Discoveries
–the 2014 edition of Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film
–and much more

If you’d like a handy & portable digital version of the schedule to comb over, you’ve come to the right place.  Just click on the image below to view, download or embed our September/October schedule:

School of Film workshop: MAKE YOUR OWN DSLR LENS

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Taught by the Northwest Film Center’s Equipment and Facilities Manager, Dave Hanagan.

Create a handmade lens that delivers an antique portrait look and dreamy, otherworldly effects.

Topics: Learn to create a lens that offers a distinctly different look than the sharp focus properties of commercial lenses; using easily available and affordable materials (provided with class tuition), build your own handmade lens step by step; learn about the principles of lenses, the differences in lens designs (including concepts of “flange focal length” and “spherical aberration”), and how this lens design is different; experiment with the looks you can achieve in class, then take home your lens creation and liven up your filming.

Allocated gear: Bring your DSLR if you have one (not required). Tuition includes all supplies.
Prerequisites: None
When: Saturday, June 14; 10am-2pm
Where: NW Film Center School of Film – 934 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR (corner of 10 & Salmon)

Sign up by calling (503) 221-1156 or on our website.

Check out Dave Hanagan’s film LANDING SHIP X-1 below for an idea of just some of the looks you can achieve by taking this workshop:

PIFF 37: WHAT IS CINEMA?

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Chuck Workman is best known for creating unforgettable Oscar montage sequences. In What is Cinema?, he shares his understanding and love of avant-garde cinematic language by creating a visual essay out of clips from films that have pushed the boundaries of the art form. Woven among them are new and archival interviews with a pantheon of personal filmmakers that provide food for thought on where cinema might be headed. Workman’s interview subjects include the likes of Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, Yvonne Rainer, David Lynch, video artist Bill Viola, Kelly Reichardt, Costa-Gavras, Ken Jacobs, and Michael Moore, who consider key artists from Chantal Akerman to Andy Warhol, along with vintage interviews with Robert Bresson, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, and many others. (80 mins.)

Sponsored by the Portland State University English Department and the Northwest Film Center School of Film.

 

WHAT IS CINEMA? screens Friday, February 14 at 8:30pm at World Trade Center as part of the 37th Portland International Film Festival.
Tickets can be purchased online here.

 

ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL DETAILS
The 37th Portland International Film Festival hosts screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue), the Empirical Theater at OMSI (1945 SE Water Avenue), Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Avenue), Cinemagic (2021 SE Hawthorne Boulevard), World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon Street, 1st Street, Building 2), and Regal Fox Tower (846 SW Park Avenue).

Over the last 37 years, the Festival has populated its schedule with diverse and innovative films for an audience of more than 38,000 annually from throughout the Northwest.  As Oregon’s largest, most culturally diverse film event, the Portland International Film Festival pulls together a multi-faceted experience with 128 films and special events presenting a full spectrum of features, documentaries, shorts, and visiting artists – and featuring submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by both returning masters and emerging talents.

This year’s Festival includes the return of the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing midnight movies like Ti West’s (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) THE SACRAMENT and Ari Folman’s (WALTZ WITH BASHIR) THE CONGRESS for adventurous festival attendees.  Contained within the PIFF 37 lineup is a sizable animation block with seven animated features on offer, including THE APOSTLE, MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL, and the latest film by Portland-born animator Bill Plympton, CHEATIN’.

Other highlights of PIFF 37 include screenings of Tsai Ming-Liang’s (WHAT TIME IS IT OVER THERE?) STRAY DOGS, Rithy Panh’s THE MISSING PICTURE, Doug Pray’s (HYPE!) LEVITATED MASS, François Ozon’s (SWIMMING POOL) YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL, Jillian Schlesinger’s MAIDENTRIP, Alain Guiraudie’s STRANGER BY THE LAKE, Anthony Chen’s ILO ILO and Claude Lanzmann’s (SHOAH) THE LAST OF THE UNJUST.

FULL SCHEDULE
The full PIFF 37 Program is available to the public online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff37/.

ADVANCE TICKET OUTLET – Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue
Daily from 12-6 p.m.
Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310
Advance tickets online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff37/.

Admission Prices:
$11 General; $10 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $8 Silver Screen Club Friends, Children
Opening Night: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum and OMSI Members

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, LAIKA, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Wieden+Kennedy, Delta Airlines, James F. Marion Miller Foundation, and many others.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit http://www.nwfilm.org.

Ring in the New Year with Us: Download Our January/March 2014 Schedule

The print edition of our first schedule for 2014 has already hit the streets and is on its way to mailboxes all around town.  We’re really excited about our January and March lineup, which includes classes & workshops at our School of Film, the return of the touring Treasures from the UCLA Film & Television Archive, the local and regional selections that populate our Northwest Tracking series, gads of special screenings, a Burt Lancaster retrospective, a showcase of industrial films (co-presented by Yale Union), and a redux of our popular Studio Ghibli series.    If you’d like a handy & portable digital version of the schedule to comb over, here you go.

Just click on the image below to download a .pdf version of our November/December schedule:

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Director Jeremy Teicher at free film screening for high school classes – Monday, Oct. 28

A project of the Northwest Film Center School of Film

FREE FILM SCREENING FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES
WITH DIRECTOR JEREMY TEICHER IN ATTENDANCE

As part of the Northwest Film Center’s series Voices In Action: Human Rights on Film Global Classroom presents a special free screening of Tall As The Baobab Tree (Grand Comme Le Baobab), a Senegalese drama about one girl’s efforts to save her young sister from an arranged marriage.

The film will be introduced by director Jeremy Tiecher, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2013. Following the screening Jeremy will hold a Q&A with the students about the film and his experiences living and working in Senegal.

The screening will be held on Monday, October 28th at 11 am and is free of charge for high school students and teachers. It will be screened at the Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.

If you are a high school teacher interested in bringing your students to this this exciting event, please click here to download our reservation form and return it, via email, to anna@nwfilm.org.

Want to provide a free lunch to your students after the screening?
Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering lunch for free to participating Global Classroom students. Check the box on the reservation form to indicate interest and we will be in touch with you with details. Requests for free lunch must be made by October 1st, 2013.


Tall as the Baobab Tree
TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE
SENEGAL 2012
DIRECTOR: Jeremy Teicher
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TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its
footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition
and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their
family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and
water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an
accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-
year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and
her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her younger
sister from a future she did not choose. (85 mins.)


ABOUT GLOBAL CLASSROOM

The Northwest Film Center School of Film’s Global Classroom Program brings the best in new world cinema to high school students through free screenings during the Portland International Film Festival and throughout the school year. Screenings take place in the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum.

School of Film: FILM FEED

Through our social networks, we asked some alumni to reflect on their ART OF FILMMAKING experience and the professional paths they have chosen to pursue.

Click here for more information about our ART OF FILMMAKING core sequence, coming this fall.

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How have ART OF FILMMAKING and the School of Film influenced you?

Post your thoughts:


  

Summer Camp: Film of the Day

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Calling all kids + teens grades 2-12! Join our School of Film faculty for  week-long adventures in animation, live action, and special effects digital video. Experiment with and learn about media arts and technology from experienced teaching artists. No previous experience is required—just the desire to participate in an active, fun, and educational learning experience. All equipment and supplies are included. You bring the ideas!

Watch today’s film made last year in Digital Moviemaking for Kids, Session 2: