Northwest Tracking: AN EVENING WITH LION ATTACK MOTION PICTURES

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Filmmakers Austin Will, Sam Kuhn and Fantavious Fritz form a collective known as Lion Attack Motion Pictures. The energetic group began their careers in the Pacific Northwest before expanding their operations to New York, Toronto and Miami. Join us on this special night as the three filmmakers return to their home state of Oregon to screen a selection of their award-winning films. The program will include PARADISE FALLS (2014), an idiosyncratic tale of two boys’ adventures in an abandoned suburban mansion, IN SEARCH OF THE MIRACULOUS (2015), an ironic homage to the enigmatic Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader, and LONG WAY GONE (2014), a surreal portrait following a lost soul navigating ghostly landscapes in search of shelter from a vicious storm. (80 mins.) 

Filmmakers in attendance.

 

AN EVENING WITH LION ATTACK MOTION PICTURES screens Wednesday, January 13 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located inside the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: NWFC and Cinema Project present MEMORY & OBSERVATION

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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.

Northwest Tracking: END OF THE WORLD

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The artists in the Vancouver-based Iris Film Collective create, exhibit, and tour film-based works—single channel, sculptural, installation—with the goal of increasing the visibility and accessibility of experimental media art. We present nine newly commissioned works from Iris members created entirely on hand-processed, black & white, 16mm film, including works by: Ariel Kirk-Gushowaty, Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty, Alex MacKenzie, Lisa G Nielsen, Sydney Southam, Simone Smith, Amanda Thomson, Ryder White, and John Woods. (70 min.)

END OF THE WORLD screens Monday, October 12 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.

Northwest Tracking: SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE – Director in attendance!

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Vancouver director Ana Valine’s first feature follows clean living, but experienced, 16 year-old Sammie, who, waiting for her father to get out of prison, is drawn into the family con business by her pill-popping friend Marlene. Adapting Billie Livingston’s novella “The Trouble with Marlene,” the film takes us on a bittersweet, emotional journey, skating on either side of the law and Christian morals, through dysfunction, love, and addiction toward a kind of deliverance for this compelling mother and daughter duo. “The depth of characters explored are matched only by the incredible performances from the actors…demands an audience to question their own definitions of tragedy and survival, hope and despair…”—Women in Film + Television. (90 mins.)

Director Ana Valine will introduce the film.

 

SITTING ON THE EDGE OF MARLENE screens Wednesday, August 12 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.

Northwest Tracking: SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS

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“A timid office worker becomes both pariah and Pied Piper when she unleashes her confessional, scathingly honest pop compositions upon friends and co-workers in this hilarious comedy from Vancouver’s Kris Elgstrand. In his work as a playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Elgstrand has wittily and often hilariously chronicled the foibles of bohemians. Following his collaboration with Dylan Akio Smith on 2009’s DOPPELGANGER PAUL, Elgstrand now makes his solo directorial debut with SONGS, which takes caustic aim at art therapy, the contemporary music scene, and the suppressed artistic yearnings of middle managers—which, it turns out, are better left suppressed.”—Toronto International Film Festival. (80 mins.)

Director Kris Elgstand will introduce the film.

 

SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS screens Wednesday, July 15 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.

Northwest Tracking: A RIVER BETWEEN US

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A three-term State Senator, Jason Atkinson took a sabbatical from politics in 2012 to produce this film about the decades-old water war centered on the river he grew up on. At the heart of the story are four dams along the Klamath River’s over-allocated basin—symbols of freedom and prosperity to some and symbols of the cause of poverty and downfall to others. The sometimes violently opposing views on how to manage this majestic resource have informed generations of conflict between farmers, who need the river’s water; Pacific Power & Light, which manages the dams; environment activists and experts; fisherman; members of the native tribes, who’ve lived and worked along the Klamath River for centuries; and a myriad of federal, state, and local politicians looking for solution. “The film isn’t about fish or water rights, or even a forty-year water war, it’s about the harm people do to each other, and by extension, the damage people have done to one of this country’s greatest wild rivers.”—Jason Atkinson. (90 mins.)

Director Jeff Martin will be in attendance.

 

A RIVER BETWEEN US screens Wednesday, May 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.

Northwest Tracking: NORTHWEST FILM CENTER MOVERS AND MAKERS with directors in attendance

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More than just a staff show-and-tell, we celebrate short films by Northwest Film Center faculty and staff. The program includes A YEAR & A DAY by Pam Minty, a series of images of Bond Butte taken monthly over the course of a year and then the same butte taken hourly on one day; BALING BALING by Lawrence Johnson captures the efforts of famers in Bali to keep the birds away with rhythmic noisemakers, plastic bags, and scarecrows; SLACKER CATS by Paul Harrod, a pilot demo for a proposed animated WB Network series; JUNE by Lee Krist, an early 21st century visual memoir of Portland shot on 35mm slides; LANDING SHIP X-1 by Dave Hanagan, in which two space traverlers explore a desolate planet and discover a glam rock icon; LIGHT’S JOURNEY by Mark Eifert, a meditation on our presence in the cosmos; MANGO by Geoff Peterson, in which a confident psychic challenges a skeptic’s beliefs; OUT OF THIS WORLD by Melissa Tvetan, an investigation of sex and string theory, promiscuity and parallel dimensions; SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE by Stephanie Hough, which offers a look at the unsettling nature of affected action—feeling home and lost simultaneously; THE ROUGH RIDER by Jarratt Taylor Aline follows an effort to make it to the state Wrestling Championship; PICTURE by Amy Beth O’Brien, sometimes a picture is worth more than a thousand words; and UNREQUITED by Andrew Price, in which an amateur science fiction writer finds himself torn between two worlds. (90 mins.)

Directors will be in attendance.

 

NORTHWEST FILM CENTER MOVERS AND MAKERS screens Wednesday, May 13 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.

Northwest Tracking: FOR THE RECORD

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If a court reporter is doing their job well, they go virtually unnoticed. The goal is to capture the record without becoming a part of it. Ironically, that very ability means that court reporting flies under the radar. FOR THE RECORD tracks several stenographers as they strive to break the Guinness World Record and seize the title of World’s Fastest Court Reporter. It also explores the steno culture, the connections people make as interpreters for the hard of hearing, and charts the history of these keepers of the record. Marc Greenberg has spent 20 years working within the court reporting industry, returning to his earlier passion of filmmaking to tell the story of a little-known world. (68 mins.)

Director Marc Greenberg will be in attendance.

 

FOR THE RECORD screens Thursday, April 9 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.

Northwest Tracking: KOINONIA

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In a post-American, post-civilization era, billions of people have mysteriously vanished. The cities, left in shambles, are now hubs for the ugliest crimes imaginable. Having lost his family, John heads into the woods to find a mythical town called Faraday. Rumors have spread that its residents have technologically adapted themselves beyond normal human capabilities, and he believes they might be able to save him or help him discover where his family has gone. Tortured physically, mentally, and spiritually, and fighting to survive, John discovers the nearly dead Gaby, whom he nurses back to health. As they share stories about how their lives used to be, what they believe happened, and what lies ahead for their survival, belief and memory are put to the test. (94 mins.)

KOINONIA screens Thursday, March 19 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.

Northwest Tracking: THE GLOBE AS A GRAPH

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Cotten’s film/music essay examines the average day with the intervention of a little bit of imagination. Through melody, image, color, and natural sound, his film constructs a look at the connecting world we live in—language, growth, time, man, and celebration; city, ocean, discovery, color, and light—in 25 non-linear sections. The music, composed and performed by Cotten, was created simultaneously with the film, underscoring an expression of the intrinsic duality of human perception. Cotten employs a system to create an emotional compass for the viewer using three primary colors: red for dark outlook, yellow for uncertainty, and blue for optimism. (100 mins.)

Director Marcus Cotten will be in attendance.

 

THE GLOBE AS A GRAPH screens Thursday, March 5 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.