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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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ADMISSION PRICES
$9 General
$8 PAM Members, Students, Seniors
$6 Friends of the Film Center

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Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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NW Tracking


Thu, Jun 18, 2009
at 7 PM

FIGHTING POLITICS
DIRECTOR: DAVID VAHEY
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—Cage fighter Matt "The Law" Lindland had to earn his nickname the hard way, through perseverance and a good lawyer. Raised in Oregon, Lindland captured the silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2000 Olympics, and went on to find unsurpassed success as a mixed martial arts fighter, until he was banned from the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for a wardrobe violation. Vahey argues that politics brought down the man that some have called the number one middleweight in the world.

( 93 min )

David Vahey and Matt Lindland will introduce the film.


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Thu, Jul 2, 2009
at 7 PM

OPEN SCREENING

The Film Center throws open the doors of the Whitsell Auditorium and invites you to show your new short work. Follow in the footsteps of Jamie Marie Waelchli, whose LITTLE PLEASURES screened last year and was selected for the Northwest Film & Video Festival (this year’s entry deadline is August 3) and this year’s Portland International Film Festival. If you have something you're proud of, sign up by contacting Thomas Phillipson by June 26 at thomas@nwfilm.org. First come first served as time allows.

FREE ADMISSION


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Thu, Jul 9, 2009
at 7 PM

SWEET CRUDE
DIRECTOR: SANDY CIOFFI

VISITING ARTIST—Seattle filmmaker Sandy Cioffi and her crew made headlines when, while shooting this documentary about the Nigerian oil industry, they were taken into custody by the Nigerian military. Ten percent of the U.S. oil supply comes from Nigeria, where oil is big business, particularly in the Niger Delta. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been generated from that resource. Unfortunately, 80 percent of the revenues go to just 1 percent of the population, and the environmental devastation has contaminated much of the water supply for the 20 million people who live there. As peaceful protests have had no effect, militant groups are forming to gain the world's attention and to take action against the powerful oil companies. SWEET CRUDE tells a story that may be far away, but is moving closer all the time.

( 90 min )

Preceeded by GET YOUR WORK INTO FILM FESTIVALS, a free workshop offered by the School of Film.


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Thu, Jul 16, 2009
at 7 PM

IN THE STUDIO
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL ANNUS
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—IN THE STUDIO, a series of films produced by Portland Community College, documents three former Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) faculty members, all established Northwest masters with accomplished bodies of work and distinguished teaching careers, at work in their studios. Former Portland Art Museum Curator and co-producer Prudence Roberts places these three artists within the cultural history of Portland. At age 90, Eunice Parsons is making the strongest work of her long career—collages created from scratch in a process as spontaneous as it is methodical. (26 mins.) Harry Widman brings a non-objective painter's perspective to the mystery of the image, whether it be the figure, creature, or pure abstraction—each work an existentialist arena of activity. (28 mins.) Painter and printmaker George Johanson works on large paintings of bathers and jazz musicians, and shares his working drawings and pages from his sketch books while he gives an intimate account of his creative process. (38 mins.)

( 92 min )

Admission is free with Art Museum admission to PNCA AT 100, on view June 6-September 13. Michael Annus will introduce the film.


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Tue, Jul 21, 2009
at 7 PM

HUMPDAY
DIRECTOR: LYNN SHELTON

Settling into his marriage with Anna, 30-something Ben has a steady job and plans to start a family. But when his old college buddy Andrew shows up unannounced, Ben's life is unsettled as the two quickly fall back into their old competitive ways. Ben thinks Andrew has become an aimless ne'er-do-well, and Andrew thinks Ben has become emasculated by married life. To save Ben from further domestication, Andrew takes him to a party at a sex-positive commune where booze and drugs abound. When talk at the party turns to a local weekly’s amateur porn contest (based on a real competition sponsored by Seattle’s “The Stranger”), Andrew wants in. As neither is willing to back down from a challenge, they decide to make the most groundbreaking porn two heterosexual dudes could possibly make: the two of them having sex with each other. It’s beyond gay; it’s an art project, they tell themselves. But how exactly do they do this? And who’s going to tell Anna? Lynn Shelton has created a hilarious film—a triumph at Sundance and Cannes—about the emotional complexities and contradictions of the male ego that culminates in one of the most uproariously uncomfortable finales in recent memory.

( 94 min )
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Thu, Aug 6, 2009
at 7 PM

A PAINTER’S VISION: MICHELE RUSSO
DIRECTOR: JON STEWART
US, 1985

Portland painter Michele Russo (1909-2004) was concerned with the human figure and the human condition for more than 60 years, over which time he created a unique body of work infused with idealism, mystery, and humor. His creative personal exploration was also mirrored in his active public involvement with the arts and politics, and a distinguished career as a teacher and mentor to students at the Museum Art School (PNCA). Stewart’s portrait offers a fitting tribute to one of Portland’s artistic treasures. (28 mins.)

LOUIS BUNCE, PORTLAND PAINTER
DIRECTOR: WENDY WELLS JACKSON
US, 1982
Jackson sat down with Bunce (1907-1983) in his studio to talk about his early career, his work on the WPA “Project” and life in New York in the ’30s and ’40s. Bunce, a teacher at the Museum Art School, was the center of the modern art scene in Portland. He was conversant in cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, though he was a landscapist at heart. (29 mins.)

JACK MCLARTY: PAINTING IS MY LANGUAGE
DIRECTOR: SARAH SWANBERG
US, 2005
A Museum Art School graduate and faculty member, Jack McLarty (b.1919) has mixed his unique folk-art style with surrealism to explore the conflict between the civilized and the brute—the dual nature of humans and the worlds we have created. Swanberg’s inquiring portrait explores the prolific sketchbooks, public art, painting and printmaking of one of Oregon’s most provocative and honored image makers. (60 mins.)

Admission is free with Art Museum admission to PNCA AT 100, on view June 6-September 13.


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Sun, Aug 23, 2009
at 7:15 PM

FINDING FACE
DIRECTOR: SKYE FITZGERALD, PATTI DUNCAN
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—Tat Marina was a beautiful rising karaoke star in Cambodia. Coerced into an abusive relationship with a government official, she was doused with a liter of nitric acid—allegedly by his jealous wife—that disfigured her face. A decade later, despite the fact that there were witnesses to the crime, no charges have ever been filed in the case. Portland filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan’s compassionate film contextualizes the not-uncommon acid attacks in Cambodia by examining them as both a human rights issue and a gender-specific form of violence. Scarred young women and human rights workers discuss the many challenges faced by survivors of this shocking form of retribution, and what they see as a culture of impunity surrounding violence against women. They also discuss the rise in acid violence following Marina's attack, a result of the public's awareness that perpetrators are unlikely to face any serious penalties.

( 80 min )

Directors Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan and film subject Tati Marina will be in attendance. Skye Fitzgerald will introduce the film.


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Wed, Aug 26, 2009
at 7 PM

KINGS OF THE ROAD
DIRECTOR: DAN SCHAEFER
US, 2009

VISITING ARTIST—In 1960, Portland’s first major sports franchise, the Buckaroos, took up residence at the freshly completed Memorial Coliseum. From that time until 1975 they dominated the Western Hockey League and earned three Lester Patrick Cups. Unlike members of the modern WHL, the Buckaroos consisted of seasoned professional players rather than youngsters on their way up. Told through interviews with the players, fans and owner Harry Glickman, KINGS OF THE ROAD makes an undeniable case for the relevance of the Buckaroos in Portland’s sports history—“Let’s Go Bucks!”

( 90 min )

Dan Schaefer will introduce the film.


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