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10-YEAR-OLD PIZZA

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

10-YEAR-OLD PIZZA

DIRECTOR: ANDREW ELLMAKER - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) Making babies probably shouldn’t be an extended family affair.

See SHORTS III to purchase tickets.

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2ND HAND CINEMA

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

2ND HAND CINEMA

DIRECTOR: AARON BOURGET - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(DOC) This retelling of an American classic is a study in audience participation, modern mythology, and the oral tradition.

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Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE 34TH YOUNG PEOPLE’S FILM FESTIVAL: TEEN DIVISION

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For 34 years, the Northwest Film Center's annual Young People's Film Festival has celebrated the next generation of regional filmmakers—children and teens in grades K-12 from throughout the Northwest—by showcasing their work and circulating it around the region. This year we've divided the winners into two programs, today's focused on the work of teens ages 13-19. Please join us for this fun and entertaining program of shorts, animation, and documentaries selected for their originality, artistic merit, technical achievement, and conviction in investigation of subject matter.

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THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM

Sat, Nov 13, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM

DIRECTOR: ANDY BLUBAUGH - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC/NAR) Mining the memorable events in his life for riveting, revealing, and cerebral fodder for his films is nothing new to filmmaker Andy Blubaugh, best known for his personal essays on film (HELLO, THANKS; SCAREDYCAT). In his first feature, he pulls together his documentary talents and works with actors to create a hybrid genre that explores the ramifications of a consensual relationship he had as a teen with a successful, seductive, and closeted man twice his age. Pushing past the outrage and scandal of the matter, ADULTS digs into the real emotions and scars (or lack thereof) that have made...

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AMPLIFIED SEATTLE

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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AMPLIFIED SEATTLE

DIRECTOR: JOHN JEFFCOAT - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

In this collection of short documentaries, director John Jeffcoat (OUTSOURCED) intimately portrays 13 Seattle bands ranging from alt-country to hip-hop and punk rock to electronica. Jeffcoat shot the Amplified Seattle docs as complementary pieces to the second season of MTV's popular online web-series, $5 Cover: Seattle, directed by Lynn Shelton (HUMPDAY). These portraits delve into the real soul of the works and the process behind them—deep into the bedroom closets and kitchens where songs are written and recorded, and revealing the background stories that helped shape the sounds of groups like Champagne Champagne, Thee Emergency, the Light, the Spits, and...

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BAD WRITING

Sat, Nov 13, 2010
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BAD WRITING

DIRECTOR: VERNON LOTT - IDAHO (LEWISTON)

(DOC) “As a young man, Vernon Lott thought he could very well be the next great American poet. But then he got out of the habit of writing, stumbled years later upon on a box of his old poetry in his mom’s basement, and realized: This stuff is horrible. Instead of shoving the poems back into the box, however, and fleeing the basement in shame, he decided to show his work to a bunch of famous writers, among them George Saunders, David Sedaris, Margaret Atwood, and Nick Flynn, and ask their opinions. Their reactions to his poetry, and their thoughts...

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BEAUTY IN FUNCTION

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BEAUTY IN FUNCTION

DIRECTOR: NICOLAS ARMS - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Luthier Douglas Cox explains the significance of appearance in the practice of traditional violin-making.

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BLANCO

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BLANCO

DIRECTOR: TIMOTHY DAVID ORME - IDAHO (BOISE)

(NAR) In the throes of caring for her dying mother, a young girl finds adolescence with a new friend.

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Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BROOKE & PATTY TALK ABOUT LIFE: PART 7

DIRECTOR: JIM LOWRY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Middle-aged friends Brooke and Patty take a shopping break to discuss events regarding the war.

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BUMMER SUMMER

Tue, Nov 9, 2010
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BUMMER SUMMER

DIRECTOR: ZACH WEINTRAUB - WASHINGTON (OLYMPIA)

(NAR) It’s the summer before his senior year of high school, and for the first time, Isaac is beginning to feel the anxiety of an uncertain future. His older brother Ben, a nearly-graduated journalism major with a job already lined up, comes home from school for the summer and re-befriends his ex-high school sweetheart, Lila, currently working to pay rent and taking classes haphazardly at the local community college. Beginning to feel the impending grasp of the working world, Ben decides to set out on a last hurrah of a road trip, a modern white kid’s vision quest. Eager for...

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A BUMP WAS A PEARL

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
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Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A BUMP WAS A PEARL

DIRECTOR: JOHANNA HIBBARD - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) A meditation on sons and mothers.

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COINED

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

COINED

DIRECTOR: ELIJAH M. HASAN - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) The coins and currency of consumerism lead our subject to question his choices.

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CROSSINGS

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CROSSINGS

DIRECTOR: BRIAN LIBBY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) Frolicsome editing turns Portland’s Fremont Bridge into a roller coaster ride. “Celebrates something I do all the time, going and coming—and like doing, more coming than going.”—GD.

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DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK

DIRECTOR: JEN SOSKA, SYLVIA SOSKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(NAR) DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK is the unexpected first feature film written and directed by identical twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska. Four friends set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker in their trunk. Led by a sexy, impulsive badass; her distant geek twin sister; their Bible-thumping, Jesus-loving goody two shoes friend; and a chaotic, rock star, junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body before they are next. Facing off against persistent police, a...

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DEAR PETER

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEAR PETER

DIRECTOR: ORLAND NUTT - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) This quick and beguiling tête-à-tête is offered as a musical biography of Peter MacArthur. “The Best of Frittering with a Vengeance Films.”—GD.

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FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON

DIRECTOR: DOUG HAWES-DAVIS - MONTANA (MISSOULA)

FACING THE STORM is the epic account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. As it explores the visionary quest to protect and restore bison and details the inextricable relationship of the Plains Indians with the animal, the film also recounts the harrowing near-destruction of the species in the late 19th century—from an estimated 30 million bison to a mere 23 by 1885. In exploring the epic vision and monumental obstacles to restoring bison to immense tracts of the Great Plains, FACING THE STORM shows us that the American bison is not just an icon of...

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FATHER SON HOLY SPIRIT

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

FATHER SON HOLY SPIRIT

DIRECTOR: STEPHEN FRIEDERICK - WASHINGTON (STEILACOOM)

(DOC) The filmmaker recounts the process of losing his religion.

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FIELD GUIDE TO NOVEMBER DAYS

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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FIELD GUIDE TO NOVEMBER DAYS

DIRECTOR: NICK PETERSON, MARY DEFREESE - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) In this second feature from Portland filmmaker Nick Peterson (YELLOW), made almost entirely by bicycle, Matt and Natalie, recently separated from each other, resume their YELLOW relationship after a chance meeting. Passion clouds their perception, and they soon fall back into destructive patterns. Further complicating the situation, each is absorbed in exploring ideas about their own mortality. Jealousy and communication problems resurface, and they separate once again. To cope with the loss, Natalie isolates herself and experiments with a radically different place in society. Matt finds solace in his friendship with Christian, who is gay, but is confused by...

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FROG

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

FROG

DIRECTOR: AUSTIN ANDREWS - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(NAR) A relationship comes into focus and then back out again all in one long take. “Just how the Prince became a Frog.”—GD.

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GUILTY EXCEPT FOR INSANITY

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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GUILTY EXCEPT FOR INSANITY

DIRECTOR: JAN HAAKEN - OREGON (PORTLAND)

Haaken (QUEENS OF HEARTS: COMMUNITY THERAPISTS IN DRAG), a professor of psychology at Portland State University, returns to the Salem State Hospital, the location of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, and recounts the stories of real patients who live in this famous hospital for the criminally insane. As patients and staff try to make sense of each juncture in the road, from getting arrested and surviving the wards to reentering the community, the stories tell a larger tale of broken lives and raggedy safety nets and reveal the craziness of an American system where you have to commit a...

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HOW EUNICE GOT HER BABY

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HOW EUNICE GOT HER BABY

DIRECTOR: ANA VALINE - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(NAR) Young Flo’s thermostat is “cranked up high,” leading her to the wild life that answers the title’s question.

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INTO DARKNESS

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

INTO DARKNESS

DIRECTOR: JOHN WALLER - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Breathtakingly beautiful and surprisingly suspenseful, this voyage underground reveals the wonders just under the surface. “A compelling adventure that takes away the need to ever pursue such a pastime oneself.”—GD.

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LANDSCAPES

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LANDSCAPES

DIRECTOR: LAUREL DEGUTIS - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) “A hymn to the mundane things between people, the in-between times, the lovely lulls.”—GD.

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MODERN VIEWS: A CONVERSATION ON NORTHWEST MODERN ARCHITECTURE

Mon, Nov 8, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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MODERN VIEWS: A CONVERSATION ON NORTHWEST MODERN ARCHITECTURE

DIRECTOR: BOAZ ASHKENAZY - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(DOC) MODERN VIEWS illustrates how designers today can learn from sustainable and economic choices made as many as 50 years ago. Through the personal histories and insights of five prominent Northwest modern architects, Ashkenazy offers a deeper understanding of the unique style of architecture that emerged in the Pacific Northwest in a period that is often overlooked. Focusing primarily on the work of Arne Bystrom, Wendell Lovett, Gene Zema, Ralph Anderson, and Fred Bassetti, these “Northwest School” architects discuss how the Pacific Northwest landscape and climate guided their design decisions and their choice of materials, leading to a richer palette...

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A MOMENT’S REVERIE

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A MOMENT’S REVERIE

DIRECTOR: TESS MARTIN - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(ANI) Letters in a book come alive on the page and trigger an imaginative journey.

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MUMBLES

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MUMBLES

DIRECTOR: RICK RAXLEN - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VICTORIA)

(ANI) Raxlen’s hand-drawn animation sits in with Oscar Peterson. “An abstract, heartfelt illustration of great music.”—GD.

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MY VOYAGE TO EGYPT

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MY VOYAGE TO EGYPT

DIRECTOR: IAN BERRY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

A woman moves very slowly through Cairo. “A love letter in search of a ...”—GD.

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OAKS

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

OAKS

DIRECTOR: CHARLES WITTENMEIER - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Musician Ethan Rose finds a new sound with Keith Fortune, organist at Portland’s venerable Oaks Park skating rink.

Screening with AMPLIFIED SEATTLE and as part of SHORTS III.

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POINT NO POINT

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

POINT NO POINT

DIRECTOR: JENNIFER CAMPBELL - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(EXP) The artist trudges into the Pacific Ocean to become a human lighthouse. “A movie for waders lost in darkness at land’s end.”—GD.

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ROBIER TALKS ABOUT LIFE: PART 28

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

ROBIER TALKS ABOUT LIFE: PART 28

DIRECTOR: JIM LOWRY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) “ROBIER TALKS ABOUT LIFE ... in a memorable fashion while looking for someone like Beckett or Caver or Pinget to transcribe it.”—GD.

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SAVAGE

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SAVAGE

DIRECTOR: LISA JACKSON - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(NAR) A musical take on the First Nation residential school experience. “A beautiful and surprising Ghost Dance.”—GD.

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SHI-SHI-ETKO

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
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Thu, Nov 11, 2010
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SHI-SHI-ETKO

DIRECTOR: KATE KROLL - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(NAR) The policy of sending First Nation children away to residential school is brought home through a young girl treasuring her last days with her family.

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Fri, Nov 5, 2010
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SHORTS I

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Preceding tonight’s screening, the 2011 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship will be awarded.

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Sat, Nov 6, 2010
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SHORTS II

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Sun, Nov 7, 2010
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Fri, Nov 12, 2010
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SHORTS III

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SHOT ON BLOOD

Mon, Nov 8, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SHOT ON BLOOD

DIRECTOR: OLIVER HOCKENHULL - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER)

(EXP) Hockenhull’s description of his new experimental documentary only hints at his provocative image-making: “About Representation Today–analog/binary–& electricity & hydro power & British Columbia & the beginnings of cinema via Eadweard Muybridge & the energy certificates of the Technocracy party & the absolute value of noise & the year 1957 & regional modernism & the Big Bang & Vermeer’s ‘Milk Maid’ & Poincare recurrence theorem & the great Canadian cowboy singer Wilf Carter & Western Culture & the concept of Grace in Catholic painting & the Tathagatas of Buddhism & Boris Karloff as Frankenstein reaching for the light.”

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SHUT UP AND RIDE

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SHUT UP AND RIDE

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL WARD - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) The time has come for two friends to sell their tandem bike. Braking up is hard to do.

See SHORTS I to purchase tickets.

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STUFF

Sat, Nov 13, 2010
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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STUFF

DIRECTOR: LAWRENCE JOHNSON - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) STUFF is an intimate examination of fathers and sons. Johnson interweaves the stories of two men, his own and that of his friend Phil, a carpenter, after the deaths of their fathers. Johnson attempts to understand his father and their relationship through a storage unit full of the “stuff” his father left behind, while Phil seeks to overcome years of pent-up anger as he drives his father’s ashes to Iowa for burial. Part road movie, part meditation, STUFF searches for the meaning of what it is to be a son and a father.

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TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: A PORTRAIT OF MAURICE SENDAK

Tue, Nov 9, 2010
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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TELL THEM ANYTHING YOU WANT: A PORTRAIT OF MAURICE SENDAK

DIRECTOR: LANCE BANGS - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Over the last 50 years, 80-year-old Maurice Sendak has written and/or illustrated over 50 books, including his most famous work, “Where The Wild Things Are,” winner of the Caldecott Medal in 1964. Made with Spike Jonze in conjunction with his film adaptation of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, this affectionate and intimate portrait also reveals the author’s macabre side. As the camera first captures Sendak, he is an excited, frenetic ball of energy, but when asked if he has any advice for young people, Sendak says, “Quit this life as soon as possible. Get out, get out.”

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THE THOMAS BEALE CIPHER

Sun, Nov 7, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Fri, Nov 12, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE THOMAS BEALE CIPHER

DIRECTOR: ANDREW S. ALLEN - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(ANI) Deliciously atmospheric animation embellishes this noir tale of ciphers and fortunes.

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THE TRUE BELIEVERS

Fri, Nov 5, 2010
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Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE TRUE BELIEVERS

DIRECTOR: NATHANIEL BENNETT - OREGON (MEDFORD)

(NAR) Lukas takes to the woods with his endearing and motley crew to prove the vast government conspiracy that is endangering the Bigfoot. “TRUE BELIEVERS makes you realize once and for all why poor Sasquatch must never be found.”—GD.

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Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TWO BEDS

DIRECTOR: KANAKO WYNKOOP - WASHINGTON (OLYMPIA)

(NAR) A queer doppelganger couple fights the age-old battle of heteronormative monogamy or polyamorous adventure. “Demonstrates both how to survive your family and sit on your own face.”—GD.

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WHO THE HELL IS ROBERT RONNIE BRANAMAN?

Sat, Nov 6, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Thu, Nov 11, 2010
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WHO THE HELL IS ROBERT RONNIE BRANAMAN?

DIRECTOR: GUY BORGES, PATRICK ROSENKRANZ - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Beat generation poet, painter, and film producer Bob Branaman comments on a life spent outrunning fame.

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