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Films & Schedules - Documentary

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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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
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fri, Nov 5, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Nov 10, 2010
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Thu, Nov 11, 2010
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SHORTS II

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

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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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WHO THE HELL IS ROBERT RONNIE BRANAMAN?

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

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

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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