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Films & Schedules - Documentary

Sun, Nov 13, 2011
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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12 TAKES

DIRECTOR: JOHN BOLTON, JENN STROM, KENNETH SHERMAN, JESSE SAVATH, BLAINE THURIER, KEVIN EASTWOOD, KATRIN BOWEN - BRITISH COLUMBIA

(DOC) Seven B.C. filmmakers take on a dozen B.C. artists with visual flair and imagination. Writer Douglas Coupland discusses his career as a visual artist interrupted. Carl Newman discloses his fears as he works on the next New Pornographers album. David Burdeny travels the world taking photographs of iconic cityscapes. Shane Koyczan still can’t find love. Also included are profiles of dancers 605 Collective and Noam Gagnon, classical musicians National Broadcast Orchestra, visual artists Reece Terris and Roy Henry Vickers, author/artist Nick Bantock, architect Omer Arbel, and design studio Organelle. (29 mins.)

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Tue, Nov 15, 2011
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

AUSTIN UNBOUND

DIRECTOR: ELIZA GREENWOOD, SELENA STALEY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) From the age of three, Austin knew that his female anatomy did not fit him. In middle school, he changed his name and began to dress as a boy. Today, Austin identifies as a straight man and a member of the Portland queer ASL community. AUSTIN UNBOUND documents this deaf man’s choice to get a double mastectomy, following his journey from Portland to San Francisco for the surgery, his life in his local queer ASL community, and his interactions with family members.

Screening with HEART BREAKS OPEN.

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BASIN

Fri, Nov 11, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Nov 16, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BASIN

DIRECTOR: DAVID GEISS - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VICTORIA)

(DOC) “Images of the once pristine landscape of northern Alberta scarred by industrial development compels us to take environmental action.”—AG

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BETWEEN ROOMS AND VOICES

Sat, Nov 19, 2011
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BETWEEN ROOMS AND VOICES

DIRECTOR: KYLE EATON - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Ethan Rose conducts a live performance through synchronized iPods, each providing a performer with a set of distinct instructions that guide their vocalizations and movements through the rooms, stairwells, and alcoves of Portland City Hall. (17 mins.)

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DRILL
DIRECTOR: JEFFREY RICHARDSON / PORTLAND, OR
(DOC) DRILL interweaves two best friends’ journey with a group of Oregon National Guard soldiers during their training for a deployment to Afghanistan. It asks the question: can one prepare for war? As the soldiers train one weekend per month, Bobby and Tony brace for a future just...

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CAMERON’S BOOKS

Sat, Nov 12, 2011
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Fri, Nov 18, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CAMERON’S BOOKS

DIRECTOR: JIN RYU, YI-FAN LU - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) “This documentary touched my soft spot for another endangered species: the independent bookseller.”—AG

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Mon, Nov 14, 2011
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CONFLUENCE

DIRECTOR: JENNIFER ANDERSON, VERNON LOTT - IDAHO (LEWISTON)

(DOC) The valley communities of Lewiston and Clarkston, at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers—where Lewis and Clark camped on their westward journey—used to be, as one resident says, the kind of place where you’d never worry about your kids spending the night out back in sleeping bags. That all changed in 1979 when Kristina White disappeared. Her body was later found butchered and bagged, and that was just the beginning. In less than four years, three young women and one man disappeared. Only two bodies were found, and despite all the cases having one suspect in common,...

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Sat, Nov 19, 2011
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DRILL

DIRECTOR: JEFFREY RICHARDSON - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) DRILL interweaves two best friends’ journey with a group of Oregon National Guard soldiers during their training for a deployment to Afghanistan. It asks the question: can one prepare for war? As the soldiers train one weekend per month, Bobby and Tony brace for a future just as unimaginable.

Screening follows BETWEEN ROOMS AND VOICES.

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Thu, Nov 17, 2011
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FADED: GIRLS + BINGE DRINKING

DIRECTOR: JANET MCINTYRE - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Raw and unflinching, FADED: GIRLS profiles the heartbreak and struggles of four young women battling the allure and grip of binge drinking. Holly skates with the Rose City Rollers, a semi-pro girls’ skating team. She plays hard and parties harder, bouncing from one job to another, including a stint at an X-rated bakery that ended when she broke in after-hours to decorate her friend’s ass—a rather spectacular Barbie doll-themed creation in pink and white icing. Other stories are more serious, such as that of Cassidy, a drama major and honor student, who has vowed to stop drinking after a...

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FREEDOM ON THE FENCE

Sun, Nov 13, 2011
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FREEDOM ON THE FENCE

DIRECTOR: ANDREA MARKS - OREGON (CORVALLIS)

(DOC) From World War II through the fall of Communism, the streets of Warsaw and other Polish cities were blanketed with posters announcing opera, theater, film, and other cultural events. The imaginative metaphors, brilliant colors, and powerful visuals put Poland in the forefront of poster art. Inspiring and rich with wondrous images, FREEDOM ON THE FENCE details the evolution of this art form by revealing the unique role posters played in the social, political, and cultural life of Poland, including rare footage of Henryk Tomaszewksi, the undisputed master of the Polish poster.

Screening follows 12 TAKES.

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HEART BREAKS OPEN

Tue, Nov 15, 2011
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HEART BREAKS OPEN

DIRECTOR: BILLIE RAIN - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)

(NAR) A model queer activist and poet, Jesus (Maximillian Davis) prides himself in his work with the Seattle LGBT community. At the same time, Jesus is having unprotected sex and cheating on his long-time partner Johnny (Samonte Cruz). Jesus’ world implodes when he discovers that he is HIV positive, forcing him to confront his innermost fears, his relationship with his ex-boyfriend, and a future living with HIV. Faced with the unknown, Jesus is pulled from the brink of self-destruction by Sister Alysa Trailer (Brian Peters), a drag nun who leads him down a path of self-discovery. “A triumph for the...

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Mon, Nov 14, 2011
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: PETER D. RICHARDSON - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) “In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether—and when—to end their lives by lethal overdose, examining both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die...

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MT. PARNASSUS

Fri, Nov 11, 2011
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Wed, Nov 16, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MT. PARNASSUS

DIRECTOR: JESSE LARSON, KYLE PARKER - OREGON (WILSONVILLE)

(DOC) “A lovely story of a man and his airplane home, with striking compositions of fuselage in the forest.”—AG

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Sun, Nov 13, 2011
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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QUEEN OF THE SUN: WHAT ARE THE BEES TELLING US?

DIRECTOR: TAGGERT SIEGEL - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, scientist, philosopher, and social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years, honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder, where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. QUEEN OF THE SUN examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. On a pilgrimage around the world, the film unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, highlighting how our historic and sacred relationship with bees has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices.

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Sun, Nov 13, 2011
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

SAVING PELICAN 895

DIRECTOR: IRENE TAYLOR BRODSKY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) Brodsky’s new film tells the gripping story of the rescue of pelican “LA 895”—one of the oiled bird victims of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill—by the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Louisiana. Neither a story that compounds the horrors we already know about our nation’s worst oil disaster nor a treatise on oil production or consumption, SAVING PELICAN 895 is the tale of a single animal and the compassionate people deployed to save him, showing how the process of saving one life restored a degree of humanity for the rest of us.

Screening follows SPOIL.

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Fri, Nov 11, 2011
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Wed, Nov 16, 2011
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Sat, Nov 12, 2011
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Fri, Nov 18, 2011
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Sun, Nov 13, 2011
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SPOIL

DIRECTOR: TRIP JENNINGS - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) SPOIL follows the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and the Gitga’at First Nation people of British Columbia in their search for the elusive spirit bear. All white but not albino and rarer than the panda, the spirit bear lives only in the Great Bear Rainforest on the north coast of British Columbia, a place at risk from a proposed oil pipeline. In an effort to oppose the pipeline, the ILCP’s mission is to create images of this rare bear and the unique ecosystem that it relies on. (44 mins.)

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TEENS IN DRUG TREATMENT

Thu, Nov 17, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TEENS IN DRUG TREATMENT

DIRECTOR: BRIAN LINDSTROM - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) This cinéma vérité documentary follows teens in drug treatment in Laredo, Texas and Pinellas Park, Fla., over the course of a year.

Screening with FADED: GIRLS + BINGE DRINKING.

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TREEVERSE

Sat, Nov 19, 2011
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TREEVERSE

DIRECTOR: JOHN WALLER - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(DOC) On March 23, 2011, Brian French and Will Koonijian set off on an unprecedented one-kilometer canopy trek through an old growth Oregon white oak forest. Their journey would involve packing all their equipment and belongings with them, traveling unsupported, and never touching the ground. On a five-day journey marked by predictably unpredictable weather, fatigue, and seemingly impossible gaps between trees, success depended on teamwork, innovation, and a fair bit of luck.

Screening follows BETWEEN ROOMS AND VOICES.

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