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Films & Schedules - OREGON

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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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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BUCKSVILLE

Sun, Nov 20, 2011
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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BUCKSVILLE

DIRECTOR: CHEL WHITE - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) Abandoned by his mother at a young age, 24-year-old Presley French has grown up immersed in his father’s small town militia group called the Lodge, a secret fraternal organization founded in response to the murder of a girl whose killer went unpunished. Lodge members quietly right local wrongs as they see fit. But when Presley’s uncle takes over as the Lodge’s new leader and forms ties with a radical national militia with an extreme political agenda, things are headed in violent new directions. For Presley, tough family and moral choices are at hand. Set in the deep Northwest woods,...

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CAMERON’S BOOKS

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

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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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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EMPTY QUARTER

Tue, Nov 15, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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EMPTY QUARTER

DIRECTOR: ALAIN LETOURNEAU, PAM MINTY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) EMPTY QUARTER is a film about the region of Southeastern Oregon, an area populated by ranching and farming communities in Lake, Harney, and Malheur Counties. The region is roughly one-third of Oregon’s landmass yet holds less than two percent of the state’s population. Through a series of stationary shots, recording open landscapes and the activities of local residents, Portland filmmakers LeTourneau and Minty reflect on the character of the region as viewed through its natural areas, industry, various labor processes, resource management, and recreation. The voices of local residents describe the history of pioneer settlement, the social life of...

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EYE LINER

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

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

EYE LINER

DIRECTOR: JOANNA PRIESTLEY - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(ANI) “Our capacity for facial recognition in the most basic forms is considered through this whimsical patterned animation.”—AG

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Thu, Nov 17, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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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
at 5 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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

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

THE GR8 TASK REMAINING B4 US

DIRECTOR: KARL LIND - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) “Do we know Abraham Lincoln in any other form than animatronic or wax figure? In this uncanny scenario, an animatronic Abe Lincoln recites the Gettysburg Address in a shopping mall which then folds in behind him.”—AG

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HOW THE FIRE FELL

Sat, Nov 19, 2011
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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HOW THE FIRE FELL

DIRECTOR: E.P. DAVEE - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) “Joe Haege (31 Knots frontman and part-time Menomena member) stars as preacher Edmund Creffield in Davee’s ambitious debut feature about the turn-of-the-20th-century Corvallis-based cult Bride of Christ Church. Shot on Super-16mm film for a mere $50,000, HOW THE FIRE FELL nails the necessary subtleties of period detail—it never feels like Davee rallied his buddies for a weekend of dress-up—and sustains a vibe of creeping dread throughout, thanks in large part to Scott Ballard’s crepuscular black-and-white photography and a plangent score by Haege and John Askew that recalls the apocalypse aperitifs of A Silver Mt. Zion.”—Willlamette Week

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

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

I AM INTO YOUR FIRE

DIRECTOR: ORLAND NUTT - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) “A mind-bending animation in which a coquettish woman pops in and out of a surreal landscape reciting staccato poetry by James Broughton.”—AG

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KOSMOS

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

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

KOSMOS

DIRECTOR: FANTAVIOUS FRITZ - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) “This film has the playful energy of a surf journey film with exuberant experimental camera work.”—AG

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LASZLO LASSU

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

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

LASZLO LASSU

DIRECTOR: BEN POPP - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(ANI) “This masterful cut-paper animation has an Eastern European folk art flare to its lines and narrative.”—AG

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

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

MIGHTY TACOMA

DIRECTOR: VANESSA RENWICK - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) “Shot in the active port city of Tacoma, this narration-free meditation complicates one’s feelings about humanity’s monumental feats of engineering and the impact on the natural coastline.”—AG

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MOSSGROVE

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

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

MOSSGROVE

DIRECTOR: KURTIS HOUGH - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) “Gorgeous images of slugs traversing a mossy Oregon landscape—looks like National Geographic on LSD.”—AG

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MT. PARNASSUS

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

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

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

OLD-TIME FILM

DIRECTOR: BARBARA TETENBAUM, MARILYN ZORNADO - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(ANI) “A fiddle and some antique engravings make for good times in this short toe-tapper.”—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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Sat, Nov 12, 2011
at 9 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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RESTLESS

DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) Enoch (Henry Hopper) is a young man who likes going to strangers’ funerals. Eccentrically morbid and numbed to real engagement, his only friend is Hiroshi (Ryo Kase)—the ghost of a WWII kamikaze pilot—until he meets the beautiful Annabel (Mia Wasikowska). Although a terminal cancer patient, she is a smart, independent spirit and student of nature, and the two misfits form an instant bond. Each, in their own idiosyncratic ways, is coming to terms with the complexities of life, love, and death and must find their own rules. “Annabel and Enoch’s complex and moving journey culminates in their acceptance of...

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

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

SEXY NOIR

DIRECTOR: BEN POPP - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(ANI) “A highly stylized gritty twist on the film noir genre.”—AG

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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

Wed, Nov 16, 2011
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

DIRECTOR: MATT MCCORMICK - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) “Delicately weaving together the lives of three lonely strangers, the story explores the elusiveness of personal fulfillment as McCormick’s characters bump up against the discarded and are forced to confront their own impermanence and need for human connection. Subtle, convincing performances by musicians James Mercer (The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and lyrical cinematography reveal McCormick’s finely tuned directorial eye. As a silent main character, the city of Portland is the common thread—a reminder that, as bleak as things may seem, in small, unexpected moments around unlikely corners, the possibility for hope and beauty remains. McCormick establishes himself as...

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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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STRANDS, A MUSIC VIDEO

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

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

STRANDS, A MUSIC VIDEO

DIRECTOR: ROB TYLER - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) “A visual celebration of the ghosts of mixtapes past.”—AG

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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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Fri, Nov 18, 2011
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE WANTEDS: THE PART OF ROCK AND ROLL THEY NEVER TELL YOU ABOUT

DIRECTOR: STEPHANIE SMITH - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(NAR) Portland front woman (Kleveland) and filmmaker Stephanie Smith charts the fortunes of Portland bartender/rocker Tommy Harrington on a solo, mid-career bid for stardom. With only the vaguest itinerary, few hard bookings, and a just-revealed pregnant ex-girlfriend, Harrington sets out to live the life. “While the shows lived up to the wacky hype imagined—with Tommy playing in cowboy bars, storage lockers, even a party for Mormon missionaries—a different story began to unfold that was becoming more Shakespeare than SPINAL TAP. It became a story about family, identity, and what happens when you really go for your dream.”—Stephanie Smith

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

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

WITH YOU

DIRECTOR: JONATHAN MARRS, JOSH FERDASZEWSKI - OREGON (PORTLAND)

(EXP) “A strange series of conceptual performances by two men in a domestic, suburban setting.”—AG

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