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ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
at 3 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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ARRESTING POWER: RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE IN PORTLAND, OREGON

DIRECTOR: JODI DARBY, JULIE PERINI, ERIN YANKE - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

(DOC) ARRESTING POWER speaks to the history of police violence in our society, providing a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland and its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, redlining, and gentrification practices. Through conversations with community leaders including Walidah Imarisha, author of the “Oregon Black History Timeline,” JoAnn Hardesty, and Rev. LeRoy Haynes of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform, Dan Handelman of Portland Copwatch, and Kent Ford, founder of the Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party, the filmmakers explore strategies for community safety that do not employ constant...

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BIRDS OF NEPTUNE

Mon, Nov 16, 2015
at 8:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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BIRDS OF NEPTUNE

DIRECTOR: STEVEN RICHTER - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

(NAR) Young sisters Mona and Rachel are left to their own devices after the loss of their cult-member parents. Confined to their childhood home and constantly surrounded by reminders of the past, the girls create their own pseudo-realities. Rachel finds solace in her music and spiritual practices, while her older sister Mona, a burlesque dancer, gravitates toward an unconventional and taboo form of self-expression. When Mona brings a strange new lover into their world who starts to pull away at the fragile threads holding everything in place, the sisters find themselves facing harsh truths about their past. With a...

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CHRISTIANIA—40 YEARS OF OCCUPATION

Wed, Nov 18, 2015
at 7 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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CHRISTIANIA—40 YEARS OF OCCUPATION

DIRECTOR: ROBERT LAWSON, RICHARD JACKMAN - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

 

(DOC) For over 40 years a squatter community has occupied an abandoned military base in the center of Copenhagen, Denmark. The community was born when youthful idealism and a severe housing shortage incited hundreds of young people to turn 85 acres of deserted brick buildings, woods, ramparts and canals into their home. Finding the idea of eviction to be politically unpopular, the government declared Christiania a short-term social experiment. Decades later, Christiania is still standing. Through interviews with longtime residents, police officers and government officials, Lawson and Jackman’s film explores consensus democracy, alternative building methods, drug policy, and Scandinavian...

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THE CURIO

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
at 8:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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THE CURIO

DIRECTOR: DICKY DAHL - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

(NAR) Based on his short film of the same name, Dahl’s first feature weaves documentary and narrative elements into a poignant and funny memoir about the collapse of his marriage and subsequent struggles to find his footing in the bohemian paradise that is Portland, Oregon. His ex-wife, parents, and brothers appear as themselves in the film and scripted material, footage from the director’s married life, and interviews with family and friends paint the picture of a somewhat misguided late-bloomer experiencing all the freedom, loneliness and humiliation that come with having to start over when the bloom is off the...

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DEATH ON A ROCK

Tue, Nov 17, 2015
at 8:45 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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DEATH ON A ROCK

DIRECTOR: SCOTT BALLARD - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

(NAR) Ballard’s (A STANDING STILL, WELCOMING DEPARTURE) latest feature follows a young woman coming to terms with a trying event in her life. Lillian’s (Rachael Perrell Fosket) outlook is bright—she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend (Joe Von Appen)—when her existence is unexpectedly rocked by illness. Days spent in long-term care at the hospital bring reflection, desperation, and some family tension...even as the pain also brings happiness and growth. Told through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness, DEATH ON A ROCK is a bittersweet tale balanced between...

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DIRECT ROUTE

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
at 5 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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DIRECT ROUTE

DIRECTOR: PAM MINTY - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

(EXP) A blind woman (Minty’s mother) navigates her domestic surroundings and landscapes while recollecting these places prior to losing her vision. Through conversations and word puzzles, a story emerges about the relationship between memory, sense of direction, and the texture of experience. 

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HERS IS WHERE YOURS BEGINS 
2015 PORTLAND 
DIRECTOR: JANET MCINTYRE 

(EXP) McIntyre mingles a sense of drowning with a sense of dreaming, and explores the overriding impulse to submerge our sorrows with anger. “My mother died of cancer at age 45, leaving behind an angry teenager who would forever grapple with feelings of loss,...

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DRAWING THE TIGER

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 2 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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DRAWING THE TIGER

DIRECTOR: AMY BENSON, SCOTT SQUIRE - WASHINGTON (SEATTLE, WA)

 

(DOC) Filmed over the course of seven years, DRAWING THE TIGER focuses on the lives of a family of Nepalese subsistence farmers and their daily struggles. The parents have watched their children go off in different directions. Their hopes for a brighter future are pinned almost solely on their eldest daughter, Shanta, who has been studying voraciously to become a doctor in an underfunded, poorly run school. When Shanta is awarded a scholarship for a city education in Kathmandu the fulfillment of her dreams feels imminent, but opportunity is coupled with the kind of sacrifice that comes with the...

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HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 6 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT

DIRECTOR: SASHA SNOW - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

 

(DOC) Grant Hadwin was a logging engineer and expert woodsman whose job was finding and removing the largest, oldest and most valuable trees from British Columbia’s remote and ancient forests. Unable to reconcile his love for the forest with the highly skilled part that he was playing in destroying it, Hadwin was driven to commit a strange and unprecedented crime. Interweaving speculation, myth and reality HADWIN’S JUDGEMENT charts his descent into torment and self-destruction, a journey that ended with a mysterious discovery that made him not just a madman, but also a visionary. “Offers a timely warning that is...

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MAKE MINE COUNTRY

Tue, Nov 17, 2015
at 7 PM (Skype Live Studio)

MAKE MINE COUNTRY

DIRECTOR: IAN BERRY - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

(DOC) In the 1940s, the US military built an airbase on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and brought with them their love of country music. The airbase is long gone, but the country music has never left. Part cinéma vérité documentary, part dreamscape, Berry’s film is contemplation on the common humanity of people from vastly different cultures, played against a background of extreme poverty and disenfranchisement—which even the bluest of country-western balladeers would be hard-pressed to convey. Free admission. Space is limited, arrive early.

6 PM RECEPTION | 7 PM FILM THE SKYPE LIVE STUDIO 1210 SW...

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THE SANDWICH NAZI

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
at 9 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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THE SANDWICH NAZI

DIRECTOR: LEWIS BENNETT - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

 

(DOC) We meet 50-something Salam Kahil in full (off)-color in his Vancouver delicatessen, where one sign says “Best Sandwiches in North America!!” while another warns “This deli contains coarse language and nudity.” “I’ve been treating my customers the same way for 26 years,” he shrugs, and it’s clear that his customers are used to it, enduring the constant onslaught of wincing vulgarity with varied hilarity, bewildered smiles and sometimes flat-out discomfort. But most of them know that beneath the bluster is a mile-wide generous side, an endearing personal history...and some of the best sandwiches they’ll ever eat. 

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Shorts I: Fantasies and Diversions

Thu, Nov 12, 2015
at 7 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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Shorts I: Fantasies and Diversions

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORTS

 

 

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SHORTS II: Tracing Space

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
at 7 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORTS II: Tracing Space

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORTS

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SHORTS III: Intimate Portraits

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
at 6:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SHORTS III: Intimate Portraits

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS - SHORTS

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SLACKJAW

Mon, Nov 16, 2015
at 7 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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SLACKJAW

DIRECTOR: ZACH WEINTRAUB - WASHINGTON (OLYMPIA, WA)

 

(NAR) "Rob and his friend Austyn apply to become human guinea pigs at the local medical testing facility of a vaguely intentioned multinational company called EvCorp. The facility’s mere presence has bitterly polarized their town, so the two apply in stealth. Austyn is accepted— ushered away and out of contact into EvCorp’s shadowy interior—leaving Rob to bear the burden of secrecy and the private concern that all may not be well with his friend. As he navigates both sides of the town’s deepening rift, guilt and denial do battle in his mind, eerie visions, paranoia and a strange physical...

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THE TREE INSIDE

Tue, Nov 17, 2015
at 7 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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THE TREE INSIDE

DIRECTOR: MICHELLE KIM, ROB LEICKNER - BRITISH COLUMBIA (VANCOUVER, B.C.)

 

(NAR) Myra is a woman who can’t maintain a relationship with anyone longer than a couple of months—aside from a famous author (played by famed Canadian author Michael Turner.) When Myra meets the charming David, potentially the man of her dreams, she still must fight the impulse to keep looking. Shot over the course of a year, Vancouver’s exquisite seasonal landscape subtly mirrors Myra’s turbulent emotional life. With a soundtrack highlighting music from Canada, the US, Iceland and Belgium, the film also includes a wondrous dance performance by Barbara Bourget of Kokoro Dance. 

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VOYAGERS WITHOUT TRACE

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 8 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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VOYAGERS WITHOUT TRACE

DIRECTOR: IAN MCCLUSKEY - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

In the summer of 1938, filmmaker Bernard de Colmont, his new wife Genevieve and their friend, Antoine de Seynes, set off from France on the biggest adventure of their lives. They had a bold, perhaps even foolhardy plan: be the first to take kayaks down the mighty Green and Colorado rivers. 75 years later, Portland filmmaker Ian McCluskey (ELOQUENT NUDE, SUMMER SNAPSHOT) discovered their story and after finding their journals, photographs and 16mm film documenting their journey, (some of the first-ever color film) he decided to retrace their route. Between 1938 and 2012 much changed on the river. And...

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THE WAY WE TALK

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 4 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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THE WAY WE TALK

DIRECTOR: MICHAEL TURNER - OREGON (SCOTTS MILL, OR)

 

(DOC) Michael Turner (THE LIFE OF VESPER GEER), winner of the 2015 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, struggles with one of medical science’s most baffling and enduring disabilities—stuttering. On the surface, stuttering is syllable repetitions, prolongations, blocks, and various physical tics. But as he illustrates in the film, stuttering is like an iceberg, with most of the major symptoms below the surface. Emotions caused by the disorder— anxiety, depression, denial, and negative self-image—are rarely confronted in speech therapy or even by people who stutter. Turner explores his own experiences with stuttering and presents the stories of others who are part...

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AND WE WERE YOUNG

Sun, Nov 15, 2015
at 11:30 AM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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AND WE WERE YOUNG

DIRECTOR: ANDY SMETANKA - MONTANA (MISSOULA, MT)

 

(ANI) Andy Smetanka’s work has ranged from creating a short segment for Guy Maddin’s MY WINNEPEG to ‘The Bachelor and the Bride,’ a music video for the Decemberists. For his first feature-length film, Smetanka turned to his fascination with World War I. Three years and over 250,000 individual frames in the making, AND WE WERE YOUNG is a stop-motion animated oral history of American soldiers in France in the last days of the Great War, performed entirely by black-paper puppets and filmed on Super 8 against translucent paper backgrounds. Brooding, brutal and hauntingly beautiful, this epic is a vision...

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WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
at 1:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS

DIRECTOR: COURTNEY COULSON - OREGON (PORTLAND, OR)

 

(DOC) Set in the West Bank city of Ramallah, The Palestinian Circus School welcomes The Lido, a visiting circus school from France. In a month, the two schools must come together to create a mobile circus for children. Living in the West Bank means that mastering acrobatics isn’t the only challenge for a traveling Palestinian circus—hitting the road means an obstacle course of permits and checkpoints along the way. But for these students, the circus is a form of peaceful resistance; instead of surrendering to despair, they overcome their difficult circumstances through the power of art and unity. 

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