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ALL FLOWERS IN TIME

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

ALL FLOWERS IN TIME

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Caouette - UNITED STATES

Chloë Sevigny stars in a mysterious and fantastical world where a television signal possesses young viewers, making them believe they can transform into other people or monsters. (13 mins.)

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APRIL SNOW

DIRECTOR: Lewis Klahr - UNITED STATES

“Another ‘couplet’ from my ongoing Prolix Satori series. I thought up the juxtapostion of these two pop songs while creating a mix-tape back in 1988 but never thought I’d work with them as a film soundtrack. Back then the taboo in experimental film circles about using music was so strong it seemed permanent.”—L.K. (10 mins.)

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BARBERSHOP PUNK

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 1 PM (B3)
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Thu, Feb 17, 2011
at 6 PM (B1)
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BARBERSHOP PUNK

DIRECTOR: Georgia Sugimura Archer, Kristin Armfield - UNITED STATES

While trying to share his collection of rare, turn-of-the-century barbershop quartet recordings over the internet (legally), a software engineer named Robb Tolposki living in Hillsboro, Oregon, found that his uploads were being secretly blocked by his service provider, Comcast. His response soon made him the unlikeliest of heroes in the “net neutrality” debate, compelling the Federal Communications Commission to focus on Comcast’s—and other large media corporations’—efforts to control free expression and, of course, internet profits. Filmmakers Archer and Armfield expertly interweave Tolposki’s—self-described as a “social liberal, fiscal conservative, Republican Libertarian”—inspiring personal battle against censorship with opinions on both sides of...

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

BREATHE, RUMMEL, BREATHE

DIRECTOR: Kyle Eaton - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

Hospitalized after a swimming accident, Rummel drifts in and out of consciousness, recounting his youth and the memories of his late parents. (11 mins.)

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BUDRUS

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 8 PM (B1)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:15 PM (WH)
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BUDRUS

DIRECTOR: Julia Bacha - UNITED STATES

As Israeli-Palestinian tensions continue to escalate, Bacha’s inspiring film about the Palestinian village of Budrus (population 1,500) and its unlikely hero reveals the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary change. When a new Israeli-built wall threatened to lop off part of the border town, Ayed Morrar—a simple family man—was inspired to act. Soon rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of Israelis were united peaceably behind Morrar and the citizens of Budrus, providing a galvanizing glimpse into the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for justice in one of the most war-torn parts...

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CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (B3)
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Tue, Feb 22, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B1)
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CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF

DIRECTOR: Craig McCall - UNITED STATES

Over his 70-year career, Jack Cardiff shot some of the most visually dazzling films in screen history, working for great directors like John Huston, Alfred Hitchcock, and Michael Powell and earning equal praise from his leading men (John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston) and his leading ladies (Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn). Craig McCall’s accomplished documentary illuminates the cinematographer’s art and provides a rare insight into the workings of the movie world. With a wealth of interviews and glorious Technicolor film clips—including Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The African Queen, and even Rambo—this passionate tribute and rich film history...

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CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN

Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 2:30 PM (WH)
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CHEKHOV FOR CHILDREN

DIRECTOR: Sasha Waters Freyer - UNITED STATES

Chekhov for Children tells the inspiring, charming story of the 1979 Broadway staging of “Uncle Vanya,” a heartbreaking play about middle-aged longing—by New York City fifth and sixth graders, under the direction of celebrated New York writer Phillip Lopate. Using a wealth of often amusing student-made films and videos from the time, mixed with contemporary interviews with some of the now middle-aged participants, Freyer, himself one of the students, explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across three decades. “It is childhood which animates our adult lives, and it is through the arts that we all...

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COLD WEATHER

Fri, Feb 25, 2011
at 6:30 PM (C21)
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Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 8 PM (C21)
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COLD WEATHER

DIRECTOR: Aaron Katz - UNITED STATES

Just short of graduating from college, Doug decides to put his forensic science studies on hold and try the beautiful grey skies of Portland for a spell. Moving in with his sedate sister Gail, he gets a no-brain job at an ice factory and falls in with several other not-particularly-motivated 20-somethings. An obsessive Sherlock Holmes fan, fictional musing turns to real-life mystery when his ex-girlfriend Rachael disappears, leaving him with troubling questions. The search for Rachael becomes a mysterious sleuthing adventure, which ultimately turns out to be the catalyst to unite the two siblings adrift in a world neither of...

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THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 12:15 PM (WH)

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER

DIRECTOR: Bill Plympton - UNITED STATES

A children’s fable about the power of advertising, the meaning of life, and the test of a mother’s love. (6 mins.)

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THE CURIO

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

THE CURIO

DIRECTOR: Dicky Dahl - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

A recent divorcé moves to Portland and struggles to re-invent himself amidst the comparatively young social scene—to the point of becoming, at least by his own perception, an object of curiosity. (22 mins.)

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EYE LINER

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

EYE LINER

DIRECTOR: Joanna Priestley - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This second installment in a trilogy of abstract films inspired by botany and organic patterns examines two-dimensional patterns and archetypes of the human face. (4 mins.)

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HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

Sat, Feb 19, 2011
at 5:30 PM (WH)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 9:30 AM (B1)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 7:30 PM (B1)
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HOW TO DIE IN OREGON

DIRECTOR: Peter D. Richardson - UNITED STATES

“From its opening scene, where a terminally ill cancer patient takes a lethal dose of Seconal and literally dies on camera, it becomes shockingly clear that this is a special film. 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...

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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 12:45 PM (WH)

LET’S POLLUTE

DIRECTOR: Geefwee Boedoe - UNITED STATES

In the spirit of ’50s and ’60s educational films, Let’s Pollute is a modern social satire on pollution as an economic driving force and as our collective cultural heritage. (7 mins.)

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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 2:30 PM (B1)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 5 PM (WH)
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LOUDER THAN A BOMB

DIRECTOR: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel - UNITED STATES

Chicago’s “Louder than a Bomb” (LTAB) draws more than 600 high school students from 60 schools from all over the city’s diverse neighborhoods to compete in what is now the largest youth poetry slam competition in the world. Rather than emphasizing individual performances, however, LTAB is unique in judging teams, not individuals, forcing participants to work collaboratively with their peers. For many kids, being a part of such an environment is life-changing. In the tradition of Spellbound and Wordplay, this irresistibly gripping film gives us an inside look at four teams (and their star “slammers”) as they compete for the...

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MOTOR AWAY

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

MOTOR AWAY

DIRECTOR: Shawn Sullivan - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

Gretchen Corbett stars in this portrait of exhausted love set in an RV beside the Columbia River. (7 mins.)

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PASSIONE: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 5 PM (WH)
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Mon, Feb 21, 2011
at 7:30 PM (WH)
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PASSIONE: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

DIRECTOR: John Turturro - UNITED STATES

“Napoli is one of those places where after fresh air, food, and shelter, music is an essential ingredient for the survival of the people. There are places that do something to you, deep down in your unconscious, in your soul. Naples is that for me, as it has been for so many other people in the arts—poets, writers, painters, and musicians throughout the ages. We journey through one of the biggest of jukeboxes in the world, a treasure chest of songs, from 1200 to now, conjuring distant stories and myths that still live, a repertoire that speaks of love, sex,...

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PEEVED

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

PEEVED

DIRECTOR: Ellen Glines, Noah Dorsey - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This amusing rant takes up the pet irritant of breaches of escalator etiquette. (2 mins.)

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THE POODLE TRAINER

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

THE POODLE TRAINER

DIRECTOR: Vance Malone - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

A Russian poodle trainer reveals her transcendent relationship with her dogs and the welcome isolation behind the red velvet curtains of the circus. (7 mins.)

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THE REVENANT

Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 11:30 PM (C21)
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THE REVENANT

DIRECTOR: D. Kerry Prior - UNITED STATES

“When Joey’s best friend Bart is killed in action in Iraq, Joey is unsettled at the funeral, but not nearly as much as when Bart shows up the next night undead on his doorstep. Not knowing how he has come back to life, the two friends discover that Bart is a ‘Revenant,’ somewhere between a zombie and a vampire, and needs blood to survive. To keep him ‘alive,’ they start preying on the dregs of society and inadvertently start cleaning up the neighborhood, becoming modern vigilantes. This is all well and good until the criminals and drug dealers they’ve killed...

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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 7:30 PM (WH)
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SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS

DIRECTOR: Matt McCormick - UNITED STATES

“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—from a kind-eyed shelter dog to the ownerless urn of a little girl’s ashes—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...

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

STAGE TWO

DIRECTOR: Lara Jean Gallagher - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

In addition to the usual teenage traumas, mop-topped Max deals with his mother’s hair loss, her illness, and making a buck or two selling her meds. (16 mins.)

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

STUMBLE THEN RISE ON SOME AWKWARD MORNING

DIRECTOR: Kurtis Hough - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

This organic, dreamlike journey spirals from life to death. (6 mins.)

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SUMMER SNAPSHOT

Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

SUMMER SNAPSHOT

DIRECTOR: Ian McCluskey - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

The blurred line between memory and actual events is explored through the tropes of 1970s home movies. (11 mins.)

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Wed, Feb 23, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)

VANITY

DIRECTOR: Jim Blashfield - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND)

With his cinematic scalpel in hand, Blashfield has his frolicsome way with some archival footage. (4 mins.)

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THE WOODMANS

Tue, Feb 15, 2011
at 6 PM (WH)
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THE WOODMANS

DIRECTOR: C. Scott Willis - UNITED STATES

“Francesca Woodman’s haunting black and white images, many of them nude self-portraits, now reside in the pantheon of great photography from the late 20th century. The daughter of artists Betty and George Woodman (she a ceramicist and he a painter/photographer), Francesca came to New York with the intention of setting the art world on fire. But in 1981, at 22, she committed suicide. Beautifully interweaving Francesca’s work with interviews with her parents, who have nurtured her reputation while continuing to make art of their own, the film grapples with disturbing issues such as parent-child competition and the toxic level of...

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THE WOODS

Thu, Feb 24, 2011
at 6:30 PM (C21)
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Sat, Feb 26, 2011
at 5:30 PM (C21)
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THE WOODS

DIRECTOR: Matthew Lessner - UNITED STATES

“We were promised change, but it never came. Our cities crumbled around us. We agreed to take action into our own hands. We preset our DVRs and ventured out of the city limits united. In the woods, we will be safe. In the woods, we will start anew. This satirical attack on young, modern, globally conscious citizens tells the story of eight grown-up American children creating utopian society as best they can. With gorgeous super-16 footage and an eclectic soundtrack featuring Dirty Projectors, Sun Araw, and Lucky Dragons, filmmaker Matthew Lessner playfully subverts counter-culture films of the ’70s while questioning...

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