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Films & Schedules - Documentary

ALIEN BOY: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES CHASSE Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)

ALIEN BOY: THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JAMES CHASSE

DIRECTOR: Brian Lindstrom - UNITED STATES

On September 17, 2006, James Chasse, a shy and gentle man with schizophrenia, was tackled by three police officers in front of dozens of eyewitnesses on a downtown street corner in Northwest Portland. He was not suspected of a crime, nor had he committed one, but nonetheless he suffered 17 broken ribs, a separated shoulder, a punctured lung, and numerous bruises and contusions—before dying. Chasse’s death and treatment shocked the city, asking profound questions about how we treat those with mental illness and what kind of a police force we want. Lindstrom’s moving film, six years in the making, provides...

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AMERICAN WINTER Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)

AMERICAN WINTER

DIRECTOR: Joe Gantz, Harry Gantz - UNITED STATES

Five years into the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, American Winter presents a telling snapshot of the state of our society as it exists for millions of American families across the country. Shot over the course of the winter months of 2011–2012, the film follows eight Portland families—found through their calls to 211info, a referral service that steers thousands of families in crisis to available social services—as they were battling to keep their heads above water while facing overwhelming financial challenges and a shrinking social safety net. The devastating effects of the mortgage lending crisis, soaring unemployment, a broken...

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CAESAR MUST DIE Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 9 PM (Cinemagic)

Mon, Feb 11, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

CAESAR MUST DIE

DIRECTOR: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani - ITALY

Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and this year’s Italian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Caesar Must Die deftly melds narrative and documentary in a powerful drama-within-a-drama. In Rome’s Rebibbia prison, the prisoners prepare to stage Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and in exploring the text find a tale of fraternity, power, and betrayal that parallels their own lives and stories. Seamlessly moving in and out of the text as they wrestle with notions of necessity and the boundaries of order, drama comes alive on multiple, and timeless, levels. “This latest masterpiece from Italy’s famed...

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THE END OF TIME Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

THE END OF TIME

DIRECTOR: Peter Mettler - CANADA

“Time is nature’s way of preventing everything from happening at once,” Einstein once said. But how do we really get our heads wrapped around it? Swiss/Canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler takes the challenge with a probing, playful meditation on the elusive nature of time. From the 27-mile-long particle accelerator in Switzerland where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see to frozen-in-time lava flows in Hawaii, from the time-stands-still disintegration of downtown Detroit to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha’s enlightenment, Mettler explores our perceptions, dreams the future, and celebrates the wonder of the everyday in...

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A FIERCE GREEN FIRE Buy Tickets

Fri, Feb 8, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Fri, Feb 15, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Fri, Feb 22, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinema 21)

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE

DIRECTOR: Mark Kitchell - UNITED STATES

One of the great social movements of the 20th century, environmentalism continues as an urgent force in the 21st. Kitchell’s passionate film charts the advent of the modern environmental movement, from the early conservation causes of John Muir to the formation of landmark organizations like the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, to the creation of events like Earth Day and the continuing evolution of public conversation about the growing threats of pollution, climate change, overharvesting, and their effects on both our ecology and society. An essential primer for anyone interested in a broad overview of a remarkable era of global activism...

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THE GATEKEEPERS Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 5:15 PM (Cinema 21)

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

THE GATEKEEPERS

DIRECTOR: Dror Moreh - ISRAEL

“How exactly do six million people maintain control over several million stateless neighbors for 45 years? That’s how long the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has lasted. Some of the occupation’s instruments are obvious—border crossings, military checkpoints, soldiers on patrol. But the most vital and lethal lurk beneath the surface: the vast and ubiquitous intelligence network of the Shin Bet, Israel’s feared internal security organization. Using intelligence operatives and informants, interrogators and assassins, the directors of the Shin Bet enable Israel to fight any who take up arms—or suicide bombs—against it. Dror Moreh’s path-breaking documentary interviews six former directors...

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HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 5:30 PM (Cinema 21)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HAPPY PEOPLE: A YEAR IN THE TAIGA

DIRECTOR: Dmitry Vasyukov, Werner Herzog - GERMANY

“Paradise on earth? Through writer and narrator Werner Herzog’s lens, that is what Bakhtia, a village on the river Yenisei in Russia’s far north might seem like in this breathtaking, rich, and frequently funny documentary. He and first-time director Vasyukov capture the local people—nearly always in companionship with their dogs—making their own tools, trapping sable, felling trees to build boats, fishing, harvesting food, and holding ceremonies for the turning of the seasons. Sharing their perspectives on greed, war, and mortality, as Herzog notes: They live off the land and are self-reliant, truly free. … No rules, no taxes, no government,...

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LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 6 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY OF ONE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS

DIRECTOR: Mark Kendall - UNITED STATES

Every day, dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States and migrate through Mexico to Guatemala where they are repaired, repainted, and reborn as the brightly colored camionetas that bring most Guatemalans to work. Kendall’s lyrical film follows the migration of one Pennsylvania bus as well as the personal stories of five individuals whose lives become intertwined with its transformation. Like the bus that unites their stories, the choice between obsolescence and innovation defines their decisions, propelling them toward an increasingly uncertain future in a country where civil institutions and authorities are powerless to protect citizens from organized crime....

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THE LAST SHEPHERD Buy Tickets

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Cinemagic)

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 8:15 PM (Cinemagic)

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Cinemagic)

Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE LAST SHEPHERD

DIRECTOR: Marco Bonfanti - ITALY

Renato Zucchelli lives in the beautiful mountain farmlands just outside Milan. He is the last traveling shepherd in the region, the last man tending sheep in Lombardy, an area ever consumed by urbanization. Renato has a dream: to lead his flock into the heart of Milan to meet children who have never seen someone like him, showing them that dreams and freedom will always exist as long as there is still room to believe in a last shepherd. At once funny, touching, and serious, The Last Shepherd is ultimately a warm and endearing portrait of a man, his dog, his...

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LEVIATHAN Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 3:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Wed, Feb 13, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

LEVIATHAN

DIRECTOR: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel - UNITED STATES

Set in the North Atlantic, Leviathan is an amazing film about men at sea and fish on boats. Creatively (to use an understatement) deploying numerous small digital cameras, the filmmakers capture the sensory experience of the labor, ecology, sound, light, and motion of one of man’s oldest activities. “The filmmakers have made the ne plus ultra of immersive documentaries. In this stunning and unparalleled masterpiece, they have discovered new forms of cinema. ... See, hear, and feel it for yourself. It’s a monster.”—Vancouver International Film Festival “The result is a hallucinatory sensory experience quite unlike any other. To paraphrase Francis...

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LOVE, MARILYN Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 3:30 PM (Regal Lloyd Center 4)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 4:30 PM (Cinema 21)

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LOVE, MARILYN

DIRECTOR: Liz Garbus - UNITED STATES

Marilyn Monroe may live as Hollywood’s most iconic sex symbol, but beneath the character she created and perfected was also one of the most self-possessed and ambitious artists in the industry. Drawing on Monroe’s never-before-revealed diaries and letters and never-before-seen footage and photographs, including materials from the Arthur Miller and Truman Capote estates, Garbus presents a fresh, vivid portrait of a savvy, disciplined, intellectually curious woman who, for all her tragic personal complexities (recounted in poignant detail as well), was much more than her glamorous stereotype. Expanding the conventions of traditional documentary, Garbus weaves in readings of Monroe’s writings by...

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MEN AT LUNCH Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 5:15 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)

MEN AT LUNCH

DIRECTOR: Seán Ó Cualáín - IRELAND

This remarkable documentary explores the untold story behind “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century. Anonymously published in 1932 in the New York Herald Tribune, the photograph of immigrant workmen taking their lunch perched on a girder high above New York City on the 69th floor of Rockefeller Center symbolized an era. After exhaustive research, including interviews with archivists, photographers, and historians, Cualáín eventually uncovers compelling evidence that a few of the photo’s subjects may have roots in the small village of ... Part homage, part investigation, this is the beautiful tale of...

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MORE THAN HONEY Buy Tickets

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 2:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MORE THAN HONEY

DIRECTOR: Markus Imhoof - SWITZERLAND

Einstein supposedly said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live.” All over the world, bees have been dying, and although the causes are still a mystery, one thing is already clear: more is at stake than honey. Seeking answers—and employing incredible cinematography—Imhoof embarks on a journey to meet with people whose lives depend on bees: a Swiss beekeeper living in the Alps, a gigantic almond plantation in California, a bee brain researcher in Berlin, and a pollen trader in China. All report on how the bees...

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THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 12 PM (Cinema 21)

Thu, Feb 21, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21)

THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO IDEOLOGY

DIRECTOR: Sophie Fiennes - GREAT BRITAIN

Following up on his provocative The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, confrontational Slovenian philosopher and film theoretician Slavoj Žižek continues his riveting search for the hidden languages of cinema, exploring the idea of films as collective fantasies that shape our beliefs, practices, and society. Žižek’s high-concept take on what psychoanalysis reveals about ideology is a treat for cineastes seeking profound yet accessible analysis of the classics and is guaranteed to provide fresh perspective. Fiennes captures Žižek (amusingly inserted into scenes from the films he talks about) as he examines a wide range of works (also music, history, and current events) including...

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POLLUTING PARADISE Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 3 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:45 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

POLLUTING PARADISE

DIRECTOR: Fatih Akin - GERMANY

Çamburnu is a small village in northeastern Turkey where people have lived for generations off tea cultivation and fishing. But the idyllic landscape has been compromised by the decision 10 years ago to build a garbage landfill directly above the village. Despite protests by the mayor and the villagers, the site has continued to pollute the air and ground water, while rains flush the waste down the slopes, and flocks of birds and stray dogs besiege the village. In 2006, Akin went to Çamburnu, his grandparents’ home village, and over five years returned many times to chronicle the village’s struggle...

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THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA Buy Tickets

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (World Trade Center Theater)

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Cinemagic)

Tue, Feb 26, 2013
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA

DIRECTOR: Marten Persiel - GERMANY

Skateboarding becomes a metaphor for freedom in this love letter to the subversive power of youth. In East Germany in the 1980s, for three teens—Nico, Dirk, and Dennis—life in the GDR was dominated by skateboarding. But in a nation where “the streets were not for playing around,” skating was as much a revolutionary act of defiance as it was a spectacular sport. Using a clutch of priceless Super-8 films, animations, reenactments, and archival footage, all set against a delirious punk soundtrack, This Ain’t California follows the three through adolescence and into adulthood on the eve of reunification. Through the lenses...

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TWO YEARS AT SEA Buy Tickets

Sun, Feb 17, 2013
at 7:30 PM (Cinemagic)

Wed, Feb 20, 2013
at 8:45 PM (Cinemagic)

TWO YEARS AT SEA

DIRECTOR: Ben Rivers - GREAT BRITAIN

Two Years At Sea is a nearly wordless portrait of Jake, who lives a solitary existence in a Scottish forest in Aberdeenshire. Surviving frugally, he passes his time with strange projects and living the radical dream he had as a younger man, which he spent two years working at sea to realize. Rivers has made 20 shorts over the past decade, free of narrative, drama, and character development, inspired by literature and fine art, and exploring worlds at the far fringe of civilization—places of ragged, strange beauty where inventors, seers, and eccentric philosophers live in zealous communion with nature. “Too...

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