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Films & Schedules - UNITED STATES

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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BIRD OF FLAMES

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

BIRD OF FLAMES

DIRECTOR: Chel White - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

With music by David Lynch and Chrysta Bell, a spider-like Vietnamese sorcerer coaxes a beautiful chanteuse to perform like a living doll. (6 mins.)

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI

Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN BALDESSARI

DIRECTOR: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman - UNITED STATES

No more boring films! Everything you need to know about the godfather of conceptual art. Narrated by Tom Waits. (6 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE BUS

DIRECTOR: H.L. Mitchell - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A young man finds a microcosm and possibilities in transit. (8 mins.)

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CATERWAUL

DIRECTOR: Ian Samuels - UNITED STATES

An aging fisherman develops an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife. (14 mins.)

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CHICKEN AND ZOE

Sat, Feb 9, 2013
at 1 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

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

CHICKEN AND ZOE

DIRECTOR: Yael Bridge - UNITED STATES

Eating chicken takes on new meaning for four-year-old Zoe as she observes her first slaughter. (4 mins.)

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CONTENTS OF C___’S BOX, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CONTENTS OF C___’S BOX, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

DIRECTOR: Ian Berry - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

The filmmaker examines the artifacts of an ended love affair. (3 mins.)

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CPR

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

CPR

DIRECTOR: Kimberly Warner - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

While watching lifeguards perform rescue drills at a neighborhood pool, a woman faces her own need to be saved. (7 min.)

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DEAR PETER, WOODCHIPS I

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEAR PETER, WOODCHIPS I

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Orland’s open letter to Peter concerns a steaming pile of woodchips, Mt. Fuji, and the concept of context. (4 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEAR PETER, WOODCHIPS II

DIRECTOR: Orland Nutt - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A continuation of the correspondence in which Orland’s relationship to the woodchips evolves. (4 mins.)

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DEAR PLUTO

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DEAR PLUTO

DIRECTOR: Joanna Priestley - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

An open letter to the celestial body formerly known as a planet, written and performed by slam poet Taylor Mali and wryly animated by Priestley. (4 mins.)

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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

DOING VERY WELL

DIRECTOR: Zach Schultz - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

A stream-of-consciousness tribute to our own often ridiculous, rambling inner monologues. (4 mins.)

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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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Thu, Feb 14, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Tue, Feb 19, 2013
at 6:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

HEAD OVER HEELS

DIRECTOR: Timothy Reckart - UNITED STATES

After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: he lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. (10 mins.)

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JANUARY DRIFT

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

JANUARY DRIFT

DIRECTOR: Enie Vaisburd - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

In the cold of January, a mind drifts. (4 mins.)

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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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LATER THAN USUAL

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LATER THAN USUAL

DIRECTOR: David Hovan - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

An elderly couple marks time toward a not-so-inevitable end. (7 mins.)

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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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LOST AND FOUND

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

LOST AND FOUND

DIRECTOR: Joan Gratz - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Metamorphosed images with the appearance of sculpted wood and shifting sand summon memories of a life. (4 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON to purchase tickets.

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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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MR. CHRISTMAS

Sat, Feb 16, 2013
at 12:15 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Sat, Feb 23, 2013
at 12:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

MR. CHRISTMAS

DIRECTOR: Nick Palmer - UNITED STATES

Bruce Mertz is the kind of guy who lights up the lives of those around him—quite literally—when every holiday season he transforms his house into a beacon with 50,000 colorful lights and himself into Mr. Christmas. (15 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS IV: INTERNATIONAL TIES to purchase tickets.

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Sun, Feb 10, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

Mon, Feb 18, 2013
at 12 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

PREMATURE

DIRECTOR: Rashaad Ernesto Green - UNITED STATES

After Tisha, a streetwise teenager from the Bronx, discovers she’s pregnant, she must face a difficult decision. With nowhere to turn, she confronts the grim realities of her situation alone. (15 mins.)

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THE TITANIC OF SOUTHAMPTON

Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

THE TITANIC OF SOUTHAMPTON

DIRECTOR: Justin Zimmerman - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

The city of Southampton feels the lasting and haunting effects of the Titanic disaster a century later. (13 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON to purchase tickets.

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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

TO BEE OR NOT TO BE

DIRECTOR: James Lowry - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

An accidental meeting recording the possible (last) thoughts of a bumblebee. (3 mins.)

See SHORT CUTS V: MADE IN OREGON to purchase tickets.

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Tue, Feb 12, 2013
at 6 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)

WHILE YOU WERE OUT

DIRECTOR: Noah Lambie - UNITED STATES (Oregon)

Flip books made of memo pads and other found folios come to life. (7 mins.)

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