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50 Feet from Syria

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 3:30 PM (WHITSELL AUDITORIUM)
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50 Feet from Syria

DIRECTOR: Skye Fitzgerald - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND, OR)

For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save lives at great personal risk. (39 min.)

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OPEN YOUR EYES
DIRECTOR: Irene Taylor Brodsky - UNITED STATES

Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance...

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COUNTING

Thu, Feb 25, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Fri, Feb 26, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 3 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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COUNTING

DIRECTOR: Jem Cohen - UNITED STATES

Cohen (Museum Hours) evokes the fabric of urban life with this richly textured combination of sound and image. A essayistic documentary in 15 chapters, Counting  weaves 15 “snapshots” of New York, Moscow, Istanbul, and more into a tapestry that captures a range of ephemeral moments with an elegiac tenderness—from street protests to flickering lights and the movement of clouds across the sky. Cohen, who has noted that the film initially began in response to the death of cine-essay pioneer Chris Marker, emerges as both rigorous documentarian and consummate flaneur. “Counting is like taking a Sunday walk through spatial and temporal...

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DON'T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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DON'T BLINK: ROBERT FRANK

DIRECTOR: Laura Israel - UNITED STATES

“The life and work of Robert Frank—as a photographer and a filmmaker—are so intertwined that they’re one in the same, and the vast amount of territory he’s covered, from The Americans in 1958 up to the present, is intimately registered in his now formidable body of artistic gestures. From the early ’90s, Frank has made his films and videos with the brilliant editor Laura Israel, who has helped him keep things homemade and preserve the illuminating spark of first contact between camera and people/places. Don’t Blink is Israel’s like-minded portrait of her friend and collaborator, a lively rummage sale of...

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FOR GRACE

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 6 PM (World Trade Center)
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FOR GRACE

DIRECTOR: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski - UNITED STATES

An in-depth look at what it takes to create and manage one of the world’s greatest restaurants—from concrete box to its opening night—For Grace also tells the complex story of a man in a quest to overcome his past and create his own future. Curtis Duffy, one of the country’s most renowned chefs, is building his dream restaurant. Already the recipient of two coveted stars from the Michelin Guide, Duffy has ambitions for his Chicago restaurant Grace to become the best in the country, but his laser focus on his cooking career cost Duffy his family. A story about food, family,...

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A GOOD AMERICAN

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 1:15 PM (World Trade Center)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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Wed, Feb 17, 2016
at 8:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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A GOOD AMERICAN

DIRECTOR: Friedrich Moser - UNITED STATES

The explosion of information in the digital age left government agencies like the NSA struggling with bureaucracy and technology to keep up with the changing times. Responding to the challenge, NSA technical director Bill Binney and a small team of code breakers developed ThinThread, an astonishingly effective data collecting and sorting program that also protects privacy. ThinThread’s built-in safeguards would have prevented the massive surveillance methods later exposed by Edward Snowden. Despite its success, ThinThread was discontinued just weeks before September 11, 2001. How did this program work? Who was behind it? Why was it killed off? After Binney and...

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I SAW THE LIGHT

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 8:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 7 PM (Cinema 21)
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I SAW THE LIGHT

DIRECTOR: Marc Abraham - UNITED STATES

British actor Tom Hiddleston inhabits the role of legendary singer/songwriter Hank Williams, an artist who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice, and original songs. While ?I Saw the Light showcases Williams’ meteoric rise to fame and fortune, it also reveals the dark and troubled life that existed away from the spotlight. From the drug and alcohol addictions to troubled relationships to the string of broken hearts he left in his wake, it was Hank Williams’ tumultuous existence that not only fueled his powerful lyrics and heartfelt songs, but also brought his life to its tragically short end....

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IN TRANSIT

Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 7 PM (World Trade Center)
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Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 1 PM (World Trade Center)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 7 PM (World Trade Center)
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IN TRANSIT

DIRECTOR: Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker III, David Usui, Benjamin Wu - UNITED STATES

The final, fitting film of documentary legend Albert Maysles, In Transit, journeys into the hearts and minds of everyday passengers aboard Amtrak’s Empire Builder, the busiest long-distance train route in America. Unfolding as a series of interconnected vignettes, ranging from overheard conversations to moments of deep intimacy, we are swept into a fleeting community that transcends normal barriers. To some passengers, the train is flight and salvation; to others it is reckoning and loss. But for all, it is a place for personal reflection and connecting with others they may otherwise never know. (76 mins.)

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THE INVITATION

Fri, Feb 26, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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THE INVITATION

DIRECTOR: Karyn Kusama - UNITED STATES

Will and Kira attend a dinner party hosted by Will’s ex-wife Eden in the secluded Hollywood home that they once shared. As the liquor flows, Eden and her new beau begin to proselytize about the new age philosophy they have embraced, leading their guests to assume that they’ve joined a cult. Old wounds are opened, opinions are challenged, and chaos soon ensues. “A serious slow burn that walks a carefully constructed line…and it mesmerizes through its frenzied conclusion.” —Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects (100 mins.)

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Santiago Menghini | Canada.
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KING GEORGES

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Regal Fox Tower)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 4:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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KING GEORGES

DIRECTOR: Erika Frankel - UNITED STATES

Fiery French chef Georges Perrier is on a crusade to save his world-renowned 40-year-old Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin from closing. For decades, Perrier was on top of the world and Le Bec-Fin was consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the country. But times and tastes have changed: what was once cutting edge is now out of favor. Frankel captures the mastery in the kitchen and charisma on the dining room floor, and has us rooting for a determined, tragi-comic figure and his quixotic fight to keep his cherished culinary traditions alive. Interviews with such legends as Thomas...

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LANDFILL HARMONIC

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 6:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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Sat, Feb 20, 2016
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 1:30 PM (World Trade Center)
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LANDFILL HARMONIC

DIRECTOR: Brad Allgood, Graham Townsley - UNITED STATES

A testament to the transformative power of music and the resilience of the human spirit, Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is suddenly catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the band must learn to navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their country, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town....

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MAN VS. SNAKE

Sat, Feb 27, 2016
at 11 PM (Cinema 21)
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MAN VS. SNAKE

DIRECTOR: Andrew Seklir, Tim Kinzy - UNITED STATES

In 1983, Tim McVey claimed the highest score ever achieved on a classic video game. The game in question was Nibbler, an obscure title that allows for marathon sessions of 40+ hours. Now in his forties, and with his title bested by another player, Tim undertakes the challenge of reconquering the mountain that is Nibbler. “While MAN VS. SNAKE owes a certain thematic debt to THE KING OF KONG, it is its own film, one whose universal appeal should go beyond the ranks of video-game lovers to anyone who understands that primal need for greatness.” – Matt Singer, Screen Crush...

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THE MEDDLER

Fri, Feb 19, 2016
at 6 PM (Cinema 21)
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Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 6 PM (Empirical Theater at OMSI)
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THE MEDDLER

DIRECTOR: Lorene Scafaria - UNITED STATES

“Striking a winning balance of insight, heart, and laugh-out-loud hilarity, Scafaria’s film stars the magnificent Susan Sarandon in one of her most richly satisfying roles. The Meddler is about that force of nature known as the doting mother. For Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), motherhood is not a familial duty. It’s a vocation. A compulsive advice-giver, ceaselessly cheerful Marnie cannot stop texting, calling, and showing up unannounced at the home of her daughter, Lori (Rose Byrne). Desperate to gain some control over her life following a messy breakup, Lori attempts to draw boundaries, but that only serves to unleash Marnie’s mom-to-everyone meddling.”—Toronto...

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OPEN YOUR EYES

Sun, Feb 21, 2016
at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium )
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OPEN YOUR EYES

DIRECTOR: Irene Taylor Brodsky - UNITED STATES

Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance to see again. (34 mins.)

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50 Feet From Syria
Skye Fitzgerald | Portland  
For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save...

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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
at 4 PM (World Trade Center)
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Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 4 PM (World Trade Center)
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ROBERT BLY: A THOUSAND YEARS OF JOY

DIRECTOR: Haydn Reiss - UNITED STATES

Poet Robert Bly stands out even among the celebrated, revolutionary generation of American artists who burst forth in the 1950s, and Haydn Reiss charts his singular path from second son to taciturn father on a wintry Minnesota farm to radical anti-Vietnam War activist to wild man of the 1990s men’s movement. The bespectacled, white-haired Bly is every inch the politically and spiritually engaged mystic, seeking each moment’s fervid heart as well as the eternal, intuitive bedrock beneath our cultivated ideologies and “personas.” A confounding whirling dervish, Bly’s life embodies the quest for personal honesty and shared truth. (81 mins.)

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