Animation Director Mark Gustafson at Friday’s Wes’s World screening of FANTASTIC MR. FOX – 35mm print!

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We’re pleased as punch that Portland’s own Mark Gustafson, who worked as the animation director on FANTASTIC MR. FOX, will be in attendance at our Friday, August 22 screening of the film.  Mark will share his behind the scenes perspective on the making of the film.  We hope you’ll join us tomorrow night at 8:30pm for this exciting evening in the Whitsell Auditorium.  The film also screens on Saturday at 5pm without Mr. Gustafson.

Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through the secret world of animals by way of the terror that is factory farming. Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his wife (Meryl Streep), after being trapped following a disastrous farm raid, move to the base of a tree with their gloomy son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) in search of a more peaceful life. However, their tree lies next to a large farming facility run by three suspect farmers, who quickly initiate a scheme to flush the foxes out and hunt them. Naturally, Mr. Fox and crew are not so easily duped, teaming up with their fellow animal friends to launch a counterattack. (87 mins.)



FANTASTIC MR. FOX screens Friday, August 22 at 8:30pm and Saturday, August 23 at 5pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: CRAZYWATER

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In Vancouver, Alex, from the Nisga’a Nation, talks about the abuse and violence that drove him to take his first drink. Paula, a Woodland Cree woman, started shooting up at age 11; soon, the only way to support her habit was as a sex worker. As a five-year-old girl, Desirae was put into foster care; now as an adult with her own kids, she struggles to break the generational cycle of addiction. Aboriginal writer/director Dennis Allen’s raw and honest exploration of substance abuse among First Nations communities begins in his own childhood, when, according to him, “people were drinking hairspray, they were drinking solvents. I understand it too, because I’m an alcoholic…. How can anyone understand us, if we don’t tell our story?” (56 mins.)

 

CRAZYWATER screens Wednesday, August 20 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Feast on Fall Offerings: Download Our September/October 2014 Schedule

The print edition of our September/October 2014 is hitting the streets right now and is on its way to mailboxes all around town.  We’re really excited about our upcoming lineup, which includes:

classes & workshops at our School of Film
–the 32nd annual Reel Music Film Festival
–a Portland stop-off for the touring Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series
–the local and regional selections that populate our Northwest Tracking series
–a curated collection of new restorations and prints that we’re calling (Re)Discoveries
–the 2014 edition of Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film
–and much more

If you’d like a handy & portable digital version of the schedule to comb over, you’ve come to the right place.  Just click on the image below to view, download or embed our September/October schedule:

Top Down: VANISHING POINT with DJ set by Strange Babes

Vanishing Point

Barry Newman plays the vaguely disillusioned antihero Kowalski, a solitary driver for a cross-country car delivery service. He picks up a roaring 1970 Dodge Challenger in Colorado and takes a bet to deliver it in San Francisco in less than 15 hours. With a handful of uppers, the pedal to the metal, and a blind DJ named Soul (Cleavon Little) rooting him on over the airways, Kowalski screams down the highways, encountering a snake handler, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorcycle, and plenty of cops. Lean on dialogue and heavy on squealing tires, this cult classic evokes a specific time and cultural mood—as DJ Soul says, Kowalski is the “last American hero because he is the last free soul on the planet.” (99 mins.)

Music by Strange Babes.

Sponsored by Yelp! Portland. Music sponsor: xray.fm.

 

VANISHING POINT screens Thursday, August 14 at 7pm atop Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure (SW 15th & Yamhill).  The film is being presented as part of our Top Down: Rooftop Cinema programs.

Tickets are available online at a lower price point than at the door.  Very limited quantities sold at the door.  Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Entry for advance ticket holders at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink. Day-of weather updates at nwfilm.org.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Car2Go, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Wes’s World: Wes Anderson’s BOTTLE ROCKET comes to Top Down: Rooftop Cinema

Bottle Rocket

In Wes Anderson’s first feature film, Anthony (Luke Wilson) “escapes” from a voluntary mental hospital with the aid of his childhood friend Dignan (Owen Wilson). Dignan wants to impress local hood Mr. Henry (James Caan) by robbing a bookstore and getting out of small-town Texas and drags Anthony and their wealthy friend Bob Mapplethorpe (Robert Musgrave) along with him. On the run, they end up at a roadside motel where Anthony falls for maid Inez and causes a rift between his cronies. But one final job, a heist at a local cold storage facility, makes them all realize that they need each other more than they thought. (91 mins.)

Music by The Bubble Cats

Sponsored by 94/7 FM KNRK. Band sponsor: Vortex Magazine.

For more Wes Anderson-related films, check out the Northwest Film Center’s series Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences.

 

BOTTLE ROCKET screens Thursday, July 31 at 7pm atop Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure (SW 15th & Yamhill).  The film is being presented as part of both our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences and Top Down: Rooftop Cinema programs.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Entry for advance ticket holders at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink. Day-of weather updates at nwfilm.org.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Car2Go, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Northwest Tracking: MENDING THE LINE w/ special guests in attendance!

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Tough as nails, gentle as a poet, and determined as a badger, 90-year-old Frank Moore has always loved to fly fish. Back in 1944, he landed with 150,000 other troops on the beaches of Normandy, France, for the D-Day invasion. Despite the war around him, he couldn’t help but notice the fishing potential of the rivers he and his fellow troops crossed as they made their way into France. Seventy years later, reflecting on his life, Moore is compelled to return to Normandy, this time armed not with a gun but with fly rod and reel. Waller’s inspirational film follows Moore on his arduous physical and emotional journey from home on the North Umpqua River, where for years he has fished and tended the famed Steamboat Inn, to the battlefields of his youth. (70 mins.)

Director John Waller will introduce the film.  Subjects Frank and Jeanne Moore will also attend the screening.

 

MENDING THE LINE screens Wednesday, July 30 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our ongoing Northwest Tracking series.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Wes’s World: THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS on 35mm!

The Royal Tenenbaums

Anderson fashions a fully-realized, baroque world populated by the eccentric Tenenbaum clan, a family of morose ex-wunderkinds, now adrift in harsh reality and led by Royal (Gene Hackman), who has just been unceremoniously kicked out of his hotel dwelling. Upon hearing of his ex-wife Etheline’s (Anjelica Huston) engagement to her accountant Henry (Danny Glover), Royal tries to convince her and his children that he has stomach cancer in a bid to win back their love. Through this scheme, the family is reunited—ex-playwright Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow), shrewd businessman Chas (Ben Stiller), and former tennis prodigy Richie (Luke Wilson) return home to grapple with their own ideas of family and tormented pasts. (110 mins.)

Matt Zoller Seitz, film critic, editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, and author of THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION (2013), will introduce the film on Friday evening, July 25.

 

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS screens Friday, July 25 at 8:30pm and Saturday, July 26 at 6pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Wes’s World: Orson Welles’ THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS on 35mm!

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Following the success of CITIZEN KANE, Welles made one of the most famously disastrous productions of the 1940s, the story of a wealthy family unable to adapt to the changing times in the years following the Industrial Revolution. Despite the fact that Welles lost control of the editing of the film (which had a full hour of footage cut by the studio) when he left to shoot his ill-fated Latin American film IT’S ALL TRUE, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS—narrated by Welles and starring regular collaborators Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead—remains one of the classics of the Hollywood studio era. (88 mins.)

Matt Zoller Seitz, film critic, editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com, and author of THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION (2013), will introduce the film.

 

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS screens Friday, July 25 in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Wes’s World: François Truffaut’s JULES AND JIM on 35mm!

Jules and Jim

One of the French New Wave’s great period pieces and one of Truffaut’s greatest love stories, JULES AND JIM offers a nostalgic look at a ménage à trois that begins before World War I and concludes with the outbreak of National Socialism. In between these landmark historical events, this magical adaptation of the Henri-Pierre Roche novel takes shape. The story of two men who share a romantic relationship with the same woman is based on Truffaut’s reflection that “the couple is not a satisfying concept, but is there an alternative?” Starring Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, and Jeanne Moreau, the film is a lyrical character study that celebrates freedom, love, loyalty, and life at its most passionate and tragic. (105 mins.)

JULES AND JIM screens Sunday, July 13 in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Wes’s World: RUSHMORE on 35mm – w/ special guest Shawn Levy at the 7/12 screening!

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RUSHMORE was Anderson’s first commercial and critical breakthrough, earning its place as one of the key works of the American independent film movement of the 1990s. The memorable protagonist is extracurricular overachiever but academic underachiever Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman), a clever yet bumbling student at the prestigious, private Rushmore Academy. As Max attempts to romance Ms. Cross (Olivia Williams), a recently widowed teacher at Rushmore, he falls in with tycoon Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and the three find themselves embarking on one of the most ill-fated love triangles ever put to film. While Max begins as a confident, know-it-all teen, the film’s examination of youthful alienation, misplaced desire, and subsequent growth ushers him into something more closely resembling adulthood. (93 mins.)

Shawn Levy, author and film critic for KGW, will introduce the film on Saturday evening.

 

RUSHMORE screens Saturday, July 12 at 7pm and Sunday, July 13 at 4:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Wes’s World: Wes Anderson and His Influences series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

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