Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film – WATCHERS OF THE SKY

Watchers of the Sky

Interweaving four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, WATCHERS OF THE SKY uncovers the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin—the man who created the word “genocide” and believed the law could protect the world from mass atrocities. Inspired by Samantha Power’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book A Problem from Hell, Belzberg’s film embarks on a provocative journey from Nuremberg, Germany, to The Hague, Netherlands, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice, and from apathy to action. (120 mins.)

WATCHERS OF THE SKY screens Thursday, October 30 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film – PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Private Violence

PRIVATE VIOLENCE explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S. at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often, ex-) partners. Through the eyes of two survivors—Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women—we bear witness to the complex realities of intimate partner violence. In the process, the film shapes powerful, new questions that hold the potential to change our society: “Why does he abuse?” “Why do we turn away?” “How do we build a future without domestic violence?” (81 mins.)

PRIVATE VIOLENCE screens Sunday, October 26 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film – A QUIET INQUISITION

A Quiet Inquisition

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman’s life. In 2007, the government of Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who converted to Catholicism to win votes, overturned a 130-year-old law protecting therapeutic abortion. The new law entirely prohibits abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at stake. As Carla and her colleagues navigate this dangerous dilemma, the impact of this law emerges—illuminating the tangible reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious, and historically complex national identity. (65 mins.)

A QUIET INQUISITION screens Sunday, October 26 at 5pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Reel Music 32: Shoegaze Movement Gets Its Due in BEAUTIFUL NOISE

Beautiful Noise

“Although it’s one of the most radical and influential movements in contemporary music, having given birth to some of the most brilliant bands of the last 30 years and is widely respected by music biz heavyweights, no one has ever attempted to documents its history for the sake of the big screen.

Eric Green and Sarah Ogletree are here to remedy this oversight, assembling 20 years of research, archival material and and precious interviews in a documentary goldmine for the noise guitar fanatics and everyone who loves music innovation, dreamy pop songs and rapturous guitar riffs.

The film features rare interviews with Jim Reid of Jesus and Mary Chain, Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins, Robert Smith of the Cure, Trent Reznor of the Nine Inch Nails, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins and, most importantly, Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine. The real achievement of “Beautiful Noise” though is the fact that it makes you want to race home and discover the music it’s about, losing yourself in a sublime electro trip.” – Athens International Film Festival (90 mins.)

Sponsored by XRAY.FM

 

BEAUTIFUL NOISE screens Monday, October 20 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

Reel Music 32: One Jazzy Night – SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY and JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW

Sound of Redemption The Frank Morgan Story

SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY
DIRECTOR: N.C. HEIKIN
US, 2014

This soulful documentary illuminates the hell-and- back life of the late, great L.A. alto sax legend Frank Morgan. A prodigy who was acclaimed as the natural heir to his bebop mentor, Charlie Parker, Morgan derailed his career with heroin, which led him into a life of crime. After decades in prison, he made an astonishing comeback, leaving behind recordings of deep, melancholy beauty. Framed by a tribute concert held in San Quentin, where Morgan’s 19-year-old Asian-American protégé, Grace Kelly, performs a heart-stopping version of “Over the Rainbow,” N.C. Heikin’s film is filled with revealing interviews with the colleagues, lovers, family and wives who accompanied Morgan on his long and rocky journey to redemption. (84 mins.)

Screens in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Sponsored by PDX Jazz and KMHD

 

SOUND OF REDEMPTION: THE FRANK MORGAN STORY screens Monday, October 20 at 7pm in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom.  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

 

Jimmy Scott If You Only Knew

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW
DIRECTOR: MATTHEW BUZZELL
US, 2002

Jazz vocal legend Jimmy Scott’s (1925-2014) distinctive voice was able to effortlessly caress high notes in a range that no normal adult male singer should ever expect to reach. But Scott’s vocal range was the result of a hereditary condition that kept his body and voice from developing beyond boyhood. Scott was no mere freak of nature however; his masterful command of his vocal instrument, worldly-wise sense of phrasing a lyric, and breathtakingly dramatic sense of time left critics and fans alike grasping at superlatives for over six decades. This profoundly moving portrait of Scott looks at his personal and professional hardships and eventual triumphs through rare concert footage and interviews with Scott, family, friends, band mates, and scholars. (77 mins.)

Screens in the Portland Art Museum’s Sunken Ballroom, 1219 SW Park Ave.

Sponsored by KMHD and PDX Jazz

 

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW screens Monday, October 20 at  at 9pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

Reel Music 32: TOSCA’S KISS

Tosca's Kiss

Giuseppe Verdi called it his “finest work”: the world’s first home for retired opera musicians. Standing in Milan since 1896, the Casa Verdi is home to a collection of self-described “drama queens,” aging artists who sing, perform, and reflect together. Their reflections offer a touching and often hilarious meditation on aging and the power and timeless capacity of music to inspire. “Insightful, life-affirming, and just plain entertaining!”—Christian Science Monitor. (87 mins.)

Sponsored by All Classical Portland

 

TOSCA’S KISS screens Saturday, October 18 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

Reel Music 32: LADY BE GOOD: INSTRUMENTAL WOMEN IN JAZZ w/ director Kay Ray in attendance

Lady Be Good

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The Syncoettes. Carol Kaye. The substantial contributions of woman to jazz music have been largely ignored by history, but their significant role is one that can no longer be denied. LADY BE GOOD reveals the lost stories of female jazz musicians from the early 1920s to the 1970s. Ray’s proud film charts the influence of female players from the struggles and successes of early innovators (Sweet Emma Barrett, Lil Hardin- Armstrong), through the rise of the all-woman big bands (Ina Ray Hutton & Her Melodears, the Hollywood Redheads), to the female musicians that were instrumental players (Dorothy Donegan, Mary Osborne) and arrangers (Mary Lou Williams, Melba Liston) for more famous male band leaders, including Benny Goodman and Quincy Jones. (80 mins.)

Director Kay Ray in attendance.  Ray and Paula Walker, host of KMHD’s CineJazz program, will participate in a post-screening conversation and Q&A.

Sponsored by KMHD

 

LADY BE GOOD: INSTRUMENTAL WOMEN IN JAZZ screens Saturday, October 18 at 2pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

Reel Music 32: STOP MAKING SENSE – 30th Anniversary Screening!

Stop Making Sense

Thirty years after its release, Demme’s extraordinary Talking Heads concert movie, filmed over the course of three days at Hollywood’s historic Pantages Theatre, remains as fresh as ever. With each successive song band members, instruments and set pieces slowly join frontman David Byrne on stage, culminating in a full-blast, high-energy rockout. Featuring performances of “Psycho Killer,” “Take Me to the River,” “Girlfriend Is Better,” and countless other hits by the legendary new wave group, this innovative documentary debut is “close to perfection.”—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker. (88 mins.)

Sponsored by KINK.fm and Vortex Music Magazine

 

STOP MAKING SENSE screens Friday, October 17 at 9pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

Reel Music 32: THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

When filming started, Cary Ann Hearst was waiting tables and Michael Trent was working as a studio artist while the duo also played gigs in dive bars for 15 people. Deeply in love and living the life of poets in South Carolina, they set out with their trusty dog, Townes Van Zandt, to tour out of their van looking to catch a break. The poetry of THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE is written as we watch the rise of an in- credibly talented band and get a rare glimpse into the creation of Shovels & Rope’s album O’ Be Joyful, which went on to earn Artists and Song of the Year awards and a loving following. (72 mins.)

THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE screens Friday, October 17 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

Reel Music 32: THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE

The 78 Project Movie

The 78 PROJECT MOVIE is a road trip across America to make one-of-a-kind 78 rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to- disc recorder

—one microphone, one blank disc, one 3-minute take. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of technologists, historians and craftsmen—Grammy- winning producers, 78 collectors, curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian—provide insights and history. From Tennessee, Mississippi, and Louisiana to California, folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy. Take a quick listen to some of the great music they captured at: http://the78project.com/music/.!

 

THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE screens Sunday, October 12 at 2pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 32nd Reel Music Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Many thanks to our festival sponsors: Music Millennium, Willamette Week, Walker, Day & Koch LLP, Oregon Music News, KINK.fm, MusicFestNW, All Classical Portland, PDX Jazz, KIND Healthy Snacks, XRAY.FM, KMHD, PDX Pipeline, Yelp!, Vortex Magazine and Portland Radio Project.

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