The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival: RAISE THE ROOF

Raise the Roof

The Wolinskys’ fascinating film tells the inspiring story of how a decimated wooden Polish synagogue is brought back to life and given a permanent home in the new Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Prior to their destruction by the Nazis, Poland was home to over 200 wooden synagogues, including the synagogue of Gwozdziec. Over a period of two summers, Boston-based artists and professors Rick and Laura Brown lead a team of students, traditional artisans, and builders to reconstruct Gwozdziec synagogue’s complex roof. Using original methods and tools, the team vividly unveils the forgotten artistry, science, and culture of Poland’s Jewish architectural heritage. In English and Polish with English subtitles. (85 mins.)

 

Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

RAISE THE ROOF screens Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival: DOUGH

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Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan is desperate to save his bakery in London’s East End. His customers are dying off, his sons have no interest in keeping the family business afloat, and hostile businessman Sam has his own greedy plans for the property. In a pinch, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash, a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy assists with the bakery’s daily chores while selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. One day, when Ayyash accidently drops his stash into the dough, the challah starts flying off the shelf, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young apprentice. (94 mins.)

DOUGH screens Saturday, June 20 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival: THE DOVE FLYER

The Dove Flyer

Kabi and his family face an uncertain future, as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It’s 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Muslim quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu just wants to care for his adored doves. Nissim Dayan’s film—based on the popular novel of the same name—recalls a lost and treasured time before expulsion to Israel, when almost 130,000 Jews lived in Iraq using the almost-extinct language of Jewish Iraqis, Judea/Arabic. (105 mins.)

THE DOVE FLYER screens Thursday, June 18 at 7pm and Wednesday, June 24 at 8:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival: TO LIFE

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Director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann sets his engaging drama in postwar Paris where Hélène (Julie Depardieu), a young Auschwitz survivor rebuilds her life while searching for her friends Lily and Rose (Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clément). When the women are finally reunited, they share a watershed vacation in the seaside town of Berck-Plage, enjoying the intimacies of life, love, and faith. An emotionally complex film about the sustaining power of women’s friendship is “…delicate and profound…an infectious ode to life and collective ritual to overcome horror through friendship, irony, the most intimate confessions and a desire to look towards the future.”– Cineuropa. (105 mins.)

TO LIFE screens Wednesday, June 17 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival: A PLACE IN HEAVEN

A Place in Heaven

In this tale within a tale, an uncompromising army officer nicknamed Bambi, who wins every military battle in the name of Zionism, somehow fails the daily tests of life. Returning from a daring mission, the secular military man strikes an unholy bargain with a devout young Holocaust survivor. The impulsive decision has providential consequences over the ensuing decades, as Bambi struggles in his pursuit of the Yemenite woman he loves and an illustrious career cut short by scandal. His tragic flaws are never more so felt than in his relationship with son Nimrod, who spurns his obstinate father and follows his own path as a religious Jew. Tackling big themes of parenthood, the afterlife, and unrequited love, Madmoni’s emotional meditation was nominated for ten Israeli Academy Awards including Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography. (113 mins.)

A PLACE IN HEAVEN screens Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm and Thursday, June 25 at 8:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

The 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival – Opening Night Selection MAGIC MEN

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In this moving road trip comedy, 78-year-old Greek-born atheist and Holocaust survivor Avraham and his estranged, middle-aged, Hasidic rapper son travel from Israel to Greece searching for the man who saved the father’s life during World War II. Arriving there against the backdrop of the ongoing financial crisis, the two are forced to confront their prickly relationship and a cross-cultural, cross-generational adventure takes shape as the men reclaim the past. Punctuated by touching moments of humor and affection, spectacular panoramas of the Adriatic coast, and a vibrant, Greek-infused musical score, MAGIC MEN was nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, with a win for Best Actor Makram Khoury. (100 mins.)

Welcome to the 23rd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies. While the Festival specifically celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity, we hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Oregon Israel Fund of OJCF; Oregon Jewish Life Magazine; Leonard & Lois Schnitzer Charitable Supporting Fund of OJCF; Diane Solomon, Family fund; Cedar Sinai Park; Schnitzer Care Foundation; Reuben & Liz Menashe; Carolyn Weinstein, Hasson Realtors; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Community Warehouse; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Portland Jewish Academy; Holzman Foundation; JStreet; German Consulate; Jewish Family & Child Services and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; Cong. Neveh Shalom and Cong. Shaarie Torah.

MAGIC MEN screens Sunday, June 14 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The program is being presented as part of the 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival.

Tickets are available online or at the door. Festival passes are available for purchase here.

The 50 Foot Challenge: A 50th Birthday Celebration for Super 8

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This Spring, the Northwest Film Center’s Equipment Room asked filmmakers to join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Super 8. We put out a call for submissions for The 50 Foot Challenge, a June 12th screening of Super 8 films at the School of Film. Entrants were asked to make a film using a single roll of Super 8 film and only in-camera edits. In the spirit of Super 8’s simplicity, participants shot in sequence and made no edits after the roll of film passed through the camera.
We will screen the submitted films on Friday, June 12, 7pm at Northwest Film Center School of Film, 934 SW Salmon St. This public screening will be followed by a birthday party featuring music and images from 1965, the year of Super 8’s birth. Admission is $5. In the spirit of celebration, there will be a complimentary Super 8 birthday cake on hand, as well as drinks available for purchase.

Sponsored by Kodak and Lightpress.

Participating filmmakers include:
Alicia J. Rose, David Cress, Zach Weintraub, Vanessa Renwick, Matt Schulte, Hannah Piper Burns, Ben Popp, Julie Keefe, Enie Vaisburd, Pam Minty, The Whiteman Brothers, Carl Diehl, Howard Mitchell, Nathan Williams, Sam Pirnak, Sika Stanton, Becky Meiers, Frances Fagan, Miles Sprietsma, and Stephanie Hough.

Screening times:
June 12 – Friday 7 pm934 SW Salmon St.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit http://www.nwfilm.org.

Northwest Film Center’s School of Film – 934 SW Salmon St.
Admission: $5; Cash and credit cards accepted at the door.

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THE TALES OF HOFFMANN – New 4K Restoration!

The Tales of Hoffmann

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and the British Film Archive teamed up for this dazzling digital restoration of one of the masterpieces of British, and musical, cinema. In many ways an artistic companion piece to THE RED SHOES, Powell and Pressburger’s adaptation of French composer Jacques Offenbach’s 1881 opera tells the tale of a melancholy poet who dreams of three women—a mechanical performing doll, a bejeweled satanic siren and a consumptive opera singer—all of whom break his heart in different ways. While in their earlier film the narrative was propelled by music and dance, HOFFMANN is a pure opera, composed entirely of music, dance, color, light, and rhythm. “An audacious essay in film fantasy! It’s crazy, twee, camp, exhilarating, trite, bold! It’s lip-sync opera, multilayered meta-theater, a kitsch extravaganza of luridly colored design, and keenly musical ballet.”—Alastair Macaulat, New York Times. “The perfect combination of music, dance, song, acting, design and beautiful women. As Cecil B. DeMille had said, you can have everything.”– Michael Powell. (138 mins.)

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN screens Friday, June 12 at 7pm and Saturday, June 13 at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

AN EVENING WITH JAY ROSENBLATT

The Claustrum

San Francisco filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt has made some two-dozen films since 1980, earning him numerous international awards and recognitions for a body of work that while personal, also explores the emotional and psychological core of human experience. A master of the found-footage form and the texturing of diverse visual and aural source material, this program provides a stimulating sampling of his masterful work, including: A LONG WAY FROM HOME (2015), a hand processed celluloid invocation of Jesus’ last hours that hints at the relationship between the spirit and the flesh; INQUIRE WITHIN (2012), a hypnotic, apocalyptic examination of false choices, double binds, vulnerability and faith; THE D TRAIN (2011), in which an old man reflects on his entire life; THE CLAUSTRUM (2014), a film focused on three women who are in enclosed psychological zones that function dually as refuge and jail ;I JUST WANTED TO BE SOMEBODY (2006), a grimly humorous take on singer and anti–gay rights crusader Anita Bryant; AFRAID SO (2006), a film about fear and anxiety narrated by Garrison Keillor; and PHANTOM LIMB (2005), a haunting expression of loss and grief. (80 mins.)

Director Jay Rosenblatt will present the films.

 

AN EVENING WITH JAY ROSENBLATT screens Thursday, June 4 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

EVERY THREE SECONDS

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According to UNICEF, every three seconds, someone dies of extreme poverty—usually the victim is a child, and typically the cause is a preventable disease. Daniel Karslake tells the unforgettable stories of five regular folks—a boy, a college student, a thirty-something, and two seniors—whose lives went from ordinary to extraordinary based on one simple decision—to engage. Each chose action over apathy, and in the process, each one has had a significant and lasting impact on two of the most challenging, yet solvable, issues of our time: hunger and extreme poverty. EVERY THREE SECONDS is about doing well by doing good – about changing the world and changing one’s own life in the process. (99 mins.)

Co-presented with Women for Women International.

The film will be followed by a brief Q&A facilitated by activist and author Lisa Shannon.

 

EVERY THREE SECONDS screens Tuesday, June 9 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

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