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!

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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!

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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.

Wes’s World: HAROLD AND MAUDE on 35mm!

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A classic of the much-mythologized New American Cinema of the 1970s, HAROLD AND MAUDE follows Harold (Bud Cort), a moneyed yet death-obsessed 19-year-old, and Maude (Ruth Gordon), a lively 79-year-old, who fall in love after meeting at a stranger’s funeral. Harold can’t enjoy life; his mother (Vivian Pickles) forces him into dates with women his own age, but he finds increasingly creative ways to shrug them off. Through a series of off-the-wall teachings, Maude shows Harold what it means to be happy and how to make the most of life. But as this unconventional relationship blooms and Harold announces his intention to marry Maude, one of her firmly held beliefs threatens to cut short their time together. (91 mins.)

HAROLD AND MAUDE screens Saturday, July 12 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.

Northwest Tracking: AN EVENING WITH ORLAND NUTT w/ Orland Nutt in attendance

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Portland’s Orland Nutt is a prolific filmmaker whose uniquely accessible experimental short works burst with an otherworldly sprightliness, humor, and charm. Tonight, Nutt will share selections from over a decade of work and premiere his latest, BEAR OF HEAVEN (2014), which features stop-motion animation, a miniature paper set, a choreographed performance of a poem, and contributions from many Portland friends. Among the older highlights are: ESCALATOR MEDITATION (2003), an early abstract work; video letter movies from his DEAR PETER (2008-2012) series, which intimately share his worldview; and selections from his visually ornate poetry series including I AM INTO YOUR FIRE (2011), where odd characters perform poems in fantastical settings. (90 mins.)

Director Orland Nutt will introduce the films.

 

AN EVENING WITH ORLAND NUTT screens Thursday, July 10 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.

Kaleidoscopic Visions: GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES – Brand New DCP Restoration!

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Helmed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES ranks among the greatest achievements of Japanese anime. The story follows two young siblings as they travel through the war-ravaged Japanese countryside searching for shelter after the bombing of their home and demise of their mother, in a supremely mournful film that calls into question what is sacrificed when nations clash. Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert championed the film, calling it “an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation” and adding it to his running list of “The Great Movies.” (89 mins.)

GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES screens Sunday, July 6 at 4:30pm and Wednesday, July 9 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Kaleidoscopic Visions: Animation Classics series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Kaleidoscopic Visions: AKIRA

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Katsuhiro Ohtomo’s influential work reinvigorated Western interest in Japanese anime and still feels cutting-edge to this day. Adapting the voluminous cyberpunk manga series of the same name, AKIRA depicts a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo on the brink of destruction once again. Set against this backdrop, motorcycle gang members Tetsuo and Kaneda find themselves ensnared in a conspiracy much deeper than their nightly skirmishes with a rival gang of biker clowns, one that threatens to transform their friendship, Neo-Tokyo, and Tetsuo forever. (124 mins.)

AKIRA screens Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Kaleidoscopic Visions: Animation Classics series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Join Us Friday, July 11 for the Northwest Film Center Community Open House!

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Have you ever wondered what the Northwest Film Center is all about?  Are you interested in becoming more involved with us?  Here’s your chance to get the behind-the-scenes scoop about the Film Center and Portland’s film scene!  Join us for an evening of food, drink and on-site specials (including raffle prizes!).  Mix and mingle with friendly Film Center staff and tour our facility.  Space is limited and RSVP is encouraged.  First 25 RSVPs will receive complimentary tickets for a movie on us!

For more details or to RSVP, contact Sophia Mackenzie at sophia@nwfilm.org.  Event is on Friday, July 11, 5:30-7p.m.  Location: 934 SW Salmon Street.

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