World War I on Film: ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

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Adapting Erich Maria Remarque’s classic novel of the atrocities of war for Universal, Lewis Milestone produced one of the studio’s most expensive, sweeping films—one that resonated deeply with a public still dealing with the aftermath of the great war and mired in severe economic depression. A group of German boys—who we first see, impressionable and naïve, at secondary school—are compelled to join the army “for the Fatherland,” following an impassioned speech by their headmaster. Paul (Lew Ayres), the moral center of the group, and the others are then sent through the various levels of hell in this searing tale of wartime horrors and their post-war repercussions, which has deep resonance today with its strong anti-war, pro-human message. (136 mins.)

35mm sync-silent preservation print with score, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT screens Thursday, November 20 at 7pm and Sunday, November 23 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our World War I on Film series in conjunction with the Portland Art Museum’s exhibition This is War! Graphic Arts from the Great War, 1914-1918, running through December 14, 2014.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

KANO with Director Umin Boya in Attendance

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For every young baseball player in Japan, reaching Koshien, the Japanese High School Baseball Championship, is the ultimate dream. In the 1930s, when Taiwan was a Japanese colony, Koshien was also the dream of the hapless, multi-ethnic high school baseball team from rural Chiayi known as KANO, short for Kagi Agricultural and Forestry School. When a new coach reluctantly takes over, he turns the team and their entire town into believers that this winless team can reach a place they never thought possible. A true underdog sports story of living the dream, KANO was the winner of the Audience Award at both the 2014 Taipei and Osaka Asian Film Festivals. “Reps a landmark feat in the way it revisits Taiwan’s long-suppressed colonial past with great authenticity and resplendent style.”—Variety. (185 mins.)

Director Umin Boya in attendance. Co-presented with the Taiwanese Association of Greater Portland.

 

KANO screens Tuesday, November 18 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).
Tickets are available online or at the door.

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: GLENA w/ director Allan Luebke and star Glena Avila in attendance!

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“Glena Avila is a single mother from The Dalles who decided in her 30s to pursue a career as a mixed martial-arts fighter. Devoting herself to a grueling training regimen that puts her relationship with her boyfriend and her children at risk, and fending off a custody battle with her ex-husband and the foreclosure of her home, this 5-foot-4-inch, 115-pound dynamo never gives up in her quest for cage-match glory. Sounds like an inspirational, even sappy, Hollywood script treatment, right? Wrong. Luebke filmed Avila for more than a year and then spent three years editing the footage into this astonishing real-life saga of grit, tears, and vicious competitive combat.” —The Oregonian. (84 mins.)

GLENA screens Saturday, November 15 at 1pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

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Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: HOUSE OF LAST THINGS

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Alan is a successful classical music critic. His wife Sarah is an obsessively grieving woman, struggling with an unspoken tragedy even after months of institutionalized therapy. The couple embarks on a recuperative trip to Italy and arranges for a house sitter, Kelly. Young and lonely, longing for commitment and the better things in life, Kelly is quickly joined by her younger brother Tim (RJ Mitte from BREAKING BAD) and her trashy boyfriend Jesse. It’s not long before the trio find themselves drawn into a web of disturbing revelations when Jesse suddenly decides to kidnap eight-year-old Adam from the supermarket. But not all is what it seems with Adam. There is nothing of him in the news, and from the moment he arrives, he seems to radiate innocent control over the house’s hapless occupants. (119 mins.)

HOUSE OF LAST THINGS screens Friday, November 14 at 8:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND

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Created by Portland’s award recognized Sowelu ensemble, filmed on majestic landscapes in rural Oregon and Southern Washington, and shot in a 70’s retro art-house style, ANSE AND BHULE is an original drama of two cultures that survive a cataclysm. In this post-apocalyptic love story, a group of boys living in a cave develop a unique ritual culture and language influenced by religion, childhood fears, and superstition. Through ritual vision quests, they decide to travel the earth killing diseased creatures, making the world “clean” for their brotherhood. on their way, they discover a “her”, the first woman they have seen. Though sick, she speaks to Bhule and awakens ideas about the world he has never entertained. (100 mins.)

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND screens Thursday, November 13 at 8:45pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

Veterans Day at The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: MENDING THE LINE with MIND ZONE

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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. 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. Director John Waller’s inspirational film follows Moore on his arduous physical and emotional journey from home on the North Umpqua River to the battlefields of his youth. (40 mins.)

 

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Filmmaker/Psychologist Jan Haaken’s MIND ZONE follows therapists with the 113th Army Combat Stress Control detachment as they carry out two conflicting missions: protecting soldiers from battle fatigue and keeping these same soldiers in the fight. With psychiatric casualties mounting, the United States Army ups the deployment of mental health detachments to war zones—an undertaking on a scale previously unimaginable. As the 113th is deployed to Afghanistan and trains for their dual roles as soldiers and healers, Colonel David Rabb and his team of therapists are equipped with a wide arsenal of psychological techniques. The documentary moves between the battle zone and the home front, offering a rarely seen glimpse of heated debates within the field of psychology over diagnosis and treatment of combat conditions and the limits of using categories such as post-traumatic stress disorder to capture the psychological impacts of warfare. (50 mins.)

MENDING THE LINE and MIND ZONE screen Tuesday, November 11 at 6pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: RETURN OF THE RIVER

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When frontiersmen came to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to “conquer” the untamed landscape, they paid little attention to the ecological consequences on the Elwha River and even less attention to the social impact on the indigenous Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Dams were built and the river was re-routed, creating bustling new towns while destroying tribal lands and decimating the critical salmon population. With the river’s ecosystem on life support, it seemed unlikely that anything could remedy the situation. But a group of environmental advocates, scientists, politicians, and dedicated Klallam crusaders reversed the tide of public opinion and initiated the largest dam demolition in history. (70 mins.)

RETURN OF THE RIVER screen Monday, November 10 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The films are being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: FRIENDSHIP (w/ TACO NIGHT)

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Alex, Todd, and Stephen are three hard-working friends who are content with spending their paychecks on hunting, beer, and women. Their simple life is soon disrupted when a strange band of brothers begin antagonizing them. (64 mins.)

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Two old friends who haven’t kept in touch drop by a party where they encounter a combative couple. (16 mins.)

FRIENDSHIP and TACO NIGHT screen Saturday, November 8 at 8pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The films are being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

The 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival: BELLA VISTA

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Having recently moved to Missoula, Montana to teach English to a group of international students, thirty-something Doris finds herself alone. She wanders listlessly, but her students possess courage, purpose, and grounding and understand what it takes to belong. Inspired in part by director Vera Brenner-Sung’s experience moving to Montana in 2011, BELLA VISTA is a meditation on displacement and adaptation in the contemporary American West exploring both the perils of rootlessness as well as the optimism of new beginnings. (83 mins.)

BELLA VISTA screens Saturday, November 8 at 4pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of the 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Our thanks to Festival sponsors and supporters: LAIKA, Pro Photo Supply, Oregon Arts Commission, The Portland Mercury, Regional Arts & Culture Council, The Jackson Foundation, McMenamins, North By Northwest, Potboiler Story Company, Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Mission Control, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television, Metro, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Koerner Camera Systems, and Funnelbox Production Studios.

Purchase tickets in advance and SAVE!!!  Advance tickets available exclusively from Mercury Tickets here: http://bit.ly/1wPahPi
Official NWFest41 microsite: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest41/

Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film – NELSON MANDELA: THE MYTH AND ME

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Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great icon of liberation Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. In a personal odyssey encompassing an imaginary letter to Mandela and conversations with politicians, activists, intellectuals, and artists, Matabane questions the meaning of freedom, reconciliation, and forgiveness—and challenges Mandela’s legacy in today’s world of conflict and inequality. (86 mins.)

NELSON MANDELA: THE MYTH AND ME screens Thursday, November 6 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.

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