Since 1977, the Film Center’s statewide Filmmakers-in-the-Schools Program has partnered with K-12 schools and community organizations around Oregon to bring the power of filmmaking to young people through artist residencies with Film Center faculty. Hundreds of youth-authored films have been made, many of them now a capsule in time. With support from a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 84 of these films have recently been rescued from the clutches of aging videotape stock by being digitized onto archival media. Drawing from those archives, this screening presents a vintage youth-eye view of how family and community define and reflect us and includes: KEEP OUR LAND FOR THE FUTURE (1991), about how young people are helping to shape the future of the rural community of Pine Creek, Oregon, created through an artist residency with Kristy Edmunds; THOUGHT I KNEW: FACING REALITY FROM THE INSIDE (1993), a call out from incarcerated teens in the MacLaren Correctional Facility in Salem, Oregon, about living a life of honesty, sobriety and personal responsibility, created with artist-in-residence Christopher Ley; and FRIENDS FIRST (1992), a Romeo and Juliet-inspired story of escape and recovery, created with Taft High School in Newport, Oregon, and artist-in-residence Sharon Genasci.
OUT OF THE ARCHIVES: YOUTH-MADE FILMS FROM ACROSS OREGON screens Friday, April 10 at 5:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).
Free with admission to the Portland Art Museum, which is $5 after 5 PM on Fridays.