Northwest Tracking: I AM NOT A ROCK STAR

I am Not a Rock Star

The sacrifice of self, the acclaim, the adoring crowds… classical pianist Marika Bournaki fits the role. But the title of Oregon-born Bobbi Jo Hart’s award-winning portrait speaks to the contradictions of Bournaki’s life. Made over a span of eight years—following the classical phenom from age 12 to 20–the experience amounts to a front-row seat in the transition from child to adult and the forming of a personality. Shot in vérité style in concert halls and on the road around the world, Bournaki’s experience and stunning performances reveal both the rewards and costs of a life dedicated to music. (85 mins.)

 

I AM NOT A ROCK STAR screens Thursday, September 18 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.

(Re)Discoveries: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL – new 35mm print!

Ali Fear Eats the Soul

Fassbinder, who in his own way was always examining social norms and systems, here takes on the twin issues of explicit racism and love across generations, with his tale of the chance relationship between Moroccan guest worker Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) and aging, German-born housekeeper Emmi (Brigitte Mira), who meet in a bar when both are feeling depressed about their station in life. When their friends and families (among them Fassbinder himself as a lecherous boy- friend to one of Emmi’s daughters) learn of the relationship, each has a negative reaction, with actions ranging from out- ward rejection to humiliation. However, rather than focusing solely on the ugliness born of prejudice, Fassbinder focuses on Emmi and Ali’s love for each other, which takes on a poetic, hopeful tone for society in general. “For all his hatred of humanity, Fassbinder really loves his unlikely couple, and I think we wind up remembering this heartbreaking pair long after we’ve forgotten the plot or the argument.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum. (94 mins.)

35mm print courtesy of Janus Films.

 

ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL screens Friday, September 12 at 7pm and Sunday, September 14 at 4:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our (Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: EVERGREEN w/ producer Nils Cowan in attendance

Evergreen still

The passage of I-502—the ballot initiative that legalized recreational marijuana usage in Washington State—attracted national attention. EVERGREEN follows the successful campaign in detail and provides an overview of the debates involved in pushing the initiative to the finish line. “Morton captures the crucial moment when plenty of people agree on the general idea of legalization, but differ wildly on its specifics. The dissenting voices come not from those opposed to the legalization, but rather the terms of regulation set fort in the initiative. Rather than viewing the cause exclusively through the stoned proclamations of the movement’s base, most of the people featured are levelheaded advocates of fair policies.”—Indiewire. (86 mins.)

Producer Nils Cowan will be in attendance.

 

EVERGREEN screens Wednesday, September 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.

(Re)Discoveries: Howard Hawks’ RIO BRAVO – new 2k restoration!

 Rio Bravo

John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson team up in this idiosyncratic take on the “singing cowboy” Western from the ever-versatile Howard Hawks. When aging Sheriff John T. Chance (Wayne), who oversees a very small, unnamed Western town, arrests and jails accused murderer Joe Burdette (Claude Akins), Burdette’s brother Nathan vows revenge and hires guns with the intention of breaking Joe out. Chance, knowing he will be unable to hold off the Burdette clan, enlists Stumpy (Walter Brennan), his faithful deputy, Dude (Martin), the town drunk with demons to spare, and Colorado Ryan (Nelson), a young gunslinger with much to prove, to help him with the Burdette problem. Meanwhile, Feathers (Angie Dickinson), a beautiful local innkeeper, becomes increasingly involved in Chance’s affairs, much to his not-so-reluctant chagrin. As a showdown with the Burdettes looms, Chance is forced to evaluate his place and what kind of life he wants to live. “To watch RIO BRAVO is to see a master craftsman at work. The film is seamless. There is not a shot that is wrong. It is uncommonly absorbing.”—Roger Ebert. (141 mins.)

2k digital restoration completed by Warner Bros. from the original camera negative.

 

RIO BRAVO screens Saturday, September 6 at 4:30pm and Sunday, September 7 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our (Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

(Re)Discoveries: Billy Wilder’s SUNSET BOULEVARD – new 2k restoration!

Sunset Boulevard

Down-on-his luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), out of work, rejected by the studios, and facing repossession of his car—a necessary tool in early ‘50s Los Angeles—seeks accidental refuge at the home of former silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson, in a career-defining role). Norma’s once-opulent but decaying estate, located just off Sunset Boulevard and overseen by her watchful servant Max von Mayerling (Erich von Stroheim), provides the backdrop for a tumultuous relationship pulled from Greek tragedy. Gillis seeks a stable situation, which Norma can provide, showering him with gifts and affection. But each feeds from the other, as Norma becomes harmfully infatuated with not only Gillis but also her dreams of a career resurrection, mentored long ago by the great Cecil B. DeMille. The merciless system of Hollywood, with its cast-offs and also-rans, provides Wilder with more than enough material to form a scathing critique wrapped in the allure of an unexpected love affair. (110 mins.)

2k digital restoration completed by Paramount Pictures in cooperation with the Library of Congress and the Academy Film Archive.

 

SUNSET BOULEVARD screens Friday, September 5 at 7pm and Saturday, September 6 at 7:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our (Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints series.
Tickets are available online or at the door.

Last Top Down of 2014: Martin Scorsese’s THE KING OF COMEDY w/ DJ set by Ghost Capital

The King of Comedy1

Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) is a delusional schmuck living with his mother and a life-size cardboard cutout of Liza Minnelli, practicing to become a famous stand-up comedian. He leaves his basement set to stalk Johnny Carson-like talk show host Jerry Langford (icily played by Jerry Lewis), in the hopes of securing a spot on his show. Willing to go to great lengths to break into show biz, Pupkin enlists his madcap friend Masha (Sandra Bernhard) to help him kidnap Langford. Darkly hilarious, THE KING OF COMEDY is considered by many to be one of Scorsese and De Niro’s finest and most overlooked works. (109 mins.)

DJ set by Ghost Capital.

Sponsored by PDX Pipeline and ARTSLANDIA.

 

THE KING OF COMEDY screens Thursday, August 28 at 7pm atop Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure (SW 15th & Yamhill).  The film is being presented as part of our Top Down: Rooftop Cinema programs.

Tickets are available online at a lower price point than at the door.  Very limited quantities sold at the door.  Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Entry for advance ticket holders at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink. Day-of weather updates at nwfilm.org.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Car2Go, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.  CASH ONLY at the door.

Animation Director Mark Gustafson at Friday’s Wes’s World screening of FANTASTIC MR. FOX – 35mm print!

fantastic-mr-fox

We’re pleased as punch that Portland’s own Mark Gustafson, who worked as the animation director on FANTASTIC MR. FOX, will be in attendance at our Friday, August 22 screening of the film.  Mark will share his behind the scenes perspective on the making of the film.  We hope you’ll join us tomorrow night at 8:30pm for this exciting evening in the Whitsell Auditorium.  The film also screens on Saturday at 5pm without Mr. Gustafson.

Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through the secret world of animals by way of the terror that is factory farming. Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his wife (Meryl Streep), after being trapped following a disastrous farm raid, move to the base of a tree with their gloomy son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) in search of a more peaceful life. However, their tree lies next to a large farming facility run by three suspect farmers, who quickly initiate a scheme to flush the foxes out and hunt them. Naturally, Mr. Fox and crew are not so easily duped, teaming up with their fellow animal friends to launch a counterattack. (87 mins.)



FANTASTIC MR. FOX screens Friday, August 22 at 8:30pm and Saturday, August 23 at 5pm 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: CRAZYWATER

Crazywater

In Vancouver, Alex, from the Nisga’a Nation, talks about the abuse and violence that drove him to take his first drink. Paula, a Woodland Cree woman, started shooting up at age 11; soon, the only way to support her habit was as a sex worker. As a five-year-old girl, Desirae was put into foster care; now as an adult with her own kids, she struggles to break the generational cycle of addiction. Aboriginal writer/director Dennis Allen’s raw and honest exploration of substance abuse among First Nations communities begins in his own childhood, when, according to him, “people were drinking hairspray, they were drinking solvents. I understand it too, because I’m an alcoholic…. How can anyone understand us, if we don’t tell our story?” (56 mins.)

 

CRAZYWATER screens Wednesday, August 20 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.

Feast on Fall Offerings: Download Our September/October 2014 Schedule

The print edition of our September/October 2014 is hitting the streets right now and is on its way to mailboxes all around town.  We’re really excited about our upcoming lineup, which includes:

classes & workshops at our School of Film
–the 32nd annual Reel Music Film Festival
–a Portland stop-off for the touring Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series
–the local and regional selections that populate our Northwest Tracking series
–a curated collection of new restorations and prints that we’re calling (Re)Discoveries
–the 2014 edition of Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film
–and much more

If you’d like a handy & portable digital version of the schedule to comb over, you’ve come to the right place.  Just click on the image below to view, download or embed our September/October schedule:

Top Down: VANISHING POINT with DJ set by Strange Babes

Vanishing Point

Barry Newman plays the vaguely disillusioned antihero Kowalski, a solitary driver for a cross-country car delivery service. He picks up a roaring 1970 Dodge Challenger in Colorado and takes a bet to deliver it in San Francisco in less than 15 hours. With a handful of uppers, the pedal to the metal, and a blind DJ named Soul (Cleavon Little) rooting him on over the airways, Kowalski screams down the highways, encountering a snake handler, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorcycle, and plenty of cops. Lean on dialogue and heavy on squealing tires, this cult classic evokes a specific time and cultural mood—as DJ Soul says, Kowalski is the “last American hero because he is the last free soul on the planet.” (99 mins.)

Music by Strange Babes.

Sponsored by Yelp! Portland. Music sponsor: xray.fm.

 

VANISHING POINT screens Thursday, August 14 at 7pm atop Hotel deLuxe’s parking structure (SW 15th & Yamhill).  The film is being presented as part of our Top Down: Rooftop Cinema programs.

Tickets are available online at a lower price point than at the door.  Very limited quantities sold at the door.  Advance tickets are highly recommended.

Entry for advance ticket holders at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema is guaranteed until 8:30 PM. Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 PM. A limited number of chairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. Advance ticket holders who arrive after 8:30 PM but are not admitted to the screening (in the case of a sell-out) may exchange their tickets for another Top Down screening. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (c. 9 PM) or for entirely missed screenings. We appreciate your understanding. Please, no pets or outside food or drink. Day-of weather updates at nwfilm.org.

Thanks to our sponsors: Hotel deLuxe, Peter Corvallis Productions, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Car2Go, Portland Mercury, Yelp! Portland, KIND Healthy Snacks, PDX Pipeline, Artslandia and 94/7 FM KNRK.

Advance tickets are $9 general; $8 student/senior/Portland Art Museum member; $6 Silver Screen Club Friend.

Tickets at the door are $11 general; $10 student/senior/PAM member; $8 Silver Screen Club Friend.

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