SELECTED 3: Films Shortlisted for the Jarman Award

Selected 3

SELECTED 3 is a collection of artists’ film and video chosen by the artists shortlisted for The 2012 Jarman Award. The Jarman Award honors the legacy of avant-garde filmmaker Derek Jarman, recognizing and rewarding the exceptional creativity of today’s British artist-filmmakers whose work, like Jarman’s, resists conventional definition. Jamie Wyld, program co-curator, will be present to introduce the films, which include new works by Emma Alonze (I SPRAY HAIRSPRAY INTO THE AIR), Sophie Beresford (MAKING ADIDAS MERMAID), Nicholas Brooks (ARRASTRE), Mat Fleming (TWO LAKES), Piotr Krzymowski (BOYS), Naheed Raza (SILK), Frances Scott (THE MIRACLE METHODS series), Daniel Shanken (COHESION), Cheryl Simmons (WHAT ARE YOU DOING MAN?), and Edward Thomasson (JUST ABOUT MANAGING). (80 mins.)

Produced by videoclub and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) and supported by Arts Council England and Film London.


SELECTED 3 screens Tuesday, April 15 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Aleksandr Sokurov’s FAUST


Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, FAUST is Sokurov’s fourth and final film in his tetralogy on the corrupting effects of power. In MOLOCH (1999), TAURUS (2001), and THE SUN (2005), Sokurov turned his gaze on Hitler, Lenin, and Japan’s Emperor Hirohito, respectively. Here, the RUSSIAN ARK director offers a visceral, freestyle reading of the legend of Dr. Faust, a scholar who exchanges his soul for unlimited knowledge. Departing sharply from Goethe’s version of the tale, Sokurov’s Faust (Johannes Zeiler) inhabits an earthy, 19th-century world of primitive autopsies and medical rituals. He becomes obsessed with the beautiful Margarete (Isolda Dychauk) and desperately turns to a physically grotesque Moneylender to conjure their union. “Intensified by the immersive, painterly cinematography of Bruno Delbonnel (AMELIE), FAUST is a poetic meditation on, and a sensually overwhelming vision of, man’s unyielding hunger for knowledge.”—AFI Film Festival. (140 mins.)

Sponsored by the Russian and German departments of Reed College.

FAUST screens Friday, April 11 at 7pm and Sunday, April 13 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Did you miss it at PIFF 37? Another chance to catch THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM!

The New Rijksmuseum

“The renovation of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum went on for ten long, expensive years, so it is fitting that a documentary on this torturous (and often inadvertently hilarious) process should turn into not one but two feature-length movies. Spanish architects Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have designed an ingenious new entryway, but the Dutch Cyclists Union won’t tolerate reduced access for the 13,000 bicyclists who ride through the passageway daily. The museum’s magisterial director, Ronald de Leeuw, and his successor, the younger, scrappier Wim Pijbes, battle with curators, politicians, designers, city bureaucrats, and the public as the price of construction soars to $500 million. It’s a messy, complicated story, but fortunately, one with a glorious ending.”—Film Forum. “THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM proves that films can describe nuances of character and situation as finely as the finest novel or creative nonfiction.”— (240 mins.)

PLEASE NOTE: The scheduled 2 p.m. screening on Sunday, April 13, has been cancelled.


THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM screens Saturday, April 12 at 6:30pm and Monday, April 14 at 6pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.


Circadia See the Moon

A recent transplant from Seattle, Hanagan joins the Portland film community (and the Northwest Film Center staff) with a body of short film work that traverses a wide span of experimental and narrative approaches to visual storytelling. Each film is set in a world uniquely different from our own—one where buffoonery and eeriness are abundant in equal measure. With a passion initially sparked by the art of cinematography, his work demonstrates a concentrated study of experimentation with cameras, lenses, and all manner of visual trickery. His films playfully recreate cinematic genres, moving from the atmosphere of classic Universal horror films to ’60s psychedelic science fiction and beyond. Included in this screening are eight films: LANDING SHIP X-1 (2014, 8 mins.); ATLAS (2011, 7 mins.); HARVEY WULFE (2009, 4 mins.); SPANISH STEPS (2007, 3 mins.); TOASTERLAND (2007, 2 mins.); CIRCADIA SEES THE MOON (2005, 17 mins.); JACK STRANGE, LITERARY HERO (2001, 32 mins.); and HIT THE OFFICIAL IN THE FACE (2000, 5 mins.). (Total running time: 78 mins.)

Director Dave Hanagan will lead an audience Q&A following the program and will teach a workshop, MAKE YOUR OWN DSLR LENS, at the School of Film on June 14.


ROMANTIC MACABREDY: SHORT FILMS BY DAVE HANAGAN screens Thursday, April 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.

NW Film Center and White Bird present ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS

Rocco and His Brothers

A chronicle of family loyalty and disintegration, Visconti’s epic masterpiece is one of the most powerful and emotionally charged movies ever made. Rosaria Parondi and her five sons journey north to Milan to seek a better life, but the industrial north proves just as unforgiving as the desolation in Sicily. Simone (Renato Salvatori) becomes the first brother to find success—but his career as a boxer flounders when he meets Nadia (Annie Girardot), a beautiful prostitute. When Simone’s possessiveness drives Nadia away, she falls in love with his younger brother Rocco (Alain Delon). The lovers set in motion a shattering chain of events for which the family’s traditional values leave them unprepared. The most dramatic and spectacular film of Visconti’s career, its sweeping operatic style, Nino Rota score, and striking Giuseppe Rotunno cinematography influenced the work of directors Martin Scorsese (MEAN STREETS), Francis Ford Coppola (THE GODFATHER), and a generation of other filmmakers. (177 mins.)

Co-presented with White Bird Dance, which is presenting the world premiere of Dutch choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten’s dance-theater piece “Rocco,” based on the film, April 10-12. For information and dance performance tickets, visit

Admission to the film is free for White Bird ticket holders. Film attendees and Silver Screen Club members are eligible for a “Rocco” ticket discount. Choreographers Greco and Scholten will introduce the film.



ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS screens Sunday, April 6 at 6:30pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Orson Welles’ THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI – Brand New 4K Restoration!

Lady from Shanghai

In THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, writer/director Orson Welles shares the screen with Rita Hayworth, his second wife, creating a wildly stylish film noir that was years ahead of its time. Welles plays a tough, footloose Irish sailor who takes a job on a wealthy lawyer’s private yacht, only to fall in love with the sinister man’s beautiful wife. The story’s multiple double-crosses come to a boil in Marin County and San Francisco, where some of Welles’s (and cinema’s) most memorable visualizations of a twisted world of corruption and evil unfold with surreal delight. “The film’s bravura moments resonate beyond pyrotechnics, especially the magnificent sequences of reflexive cinema in the macabre Hall of Mirrors scene and the confession of love in a ‘fishbowl’—the San Francisco Aquarium.” —Pacific Film Archive. (87 mins.)

The brand new, 4K digital restoration of THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI screens Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5 at 7pm & 9pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Northwest Tracking: ICH HUNGER w/ Director Isaac Olsen in attendance

Ich Hunger

Tacoma writer/director/photographer/editor/animator Isaac Olsen’s expressionistic art film follows the exploits of an elusive “creature boy” who terrorizes a rural German township. This creature, naive but murderous, spends his days lurking in the woods and satisfying his lust for human flesh as an inspector from Frankfurt sets out to hunt him down. Olsen employs a visual cornucopia of moods, textures, and themes with miniatures, animation, water tank photography, and other techniques. With an international cast of non-actors speaking in German with English subtitles, this mostly black-and-white nod to German expressionism moves closer to the field of abstraction and transforms a simple narrative into a true sensory experience. (70 mins.)

Director Isaac Olsen will lead an audience Q&A following the screening.  Click here to hear a special interview edition of our Adjust Your Tracking podcast with Isaac Olsen speaking with host Erik McClanahan about the film.



ICH HUNGER screens Thursday, April 3 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.

Forever Burt: Added Screening of THE CRIMSON PIRATE on 35mm!

The Crimson Pirate poster

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added an additional 35mm screening of Robert Siodmak’s 1952 swashbuckling classic THE CRIMSON PIRATE to our Sunday, March 30 schedule, and that Burt’s youngest daughter Joanna Lancaster will be in attendance.

The most successful of Lancaster’s many action-packed swashbucklers made for his Hecht-Hill-Lancaster production company, THE CRIMSON PIRATE features Lancaster as Captain Vallo, leader of a ship of pirates intent on disrupting the plans of the British navy, who are sailing through the Caribbean to quash a rebellion on the island of Cobra. Aided by his first mate Ojo (Lancaster’s boyhood friend and circus partner Nick Cravat), Vallo meets with the rebels and promises to help them, but the rebels, wary of outsiders, do not trust him. As Vallo, Ojo, and the rest of the pirates work to prove themselves trustworthy, Vallo’s lust for money threatens to undermine their efforts. “Any viewer with a drop of red blood in his veins and with fond memories of the Douglas Fairbanks Sr. school of derring-do should be happy to go on this last cruise of the crimson pirate.”—The New York Times. (105 mins.)

THE CRIMSON PIRATE screens Sunday, March 30 at 4:30pm as part of our Forever Burt series in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.

Joanna Lancaster in Attendance at Forever Burt screenings of THE SWIMMER, ATLANTIC CITY, and THE CRIMSON PIRATE

The Swimmer

The Northwest Film Center is excited to announce that Burt Lancaster’s youngest daughter, Joanna Lancaster, will be attending our final three screenings of our month-long Forever Burt series.  Ms. Lancaster will introduce the Saturday, March 29 showing of THE SWIMMER and the Sunday, March 30 screenings of ATLANTIC CITY and  THE CRIMSON PIRATE with a post-screening Q&A to follow all shows.

Based on the famous John Cheever story of the same name, THE SWIMMER interrogates the American Dream, illuminating the ways that an upper-middle-class lifestyle can look wonderful on the surface but is occasionally built on a very unstable foundation. Lancaster here plays Ned Merrill, a seemingly successful businessman living in suburban Connecticut. He appears one day wandering through the woods in a swimsuit and finds himself in the backyard of some friends. After someone notes that there are swimming pools lining the periphery of the neighborhood, Ned decides to swim through them, traveling through past transgressions along the way, as each pool becomes a symbol for a specific time in his life. (95 mins.)


“As if his 1940s noir hoodlum had lived to see the 1980s, Lancaster’s Lou Pasco in ATLANTIC CITY catches only faint echoes of those glory days between his small numbers-running and petty errand-running for an aging widow of a notorious gangster. As the town disintegrates before him, Lou maintains his dignity and a tender awareness of the station to which age and cultural change have taken him. When a drug deal brings the crime underworld on his heels, money in his pocket, and a charming young woman at his side, he accepts this second youth with a giddy astonishment and chivalrous self-possession tempered by the wisdom of age. Rather than fall into tried-and-true mannerisms, Lancaster embraces Louis Malle’s sweet rendering with the restraint of an actor humbly consenting to yet another reincarnation.”—Harvard Film Archive. (104 mins.)


Screening times:

March 28 – Friday 7pm (THE SWIMMER sans Joanna Lancaster)
March 29 – Saturday 7pm (THE SWIMMER w/ guest Joanna Lancaster)
March 30 – Sunday 7pm (ATLANTIC CITY w/ guest Joanna Lancaster)

THE SWIMMER and ATLANTIC CITY are being presented as part of our Forever Burt series.  Advance tickets available here.


Screen icon Burt Lancaster cut his teeth in the circus and vaudeville but achieved everlasting fame in the motion pictures. Iconic star of such classic films as THE KILLERS (1946), SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957), and BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZ (1962), he acted with charm and wit, starring alongside some of Hollywood’s most glamorous and respected stars. Lancaster daringly performed his own stunts throughout his career, often making public appearances recreating noteworthy stunts as proof. Finally, with partners Harold Hecht and James Hill, Lancaster cannily produced films under their HHL banner—including many of Lancaster’s films and critical and commercial successes like MARTY (winner of the 1955 Academy Award for Best Picture). Lancaster’s film career spanned countless genres over five decades, during which the popularization of color in film, the Hollywood blacklist, and the move to widescreen all transformed the industry. This 12-film retrospective (on 35mm prints!) features some of Lancaster’s most esteemed roles and reveals that while changes to the industry are visible in the films, one constant remains: Lancaster and his trademark grin.

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

Classics from Studio Ghibli: CASTLE IN THE SKY on 35mm!

Castle in the Sky

A rare opportunity to see one of Miyazaki’s most stunningly beautiful, exciting, and infrequently screened films. A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky into the arms and life of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to those who can unlock its secrets. CASTLE IN THE SKY is an early masterpiece of storytelling and filmmaking whose imaginative and ornately detailed vision presaged later films like PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY. (124 mins.)

CASTLE IN THE SKY screens Thursday, March 27 at 7pm as part of our Classics from Studio Ghibli series in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).

Advanced tickets are available for purchase here.


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