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Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park

1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)

Northwest Film Center or NW Film Center

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  • Friday
    Dec 8 2017
    Heroes for Sale on 35mm

    Wellman’s pessimistic 1933 film presents the story of Tom Holmes (Richard Barthelmess), a soldier whose heroism on the battlefield is credited to a well-to-do friend. Returning from war, Tom becomes addicted to morphine, kicks it, and goes through a series of successes followed by quick setbacks. Cynical nearly to a fault, Heroes for Sale is perhaps one of the most indicting films of the Great Depression, skewering the failure of both nationalist and socialist ideology when pitted against the suffering of the masses waiting in breadlines for their next meal (the film’s most famous line of dialogue is “it’s the end of America.”).

    “The New Deal finale in the rain cannot wash away the downpour that floods what is not a Warner Brothers ‘Americanism story’ but an anti-Americanism story.”—Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood.

    This was one of the films featured in THE CONSCIENCE OF HOLLYWOOD: THE RISE OF SOCIAL PROTEST CINEMA, 1932-1937, a proposed OSU course, surveying six classic films that encompass social protest cinema in the 1930s.

    The course would have explored how the issues of poverty, political corruption, xenophobia and workers’ rights are depicted in the cinema of 1930s Hollywood and how it reflected the culture at large. In many ways, America in the 21st century bears a remarkable resemblance to the America of the 1930s: a polarized political climate rife with economic disparity, homelessness, a legal system riddled with corruption, ethnic targeting and immigration worries–all topics that resonate with an eerie similarity to the travails of today's uncertain world.

    Hollywood in the 30s, in all its uncanny and prescient wisdom, was quick to respond to the social injustices it perceived with a stream of hard-hitting and uncompromising entertainments designed to ignite the passions and fuel the hopes of beleaguered movie-goers across the country.

  • Saturday
    Dec 2 2017
    The Force screening - rebranding the Oakland PD - featuring Danielle Outlaw, new PPD Chief

    Screens Nov. 28 at 7pm, Nov. 29 at 7pm, and Dec. 2 at 4:30pm

    Winner of the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival, Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) spent two years embedded with the Oakland Police Department to chronicle its efforts to recast itself as a positive force in the community. As new chief (new Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw was a Deputy Chief in Oakland then) Sean Whent leads the effort to reform an embattled force, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, sparks a popular uprising demand police accountability and racial justice in Oakland and across the nation.

    “Gripping. Inspiring. Brutally honest.”—Screen Daily.

    “Hypnotic and eye-opening. I could have watched it for hours more.”—Bilge Eberi, LA Weekly.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 15 2017
    Jackson Documentary Screening: A Benefit for Safe Travels Fund

    Join us Wednesday, November 15 for an exclusive Portland screening of the award-winning film Jackson at the Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum. Tickets: Adult $9.00 Senior/Student $8.00

    Northwest Film Center A Voices in Action film:
    What is life like in a place where the anti-abortion movement has made access to legal abortion almost impossible? In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement has won significant legal, cultural, and political battles. particularly in the South where women in poverty and women of color are especially vulnerable. Set against the backdrop of the fight over the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, the documentary Jackson takes a close look inside the earnest state effort to ban abortion and families caught in conflict.
    Trailer: http://www.jacksonthefilm.com/trailer

    Proceeds from the event will go towards Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health Safe Travels Abortion Access Fund. Safe Travels provides support for transportation and lodging costs for people traveling in/to Oregon for their abortion care. In 2016, 81 nights in hotels were covered and the most frequent distance traveled was 220 miles round trip, with some people traveling from out of state.

  • Wednesday
    Nov 1 2017
    Priced Out: Gentrification in PDX, Film Premiere

    Portland's housing crisis is coming to the big screen! Priced Out: 15 years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon premieres Nov 1. for the opening night of the Northwest Filmmakers Film Fest. Reception at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7pm.

  • Wednesday
    Jul 19 2017
    Mixed Match - Portland Premiere Screening

    Mixed Match, a documentary particially filmed in Beaverton and Portland (at Doernbecher Children's Hospital) will have its Portland, Oregon premiere as part of the Northwest Film Center's Northwest Tracking screening series.

    Mixed Match is an important human story told from the perspective of mixed race blood cancer patients who are forced to reflect on their multiracial identities and complex genetics as they struggle with a seemingly impossible search to find bone marrow donors, all while exploring what role race plays in medicine. With the multiracial community becoming one of the fastest growing demographics in North America, being mixed race is no longer just about an identity, it can be a matter of life and death.

    TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/179551767

    Date: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:00pm * Pre-reception at 6pm in the Stevens room near the Whitsell Auditorium - everyone invited

    Location: Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue.

    CHEAP! Tickets range from $6 to $9 Buy them ASAP as this screening will sellout: https://nwfilm.org/films/mixed-match/

    Mixed Match director and producer, Jeff Chiba Stearns, along with local subjects, Lenore & Todd Thawley and Dr. Eneida Nemecek will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening.

    There will be a bone marrow drive at the screening hosted by Be the Match if people would like to sign up to the US stem cell registry. Please help us share this event to your family and friends in the Portland area! Thanks!

    Accolades and Awards

    • 2016 Audience Choice Award, Best Overall Feature: 20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
    • 2016 National Bank People’s Choice Award, Best Overall Feature: Vancouver Asian Film Festival
    • 2016 Runner-up - Audience Award: 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival
    • 2017 Closing Film: 4th Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference
    • 2017 Best of the Northwest Feature Award: 19th Spokane International Film Festival
    • 2017 Audience Award - Documentary: 35th CAAMFest

    Film Festival Official Selections

    • 2016 35th Vancouver International Film Festival – Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 2016 36th Hawaii International Film Festival – Honolulu, Hawaii, US
    • 2016 17th San Diego Asian Film Festival – San Diego, CA, US
    • 2016 20th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • 2016 20th Vancouver Asian Film Festival – Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 2016 9th Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
    • 2017 5th Seattle Asian Pacific Film Festival – Seattle, Washington, US
    • 2017 23rd Victoria Film Festival – Victoria, BC, Canada
    • 2017 33th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival – Los Angeles, California, US
    • 2017 35th CAAMFest – San Francisco, California, US
    • 2017 4th Hapa Japan / Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference – Los Angeles, California, US
    • 2017 41th Cleveland International Film Festival – Cleveland, Ohio, US
    • 2017 19th Spokane International Film Festival – Spokane, Washington, US
    • 2017 16th Powell River Film Festival – Powell River, BC, Canada
    • 2017 12th DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon – Eugene, Oregon, US
    • 2017 36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival – Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota, US
  • Saturday
    May 6 2017
    Screening of America is Waiting: Documenting J20 on the Streets of DC

    Grassroots screening and discussion of America is Waiting.

    Documenting J20; On the Streets of DC

    On January 20, 2017, protesters took to the streets of Washington, DC to disrupt the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Seattle director Georg Koszulinski and crew was on location to capture the reactions, thoughts, and emotions of the many people gathered in the nation’s capital to witness history. America is Waiting presents a chronicle of the day’s events, including on-the-street interviews with protestors and celebrators alike. By presenting the day’s events in reverse chronological order, the film reflects on the nature of constructed memory, image making, and the production of meaning across an historic event, calling into question the ways in which historical events become narrativized and condensed within popular discourse. Koszulinski’s man on the street film offers a fascinating look at passionate citizens committed to divergent paths forward.

  • Saturday
    Apr 15 2017
    The Native Wisdom Film Festival

    Wisdom of the Elders, a Portland cultural organization, records and preserves the history and arts — music, dance, storytelling and traditional arts — of exemplary Native Americans and shares them through a variety of multimedia productions and public events throughout the region. We are pleased to co-present with Wisdom of the Elders and the North West Film Center a special Native Wisdom Films Festival featuring four recently produced films through their Climate and Native Wisdom Films project, which explores the impact of environmental change on the cultural and economic lives of Native peoples in the Northwest. Accompanying the films is a selection of shorts made by students in Wisdom’s Native Film Academy.

    Doors open at 1:00 pm

    The first two films of the Alaskan Native Wisdom series from 2014 and 2016 and shorts by Ericha Casey and Devin Bruno run from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

    At 3:30 pm there will be an hour long intermission with food and music.

    The second two films of the Native Wisdom series that was shot and produced in the peast yera and shorts by Tiyana Casey and Meadow Wheaton will run from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

    At 6:00 pm there will be time for a short Q&A regarding the films with the director and some of the producers present.

    The Whitsell Auditorium is located at 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland (97201) —entrance to through the Museum’s Hoffman Lobby entrance off the outdoor sculpture court.

    The Native Wisdom Film series is funded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, Regional Arts and Culture Council and Coquille Indian Foundation.

    Contact miranda@wisdomoftheelders.org with any questions.