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Northwest Film Center

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

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  • Monday
    Oct 2 2017
    Killer of Sheep screening, about post-’68 African-American life in Watts

    Made as the thesis film for his Master’s degree from UCLA, Burnett’s piercing yet tender look into post-’68 African-American life in Watts is a cornerstone work of the American independent cinema of the 1970s despite being long unavailable in any form. Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders), the titular slaughterhouse worker and a man like any other, holds this steady yet brutal job in order to support his family. When Stan begins to find the work repulsive, he must deal with the consequences of either quitting—despite his wife’s protests and the terrible job prospects for a Black man in Watts—or continuing to perform work that has a highly symbolic meaning in this specific time and place, and considering Stan’s circumstances. Burnett wrote, directed, produced, shot, and edited Killer of Sheep, his first feature, which would launch a career marked by fits and starts but also by several unquestionable masterpieces. “Killer of Sheep is one of the great débuts in the history of cinema; though this treasure is now restored to its rightful place in history, the decades can’t be remade, and the gap in the world of filmmaking—and in the world as such—that the movie’s unavailability represented can never be made good.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

  • Friday
    Sep 29 2017
    Dolores - Portland, OR screening
    Northwest Film Center

    See the film, directed by Peter Bratt, about Dolores Huerta. She is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87.

    With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

    Q&A screenings announced! Peter Bratt in person Sept 29 & 30.

  • Tuesday
    Sep 26 2017
    Poetic Migrations at NW Film Center

    These three Portland-made films explore passages of migration between homelands, texts, dreams and molecules.

    HAFT-SEEN (2017, 30 mins.), a visual poem written and scored by Roland Dahwen Wu, Jonathan Raissi, and Stacey Tran, is an homage to immigrant experiences and first-generation narratives of inheritance, spirituality, and the diasporic threads we weave and pass on through generations.

    SIGHT (2017, 17 mins.) is a sci-fi/dream/exploration about using your gifts. Directed by Kalimah Abioto, this is a short experimental film about a little girl who travels to different dimensions in her dreams.

    FIELD THEORIES (2017, 9 mins.), a collaboration between Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, and keyon gaskin, remixes and reimagines written work from Bashir’s third collection of poetry. These three Portland-made films explore migrations between countries, between molecules, between people, between texts, between dreams.

    Kalimah Abioto is a Portland based artist and filmmaker. She is an Open Signal producer, Night Lights 2016 Artist in Residence, and directed SIGHT. kabioto.com

    Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsession with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College. samiyabashir.com

    keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their performance with their credentials.

    Jonathan Raissi is a sound artist, photographer and writer whose thematic interests involve critical theory, modernity and memory. His ambient noise project, Yasna, has released three full-length digital albums in the last two years in conjunction with visual and theoretical experiments. jonathanraissi.com

    Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. She curates Tender Table and her writing can be found in diaCRITICS, The Fanzine, GRAMMA, and The Volta. Wendy's Subway released her first chapbook, Fake Haiku (February 2017). Her first full-length book, Soap for the Dogs, is forthcoming from Gramma in Spring 2018. www.staceytran.com

    Roland Dahwen Wu is a filmmaker and photographer. His films include Ya no hay pájaros en los nidos de ayer (2010), Quarantine (2015), We are all the production line I & II (2016-2017). He is the founder of Patuá Films. rolanddahwen.com

  • Friday
    Sep 22 2017
    Friday Film Club: screening of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights

    Chaplin, neverendingly empathetic to his characters—and thus to their real-world counterparts, usually the poor and downtrodden of American society—crafted perhaps his crowning achievement with this 1931 silent, one of the last of its kind, coming well into the sound era. His famous Tramp character here falls head-over-heels in love with a blind flower girl (a marvelous Virginia Cherrill), but considering her inability to see the Tramp’s perpetually dishevelled outward appearance, various misunderstandings ensue as he valiantly tries to raise money for an eye operation. “Orson Welles, Robert Bresson, and Andrei Tarkovsky all named City Lights as their favorite film of all time—what further recommendation do you need? Here is one of the perfect movies, as well as the apotheosis of Chaplin’s mix of humor and sentiment… As for the Tramp’s relationship with the blind flower girl, it is one of the most moving in cinema, as direct, funny, and heartwarming a depiction of love as one could imagine.”—Ben Sachs, Cine-File Chicago.

  • Tuesday
    Sep 19 2017
    Women in Film Portland Members Showcase Screening

    Northwest Film Center

    Women in Film Portland Members Showcase Screening at the NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium
    September 19th, 2017 (6:30pm - 9:30pm)
    (reception begins at 6:30pm and screening begins at 7:30pm)

    Networking, Screening & Q&A Discussion
    We want to screen the work of WIF Members at the Whitsell Auditorium!

    Advanced tickets can be purchase here: https://11099a.blackbaudhosting.com/11099a/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=544fe254-74ec-4af8-8bd8-5506c4ec986f

    Women In Film Portland
    Nonprofit Organization · Portland, Oregon
    Welcome to the Women In Film Portland fan page! Like this page to learn more about the Portland chapter. To join as a member visit www.wifpdx.org!