Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum

Location

1219 SW Park Ave
Portland
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OR
97205
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US

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Past Events

Tuesday
Nov
1
2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Do Not Resist Directed by Craig Atkinson United States, 2016, 73 mins., English Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist starts on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown and offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and glimpses into the future of increasingly militarized forces. From a ride along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to a look inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of armed-combat equipment, a picture emerges of a future of high-end weapons and battlefield tactics in communities large and small. Sponsored by School of Social Work at Portland State University
Wednesday
Oct
26
2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
After Spring Directed by Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching United States, 2016, 101 mins., Arabic/English/Korean The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is the largest gathering spot in the Middle East for the millions of refugees fleeing the bloody civil war in Syria. While some have escaped to Europe, the majority of people driven from their homes find themselves in an endless limbo, fearful that their children will never have a normal life and that violence will be generational. As we follow two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, we come to understand the experience of camp life and the anguish of rebuild lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. The Crossing Directed by George Kurian Norway, 2015, 55 mins., Arabic/English A first-hand account of the perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees. Traversing land and sea on an old fishing boat manned by smugglers, the nail-biting journey leads to Europe where the refugees disperse. Each must battle to stay sane and create an identity among the maze of regulations and refugee hostels. The Crossing shows us the lengths to which people go to find safety and forge their own destiny. In English and Arabic with English subtitles.
Wednesday
Oct
19
2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
When Two Worlds Collide Directed by Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel United States, 2016, 103 mins., Spanish Brandenburg and Orzel’s stirring film takes us to the heart of a tense and controversial battle between Peruvian leaders invested in extracting natural resources from the Amazon, and indigenous activists equally determined to protect their homes and a fragile ecosystem. As the government passes legislation that enables opening the rainforests to exploitation, indigenous leader Alberto Pizango makes an impassioned stand to stop the extraction of oil, minerals, and gas that will forever change the land. Sparking one of the largest public protests in Peruvian history, Pizango is accused of inciting violence and exiled. As visions bitterly collide, environmental destruction hangs in the balance. Winner of the World Cinema documentary prize for best first feature at Sundance Film Festival.
Tuesday
Oct
18
2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Do Not Resist Directed by Craig Atkinson United States, 2016, 73 mins., English Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Do Not Resist starts on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown and offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and glimpses into the future of increasingly militarized forces. From a ride along with a South Carolina SWAT team, to a look inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence,” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of armed-combat equipment, a picture emerges of a future of high-end weapons and battlefield tactics in communities large and small. Sponsored by School of Social Work at Portland State University
Wednesday
Oct
12
2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
When Two Worlds Collide Directed by Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel United States, 2016, 103 mins., Spanish Brandenburg and Orzel’s stirring film takes us to the heart of a tense and controversial battle between Peruvian leaders invested in extracting natural resources from the Amazon, and indigenous activists equally determined to protect their homes and a fragile ecosystem. As the government passes legislation that enables opening the rainforests to exploitation, indigenous leader Alberto Pizango makes an impassioned stand to stop the extraction of oil, minerals, and gas that will forever change the land. Sparking one of the largest public protests in Peruvian history, Pizango is accused of inciting violence and exiled. As visions bitterly collide, environmental destruction hangs in the balance. Winner of the World Cinema documentary prize for best first feature at Sundance Film Festival.
Wednesday
Oct
5
2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
When Two Worlds Collide Directed by Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel United States, 2016, 103 mins., Spanish Brandenburg and Orzel’s stirring film takes us to the heart of a tense and controversial battle between Peruvian leaders invested in extracting natural resources from the Amazon, and indigenous activists equally determined to protect their homes and a fragile ecosystem. As the government passes legislation that enables opening the rainforests to exploitation, indigenous leader Alberto Pizango makes an impassioned stand to stop the extraction of oil, minerals, and gas that will forever change the land. Sparking one of the largest public protests in Peruvian history, Pizango is accused of inciting violence and exiled. As visions bitterly collide, environmental destruction hangs in the balance. Winner of the World Cinema documentary prize for best first feature at Sundance Film Festival.
Wednesday
Feb
24
2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 8:30-10:30pm
8:30-10:30pm
The Portland International Film Festival is the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. Now in its 39th year, PIFF includes 97 features and 62 short films from three-dozen countries. Like the Film Center’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, which surveys outstanding new work by our region’s media makers,The Portland International Film Festival explores not only the art of film but also the world around us, no matter the place or the language spoken. For full information about the Festival, check out http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/ This screening brings us: ABOVE AND BELOW DIRECTOR: Nicolas Steiner - SWITZERLAND Nicolas Steiner’s sublime exploration of lives lived on the fringe is set in a seemingly apocalyptic world that happens to be our own. Living above ground, April dons a spacesuit to simulate life on Mars as part of a remote science program in Utah, while Dave has left modern society for an abandoned military bunker in the California desert. Meanwhile, finding shelter below in Las Vegas storm drains, are Lalo, Rick, and Cindy, who contend with frequent, dangerous flooding to survive on their own terms. “…[Above and Below] treats its subjects with a dignity that transcends judgment and a poetic sensibility that ranks it among the year’s most remarkable cinematic discoveries.?—Variety. In English. (110 mins.)
Sunday
Feb
21
2016
Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 3:30-5pm
3:30-5pm
The Portland International Film Festival is the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. Now in its 39th year, PIFF includes 97 features and 62 short films from three-dozen countries. Like the Film Center’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, which surveys outstanding new work by our region’s media makers,The Portland International Film Festival explores not only the art of film but also the world around us, no matter the place or the language spoken. For full information about the Festival, check out http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff39/ This screening brings us: 50 Feet From Syria DIRECTOR: Skye Fitzgerald - UNITED STATES (PORTLAND, OR) For Dr. Hisham Bismar, a successful hand surgeon in the United States, images of wounded Syrian refugees flowing across international borders compels action. Hisham’s journey serves as a portal into a tragic conflict and remarkable people working to save lives at great personal risk. (39 min.) WITH OPEN YOUR EYES DIRECTOR: Irene Taylor Brodsky - UNITED STATES Living under the Himalayan sun, their eyes have slowly gone milky white. Manisara and Durga have cataracts, and their mountain home in Nepal has become a warren of darkness. Shot over three days, Open Your Eyes follows their extraordinary journey down the mountain for a chance to see again. (34 mins.) Directors Irene Taylor Brodsky and Skye Fitzgerald in attendance. 2015
Friday
Feb
5
2016
Friday, February 5, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
Presented by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White, and produced for the BBC’s Arena and PBS, MacMahon and a host of co-producers piece together the extraordinary 1920s story of record companies leaving the big city to tour America's backroads and capture for the first time the raw musical expressions of rural cultures. These field recordings, initially aimed for the rural markets from which they came, democratized music and gave a voice to the most marginalized demographics in the nation. Following the trail to rediscover the families whose music was recorded, and whose legacy has left a lasting impact on popular music, AMERICAN EPIC reveals the remarkable lives of these seminal musicians through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era. In this special advance screening of one of the three episodes in the series, the filmmakers travel deep into the Hopi nation and its musical traditions, explore the origins of Hawaiian slack-key guitar, discover the hybrid of cultures expressed in Tejano music, head through bayou country and its Cajun music, and end up in Avalon, Missisippi to explore the history of the delta blues and its innovator, Mississippi John Hurt. (82 mins.) AMERICAN EPIC UK/US 2016 DIRECTORS: BERNARD MACMAHON 33rd Reel Music - January 15- February 8, 2016 Reel Music is the Film Center’s annual showcase exploring the lively interplay between sound and image, music and culture. Featuring everything from collections of vintage performance clips to new documentary and dramatic films, to cutting-edge music videos and animation, Reel Music embraces films exploring a variety of musical genres—jazz, blues, rock, classical, opera, and avant-garde—and fuses them into a unique cinematic celebration.
Tuesday
Feb
2
2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 7-9pm
7-9pm
When jihadists took control of Northern Mali in 2012 they imposed one of the strictest interpretations of Sharia law in history. Music was banned, radio stations were destroyed, instruments were burned, and musicians faced torture or even death. In a country celebrated for its vibrant musical tradition, the most revered members of society – musicians – were forced into hiding or exile. Schwartz’s film follows Mali’s musicians as they fight to keep music alive in their country. The film bears witness to fierce military battles, life in refugee camps where money and hope are scarce, and perilous journeys home to war-ravaged cities. However, for a band called Songhoy Blues, the path of impassioned resistance leads to international stardom. The film's score was composed by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Nick Zinner and features music from a variety of artists, including Khaira Arby, Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar, Amkoullel and Moussa Sidi. (100 mins.) THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST UK 2012 DIRECTOR: JOHANNA SCHWARTZ 33rd Reel Music - January 15- February 8, 2016 Reel Music is the Film Center’s annual showcase exploring the lively interplay between sound and image, music and culture. Featuring everything from collections of vintage performance clips to new documentary and dramatic films, to cutting-edge music videos and animation, Reel Music embraces films exploring a variety of musical genres—jazz, blues, rock, classical, opera, and avant-garde—and fuses them into a unique cinematic celebration.