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"Paranoid Park" by Gus Van Sant

Winner of both the Golden Palm and Best Director awards in 2003 for Elephant, director Gus Van Sant returns this year with Paranoid Park, a feature-length film in which the characters are once again teenage boys. This adaptation of Blake Nelson's novel of the same name follows 16-year-old skateboarder Alex, who accidentally kills a security guard outside Paranoid Park, Portland's most infamous skateboarding locale. When he decides not to tell anyone, he takes on a crushing burden of guil...

PDX Festival: News, Visiting Artists, and Special Events

PDX is about to host an amazing bevy of visiting artists this year. Lynne Sachs will pop in from her Brooklyn digs to screen her amazing documentary, States of UnBelonging, as well as present a special festival workshop at the Northwest Film Center (see below). Gary Hustwit will also be in town to present the Portland premiere of his much-lauded and much-anticipated feature length documentary, Helvetica. The masterminds behind Seattle record and DVD label, Sublime Frequencies, will be roaming th...

Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival Highlights

The Sixth Annual Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (PDX Fest for short!) will take place at the historic Hollywood Theatre April 25-29, 2007 (that's just two weeks away!). Presented by Peripheral Produce, this year's fest promises a diverse selection of provocative, artistic, and firmly uncompromising films from around the globe. The full festival schedule is now up and running at www.peripheralproduce.comFestival Highlights include:OPENING NIGHT!Charged in the Name of Terror: ...

Portland International Film Festival's Audience Awards

The 30th Portland International Film Festival wrapped up its 16 day run Sunday, February 25 after screening 82 features and 34 shorts from 35 countries to more than 31,000 Festival attendees. Enthusiastic audiences voted this year's Oscar winner Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck's THE LIVES OF OTHERS (Germany) Best Feature and Best New Director Award. Florian was on hand at the Opening Night Party sponsored by Hollywood Video.Portland filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky's HEAR AND NOW (US) emerged wi...

Portland International Film Festival Encore screenings

The Portland International Film FestivalClosing Night and Encore ScreeningsThe 30th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) has been packing audiences into its theatres daily since opening on February 9th and is looking forward to several highlight events still to come in this 16-day feast of outstanding international cinema.The last films on Closing Night include:"Summer Palace" 2/24 7:45 Broadway Metroplex (B1)"Red Road": 2/24 8:00 Whitsell Auditorium (WH)"Private Fears": 2/24 8:15 Cinema ...

The Portland Festival restrospective on posters

The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) looks back on the last 30 years with a Poster Retrospective. From flying space pickles to painterly compositions, each poster gives a glimpse into the evolution of print design and the themes of the International Film Festival. The Northwest Film Center has commissioned various graphic designers over the years, including artists such as Monte Dolack, Michael Kelley and Steve Sandstrom. Many PIFF posters have won industry awards for their design.Exh...

The Portland International Film Festival turns 30

The Portland International Film Festival30th AnniversaryFebruary 9-24, 2007On March 17th, 1977, the first Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) opened with a long line of film fans and eager patrons ready to see Orson Welles' F is for Fake, the first of 20 films from 20 countries. Over the last 30 years and thousand of films, the Festival has drawn hundreds of thousands of people from throughout the Northwest to an event that will this year showcase 125 films from three dozen countries and...

15th Jewish Film Festival

The 15th annual Portland Jewish Film FestivalThis year's films, while they express specific Jewish experiences, resonate beyond their cultural inspiration and speak to ideas, experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. We invite you to explore, discover and acknowledge as we do the generosity of our individual program sponsors and patrons, whose ongoing investments make the Festival possible.JAN 18 THUR 7 PMFAMILY LAWARGENTINA 2005DIRECTOR: DANIEL BURMANBurman's warm dramatic come...

The Northwest Film Center tribute to Janet Gaynor

In the decade from 1927-1937 Janet Gaynor (1906-1984) emerged as one of Hollywood's great stars, immensely popular with the public for her portrayals as the sincere but spunky waif in a series of popular musicals, melodramas, and romantic comedies conceived especially for her at 20th Century Fox. Gaynor started out as an extra in silent pictures- Hal Roach comedy shorts as well as features-before earning her break with a small but crucial part in THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD (1926). A long-term contract ...

Northwest Film & Video Festival Schedule of Events

33rd Northwest Film & Video Festival Schedule of EventsShowing November 10-November 18The Northwest Film & Video Festival, officially kicks off Friday, November 10th with a program of short films at 7pm at Cinema 21 Theatre. After the show there will be an Opening Night Party with musical guests Eux Autres at the Laura Russo Gallery. Admission for Opening Night festivities are $10 for screening and party or $10 for party alone. The Festival, playing throughout the week at the Whitsell Auditoriu...

Northwest Film & Video Festival

33rd Northwest Film & Video FestivalShorts and Feature FilmsShowing November 10-November 18After months of diligent endeavors to unearth all the Northwest filmmakers with new and exciting work, The Northwest Film & Video Festival, presented by the Northwest Film Center, received over 350 submissions from moving image artists peppered across the region. The theme of this year's Festival "Film Made Me Do It" draws on the sometimes heroic, sometimes pathetic lengths to which filmmakers must often t...

Bend Film Festival

Now in its third year Bend FF has proven itself as both a venue for unique, independent film as well as a viable marketplace for indy filmmakers. Filmmaker Craig Highbergers ‘deal’ for theatrical distribution of his feature doc Jack Mitchell: My Life Is Black and White (2006) immediately after its debut screening has put the festival on the map. Details of the theatrical run for Craig’s film are expected soon. The film stylishly documents the life and work of the New York art scene photo...

Time Based Art performances on screen at Northwest Film Center

TBA ON SCREENIn partnership with PICA and Cinema Project, Northwest Film Center present this series of time-based media projects informed by visual and performance art practices. For a complete schedule of PICA's Time Based Art performances and events go to 9 14SAT 2 PM, THUR 7 PMFILMS BY JOHANNA BILLING"The protagonists of Johanna Billing's films remain silent unless they sing."-Marabou ParkFeelings of melancholy and intrigue permeate Billing's films, which explore changing so...

Young People's Film & Video Festival

A CELEBRATION OF YOUTH & MEDIA ARTS:THE 30TH ANNUAL YOUNG PEOPLE'S FILM & VIDEO FESTIVALpresented by ComcastThe 30th Annual Young People's Film & Video Festival, a free event produced through the Northwest Film Center's Young Filmmakers Program, will be held on Sunday, July 16th, at 2pm at the Whitsell Auditorium (1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR). The Festival celebrates artistic excellence, technical achievement and originality in live action, documentary and animated films and videos made by k...

Bruce Weber fashion and portrait photographers Homage at Cambridge

BRUCE WEBER - A Life in FilmsHis First Complete UK Film Retrospectiveat the 26th CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL (6th-16th July 2006, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse)Bruce Weber is one of the 20th and 21st Century’s greatest fashion and portrait photographers – he is best known for his hugely influential, original and often mimicked advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein featuring gorgeously shot images of beautiful young men and women which have become icons of popular culture - and his photographic wo...

The Bside Roadshow: A Touring Film & Music Fest

With the goal of bringing quality independent entertainment and programming to live audiences nationwide, MySpace has teamed with specialty independent film distributor Bside Entertainment and leading festival consultants Right Angle Studios to present the “Bside Roadshow.” The touring film and music festival will kick off on June 4 with a large, free outdoor show in downtown Austin. “We’re pleased to be working with MySpace and hope to help grow a film community as powerful as the one...

Portland's showcase of world cinema launches

The 29th year of Portland's much anticipated showcase of world cinema launches Friday, February 10, 2006 with screenings and an after-film champagne and desert gala swinging into the night.With 150 screenings over 16 days featuring 67 features and 50 short subject films from 35 countries, with many Portland premieres and Oscar submissions for foreign films, the Portland International Film Festival is easily Oregon's biggest film event of the yearOpening Night Films7:00 PM ROLLING FAMILY (ARGENT...

29th Portland International Film Festival Opens February 10, 1006

Oregon's biggest film celebration, this year's 29th Portland International Film Festival premieres outstanding world cinema from over three-dozen countries to diverse audiences who descend on the Northwest Film Center from throughout the region.The Festival opens Friday, February 10, with an Opening Night Party and the first of 150+ screenings-16 days of world travel featuring new works by cinema masters and debuting directors. As always, a varied selection of Best Foreign Film Oscar submissions...

Portland Jewish Film Fest opens Jan 14

14TH PORTLAND JEWISH FILM FESTIVALSAT JAN 14 7 PM WHITSELL AUDITORIUMSUN JAN 15 4 PM GUILD THEATRELIVE AND BECOMEFRANCE/ISRAEL 2005DIRECTOR: RADU MILHAILEANUWinner of (cheering) Audience Awards at the Berlin and Vancouver International Film Festival, LIVE AND BECOME is an epic, emotional story of one boy's chance survival amidst the Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s. A mother conspires to place her nine-year-old, non-Jewish son with a group of Falashas (Ethiopian Jews) bound for Israel as par...

The 32nd Portland Northwest Film & Video Festival opens

The 32nd Northwest Film & Video Festival opens this Friday, November 4 with a screening of short films at the Guild Theatre representing the best recent work from this region's filmmakers followed by a rollicking party next door bringing together the artists and lovers of truly independent film.The party starts at 9pm on the ground floor of the Studio building, 901 SW Taylor @ Park Avenue, next door to the Guild Theatre. Enjoy the music of Adelaide who combines electronics with live instrumenta...

Henry Selick honored at the International Family Film Festival

This year the International Family Film Festival will be honoring two greats in the film industry. Henry Selick will receive the Friz Award for Animation on October 1, 2005 at the Awards Ceremony. Henry Selick is best known as the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach. He is one of the leading stop motion animation professionals working in the world today. He is a graduate of Cal Arts in the first class of Character Animation. He went on to work for Disney...

Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival

The 2005 Portland Documentary and eXperimental Film Festival (PDX for short) is now the third year of the festival, but those who have been around know that the fest is just an elongated version of the Peripheral Produce screening series that started in Portland way back in 1996. The festival has received over 500 submissions from around the world, the schedule will feature some festival's old friends and new faces, lots of local work and some big-time premieres. But what inspired Peripheral Pr...

31st Northwest Film & Video Festival ready to kick

The Northwest Film Center's 31st Northwest Film & Video FestivalThe 31st Northwest Film & Video Festival opens in Portland this Friday with a full nine days of events created to both nurture and celebrate Northwest artists. This truly is an event designed for film and video makers.With well over 300 submissions this year, the 48 films screened will concisely represent the vitality and breadth of filmmaking in this corner of the world. With strong showings from the smaller markets, the Northwes...

CinemaTexas awards shorts

CINEMATEXAS INTERNATION SHORT FILM FESTIVAL CONCLUDES, ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERSCinematexas International Short Film Festival concluded its ninth year of cinematic emersion September 26th. Established by the Aronofsky family, the BARBARA ARONOFSKY LATHAM MEMORIAL AWARD is given each year to an exceptional emerging video artist to further their work, and to support excellence, diversity and vitality in the field of experimental video and electronic visualization art. This year’s winner is filmmak...

Detroit Docs line up of 100 documentaries

Detroit Docs International Film Festival Is Celebrating Year 3! from November 11-14, 2004 Highlights include this year: Screening over 100 documentaries from all over the world including the U.S., Canada, Scotland, Australia, Germany, Israel, United Kingdom, Poland, and Japan Introducing three new venues; Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Arts & the Museum of New Art Welcoming 30+ filmmakers and visitors from out of town to attend the festival with their works Festival kicks off with ...


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