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New Ways of Seeing: The Benefits of Gusbandry

From Ben Popp, Head of Artist Services, NWFC The Benefits of Gusbandry Director: Alicia J Rose, U.S. Seasons 1&2 Available on Amazon Prime Let yourself fondly remember the days of pre-social distance partying through the lens of Portland filmmaker and musician Alicia J. Rose’s comedic series The Benefits of Gusbandry. At her debaucherous 40th birthday…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Olof Grafström

“This panoramic view of Portland was painted by Olof Grafström shortly after he emigrated from Sweden in 1886. I thought you might enjoy picking out landmarks and seeing how our city has evolved even though this photograph cannot do justice to the six-foot-wide canvas. Mount St. Helens dominates the horizon at center. From the painter’s…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Jessica Forever

From Morgen Ruff, Exhibition Program Manager & Programmer A sui generis gem from the 2019 Portland International Film Festival, which would make a great double feature with Diamantino. Jessica Forever Director: Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, France Streaming on Shudder (offers free trial) Deeply influenced by contemporary video game aesthetics, Poggi & Vinel fashion a hyper-stylized blast of pure cinema set in…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Matsubara Naoko

“Artist Matsubara Naoko created this portfolio of woodcuts while visiting Walden Pond over the course of a year. Her title comes from Henry David’s Thoreau’s essay ‘Solitude’ (1854), written during his two-year period of self-isolation. In these expressive images, she captures the fleeting moments of daily life spent alone. She also seems to understand both…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Rajendra Roy

Spotlight on Rajendra Roy, The Celest Bartos Chief Curator of Film MOMA One month ago, the world was different. We were different. But even in this new reality, the Northwest Film Center remains committed championing storytellers who are helpers, artists who dare to try new things, and innovators who find ways to transform and shape…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Henk Pander

“In this watercolor painting, Henk Pander captures the volume of love letters written daily by his parents from 1932 until they married in 1937. As the eldest of ten children, Pander kept the letters intact. He recalled how they filled up an entire suitcase, and earlier efforts to organize and collate the letters led him…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Michel Reilhac

Spotlight on Michel Reilhac, Founder & Head Of Venice Biennale VR & XR One month ago, the world was different. We were different. But even in this new reality, NWFC remains committed championing storytellers who are helpers, artists who dare to try new things, and innovators who find ways to transform and shape the future…  Read more

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Poster Project: Yosa Buson

This week’s Poster Project highlight features Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain by 18th-century Japanese painter and poet Yosa Buson, a wonderful scroll painting seen in our 2018 exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art. In this painting, Buson acknowledges the traditional ideal of seclusion—a scholar sits in a tiny cottage that is perched on stilts over a rushing stream. But what he…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Virgil Ortiz

“This figurine has somehow become my unofficial mascot since I started this position in 2019. She is an example of a powerful woman who is also beautiful and stylish. You might not even notice she is holding a whip! She reminds me to be brave and confident as I face many new responsibilities and challenges,…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media The Last Black Man in San Francisco Director: Joe Talbot, United States Available on Amazon Prime Jimmie Fails and Joe Talbot were best friends growing up in San Francisco. They were two teenagers who loved movies—making them, writing them, dreaming of a day…  Read more