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New Ways of Seeing: John Lewis: Good Trouble

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media John Lewis: Good TroubleDirected by Dawn PorterSee John Lewis: Good Trouble at the Cinema Unbound Drive-In at Zidell Yards. We are honored to show Dawn Porter’s incredible new documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble opening weekend at NWFC & PAM’s Cinema Unbound Drive-In on August…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Swallow

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media SwallowDirected by Carlo Mirabella-DavisSwallow is available to stream online via Amazon Prime. I have always been a sucker for a cult movie, something under the radar that feels like sharing a secret amongst friends. So I’m whispering to you now: ‘Swallow’ is astonishing. When…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: House of Leaves

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media A brilliant, difficult-to-describe documentary chronicling a house that takes on a life of its own, House of Leaves is a cinematic adventure worth taking. At once a romance, a horror story and the poignant tale of one young man slowly losing his grip on reality, the…  Read more

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Miss Juneteenth

The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum present Miss Juneteenth. Streaming [Online] now! Turquoise Jones is a single mom who holds down a household, a rebellious teenager, and pretty much everything that goes down at Wayman’s BBQ & Lounge. Turquoise is also a bona fide beauty queen—she was once crowned Miss Juneteenth, a title commemorating…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Monsters and Men

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Monsters and Men Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green Monsters and Men is screening for free on YouTube via NEON. The best independent films not only introduce viewers to new ways of seeing but also hold within a unique perspective and personal artistic vision unlike…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Tuca and Bertie

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Tuca and Bertie, Lisa Hanawalt’s VERY adult animated series was just resurrected this week from digital purgatory, returning blessedly for a second season next year. Watching the first 10 episodes, I marveled at the deep empathy that the creator had for the complexity and…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Lynn Shelton’s Humpday

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director, and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Humpday Director: dir. Lynn Shelton, United States Available on Amazon Prime Lynn Shelton and I once took a ride on a Memphis riverboat. We sat on flimsy chairs day drinking, watching the mighty Mississippi drag by. There we were, amidst a mix of…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: My Brilliant Friend

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media My Brilliant Friend Created by Elena Ferrente; Series Creator Saverio Costanzo Available on HBO I first read—and devoured—all 1600+ pages of Elena Ferrante’s coming of age series The Neapolitan Novels after an Italian friend tipped me off to the artistic mystery that surrounds her true identity. That story is amazing…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Moonlight

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Moonlight Director: dir. Barry Jenkins, United States Available on Kanopy and Netflix When most folks think “tryptic” they think about painting—lush colors, multi-textural landscapes and the power of light to make things come alive that otherwise are nothing but flat. And in a way,…  Read more

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Cinema Unbound Heroes: Amanda Needham

Amanda Needham makes folks look good on screen. Like really good. And it has not gone unnoticed—she’s a two-time Emmy Award-winning Costume Designer. She has a way of putting characters in clothing that so completely suits them and brings them to life—that her costumes become fashion trends and fodder for the media.  Amanda managed to grow…  Read more