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The Northwest Film Center’s 44th Annual Portland International Film Festival

First Wave Programming Revealed March 5–14, 2021 (PORTLAND, OR) — The 44th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF 44) is proud to announce the first wave of titles and special events. Taking place March 5 – 14, 2021, PIFF 44 is a program of the Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Film Center, one of the oldest and…  Read more

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Podcast—Write What You Know: an Interview with Author & Storyteller Charles Yu

Charles Yu is a reformed attorney whose passion for creative writing landed him a job in the writers’ room at HBO’s Westworld. That snowballed into more and more television writing jobs. But after the 2016 Presidential Election, Yu was compelled to begin a more personal writing project, the novel Interior Chinatown, a book written in screenplay format that…  Read more

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Best of New Ways of Seeing 2020

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media 2020 was a year like no other, but I take heart that artists still found a way to share innovative stories, create indelible images, and continue to inspire us. I’ve written about a few of these projects already in our ongoing New Ways of…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: David Sedaris The Best of Me

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media The Best of Me by David Sedaris is available via the Multnomah County Library. David Sedaris’s work has never been made into a TV series—though I always thought it would make for a particularly delicious VR experience. The cast of characters real and imagined,…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director, and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Kipo and the Age of WonderbeastsCreated by Radford Sechrist, adapted from his 2015 webcomic Kipo.Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts is screening on Netflix Empathy is a powerful emotion, one that sometimes makes you feel like a mutant jaguar in tune with the universe and…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing – Tilda Swinton Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award Winner 2020

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Sometimes, it’s not about the work. It’s about the culmination of all you do, about what those around you do that inspire, make you take pause, make you re-evaluate all you knew and thought you knew. It’s about being creative on a continuum. My…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Kinshasa Now

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director, and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Kinshasa Now Directed by Marc-Henri WajnbergKinshasa Now is screening as part of the Venice VR Expanded Kinshasa Now transports you to the streets of the Congo, placing you alongside 35,000 other children who find themselves cast out of their homes after being accused of witchcraft. Fourteen-year-old Mika…  Read more

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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