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New Ways of Seeing: Tuca and Bertie

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 subversiveness of women—no matter what the species—and this raunchy, real 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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New Ways of Seeing: Community

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Community Series Creator: Dan Harmon Available on Hulu Sometimes, I know I should watch something artistic, powerful, and deeply felt…but I turn to comedy instead. There are days when I just need a laugh, a jolt, and something that lifts me up out of the…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: Ozark

From Amy Dotson, NWFC Director and PAM Curator, Film & New Media Ozark Series Creators: Mark Williams & Bill Dubuque Available on Netflix I’d been warned as a day-one fan of Ozark that season three packed a wallop, but even still, I was unprepared for its final moments. Beloved by everyone from my Oklahoma relatives to Guillermo Del Toro…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: World on a Wire

From Micah Vanderhoof, Theater Manager World on a Wire Director: Ranier Werner Fassbinder, West Germany, 1973 – 2 Episodes Streaming on the Criterion Channel Fassbinder’s bafflingly prescient and deeply paranoid made-for-TV science fiction mini-series combines the height of ‘70s sci-fi aesthetics with a film noir-esque form. After witnessing some odd goings-on within the simulation that…  Read more

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New Ways of Seeing: The Benefits of Gusbandry

From Ben Popp, Filmmaker Services Manager 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 distancing in Portland filmmaker Alicia J. Rose’s comedic series The Benefits of Gusbandry. After her debaucherous 40th birthday party Jackie (Brooke Totman) meets younger River (Kurt…  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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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: dir. 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…  Read more