A Place Called Home: Documentary

A Place Called Home:

Lectures on Filmmaking in Portland
Documentary Program

Sunday, June 24, 1PM
Northwest Film Center
Whitsell Auditorium
1219 Southwest Park Ave
$5/ members, $10/ general
(not a member? click here)

Documentary Filmmaker

Historian • Film Archivist

Archivist • Writer • Photographer

Join us on Sunday, June 24th, for the fourth and last installment of A Place Called Home: Lectures on Filmmaking in Portland, a monthly lecture series focused on the history of movie-making in the city, at the Whitsell Auditorium, with guests Tom Chamberlin, Dennis Nyback and Tom Robinson (co-presented with the Northwest Film Center).

TOM CHAMBERLIN will address the community of 16mm filmmakers who worked in Portland between 1969-1979 and their extraordinary level of cooperation and mutual support. He’ll also discuss his approach to making documentaries, and the opportunities and challenges facing documentary makers. Chamberlin began making film in the mid-1960s, made commercial work for Encyclopedia Britannica and Lucas Films in the ’70s and ’80s, before spending most of the 1990s doing community-based documentary video projects for nonprofits and social justice groups.

DENNIS NYBACK will give a short lecture “Filmed in Portland Before Sound,” on Jesse Sill, Lewis Moomaw, Lew Cook and others. Nyback will explore the wild film scene in Portland in the Teens and Twenties before “sound entered the picture and screwed things up”. Nyback houses his archive of thousands of rare short films at Marylhurst University. He has been a featured guest at film festivals around the world, and has taught at PSU, NW Film Center and Marylhurst.

TOM ROBINSON will talk about the relationship of home movies to documentary, drawing from his collection of historic Oregon home movies. Robinson is an archivist, writer, photographer and master photographic printer. Robinson’s library of original film and glass negatives and transparencies is the largest collection of Oregon original film negatives in the world.

A Place Called Home is a monthly presentation series examining the history of filmmaking in Portland. Held at roving venues on last Sundays at 1PM, lectures aim to orient recent transplants and residents to the city’s rich lineage of film and how it informs our sense of place.

Tickets are just $5/ members; $10/ general. Purchase tickets online here.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Additional support provided by Pro Photo Supply, Willamette Week, Oregon Humanities, In the Can Productions and Oregon Media Production Association.

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