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Boathouse MicroCinema Filmmaker Sampler

Time travel in a mid-century boathouse to the '90s for Portland's fabled filmmaking scene.

Double down on the history of Portland: A collection of short films from Portland’s fabled '90s, screened in the former boathouse for the Portland fire bureau.

The evening is curated by local filmmaker Matt McCormick, whose work has screened and exhibited at venues ranging from SXSW and Sundance Film Festival to MoMA and the Moscow Biennial. He has produced music videos for The Shins, YACHT and Sleater-Kinney, and his latest documentary Buzz One Four uncovers his grandfather’s harrowing exploits as a Cold War B-52 bomber pilot whose crashed into Maryland with a payload of nuclear weapons.

Portland is a city experiencing cataclysmic change. If you’ve spent any time here lately, you’ve heard grumblings about the death of ‘Old Portland,’ and the city’s bygone artsy/DIY golden days of the 1990s. Regardless of whether or not Old Portland is in fact dead, there is no doubt that the years stemming from the late 1980s through the early 2000s profoundly shaped Portland’s creative landscape.

Matt has programmed an evening from those years, offering views of Portland’s culture and the landscape from a time when Portland was not Portlandia, but rather a secret refuge for artists, outcasts, and goofballs. Featuring short films and clips by or about Vanessa Renwick, Miranda July, Chunk 666, Joan Gratz, The X-Ray Cafe, Jon Raymond and outtakes from Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho—with some of the filmmakers in attendance. 

With beer from Coalition Brewery. 


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