Today At The Clinton Street Theater
REEL FEMINISM presents UPHILL ALL THE WAY
Gather ’round, feminist film lovers, In Other Words and POWFest have teamed up with the Clinton Street Theater to present Reel Feminism: a film series highlighting movies directed by women and genderqueer individuals that have a feminist perspective or address feminist topics.
Engaging, inspiring, sometimes difficult to watch, these films are followed by a facilitated audience discussion.
"…an epic of personal growth...deeply moving and thought-provoking..." Murry Schlesingerm New York City Board of Education
"...raises profound questions about contemporary adolescent issues…on a very personal level…” Slawomir Grunberg, Filmmaker
“***1/2… Lively discussions and interactions provide welcome insight into the minds of these troubled teens who learn that the ability to persevere despite great emotional and physical adversity is invaluable in boosting one’s self-esteem. Well edited, thought-provoking and – believe it or not – bristling with suspense, this is a highly recommended.” A. Cantú, Video Librarian
UPHILL ALL THE WAY is the astounding true story of five troubled teenage girls who face the challenge of their lives: a 2,500-mile bicycle journey along the United States Continental Divide. The girls are students at the DeSisto School, a rehabilitative high school in Massachusetts for drug addicts, victims of sexual abuse, and juveniles that have had run-ins with the law. Despite the emotional risks posed by their unstable backgrounds, they sign up for the bike trip as an opportunity to prove individually and collectively that they can reach once unfathomable heights. If finished, the trek will be the first time in their lives the girls have set a goal and met it. Over the course of three months, they mature in ways that are visible, thought provoking and completely unexpected.
Rather than portray these girls as victims, UPHILL ALL THE WAY highlights their resilience and ability to persevere despite great emotional and physical barriers. Providing much-needed alternatives for young women to learn how to improve their self-esteem, this unique documentary is an inspiration for every viewer – both young and old – to accomplish great feats in their lives. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.
100th Anniversary Celebration: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES
These days we describe the Clinton as a movie theater for adults, but in the course of its 100 years of operation, like many of the other small theaters in Portland, during the late 60s and early 70s the Clinton was an "adult" movie theater.
In recognition of that part of our history, we're screening the documentary about legendary sexploitation filmmaker, Joe Sarno, and his wife, Peggy. If possible we may screen one of his actual films once the kiddies are safely in bed, so stay tuned.
A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES is a love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, "The Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street", and his loyal wife and collaborator Peggy - their place in sex film history, life between New York and Sweden, and their struggle to make one last erotic film. A funny and touching portrait of a unique couple who has followed their passion in life - no matter the cost!
Written by Wiktor Ericsson