Today At The Clinton Street Theater

Portland Film Festival: STATE OF PLAY

Showtimes

Wednesday, Aug 27
4:59pm

From August 26th to September 1st, Portland won't just be the city of roses -- it will be the city of film. All for the love of film, this weeklong event is jam-packed with networking, workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, financing talks, director Q&As and the capacity for the largest single-night attendance in the history of the city. There's a reason Portland is different. Come be part of the best little festival in the world.

This year, there are over 250 hours of films, workshops, networking opportunities, parties, talks, classes, behind-the-scene tours and more.

Find out everything you need to know on the Portland Film Festival website.

STATE OF PLAY
Director: 
Steven Dhoedt
Country: 
Korea
Year: 
2013
Runtime: 
87 minutes

Every year thousands of South-Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. It’s a title many young South Koreans dream of. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national past-time. Like most specator sports, this world of eSports rapidly evolved in a multi-million dollar business. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. 24hr TV networks devote entire theme shows to a single player, while teenage girls from Seoul devote their entire teenage life to the fan club of their favourite gaming star.

As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a Starcraft player isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea.They are envied and admired because they do what they love and make a lot of money doing so. Unfortunately few people realise these gamers live a spartan life of training and competition - just as any other professional athlete.

However, a series of radical events has broken the status quo of the Korean eSports scene. First there was the match-fixing scandal, where several high profile players were caught losing games in exchange for money. Soon after that, Starcraft II, a follow-up to the game was released.New players entered the scene and brand new tournaments were established. As eSports finally became global, the South-Korean professional gaming scene faced a clear-cut choice: adapt or perish.

In this story, we follow 3 characters in different stages of their career as a Pro-Gamer in South Korea. For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.

Special Admission

$5 Purchase tickets in advance HERE.

Portland Film Festival: I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER

Showtimes

Wednesday, Aug 27
6:45pm

From August 26th to September 1st, Portland won't just be the city of roses -- it will be the city of film. All for the love of film, this weeklong event is jam-packed with networking, workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, financing talks, director Q&As and the capacity for the largest single-night attendance in the history of the city. There's a reason Portland is different. Come be part of the best little festival in the world.

This year, there are over 250 hours of films, workshops, networking opportunities, parties, talks, classes, behind-the-scene tours and more.

Find out everything you need to know on the Portland Film Festival website.

I PLAY WITH THE PHRASE EACH OTHER
Director: 
Jay Alvarez
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2014
Runtime: 
110 minutes

The first feature film composed entire of cell phone calls. Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with his friend Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives in the city, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving.

Special Admission

$10. Purchase tickets in advance HERE.

Portland Film Festival: KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER

Showtimes

Wednesday, Aug 27
9:00pm

From August 26th to September 1st, Portland won't just be the city of roses -- it will be the city of film. All for the love of film, this weeklong event is jam-packed with networking, workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, financing talks, director Q&As and the capacity for the largest single-night attendance in the history of the city. There's a reason Portland is different. Come be part of the best little festival in the world.

This year, there are over 250 hours of films, workshops, networking opportunities, parties, talks, classes, behind-the-scene tours and more.

Find out everything you need to know on the Portland Film Festival website.

KUMIKO, THE TREASURE HUNTER
Director: 
David Zellner and Nathan Zellner
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2014
Runtime: 
105 minutes

Standing out like one very sore thumb in Tokyo's social landscape of relentless cheer and politeness, Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi, all grown up from the deaf-mute teenager of Babel) is a true misfit and a blatant weirdo alongside the interchangeable perky girls with whom she shares generic office work. Kumiko has a secret obsession: She's found a videotape, and on it is evidence of a buried fortune. Never mind that said videotape is a ragged VHS dupe of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo. With a true believer's fervor, Kumiko will get herself to the impossibly distant, exotic land of North Dakota—barriers of language, money, sufficient winter clothing and reality be damned. Her quest is as pure as it is, seemingly, insane. This is a frequently wordless road trip narrative, with the Zellner brothers' absurdist humor boiled down to exquisite minimalism. It's peopled with characters whose warmth is only heightened by Kumiko's impenetrable oddity. The result requires patience, but rewards with droll enchantment. Not the least of its pleasures are Sean Porter's widescreen photography and an original score by the Octopus Project.

Special Admission

$10. Purchase tickets in advance HERE.

Portland Film Festival: SKANKS

Showtimes

Wednesday, Aug 27
11:00pm
Saturday, Aug 30
4:00pm

From August 26th to September 1st, Portland won't just be the city of roses -- it will be the city of film. All for the love of film, this weeklong event is jam-packed with networking, workshops, guest speakers, film premieres, financing talks, director Q&As and the capacity for the largest single-night attendance in the history of the city. There's a reason Portland is different. Come be part of the best little festival in the world.

This year, there are over 250 hours of films, workshops, networking opportunities, parties, talks, classes, behind-the-scene tours and more.

Find out everything you need to know on the Portland Film Festival website.

SKANKS
Director: 
David McMahon
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2014
Runtime: 
85 minutes

In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” “Skanks” follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obessed Alabama.

Special Admission

$10, purchase your tickets in advance HERE.