2015 Year in Review
2015 was a busy year at the Clinton Street Theater. Here our some of the highlights for me. It's hard to believe that we did all of this on one stage and with one screen!
January--THE THROWAWAYS screening with special guest panel and community conversation
The documentary THE THROWAWAYS is a personal exploration of the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community told through the eyes of formerly incarcerated activist filmmaker Ira McKinley.
We had co-director Bhawin Suchak with us, and after the screening, Bhawin, along with JoAnn Hardesty from the Portland chapter of NAACP and folks from Don't Shoot Portland and #BlackLivesMatter engaged the community in heartfelt discussion around these issues.
This was co-sponsored by our friend and community partner, KBOO Community Radio.
February--MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE screening and fundraiser
MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is a documentary by Michele Josue about the Matthew Shepard behind the headlines. An honest and intimate portrait of Matt as he is remembered by those who knew him, MATT SHEPARD IS A FRIEND OF MINE is the story of loss, love, and grief that does not go away. At the Valentine's Day screening, Judy Shepard, Matt's mother, was here for a Q&A after the screening, and LOTS of tissues were needed as there wasn't a dry eye in the house. We raised hundreds of dollars for local LGBTQ organization, Equalize, and The Matthew Shepard Foundation.
March--MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
In March we began a new partnership with the Portland Geek Council to bring family fun to the community. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL was a fantastic way to start! We gave away coconut halves so folks could "clop" along with the horses, some guests came dressed in their best mideval finery, and Joe Streckert of "Interesting Times Podcast" got us going with a 15-minute history presentation. Was King Arthur real or imagined? What the heck is the Ides of March?
We closed for a few days mid-April so we could install the rest of our "new-to-us" seats. We also hired theater specialists to repair the walls in the auditorium, take down the old curtains, and replace them them with soundproofing materials and lovely new wall coverings. So many of you stepped up to help us! We painted everything inside and out, and the old girl looks better every day!
May--The Birth Monologues and Fundraiser
To celebrate International Doula Month, the Mother Tree Doula Interns presented the premier performance of The Birth Monologues: Everyone Has a Birth Story. We heard real birth stories from Portland's moms, partners, doulas, and midwives. The monologues, performed by local actors, evoked a unique perspective and experience of birth. Birth is raw, ordinary, transformative, challenging; birth is infinite. I was thrilled to be part of this, both as a writer and a performer. We raised more than a thousand dollars for the Oregon Doula Association.
June--RENFREE World Premiere
Renfree is a short film by local filmmaker and director, Colin Rich, about two brothers struggling to survive a world upended by a parasitic infection, which killed many and turned others into crazed savages. It's the first time in my knowledge that we had a public beard shaving in the theater, and, of course, we had to have a ton of zombies there to try and stop it.
July--Division/Clinton Street Fair
photo by David Townshend
In July we celebrated with the annual Division/Clinton Street Fair, whose theme was "metamorphosis." After a month of hot and dry weather, the skys opened up with buckets of rain just in time for the parade. The Rocky Horror Picture Show cast, troopers every last one, took to the streets anyway, and by the time they got to the end of the route, they all looked like shivering, drowned rats. Man, I love you guys!
In addition to our Saturday morning cartoons, we had a special FREE community screening of the WIZARD OF OZ thanks to community partner Portland Digs Real Estate. Kids (including yours truly) came in flying monkey suits, Glinda gowns and pointed hats, and we paraded across the stage before the film.
August--Taboo Ten Minute Play Festival
I can't write about this year without describing one of our favorite partnerships--Monkey With A Hat On Productions. They produce the Ten Minute Play Festival, and the August playfest had the theme "Taboo." We laughed at Mormons wanting to drink a Coca-Cola, a friendly escort service, a suicidal man with necrophilia tendencies, eating whale sushi, a brother's dark secret, the devil wanting to give away his soul, the jumper on the roof, two missionaries refusing to drink alcohol, what not to do at a funeral, and two Catholic school students committing blasphemy.
Musical interludes between the plays came from the talented violinist, Djinn Maury.
September--ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Rocky Horror Picture Show went from cult film to cultural landmark in a time warp that’s lasted 40 years. Here in Portland we've been enjoying the shenanigans for most of these years, and the Clinton Street Theater has the not-so-dubious record of being the longest continuously-running weekly screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show IN THE WORLD -- 37 years and counting.
We had a really special SOLD OUT show to celebrate, and Lou Adler, the film's producer, sent us a kind note of thanks and a special 40th Anniversary poster to hang in the lobby. On top of that, the street outside the theater was closed for a block party, and around 10pm we had a flash mob rendition of the Time Warp to kick off the festivities.
October-BACK TO THE FUTURE Party
In BACK TO THE FUTURE II, Marty, Doc and Jennifer time traveled to October 21, 2015, and we celebrated with back to back screenings of all three franchise films.
We had a packed house for every screening, and many world weary time travelers came for all three!
The event was made possible in part by our sponsors The Business Department, Pedal PG, Gearbox Studios and Good Cheer Records.
November--Opera Theater Oregon's 10th Anniversary Celebration
To celebrate 10 years of making opera safe for America, OTO screened THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, the sensually ravishing 1964 film that made opera safe for France. Before the film, OTO's yeh yeh girls entertained us with live French cabaret music and we got a sneak peek at what's ahead for OTO in 2016 and the next ten years.
December--It's all about the kids
We took care of kids on both sides of the spectrum over the holidays with The Amazing Bubble Man Show during the day and THE BIG LEBOWSKI at night. Both were wonderful ways to spend time with those we love.
What else happened?
We started out the year with a conversation about freedom of speech and thought and expression with five screenings of Charlie Chaplin's brilliant classic, THE GREAT DICTATOR.
Live Music: Cascadian Drift CD Release Party; Songs of Community, a benefit for KBOO, with Satori Men's Chorus and friends; Mope Groves; Waver Clamor Bellow; The Clinton Street Stomp; Shake the Earth Music Fest 2015; Hippie Love Slave; The Furies; Queer Rock Camp 2015 Showcase; Psychomagic Vinyl Release Show; Star Witness; Adrian Thomas-Eikmann with Tickets to Iceland album release party; Brad Creel & the Reel Deel CD Release of "Time and the Road;" Eastside Music Showcase
Live Theater: Elaborate Alibi Theater with 36 Perfectly Appropriate Mealtime Conversations and #BadDecisions as part of the Fertile Ground Festival; Monkey With A Hat On 10 Minute Play Festival: The Circus, Taboo, and Superheroes; This is Not a Western--two one-acts directed by Kelsey Peake; and My Americana; The Art of Bellydance; Entertainment For People: NEW SH*T SHOW; ALL FINES FORGIVEN, a Late Night Library Event; Yarn: Stories at the Clinton; Christmas From Home (1941); The Vagina Talk Show; The Penis Talk Show
POWMonthly: LIVING THINKERS, LUNAFEST; OBVIOUS CHILD; TRASHBORN & FROM THE WASTE UP; INDIA'S DAUGHTER; BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER; JASAD & THE QUEEN OF CONTRADICTIONS and GRRLYSHOW; COMPENSATION; BLACK GIRL IN SUBURBIA; PET SEMATARY; HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS; YOUNG LAKOTA
Sex Workers Film Series: A PORTRAIT OF JASON; A KISS FOR GABRIELA; CAM GIRLZ (director and CAM models present); GEORGIE GIRL; MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO; INSIDE HER SEX; DREAMCATCHER
Reproductive Justice Film Series: A GIRL LIKE HER (with guest panel)
Human Rights Campaign 2015 Equality Film Series: BROTHER OUTSIDER; EDIE & THEA: A Very Long Engagement; RED WITHOUT BLUE
Monthly German Film Series by Zeitgeist NW: EXIT MARRAKECH; THE FLYING DUTCHMAN; THE VEXXER, SOMEWHERE ELSE TOMORROW; TO LIFE; BUDDENBROOKS; MEN SHOW MOVIES AND WOMEN THEIR BREASTS; JERRY COTTON; CERRO TORRE-A Snowball's Chance in Hell; THE SILENT STAR
KBOO @ the Clinton: BEYOND SILENCE; a talk by David Barsamian; WELCOME TO THE CIRCUS (director present); CHARLES LLOYD: Arrows into Infinity; SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL; DEATH METAL ANGOLA; THE HARDER THEY COME; THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING; A HARD DAY'S NIGHT; THE SWIMMER paired with THE POOL (director present)
Reel Cool Jazz Series: WHO IS GIL SCOTT-HERON? (with MC Mic Crenshaw and special performances by youth poets); JACO THE FILM; THE AMAZING NINA SIMONE; ORNETTE: Made in America
Death Cafe Goes to the Movies: DEATH MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE; HOW I COPED WHEN MOMMY DIED paired with ACTING OUT: The Scarlet D's on their Grief Trip (director present); GRIEFWALKER; Elisabeth Kübler-Ross: FACING DEATH; CANCER IN TWO VOICES; MORTAL LESSONS; HOMEGOINGS; HOW TO DIE IN OREGON; ONE MILLION DUBLINERS; DYING WISH paired with NEW RULES FOR END OF LIFE CARE (director present); LOVE STORY
Portland ABC Movie Night: COINTELPRO 101; THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY; INCIDENT AT OGLALA; THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR; WEEKEND
Church of Film: INVASION; CARNIVAL OF SINNERS; VIY; HARD TO BE A GOD; THE FEATHER FAIRY
Other Portland Geek Council screenings: THE DARK CRYSTAL; KRULL; RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK; GHOSTBUSTERS; SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
Science on Tap: parasites, earthquakes, vaccinations, freshwater ecosystems; captive primates; molecular sex ed; assisted reporductive technology; climate change in the Arctic; body composition; PTSD
Other Local Filmmakers: ODD NOGGINS (Joe Sherlock); ARCADIA BAY (Josh Bailey); THE WIND IN OUR HAIR (Jennifer Hardacker); HATRED (Seth DeBartolo); FROM ONE ROSE (Ira Flowers); ARRESTING POWER: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon (Jodi Darby, Julie Perini, Erin Yanke); RUNNING HOME (Emily Vidal); 25 THE MOVIE (Brian Ireland); BUTTERFLY WITCH (Amber Dawn); FRANK ABERDEAN--An Interactive Video Adventure Extravaganza (Mako Miyamoto); BASIN NIGHTS (Richard Camacho); OUT OF THE WOODS (Antero Alli); Nikola’s Nickelodeon (Philip Van Scotter); The Lyric Project (the Chocolate Giant); FINDING BOSNIA (Ivana Horvat and Adrian Hopffgarten); SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD (Dawn Jones Redstone); ZOMBIE CATS FROM MARS (Montetré); FADED (Adam Robo); THE MARTYRDOM OF OLD SAINT NICK (Joshua Winegarner and Brett Warnock)
Documentaries: BURROUGHS: The Movie; SIT, STAY, RIDE: The Story of America's Sidecar Dogs; Annual Mardi Gras Celebration with DRY WOOD and ALWAYS FOR PLEASURE; NEXT GOAL WINS; THE OLD MAN AND THE SEAWEED (director present); OR7--THE JOURNEY (director present); I AM ELEVEN (included director Q&A on Skype); AMERICAN BEAR: An Adventure in the Kindness of Strangers (directors present); 1971; 21 YEARS: Linklater; THE IMMORTALISTS; KAYAKING THE ALEUTIANS (director present); GRAZING THE SKY; OCCUPY THE FARM (special guest speakers at each screening, including the director at one screening); GAMELOADING: Rise of the Indies (directors present); SONG FROM THE FOREST; KUMU HINA; THE HAND THAT FEEDS; SHAKE THE DUST (with Afrikan Caravan HipHop update by Mic Crenshaw and performance by New Birth Crew); THE TRUE COST; STATES OF GRACE (filmmaker and subject, Dr. Grace Dammann, present); PLANTPURE NATION (director and Dr. T. Colin Campbell present on the sold out opening night); LITTLE SAINTS (director present); FAST BREAK; STONEWALL UPRISING; GRASS; BITE SIZE (Colin O'Brady of Beyond 7/2 present); ENCHANTED KINGDOM; GOODBYE GAULEY MOUNTAIN (special guest speakers at each screening); UNITY; GASLAND (with post-screening anti-fracking panel); AMERICAN MADE MOVIE; 11ELEVEN PROJECT; SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK; THE LAST SEASON; TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL; THE CREEPING GARDEN; DRONE; CAN YOU DIG THIS (with guest speakers)
Ron Mann Retrospective (Ron Mann in attendance): GO FURTHER; ALTMAN; COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL; KNOW YOUR MUSHROOMS
Music Films: Pink Floyd's THE WALL; SALAD DAYS: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90); HEAVEN ADORES YOU (Elliott Smith documentary); INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE URBAN DECAY; A POEM IS A NAKED PERSON (Leon Russell documentary by Les Blank); THE DAMNED: Don't You Wish That We Were Dead; DON'T BE AFRAID TO POGO (documentary about The Gears)
Sports Films: ENCORE (with Filmmakers present); RUN FREE: The True Story of Caballo Blanco (producer present); WINTER OF ASHES; VIDEOGRACIAS (with Filmmakers present); ORIGINS; MOTO 7
Indie Features: LITTLE ACCIDENTS; ENTER THE DANGEROUS MIND; PATRICK'S DAY (the winner in the Manhattan Short Feature Film Project); SABBATICAL (director present); VALENCIA (director present); B.F.E.; THE ROAD WITHIN; ANY DAY; THE REPUBLIC OF RICK; HOW TO SAVE US; DOOMSDAYS; FISHING NAKED; CLOSER TO GOD; ARDOR; M4M : Measure for Measure; PAULO COELHO’S BEST STORY; BLIND; THE MAN WHO SAVED THE WORLD; STAR LEAF; WILDLIKE; THE NIGHTINGALE; THE WANNABE; HERO OF THE UNDERWORLD
Fundraisers: Oregon Wild, Puddletown Montessori, Willamette Riverkeepers, Human Rights Campaign; My Rock and Roll Fantasy, Food Wars 8 (an annual music & comedy festival + food drive to benefit hungry children); Alliance for a Healthier Generation; ALS Foundation; Hand 2 Mouth Theatre Company; Triangle! Productions; Bernie Sanders; 350PDX; Wild Planet Radio; Ecoliteracy Collaborative; Unist'ot'en Camp
Animation: ROCKS IN MY POCKETS
Other Repertory Films: TOOTSIE, MALCOLM X (on the 50th anniversary of his assassination), THE FISHER KING, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL; HAROLD AND MAUDE; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD; CHARIOTS OF FIRE; NAKED GUN 2 1/2; NASHVILLE; RUDOLPH and FROSTY'S CHRISTMAS IN JULY; IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD; BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut; CASABLANCA; SPACEBALLS
Gus Van Sant Series: EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES; TO DIE FOR; GOOD WILL HUNTING; PSYCHO; PARANOID PARK; PROMISED LAND
Experimental Film: JEREMY MOSS: SPACE MATERIAL/IMMATERIAL PLACE (filmmaker present); SOMETHING BORROWED: found footage films and videos by roger beebe (filmmaker present); HORRORISM FOR BEGINNERS, BEGINNERS FOR HORRORISM (filmmakers present); DREAM IN DARK: Pictures by Kurtis Hough (filmmaker present); Karl Lind's "Odds and Ends;" 3TONcinema presents 16MM MADNESS!
Directed by Women: GIRLHOOD; VULVA 3.0; 17 SHORT FILMS ABOUT BREASTS; FRAME BY FRAME; WANDA (more women-directed films are listed in other categories)
Educational screenings/events: PSU Time Arts Club Film Lab; Pacific University 2015 Senior Screening; Katie O'Grady Acting for Kids and Teens Mini Film Fest; Merlo Station Community High School; Vancouver B.C. Film School; Art4Life; Cleveland High School; POWGirls Premiere Party
FREE Events: short films from Bud Clark Commons TV workshops; Martin Luther King Tribute with documentary KING: A FILMED RECORD...From Montgomery to Memphis; 1st Annual Groundhog Day screening of GROUNDHOG DAY; Poetry Month Open Reading; BEETLEJUICE (made possible by sponsor Portland Digs Real Estate); BBC WW2 Series: HITLER ON TRIAL, COPENHAGEN, CASTLES IN THE SKY, and WODEHOUSE IN EXILE; THE CORPORATION; THIS IS SPINAL TAP; Kickstarter Film Festival: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS and T-REX
Film Festivals: Faux Film Festival; Rural Route Touring Film Festival (included shorts programs and three features); Bike Smut 9: SCIENCE FRICTION; CineKink: Best of 2015; The Druid Underground Film Festival; Portland Rising Film Festival; NW Documentary's Homegrown DocFest; Portland Film Festival; Oregon Independent Film Festival; Manhattan Short Film Festival; Guignolfest 2015; SHORTY SHORTS CINQ
What an absolutely amazing year! And 2016 is only going to get better!