Church of Film is a weekly gathering for the reverence and worship of cinema. Our hope is to bring the long lost, forgotten, overlooked, obscure or unavailable to a hungry audience unable to get their fill from the local theater offerings. And in so doing, in the cozy darkness of an elegant vintage Portland ballroom (or vintage theater), we build a like-minded community of the curious and the cine-obsessed. All are welcome, as are your creative suggestions.
Mind-warping shorts from the North, exploring the counter-culture and, err, influence of the times! Pockets heavy with public funding via the National Film Board of Canada, a whole generation of radicals cut their teeth on wild expressions of Canadian weirdness, under the vague promise to make “films designed to interpret Canada.” Including the groundbreaking, brain-meltingly mad montage of Arthur Lipsett’s FREEFALL and 21-87, Quebecois youth delinquency celebrations Claude Jutra’s THE DEVIL’S TOY and Jean Beaudin ode to psychedelic “happenings,” VERTIGE, as well as animated works by Ishu Patel and Jacques Drouin!, and more!