Today at The Clinton: Saturday, May 28

7:00pm Teen Witch

Clinton Street Resistance Series

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We are happy to announce the Clinton St. Resistance series is back! Here's how it works:

  • On select Mondays we offer discounted admission to films in the hope that as many people as possible will attend.
  • Proceeds after licensing costs from these screenings will be totaled at the end of the month and donated to a non-profit or community organization which we believe is doing good work in Portland and beyond.

That's it! You get to watch a great film for cheap and get an easy way to support an awesome organization that is supporting our community.

In June, we've selected the non-profit Black & Pink—a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.

Showtimes

Monday, Jun 6
7:00pm

"There is a lot of common sense and natural wit behind the role-playing. Yet there is also a terrible sadness in the testimony." -Vincent Canby, New York Times

"It is strong, sardonically funny, sometimes shattering stuff." -Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

"If the wit, glamour and mind-boggling outfits of Paris Is Burning are disarming, not far beneath the film's surface is an immensely moving quality." -Louise Gray, Sight & Sound

Jennie Livingston’s landmark film is not without its share of controversy as many of the participants felt exploited. The documentary of the ballroom scene elevated the culture to a wider audience, but ultimately contributed to its appropriation and eventual mainstream slang and style. Though the TV series Pose explores some of the tragedies through characters, it's important to remember that modern drag would not exist without the very real Black and Hispanic transwomen who pioneered the space, far too many of whom died far too soon due to poverty and violence. Pride is about celebrating how far we've come, but also remembering those who risked everything to make progress possible.

Media: 
Paris is Burning
Director: 
Jennie Livingston
Country: 
USA
Year: 
1990
Runtime: 
76 minutes

Where does voguing come from, and what, exactly, is throwing shade? This landmark documentary provides a vibrant snapshot of the 1980s through the eyes of New York City’s African American and Latinx Harlem drag ball scene. Made over seven years, Paris Is Burning offers an intimate portrait of rival fashion “houses,” from fierce contests for trophies, to house mothers offering sustenance in a world rampant with homophobia and transphobia, racism, AIDS, and poverty. Featuring legendary voguers, drag queens, and trans women—including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, and Venus Xtravaganza—Paris Is Burning brings it, celebrating the joy of movement, the force of eloquence, and the draw of community.

Digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. Preservation funded by Sundance Institute, Outfest and the Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation.

Special Admission

$6 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*Part of our June Clinton St. Resistance Series with proceeds benefiting Black & Pink.*

Showtimes

Monday, Jun 13
7:00pm

"There are personal glimpses into the home lives of activists that left many in my theater wiping their tears on their coat sleeve." -Monica Castillo, Bitch Media

"This documentary by David France persuasively argues that one of the greatest grassroots activist campaigns of modern times was the Act Up movement." -Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"A compellingly watchable portrait of a battle fought under that most memorable rallying cry: "Silence = Death". Bravo." -Mark Kermode, The Observer

"David France's rousing and inspirational documentary should be required viewing for political activists everywhere." -Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

Media: 
How to Survive a Plague
Director: 
David France
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2012
Runtime: 
109 minutes

The story of the brave young people who successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, demanded the attention of a fearful nation and stopped AIDS from becoming a death sentence. This improbable group of activists bucked oppression and, with no scientific training, infiltrated government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry, helping to identify promising new medication and treatments and move them through trials and into drugstores in record time. In the process, they saved their own lives and ended the darkest days of a veritable plague, while virtually emptying AIDS wards in American hospitals in the process. The powerful story of their fight is a classic tale of empowerment and activism that has since inspired movements for change in everything from breast cancer research to Occupy Wall Street. Their story stands as a powerful inspiration to future generations, a road map, and a call to arms. This is how you change the world.

Special Admission

$6 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*Part of our June Clinton St. Resistance Series with proceeds benefiting Black & Pink.*

Showtimes

Monday, Jun 20
7:00pm

"Often hilarious, poignant and fascinating, The Dog is as entertaining as movies (in any genre or form) get, telling a true story that is far stranger anything a screenwriter could cook up." -John Fink, The Film Stage

"An expertly-crafted documentary on a riveting subject, and one that leaves you only wanting more than its 101 minutes could show." -Paul Freitag-Fey, Daily Grindhouse

"There's a brashness to this documentary that sneaks up on you." -Wesley Morris, Grantland

"Try as you may, however, you can't turn away from this obscure footnote in pop culture history, even at his most aggravating. It's that twisted thing we call celebrity." -Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle

"A queasily compelling documentary." -Kathy Fennessy, The Stranger

Media: 
The Dog
Director: 
Allison Berg & Frank Keraudren
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2014
Runtime: 
101 minutes

In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery. The heist resulted in a fourteen-hour hostage situation that was broadcast on TV. Three years later, Al Pacino portrayed Wojtowicz instigating the unforgettable crime in DOG DAY AFTERNOON. The award-winning film had a profound influence on Wojtowicz. When he emerged from prison six years later, he became known as "The Dog." Filmed over the course of ten years by co-directors Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, THE DOG combines extraordinary archival footage from the real-life robbery, interviews, and the story of the early gay liberation movement (in which "The Dog" played an active role) to create a captivating and unreal documentary.

Courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.

Special Admission

$6 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*Part of our June Clinton St. Resistance Series with proceeds benefiting Black & Pink.*

Showtimes

Monday, Jun 27
7:00pm

"Schwarz offsets the camp with a sincere appreciation of both the obvious, larger-than-life personality and this performer's oft-overlooked skills." -Mike McCahill, The Guardian

“Captures the exuberant spirit of a time in which difference brought together like minds and changed attitudes.” -Mark James, Film School Rejects

“Just as garish, splashy, and loud as Divine himself.” -Drew Taylor, The Playlist

"Touching and funny. Waters fans should sign up now." -Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine

Media: 
I Am Divine
Director: 
Jeffrey Schwarz
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2013
Runtime: 
86 minutes

Packed with great interviews and clips, this dynamic, fun and often poignant portrait of the legendary Divine brings to life a complex understanding of John Waters’s favored muse.

I Am Divine is the story of Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, from his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally recognized drag superstar through his collaboration with filmmaker John Waters. Spitting in the face of the status quos of body image, gender identity, sexuality, and preconceived notions of beauty, Divine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I Am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s emotional complexities and rise to infamy.

Special Admission

$6 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*Part of our June Clinton St. Resistance Series with proceeds benefiting Black & Pink.*