Today at The Clinton: Thursday, Sep 21

Oregon Independent Film Festival

 

The Oregon Independent Film Festival (OIFF) is bringing its collection of new independent films again this year from September 22nd through 24th, 2017 to Portland and other cities across Oregon.

With festival screenings and events in Portland at The Clinton Street Theater and at the Bijou and Metro cinemas in Eugene, with more surprise screening stops to be announced.

The Oregon Independent Film Festival features over 70 films from 11 countries, screened over two weeks in independent cinemas across the great state of Oregon, USA.

Showtimes

Friday, Sep 22
5:00pm
Media: 
EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM 22A

wakingthegreenWaking the Green Sound: a dance film for the trees
USA / PG

Dir: Wobbly Dance

Three mysterious beings concoct a botanical fugue among the trees, revealed through the peculiar landscapes of dancers/co-directors Yulia Arakelyan, Erik Ferguson and Grant Miller. Journey into the fantastical, dream-like and vibrant scenes of "Waking the Green Sound: a dance film for the trees," directed by Wobbly Dance, in collaboration with cinematographer Ian Lucero and musicians Sweetmeat.

 


shellsShells
Greece / PG

Dir: Vasilios Papaioannu

In this Award Winning experimental film from Oregon Independent Film Festival alumni Vasilios Papaioannu, we follow the story of a man, in the midst of a personal crisis, who seeks solace in an icy forest where an abandoned horse leads him into a road of multiform waves of color.

 


primeperfectprime perfect
USA / G

Dir: Tom Bessoir

See and hear prime and perfect numbers in a mathematical flicker film dedicated to Tony Conrad (1940-2016)

The vast majority of the frames in this film are black. You will be sitting in the dark experiencing number patterns. The prime number frames (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, … 8,123) are white and the perfect number frames (6, 28, 496, and 8128) are red.

TO BE PLAYED LOUD!


unscathedUnscathed
USA / PG

Dir: Joseph Pfister

Music: Sophia Pfister

Unscathed is a very personal music video documenting and lamenting the aimlessness and beauty of the Pfister siblings as they venture into adulthood. The first major collaboration between Joseph and Sophia Pfister, made permanent by a song, a video and a tattoo, created over four years.


thunderheadThunder Head Clearing
USA / PG

Dir: John Teton

"Thunder Head Clearing" blends realistic fine arts drawings and fantastical 3D animation in a tale about a gathering of strangers drawn to a mysterious clearing in the woods, where a towering creation of light and power sweeps them up in an extraordinary series of events in an attempt to overcome a haunting global plague. Created by an international team of artists, the film was produced as a contribution to the campaign for the global International Food Security Treaty.


 

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Friday, Sep 22
6:00pm
Media: 
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM 22B

perceptionPERCEPTION: FROM PRISON TO PURPOSE
USA / R

Dir: JONATHAN REED

After a drug deal gone wrong, shots were fired, and Noah Schultz was ultimately convicted of attempted aggravated murder. However, upon seeing a group of role models within the prison system taking the road less traveled, Noah decided to take major steps toward improving his life and preparing for his release. Seven and a half years later, he is released from the system a college graduate, published poet, non-profit founder, business owner, TEDx speaker, and so much more.


blackfortuneBlack Fortune - Part - 1: The Revenge
INDIA / R

Dir: Sushmit Biswas

This documentary showcases the life of pirates, especially Edward Teach.

Black Fortune - Part - 1 : The Revenge takes the audience back to the early 17th Century, when Bloodshed and Violence was a way of life. Mighty empires ruled the Atlantic Ocean, controlled trade and paid their sailors meagre wages.

After the Queen Anne's War, many privateers who fought for the British were abandoned by their country. This triggered a struggle in the Bahamas, with both Privateers and Slaves wanting freedom from colonial rule. Some sailors who were paid poorly by their countries, also decided to join these men and women.

This conflict gave us some of the most dangerous people the world, has ever seen. The likes of Anne Bonny, Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham, Charles Vane, and up to the most notorious (and richest) high seas pirate ever, Barthelomeow Roberts, better known as Black Bart.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Friday, Sep 22
7:15pm
Media: 
HORROR/DRAMA PROGRAM 22C

detoxDETOX
USA / R

Dir: Richard Kilpatrick

Detox is a story of metamorphosis, where our protagonist faces internal and external forces of change, as he seizes an opportunity to towards redemption and a second chance at life.

This dramatic film tells the story of Chase, who is spiraling towards the bottom and willing to do anything to escape his tragic past. Abusing heroin, struggling to pay back his debts, Chase ends up running drugs across the state line for the cartel.


meetingMeeting
USA / PG-13

Dir: Nestor Valenzuela

A young man and his house guest talk about god while seeking privacy from listening walls. What are they hiding? And from whom?

Michelle Damis and Alexander Nickolas star in this dramatic film, written and directed by Nestor Valenzuela.

 


ticTic
USA / PG13

Dir: Kristen Stevens

Amira (played by Julia Quon) answers an online ad for a used crib and meets Gabi (Sabrina Chen-Louie), a kind woman with a tragic past, and soon she is stalked in the night by a mysterious sound in this horror film from director Kristen Stevens.

 


autopsyAutopsy
USA / R

Dir: Adam Long

A young woman's friends gather to dissect what's wrong with her immature ex-boyfriend so that everyone, except possibly him, can move on in this horror-drama film.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Friday, Sep 22
8:30pm
Media: 
COMEDY PROGRAM 22D

sideeffectSide Effects May Include
USA / PG

Dir: Emily Laue

This dark comedy film examines putting the need for money and success over ideals (and despite suspicious problems that also arise).

A struggling voice actor takes a new job doing pharmaceutical commercials despite having reservations about the content. The drug ads bring financial security but also come with unexpected side effects - as she begins to suffer from the symptoms she describes in the ads.


twokatesTwo Kates: Happy Birthday!
USA / PG

Dir: Zach Schultz

What does an unsuccessful artist talk about with her parents?

A pair of clones try to figure it out in episode 4 of "Two Kates," a comedic web series about anxiety.

A comedic/dramatic portrait of a young woman learning to live with herself: "Two Kates" features a powerful dual-performance by Kate Knappett as both halves of the clone pair, along with a soundtrack comprised of great independent musicians from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


wishboneWishbone
USA / PG

Dir: Edward Derby

In this Dramatic Comedy we find Sierra, a post-college book lover, looking for an affirmation of her whimsy through hiding postcards in a bookstore. The message the world sends back isn't what she expects in this OIFF Award Winning short film. Featuring Melanie Meijer as Sierra, and Taylor Roel Pedroza as Jack.

 


northwestminiuNorthwest Mini U-Store: No Hidden Fees!
USA / PG13

Dir: Michael Ward

In this experimental comedy we find Kurt's commitment to offering low-cost storage solutions with no hidden fees is bringing him to the brink of madness. He soon finds himself caught up in a sinister plot that goes deeper than he could have ever imagined.

Also be sure to ask about truck rental and storage supplies!

 


survivingSurviving Unemployment (making a commercial)
USA / PG

Dir: Janet Christensen Obrien

A film of heartbreak and starting over … held together with comedy.

A mixed-up comedy/drama with bits of a documentary style in an investigation of unemployment and guardianship misconduct. The documentarian listens to relatives and surviving victims all while her "Commercial" is being filmed, edited and finished, ...creating a mixture of mush!

This complicated film addresses "the things we sometimes step in, (but don't want to talk about!)", while also managing to address the serious issues of Misconduct of Guardianship by Attorneys of Estates and the struggle within the bureaucracy of Surviving Unemployment.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Friday, Sep 22
9:30pm
Media: 
thedead
The Dead
Director: 
Edward Martin III
Country: 
United States

The Dead is about how we affect others. It's about all the little and big changes that we make in the lives around us, sometimes through deliberate action, sometimes just by being ourselves.

These are confessions to the dead, admissions to the dead, thanks, castigations, everything. This is all the marks left in existence by one person. This is what truly remains. Not a body, or a will or a bit of dirt, but lives changed and altered.

This feature length experimental, dramatic/comedic film is the second of two films from director Edward Martin III in this year's festival. The Dead also features actors Brandie Sylfae, Donald Wright, Kristin Barrett, and Brian Hutchins-Wright in an ensemble cast.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Saturday, Sep 23
4:00pm
Media: 
PROGRAM 23A

thisplaceThis Place Called Nuka: Courting Adventure in Wild Alaska
USA / PG

Dir: Dave Weich

Jeff and Angela wanted to have a camping trip that never ended, and to see if they could live off the land. So they dropped out of college to attend the "school of life." They hired a boat captain to ferry them—along with kayaks, snowboards and 30,000 pounds of building materials—to a patch of spectacular wilderness tucked between a glacier and the Gulf of Alaska, seventy miles from the nearest outpost.

The Environmental Documentary "This Place Called Nuka: Courting Adventure in Wild Alaska" brings their story to life.


timetofadeTime To Fade
USA / PG

Dir: Carlos N. Cerutti

"Time To Fade" is a fantasy short film about an imaginary friend, trying to say goodbye to the kid that she takes care of, …in the last night that they will ever see each other.

The film explores a small moment of realization between a kid turning 11 and a "grown up" trying to bring up bad news, and informed by the ideas of being afraid of change and new times to come.


dearfutureDear Future Self
USA / PG

Dir: Ray Nomoto Robison

In this dramatic film, a message from the past brings discovery of the present.

A woman finds a time capsule which contains a recording she made over 50 years earlier. She finds reminders of who she was back then and in a symbolic gesture, she records a message to her past.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Saturday, Sep 23
5:00pm
Media: 
DRAMA PROGRAM 23B

thelobsterThe Lobster
IRAN / G

Dir: Erfan Dastournejad

The Lobster is a whimsical animated film, that is also a reminder that climate change is real and danger is imminent without change. With the growing number of natural disasters, and its devastating effects on the life on planet earth, it is hard to downplay humanity's role as residents of earth, and our duty to stop, or at least mitigate, the horrifying results of the global warming.

 


yearstothemoon35 Years to the Moon
USA / G

Dir: Laki Karavias

This Award Winning festival favorite is a live action family drama that follows a father journey's into grief and joy, as he remembers the life and passing of his son. Starring Jacob Robertson, Annie Robertson, Josh Robertson, and Paul Bergman.

 


anewA New Promise
USA / G

Dir: Christina Dodge

A New Promise is a coming of age drama about Madelyn, who is at a crossroad in her life. She has planned the next year and a half of her life towards completing her degree, being close to family, and working during this summer. Offered a new job with good pay, travel, and a chance to work in a great city, she decides to follow the chance for experiences and opportunities that she would never have in the small community now called home. But after making a promise to take the job, Madelyn wrestles with the decision to either break that promise, or leave home.


soldierSoldier
USA / G

Dir: Bruce Becker

A troubled, bullied young teen whose father has died, now meets a mysterious runaway soldier and forges a deep friendship, that changes his life's trajectory in a single day in Soldier, an LGBT Dramatic short film.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Saturday, Sep 23
6:00pm
Media: 
AWARD SHORT PROGRAM 23D

terminalTerminal Reflections
USA / PG

Dir: Edward Martin III

In this Science Fiction film, the audience is transported deep into the dreary impenetrable badlands of Pacific Northwest in 2415. Here a lone adventurer seeks her future. But in order to find her future, she must find her past -- and her past may not be what she likes.

 


koK.O.
USA / PG

Dir: Ron Sacdalan

Intrepid lovers motor through the deep forests searching for adventure, but what they find may be more than they can handle. The sight of a distant fire and their unwavering sense of wonder attract the attention of locals with a secret no outsiders would dare to know.

Filmed in the mythical woods of Washington. Featuring music by Coconino Trio, The Decliners, The Famous Haydell Sisters, BoobooVonTronicus, Frank, and Totimoshi.


usUs. Them. Me.
USA / PG

Dir: Quincy Woo

Starring: Isaac Frank and Alyssa Rands

In this dramatic romance, a young couple struggles to make their relationship work as mental issues begin to tear them apart.

As Marie's mental health deteriorates and Jake's psychological problems cause rifts, she begins to pursue alternate forms of love and escape, rekindling a past fling and self-harming. Jake strives to hold on to Marie, but glimpses of her secret rendezvous spark uneasy feelings, and he begins to close himself off from her, as she continues down a path of self-destruction. A heated confrontation triggers the fallout in this seemingly unsustainable relationship.


fremontFREMONT
USA / PG

Dir: Ryo Jepsen

Inspired by the numerous news headlines, the dramatic film FREMONT examines the repercussions of an exhausted police officer's split-second decision in pursuit of a suspect. In following the suspect's capture, the nature of the crime, and the suspect's role, the profound and unexpected effects on everyone involved in the case are revealed.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Saturday, Sep 23
6:45pm
Media: 
Red Carpet Photo Event

Join our filmmakers, casts, and crews, as well as local press, staff and media photographers, as well as our festival fans for a Step and Repeat photo session for all of our festival filmmakers and stars, just prior to the OIFF Award Celebration. Weather Permitting, as this is an outdoor event! Red Carpet Photo Event is Free!

Special Admission

FREE!!!

Showtimes

Saturday, Sep 23
7:00pm
Media: 
shutterstockgold_cup_for_winner
2017 Awards Ceremony

Cheer on all your favorite Award Winning filmmakers and performers, at the annual OIFF Awards!

The OIFF Award Ceremony is where fans can meet and celebrate with festival creators, at the largest and most legendary event of the festival.

Held each year in Portland, Oregon, this fun-filled evening is the main event in our celebration of the movie theaters and cities of Oregon, and where our festival honors the filmmakers, writers and performers from around the world, who have created the best independent cinema of the past season.

The Award Ceremony often sells out early. Get your tickets soon!

Get your tickets soon as this event often sells out!

Special Admission

$25; purchase tickets in advance HERE.

Showtimes

Saturday, Sep 23
9:00pm
Media: 
waldgeist
Waldgeist
Director: 
Brad Burke
Country: 
United States

In Waldgeist, the Oregon Independent Film Festival's Award Winner for Best Horror Feature Film, the spirits of murdered children awaken after a murderers favorite toy (his polaroid camera), is stolen from a police evidence locker. The spirits haunt whoever's hands this camera falls into.

David Grey, the original detective on the children's murder case, works to solve this previously closed case, after the Polaroid camera, ends up in the hands of his own daughter and her friends. Will he be able to stop the haunting before its too late?

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Sunday, Sep 24
6:00pm
Media: 
COMEDY PROGRAM 24A

modernlifeModern Life
USA / G

Dir: Lee Barber

Book-ended by the ever-present cell phone, 'Modern Life' is a hand drawn old school animation response to the overwhelming stimuli converging from all sides - the endless blooming always humming irresistible variations of desire that target our hearts.

It's a reminder to step back once in a while and find some distance… like we did that one time.


thelifeandTHE LIFE AND TIMES OF A 39-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN!
USA / PG13

Dir: Timothy J. Hellman

Starring, written, produced, edited, filmed and directed by Timothy Hellman and co-starring Ed Melvin, Thomas Hellman, Trevor Scandalios, Jon Musch and Darin Lones.

A film about the daily life and times of a 39-year-old virgin; detailing his thoughts (and life theories) about relationships, sex, Facebook, performance art, film, celebrities and more. The movie is inspired by the actual drunk Facebook posts (some are taken word for word), from writer/director Timothy James Hellman.


thesystemThe System
USA / PG13

Dir: Kerel Taylor

Two off-the-wall best friends, who work together as child protective service workers for the state, receive a routine assessment from their supervisor regarding neighbors concerned about hearing screaming. After going to the family's home and initiating their investigation, they discover that the concern isn’t about the parents, but for the parents, since their 12 year old little girl runs ...an underground sweatshop?

 


noisylibraryNoisy Library
USA / R

Dir: Rollyn Stafford

A man finds himself in a library without knowing how he arrived. Why is he there? What is his purpose? He doesn't like books!

There must be a reason why he is there. As he searches around the library, he comes across many different kinds of characters, all of whom he dismisses when his mind wonders to the next random thought in this comedy film.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Sunday, Sep 24
7:00pm
Media: 
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM 24B

toooldToo OLD to die YOUNG
USA / PG

Dir: Clark Slater

A short documentary about a well-known behind-the-scenes player in hip-hop, who recently sold an extensive collection of hip-hop-oriented photos to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

He may be old but he's just getting started.

Directed by Clark Slater, the film takes us on a day with Bill Adler; hunting to save 'various shiny objects from the scrapheap of history,' and exploring the one hobby that unites all his passions; collecting.


kuwepoKUWEPO
USA / G

Dir: Jan Haaken

This documentary follows the daily lives of doctors, nurses and medical assistants in Kenya as they work within the liberalized constitution to provide post-abortion care and other reproductive health services for women.

While providers have more legal room to care for women than in the past, reforms in the law continue to put women at risk for medical problems and death from unsafe abortions. Their stories reveal how the larger medical community depends on these providers, even as the work involves navigating tense cultural issues and gray areas of the law.


theseparationThe Separation Myth
USA / PG

Dir: Nisha Burton

The Separation Myth examines the history of exclusion in Oregon. It tracks how in the constitution and inception of Oregon, ideas and laws were set in place to keep people of color from settling in here. This history is little known and often times people think it is just a coincidence that Oregon’s population is largely white.

Originally founded as a "white utopia" we examine how this affects people of color to this day and what can be done to bring healing to this legacy of separation.


hardcorewrestlingHardcore Wrestling Alliance
USA / PG

Dir: Dorian Warneck

The Hardcore Wrestling Alliance has been running for over 10 years in a deep southeast Portland neighborhood. This documentary short takes a look behind the curtain at the motivations and importance of these shows to the wrestlers who put them on.

 


thestolenThe Stolen Goodbye
USA / PG

Dir: Allie Raye

This documentary film chronicles the last few months of Stanley Talmud's life.

His work at the NSA required a strong brain and good memory, but, shortly after retirement, he showed signs of Dementia. In 2016, Stanley suffered a severe brain trauma from a fall. Almost simultaneously, Paula, his wife of 42 years, suffered an infection which put her in ICU isolation, in the same hospital. They hadn’t touched in a month. The nurses took Stanley to her room so they could have one last moment together. He is a true testament that even though dementia takes your memory, sometimes it doesn't affect love.


thekentonThe Kenton Lead Blob*
USA / G

Dir: Zach Putnam & Richard Percy

This documentary follows Zach, who saw a news article that suggested he was living in a hotspot of lead pollution, and spurred him to action. Connecting with his neighbors through social media, a community-led investigation began, with hopes of getting to the bottom of any causes and health risks that could be affecting them and their families. The surprising answers they found only raised more questions.

 


ipaintI Paint, I Protest: Mary Perry Stone
USA / PG

Dir: Ramie Streng

'Why don't you just paint pretty pictures?' a woman once asked the artist Mary PerryStone.

But Mary felt she could not stand by without protesting the events of her times. This film focuses on Mary’s protest work during the Sixties and Seventies. At that time,Mary lived on what later became George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in northern California. In an old bunkhouse, she painted murals and paintings that reflected her reactions to the civil rights struggles and the Vietnam war. This documentary film follows her adventure and her art.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.

Showtimes

Sunday, Sep 24
8:30pm
Media: 
shutup
Shut Up Anthony
Director: 
Kyle Eaton
Country: 
United States

Anthony talks too much. A neurotic creative grinding out a living at an ad firm, he loses his girlfriend, job, and dignity over the course of a few days.

With nothing else to do, Anthony flees to his family's timeshare. There he encounters Tim, an estranged family friend who happens to also be an alcoholic theology professor. The two are forced to share the space as they clash over relationships, religion, vodka, and coaster etiquette.

Shut Up Anthony is a film about relationships, family dynamics, wrestling with religion, sobriety, and even survivor's guilt. But you know... it's also a comedy.

Special Admission

$12; purchase in ADVANCE HERE.