Events

  • Wed
    23
    May
    2018
    Sun
    27
    May
    2018
    Portland, OR

    NW_ani_festThe Northwest Animation Festival is one of the only large scale international animation festivals in the USA, and it's right here in the Pacific Northwest! This year it runs in Portland May 23-27, and in Eugene June 1-3.

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  • Sat
    30
    Dec
    2017
    4:30 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    The oldest existing animated feature, Prince Achmed was made by 23-year-old teacher Lotte Reiniger using the stop-motion and silhouette animation techniques she perfected. Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures—joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains, doing battle with the sorcerer’s army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu.

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  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    2:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Eleven-year-old Norman can see and speak with the dead, including his beloved grandmother. Most days, he prefers their company to that of his flustered father, spacey mother, and deeply superficial older sister. Norman is unexpectedly contacted by his odd uncle Prenderghast, who floors him with the revelation that a centuries-old witch’s curse is about to come true, and that only Norman can stop it from harming the townspeople. Once a septet of zombies suddenly rises from their graves, Norman bravely summons up all that makes a hero—courage and compassion—as he finds his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits. Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Film.

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  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Vancouver, B.C., is home to some of the world’s great independent animators, including Gail Noonan. She studied animation at Emily Carr University of Art, and her early works featured hand-drawn cartoons confronting feminine issues related to media representation, with more recent mixed-media animations incorporating jazz and poetry.

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  • Wed
    13
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Stop-motion animator Marilyn Zornado worked as a senior producer at Will Vinton Studios, honing her skills as an animator through a variety of award-winning projects. As both a collaborator and independent maker, Zornado incorporates her love of calligraphy, the graphic arts, and poetry into animated texts, re-imagining the ways in which print is seen.

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  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Leader of the Animated Arts program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a former NWFC student and faculty member, Bond first began animating by laboriously inking directly onto clear 35mm film strips in the tradition of such greats as Mary Ellen Butte and Norman McClaren. She has since pushed the realm of her hand-drawn animation even further from the screen and into the real world through installations and site-specific works.

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  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Starting her career as a film presenter in Central Oregon, Priestley made her first films using rubber stamps and sand before going on to study with legendary experimental animator Jules Engle at Cal Arts. Finding her stride with drawing and computer-based animations, and collaborating with sound artists, she has since become one the world’s most prolific independent animators.

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  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017
    4:30 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Eccentric inventor Wallace and his cunning dog Gromit have launched a humane pest control business. When called upon by the dotty Lady Tottington to solve her rabbit infestation problems, Wallace tangles with her Ladyship’s would-be suitor, rotten cad Victor Quartermaine. When their new pest-control device malfunctions with disastrous results, Wallace teeters close to disaster and Gromit faces almost insurmountable odds to save the day. The first full-length Wallace and Gromit film from the Aardman studio—dazzling with wit and invention—won the Oscar for Best Animated film along with dozens of international awards.

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  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    2:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    In this magical blend of fantasy and fable from Studio Ghibli, Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary life, inadvertently saves the life of Lune, Prince of the Cat Kingdom. His royal father decides to thank her with a flurry of presents, including gift-wrapped mice. The only problem: the Cat King’s insistence that she marry his son! Haru’s unexpected journey into the Kingdom of Cats opens her eyes to a world she never expected, decisions she never had to consider, and a new appreciation of the life she once did not appreciate.

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  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    7:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    The work of Academy Award winner Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending A Staircase, 1992) began as moving paintings, but evolved into the process Gratz pioneered, termed “clay painting,” while working at Portland’s storied Will Vinton Studios. Incorporating improvisational and fine art techniques, Gratz’s work straddles the realm of poetry and storybook as lush moving palettes of color come to life.

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  • Sun
    26
    Nov
    2017
    2:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Anderson’s first animated film, adapted from a story by legendary children’s author Roald Dahl, is a stop-motion thrill ride through the secret world of animals by way of the terror that is factory farming. Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his wife (Meryl Streep), after being trapped following a disastrous farm raid, move to the base of a tree with their gloomy son Ash (Jason Schwartzman) in search of a more peaceful life. However, their tree lies next to a large farming facility run by three suspect farmers, who quickly initiate a scheme to flush the foxes out and hunt them. Naturally, Mr. Fox and crew are not so easily duped, teaming up with their fellow animal friends to launch a counterattack.

     

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  • Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    2:00 pmNW Film Center, Portland, OR

    Based on Neil Gaiman’s international best-selling novel, Coraline’s heroine is an adventurous girl (Dakota Fanning) who discovers a doorway to a parallel world in her home. She thinks this strange universe is better than her own until the button-eyed Other Mother (Teri Hatcher) reveals her plan to keep Coraline trapped there forever. It’ll take every bit of the young heroine’s courage to escape back to the world she left behind. LAIKA’s first feature film earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Animated Film.

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  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
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    20
    May
    2018
    Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR

    This fall, the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center celebrate Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA, a groundbreaking view behind-the-curtain into the visionary artistry and technology of the globally renowned animation studio.

    At the heart of every LAIKA film are the artists who meticulously craft every element.  Through behind-the-scenes photography, video clips and physical artwork from its films, visitors will be immersed in LAIKA’s creative process, exploring the production design, sets, props, puppets, costumes, and world-building that have become the studio’s hallmarks. Their films are a triumph of imagination, ingenuity and craftsmanship and have redefined the limits of modern animation.

    “Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center are thrilled to partner with LAIKA to present the wonders of this distinct enterprise,” said Brian Ferriso, The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr. Director and Chief Curator of the Portland Art Museum. “LAIKA at its core is an artistic endeavor that embraces the past and infuses it with a 21st-century vision. LAIKA’s aesthetic vocabulary continues to be shaped by the people and uniqueness of this special state.”

    Established in Portland, Oregon in 2005, LAIKA has produced four Oscar®nominated features, including Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), The Boxtrolls (2014), ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009).  Among LAIKA’s many accolades is a 2016 Scientific and Technology Oscar® for its rapid prototyping system, which uses 3D printers to revolutionize film production.  Through technological and creative innovations, LAIKA is devoted to telling new and original stories in unprecedented ways.

    “We believe storytelling is an important part of who we are,” says Travis Knight, President & CEO of LAIKA and the director of its most recent award-winning film, Kubo and the Two Strings.  “LAIKA embraces our great privilege to tell stories by creating films that bring people together, kindle imaginations and inspire people to dream. We are proud to be able to showcase our creative process through this partnership with the Portland Art Museum, one of the country’s greatest art institutions, and the Northwest Film Center. Art in its finest forms speaks to our shared humanity, opening us up to new ways of thinking and feeling and helping us to recognize the hidden connectivity of all things.  With this exhibit, LAIKA, PAM, and the Northwest Film Center have created something that can be part of that communal process of change and connection.”

    During the course of the exhibition the Northwest Film Center will present wide-ranging programming showcasing the studio’s work and surveying the evolution of stop-motion animation since before the turn of the 20th century. Along with film exhibition programming, the Center will offer a range of animation classes, workshops, and visiting artist programs for students, artists, families, and community members of all ages, including exhibition offerings in its Global Classroom screening program for high school students.

    In a city renowned for its maker scene, Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA and its related film and educational programming will be a celebration of the intersection of art, craft, film and technology. Proudly embracing the studio’s unconventional, independent Portland spirit, the exhibition and programs will serve to celebrate LAIKA’s singular position in Portland and in the global film community.

    Organized by the Portland Art Museum and the Northwest Film Center in collaboration with LAIKA.

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