On Sunday, March 25th, the Dill Pickle Club kicks off of A Place Called Home: Lectures on Filmmaking in Portland, a monthly lecture series focused on the history of movie-making in the city, at Cinema 21 with guests David Cress, Walt Curtis, Shawn Levy and David Walker.
DAVID CRESS will talk about Portland’s tradition of advertising and how it’s nourished the film community. Cress is best known as Producer for Independent Film Channel’s Portlandia, although he has been active as a maker in Portland for several decades. He is a founding partner of Foodchain Films, and has produced a myriad of critically-acclaimed music videos, advertising pieces and feature films. His credits include being the Producer of Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park (2007), as well as a number of short films and television shows.
WALT CURTIS will speak about his role acting in Property (1979) and Pay Dirt (1981), as well as his experience in and around the filmmaking community. Curtis is a poet, novelist and painter known for his autobiographical work, Mala Noche (1977), which became the basis for Gus Van Sant’s 1985 film of the same name. He has shared the bill with many Beat Generation writers, including Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Ken Kesey.
SHAWN LEVY will talk about what makes Portland special as a movie-loving and movie-making city, including how policy has affected the local industry. Levy is the film critic at the Oregonian, where he has been a writer since 1992. He served as senior editor of American Film magazine and associate editor of Boxoffice. He has authored four books, including The Last Playboy, Rat Pack Confidential and King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis.
DAVID WALKER will discuss Portland’s independent film scene during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, including a cast of ambitious and quirky filmmakers, toiling away on a long list of movies that have since faded from memory. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, comic book writer, podcast personality and author. For six years he was the screen editor and lead film critic for the Pulitzer Prize winning alternative newsweekly Willamette Week.
ABOUT THIS SERIES
A Place Called Home is a monthly presentation series examining the history of filmmaking in Portland. Held at roving venues on last Sundays at 1PM, lectures aim to orient recent transplants and residents to the city’s rich lineage of film and how it informs our sense of place.
FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM
This program is made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Additional support provided by Willamette Week, Oregon Humanities and In the Can Productions.
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets are just $5/ members; $10/ general. Purchase tickets online here.