SPOTLIGHT: It’s All Happening in Portland

It’s like everywhere I turn these days, everything I do, there’s always Portland. For instance, I recently finished this book Wildwood by Colin Meloy. Where was the story set? Portland. Last week a friend of mine forwarded me a clip from this funny show. What was the show about? Portland. I just listened to this great album by Cloetta Paris. Where is her record label located? Portland. There are some really amazing international films touring the country at the moment. Where are they playing? Yeah, you guessed it: PORTLAND.

Specifically, the Northwest Film Center – a longtime screening-partner of ours – will be showcasing Global Lens 2012, beginning Wednesday, July 25, with Tolga Karacelik’s TOLL BOOTH, and running through the end of August. For more than 40 years, the Film Center (which is part of the Portland Art Museum) has been programming foreign, classic, experimental, and independent film year-round through thematic series, special retrospectives, and several annual film festivals. Thanks to the tireless efforts of its wonderful Director, Bill Foster, and its unstoppable Exhibition Program Manager, Ted Hurliman, the Northwest Film Center makes it possible for Portlanders to see new Global Lens films every year. Check our calendar for the full schedule of screenings.

I’ve always wanted to visit Portland, but unfortunately for me, it won’t be happening in the next couple of months. But if you, lovely reader, happen to be there this summer, grab some friends and head on over to the Northwest Film Center to catch a few Global Lens films. And if you’re there with your girlfriend or boyfriend, maybe consider proposing… Cause this is how they do.


The Global Lens film series is an annual, curated program of narrative feature films from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Each film in the series is selected for its authentic voice, strong cinematics and unique cultural perspective, opening a window to the diverse world in which we live. Now in its ninth year, the series continues to be a platform for exceptional storytelling. To date, more than eighty-five films from over thirty-five nations make up the award-winning and critically acclaimed Global Lens collection.

The Global Film is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative.

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