|September 17, 2021
Hello dear friends and neighbors,
Well, the Clinton Street Theater made headlines this past week.
Roger wrote on a FB post, "I may be a perennial presence in the 'sexiest man alive' issues, but it's nice to have my wife get some attention from People magazine." That's right--the Clinton Street Theater had a "human feature" in People Magazine.
It was a lovely article, despite the fact that we're in SE Portland and not downtown. I also had hoped more praise could have been heaped on our wonderful landlords, who gave up thousands of dollars over the past 18 months in order to keep us solvent.
To Richard and Mary Anne, and to all of you who sent donations or provided content for the CoVideothon or purchased masks or popcorn while we were closed, I can never thank you enough for coming to our rescue again and again. I am truly blessed to be part of such an amazingly thoughtful and caring community.
Earlier in the week, we also had a write-up in the Mercury, and this was a bit more controversial. The headline was "These Portland Arts and Culture Venues Support the Wheeler Recall Effort," and yours truly took the lead.
I've already had folks email with "I'm never coming to your theater again," and "How dare you try and turnover the will of the largest turnout of Portland residents?" So, I'm not going to get all political on you, and try to convince you of the merits of my stand. I understand that genuinely good, forward-thinking people can disagree with me about our current mayor.
But I don't believe that anyone living now in Portland feels all is peachy-keen. So, how do we express our displeasure and disgust with the way the police handle demonstrations? How do we see beyond the tents and trash of our houseless population and start finding solutions?
In our political system we have so few ways of making our voices heard outside of the ballot box. The recall effort is an attempt to amplify the conversation. Of course, it's certainly your prerogative to frequent and support the businesses who are, at a minimum, silent about their beliefs. I've been boycotting Nestle for almost fifty years, and I was so upset when I realized I couldn't carry Kit Kat candy bars!
A few updates:
You might have noticed a few new faces lately. I'm happy to introduce Evan Burchfield and Susan Herreras to the Clinton Street team. Evan previously worked at both Cinema 21 and 5th Avenue Cinema. He comes with working knowledge of the 35mm projector, which means we now have three folks who can share this ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW responsibility (welcome back, Pierce!). Susan moved to Portland from Austin, TX during the pandemic, and she's got a ton of experience in running late-night cult series. So, look for her at the weekly, ongoing "Clinton Cult Classics" films, usually on a Thursday or Friday at 10pm.
The new popcorn machine has been ordered and paid for, and "God willing and the creek don't rise," we will have it delivered and installed by the end of September. Attendance has been dwindling week by week since August, so I sense you are also concerned about the Delta variant and the threat of break-through infections. So, whatever you do, stay safe until you feel you can safely join us again. However, if you see something you wish you could attend, purchase a ticket online, and include your home address. Then, send me a quick email, and I'll send you a CST movie pass for two. You can use it with a friend whenever you feel ready to return to indoor gatherings.
Galway Kinnell - 1927-2014
I love to go out in late September
among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries
to eat blackberries for breakfast,
the stalks very prickly, a penalty
they earn for knowing the black art
of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them
lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries
fall almost unbidden to my tongue,
as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words
like strengths or squinched,
many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps,
which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well
in the silent, startled, icy, black language
of blackberry-eating in late September.
Coming This Week.......
Friday, Sep 17 -- Sunday, Sep 19 @ 7pm
In the Underdog 10MPF you will experience one woman's search for an enchanted necklace in a swamp behind a Walmart parking lot; a dystopian survivalist reality show competition between an outdoorsman and a valley girl; two mythological newlyweds who must face the bitter reality of the gods' will; a WWII French resistance fighter who takes refuge in a surly chef's restaurant kitchen; a new take on the complicated relationship between the Mad Hatter and Alice; and a man working from home trying to finish a project while his worst enemy gets in the way.
This play festival will feature music from the awesome local musical act Junglecorp - with their new, Underdog-themed rock opera performed in-between each of the plays.
The show runs about 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.
Start off your fall 2021 with a wildly entertaining, fun night of stories about hope, the struggle and pure grit: Underdog!
Clinton Street Resistance presents DESERT HEARTS
Monday, Sep 20 @ 7pm
FREE, taking donations for Alano Club of Portland, a leading source of recovery support in our community for over 60 years.
Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch's narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers and repressed university professor Vivian Bell in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was...complicated.
Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera's lens, Deitch's vision for Cay and Vivian's nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.
Tuesday, Sep 21 @ 7pm
Support the local film community! All proceeds go to the Clinton Street Theater and filmmakers. Films include:
AN AMITYVILLE POLTERGEIST (2020)
Desperate for cash, Jim, an impecunious college student, takes a job house-sitting over a weekend for strange, borderline creepy Eunice. Without delay, Jim gets to work, even though he's been warned that the eerily vacant house has a mind of its own, only to place himself in harm's way. Now, horrifyingly vivid nightmares start haunting his sleep, and hair-raising supernatural phenomena suggest that there is more to this place than meets the eye. Is the house indeed haunted? Has the Amityville poltergeist come out to feed on fear?
EUROPE AND DOWN (2021)
High jinks and shenanigans are abound in this whimsical travel documentary that follows adventurer Elijah Post as he gallivants across Europe on an epic journey of a lifetime.
The debut of the first animated short film from Dead End Toon's Productions!
Wednesday, Sep 22 @ 7pm
A would-be writer falls for an unpredictable woman, then he slowly realizes that she is going insane.
There can be beauty in tragedy, particularly when the key ingredient is the same in both,
Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
Thursday, Sep 23; Tuesday, Sep 28; Sunday, Oct 3 @ 7pm
Tickets $8-12 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds
MANHATTAN SHORT is not a touring Festival; rather, it is an instantaneous celebration that occurs simultaneously across the globe, bringing great films to great venues and allowing the audiences to select their favorites. If the Film Festival experience truly is about getting great works in front of as many eyes as possible, MANHATTAN SHORT offers the ultimate platform -- one that sees its films screened in Sydney, Mumbai, Moscow, Kathmandu, Vienna, Cape Town to cinemas in all fifty states of the United States and beyond --
MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives. Death By Handshake director Hudson Flynn, for example, was just 16 years old when he created his wry nod to New York City living during the Covid-19 pandemic. Humor also pervades films like Rough from Northern Ireland, France’s Archibald’s Syndrome and Monsieur Cashemire of Canada. Out of Time and the animated Aurora are close studies by a pair of women directors of life at different stages of our existence from French and American perspectives. Short films tackling big topics include Norway’s The Kicksled Choir, which offers a refreshing look at conflict resolution, while Bad Omen examines how a woman copes with stark circumstances in Afghanistan. Closed To The Light reaches back in time to focus on a riveting moment in World War II Italy while the UK’s Ganef examines that war’s trickle-down effect on subsequent generations.
One more weekend of the Underdog Ten Minute Play Festival, September 26 - 28.
Next Church of Film screening will be VIEWS FROM AFGHANISTAN, a program that captures rare views of the county through the lenses of Japanese, Iranian, and American filmmakers during the time of the coup, the Saur Revolution, the Soviet war and the aftermath, revealing the Afghan people, their lives, and their aspirations in a time of endless unrest. The centerpiece will be the renowned Noriaki Tsuchimoto's docu-essay on the era of Afghan socialism, ANOTHER AFGHANISTAN (2003). This screening is a fundraiser for REFUGEE CARE COLLECTIVE.
Happy Birthday John Prine: A Celebration of Life on Sunday, October 10 @ 4pm. We've lost too many good people in the past few years, and John Prine, whose songs often resembled short stories that touched the deepest parts of us, was one. He died April 7, 2020 in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19 at the age of 73. We'll share videos from John Prine's long and illustrious career, and you can all feel free to sing along while wearing your masks. It's a free event, and we'll pass the hat for the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance and to improving the overall well-being of individual musicians, industry workers and their families during times of medical crises.
Snowboarders!! Come enjoy K2uesdays this October at Clinton Street Theater and get into the winter spirit and support Snowday’s Foundation while watching snowboard films curated by some legends of the industry. Ticket $10 at the door with raffle ticket included. All proceeds go to Snowday’s Foundation.
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Hello! I’m Laura Glazer and together with my collaborator, Jennifer “JJ” Jones, we were artists in residence at the theater in August. The residency was part of the Agnès Varda Forever Festival, which was our art project in collaboration with the theater. It grew out of the “Agnès Varda Forever” project in which I commissioned JJ to do something with $100 that I gave her in April. With the money she made “Agnès Varda Forever" posters and hung them all over Portland. These posters caught the attention of people far and wide, including Aaron Colter from the Clinton Street Theater who invited us to collaborate on a Varda festival. While five of her films played at the theater August 19-31, we were artists in residence at the theater, creating Varda-inspired artwork in response to the theater and neighborhood people and places.
One among many of our projects at the theater was surveying movie goers and people hanging out around the theater, asking “what do you love about going to the movies?” The answers with the most votes were “escape from reality” and “sitting in the dark with strangers.”
Agnès Varda is quoted as saying “If we opened people up, we'd find landscapes,” and the festival and residency definitely opened new landscapes for us. We are so grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the theater and to everyone who came to a festival movie and those who wanted to come, but could not.
More information about our art project is on www.agnesvardaforever.com
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
― Viktor E. Frankl
Don't be a stranger. Hope to see you soon.