NW Documentary Film Series

NW DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES is a new monthly documentary series created in partnership with NW Documentary, Portland’s center for documentary storytelling since 2003. Each month NW Documentary will bring a new documentary to Portland audiences, complete with panel discussions, Q+A sessions and workshops with visiting filmmakers. A focus is put on engaging storytelling and masterful filmmaking. This series is generously supported by our Presenting Sponsor the Documentary Channel and by our Supporting Partner the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, MT.




November 16-22
Q+A with Svavar Jonatansson at the 7:10pm show on Saturday 11/17


National Geographic photographer James Balog was once a skeptic about climate change. But through his Extreme Ice Survey, he discovers undeniable evidence of our changing planet. In Chasing Ice, we follow Balog across the Arctic as he deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Balog’s hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Traveling with a young team of adventurers by helicopter, canoe and dog sled across three continents, Balog risks his career and his well-being in pursuit of the biggest story in human history. As the debate polarizes America and the intensity of natural disasters ramp up around the world, Chasing Ice depicts a heroic photojournalist on a mission to gather evidence and deliver hope to our carbon-powered planet.


Presenting Sponsor of the NW Documentary Film Series:

Previous NW Documentary Film Series Screenings:

October 2012
The Portland premiere of IN SEARCH OF BLIND JOE DEATH: THE SAGA OF JOHN FAHEY. Guitarist Marisa Anderson performed live before the film and Director James Cullingham and Executive Producer Doug Whyte hosted a workshop at NW Documentary.

September 2012
The Portland Premiere of EXOTIC WORLD & THE BURLESQUE REVIVAL. Filmmakers Courtney Hermann were present for a Q+A and hosted a workshop at NW Documentary.

August 2012
The Portland premiere of OFF LABEL, the new documentary film by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. Mike and Donal also hosted a filmmaking workshop at NW Documentary.

July 2012
Legendary documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus joined us for two nights of screenings and Q+A’s plus a filmmaking workshop at NW Documentary.

June 2012
Blues musician Rita Chiarelli performed after a screening of MUSIC FROM THE BIG HOUSE and hosted a workshop at NW Documentary.

May 2012
Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple joined us in person for a meet and greet reception and a double feature of A FORCE OF NATURE and HARLAN COUNTY USA with a live on stage interview (which also included Ellen Ratner, subject of A FORCE OF NATURE.)

April 2012
We hosted 3 screenings of HOT COFFEE with director Susan Saladoff in attendance who also hosted a workshop at NW Documentary.

March 2012
A special showcase of the Academy Award nominated short documentaries, including the Oscar winner SAVING FACE.

February, 2012
We hosted a free screening of HOW TO DIE IN OREGON with director Peter Richardson and Editor Greg Snider in attendance. Peter and Greg hosted a filmmaking workshop at NW Documentary.

December, 2011 
The series kicked off on December 2nd with a double-feature of DRAGONSLAYER and EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE with directors of both films in attendance. Lev Anderson from EVERYDAY SUNSHINE hosted a filmmaking workshop at NW Documentary.


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