We’re excited to announce a new monthly documentary series created in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre, Portland’s historic non-profit theatre. Each month we’ll 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 the Hollywood’s Presenting Sponsor the Documentary Channel and by Supporting Partner the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, MT.
Dragonslayer documents the transgressions of a lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fullerton, California in the aftermath of America’s economic collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray glimpses of unusual beauty,Dragonslayer captures the life and times of Josh “Skreech” Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with the future. Directed by Tristan Patterson, this film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at SXSW 2011.
From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan’s America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. At the heart of this film’s story is lead singer Angelo Moore and bassist Norwood Fisher who show how they keep the band rolling out of pride, desperation and love for their art. To overcome money woes, family strife, and the strain of being aging Punk rockers on the road, Norwood and Angelo are challenged to re-invent themselves in the face of dysfunction and ghosts from a painful past. Narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
Join us @ NW Doc on 12/3 @ 2pm for an afternoon with filmmaker Lev Anderson. Anderson will be discussing his doc and will share with attendees what he finds to be the most important aspects of documentary filmmaking – including emphasis on story, relationships with subjects, fundraising, patience and flexibility, and what to do when you’re ready to introduce your film to the world. The workshop is free for NW Doc & Hollywood members, $20 for non-members. Click here to register.
For screening information on the two docs, visit The Hollywood Theatre.