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NW Film Center benefit focuses on Life in Vine for a special evening

Portland's influential Northwest Film Center devoted an entire evening to Life in Vine and Oregon food and wine on Friday, July 11th, 2003. A benefit for the Center, the evening was well attended and by all accounts a rousing success.

A Special Screening

At 7pm, the evening started with a special screening featuring:
  • Life in Vine
  • a 20-minute mini-documentary (In Their Own Words) weaving together insightful and disarmingly candid commentary from the people featured in the documentary about what it's like to live a life in vine.
  • a short but hilarious trailer for Juice, the project that evolved into Life in Vine
  • and a special work-in-progress sampler of Next Harvest: Life at the Last Frontier of the Small Farm, our new documentary (scroll down for more on this)

Then, at 8:30, we took over the amazing sculpture garden outside the Museum:
  • Brick House, Cameron, Eyrie and Westrey wineries poured their amazing wines
  • two of our favorite chefs –– Navarre’s John Taboada and Rolland Wesen from Rivers Restaurant -- collaborated and focused their considerable talents on unique fare to complement the wines poured
  • the Film Center's eclectic and excellent house jazz ensemble played

A benefit for the NW Film Center

Perhaps best of all, the evening was a benefit for the NW Film Center, a unique resource for both filmmakers and film lovers. The Film Center is a regional arts organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center operates as part of the Portland Art Museum.

Independent filmmaker meets independent farmer

Next Harvest, the new documentary we're currently shooting, focuses on an organic, CSA farm unusually centered inside the Portland city limits called 47th Avenue Farm. At the crossroads between rural and urban, the farm's dedicated owner faces overwhelming financial, societal and physical obstacles in her passionate quest to bring healthful produce up out of the earth. Using time lapse, candid interviews and a structure which mirrors the evolution from seed to harvest, the documentary becomes an intimate tour of the American myth of the family farm at what may be its last frontier.

For more information, contact Matt Giraud.

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