HOLLYWOOD THEATRE TO HOST ARTIST TALK WITH GUS VAN SANT AND JAMES FRANCO BEFORE NORTHWEST PREMIERE OF FRANCO’S MY OWN PRIVATE RIVER
The PSU MFA Art and Social Practice is proud to announce the following event from our friends at the Hollywood Theater.
WHEN: September 25th
TIMES: 12:00-2:10pm in the downstairs auditorium & 12:30-2:40pm in the upstairs right auditorium (doors at 11:00am)
NOTE: The total run-time per event is 2 hours 10 minutes, including the 30-minute artist talk and 140-minute screening.
WHERE: Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR
TICKETS: $35 for General Public and $30 for members
After casting Franco in the award-winning film “Milk” (2008), Van Sant showed him the dailies and other footage that he had shot many years before for “My Own Private Idaho” (© 1991 New Line Cinema Corp. All rights reserved), which starred River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves as street hustlers in Portland, Oregon. Franco describes being mesmerized by Phoenix's "uninhibited acting" in this unreleased footage. “I humbly asked Gus if I could…cut something together, and if he didn’t like it, I would never show anybody,” Franco said. “I thought it would be interesting because it took us six months to cut the film together, and James was going to do it in a month,” Van Sant said. “By himself.” “My Own Private River” consists largely of shots of Phoenix’s character, Mike, woven into a compelling portrait; his edit captures the gifted actor at his most emotionally expressive and physically dynamic. The score is by Michael Stipe.
Gus Van Sant was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1952. He obtained a BA from the Rhode Island School of
Design where he studied painting and cinema. Best known for his work as an award-winning director, he has
also exhibited his art at galleries and public institutions including Jamison-Thomas Gallery, Portland, PDX
Contemporary Art, Portland, and The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.
James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California in 1978. He obtained a BA from the University of California,
Los Angeles and an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. He is currently enrolled in the Digital
Media Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. An acclaimed actor, Franco is also actively engaged
in performance art, painting, video, and installation art. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Clocktower Gallery, New York, and Peres Projects, Berlin.
SCREENING WILL RAISE FUNDS FOR ONGOING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE THEATRE
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About the Hollywood Theatre: For the last 19 years the Hollywood Theatre (formerly known as Film Action Oregon) has earned a national reputation for its unique combination of award-winning film programming, cutting edge educational programs supported in part by LAIKA (an Oscar winning studio), and fiscal sponsorship services for local filmmakers. Each year the Hollywood Theatre screens close to 300 of the best films from all over the world, provides educational opportunities for over 2,000 young people and supports multiple Oregon-based, independent film projects. The organization has been honored by two of the most respected names in film, both the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for its myriad contributions to the film community.
30+ Artists, Curators, and Thinkers present their work engaging pressing issues affecting our world
Friday, September 23, 2011
Join us in the Art Department at PSU, 2000 SW 5th, Room 200
We will be live streaming the summit and you will be able to direct questions and comments to the presenters in real time.
Presented by the PSU Art and Social Practice MFA Program
Carmen Papalia, Art & Social Practice MFA candidate, offers a unique
undergraduate writing course through Chiron Studies at PSU!
The Writing through the Body Workshop offers an open workshop
environment where beginner / intermediate writers will develop a body
of creative work that is initiated by, and informed by, their bodies.
Each week students will be introduced to strategies for addressing
their bodies in their autobiographical poetry and prose, and will be
exposed to the work of contemporary authors who use the body as an
entry point for investegating topics such as gender, disability, and
cultural and sexual identity. Through their participation in class
discussion and group activities (including Skype conversations with
published authors) students will become well-positioned to begin
developing an informed body poetics. The class will culminate in an
off-campus public reading where students will share excerpts from
their final portfolios with an audience of family and friends.
Upon their completion of the Writing through the Body Workshop,
students will have learned that their bodies hold reference to stories
and verse that, if explored, may serve as the basis for necessary work
on topics ranging from identity politics to urban design. Weekly
workshops will teach students a number of editing skills, allowing
them to be productivly critical of their own work and the work of
others. A balance of theoretical readings and a diverse sample of body
writing by contemporary authors, the reading list wil introduce
students to a number of strategies for addressing their bodies in
their autobiographical poetry and prose—while laying the foundation
for a unique and informed body poetics. Students of the Writing
through the Body Workshop will grow professionally as writers through
their construction of a writing portfolio (that will be sent to a
publisher for consideration) and through their experience organizing
and participating in an off-campus public reading.
For more info about PSU's Chiron Studies program visit:
Join PSU MFA Social Practice artist/student Carmen Papalia on Wednesday, September 21 (2:00PM
- 4:00PM) for a non-visual walking tour through Oakland. 25 participants will link arms and, with eyes closed, be lead by Papalia through spaces where they will consider how soundscape and the non-visual senses can figure into map making and ones perception of place. The Blind Field Shuttle is presented as part of Medusa's
Mirror: Fears, Spells and Other Transfixed Positions--an independently curated exhibition by Amanda Cachia at Pro Arts Gallery.
Blind Field Shuttle
Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
2:00PM - 4:00PM
For directions to Pro Arts visit: