NW Film Center & Portland Art Museum present: - CINEMA UNBOUND SUMMER ROOFTOP MOVIES - Medicine for Melancholy
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Doors open: 7 pm
Event begins: 8:30 pm
Event website: NW Film Center Cinema Unbound Summer Movies & Open Air Experiences
Medicine for Melancholy - Barry Jenkins found mainstream success in 2016 with his Oscar-winning coming-of-age tale Moonlight, but prior to that breakthrough, he made another excellent feature: Medicine for Melancholy. Set in rapidly-gentrifying San Francisco, the film chronicles the one-day stand of Jo (Tracey Heggins) and Micah (Wyatt Cenac), two twenty-something African-Americans who hook up after a party, head their separate ways, but reconnect by chance—and proceed to spend the day together, talking about their racial identity, gentrification in the city, and the issue of assimilation into white hipster culture as a means of getting by. Poignantly desaturated images give symbolic weight to the oppressiveness of whiteness in the Bay, while the extended dialogue between Jo and Micah—really the only two full characters in the film—gives the story ample space to breathe.
“Micah comes across as pro-black, and Jo’s is more of a post-race point of view. When I started the film I was teetering between these two viewpoints. It’s like I was splitting my personality in two. For me, the film ended up being even more about class than race. Micah talks about the city pushing black people out, but it’s really about pushing poor people out. I used to be obsessed with race. I’m more obsessed with class now.”— Barry Jenkins, The New York Times.
VIP TICKETS - VIP seating, VIP parking, (1) Food & (1) Drink voucher.
Kids 5 & under are free.
CINEMA UNBOUND - Advance tickets ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee entry after 8:30 pm. Feel free to bring a chair, pillow, or blanket, along with a light sweater or jacket. There are no refunds or exchanges for arrivals after the film begins (dusk) or for entirely missed screenings. Please, no pets or outside food or drink.
Movies will start at dusk and will feature first-run, repertoire films and features appropriate for children and adults. We will also feature a regional short film before each feature film. Live entertainment and music will be provided prior to each screening.
Summer Movie Guidelines
NW FILM CENTER - Established in 1971, the Northwest Film Center is a Portland, Oregon-based year-round organization and space where artists and audiences explore our region and the world through cinema and cinematic storytelling in all its forms.
MEMBERSHIP - Silver Screen Club
DONATE - NW Film Center Donations
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections.
Lloyd Center - The Cinema Unbound Summer Movies and Rooftop Screenings are located atop the Lloyd Center shopping mall in the Lloyd District of Portland, Oregon. Screenings will take place on the top level of the parking structure, which is open-air and uncovered. The entrance is at the West-end parking garage at Lloyd Center (10th Ave and NE Halsey).
COVID OVERVIEW - The Northwest Film Center will comply with any Federal or State health precautions that may be in place at the time of the event. This may include wearing a mask and/or social distancing.
Ticket sales end at 7 p.m. day-of-show.
Not Rated | 1h 28min | Drama | USA
Movies Subject to Change. This is a cashless event.
Tickets are Non-Refundable.