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"Seriously. Last night, man, I was so drunk, I was calling Morocco, man. Calling, trying to get to the Hotel Hilton at Tangiers in Casablanca, man. That's, I mean, that's, that's pathetic, man! Is that what you wanna do with your life? Suck down peppermint schnapps and try to call Morocco at two in the morning? That's senseless! But that's what happens, man." --Mark Borchardt, American Movie

I can watch American Movie about as many times as I can drink a beer. Well, ok, maybe not that much--but I could watch it every week without tiring. As I gather new friends over the years, I try to infect them with classic documentaries like American Movie and Vernon, Florida--movies that often slip through the cracks for casual movie goers. While my first love is beer, my second is movies. To call me a movie buff would be an understatement. I studied film in school, I've written several screenplays, and I've got piles of notebooks filled with sporadic movie notes. This doesn't make me a genius, but I have invested a lot of time in the industry.

Movies are a lot like beer. There are huge blockbusters, diluted for the masses: pretty people, pretty dialogue, pretty action--pretty formulaic. Many of these are simply made for their potentially high return on investment. Then there are the smaller movies that start slowly, spread via word of mouth, and are usually financed on credit cards. These are the movies that are made for the love of making movies (and the hopes of breaking even). Of course, there is a lot of middle ground in this scenario, but it's the extremes that interest me. This is not to say that all small movies are great and all big budget movies suck, just make sure that your movie radar is tuned into all options as many great movies fall through the cracks.

We know that Portland is a great city for beer, but with the 32nd Annual Portland International Film Festival coming up, it's a great time to mix film in as well. You can find shorts, animation, documentary, foreign, and a lot of Oscar submitted films. And, thanks to BridgePort Brewing, you can also find beer.

From BridgePort Brewing:

"BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the official beer of this year’s 2009 Portland International Film Festival. The event, put on by the Northwest Film Center, will open Thursday, February 5th at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with the gala premier of Oregon-based animation studio LAIKA’s new movie Coraline staring Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, and others. Moviegoers throughout the festival, who bring a ticket stub of that night’s screening into the BridgePort brewpub + bakery or BridgePort Ale House, may purchase a $1.25, 20-ounce Imperial Pint, in honor of BridgePort’s 25th anniversary.

In addition to discounted pints at the BridgePort Brewpub + Bakery and BridgePort Ale House, BridgePort will also be pouring a variety of complimentary brews at each of the Festival’s events, including the Opening Night party, all of the Festival parties and the Closing Night party. Events open to the public include:

  • Opening Night party, Tuesday, Feb 5 – The Portland International Film Festival will open with a 7:30pm showing of Coraline at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets to the film go on sale Wednesday, January 28 and can be purchased at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts (PCPA) Box Office. Following the film will be an after party where show-goers can discuss the film and enjoy free beer complimentary of BridgePort Brewery.
  • Thursday, Feb. 12 – A post-film event for the 6pm showing of Shall We Kiss. The reception will begin at 8pm in the Fields Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum and be open to everyone that attended the film.
  • Closing Night party, Saturday, Feb 21 – The Closing Night party will be held following the 8:15pm showing of Dean Spanley. The party will take place in the Fields Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum. The event is open to the public, tickets are 10 dollars apiece and attendees will be able to compare notes with fellow Festival-goers on their favorite films while sipping on their favorite complimentary BridgePort Brews."