The Museum of Prophecy
Emilie Slater & Chris Norcross
Super 8, 35mm still
At 65°49'20.7"N 20°18'12.9"W, nestled in the rocky shores of northern Iceland, right along freezing waters of the Greenland Sea, sits a small museum dedicated to Þórdís the fortune-teller named The Museum of Prophecy. Filmed over several months, filmmaker Emilie Slater delicately explores unseen truths and hidden narratives most would ignore as fiction.
Acting For Film
Katy Albert & Emily Eddy
Chicago, IL, USA
Acting is hard and if it's cold it can get even harder. Acting for Film spotlights one honest actress just trying to make it in an industry dominated by irony. Nipple acting sure isn’t what it used to be.
My Parents are on Tinder
Sean Parker, Austin Hillebrecht &
Portland, Oregon, USA
Smoke weed everyday and try to get used to the 'rents swiping on their tablets. This local comedy mixes solid humor with killer acting and editing to make this sweet little giggle party.
Jachen Mackner & Marit Schmidt
Langley, Washington, USA
Having trouble with the world around you? Why do strangers want to shake hands? Don’t worry, sometimes help floats your way on the wind. Listen and do as the elders do and you will land on your feet. Filmmaker Jachen Mackner takes us from bored to enlightened in this impulsive comedy.
Tell Us About What Happened That November
Chicago, IL, USA
Filmmaker Jillian Musielak drags us through a sticky wicket of digital love by way of dreamy cinematic escapism. Tell Us About What Happened That November questions our perceptions of self worth in modern society.
Land of the Free?
Alissa Brasington, Liam Campbell, Brian Cawley, Lakota Dodging Horse, Ken Egu, C. Leigh Goldsmith, Haley Hudkins, Hannah Kreiswirth, Kaitlyn Leewing, Sequoyah Madison, Molly Murphy, Patrice Pinardo, & Chenglin Xie
Los Angeles, CA, USA
No one is free because we have failed as a Union. No one can be free as long groups are divided or marginalized. A group of USC students use animation in search of freedom for us all.
Under The Weather
Brooklyn, NY, USA
I don’t want the climate to change, but I love all my stuff. Miriam Weiner takes a nuanced look at passive activism in Under the Weather. The film helps us cope with late stage capitalism and the fear that perhaps no matter what we do we are going to die.
Out of Gas
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
Filmed on a wind up Bolex 16mm Camera in 1974 during the height of the 70’s gas shortage, Out of Gas is a rare glimpse of Unknown filmmaking from days past.
Thou Shall Not Tailgate
Greg Hamilton & Ira Flowers
Portland, OR, USA
Probably the most well known film of 2018, Thou Shall Not Tailgate is a local tale about one man’s quirk amid a world of conformity. Comprised of both contemporary and archived work, maker Greg Hamilton examines how the world changes but people stay the same.
Hayleyann Evers & Paige Scofield
Portland, Oregon, USA
Pacific Northwest filmmaker Hayleyann Evers opens the Friday night block with a war torn plea for equality as the forces that be attempt to keep her down. Her film Nasty Woman is a fusion of poetry, dance, cinematography, and editing in search of determination and empowerment.
Somewhere Between Girl and God
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
AWARD WINNER TOP RANKING STUDENT
A foggy mind of overcast skies is the backbone of this film from Pacific Northwest filmmaker Olivia Gutenberg. Winner of this year’s Top Ranking Student, this feminine narrative picture grapples with adulthood and sexuality through the lens of modern ideology. In the end, our heroin is able to find herself, placing her somewhere between a girl and a god.
AWARD WINNER JOE COUCH AWARD IN EXPERIMENTATION
This years winner of the coveted JCAE is Posen from Poland. Shot on Hi8, the film is a self described “depression meme” eloquently examining contemporary dating and life. Posen uses stock images and subtle sarcasm to express what it means to be young in the present day.
Mata Laya Pata
Brooklyn NY, USA
AWARD WINNER BEST ART DIRECTION
Winner of 2018’s Best Art Direction; Mata Laya Pata is a mantra to help you discover your self worth. 33 year old Tracy always seems to find herself a little behind the rest of the group. Join us as Kathy and Cathy guide her through the darkness to find her stronger self as others fail.
The Blind Aviator
Portland, OR, USA
A Pacific Northwest film by Anna Weltner about how to do things just so.
On the streets of Paris walks a barefoot water dancer known as Martine. Filmmaker Kaeto Sweeney explores an unattainable, obscure obsession with an undefinable spirit from The City of Light. Martine is a complex quest to understand love and human sexuality using a sophisticated lens.
The Dryad Tree
Los Angeles, CA, USA
A wholesome feel good flick about tree fucking. The Dryad Tree is a once in a lifetime work complete with montages and swelling music. If it was on in the background at your mother-in-laws house it would be both unsurprising and shocking.
Durham, NC, USA
AWARD WINNER TRANSFORMATIVE BEST
Winner of this year’s award for Transformative Best is a film about DIY oral hygiene.
Austin, TX, USA
With her third appearance at the Portland Unknown Film Festival, Liz Tabish brings us a visionary manifesto in which we find what a woman can get from the earth is more valuable than what she can receive from a man.
SuperMeowMeow/Game of LOVE
Life is a video game and then you die. Artist BadBadMeowMeow guides us through a relationship level cuz dating sux.
Boston, MA, USA
Mixed // Over 15 years of footage
Blindsided is a film composed of 15 years of home movies and documentary footage to create a portrait of Patricia Livingstone’s life. Livingstone is an artist slowly losing her vision and hearing. As her senses slowly fade, the truth about her life comes into focus. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month we will be screening and discussing this film.
San Francisco, CA, USA
What happens when the Devil steals the baby of a bewildered sex addict? Pandemonium and debauchery are just the beginning. Shot on S-VHS, this feature length film from Micah Vassau is a stunningly intricate examination of sex, religion, and the intersections of human desires. Innovative jagged storytelling and editing meander us through contemptible adventures to find a baby we never knew we loved.
AWARD WINNER BEST FORM AND EDITING
Winner of this year’s Best Form and Editing is the short SWITHER. Quick-cut and suffocated with imagery, Ryan Kruger allows us to observe 2 min 29 seconds of utter chaos.
Turku, Finland Proper, Finland
Set in a perfectly normal suburban neighborhood, actress Carolotta Moore lives in a perfectly normal house, has a perfectly normal dog, and does perfectly normal activities. This is a nice pleasant film with very few surprises and filth. Children only allowed with extremely progressive parents.
Berkeley, California, USA
AWARD WINNER PRIZE SOUNDSCAPE
The fake documentary is seldom made and rarely executed effectively, Still Moves is an outlier. Filmed in Oakland, Nevada City, and Reno, the film follows Eddison Jones the founder and sole proprietor of The Experimental Institute of Eastern Californiart. Filled with original music and sounds, Still Moves is this years winner of Prize Soundscape.
Milwaukee, WI, USA
A 16mm collage of found footage and original images. Filmmaker Natasha Woods creates an atmosphere of audience introspection by forcing us to address our own emotions.
New York, NY, USA
Ranbir Sidhu directs a world of simplicity and intimacy amid a complex world. This character study set in a New York City apartment embraces the effortlessness of true friendship.
A Short Film About Perverts
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
A short PSA about potential perverts in your communities.
My Dearest Holliday
Christina Santa Cruz
Los Angeles, CA, USA
A film dedicated to Val Kilmer, My Dearest Holliday is a slow and methodical character study of a woman traveling to meet an idol. Filmmaker Christina Santa Cruz has directed a film with highly complex and introspective acting that creates a narrative of mystery which doesn’t reveal its motives until its waning moments.
зубная паста (Toothpaste)
Chicago, IL, USA
The Unknown have always been advocates for responsible media consumption.
Loser By Birth
Nashville TN, USA
Justice is a subjective concept. Our featured inmate is a convict sentenced to death who distorts justice to mean punishment. Loser by Birth is the voice of one man who was never given the chance to succeed.
Rhode Island, USA
AWARD WINNER FOLK AWARD
It's the third year of The Unknown and the third appearance by filmmaker Marina Janello. Her most recent pic, Entropia, is a storybook approach to one woman's quest for the fountain of youth. Janello establishes a tightrope of lunacy and needlework never yet explored, as we take an isolated journey with a complex character who we share more in common with than we'd like to admit.
1st Day & Next Minute
Original music, drawings, and perspective puts Sara Koppel at the top of the pack. Her film to close out the fest is hand drawn on paper. HAND DRAWN ON PAPER!
N'goma - The Work of Our Clan
Tallahasssee, FL, USA
Killer after party with a killer beat. Come blow off the stress with filmmakers and festival organizers. Ancient Pools, Lisa Vazquez, and Speck will be sharing their sounds from the stage of The World Famous Kenton Club.
Zablah // Rachel Nakawatase, Ryan Betschart
Steps to Balance 1-5 // Molly Garrett
Breakfast // Sijia Huang
Strong Culture // Jarryd O'Keefe
Smile - Tales From Pussy Willow // Kate Jessop
Postpartum // Julia Barbee
aNGˈzīədē // Jayden Becker
When You Say Love II // Michelle Lee Salnaitis
Creatures of Habit // Josh Drake
MASC // Dylan Walker
Out Back, Behind the Shrubs // Kyle Mangione-Smith
The Fox Trap // Kyle Mangione-Smith
The Collector // Matthew von Dayton, Stefen Holtrey
Mastic // Sara Gold
Lola // Lily Fears
Beth's three o'clock with Dr. Harlow // Emma Penaz Eisner
Voices // Ellie Hodgetts
The War // Jaime Ekkens
Ambiguous by Strapless // Darren Borrowman
ID // Huangzhi Tang
Little Skeleton // Jennifer Levonian
For His Sake; For His Pleasure // Hugo Ljungbäck
Elisir, Aves, & Saturatiorem: A Triptych // Mireille Heidbreder
like evenly spaced plants // Nicole Rayburn
Gone Sale // Matt Meindl
Inseyed // Jessica Hudak
Cathy's Closet // Calvin McCarthy
Meat Wrapped In Dough // Tracy Park
it was a silly thing to say... and i'm so sorry // Larry Wang
but Larry... // Larry Wang
Sugar - Karma Knows // Justin Frick
If You Met Her // Palehound // Tom Quigley, Sara Tesh, Michael Escobar
DaDaDa // Secret Drum Band // Liz Vaughan
Home // Mahogany Jones // Jayne Marie Smith
Extreme // India Czajkowska & Kuba Lasocki // India Czajkowska
No Bad News // Mélat // Isaac Rodriguez
Baby Love // Fitness Forever // Carlos Ruano, Borja Muñoz
Scandal // Bashton & Megalopolis // Pablo Mengin
Nite Bites // Faded Away // Clément Oberto
creatures // hazy // Karen Zolo
Trembly Fog // Late Spring // Karen Zolo
Lightly Brightly // MAPA // Sebastian Juszczyk
Pytam // Chilli Crew // Sebastian Juszczyk
Ain't Over // idesia // Kelsey Boncato, Daniel Oldham
Locket // Crumb // Haoyan of America
Used To // Pinky Verde // Heather Jensen
Fever Dreams // Dirty Bird // Stella Rosen
Ancient Shields // Water Flower // Sabine Moore
Child // Aimee Norwich // Aimee Norwich
His Physique // Velodrome // Katherine Christie Evans
Golden Twenty // BBQT // Chris O'Neill
Solicitous // Drekoty // Zuzanna Plisz
Calling for the light // Chaemini // Yujie Xu, Felix Buxton
Be Brave // Bells Atlas // Dominic Mercurio
We Are Not Ourselves // Foxtails Brigade // Dominic Mercurio
Bobo // Izzy True // Pacco Ortiz Casillas
Etherous Claws // Etherous Claws Anarcheon // Markham Samuels
A Woman with Pockets // SILKess Demon // Nicholas Clifford
State Fair // Megan Hattie // Megan Hattie Stahl