ALL NIGHT LONG / FILM CARAVAN

THE PORTLAND THAT WAS, OUTDOOR EVENT

All Night Long is a free, outdoor film show in which the audience travels from site to site to see eight short films in eight related historic sites in downtown Portland.

Artist Mack McFarland and film archivist Dennis Nyback will lead the caravan which will go from the South Park Blocks to The Pearl. Audience members traveling on foot, by bike, or on skateboard will see a line up of films which includes classic Hollywood animation featuring the voice of Portlander Mel Blanc, an educational film which features Mayor Terry Shrunk and City Commissioner Neil Goldschmidt being dressed down by Portlanders upset by development in Goose Hollow, a 1940 Republican Party campaign film encouraging voters to choose the Wilkie/McNary ticket, and more. All presented in glorious 16mm on film, not video!

All of the projection equipment and films will be transported by bicycle, facilitated by SHIFT www.shift2bikes.org

Event: All Night Long Caravan
Description: Outdoor site specific screenings of eight short films featured in THE PORTLAND THAT WAS (www.portlandwas.com)
Date: Saturday September 16
Time: Dusk (about 8:00 PM)
Location: Begins outside Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park
Cost: Free

We can screen this program for the press. Please contact Portland Was at portlandwas@gmail.com to request a screening.


All Night Long Film Caravan will follow this route:


1. Lincoln High School, now Lincoln Hall
Address: Across from 1620 SW Park
Film: THE SCREWDRIVER, 1941
7 minutes, black & white

Mel Blanc invented the voice of Woody Woodpecker while attending Lincoln High School. Blanc provides all the character voices in this early Woody Woodpecker cartoon, which features an unusually psychotic version of the much beloved cartoon character.

 

2. Keller Fountain
Address: across from 222 SW Clay
Film: WE ARE THE CITY, 1972
15 minutes, color

Portland filmmaker Tom Chamberlin made this educational film for use in classrooms across the country. Two Portland mayors, Terry Shrunk and Neil Goldschmidt, have cameos, as does the Forecourt Fountain, now known as Keller Fountain.

 

3. Keller Auditorium
Address: across from 222 SW Clay
Film: WILKIE & McNARY KNOW THEIR FARMING, 1940
10 minute, black & white

The Republican Party chose Oregon Senator Charles McNary as the running mate to their 1940 Presidential candidate Wendell Wilkie. A campaign rally was held at the Public Auditorium (the building which preceded the Keller Auditorium). That audience very likely saw this film.

 

4. Quest Fountain at The Standard
Address: outside 900 SW 5th
Film: THIS IS PORTLAND, 1971
8 minutes, black & white

Portland filmmaker Tim Smith was 15 when he sent up a locally produced television travelogue show "Don & Bettina" in this spoof starring his brother Duncan and future Oregonian columnist Elinor Markgraf.

 

5. Pioneer Courthouse Square, site of the old Portland Hotel
Address: SW 6th between Yamhill & Taylor
Film: GEORGE OLSEN, 1940ís
10 minutes; black & white
Jazz age superstar George Olsen was born in Portland and played at the Portland Hotel before he was discovered and brought to New York.

 

6. Former Headquarters of PGE (in the Electric Building)
Address: outside 621 SW Alder
Film: IT CAN BE DONE, 1937
20 minutes, black & white

The employees of Portland General Electric made this short film to encourage Depression Era farmers to electrify.

 

7. Site of Northwestern, Inc., recording studio
Address: outside 415 SW 13th
Film: WHERE THE ACTION IS, 1965
8 minutes, black & white

Paul Revere and The Raiders recorded "Louie Louie" at Northwestern, Inc. in the spring of 1963. Two years later they were hosts of a daily half hour television show on ABC.

 

8. Low Brow lounge
Address: outside 1036 NW Hoyt
Film: BLITZ ME!, 1960ís
14 minutes, color and b & w

Portland's status as Beervana is well earned, and has a long history. This collection of beer commercials (& one Heidelberg Beer industrial) are all from the Northwest.