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Film: Carvalho's Journey

January 22, 2017 at 4 pm
Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Admission: $9 General; $8 Students, Seniors; $6 Child

(PORTLAND, OR) – Steve Rivo’s fascinating 19th-century adventure story documents the extraordinary career of Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815–1897) and his life as a photographer, artist, and pioneer explorer in the American West. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Carvalho was a middle-class portrait painter and an observant Sephardic Jew who had never ridden a horse, much less been in the wilderness. That changed in 1853 when he joined the famed explorer John C. Fremont on his Fifth Westward Expedition, a 2,400-mile journey from New York City to California. Carvalho’s journal entries provide a dramatic first-person account of his journey, including near-death experiences, encounters with Native Americans, and a surprising meeting with Mormon leader Brigham Young. Maintaining devotion to his family and Jewish faith as he captured stunning images of epic landscapes, his lasting images became a lens through which the world experienced the American West.

This screening is a Portland Jewish Film Festival event. The annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, held in June, is produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies.
(90 mins., DCP)

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region. The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region. The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

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Later Event: March 3
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