Church of Film 2016, a project by Leslie Napoles and Matthew Lucas, is a 2015 recipient of a Precipice Fund grant.


The new laptop Church of Film purchased with money from their Precipice Fund grant.

Church of Film is humming along this season with some esoteric cinematic gems to expand the minds and horizons of the greater Portland community. We’ve been packing the seats at the North Star Ballroom and the Clinton Street Theater every Wednesday (Clinton St. has “never seen crowds like these on a weekday”); continuous word of mouth extends our cult status each week. With our Precipice Fund grant money, we were able to buy a new computer and software to ensure the best quality production, removing the constant fear of total technical collapse! It’s an enormous relief to have reliable equipment and we are so grateful to be able to continue our free admission policy at the ballroom.

In May, we explored the theme of “Lost Worlds”, an often hallucinatory, soul-searching trek to the fringes or finales of civilizations and religious faith with four uniquely poetic existential examinations from Ukraine, Italy, Chile, and the Czech new wave. In June, we celebrate gay pride with the rest of this vibrant town with a program titled “Different From The Others: Gay Cinema”, screening the films Pink Narcissus, It Is Not The Homosexual Who Is Perverse But The Society In Which He Lives, Willow Springs, and Madchen In Uniform.

In the near future, we are plotting a collaboration with the Ace Hotel to wow their guests and lucky downtowners by transforming the lobby into a Night of Nico, screening two very hip experimental films by Philippe Garrel, starring Nico or Nico-related-inspired, and then we’ll create an accompanying soundtrack with Nico and her contemporaries’ music. Should be great visuals and great sounds and a cool vibe all around in the SW.

We are also planning an anniversary party (fundraiser?) for August (3 years of COF!), collaborating with Killingsworth Dynasty where we will show two magical silent films from 1917, Il Fauno and Rhapsodia Satanica, on their big screen next to a dance floor of ethereal slow-dancers swaying to the sounds of Church of Film veteran DJ Vera Rubin.

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Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti, as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.