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Film Events 3/5-3/11 

The Meaning of Wild, Only the Essential, Four Wives, and Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet


A "Wild" Night in Bend

BendFilm will host the screening of two documentaries focused on celebrating the stunning beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Opening the double bill is The Meaning of Wild, a trip through the Tongass National Forest of Southeast Alaska that follows a wildlife cameraman as he travels through the area by any means possible while running into bears, choppy waters and a harsh and unforgiving wilderness. The headlining film is Only the Essential, by former Bendite Colin Arisman. The film follows Arisman and his friend Casey Gannon as they thru-hike the PCT over five months and 2,668 miles from Mexico to Canada. Filmmakers will be on hand for a Q&A afterward.

Saturday, March 7, 7 pm. Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. $10.

Tower Theatre 75th Anniversary

Come celebrate the Tower's 75th Anniversary by screening the first film ever shown there. The film is the 1939 family drama Four Wives starring the Invisible Man himself, Claude Rains, and directed by Michael Curtiz, the badass behind Casablanca and Angels With Dirty Faces. The film was part of a series of movies about the fictional Lane family and their trials and tribulations, which continued from Four Daughters and was followed by Four Mothers. The film also will be screened with cartoons and newsreels from the 1940s, and BendFilm Executive Director Todd Looby will share some history of the movie and filmmakers before the screening begins. Bring your penny farthings, and a shiny quarter for admission. It is also the same price of admission in 1939.

Sunday, March 8, 6 pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St. 25¢.

Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

The legendary Bolshoi Ballet presents William Shakespeare's (arguably) most well-known play, Romeo and Juliet. Capulets vs. Montagues is poetically fitting when looked at through the lens of the current controversy about dancers being forced to sleep with wealthy patrons and the 2013 attack with sulfuric acid on the artistic director by one of the male dancers. The behind-the-scenes drama will add some much needed spark to this oft-told tale of young love; just try and see if it's possible to separate the company from the product.

Sunday, March 8, 12:55 pm. Old Mill Stadium, 680 SW Powerhouse. $18.

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