TONIGHT! Fissure

Published May 19th, 2012 by Grand Detour

TONIGHT [May 19th] at PLACE [Pioneer Place Mall Atrium, Third Floor] 5-8pm!!!!



Published May 15th, 2012 by Grand Detour

EFF Portland is happening May 22-27 !!!


Female Trouble at Grand Detour! Coming 2/23!

Published February 7th, 2012 by Grand Detour

FEMALE TROUBLE (Part of the Dirty Looks Roadshow)

Thursday, February 23, 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Grand Detour at BOOM BAP!

640 SE Stark St. Portland OR, 97214

Sliding-scale admission: $3-6.

Dirty Looks

DIRTY LOOKS! No, that’s not what we’ve been giving (or getting). That’s the New York-based queer film and video series that is going on a West Coast tour, and stopping in our fair City of Roses to screen a fantastic program! We here at Grand Detour are thrilled to be the hosts of Dirty Looks’ only public engagement in Rip City. We are STOKED to be screening at Boom Bap!, a great lil’ DIY multimedia workspace and classroom that has been tearing it up on First Fridays lately.

Female Trouble is an intergenerational cornucopia of genderfuck film that explores – and explodes – normative roles of femininity and gender. With pieces that span five decades, these artists queer female subject space via drag tactics, narrative juxtaposition and overt performativity, with approaches ranging from masquerade to mythic, performance document to exposé video zine.


Conrad Ventur, Mario Montez Screen Test, 2010
Patti Podesta, Stepping, 1981
Steven Arnold, Messages, Messages, 1968
Matthias Müller, Home Stories, 1990
Narcissister, Every Woman, 2010
Zackary Drucker, Fish, 2008
Vaginal Davis, Barbi Twins (excerpt), 1993

No matter how wrapped up in EFF (can we say we’re EFF’d?) Grand Detour is right now, this was a screening too good to pass up.

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Published January 23rd, 2012 by Grand Detour


Grand Detour is proud to announce Experimental Film Fest Portland

to be held May 2012 in our fair city of Portland, Oregon.

EFFPortland was sparked by the desire to fill the current need for a Portland-based experimental media festival. A major impetus of the festival is to showcase the works of local media artists through a program of screenings, installations, artist talks, and hands-on workshops open to the general public. The festival will also feature work by national and international experimental media artists. The intention is to provide Portland audiences with a window into the diversity of work being created around the globe and connect local, national and international artists.

may 23-27, 2012

the mOuth studio

portland, or

This is why you haven’t heard from us in a while. We’ve been busy!

want to submit?

deadline is 2/15/12. portlandians and international artists pay no submission fees!

want to support?

we have a kickstarter! with awesome rewards and a pretty sweet video. please pass it on.

want to volunteer?


Stay tuned…we will have LOTS of funding and programming updates to share as well as news about two upcoming screenings in February and April that will whet your whistle for EFFPDX!


It’s Starting

Published October 3rd, 2011 by Grand Detour


10/6   Jeff Guay (PDX)  Recess Gallery

Jeff Guay is an under-unemployed citizen of Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of Portland State with an English degree. His most recent short films are investigations of environment – both physical and emotional – and man’s place, or lack thereof, in a world of mystery and compromise in civilization’s half-decline. Don’t Worry, it’s a New Century premiered in the 2009 Northwest Film and Video Festival, and toured around the western United States as part of their “Best of” series and also played at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum. The Willamette Week called it “amusing” and Sasha Burchuk of PDX Pipeline says upon watching it, that “I just had to ask myself, what the fuck is going on here?”

Additional films to be screened include Principia, which had a warm reception at the 2010 ATA Film and Video Festival in San Francisco, Guay’s music video for Portland band Experimental Dental School (which has over 5,000 hits on vimeo) and a previously unscreened, secret premiere of a short whose name cannot be mentioned here…


10/18   Maarit Suomi (Finland)   Recess Gallery

11/17   Devon Damonte (Olympia, in conjunction with the NW FIlm Fest)   Worksound

11/22    Jason Gutz (Olympia)   Worksound

12/1   Jade Ajani (local)   Screen at Place

12/8 Seth Nehil (local)   Screen at Place


All Shows 8pm

Suggested Donation $3-6

All Donations to Artists


Grand Interview Sun 8/14 at 5pm on KMZE 1071 FM

Published August 13th, 2011 by Grand Detour

If you get a chance take a listen to the interview we gave to 1071 FM about Grand Detour.  Our origins, hopes dreams etc.   Streaming is no problem at: It’s gonna be this Sun at 5pm.

And watch out for what we got coming this Fall, Installations and Screenings abound!!




Published July 23rd, 2011 by Grand Detour

Grand Detour Presents Jodie Mack

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 8PM

RECESS Gallery, 1127 SE 10th, Portland, OR


Fantastic animator Jodie Mack is stopping in Stumptown on her latest tour, and Grand Detour is ecstatic to host her visit as part of Hot Media, their Summer Screening Series. Mack will show a hundred and ten minutes of gorgeous 16mm moving pictures at RECESS Gallery in the Oregon Brassworks Building this coming July 28th, beginning at 8PM. The pieces were completed over the course if the last six years, and they will all be lovely. After the screening, Mack will be available for a Q&A session. This is Grand Detour’s last screening before the season-closing Bad Film Barbeque, and it will be one of their most important screenings to date.




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This is Why We’re Hot (Media): David Sherman in Stumptown!!!

Published July 21st, 2011 by Grand Detour

Grand Detour is Proud to Present:

David Sherman: Wasteland Utopias

Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 8PM

RECESS Gallery, 1127 SE 10th

The year is 1993. The place, San Francisco. David Sherman, experimental media-maker, founds the world’s first microcinema. Fast forward to 2011, and Portland’s own Grand Detour is hosting a screening of Sherman’s Wasteland Utopias, a cinematic essay featuring visionary developer Del Webb (Sun City) and legendary radical psychiatrist/naturalist Wilhelm Reich (Orgone Energy). What on earth could these two possibly have in common? The sunny Sonoran Desert for one thing, a shadowy CIA Operative for another. Desert landscapes, desert soulscapes, sex, sustainability, Emotional Plague, cloudbusting, water retention, cosmic intervention—these and other relevancies link the 1950s with our present moment in surprising, and seemingly prophetic, ways. Using found footage, documentary interviews, and narrative tableaux, the film interweaves contradictory narratives and critically poetic observations. By juxtaposing these two thinkers—who represent ostensibly opposing visions of a still-undefined future—Sherman asks viewers to consider a multiplicity of perspectives on our endangered natural and social environments.

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Keep the Summer Going! Two Awesome GD Events this Weekend!!!

Published July 6th, 2011 by Grand Detour

That’s right, friends. Hot Media and getting hotter! Just in time for your Independence hangover to have finally worn off, we’ve got a weekend of 16mm madness and microfest magic. Join us at RECESS gallery on Friday and Saturday for Joel Schlemowitz and the triumphant return of the Cut + Run Tour!


Grand Detour Presents
Joel Schlemowitz!

Friday, July 8, 2011, 8PM

RECESS Gallery,
1127 SE 10th

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz, known for his experimental documentaries and short poetic cinema, will present a program of 16mm works hosted by Grand Detour at RECESS Gallery this upcoming July 8. Jennifer Macmillan of Invisible Cinema writes, “With flashes, leaves, and pools of light, suns, flashlights, and handmade light inventions, Joel creates cinema-poems that crack open the infinite. Tracing the jeweled veins of Gustav Moreau, J.K. Huysmans, and Gerard de Nerval, his work eludes the dark shadows of night & illuminates the evening with cascading colors and flickering dreamscapes.”

Grand Detour Presents

The Autonomy of Place

Saturday, July 9, 8PM

RECESS gallery,
1127 SE 10th

The Cut + Run Tour is back in Portland one year after Grand Detour welcomed curators Mallary Abel and Brenda Contreras to town at their 2010 Bad Film Barbeque. This year, Grand Detour welcomes Cut + Run back to Stumptown and is proud to host The Autonomy of Place, another stellar program of short films, at RECESS Gallery at the Oregon Brassworks Building.

Cut + Run is a traveling film festival specializing in the exhibition of short avant-garde and experimental video and film programs. This year, they have stopped in Paris, Berlin, London, and San Francisco, and will finish their tour at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. The Autonomy of Place presents the work of American filmmakers from throughout the country. Each explores the fringes of The Autonomy of Place¬, uniquely investigating the capacities in which we recognize the politics and philosophies of the forgotten, overlooked, and sometimes-untold landscapes of our time and place. Featured artists include Robert Todd, Shelly Silver, Roger Beebe, Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Salise Hughes, Rick Bahto, and Charles Fairbanks.

Summer is finally here, so come enjoy it with us! Sink your teeth into it.














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Hot Media!!

Published June 23rd, 2011 by Grand Detour