A co-presentation of the Northwest Film Center and in partnership with NW Documentary, the PEACE OF THE CITY FILM SERIES is a summer documentary film series hosted at Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium in Portland, OR and co-directed by Film Sprout founder Caitlin Boyle and Jill Schnitzer Edelson. A forum for true stories that can entertain as they educate and inspire, the PEACE OF THE CITY FILM SERIES showcases the best work of the worldwide social-issue documentary film community, which upholds a tradition of investigating, observing and translating the most pressing social issues of our time. 

Special thanks to our 2018 sponsor, Sports Medicine Oregon; our nonprofit partner, NW Documentary; and to Portland Mennonite Church, which hosted our inaugural 2017 series. 

frequently asked questions

How can I attend a screening? To attend any screening in the series, please purchase an advance ticket to reserve your spot. All tickets guarantee entry to screenings until 7 pm, when screenings begin. Late entry will be at the discretion of the venue. 

How much do tickets cost? General admission to each screening is $10 and includes general seating on a first-come, first-served basis. We are also excited to offer a limited number of patron tickets, which include prime reserved seating and an invitation to meet filmmakers and/or special guests and enjoy a complimentary drink and hors d’oeuvres at our post-film reception. Individual patron tickets are $40. Series pass pricing for entry to all three films is $25 for general admission and $100 for patron admission. All ticket purchase options are available here.

Do you serve refreshments? For patron ticket-holders, we extend an invitation to meet the filmmakers and special guests, and enjoy complimentary ho’oeuvres, wine and beer, at the post-film reception. 

How can I support the series? One of the most helpful gestures you can offer is to spread the word and fill the house for each event! We also welcome tax-deductible contributions here through our nonprofit partner, NW Documentary. To become a formal, named sponsor of the series, please reach out at hi@caitlinboyle.co. We'd love to be in touch and look forward to creating a sponsorship package that meets your needs.

How do I get there?
The entrance to the Whitsell Auditorium is located at the Hoffman Lobby entrance to the Portland Art Museum, near the Museum Gift Shop. The address to point your navigator to is 1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205.

Where do I park? 
If 3-hour street parking is not available, we recommend the following lots as affordable options.

  • Smart Park on SW 10th and Yamhill (enter on 10th).

  • U-Park lot adjacent to the NWFC administrative offices at 924 SW Salmon. $4.50 after 6pm on weekdays.

  • U-Park on 11th and Columbia is $4.95 all day (after 12pm).