Anybody who knows Matt McCormick, knows of his pumpkin obsession
Probably Portland's most well-liked citizen/experimental filmmaker, Matt McCormicks
debut feature Some
Days are Better Than Others
, which stars indie rock royalty/Portlanders James
Mercer and Carrie Brownstein of the now defunct Sleater-Kinney will open the Hollywood
Theater on March 25th
before opening wider across the country. Show up and
let's try not to passive aggressively hate on someone who actually has done something
ambitious (which is kind of a Portland tradition that everyone of note in this
city is familiar with).
Yes, Brownstein has done other things, like being trounced on Beulahland trivia
night by my old team of critics, lawyers and economists (It shouldn't sting,
but for any Portlander it would, I'm mean losing to critics and economists???
the shame!) Then there is her Portlandia series, which helps give Portland credit
for things that also happen other in places... so it's a kind of indie-imperialist
More importantly Some Days was selected to play New Directors/New Films, the
prestigious film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and
the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
According to the press release, "The film explores ideas of abundance,
emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving
web of awkward characters who maintain hope by inventing their own forms of
communication and self-fulfillment. Its a sad valentine to the forgotten
discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on,
and when to let go." More importantly Matt has a real knack for the kind
of introspective melancholy that another Portlander, Mark Rothko
one of the chief aspects of 20th Century art that lives into the 21st. Another
Portlander, Gus Van Sant is the master of this melancholy in film and it will
be interesting to see how Matt's vision differs. Yes, Portland is really starting
to tell a myriad of conflicting stories about itself and yes they are probably
all true in their own way.