Dennis Nyback  began  traveling internationally with programs curated from his collection of 16mm short films in the 1990s.  A fifth generation Oregonian, he is a collector, preservationist, historian, curator, programmer, master projectionist and co-founder of Oregon Cartoon Institute.

Dennis Nyback introduces his multiple projector recreation of Harry Smith’s HEAVEN AND EARTH MAGIC (1962) at the Hollywood Theatre on Jan. 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

After the screening, Dennis will discuss Harry Smith with two special guests:

Chuck Pirtle, Harry Smith historian

Eric Isaacson, owner of Mississippi Records



Two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton was born in Portland, and grew up in Oregon City. His most recent film, CHEATIN’, is his seventh feature length, entirely hand drawn, animated film.

Bill Plympton introduces SELECTED SHORT FILMS BY HOMER GROENING ( 1965-1975) at the Hollywood Theatre on Jan. 17 at 7:00 PM.

The shorts were selected by Matt Groening and Lisa Groening, and come from the private collection of the Groening family and from Walt Dimick. After the screening, Lisa Groening will moderate a panel discussion about the life and work of Homer Groening.


Matt Groening, son of Homer Groening

Tom Shrader, a colleague of Homer Groening

Ted Mahar, a friend of Homer Groening

Bill Plympton, who was inspired by Homer Groening



Born in Berkeley, California, James Ivory grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon. A graduate of Klamath Union High School and the University of Oregon, he attended film school at the University of Southern California. He and producer Ismail Merchant founded Merchant Ivory Productions in 1961. He has directed 33 films, and been nominated for three Oscars.

James Ivory introduces MAURICE (1987) at the Hollywood Theatre on Oct. 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM.

Photo credit: Seth David Rubin



Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Richard Blue arrived in Portland with his family in 1942.  After a false start as an actor in a backyard Western directed by his older brother, James Blue, Richard transferred his energies to Political Science. Graduating from Jefferson High School, he earned his PhD from Claremont, eventually working for USAID (United States Agency for International Development). In 2013, he and son Dan Blue created the James and Richard Blue Foundation.

Richard Blue introduces James Blue’s THE OLIVE TREES OF JUSTICE (1962) at the Hollywood Theatre on Oct. 11 at 1:00 PM.


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