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Friday, November 17, 2006 - 7:00pm

The 33rd Northwest Film & Video Festival, presented by the Northwest Film Center, is proud to announce the feature Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag playing at this year's annual regional showcase. The film is co-produced by Jan Haaken, Wendy Kohn, and the help of graduate students from Portland State University.

7 p.m., Friday, November 17, 2006
Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave.)
Directors Jan Haaken and Wendy Kohn

Welcome to Darcelle XV, the oldest drag club in the United States and a rite-of-passage pilgrimage for bachelorettes from all over the Northwest. Darcelle (Walter Cole), the owner and the main attraction, has performed there for over 30 years and is a Portland institution. But Darcelle and her other performers are more than just entertainers. For many, her club is a way for people to enter a world where they leave society's rules and genders restrictions at the door, where for a few hours they can act as they never would in their day-to-day life. Haaken, a professor of Psychology at Portland State University with focus in feminist and psychoanalytic cultural studies, insightfully explores audiences' reactions to the club and what that says about our society. From the girl's gone wild to guys that nervously squirm as they laugh, the Darcelle experience provokes telling responses that obviously hit chords not otherwise played. (84 mins.)

Darcelle and friends will be on hand at the screening greeting viewers and doing a Q&A after the film. Discounted tickets will be available to visit Darcelle XV after the film for $5 off the regular ticket price.

About the Northwest Film & Video Festival

The Festival begins Friday, November 10 with a screening at Cinema 21 of outstanding short films. The Festival will continue through Friday, November 17 at the Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium with a full schedule of shorts programs, documentaries and feature films from talented friends and neighbors in the Northwest. Closing night, at the Clinton Street Theater, includes a program entitled Shoegazer's Cinema, curated by Andrew Blubaugh.

Cinema 21 is located at 616 NW 21st Ave Portland, Oregon 97209
Clinton Street Theatre is located at 2522 SE Clinton St., Portland, OR 97202
Darcelle's: is located at 208 NW Third Ave., Portland, OR 97209

Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW Park Ave.
Admission Prices: $7 general public, $6 members/students/seniors

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Contact: Jessica Lyness