Dec 282016

Dear Members, Friends, and Supporters of Zeitgeist Northwest –

As 2016 comes to an end, we would like to reflect on another great year and thank each and every one of you for your continued support. Should you still consider any year-end giving please keep Zeitgeist Northwest in mind; all funds will go toward our programming. As a special incentive for early membership renewals through December 31, 2016, renewals and new memberships will receive a thank-you gift: one ticket to the 2017 Portland German Film Festival plus one ticket to the opening night party with an individual membership; two tickets to one screening at the 2017 Portland German Film Festival plus two tickets to the opening night party with a family membership.
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This year we introduced the German Culture Week featuring the Southern German state of Baden-Württemberg. The events included performances by the Liedertheater from Stuttgart, a collaborative event at Portland State University, and culminated in the “Taste of Baden-Württemberg” event at Zoiglhaus.

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The Portland German Film Festival at Cinema 21 not only continued building on its success but also expanded to Seattle as Kinofest Seattle, in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum. Thanks to our amazing film festival director, we also enjoyed monthly German movie screenings at the Clinton Street Theater.

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Our schools, the Sophie Scholl Schule and Deutsche Schule Corvallis have grown by leaps and bounds, offering German immersion classes to children and adults throughout Portland and in Corvallis. Our German Immersion Summer Camp Camp Abenteuer in the Columbia River Gorge in July had another amazing year. Thank you to everyone working so hard on these programs and making them successful.

The monthly Stammtisch continued in 2016 and for the first time is alternating between two different locations – Stammtisch PDX and Zoiglhaus.
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The annual Laternenfest walk took place at Mt. Tabor Park and turned out to be – despite the pouring rain – our most successful yet. Thank you to Fressen Artisan Bakery for supporting this event, and all of you joining us in the fun in the rain!

Thank you to all who came to our annual Holiday Party in early December.

Last but not least, a whole-hearted thank you to all of our current and past board members and committee members. Without you none of our 2016 events could have taken place.

We look forward to a great 2017. Guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr!


President Zeitgeist Northwest


Aug 252015

Monthly Film Series : SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF AN EMPRESS (Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin) at Clinton Street Theater on Dec. 13th, 2017

Annual Zeitgeist Northwest Holiday Party – R.S.V.P. requested – SUN. DEC. 3, 2017 at Regents Center, 3185 NE Regents Dr, Portland, OR 97212


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PDX Stammtisch at The Brooklyn House Restaurant (PDX Stammtisch meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month)

KINOFEST Seattle, Nov. 17 – 19, 2017 at the Northwest Film Forum.


Aug 252015

In our Monthly Film Series, we will show a variety of GERMAN or GERMAN language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, audiences will now have a chance to see these films on a regular basis at the CLINTON STREET THEATER. (Children movies will be playing on Sunday afternoons – please check our website.) All films are in German with English subtitles.

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and get reminders for our monthly movie series and the Portland German Film Festival. You can contact the PGFF here.

KINOFEST Seattle 2017 – Nov. 17 – 19, 2017



WED. DECEMBER 13, 2017 – 7:00 PM 

SISSI: THE FATEFUL YEARS OF AN EMPRESS (Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin)

Austria 1957, 109 min

Directed by: Ernst Marischka,

Cast: Romy Schneider, Karl Heinz Bohm, Magda Schneider,

The young Empress Sissi is staying at the Godolle Palace in Hungary with her little daughter and some court people. Here she can be herself, liberated from all the strict court rules in Austria. She spends her days with Count Andrassy, riding in the woods. At a ball in his castle he declares his love for her.



WED. JANUARY 10, 2018 – 7:00 PM

KARL MARX CITY (Karl Marx City)

USA/ Germany 2016, Documentary , 89 min – Language: German/ English

Director & Writers: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker  

Stars:Christa Epperlein, Petra Epperlein, Uwe Epperlein

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father’s suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi’s extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.


Please check the Portland German Film Festival website for details 

Aug 252015

The Portland German Film Festival in collaboration with the The Northwest Film Forum presents German language films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland on Nov. 17 -19, 2017 @ the NWFF. We are very excited to present highlights from this years Portland German Film Festival and more, 8 films over one weekend (3 days)!

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Apr 202015


Thank you all for making this camp spectacular again

For more information on the  2017 camp

check back the website:

Camp Abenteuer – a German Immersion Adventure

for kids Grade 2 -12 of all language skill levels at the beautiful site of Menucha Camp and Conference Center.