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

Stammtisch – February 28, 2017 @ 7.00 PM at ZOIGLHAUS. Monthly movie series,Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017 @ 7.00 PM THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE (Der Vampir auf der Couch)

***************COMMUNITY EVENTS*******************************

Monday, February 20, 2017, 7:00 pm: PDX Jazz presents Ralph Towner with Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier

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

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 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.


Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 @ 7.00 PM

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (Auf der anderen Seite)

Germany/ Turkeyedge-of-heaven

116 min / In German,Turkish and English, with English Subtitles

Directed by: Fatih Akin,

Cast: Baki Davrak,Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner and Hanna Schygulla

Fatih Akin, the critically-acclaimed director of HEAD-ON, weaves overlapping tales of friendship and sexuality into a powerful narrative of universal love. Six characters are drawn together by circumstances-an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women falling in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together.


WED. MAR. 8, 2017 – 7:00 PM

Therapy for a Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch)

AUSTRIA 2014, 1:27 min

Directed byDavid Rühm   , vampire_final_poster

Cast:Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan

Vienna, 1932. Count von Kozsnom has lost his thirst for life, and his marriage cooled centuries ago. Fortunately, Sigmund Freud is accepting new patients; the good doctor suggests the Count appease his vain wife by commissioning a portrait of her by his assistant, Viktor. But it’s Viktor’s headstrong girlfriend Lucy who most intrigues the Count, convinced she’s the reincarnation of his one true love. Soon, the whole crowd is a hilarious mess of mistaken identities and misplaced affections in this send-up of the vampire genre, proving that 500 years of marriage is enough.

Awards: Winner, Audience Award – Fantasia International Film Festival


morettiTobias Moretti was born on July 11, 1959 in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria as Tobias Bloéb. He is an actor, known for Rex: A Cop’s Best Friend (1994), The Dark Valley (2014) and Jew Suss: Rise and Fall (2010). He received the Romy (Austrian Film Award) – for Favorite Actor (Beliebtester Schauspieler)(2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005) as well as many other  European film awards.


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 Oct. 7 -9, 2016 @ 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)!


FRI. 10/07       7.30 PM      THE MISPLACED WORLD preceded by ELLA

                                                   OPENING NIGHT PARTY

SAT. 10/08      3.00 PM      WINDSTORM 2

                           5.00 PM      THEN IS IT THE END? The film critic Michael Althen

                           7.00 PM       EXIT OERLIKON     – US PREMIERE

                           9.30 PM       STREIF: ONE HELL OF A RIDE

SUN. 10/09     3.00 PM       MY FRIEND RAFFI

                           5.00 PM       NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2015

                           7.00 PM       THE CULPABLE

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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.