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

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.

WED. APRIL 12, 2017 – 7:00 PM

I’m Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago (Ich bin dann mal weg)

Germany, 2015, 92 min

Directed by: Julia von Heinz

Cast: Devid Striesow, Martina Gedeck, Karoline Schuch|

Overweight, overworked, overwrought – celebrated TV star Hape realizes he can’t go on this way. He takes a six-month sabbatical, and embarks on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the famed spiritual path of St. James’ Way. He sets out in search of himself. A film about finding and seeking – amusing, moving and emotional.


 Remembering Romy Schneider on the 35th anniversary of her death

WED. MAY 10, 2017 – 7:00 PM

SISSI (Sissi)

Austria 1955, 102 min

Directed by: Ernst Marischka

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

In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister’s fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.



Remembering Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the 35th anniversary of his death.

WED. JUNE 7, 2017 – 7:00 PM

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die Bitteren Tränen der Petra von Kant)

Germany, 1972 – 124 min., color

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cast: Margit Carstensen, Hanna Schygulla, Katrin Schaake

Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the film explores the universal dynamics present in close human relationships (with Hannah Schygulla).



WED. JULY 12, 2017 – 7:00 PM


96 mins. German 2016

Director: Max Zähle
Cast: Lucas Gregorowicz, Frederick Lau, Anna Bederke, Lars Rudolph, Heiko Pinkowski, Jan-Gregor Kremp

Mirko Talhammer (Lucas Gregorowicz) is beside himself when two strangers show up at his posh insurance office to remind him where he really comes from: a provincial scrapyard, where careers are not what counts and other things are more important: scrapping things, the family, and every once in a while, a good old fist fight.

Please check the Portland German Film Festival website for details