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OBF Cinema: Soaring athletes, enigmatic genius

  • Jun 10, 2012
Beginning June 30, the Oregon Bach Festival’s Cinema series delves into the music and community’s culture through the medium of film. Partaking in the glory of the Olympic Track and Field Trials hosted by Eugene this June, OBF Cinema gets a running start with We Grew Wings, a documentary about the University of Oregon’s female athletes who revolutionized the world of track and field in 1985 with performances equal to those of the more famous “Men of Oregon.” Today, the internationally known “Woman of Oregon” continue to soar to new heights. Presented in association with the Olympic Track and Field Trials and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the film premieres on June 30 at 9 PM at the McDonald Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at TicketWest. Celebrating the double-anniversary of the birth and death of master pianist Glenn Gould, OBF Cinema presents a double-feature series of two prize-winning films that explore the life of the enigmatic genius. Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, the 1993 winner of the Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, tells the story of Gould’s life and music through 32 short vignettes—some fiction, some fantasy, some true-to-life—in a form inspired by the thirty two movements of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The second film, Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, presents rare footage, photographs and private home recordings in a documentary, exploring the unique life and musical musings of Gould.A.O. Scott of The New York Times called it “scrupulous, candid, and eye-opening.” Both Gould films are a part of the Festival-long exploration of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. The two films will play daily at the Bijou Art Cinemas at 4 PM on July 7 – 13. Read All