Well, Tom Waits won't be literally on the roof (he'd drunkenly fall off), but his 1988 concert film, Big Time, will be. It's part of the NW Film Center's "Top Down"series (far classier than my personal "Tops Off" film series), in which six different movies are projected on "the panoramic parking rooftop at the deluxe Hotel deLuxe."
But it's not just all rooftop movies, each screening (the full schedule is below after the jump) will feature a live local act as well. Love Menu will be opening for Big Time, which in my book, totally counts as opening for Waits. The series starts on the 24th of July and runs until late August.
The Northwest Film Center presents:
TOP DOWN: ROOFTOP CINEMA IN PORTLAND
July 24-August 28
The Portland summer event features six nights of rooftop films and live local music, all under a warm starry sky. Presented by the Northwest Film Center, the series kicks off with the Tom Wait's rock concert film BIG TIME on July 24th and continues every Thursday night through August 28th with a different entertaining film, showing atop the panoramic parking rooftop at the deluxe Hotel deLuxe.
The evenings begin at 8pm with live local music and refreshments. Gracie's Restaurant will offer easy-to-juggle meals, snacks and cocktails, and additional beverages will be available from TAZO and Sierra Nevada Brewing. The screenings start at dusk-around 9pm depending on the light. Top Down is sponsored by the Hotel deLuxe, Willamette Week, ZipCar, 94/7FM Alternative Portland, KPSU Portland's College Radio, TAZO and Sierra Nevada Brewing.
TOP DOWN LINE-UP AND FILMS
JULY 24 THUR 8 PM
DIRECTOR: CHRIS BLUM
Drawing from his early albums, "Swordfishtrombones," "Frank's Wild Years," and "Rain Dogs," this surreal musical cabaret/concert film is a must for confirmed Tom Waits fans and a charming dinner party of an introduction to the legend. Shifting through his many styles-vaudeville, burlesque, minstrel man, lounge performer, soulful balladeer-and a series of dream sequences revolving around Frank, a troubled man on the run who has finally settled down as the caretaker of an old theater, Waits fashions what ROLLING STONE once called "the best concert film of its time." (88 mins.) MUSIC: LOVE MENU
JULY 31 THUR 8 PM
HOT RODS TO HELL
DIRECTOR: JOHN BRAHM
"Call them punks...call them animals...but you better get out of their way!" Impotent Dad (Dana Andrews) decides on a career change that takes his emasculating, supportive wife (Jeanne Crain), their jailbait daughter, and pre-pubescent son on a cross-country road trip to a new beginning as moteliers in California. But said daughter turns the eyes and pistons of a gang of hot rod hoodlums bent on terrorizing the family and neutering its patriarch. (92 mins.) MUSIC: THE RAINY STATES
AUG 7 THUR 8 PM
FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR
DIRECTOR: RANDAL KLEISER
Twelve-year-old David is knocked unconscious falling down a ravine in his neighborhood and wakes up eight years later with few clues to what has transpired. The world has aged, but not David. His younger brother is now older than he is and Mom and Dad are a bit befuddled by what to do with the kid they thought long gone. NASA scientists step in to solve the mystery of what robbed him of his childhood and what may be the key to getting it back. Bring the kids for this clever alien sci-fi adventure featuring a young Sarah Jessica Parker and the voice of Paul (Pee Wee Herman) Reubens. (90 mins.) MUSIC: ESKIMO AND SONS
AUG 14 THUR 8 PM
DIRECTOR: ARTHUR RIPLEY
Robert Mitchum, who produced the film, co-wrote the screenplay, wrote and recorded its hit song, and is rumored to have even directed much of it himself, stars in this cult classic about running moonshine in Kentucky and Tennessee in the 1950s. Filled with high-rev car chases in Mitchum's juiced-up Fords, the film also features a rare dramatic performance by Keely Smith as a roadhouse songbird who tries to tame the wild bootlegger. "With T-men on his taillights, roadblocks up ahead, the mountain boy took roads that even angels feared to tread."-The Ballad of Thunder Road. (92 mins.) MUSIC: HIGHWAY
AUG 21 THUR 8 PM
DIRECTOR: GILBERT MOSES
Pitiful pimp Willie Dynamite (Roscoe Orman, who played Gordon on TV's Sesame Street) is having a bad week. Rival pimps are putting on the squeeze, cops are on his tail, the IRS is sniffing around, a reformed prostitute (Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols) is trying to unionize his girls, his sweet purple Cadillac Eldorado keeps getting towed and his fur-lined phone is ringing off the hook. Good thing his tailor has him threaded up in an outrageous wardrobe that will knock your socks off. (102 mins.) MUSIC: NEWSPAPERS
AUG 28 THUR 8 PM
SUPER ARGO AND THE FACELESS GIANTS
DIRECTOR: PAOLO BIANCHINI
Our professional wrestler turned suave superhero/spy, Ken Woods (Giovanni Cianfriglia), wearing mask and tights, drop kicks a mad scientist's (Guy 'Wild Bill Hickock' Madison) plan to kidnap the world's great athletes and "robotize" them into lumbering, metal-clad henchmen. The acrobatic tumbling runs, super-style bachelor pads, sport cars and knockabout women, along with the seemingly improvised Italian to English dubbing, supplant any will for disbelief. (102 mins.)
MUSIC: WILL CARPENTER'S TOWERING TREES
Hotel deLuxe: 729 SW 15th Avenue
Admission Prices: $7.00 General, $6.00 Members, Students, Seniors
Top Down trailer, tickets and more available at: nwfilm.org/topdown
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