'Showing Up' spotlights artists dreams

Artists outside of Portland can identify to film


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Michelle Williams labors in solitude in Kelly Reichardt's "Showing Up."

After her unexpected but characteristically meditative revisionist Western "First Cow" in 2019, Oregon filmmaker Kelly Reichardt returned yet again to her stomping grounds with "Showing Up" in 2022, which I finally had a chance to catch in the Rose Theatre's Starlight Room in Port Townsend.

This film could have been subtitled "The Portland Scene," because not only does it capture the subculture of working-class artists and the murmuring, occasionally circular conversations that define their freeform art classes and modestly attended exhibitions, but its art school scenes were shot at the Or...

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