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Forever Young 


If there's one through-line in the work of prolific Portland-based filmmaker Lance Bangs, it's an abiding interest in young people's potential. Bangs' commercial work includes one spot for MTV encouraging hip and horny millennials to get STD tests, and another, for a White House initiative combating America's lifespan-shortening epidemic of physical inactivity, with little kids adorably explaining how they'll make the most of healthy years. But Bangs isn't known for his commercial work so much as for his vast catalog of music videos and related documentaries — for being, as is sagely observed in the official announcement of his two-day Roxie residency, a filmmaker involved in "everything cool from the last 25 years, basically." One such cool thing was the Louisville rock band Slint, whose exploratory late-'80s hardcore seemed impossibly precocious, both for being ahead of its time and for being made by young teenagers. The band's 1991 album Spiderland, a sort of post-rock Rosetta Stone, came out before its members were old enough to drink but after they'd already broken up and vanished into their own mystique. Bangs' new documentary Breadcrumb Trail takes it from there. He'll show it tonight, then dip into his vast catalog on Friday with a program called Lance Bangs: Immortal Volume 1. To some of us, immortality might seem like too bold a claim to make, but not to the forever young.

Thu., March 20, 7:15 & 9:45 p.m., 2014

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