JOB OPENING: Projectionist


PSU 5th Avenue Cinema

Application Due: September 12, 2014

Job status: 16 hours/week

Weeks: 42 weeks/year

Start Date: September 22, 2014

Compensation: $9.60 per hour

5th Avenue Cinema is a student-operated service within Portland State University’s Student Activities and Leadership Programs.  The cinema screens an eclectic selection of camp, cult, classic, and contemporary independent and mainstream films.  Our goals are to provide further education for PSU students interested in film as well as a fun place for people to see something they wouldn’t ordinarily get to see on the big screen.

The Projectionist is responsible for running and operating the 35mm projector during each film screening as well as building and tearing down films for shipping.  The projectionist works closely with a four-person team: one cinema coordinator, a second projectionist, and a publicity coordinator. All four participate in the selection of film offerings each term as well as the overall running of the cinema.  This is a position that requires a high level of technical ability and appreciation for detail, as well superior customer service, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills.

Students with prior 35mm projection experience are encouraged to apply, but it is not a requirement of the position. Training will take place during the month of September.

The position requires 16 hours of work per week, primarily on weekends and evenings. The position pays $9.60/ hour. Work study is welcome but not necessary.

Specific Areas of Responsibility:

  • Safely and efficiently operate a 50+ year old platter 35mm projector

  • Oversee shipping and receiving of films, using attention to detail and care when constructing and deconstructing film prints

  • Work with university officials to ensure that cinema facilities are clean and functional

  • Assist in changing the marquee each week

  • Ensure projection equipment is in working condition and arrange maintenance as needed

  • Manage concession, office, marquee and projection booth supplies

  • With the staff team, establish quarterly and yearly programming and attendance goals

  • Assist with facilitation of non-5th Avenue Cinema sponsored events and auditorium rentals

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings

  • Serious commitment to maintaining a participatory and inclusive decision-making process for development of cinema goals and programming decisions

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Cumulative PSU GPA 2.50 or higher for undergraduate students or 3.0 cumulative PSU GPA for graduate students

  • Earn a 2.5 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA for each term enrolled

  • Enrollment in and successful completion of a minimum of 6 undergraduate credits or 5 graduate credits per term (one quarter off per year is allowed)

The Successful Candidate’s Application Will Demonstrate:

  • Experience with delivering superior customer service and handling cash

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Serious commitment to maintaining an inclusive decision making process

  • Articulate a thoughtful, critical approach to film as an art form and cultural artifact

To Apply:

All applications must be submitted on OrgSync:

Applications will require a cover letter and resume, as well as a short statement

about three films that have resonated with you recently. Name the films, give the years they were produced, and provide a brief explanation about why they matter to you.

Applications are due by midnight on September 12, 2014. For questions, please contact Evan Burchfield at


The Northwest Film Center presents:

Wes’s World
Wes Anderson and His Influences

July 12-August 31, 2014

(PORTLAND, OR)  While Wes Anderson has become one of the most internationally heralded directors over the last decade, his quirky, meticulous films have remained a few steps removed from the mainstream spotlight. The breakthrough success of his recent THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL provides an opportunity for a retrospective look of his earlier work and some of the key films that influenced his own. Anderson’s intricately detailed worlds demand rapt attention to pick up the myriad of cultural references, emotions hidden beneath layers of artifice, and trenchant explorations of familial ties. Marked by energetic soundtracks and collaboration with a cast of regulars in front of and behind the camera—among them cinematographer Robert Yeoman, composer Mark Mothersbaugh of the band Devo, and actors Owen and Luke Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Angelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, and Edward Norton—Anderson’s films have at once much to say about the bygone times they portray and about our modern condition and the bonds we must forge to stay sane in this crazy world.

For more information visit:



Visuals is a short film festival for PSU students, faculty, and fans of 5th Avenue Cinema, all of which are welcome to submit and attend.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 9th, 2013, submissions received after that date will not be considered. 

We are accepting films under 10 minutes long in a digital format (downloadable Vimeo link, .mp4, or .mpeg). Please share your dropbox file or downloadable Vimeo link in an email to Be sure to include a film title, director and a contact phone number or email.

We are also accepting art inspired by films to be exhibited in our theater during the Visuals Film Festival.  Art must be poster-sized or smaller to be displayed on the walls of our theater. Submit a photo of your work along with its dimensions and an optional short artist’s statement to

There are two awards in the Visuals Film Festival: audience pick and film committee pick. Both winners will receive a prize. Our prizes this year include passes for the NW Film Center and tickets from Hollywood Theater, as well as having your film featured on and their television show broadcast by Portland Community Media which reaches up to 400,000 households.

5th Ave Cinema strongly encourages all filmmakers to use original or copyright free music for their soundtracks, however 5th Ave Cinema does not enforce that filmmakers use copyright free music. Films created for 5th Ave Cinema are seen as non-profit educational projects. Using copyrighted music can greatly reduce your opportunities for further distribution or broadcast so it is best to use music that is original or in the public domain. By submitting your film to the festival, you are granting 5th Ave Cinema non-exclusive rights to retain an archive copy of your production for the non-profit purposes of promotion and education.

Visuals Film Festival reserves the right to disqualify any submissions for any reason at the sole discretion of the 5th Ave Cinema reviewers.

If under 18, entrant and their parent or legal guardian must sign a release form.

Visuals film festival runs on May 23rd at 7PM for one night only with free pizza served.

If you have further questions, comments, or would like a copy of the release form for minors, please email

Tetris Documentary Screening & Games at the Theater

Saturday, April 19 at 6:15pm - 11:30pm

Join PIGSquad and Pixel Arts in a free screening of Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters & playing videogames on a theater screen to celebrate PIGSquad's 3-year anniversary!

6:15pm: Play Tetris
7pm: Movie Screening – Ecstasy of Order
9pm: More games – Tetris Attack, Hard Lander, and ?

For more about the film, visit:

"Tetris. We’ve all played it, rotating the pieces (“tetrominoes”) and dropping them in the perfect place, or despairing as we discover a piece won’t fit. You may have even joked about “mastering” the game during a stint of unemployment, or as a child, before you could afford any other Game Boy cartridges. But what about the people who’ve truly mastered Tetris? Where are the Kasparovs and Fischers, the great champions who’ve dedicated their minds to solving its deepest puzzles?"