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Cinema Unbound Awards, Celebrating the Intersection of Art and Cinema

The PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow event honoring boundary-pushing artists returns for its fourth year.

Presented by Portland Art Museum May 23, 2023

Fred Armisen photo by Mitch Zachary. Guillermo del Toro photo by Austin Hargrove. Gregory Gourdet photo by Eva Kosmas. Jon Raymond photo by K.B. Dixon. Tessa Thompson photo by Cibelle Levi. Jacqueline Stewartphoto by Ye Rin Mok.

Portland Art Museum’s PAM CUT // Center for an Untold Tomorrow is getting ready to celebrate the honorees for the fourth annual Cinema Unbound Awards. Honoring artistic innovators not content to be contained, this event celebrates multi-faceted artists and creators who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.

This year’s recipients all work at the intersection of art and cinema. Fred Armisen, Guillermo del Toro, Gregory Gourdet, Jon Raymond, Jacqueline Stewart, and Tessa Thompson will be at the Portland Art Museum on June 22 for a wild and wonderful event celebrating their many creative talents.

For Portlanders who have yet to snag a reservation to Gourdet’s Haitian live-fire restaurant  Kann, the Cinema Unbound Awards will feature a culinary take-over by the acclaimed chef. The restaurant is a 2023 James Beard Foundation Award finalist for "Best New Restaurant," was recently named the #1 "Best New Restaurant in America" by Esquire, and is one of the top 50 new restaurants in America by The New York Times.

About the 2023 Honorees

The winner of three Academy Awards, Guillermo del Toro is among the most creative and visionary artists of his generation, whose distinctive style is showcased through his work as a filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and author. Del Toro first gained worldwide recognition for Cronos, a supernatural horror film. Del Toro went on to earn international acclaim with the Academy Award-winning films Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Shape of Water (2017), and Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022).

Jacqueline Stewart is Director and President of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. She is a scholar, educator, programmer, author, film archivist, and host of Silent Sunday Nights on Turner Classic Movies. She is chair of the National Film Preservation Board, where she has led the drafting of reports on diversity, equity, and inclusion on the National Film Registry and in the film archival profession. Stewart was named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018.

Gregory Gourdet is a celebrated chef, best-selling author, and television personality.

He is the chef and founder of Sousòl and Kann, a 2023 James Beard Foundation Award Finalist for Best New Restaurant, and author of the 2022 James Beard Foundation Award Winner Everyone’s Table: Global Recipes for Modern Health. Gourdet was named “Chef of the Year” by Eater Portland and the Oregon Department of Agriculture and is a two-time Bravo Top Chef finalist.

Fred Armisen is a comedian, writer, producer, and musician. He is the co-writer and co-star of IFC’s Emmy-nominated series Portlandia. He is currently in the hit Netflix series Wednesday as Uncle Fester and in the hit Universal Pictures animated feature The Super Mario Bros. Movie as the voice of Cranky Kong. He stars as “Tico” in HBO’s Los Espookys, which he co-wrote and executive produced. Armisen stars in, writes, and produces IFC’s hit show Documentary Now. He has also appeared in HBO’s Our Flag Means Death and Judd Apatow’s The Bubble, andAmazon’s series Forever.

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels The Half-Life, Rain Dragon, Freebird, and Denial, and the story collection Livability, winner of the Oregon Book Award. He also published a collection of art writing called The Community: Writings About Art In and Around Portland, 1997 - 2016. He’s collaborated on six screenplays, numerous of which were based on his fiction, with the director Kelly Reichardt, including Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, Night Moves, First Cow, and Showing Up, and on the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce with Todd Haynes.

Tessa Thompson is a critically acclaimed actress and is also making her mark as a producer. In 2019, she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine as the Leader of the Next Generation. She has starred and acted as executive producer on numerous films including the four Thor movies, Passing, Sylvie’s Love, Creed III, and Selma. Her TV credits include HBO’s Westworld, the satirical drama Dear White People, Veronica Mars, the BBC’s Copper, and the voice of ‘Lady’ in Disney’s live-action, re-imagining of Lady and the Tramp. In 2020, Thompson starred in and executive produced the mystery sci-fi podcast series The Left Right Game.

Want to attend the awards? You can still get an individual ticket to the event, which is a fundraiser for PAM CUT. Proceeds from the Awards benefit PAM CUT’s year-round youth programs, artist services, and exhibitions.

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