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slides: Party Report: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern Appear at Portland “Wild” Premiere

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

 

Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern at "Wild" Portland Premiere at Cinema 21 on Monday night. Photo by Byron Beck

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern joined director Jean-Marc Vallée and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  

It was quite the star-studded affair on Monday night on Northwest 21st Avenue, the site for the Portland premiere of the much buzzed about film version of Cheryl Strayed's book, "Wild." 

This stretch of Northwest was jam-packed with the lucky few who actually got an invite to the exclusive screening as well as looky-loos giving this typically sleepy street a bit of Hollywood glamour.  

See Slides Below: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern Appear at Portland "Wild" Premiere

Adding to the glam was, of course, the stars of the film Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern who both appeared on the red carpet and in front of the audience just prior to the screening. Witherspoon and Dern were joined by "Wild" director Jean-Marc Vallée ("Dallas Buyers Club"), the executive producers of the film and "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed.

Strayed, the author of "Wild" spoke of how she had been traveling a lot lately to promote the film, but that the Portland screening was very important to her, because like "Dorothy" in "The Wizard of Oz" there was "no place like home." Strayed continued by recognizing friends in the room who had helped her along the way (including those who had given her money while she was working on the book) and her much-missed mother, "Bobbie," who, as her inspiration, is the one who gave her the strength to live her wildest dreams. Both Witherspoon and Dern were visibly moved by Strayed's tender words. 

Also moved by Strayed's words and the movie itself were several elected officials and a who's who of Portland's best and brightest including Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales who wore hiking boots in honor of the occasion, City Commissioner Nick Fish, Rep. Jennifer Williamson, House Speaker Tina Kotek and authors  Chelsea Cain, Jon Raymond and Shawn Levy.

Other attendees included Oregon Film Commission's Jane Ridley and Tim Williams, Linea Gagliano, LIsa Itel, OMPA's Tom McFadden, Portland Film Festival's Josh Leake, Northwest Film Center's Bill Foster and a few of the guys featured in the film including Greg James and Jeffree Newman. 

Many of the attendees gathered at a pre-party at Laura Russo Gallery hosted by Travel Oregon and an after-party at 23Hoyt that went late into the evening. 

Yes, it was quite the "Wild" night. 

Banner photo: Cheryl Strayed, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. Photo by Byron Beck.

 

Related Slideshow: Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern Appear at Portland ‘WILD’ Premiere

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern joined director Jean Marc Vallee and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  

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Cheryl, Reese and Laura

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern joined director Jean-Marc Vallée  and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  

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Wild Director & Cast

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern joined director Jean-Marc Vallée at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  

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Laura Dern

Actress Laura Dern joined Reese Witherspoon, director Jean-Marc Vallée and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland. In the film she brilliantly plays Cheryl's mom, Bobbie.

Photo by Byron Beck 

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Jean-Marc Vallée

Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée  joined his cast and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland. His previous film was the Academy award-winning "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Reese and Laura

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern joined director Jean-Marc Vallée and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Cheryl, Reese and Laura

Actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern joined director Jean-Marc Vallée and author Cheryl Strayed at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Tim Willams

Oregon Film Commission's Executive Director Tim Miller introduced director Jean-Marc Vallée at Cinema 21 prior to the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Mayor Charlie and Nancy

Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales were two of the local dignitaries spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Mayor and Nancy's boots!

Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales dressed in their best hiking boots for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Bela Balogh

Three Leg Torso's Bela Balogh spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Bill, Juan and Tina

Fox Entertainment's Bill Guidera and Juan Camacho and Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek were just a few of the dignitaries spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Jennifer and Tina

Rep. Jennifer Williamson and Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek were just two of the dignitaries spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​

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Bill Dickey

Morel Inc.'s Bill Dickey (who has a theater named after him at Cinema 21) was spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.  ​
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Jon Raymond

Author Jon Raymond was spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

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Shawn and Jon

Authors Shawn Levy and Jon Raymond were spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

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Chelsea Cain

Mystery writer Chelsea Cain was spotted at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

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Nick and Liam

City Commissioner Nick Fish and Liam Frost were spotted at the pre-party at Laura Russo Gallery and at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

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Lidia Yuknavitch

Author Lidia Yuknavitch was spotted at the pre-party at Laura Russo Gallery and at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

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Lana and Juan

Cast Iron Studios Lana Veenker and Juan Martinez were spotted at the pre-party at Laura Russo Gallery and at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

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Josh, Greg and Tom

Portland Film Festival's Josh Leake, actor Greg James and OMPA's Tom McFadden were spotted at the pre-party at Laura Russo Gallery and at Cinema 21 for the Portland premiere of "Wild" in Portland.

 

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