Author Archives: Kim Schmucker

THE BEST GIFT IS GIVING!

‘Tis the season of generosity! We at POWFest are so appreciative of each and every one of our sponsors, donors and volunteers. You are all what makes this festival happen. Please consider POWFest/POWGirls in your year-end giving this year. Make your tax-deductible donation here

Your support also allows us to host fantastic filmmakers from around the world, providing space for women directors to come together and celebrate the POWer of Women!  Just last year, we hosted filmmaker Jacobie Gray, who flew in from Australia with her film AQUARIUM.

We need your help this next year to continue this work! If you are interested in supporting the 2017 POWFest? Check out our 2017 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

Past sponsors include: The Faerie Godmother Family Fund, LUNA, New Belgium Brewing, Zipcar, The Hotel DeLuxe, SAGIndie, ADi,Koener Camera, Westin PortlandREX, Picture This and Runa Tea.

2017 POWGirls Workshops Dates Announced!

PGWinter16POWGirls will be hosting five workshops in 2017! Do you know a girl 15-19 that is interested in film production and advancing their knowledge of production and editing? POWGirls is an excellent opportunity for girls to get started on their filmmaking journey.

POWGirls offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest).

Check out workshop dates at our new website: www.powgirls.com

POWFest Monthly Presents: AYANDA

In partnership with the Cascade Festival of African Films, POWFest Monthly brings you a special free screening of AYANDA as our gift to you this holiday season.

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After tragedy strikes, a young woman begins a journey of self-discovery as she struggles to save her father’s car repair shop along with her memory of him.  AYANDA is a coming-of-age story from South African writer/director Sara Blecher that takes us into a vibrant Johannesburg community alive with love and humor, risk and reward, tragedy and triumph.

Monday December 19th – Doors open at 6:30, free screening at 7:00 pm.

Join our facebook event by clicking here!

Opportunities

-Working With Actors Workshop for Directors- Mondays, January 23rd – February 27th, 2017. More info here.

-#OregonMade Products now available AND for a good cause! Check it out here!

Upcoming Events

-Women in Film Portland – Holiday Party – Saturday December 17th, 6pm – New Date! – Portland Community Media

-The 10th Annual POWFest – March 2-5, 2017 – Hollywood Theatre – Mark your calendars! More details to come soon, please follow us at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

Final Deadlines Coming Up!

Did you know that only 5% of directors are women?! That makes you extra special in our book and someone worthy of being celebrated!

Our final deadlines are coming up this month! The late deadline ends on September 2nd, and the last chance to submit a film is on September 16th!

Don’t miss out on being a part of this great festival!

You don’t have to take our word for it though, check out this interview with Juliana Lukasik, director of the short animated PSA 5% WTF?! and visit her website for more information about her work: 5percentwtf.com

 

POWGirls Music Video Workshop ~ October 21-23rd!

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Have you ever wanted to make a music video?Check out this fun workshop for POWGirls coming up October 21-23rd at Portland Community Media. Learn audio and video production along with studio lighting, green screen and digital editing!

Friday October 21: 5-8pm
Saturday October 22: 10am-5pm
Sunday October 23: 10am-5pm

Workshop is limited to 12 participants ~ Sign up here!

 

POWFest Monthly Presents a Narrative Showcase on September 26th!

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This is our final shorts showcase of the season! Don’t miss out!  Films include:

Black and Blue ~ Directed by Ciara “Cc” Allen
The Months American ~ Directed by Sofia Due Rosenzweig
The Youth ~ Directed by Dehanza Rogers
Bury Me in the Backyard ~ Directed by Ida Thomasdotter
Treasure ~ Directed by Victoria Yakubov
Last Night in Edinburgh ~ Directed by Bita Shafipour
Amishi ~ Directed by Malinda Kaur
Weekday Love ~ Directed by Gina Marie Kelly

Monday September 26th
Screening at 7pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
The Clinton Street Theater
For more information about the films visit: powfest.com/powmonthly/

Join our Facebook event to receive event updates and reminders!

Tickets available at the door for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door. Proceeds go to support POWFest’s work supporting women filmmakers of all ages. For more details about POWFest please visit www.powfest.com.

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

All paying attendees will be entered into a drawing for fun prize packs courtesy of our sponsor New Belgium Brewing!

POWFest Monthly is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

2016 Best of the NW Animation Festival – Thursday September 7th @ 7pm

OMPA Governor Event ~ Wednesday, September 14th @ 7-9 pm

WIF PDX Meetup ~ Thursday, September 15th @ 6:30 pm at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. This month includes a screening of films directed by members of Women in Film Portland!

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me ~ Directed by Chiemi Karasawa ~ Thursday, September 22nd @ 7 pm ~ Hollywood Theatre

POWFest Monthly ~ NARRATIVE SHOWCASE ~ Monday, September 26th @ 7pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

Directed By Women Global Events ~ Don’t live in Portland, but still want to celebrate women directed films? Check out the global community calendar at directedbywomen.com

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

POWFest provides space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

Every Summer Has  A Story, What’s Yours?

Breezy summers by the river, summer love (or was it just a fling?), long summer nights and hot summer days… whatever your story is, we want it! Submit your film now on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox!

POWFest’s regular deadline is coming up on August 19th, so there is still time to submit your film for just $35 for shorts or $40 for features!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a POWFest Alum like local Portlander and documentarian Christian Henry. Her film FROM SALEM TO THE SALON screened this past March. Check out her story!

 

Summer time film festival! POWFest Monthly Presents a special Animation & Experimental Showcase at 7pm on August 22nd at the Clinton Street Theater!

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Come watch a hand-picked selection of short films!

Kalawa ~ Directed by Sara Martin
Inertia ~ Directed by Emily Hughes
Swallowed Whole ~ Directed by Heidi Kumao
I Was A Teenage Girl Apparently ~ Directed by Lyn Elliot & Nina Frenkel
Shadow Boxer ~ Directed by Stephanie Bollag
Heroes ~ Directed by Brittany Campbell
Red Line ~ Directed by Mona Abdollahshahi
Umbrella Girl ~ Directed by Monika Norcross-Cerminara
Olilo ~ Directed by Ao Li
Overheard Among the Arthropods ~ Directed by Nancy J. Rodwan
Simon ~ Directed by Camille de Galbert
Kaleidoscope ~ Directed by Catherine Dubeau
Mirage ~ Directed by Yaya Xu

Monday August 22nd
Screening at 7pm, doors open at 6:30 pm
The Clinton Street Theater

Join our Facebook event to receive event updates and reminders!

Tickets available at the door for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door. Proceeds go to support POWFest’s work supporting women filmmakers of all ages. For more details about POWFest please visit www.powfest.com.

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

All paying attendees will be entered into a drawing for fun prize packs courtesy of our sponsor New Belgium Brewing!

POWFest Monthly is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe.

In the News…

Representation matters in front of and behind the camera.  Recently there has been a lot of chatter on the internet about ways to gauge how well films represent women and folks of color on screen. We thought it would be fun to share some of these tests with you here in the newsletter! We hope you enjoy!

  1. Bechdel Test: A film passes if (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. To see a list of films that meet these minimum criteria, check out bechdeltest.com
  2. The Racial Bechdel Test: A film passes if (1) there is more than one character of color, who (2) talk to each other, about (3) something other than a white person. For films that pass this test, check out racialbechdel.tumblr.com/
  3. Sexy Lamp Test: A film fails if you can remove a female character from the plot and replace her with a sexy lamp and the story still works. To see how this one plays out, check out Hayley Mitchell’s article.
  4. The Mako Mori Test: A film passes if the movie has: a) at least one female character; b) who gets her own narrative arc; c) that is not about supporting a man’s story. Check out more about this test in this article from Aja Romano.
  5. The DuVernay Test: A film passes if  African-Americans and other people of color have fully realized lives rather than serve as scenery in white stories. Check out Manohla Dargis’s article where it all started.
  6. The Furiosa Test: A film passes if people on the internet get mad about it being feminist. For more check out this article from Kelsy Powers.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Queer Commons presents Desert Hearts ~ Directed by Donna Deitch ~ Wednesday, August 10th at 7:30 pm ~ Hollywood Theater

YARN ~ Directed by Una Lorenzen ~ August 12-14 at 7 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

POWFest Monthly ~ ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL SHOWCASE ~ Monday, August 22nd at 7pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

OMPA Speed Network Event ~ August 29th at 6 pm ~ Presented by the Portland Film Festival

Portland Film Festival ~ August 29th to September 5th ~ Check out their website for more details! http://portlandfilmfestival.com/

Directed By Women Global Events ~ Don’t live in Portland, but still want to celebrate women directed films? Check out the global community calendar at directedbywomen.com

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

POWFest provides space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

Calling all women who are also directors! POWFest wants your film! Love women-made films? POWFest wants your help!

POWFest is built on an appreciation of women-made films. We accept films from around the world to screen for audiences in Portland, Oregon. Find us on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox to submit your film for just $35!

If you also love women-directed films, you can help! We take the time to review each an every film that is submitted to POWFest, making sure that every entry has its chance to shine.  If you want to host a prescreening event at your house, click here for more details about how to sign up!  Since the whole process is electronic, you don’t even need to be in Portland!

In the meantime, check out this awesome interview with Emily Mkrtichian, co-director of TRAVERSED, in which she talks about her beautiful film and her experience at POWFest last year:

Last chance to sign up for POWGirls Summer Workshops!

If you know a girl, aged 15-19, who wants to take part in a POWGirls workshop, she still has time to sign up for the Summer Sessions!  Click here for more details and to sign up!

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What happens when beauty pageants are more than skin deep? Check out POWFest Monthly on July 25th to find out!

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MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE (Norah Shapiro) follows Tibetan-American teen Tenzin Khecheo, as she travels to India to compete in this “pageant with a difference.” The pageant’s maverick founder sees the pageant as a way for young Tibetan women to both immerse themselves in Tibetan culture and add their voices to the Free Tibet struggle using the pageant as an unlikely platform, while also bringing a bit of glamour into his corner of the world.

EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ (Carolina Moraes-Liu) follows three women competing to be the carnival queen of Ilê Aiyê, a prominent and controversial Afro-Brazilian group with an all-black membership. The selection is based on Afro-centric notions of beauty, in counterpoint to prevailing standards of beauty in Brazil, a country famous for slim supermodels and plastic surgery. Contestants for the title of Ebony Goddess dress in flowing African-style garments, gracefully performing traditional Afro-Brazilian dances to songs praising the beauty of black women.

Show start at 7pm, doors open at 6:30 pm

Join our Facebook event to receive event updates and reminders!

Tickets available at the door for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door. Proceeds go to support POWFest’s work supporting women filmmakers of all ages. For more details about POWFest please visit www.powfest.com.

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

All paying attendees will be entered into a drawing for fun prize packs courtesy of our sponsor New Belgium Brewing!

POWFest Monthly is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

A Double-Feature “Awareness Raiser” for FPP and OTI ~ MOTHERING INSIDE directed by Amira Dughri, Brian Lindstrom (29 mins) and SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD directed by Dawn Jones Redstone (20 mins) ~ net proceeds benefit Family Preservation Project and Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. ~ Tuesday, July 12 at 7 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

POWFest Monthly ~ MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE  and EBONY GODDESS: QUEEN OF ILÊ AIYÊ ~ Monday, July 25th at 7pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

One Flaming Arrow Inter-Tribal Film Festival ~ July 28 – 31st ~ Hollywood Theatre and Clinton Street Theater. Learn more at http://www.oneflamingarrow.com/

Directed By Women Global Events ~ Don’t live in Portland, but still want to celebrate women directed films? Check out the global community calendar at directedbywomen.com

 

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

POWFest provides space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

Early Bird Entry Ends June 17th!

Only a few more weeks to submit your film for just $25!

Check out how much fun filmmakers had last year by watching this interview from Dawn Jones Redstone, director of the short film SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD!

 

Celebrate Pride Month with POWFest!

POWFest will host two special screenings of BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER on Monday, June 27th. Come to Clinton Street Theater 7pm and/or 9pm to watch this campy classic.

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn’t that crazy about him. So she’s stunned when her parents decide she’s gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham (Clea DuVall). Though Megan still feels confused, she starts to have feelings for Graham.

Doors open at 6:30pm for the first show and 8:45pm for the second. Tickets available at the door for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door or online in advance for $8 using the link below.

Join our facebook event and click here to purchase tickets in advance.

POWGirls Glazing Saddles debuts at the International Youth Silent Film Festival!

On May 23rd, GLAZING SADDLES, which was created during this year’s Spring Break Workshop, premiered as part of the International Youth Silent Film Festival. We’re so proud of all the POWGirls and the great films they make at every workshop!

Check out all of the POWGirls movies on the POWGirls Vimeo Channel.

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POWGirls Summer Workshops – Spots are still open!

If you know a girl, aged 15-19, who wants to take part in a POWGirls workshop, she still has time to sign up for the Summer Sessions!  Click here for more details and to sign up!

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Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Lost Boys of Portlandia Premiere Gala ~ This is a new documentary featuring the real lost children of Portland. The evening will include original film shorts by homeless youth and a Q&A with the filmmakers. ~ Tuesday, June 7th at 7 pm ~ Revolution Hall ~ Free & All Ages

Margarita with a Straw ~ Written and directed by Shonali Bose is an honest, sensitive portrait of disability and the sexual awakening of an adventurous young woman ~ Part of the Queer Commons Series at the Hollywood Theatre ~ Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 pm ~ Hollywood Theatre

The Benefits of Gusbandry Season One Mini-Binge PRIDE Party ~ Free Event! Mini-Binge the high-larious whole of Season 1 with filmmaker Alicia J. Rose and the stars of the Portland made LGBTQ/Feminist comedy series that just topped Entertainment Weekly’s Must List!  ~ Saturday, June 11th at 8 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

COüCH DOES JERRY!!!, Indie Film and Networking Event #4 ~ A night of chick flicks (films directed by women)! ~ Thursday, June 16th at 7pm ~ Bossanova Ballroom

Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine ~ Directed by Michele Josue ~ Sunday, June 19th at 7 pm ~ Hollywood Theatre

POWFest Monthly ~ BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER directed by Jamie Babbit ~ Monday, June 27th at 7pm & 9pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

Directed By Women Global Events ~ Don’t live in Portland, but still want to celebrate women directed films? Check out the global community calendar at directedbywomen.com

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

POWFest provides space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

POW16 MarqueeLights, Camera, ACTION! 2017 submissions are now open!

Do you have a film you’ve been working on this past year? Did you miss the submission period last year? Good news! Today’s your lucky day!

Submissions for the 10th Annual POWFest are now open for early bird entries! From now until June 17th, you can throw your hat in the ring for only $25.

Visit our pages on FilmFreeway or Withoutabox before our final deadline on September 16th.

POWFest is open to all genres and lengths of films. The only rules: it must have been directed or co-directed by a woman and have been completed in the past 3 years.

We think POWFest is pretty great, but you don’t have to take our word for it! Check out what Laura Black, director of the webseries Agnes & Estelle, had to say about her experience at POWFest last year:

POWFest Spring Fundraising Drive!

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Want to help the next generation of women filmmakers learn the skills to compete in a male-dominated industry?

Great! POWFest is here to do just that! But we can’t do it alone! We need your help to make it happen.

Click here to learn how you can help!

In May, we celebrate the next generation of filmmakers, with a spotlight on Youth & POWGirls films! Join us on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th) for this awesome free event!

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Join us for a collection of youth-directed films! Narrative, documentary, experimental, comedy, drama and horror! Who could ask for more??

Includes a premiere of the first ever POWGirls Silent Films!

The line up:

Ear Buds ~ Directed by POWGirls
The Night Shift ~ Directed by POWGirls
Not Just a Tree ~ Directed by Reyna Colt-Lacayo, Marwaun Brooks, Mauricio Romero, Walden Smith
Human Lights ~ Directed by Emma Mills
We the Mountain, We the Sea ~ Directed by Agnieszka Kolaczynska (Agi K)
STOP. ~ Directed by Julia Retzlaff
Collision ~ Directed by Abbey Sacks
School of the Living Dead ~ Directed by Maisie Winnard
Girl ~ Directed by Abbey Sacks
Finding Ellie ~ Directed by Asuka Lin
Lily’s Journey ~ Directed by Julia Elihu, Andrew Boyles, Gabrielle de Boucaud, Akeel Najimudeen, Thomas Wade
Platinum ~ Directed by Katharine So
Sticks & Stones ~ Directed by POWGirls
Glazing Saddles ~ Directed by POWGirls

Free entry for all, but donations to support the POWGirls program will be accepted! Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the films start at 7pm.

Join our facebook event!

POWFest Monthly is sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe!

POWGirls Summer Workshops – Spots are still open!

If you know a girl, aged 15-19, who wants to take part in a POWGirls workshop, she still has time to sign up for the Summer Sessions!  Click here for more details and to sign up!

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

An Evening with Kathleen Turner ~ Double Feature plus a Q&A with Kathleen herself! ~ Tuesday, May 3rd at 7 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

WIF-PDX May Meetup ~ Featuring POWFest’s own Tara Johnson-Medinger ~ Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 pm ~ Portland Community Media

NW Animation Festival – May 9th-15th at The Hollywood Theatre

Oregon Doc Camp ~ May 12th – 15th at Silver Falls Conference Center, in Sublimity, OR For more information and to apply visit the website: www.oregondoccamp.com

Clambake at QDoc ~ Director Andrea Meyerson in attendance ~ Friday, May 20 at 6:30 pm ~ Hollywood Theatre

POWFest Monthly ~ Celebrate youth filmmakers! Free event! ~ Monday, May 30th at 7pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

POWFest provides space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.

Ready for 2017?! Submissions for next year’s season open on May 1st!

Its that time again!!  Submissions for POWFest open on May 1st in both Withoutabox and FilmFreeway!

POWFest is open to all genres and lengths of films. The only rules: it must have been directed or co-directed by a woman and have been completed in the past 2 years.

Stay tuned for more details on deadlines and submission fees! In the meantime, check out the video below to see what Michelle Dyer, Director of VAGINA BUG, and DP Kristin MacCary had to say about their experience at the festival!

#MyPOWerIsMyStory: A shout out to the POWGirls’ silent movie skills!

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Over spring break the POWGirls made TWO MORE MOVIES!  The challenge this time: make a silent movie in a week! Even though this was the first time any of the girls had tried out this historical style, they knocked it out of the park! The two newest POWGirls films will be submitted to the International Youth Silent Film Festival, which takes place in May and will make their POWFest premiere later that month at POWFest Monthly!

You can check out all of the other POWGirls movies on Vimeo!

POWGirls Summer Workshops – Spots are still open!

If you know a girl, aged 15-19, who wants to take part in a POWGirls workshop, she still has time to sign up for the Summer Sessions!  Click here for more details and to sign up!

Missing POWFest Already?! Don’t worry!  You have a second chance to enjoy POWFest’s QUIRKY SHORTS! Relive the magic or see it for the first time on April 25th!Anna in Fridge

Join us for a unique, fun, innovative, surprising and delicious films. Lingering exes, science experiments gone awry and a few big sneezes–this whimsical collection of short films are sure to delight audiences.

Tickets are available for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door.

Doors open at 6:30pm.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees who purchase a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Join our facebook event!

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Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe!

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

POWFest Monthly ~ Encore presentation of POWFest’s Quirky Shorts!

Oregon Doc Camp ~ May 12th – 15th at Silver Falls Conference Center, in Sublimity,OR For more information and to apply visit the website: www.oregondoccamp.com

Rock N Roll Mamas ~ Directed by Jackie Weissman ~ April 30th at 4 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film. We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

POWFest’s overarching goal is to increase the number of women in leadership roles in media by providing resources, education and visibility.

Help POWFest & POWGirls continue to shine a spotlight on The POWer of Women in Film by making a DONATION today!

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Wow! What a Magical Weekend!  We screened ~50 films and hosted filmmakers from across the US as well as Canada, Australia and Japan. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported POWFest 2016 as filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audience members. We cannot do this without you! Check out photos on our Facebook Page!

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A big Thank You to our Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke who dedicated so much of her time to the festival. She shared her experience as a Production Designer and Director during our private Director Breakfast, took our POWGirls through an exclusive workshop just for them, shared her tips to being a successful director during a Master Class presentation AND fielded questions from our the POWFest audiences after screenings of three of her films!

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We would also like to give a special thank you to our POWGirls POWer Circle members, who are a HUGE support and making it possible for us to keep nourishing the talent of young women directors!

This year was also special because we branched out to include webseries and music video entries for the first time. We were super excited to host Youtube sensations Lauren Ludwig, director of EX-GIRLFIEND, Laura Black, Susan Sommer and Beth Robbins of AGNES & ESTELLE and Kia Anne Geraths of MOSTLY 1 MINUTE MOVIE REVIEWS as well as two wonderful music videos, YO, YO LA CUCARACHA from Maria Marta Linero and the youth entry GIRLS DON’T CRY WOLF.

The best news? The fun isn’t over!  We have a wonderful program for you every month at our extended festival, POWFest MONTHLY.  Join us on Macch 28th for the super fun 90’s sensation TANK GIRL, directed by Rachel Talalay. Not familiar with this gem of a film?  Check out the review below!

Programming Overview

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Thursday kicked off with local director Dawn Jones Redstone’s SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD, POWGirls BUDDING ROMANCE, a fabulous PSA from Juliana Lukasik entitled 5% WTF!?! These were followed by Abigail Disney’s new documentary about gun violence, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT and Luján Loicoco’s LA NIÑA DE TACONES AMARILLOS (THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW HEELS) which was paired with the Canadian short AVILIAQ: ENTWINED from Alethea Arnaquq-Baril.

Friday brought two educational opportunities with a free Filmmaker panel focused on NAVIGATING THE INDUSTRY & CREATING A SUSTAINABLE PLACE FOR WOMEN FILMMAKERS, followed by CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE, presented by the amazing Julie Keck from Seed & Spark. Once the films kicked off it was a roller coaster of emotions as we laughed our way through QUIRKY SHORTS and were brought to tears during DARK TALES.

The wirlwind continued into Saturday, when we screened a fantastic selection of DOCUMENTARY SHORTS, learned THE ART OF THE PITCH, and celebrated women’s talent for AGING GRACEFULLY before introducing our fantastic Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke, who shared her new film MISS YOU ALREADY as well as her first film THIRTEEN.

Sunday morning brought us an extremely valuable MASTER’S CLASS WITH CATHERINE HARDWICKE, where we learned tricks of the trade. The class was followed by the film that made her the highest grossing woman director in Hollywood, TWILIGHT, paired with another fantasic POWGirls film, STICKS & STONES. Closing the festival was a pair of SILENT FILMS, accompanied by a live performance of Donna Parker’s original composition, created just for this event!

All in all, it was a remarkable weekend celebrating the POWer of Women!  Thank you so much for being a part of it!

Much love from the POWFest Team!

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FEBRUARY  2016 NEWSLETTER ~ POWFest 2016!!

We are just a few weeks away from this year’s POWFest and it is going to be AMAZING!! We have programmed ~ 50 films and will be celebrating the fantastic contributions women have made for over a century! Plus, our Guest of Honor is incomparable Catherine Hardwicke! Could it get any better?!

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^ This is Ms. Hardwicke on the set of TWILIGHT, which is the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman.  We will also screen her most recent film, MISS YOU ALREADY and her first film THIRTEEN!

For more information about these screening and all of the FANTASTIC films coming up next month, check out the full festival schedule.

Tickets and Festival Passes will go on sale February 15th! 

Want to be as AWESOME as these women?? It’s easy! Be a volunteer!

vol1It definitely takes a village to make this awesome event happen and we want you to be a part of the magic!  If you want to volunteer this year, contact the fantabulous volunteer coordinator Kawana and check out our page on Volunteer Spot!

POWFest kicks off early with a special screening of LORDS OF DOGTOWN, Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, on February 22nd!

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LORDS OF DOGTOWN tells the radical true story behind three teenage surfers from Venice Beach, California, who took skateboarding to the extreme and changed the world of sports forever. Stacy Peralta (John Robinson, Elephant), Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk, Raising Victor Vargas) and Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch, The Girl Next Door) are the Z-Boys, a bunch of nobodies until they create a new style of skateboarding that becomes a worldwide phenomenon. But when their hobby becomes a business, the success shreds their friendship. Directed by POWFest Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) and written by Stacy Peralta, Lords of Dogtown is “…a dazzling daredevil ride.” (Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE)

Tickets are available for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door. All proceeds go to support the visibility of women directors.

Doors open at 6:30pm. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees who purchase a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Join our facebook event!

Looking for more POWGirls movies?? Have no fear!  There are two brand new films that will premiere at POWFest!

PGWinter16We are so proud of the POWGirls!  Over the span of just one weekend nine young women came together at MetroEast Community Media and had a whirlwind workshop to create two new films. A huge thank you to all the participants, their families, the POWGirls instructors and the team at MetroEast for making this wonderful weekend possible!

Be sure to come to the POWGirls / Youth Showcase and Twilight to see the new additions to the POWGirls portfolio!

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings


Cascade African Film Festival
~ This free film festival is happening now through the first week of March and features films directed by folks from across the continent of Africa! Women-directed films are happening the first week in March! Check them out, including a Women Directed Shorts Block and Flower Girl!

Portland Black Film Festival ~ This film festival takes place throughout the month of February and features films made by African American directors or which centralize experiences of being black in America.
Check out these women-directed films:
SPIRITS OF THE REBELLION ~ Directed by Zienabu Irene Davis

Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) ~ Celebrating it’s 39th season, PIFF is a Portland staple, showcasing the work of filmmakers from around the globe!
Check out these women-directed films:
EVOLUTION ~ Directed by Lucile Hadžihalilovic.
THE INVITATION ~ Directed by Karyn Kusama
KING GEORGES ~ Directed by Erika Frankel
OPEN YOUR EYES ~ Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

Siren Nation Presents The Broadcast Live Storytelling Event ~ February 17th at the Secret Society!

Cameras & Cocktails – OMPA Networking Event ~ February 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm ~ Produce Row Cafe ~ Check out all of OMPA’s events on their Events Page!

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film. We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

POWFest’s overarching goal is to increase the number of women in leadership roles in media by providing resources, education and visibility.

JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER ~ Off and Running!

Who needs the gym, when you have POWFest?!

girl-stick-figure-running-girl-running-two-hiWhat’s the best work out this winter season? Programming!!

We are working tirelessly here at POWCentral getting the final decisions made!  With over 1,000 submissions, this year it has definitely been a marathon for our screeners, but we have been really impressed with the AMAZING films in the mix!

If you submitted a film, be on the look out this month for an email from our Programming Team letting you know if you should book your tickets to PDX!

This is going to be the best POWFest yet! Mark your calendars for March 3-6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland!

POWMonthly Presents LUNAFEST!

Established in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes.  Click here to see the details of this year’s films!

Tickets are available for a sliding scale of $5-$10 at the door, or in advance by clicking here.

Doors open at 6:30pm.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees who purchase a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Join our facebook event!

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Fund.

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A new year brings new faces! POWGirls bids a fond farewell to Barb and a hearty welcome to Kawana!

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We want to take a moment to acknowledge the amazing Barb Myers!  Since the launch of POWGirls in 2014, Barb has been instrumental in forming and growing the program to where it is today. With Barb’s commitment to media education for youth, POWGirls has quadrupled the amount of workshops offered and has provided media education to over 50 girls in the Portland-Metro area. We see only greatness in Barb’s future as she moves her family to the Bend, Oregon area.

 

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Stepping in to continue POWGirls growth is Kawana Bullock. Kawana has over a decade of experience in the film and events planning industries, having aided in producing themed events for Pratt Institute, Columbia University, House Dance International; Queer Black Cinema; Urban Arts Partnership’s 24-Hour Plays on Broadway; The CipHER Project’s Zami Like Me Conference; and the third and national biennial BUTCH Voices Conference. A studio arts graduate of Hamilton College, Kawana’s film short, A Letter to You, won the College’s prestigious J. Barney Moore Prize in Art and the Samuel F. Babbitt Kirkland College Fellowship. She is also an alumna of the Third World Newsreel Film & Video Production Workshop, IFP New York’s Documentary Mentorship Program; and Portland BCA’s inaugural Associates Program. Kawana owes her unconditional love for the arts and film to her time spent initially in Mill Street Loft’s youth program, Project ABLE (Arts, Basic Education, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship). Besides being a womanist cinemaphile, Kawana is a hip-hop & house music junkie and loves all things blue. She’s been branded by friends and family as “a socially-conscious butterfly” and revels being a New Yorker in Portland.

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POWGirls Receives 2016 Project Grant from the Regional Arts & Cultural Council

We are excited to announce that POWGirls has received a project grant of $6300 for our 2016 workshops! We are grateful for this funding and to be among the amazing organizations and individual artists that have received funding. Thanks for the support RACC! Read the full press release here!

Registration is now open for all 2016 POWGirls Workshops ~ Sign-up today! 

 

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Made in India ~ A documentary about “outsourcing” surrogate mothers to India, directed by Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha ~ Tuesday, January 12th, 7:00 pm at Clinton Street Theater

Ostwind – Zusammen Sind Wir Frei ~ Directed by Katja von Garnier ~ Sunday, January 10, 3:00 pm ~ Clinton Street Theater

POWMonthly presents LUNAFEST ~ Monday, January 25th, 7pm at Clinton Street Theater

GTFO – A Film About Women in Gaming ~ Directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson ~ Sunday, January 3, 7pm at Hollywood Theatre

Happy New Year from the POWFest Team!

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The POWFest Team! (L-R) FRONT: Kim Schmucker, Operations Director / Tara Johnson-Medinger, Executive Director. (L-R) BACK: Kawana Bullock, Education Director / Jeanette Li, POWGirls Instructor / Jodi Darby, POWGirls Instructor.

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest

In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film. We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

POWFest’s overarching goal is to increase the number of women in leadership roles in media by providing resources, education and visibility.