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POWGirls Summer $5k!

Help us to raise scholarship funds for the 2017/2018 POWGirls Workshops!

$5000 Goal by August 31, 2017!

POWGirls depends on partnerships and donations to meet the costs of running our workshops. Since some POWGirls participants are unable to pay tuition, we rely heavily on scholarships to make our workshops available to all young women. NO APPLICANT IS TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS.

POWGirls offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls ages 15-19. 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.

Help us empower young women to realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. Help us encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in media industries. Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercuryand Willamette Week.

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$5000 – POWGirls Champion!
One and done. You are a champion and will be celebrated with POWFest and POWGirls gifts listed below as well as honored at our upcoming POWGirls annual screening in November 2017!
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$1000 – POWGirls Gold Medal Winner
You are a POWFest VIP and will be thanked in the credits of all the 2017 POWGirls Films! + the POWFest/POWGirls goodies listed below.
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$500 – POWGirls POWer Circle Member
You are a POWGirls POWer Circle Member and we receive a special piece of POWGirls flare to wear with pride knowing that you have helped two POWGirls attend a workshop on a scholarship! + the POWFest/POWGirls goodies listed below.
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$250- POWGirls Tuition Supporter
You are a POWGirls Tuition Supporter and have provided one scholarship for a POWGirl to attend a workshop. You will also be given a special preview of all the 2017 POWGirls films before they screen in public! + the POWFest/POWGirls goodies listed below.
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$100- We Heart POWGirls
POWGirls motto is “My POWer is My Story” and we support the stories they want to tell! With your $100 donation you will receive a POWFest/ POWGirls wrist cuff – sporting this great conversation piece will give you the opportunity to spread the word about the amazing work that the POWGirls are doing! + the POWFest/POWGirls goodies listed below.
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$50- POWGirls Pride
Show your POWFest/POWGirls pride with your new 10 Year Anniversary t-shirt! + the POWFest/POWGirls goodies listed below.
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$25 – POWGirls Rule
Thank you for your support of POWGirls! We will send you a POWGirls sticker!
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POWGirls Announces two Workshops for Summer 2017!

POWGirls launched in March of 2014 and has hosted eight successful workshops serving over 80 girls in the Portland Metro area.  Watch POWGirls Films Here. We are excited to announce our Summer 2017 dates:


Summer Workshop I: INTRO TO FILMMAKING, June 19-23, 2017
Summer Workshop II: ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOP, July 17-21, 2017

 

Summer Workshop I: INTRO TO FILMMAKING, June 19-23, 2017 – SIGN UP HERE

Over the course of five days, participants will collaboratively develop, film and edit an original short film. Learn collaborative story creation, story boarding, script writing, DSLR camera operation, audio recording, lighting, and post-production video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

 


Summer Workshop II: ADVANCED DOCUMENTARY WORKSHOP, July 17-23, 2017-
SIGN UP HERE

PRODUCT AND LEARNING
Over the course of seven days, we will help participants to work with a team to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute promo piece for a non-profit client. See this example that the POWGirls made for The Portland Kitchen.

The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative concept development, working with a client) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard software. This is a great addition to complement a portfolio of narrative work.


POWGirls workshops cost $250 + $25 registration fee. Partial and full Scholarships available. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Interested in sponsoring a POWGirl? Make your tax-deductible donation HERE

 

ABOUT POWGIRLS
POWGirls offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls ages 15-19. 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).

POWGirls supports all girls in their media education, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, religion, ability, sexuality or gender expression.

POWGirls is made possible with support from The Faerie Godmother Family Fund, RACC and MetroEast Community Media.

To learn more about POWGirls and to register for all workshops, go to www.powgirls.com.

 

That’s a Wrap on the 10th Annual POWFest!

What an incredible weekend and a perfect celebration to honor our 10th Annual festival! We screened over 70 films and hosted filmmakers from across the US as well as Canada and Mexico! A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who supported POWFest 2017 as filmmakers, volunteers, sponsors and audience members. We cannot do this without you! Check out photos on our Facebook Page and enjoy videos on our Vimeo Page.

   

 

 

A huge Thank You to our Guest of Honor, Cheryl Dunye who dedicated so much of her time to the festival. She shared her experience as a pioneering director during our private Director Breakfast, took our POWGirls through an exclusive workshop just for them, and engaged audiences with an intergenerational talk and Q&A between screenings of her ground-breaking films, THE WATERMELON WOMAN and THE OWLS.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

On opening night, the audience was treated with a special performance from MILCK and screening of Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple’s latest documentary, THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS. The evening wrapped up with a collection of QUIRKY Shorts, which has become an annual tradition at the festival.

 

 

 

 

 

  

On Friday, POWFest, with support from NW Documentary presented several Educational Panels on the topics of: Creating and Maintaining Safe Spaces for Women’s Voices, Documentary Filmmaking in a New Political Climate, and Beyond Mentoring. Audiences then were treated to a screening of the Faerie Godmother Award for Stellar Filmmaking award winner – IN THE RADIANT CITY and collection of shorts films on DARK TALES.

      

 

 

The festival continued on Saturday with a day packed with amazing and inspiring film including documentaries: THE REVIVAL  and OUT OF ORDER as well as shorts compilations on the topics of FAMILY DRAMA and EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE.  Guest of Honor, Cheryl Dunye rounded out the evening with screenings of her films THE WATERMELON WOMAN, BLACK IS BLUE and THE OWLS.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Sunday was equally full of films, starting with the feature THE VIEW FROM TALL and short film VIRGIN TERRITORY. Both films and their directors were honored with awards from ARTemis.  

The day also featured the ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL and POWGIRLS/YOUTH showcases and the festival wrapped up with LUNAFEST and closing night reception.

 

 

 

 

 

  

It was an amazing weekend full of celebrating the POWer of Women!  Thank you to all of you for being a part of our 10th Annual Festival!
Much love from the POWFest Team!
Tara + Jane + Nora + Jodi+ Jeanette

 

 

POWFEST CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF PUTTING WOMEN DIRECTED FILMS ON SCREEN WITH BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS, GUEST OF HONOR CHERYL DUNYE AND MORE, AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL

Portland, Oregon – February 16, 2017 – The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is pleased to announce the programming highlights of our upcoming festival scheduled to take place March 2-5, 2017 at The Hollywood Theatre.  Tickets $9-$15 individual / $60 festival pass for premium access to all festival activities.

Celebrating its 10th year, POWFest continues to be the only film festival in Portland exclusively placing a spotlight on women directors with a goal to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women working in the film industry. Dedicated to creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill level, each year, our festival seeks to showcase the work of women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films; encouraging the next generation of female filmmakers.

In keeping with the mission to educate the next generation, POWGirls continues to grow.  FOUR films from the 2016 POWGirls workshops will make their POWFest premiere this year as part of the Youth Showcase:  GLAZING SADDLES, NIGHT SHIFT, EDNA VAZQUEZ: PSICODELICA and VIOLET SHADOWS. Now in its third year, POWGirls will host five workshops in 2017 with the support of MetroEast Community Media,  Open Signal, RACC and The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. These filmmaking workshops for girls 15-19, encourage creativity, demonstrating the power of storytelling, and give girls the chance to explore opportunities as future filmmakers – while becoming savvy in technology and media production.  In each workshop, a group of girls conceive, write, film and edit their films.

In addition to incorporating the voices of this next generation of young filmmakers into the festival, POWFest programmers once again have curated a compelling lineup of thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining films for 2017.  From local and international features and shorts, to narrative and documentary, and even the innovative and youthful, this year’s lineup includes:  Short Film Blocks with themes like Quirky, Dark Tales, Family Drama, Expressions of Love, Animation & Experimental and our Young Directors program which appeal to broad audiences with their humor, integrity, fun and societal themes.  A total of over 60 films will screen during the festival.  

As a festival preview, POWFest is honored to present a special screening of BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN by Academy Award nominated and local Portland filmmaker, Irene Taylor Brodsky, who will be in attendance, on Sunday February 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at The Hollywood Theatre. The film tells the true story of 12-year olds Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, who lured their best friend into the woods, stabbed her 19 times, then confessed they did it to appease a tall and faceless man known online as Slenderman. The film is presented by HBO Documentary Films and Vermilion Films and will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Irene Taylor Brodsky and Producer, Sophie Harris.

POWFest is thrilled to announce this year’s Guest of Honor, award-winning director Cheryl Dunye, who will be in attendance throughout the festival. Dunye has made over 15 films including MOMMY IS COMING, THE OWLS, MY BABY’S DADDY, and HBO’s STRANGER INSIDE which garnered her an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director. Her debut film THE WATERMELON WOMAN, was awarded the Teddy at the Berlinale in 1996 and was recently restored by Outfest’s UCLA Legacy Project for the film’s 20th anniversary. Dunye has received numerous awards and honors for her work including a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. Presently Dunye is a Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.

“We are thrilled to showcase the brilliant and impactful films of Cheryl Dunye at this year’s POWFest. Dunye’s strong voice and willingness to challenge social and cultural norms is a welcomed voice during some powerful times in the women’s movement, and one to be celebrated at our 10th Annual Festival.”  said POWFest Executive Director, Tara Johnson-Medinger.  

Cheryl Dunye will facilitate a workshop with the participants of the POWGirls  and will also be in attendance for her screenings of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, BLACK IS BLUE and THE OWLS (Saturday 3/4, starting at 700pm) with Director’s Q&A at The Hollywood Theatre.

As always, the schedule includes stimulating content to engage the audience through conversations with the over 30 directors in attendance; including local directors, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, LeeAnne Lowry, Kia Anne Geraths, Brenan Dywer, and Leah R. Brown– encouraging dialogue beyond the theater as well.

In addition to films, POWFest and NW Documentary will host an Education Day on Friday March 3rd starting at 9:00 a.m. for attendees to network and participate in. Panel topics include: Creating & Maintaining Safe Spaces for Women’s Voices, Documentary Filmmaking in a New Political Climate and Beyond Mentoring. Speakers include Carolyn Butts of African Voices & Reel Sisters of the Diaspora, Andi Zeisler of Bitch Media, documentary filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel, Destri Martino of The Director’s List and HBO’s CONFIRMATION Producer Janice Williams.  

For a complete list of programming, schedule details and to purchase tickets, visit www.powfest.com.

 

Opening Night – Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, 7 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

Opening night kicks off with THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS, by Academy-Award winning director Barbara Kopple. The film portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, only to later come out as a transgender female to an audience of millions.  With never-before- seen personal footage, the film provides a raw and revealing look into a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family’s unwavering and unconditional love for a child.

At 9:00 p.m. the evening will continue with a festival favorite: QUIRKY SHORTS! This unique, fun, innovative, surprising and delicious collection of films includes blind dates, comic con, sneaky children, voyeurs and pus…–this whimsical collection of short films are sure to delight audiences.

 

Friday, March 3rd, 2017, starting at 9:30 a.m., NW Documentary

CREATING & MAINTAINING SAFE SPACES FOR WOMEN’S VOICES (9:30 a.m) –Participants include: Ana Ammann, Carolyn Butts, Andi Zeisler, & December Carson.

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING IN A NEW POLITICAL CLIMATE (11:00 a.m.) — Participants include: Courtney Hermann, Lindsey Grayzel and Jodi Darby.

BEYOND MENTORING (12:30 p.m)– Participants include: Destri Martino, Rachel Lambert, Ellen Thomas and Janice Williams

Friday, March 3rd, 2017, starting at 7:00 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

IN THE RADIANT CITY (7:00 p.m.) –  Presented in conjunction with the Ashland Independent Film Festival, IN THE RADIANT CITY, centers around Andrew whose brother Michael committed and unthinkable murder in the town of Medina, Kentucky. Andrew, was the only witness to the crime and his testimony sent Michael to prison for life. The trial, the crime, and its infamy tore their family apart. Now, Michael’s case has come up for re-sentencing, and his lawyer, eager for a win, has summoned Andrew back to the place and people he fled, including a sister who rejected him for a blood betrayal, and a mother distraught by the loss of her sons. The film’s director, Rachel Lambert is the recipient of The Faerie Godmother award for Stellar Filmmaking, co-presented by POWFest and AIFF. Ms. Lambert will be in attendance at both festivals and will receive the award at AIFF.

SHORTS II: DARK TALES (9:00 p.m.) – (mature themes) A collection of short films that hit hard on the darker side of the human experience. including I SHOULD HAVE RUN, LOLA STILL DANCES and THE MISSING KNIFE

 

Saturday, March 4th, 2017, 12 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

REVIVAL: WOMEN & THE WORD (12 p.m.) –  the film chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color.

SHORTS III: FAMILY DRAMA (12:30 p.m.): Includes: IN A WARM DARK PLACE, SISTERS and THE OLD.

SHORTS IV: EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE (2:30 p.m.) – This shorts program explores all sorts of relationships – not just romantic, but sibling, friendship and to oneself. Includes GLIESE 667: THE MIRROR, THE SILENT MAN and DIANE FROM THE MOON.

GUEST OF HONOR CHERYL DUNYE DOUBLE FEATURE (7:00p.m.) – THE WATERMELON WOMAN, THE OWLS and BLACK IS BLUE will screen with a Q&A in-between.

 

Sunday, March 5th, 2017, 12 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

THE VIEW FROM TALL (12:00 p.m.) – 17 year-old Justine is smart, unpopular, and tall. A sexual transgression with her teacher forces her into therapy with Dr. Douglas Cecil, a disabled man with demons of his own. As the lines of propriety between two lonely souls are stretched, and then broken, Justine must navigate the thorny issues of age, lust, and leaving your adolescent life behind. Plays with VIRGIN TERRITORY, a youth-created film about a girl with questions of her sexual identity, and all-around sexual confusion, bubbling to the surface, she suddenly realizes she wants to lose her virginity.

MUERTE ES VIDA (DEATH IS LIFE) (12:30 p.m)

ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL SHOWCASE (2:30 p.m)

POWGIRLS / YOUTH SHOWCASE (4:45 p.m.)

LUNAFEST (7:00 p.m) — The festival will close this year with a festival favorite, LUNAFEST. This season’s program of selected films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. Incredibly diverse in style and content, LUNAFEST is united by a common thread of exceptional storytelling – by, for and about women. A portion of the ticket sales will benefit The Breast Cancer Fund. The screening will be followed by The LUNAFEST & CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION at The Magnolia (across the street from The Hollywood Theatre)

POWFest is especially grateful to have been awarded a 2017 Project Grant by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for the seventh year in a row to benefit the 2017 POWGirls Program, and appreciates our sponsors and community partners: The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, MetroEast Community Media, SAGIndie, Queen Bee Creations, ARTemis, LUNA, Koerner Camera Systems, NW Documentary, Open Signal, REX Post, Tanji, The Magnolia, Oregon Film, OMPA, Portland Film Office, Women Make Movies, HBO Documentary Films, Vermilion Productions, and the Ashland Independent Film Festival.

ABOUT POW FEST

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) empowers women to find their voice and share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking by showcasing the work of today’s top women directors at our annual festival and strengthening the community of women in film in Oregon year-round.  We honor the true pioneers in the industry while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.  In the past nine years POWFest has hosted the following prominent and very accomplished women directors: Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Ondi Timoner, Penelope Spheeris, Joanna Priestley and Catherine Hardwicke.

Contact

Tara Johnson-Medinger
Executive Director, The Portland Women’s Film Festival
[email protected]
www.powfest.com
503.267.1126

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre

 

POWFEST ANNOUNCES 2017 WOMAN OF HONOR – AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR CHERYL DUNYE

 


Portland, Oregon – February 9, 2017
– The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is pleased to announce this year’s guest of honor, award-winning director Cheryl Dunye, who will be in attendance throughout the festival taking place March 2 – 5, at The Hollywood Theatre.  

Dunye has made over 15 films including MOMMY IS COMING, THE OWLS, MY BABY’S DADDY, and HBO’s STRANGER INSIDE which garnered her an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director. Her Debut film THE WATERMELON WOMAN, was awarded the Teddy at the Berlinale in 1996 and was recently restored by Outfest’s UCLA Legacy Project for the film’s 20th anniversary. Dunye has received numerous awards and honors for her work including a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. Presently Dunye is a Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.

“We are thrilled to showcase the brilliant and impactful films of Cheryl Dunye at this year’s POWFest. Dunye’s strong voice and willingness to challenge social and cultural norms is a welcomed voice during some powerful times in the women’s movement, and one to be celebrated at our 10th Annual Festival.”  said POWFest Executive Director, Tara Johnson-Medinger.  

Cheryl Dunye will facilitate a workshop with the participants of the POWGirls program where girls ages 15-19 are mentored to realize their power, creativity and voice in media production. Dunye will also be in attendance for her screenings of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, BLACK IS BLUE and THE OWLS (Saturday 3/4, starting at 700pm) with Director’s Q&A at The Hollywood Theatre.

Celebrating its 10th consecutive year, POWFest continues to be the only film festival in Portland that exclusively places a spotlight on women directors with a goal to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women working in the film industry. Dedicated to creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill level, each year, the festival seeks to actively represent the work of diverse women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films and encouraging the next generation of female filmmakers.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday February 15th and are $8-$15 individual screenings / $60 festival pass for premium access to all festival activities. Purchasing an all-access pass to POWFest gives you the opportunity to see as many films you want during the festival without fumbling with individual tickets while saving money and showing your support. Festival pass includes access for early seating and admission to our educational panels on Friday March 3rd at NW Documentary.

For a complete list of programming and schedule details, visit www.powfest.com

    

 

ABOUT POW FEST

POWFest provides a 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.Festival events 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. We also provide space and support to strengthen the community of women in film. In the past nine years POWFest has hosted the following prominent and very accomplished women directors: Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley and Catherine Hardwicke.

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre

 

The 10th Annual POWFest is March 2-5, 2017 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland!

POWFest is just around the corner! Our schedule is posted and tickets will go on-sale on Wednesday February 15th!

Interested in volunteering at this year’s festival? Join us Saturday February 11th for our Volunteer Training!

Do you love movies and want to help women directors get the visibility they deserve? Wonderful! We can use your help deciding which films to show at POWFest!

Want to volunteer at the festival in March? Join our Volunteer Training Event on Saturday February 11th at 10am. We will be meeting at the OMPA offices at 2828 SE 14th Ave Ste B, Portland, OR 97202.

Check out our Volunteer FAQs or email Nora for more details!

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The 10th!!! Annual POWFest is March 2-5, 2017! Over the past nine seasons POWFest has developed relationships with a variety of national and local sponsors –some that have been with us since our very first festival! We want to thank all of our current and returning sponsors for their support!

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.

 

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POWFest Monthly Presents: American Psycho by director Mary Harron

Monday October 24th – The Clinton Street Theater – 7pm

A chilling thriller from director Mary Harron – American Psycho

In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.

 

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REGISTRATION
Register here by October 15th  to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

DATES AND LOCATION
Friday October 21st: 5-8pm
Saturday October 22nd: Noon-7 pm
Sunday October 23rd: Noon-7pm

Portland Community Media
2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

PRODUCT AND LEARNING
Over the course of three days, we will help participants to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute music video that will screen at POWFest in March 2017. The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative story creation, storyboarding) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard software. This is a great way to build your resume and/or reel.

Opportunities

-Working With Actors – Casting Workshop ~ October 22-23, 2016 More info here

-Athena Film Festival IRIS Screenwriting Lab ~ Submissions now being accepted

-Call for Entries – Frauen Film Festival – Dortmund/Cologne, Germany. More info here

-Docs, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – A documentary film seminar with Beth Harrington ~ November 19, 2016. More info here

Upcoming Events

-All Jane Comedy Festival THIS WEEKEND! ~ October 5th-9th, 2016. More info here

-Race Talks Presents: Produced by Her ~ Thursday October 11, 2016. More info here

-OMPA, Cameras & Cocktails Networking Event ~ October 25, 2016. More info here

-Siren Nation ~ November 10-15, 2016. More info here

-NW Filmmakers Festival November ~ November 10-15, 2016. More info here

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tara Johnson-Medinger, Executive Director
POWFest / POWGirls
[email protected] / 503.267.1126

POWGirls Announces two Workshops for Summer 2016!

POWGirls launched in March of 2014 and has hosted six successful workshops serving over 57 girls in the Portland Metro area.  Watch our past productions here. We are excited to announce our Summer 2016 dates:

Summer Workshop I: ADVANCED WORKSHOP, August 1-5 + August 8-9, 2016
Summer Workshop II: INTRO WORKSHOP, August 8-12, 2016

Summer Workshop I: ADVANCED WORKSHOP, August 1-5 + August 8-9, 2016 – SIGN UP HERE

PRODUCT AND LEARNING

Over the course of seven days, we will help participants to work with a team to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute promo piece for a non-profit client. See this example that the POWGirls made for The Portland Kitchen.

The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative concept development, working with a client) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard software. This is a great addition to complement a portfolio of narrative work.

This are excited to announce that we will feature Girl Circus as this year’s client.

Summer Workshop II: INTRO WORKSHOP, August 8-12, 2016 – SIGN UP HERE

Over the course of one week, we will help participants to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute narrative film.

The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative story creation, storyboarding) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard software. This is a great way to build your resume and/or reel.

Our mission is to help girls 15-19 realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. We want to encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in media industries. We want to foster the POWER of WOMEN in MEDIA. POWGirls is a trans* inclusive organization, supporting all girls in their media education. It is POWFest’s goal to be inclusive of all women’s voices, regardless of race, class, age, religion, ability, sexuality or gender expression.

POWGirls is made possible with support from The Faerie Godmother Family Fund and MetroEast Community Media.

To learn more about POWGirls and to register for all workshops, go to www.powfest.com/powgirls/.

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We are excited to see you starting tonight at The Hollywood Theatre for the 9th Annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival!

Buy a Festival Pass & Screening Tickets

Daily POWFest Highlights

Thursday March 3, 2016

7pm – The Armor of Light plays with local film, Sista in the Brotherhood

930pm – La Nina de Tacones Amarillos

Friday March 4, 2016

1pm – Filmmaker Panel: Navigating the Industry and Creating a Sustainable Place for Women Filmmakers – FREE!

3pm- Education Panel – Crowdfunding for Independence – Presented by Seed & Spark

7pm – Shorts I – Quirky

9pm – Shorts II – Dark Tales

Saturday March 5, 2016

12pm – Shorts III- Documentary

1230pm – Educational Panel – The Art of the Pitch – Presented by Seed & Spark

3pm – Shorts IV- Aging Gracefully

6pm – Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke Double Feature: Miss You Already & Thirteen (35mm Print!). Q&A with the director hosted by Women & Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein

Sunday March 6, 2016

10am – Catherine Hardwicke Master Class

1230pm – Twilight

430pm – Shorts V- POWGirls/Youth Showcase

6pm – Silent Film Showcase – The Ocean Waif & Hypocrites

Check out the AMAZING Press we have been receiving! 

 

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PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (POWFEST) ANNOUNCES
2016 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Portland, Oregon – February 15, 2016 – The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is pleased to announce programming highlights of our upcoming festival, which is scheduled to take place March 3-6, 2016 at The Hollywood Theatre.  Tickets are $9-$20 individual / $60 festival pass for premium access to most festival activities.

In its 9th consecutive year, POWFest continues to be the only film festival in Portland exclusively placing a spotlight on women directors with a goal to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women working in the film industry. Dedicated to creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill level, each year our festival seeks to showcase the work of women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films; encouraging the next generation of female filmmakers.

And we are mentoring that next generation!  POWFest and MetroEast Community Media partnered to host POWGirls filmmaking workshops for girls aged 15-19, which encourages creativity, demonstrates the power of storytelling, and give girls the chance to explore opportunities as future filmmakers while becoming savvy in technology and media production.  In each workshop, a group of girls conceive, write, film and edit their films – SIX films will make their festival premiere at the 2016 POWFest: BUDDING ROMANCE, WILT, STICKS & STONES, EAR BUDS  and two promo pieces created by the Advanced POWGirls for The Portland Kitchen.

Participants hail from Portland Metro area high schools as well as Lake Oswego, Battle Ground, WA and Silverton, Or. In addition to incorporating the voices of this next generation of young filmmakers into the festival, POWFest programmers once again have curated a compelling line up of thought-provoking, inspiring and entertaining films for 2016.  From local and international features and shorts, to narrative and documentary, and even the innovative and endearing, this year’s line up includes short film blocks with themes like Quirky, Dark Tales, Documentary Showcase, Aging Gracefully, and our Young Directors program, which appeal to broad audiences with their humor, integrity, fun and societal themes.  A total of nearly 50 selections will screen over a period of 4 days.  

POWFest is also pleased to announce this year’s guest of honor, award-winning director and women’s equality advocate, Catherine Hardwicke, who will be in attendance throughout the festival.

Hardwicke’s direction of the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling novel, Twilight, launched the worldwide blockbuster franchise — The Twilight Saga — and earned nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office, making her one of the most commercially successful women film directors. In addition to her impressive filmography, her willingness to be vocal in the ACLU and Equal Opportunity Commission’s investigation of gender bias and pay disparity in the entertainment industry made her the standout woman to honor at this year’s festival.  

“Catherine Hardwicke’s strong voice and willingness to step publicly into Hollywood’s gender discussion is something to celebrate.  Because of her, women are less fearful of being vocal and there has been a groundswell of support to amplify these voices. There is a revolution going on and she is one of the women in the lead,” said POWFest Executive Director, Tara Johnson-Medinger.  

Ms. Hardwicke will present a Master Class for festival attendees on Sunday morning and will be in attendance for all of her screenings during the festival including a special Q&A on Saturday evening with Women & Hollywood creator Melissa Silverstein.

As always, the schedule includes stimulating content to engage the audience through conversations with the over 35 directors in attendance; including local directors Dawn Jones Redstone, Kia Anne Geraths, Christian Henry and Misty Eddy– encouraging dialogue beyond the theater as well.

In addition to films, there will be several Educational Events to network and participate in. Purchasing a festival pass to POWFest gives you the opportunity to see as many films you want during the festival without fumbling with individual tickets, all while saving money and showing your support. Festival passes include access for early seating, admission to our Filmmaker Panel and the Seed & Spark Workshops “Crowdfunding for Independence” and “The Art of the Pitch” all taking place at The Hollywood Theatre.

For a complete list of programming, schedule details and to purchase tickets, visit www.powfest.com.

Opening Night – Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, 7 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

Opening night kicks off with THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, by director Abigail Disney. In her directorial debut, Disney’s film  follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.

Immediately before the feature will be special screening of short film, SISTA IN THE BROTHERHOOD, by local director Dawn Jones Redstone. This dramatic film is about a tradeswoman named Laneice, played by Sidony O’neal, struggling to prove herself on her first day at a new job site. An outlier in a white, male-dominated workforce, she’s forced to navigate the crew’s reactions to her. When tensions rise, she receives inspiration from a surprising source to help her decide to either make a stand or risk never being recognized as the skilled worker she has become. We will also premiere the POWGirls short film, BUDDING ROMANCE, where a girl meets the plant of her dreams! But will it last?

At 9:30 p.m. the evening will continue with the feature film, LA NIÑA DE TACONES AMARILLOS (THE GIRL IN YELLOW HEELS) from Argentina. For an entire year, a small town is consumed by the construction of a big hotel. Isabel, a 15-year-old local girl goes through a first-hand experience of the resulting cultural clash between the construction workers and the local townsfolk. Her unspoken power will take her along unknown paths, where the value of her beauty is nothing but the flipside of her submission to a sexist eye.

Friday, March 4th, 2016, starting at 1 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

    • FILMMAKER PANEL (1:00p.m) –Participants TBA
      SEED & SPARK WORKSHOP (3:00p.m.) — CROWDFUNDING TO BUILD INDEPENDENCE
      SHORTS I: QUIRKY (7:00 p.m.) –  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. Films include: EX-GIRFIEND, FLASHBACK, and NO BREATH PLAY.
      SHORTS II: DARK TALES (9:00 p.m.) – (mature themes) A collection of short films that hit hard on the darker side of the human experience including SUB ROSA, VESSELS, and SORMEH.

Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 12 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

Sunday, March 6th, 2016, 10 a.m., The Hollywood Theatre

  • CATHERINE HARDWICKE MASTER CLASS (10 a.m.) – POWFest Guest of Honor Catherine Hardwicke will present an interactive discussion with POWFest attendees. Her career as a director with production designer roots has proven over and over that it is possible to sustain a viable creative life in the film industry, and she will share her insights with attendees. Her career spans from insightful, independent, original works like THIRTEEN to the blockbuster adaptation of TWILIGHT—the latter making her the most commercially successful woman director.
  • TWILIGHT (12:30 p.m.) – Bella Swan has always been a little bit different. When her mother remarried and Bella chooses to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she didn’t expect much of anything to change. But things do change when she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen. Followed by a Q&A with Director Catherine Hardwicke.
  • SILENT FILM SHOWCASE (6:00 p.m.) –Celebrate a century of film herstory with two silent films directed by women. HYPOCRITES, by director Lois Weber and THE OCEAN WAIF by directed Alice Guy Blache will both screen.  Live organ accompaniment from the Columbia River Theatre Organ Society.

POWFest is especially grateful to have been awarded a 2016 Project Grant by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for the sixth year in a row to benefit the 2016 POWGirls Program, and appreciates our sponsors: The Faerie Godmother Family Fund, Hotel deLuxe, New Belgium Brewing Company, MetroEast Community Media, SAGIndie, Koerner Camera Systems, REX Post, Mama Simba Films, Magnolia’s Corner, Oregon Film, Women in Film Portland (WIF-PDX), Alma Chocolate and OMPA.

ABOUT POW FEST
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) empowers women to find their voice and share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking by showcasing the work of today’s top women directors at our annual festival and strengthening the community of women in film in Oregon year-round.  We honor the true pioneers in the industry while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.  In the past nine years POWFest has hosted the following prominent and very accomplished women directors: Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Ondi Timoner, Penelope Spheeris and Joanna Priestley.

 

Contact
Tara Johnson-Medinger
Executive Director, The Portland Women’s Film Festival
[email protected]
www.powfest.com
503.267.1126

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre