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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

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PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (POWFEST) ANNOUNCES
2016 WOMAN OF HONOR – TWILIGHT DIRECTOR CATHERINE HARDWICKE

Portland, Oregon – February 4, 2016 – The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (a.k.a. POWFest) is pleased to announce this year’s guest of honor, award-winning director and gender equality advocate, Catherine Hardwicke, who will be in attendance throughout the festival taking place March 3 – 6, at The Hollywood Theatre.  

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 and made her made one of the most commercially successful women film directors. In addition to her impressive filmography, it has been her willingness to be vocal in the ACLU and Equal Opportunity Commission’s investigation of gender bias and pay disparity in the entertainment industry of late that 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 as 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.  

With a theme of best friendship as in her most recent film Miss You Already starring Toni Colette and Drew Barrymore, and having tackled the challenges of adolescence as in Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, Hardwicke is certain to foster a connection with the participants of the POWGirls workshop where girls ages 15-19 are mentored to realize their power, creativity and voice in media production.  Hardwicke will also be in attendance for her screenings of Miss You Already (Sat. 3/5, 6 p.m.), Thirteen (Sat. 3/5, 9 p.m.) and Twilight (Sun. 3/6, Noon) with Director’s Q&A,and she will host a Master class on Sunday, March 6th at The Hollywood Theatre at 10 a,m. 

Now in its 9th 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; encouraging the next generation of female filmmakers through its monthly programming and annual festival.

This year’s lineup of 50 intelligent, inspiring and entertaining selections was curated from over 1,000 submissions with many of the directors in attendance.  Some of the standout screenings include:

  • Armor of Light – A film that follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life? By Abigail Disney.
  • Sista in the Brotherhood – A short film about a young, black tradeswoman who must learn to prove herself on a new job site. By local filmmaker, Dawn Jones Redstone.
  • From Salem to the Salon, the story of how Portland-based salon owner Amber Starks changed Oregon state law. By local filmmaker, Christian Henry.

Tickets will go on-sale Monday 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 facilitated by Seed & Spark.

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

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, and Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner and Joanna Priestley.

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

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July 2015 NEWSLETTER ~ FEARLESS WOMEN!

POWMonthly July Screening ~ Monday July 25th ~ celebrating fearless women who take print media into their own hands.

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JASAD AND THE QUEEN OF CONTRADICTIONS
(2011) is a short documentary about Lebanese poet and writer Joumana Haddad who has stirred controversy in the Middle East for having founded “Jasad” (the Body), an erotic quarterly Arabic-language magazine. Despite debates, having her work banned, threats and the lack of funds, one passionate woman shows no signs of slowing her small steps toward a “sexual revolution” in the Arab world.

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GRRLYSHOW
(2000) is a powerful and rebellious message from voices often left unheard. Featuring the creators of Bamboo Girl, Hues, Pagan’s Head, Java Turtle, Plotz, Bust and Bitch.  This is an amazing look back at Zinesters challenging mainstream media.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10 at the door.  Any amount over $5 will go directly to support the work of POWFest.

Doors open at 6:30pm.  No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership! Join our facebook event here!

Regular Submission Deadline is Friday August 14th!

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POWFest is accepting submissions for the 2016 festival! The ninth annual festival will take place March 3 – 6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. In addition to the annual festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to be selected for our POWMonthly screening series, which extends our ability to bring women’s voices to the Portland film scene throughout the year.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found in our Submissions FAQ!

Only a couple spots left for POWGirls Summer Sessions!

POWGirlsLogo_HiResPOWGirls summer workshop registration is open! We will offer an Intro to Filmmaking and an Advanced Workshop to girls 15-19 who are interested in becoming media-makers. Spread the word and sign up HERE!

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls 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.

Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.

If you have questions or would like to Sponsor a POWGirl, please contact Education Manager Barb Myers at [email protected] or 503.314.9902.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

POWMonthly ~ Monday July 25th, 7pm ~ The Clinton Street Theater

Decline of Western Civiliazation I, II & III ~ August 7th & 8th ~ The Hollywood Theatre ~ Director Penelope Spheeris, 2013 POWFest Guest of Honor, in Attendance!

OMPA Classic  ~ Friday August 21st ~ Stone Creek Golf Club

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-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.

 

June 2015 NEWSLETTER – BIG Deadlines & Summer Fun!

POWMonthly June Screening ~ Monday June 22nd ~ BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER

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In celebration of PRIDE Month, POWFest presents two special screenings of BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (1999), directed by Jamie Babbit. This cult classic is a queer coming of age tale centered around the story of a naive teenager sent to rehab camp when her strait-laced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian. Watch Trailer

Two screenings will take place on Monday June 22nd, at 7pm and 9pm at The Clinton Street Theater. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10. Any amount over $5 will go directly to support the Equalize (equalizeit.com) and the work of POWFest. Tickets are available online here and at the Clinton Street boxoffice the night of the event.

Doors open at 6:30pm and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Earlybird Submission Deadline is Friday June 19th!

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POWFest is accepting submissions for the 2016 festival! The ninth annual festival will take place March 3 – 6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. The regular deadline for entries is Friday, August 14th and the earlybird deadline is THIS FRIDAY June 19th!

In addition to the annual festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to be selected for our POWMonthly screening series, which extends our ability to bring women’s voices to the Portland film scene throughout the year.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found on our submissions page.

Only a few spots left for POWGirls Summer Sessions!

POWGirls15_4POWGirls summer workshop registration is open! We will offer an Intro to Filmmaking and an Advanced Workshop to girls 15-19 who are interested in becoming media-makers. Spread the word and sign up HERE! 

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls 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.

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Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.
If you have questions or would like to Sponsor a POWGirl, please contact Education Manager Barb Myers at [email protected] or 503.314.9902.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

POWMonthly ~ Monday June 22nd, 7pm ~ BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER ~ The Clinton Street Theater
WIF-PDX June Meet-up ~ Tuesday June 23rd, 6pm ~ Vie de Boheme

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer?
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]
-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.

May 2015 NEWSLETTER –Call for Entries 2016 & Special Screening of INDIA’S DAUGHTER

IMG_20150312_193447443Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Festival!

POWFest is accepting submissions for the 2016 festival!  The ninth annual festival will take place March 3 – 6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.  The regular deadline for entries is Friday, August 14th and the earlybird deadline is June 19th.

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

Through this festival platform we promote and create professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every level. Beyond filmmaker participation, we are also dedicated to bringing to Portland, programming that is thought-provoking and will engage the audience well beyond the theater.

In addition to the annual festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to be selected for our POWMonthly screening series, which extends our ability to bring women’s voices to the Portland film scene throughout the year.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found on our submissions page.

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POWMonthly / Reel Feminism May Screening ~ Monday May 25th, 7pm at The Clinton Street Theater: INDIA’S DAUGHTER.

 

INDIA’S DAUGHTER (2014), is the powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. In 2012, it made international headlines and ignited protests by women in India and around the world.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10.  Any amount over $5 will go directly to support the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. Join our facebook event here!

Volunteers from PWCL will be on site to support audience members who become triggered by the content of this film.

Doors open at 6:30pm and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Attendees will also be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

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5X7_opening+the+crateQDOC: PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON – May 15th, 645pm at The Hollywood Theatre

POWFest is a proud Community Partner of the QDOC screening of PACKED IN A TRUNK: THE LOST ART OF EDITH LAKE WILKINSON. Committed to an insane asylum in 1924, most likely because she was a lesbian, Wilkinson was conveniently forgotten by the male-dominated art world. Filmmaker Jane Anderson, along with her partner, Tess Ayers, take us on their journey as they uncover family secrets, social repression and secret loves. Right before her commitment, Wilkinson was at the height of her creativity, living among the legendary arts community of early 1900s Provincetown, Massachusetts. Purchase your tickets here!


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POWGirls summer workshop registration is open! We will offer an Intro to Filmmaking and an Advanced Workshop to girls 15-19 who are interested in becoming media-makers. Spread the word! http://powfest.com/summer-workshops/

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls 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.

Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.

If you have questions or would like to Sponsor a POWGirl, please contact Education Manager Barb Myers at [email protected] or 503.314.9902.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Filmed Look at Breasts and Vulvas ~ May 11-12th at The Clinton Street Theater

QDoc ~ May 14-17th at The Hollywood Theatre

Oregon DOC Camp ~ May 28-June 1st / Sponsored by WIF-PDX

 

Connect with POWFest
Please visit our Facebook Page to see photos and our Vimeo page for preview interviews with POWFest directors as well as a bunch of Q&A’s from past festivals.

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? Contact [email protected]
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected] & check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!
-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.

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POWGirlsLogo_HiResThe Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival is excited to announce the addiiton of two Summer Workshops sessions to the expanding POWGirls program.

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.

MetroEast Print Logo FGFLogo_final_4cMA21950571-0001POWFest and MetroEast Community Media will host the following workshops in August 2015 with support from The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

 

Intro to Filmmaking Workshop, August 17-21

Over the course of five days, we will help participants to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute narrative film that will screen at POWFest in March 2016. This is a great way to build a resume and/or reel. 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.

Advanced Workshop, August 10-14

Over the course of five days, we will help participants to work with a team to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute documentary and/or commercial-style film for The Portland Kitchen, a non-profit organization that teaches culinary skills to urban youth. This is a great addition to complement a portfolio of narrative work.

In addition, POWGirls participants will have the opportunity to attend screenings and all filmmaker events during POWFest March 3-6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre. To learn more about the program, check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury, Willamette Week and Behind the Scenes at POWGirls.

SNAPSHOT: POWGirls Summer 2015 Workshops

Who: Girls 15-19
What: Register for Intro to Filmmaking or Advanced Workshops
When: August 10-14 (Advanced) and 17-21 (Intro)
Where: MetroEast Community Media – 829 NE 8th Street Gresham, OR 97030
Why: To encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders – and to make a film and screen it at POWFest!
How: Local filmmakers, mentors and MetroEast will provide guidance, equipment and support
Food: Bring your own lunch; snacks will be provided
Tuition: $200 per student per session. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. NO APPLICANT WILL BE TURNED AWAY DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS.

Web: http://powfest.com/powgirls/
Registration Links: http://powfest.com/summer-workshops/
Deadline: Register by July 15, 2015 to secure a spot!
Screening and Festival: POWFest March 3-6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theater

Contact:
Barb Myers, Education Manager
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest)
[email protected]
503.314.9902

 

April 2015 NEWSLETTER –POWGirls Summer Sessions & Call for Entries 2016!

POWGirls Summer Sessions Open For Registration

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POWGirls summer workshop registration is open! We will offer an Intro to Filmmaking and an Advanced Workshop to girls 15-19 who are interested in becoming media-makers. Spread the word! http://powfest.com/summer-workshops/

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls 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.

Check out the awesome features on POWGirls in The Portland Mercury and Willamette Week.

If you have questions or would like to Sponsor a POWGirl, please contact Education Manager Barb Myers at [email protected] or 503.314.9902.

Reel Feminism April Screening ~ Monday April 27th, 7pm at The Clinton Street Theater: Earth Day Double Feature

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TRASHBORN (2014), directed by Isabelle Carbonel is a short length documentary which follows seven families of trash divers over four years on a garbage dump in the Dominican Republic, using the dump as a central meeting point of all seven stories. These trash divers build their houses from garbage, eat thrown away scraps, and make pennies by scavenging metal, plastic, cardboard, and glass and yet – they are still able to share their hopes, loves, and dreams.

FROM THE WASTE UP (2014), directed by Taina Uitto: What’s the problem with plastic?! Would it be worthwhile to try to live without it, and why? This documentary follows the lives of families in Vancouver, Canada as they attempt to live without plastic for one year. As the viewer is gently led through the problems of plastic, they are entertained by the pursuits of the plastic-free challengers…the youngest being a mere 4 years old. Witness the positive change that takes place- from some major growing pains to the final conclusions. This documentary does not preach; rather it provides multiple possible avenues of inspiration for everyone to reexamine their own disposable habits.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10.  Any amount over $5 will go directly to support Arisleyda, one of the women featured in Trashborn.

Doors open at 6:30pm and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

As a bonus: the first 30 people to arrive will be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Join our facebook event here!

2016 Call for Entries Opens May 1st

IMG_20150312_193447443POWFest will be accepting submissions for the 2016 festival starting May 1st!  The ninth annual festival will take place March 3 – 6, 2016 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.  The regular deadline for entries is Friday, August 14th and the earlybird deadline is June 19th.

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

Through this festival platform we promote and create professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every level. Beyond filmmaker participation, we are also dedicated to bringing to Portland, programming that is thought-provoking and will engage the audience well beyond the theater.

In addition to the annual festival, filmmakers have the opportunity to be selected for our POWMonthly screening series, which extends our ability to bring women’s voices to the Portland film scene throughout the year.

Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found on our submissions page.

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

OMPA SourceOregon Book Release Party ~ Friday May 1st at 4-8pm / Koerner Camera Systems

NW Animation Festival ~ May 4-10th at The Hollywood Theatre

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A Filmed Look at Breasts and Vulvas ~ May 11-12th at The Clinton Street Theater

QDoc ~ May 14-17th at The Hollywood Theatre

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India’s Daughter
~ May 25th 7pm at the Clinton Street Theater. This film is presented as part of the Reel Feminism / POWMonthly Series and is sponsored by Women Make Movies. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the Portland Women’s Crisis Line.
Oregon DOC Camp ~ May 28-June 1st / Sponsored by WIF-PDX

Connect with POWFest
Please visit our Facebook Page to see photos and our Vimeo page for preview interviews with POWFest directors as well as a bunch of Q&A’s from past festivals.

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? Contact [email protected]
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected] & check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!
-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—The Power of Women in Film.

March 2015 NEWSLETTER –That’s a wrap on the 8th Annual POWFest!

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

Programming Overview

SH_sisterhood_2_noise (1)POWFest kicked off the 8th Annual festival with a screening of the coming-of-age teen drama THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT by Caryn Waechter, and the short film, THE PUNISHING BUSINESS, by local director, Heather Harlow.
Throughout the four-day festival, POWFest screened 62 films. Over 30 directors and producers represented their films, participated in vibrant Q&A’s and were on hand for the variety of receptions. Films from all over the world were screened including films from: the US, Cyprus, New Zealand, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Korea, UK, Canada and Australia.

 

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The festival also included a special screening of the Academy Award Winning Documentary, CITIZENFOUR by director Laura Poitras and the critically acclaimed comedy OBVIOUS CHILD which played at the Reel Feminism March screening.
POWGirls launched its second season with amazing success!

 

 

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Check out this great behind-the-scenes video from this year’s camp. We are also gearing up for two POWGirls summer 2015 camps! If you are interested in more information, please contact [email protected]

On behalf of the entire POWFest team, we’d like to thank the filmmakers for submitting their wonderful films and giving us the opportunity to share them with our audience at the historic Hollywood Theatre. We received great press leading up to the festival on radio and  print – visit our press page! Please be sure to “like” our Facebook Page and view our photos from the festival in “POWFest 2015”.

Sponsorship Overview

We’d like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their contributions to the festival’s success. Our partnerships with various sponsors this season included national brands such as New Belgium Brewery, Zipcar, and SAGIndie, and local support from The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Koerner Camera, REX Post, Hotel Deluxe, MetroEast Community Media, Fashion Buddha to name a few. Each of these sponsors was affiliated with specific programs woven throughout the festival. POWFest relies on sponsor relations to help bring women-directed programming to Portland while elevating women filmmakers world-wide. Our sponsorship kit has more info about how your company can help strengthen this important cause. Please visit our Sponsorship page for a full list of our sponsors.

Want to join the list of sponsors above? Check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

Connect with POWFest
Please visit our Facebook Page to see photos and our Vimeo page for preview interviews with POWFest directors as well as a bunch of Q&A’s from past festivals.

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? Contact [email protected]
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]
-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The goal of POWFest is to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women directors and to create opportunities for women throughout the film industry. The festival has featured accomplished directors, as well as dynamic young & up-and-coming directors, some from Portland´s burgeoning film industry. POWFest is dedicated to promoting and creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill-set/level. Beyond filmmaker participation, we are also dedicated to bringing to Portland programming that is thought-provoking and will engage the audience well beyond the theater.

POWFest—The Power of Women in Film
POWFest 2016 will open for submissions on May 1st, 2015!
Please consider making a donation to POWFest & POWGirls today!

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Welcome to the 2015 Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival!

We are looking forward to seeing you at The Hollywood Theatre March 12-15, 2015!

Check out the complete schedule and buy tickets here.

Have you seen the great press about POWFest the past few weeks? Check it out!

Willamette Week – 3/11/15 – Girls In Film

Portland Mercury – 3/11/15 – Equal Opportunity

The Portland Tribune – 3/5/15 – Putting the POW in Empowerment

GoLocalPDX – 3/5/15 – 8th Annnual POWFest Celebrates Women Directors

Media Inc – March 2015 Issue – POWFest: The Power of Women In Film

The Portland Mercury – 2/18/15 – Who Need’s Empowerment?

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Join Us for the 2015 POWFest!

The 8th Annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is one week away! Join us March 12-15th at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland! Check out the full schedule and buy tickets here and read our latest press release here!

In addition to the over 60 films in this year’s line-up, POWFest is honored to present a special screening of the Academy Award winning documentary, CITIZENFOUR. The film will screen Saturday March 14th at 630pm.

 

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Speaking of PRESS did you see the amazing articles and radio interviews that have come out over the last few weeks regarding the 2015 POWFest and our new POWGirls program? Here are some highlights:

The Portland Mercury – 2/18/15 – Who Need’s Empowerment?

The Portland Tribune – 3/5/15 – Putting the POW in Empowerment

KBOO – Stage and Studio 3/3/15

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Join us for our volunteer meeting this Saturday March 7th at the Hollywood Theatre from 12-2pm. Check out all the fun stuff volunteers get to do here!

 

 

Can’t be here for the festival but still want to show your love of POWFest? Check out the ways to support the festival and our growing POWGirls program here!

Reel Feminism – Monday March 16th, 7pm – The Clinton Street Theater

In March, we are partnering with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon to bring you a special screening of OBVIOUS CHILD, directed by Gillian Robespierre.

A117_C002_0418MHFor aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna’s drunken hookup – and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment – turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

 

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Tickets are available online for $8 or at the door for a suggested donation of $5-$10.  Any amount over $5 for each ticket will go directly to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Doors open at 6:30pm and no one will be turned away due to lack of funds

Celebrating our 2015 Sponsors – Thank you for your support!
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Want to join the list of sponsors above? Check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

Connect with POWFest
Please visit our Facebook Page to see photos and our Vimeo page for preview interviews with POWFest directors as well as a bunch of Q&A’s from past festivals.

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? Contact [email protected]
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected]st.com
-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The goal of POWFest is to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women directors and to create opportunities for women throughout the film industry. The festival has featured accomplished directors, as well as dynamic young & up-and-coming directors, some from Portland´s burgeoning film industry. POWFest is dedicated to promoting and creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill-set/level. Beyond filmmaker participation, we are also dedicated to bringing to Portland programming that is thought-provoking and will engage the audience well beyond the theater.

POWFest—The Power of Women in Film.