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

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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

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT
Tara Johnson-Medinger, Executive Director
503-267-1126
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

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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DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER ~ The POWer of Holiday Cheer!

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‘Tis the season of giving! Let’s harness that holiday spirit to support women-made media!

This year let your friends and family know you care by buying them a POWFest Membership! It’s the gift that keeps on giving, with a full year of great films and fun events! Plus, your contribution helps make sure women-directed films get the attention they deserve!

Looking to support the arts with a donation this December? Make a tax-deductible donation via our fiscal sponsor the Hollywood Theatre!  Donations support scholarships for POWGirls, filmmaker events and so much more!

 

Give her the POWer to tell her story! POWGirls Winter Workshop Enrollment is now open! #MyPowerIsMyStory

 

POWFest, MetroEast Community Media and The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation have partnered to host POWGirls, filmmaking workshops for girls.

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.

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

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

Bah Humbug! Done with all this holiday cheer already!? Come to POWMonthly on December 28th and watch a documentary about some amazing young folks harnessing their POWer for positive change. Your heart is guaranteed to grow three sizes this day!

YLYOUNG LAKOTA is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of young people finding their way on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder – the first female president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe – defies a state law that makes abortion a crime, even in cases of rape or incest. Fire Thunder takes a stand by proposing a women’s health clinic providing abortions on the reservation, which would also be open to all local women. Lakota twin sisters Sunny and Serena and their childhood friend Brandon find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle. It was directed and produced by Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt, makers of the award-winning documentary The Education of Shelby Knox.

Panel discussion to follow the screening.

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 will also be entered into a drawing for a POWFest Membership!

Join our facebook event!

This screening is brought to you in partnership with Backline.  Check out their website!

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

Yeah Maybe No ~ A documentary about consent, directed by Kelly Kend ~ Wednesday, December 2nd, 7:00 pm at Hollywood Theatre

Dreamcatcher ~ Directed by Kim Longinotto ~ Sunday, December 13th, 7pm at Clinton Street Theater

Ornette: Made in America ~ Directed by Shirley Clarke ~ Thursday, December 17, 7pm at Clinton Street Theater

POWMonthly presents Young Lakota ~ Monday, December 28th, 7pm at 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.

 

NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER ~ Kick Start Your Holidays!

The holidays will soon be upon us! Are you ready? Join POWFest this month and start celebrating early!

Our gift to you at the start of this festive season is an exclusive interview with Sarah Gavron, director of the new film Suffragette!

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POWFest Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medinger sat down with the director of the new movie Suffragette, which opens in Portland on November 6th!

Tara Johnson-Medinger: I’m really excited to speak with you. I had the pleasure of seeing your film yesterday, and watched it with a lump in my throat the entire time. It hit me on so many levels. I’m sure readers of our newsletter and those who follow our film festival are just as ecstatic about this film coming out. What really drew you to telling this story of the suffragettes in the early 1900s?

Sarah Gavron: What I thought was so striking was the fact that that no one had ever made a cinematic film about it. And it seemed so overdue, and so timely in a way — you know, a hundred years on. There were so many aspects of this battle that were unknown: the lengths to which the women went, the brutality they faced, the plea, the fact that they went to prison, the hunger strikes, they were force-fed, there was a police surveillance operation; and all with such personal cost. These women lost their jobs, they lost their homes, their families. It seemed so shocking, and it seemed to echo what was happening around the world while developing it. We were struck by stories of Malala, Pussy Riot, new activism in the U.K., and awareness of the repression around the world of women, women still fighting for basic rights in other countries, as well as how far we’ve come. It seems like the film was having its moment. It was the right moment to tell this story, and I was very passionate about it. Also, it lends itself to cinema, because it had villains and heros and action and at one point you saw it was a little historical drama. We only know Mary Poppins, our version of suffragette. So we wanted to blow that apart and show you what it was really like.

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Check out the whole interview!

 

POWMonthly November ~ Not quite ready for Thanksgiving yet??? Get in the mood by sitting down with POWMonthly for a special screening of HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, directed by Jodie Foster.

Claudia Larson is a single mom who has just been fired from her job as an art restorer due to budget cuts. She flies from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving at the Baltimore home of her parents, Adele and Henry Larson, while her only child Kitt decides to stay home and spend the holiday with her boyfriend.

Can Claudia survive her family’s antics this holiday season??

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10 at the door.  

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!

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POWGirls Premiere Party Photos & Winter Workshop Sign Up!!

WOW!  How AMAZING are our POWGirls!  Thank you to everyone who came out to the Premiere Party on Sunday and special thanks to our partner organizations and Clinton Street Theater for their support!

If you know a girl who wants to be a media maker, now is the time to sign up for the winter workshop! To sponsor a POWGirls for a 2016 workshop click here!

Also check out all the pictures from Sunday by visiting our facebook page, and share the POWGirls Promo Videos with your friends!

 

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

GirlFest 2015 ~ Saturday, November 7th, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm at the Portland Expo Center.  Stop by the POWGirls booth and say hi!

Siren Nation ~ November 4th – 15th! Music, art, storytelling and more!

NW Filmmakers Festival ~ November 12 – 18, be sure to check out their Fresh Films NW segment, which includes POWGirl films!

WIF-PDX Holiday Party ~ Thursday November 19th, 6:00pm ~ University Place Hotel

POWMonthly ~ Monday November 23rd, 7pm ~ The Clinton Street Theater

 

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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.

 


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Last month POWFest’s Executive Director, Tara Johnson-Medinger, got the opportunity to chat with Sarah Gavron about her new film, Suffragette, which opened in theaters on Friday, October 23rd.


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Tara Johnson-Medinger: I’m really excited to speak with you. I had the pleasure of seeing your film yesterday, and watched it with a lump in my throat the entire time. It hit me on so many levels. I’m sure readers of our newsletter and those who follow our film festival are just as ecstatic about this film coming out. What really drew you to telling this story of the suffragettes in the early 1900s?

 

SGSarah Gavron: What I thought was so striking was the fact that that no one had ever made a cinematic film about it. And it seemed so overdue, and so timely in a way — you know, a hundred years on. There were so many aspects of this battle that were unknown: the lengths to which the women went, the brutality they faced, the plea, the fact that they went to prison, the hunger strikes, they were force-fed, there was a police surveillance operation; and all with such personal cost. These women lost their jobs, they lost their homes, their families. It seemed so shocking, and it seemed to echo what was happening around the world while developing it. We were struck by stories of Malala, Pussy Riot, new activism in the U.K., and awareness of the repression around the world of women, women still fighting for basic rights in other countries, as well as how far we’ve come. It seems like the film was having its moment. It was the right moment to tell this story, and I was very passionate about it. Also, it lends itself to cinema, because it had villains and heros and action and at one point you saw it was a little historical drama. We only know Mary Poppins, our version of suffragette. So we wanted to blow that apart and show you what it was really like.

T J-M: I was struck by the statistics you had at the end of the film about when women’s rights came into play at various countries, and some that are still unfolding today. It really connects back to this moment in the early 1900s, yet a lot of us do really have that Mary Poppins lens. I really appreciate you pushing forward these historic moments and pushing them onto film. Can you talk about the importance of portraying historic events like these, and finding that balance between historical content while ensuring you are also providing a good story?

SG: Absolutely, that’d be six years I worked with the writer and the producer because it was so much research and so many ways you could access this story. One of the decisions we made that sort of unlocked it for us was to go in through the working woman, as the woman who worked the laundry and her journey toward activism. What was so striking about the movie is that it brought together women of all different classes. Working women often are the vanguard of change, and they’re often not recognized for that. We wanted to tell that story because we felt that it would connect with women today rather than tell the exceptional story of an exceptional woman. You know, like a leader or a biopic. And it was a relief to kind of make her a composite based on three women that we read the unpublished diaries and letters of. But you could find more. You can find what happens in her life now. And they sound so contemporary; they sound so resonant of issues of today, whether it’s abuse in the workplace or women fighting pay gap, you know, all sorts of issues regarding education and not being allowed access to jobs in areas. We felt like that was our way in.

And we tried to be truthful. With historical fiction you try to imbed it in the period and the time. But you take some license with the order of that to make a narrative that’s compelling and carries you emotionally. But essentially, you’re adhering to the facts of the period and the feeling of it.

T J-M: Right. And you can see that in the character of Maud being so relatable at many different levels to women today and reflecting the women that were the unsung heroes of the movement. But I also appreciated putting in those very poignant moments of Ms. Pankhurst addressing the women. It’s these sort of moments that people have in their historical reference of the time, and you delicately put them there, weaving them through so that people get the strength of the movement. It was executed so well by using Maud as the central vehicle and her story. It’s so strong.

SG: We really wanted that. We really wanted it to have that effect. And the vote is symbolic, but the vote means the universe for people who don’t have any right. It’s so critical as a way of being counted.

T J-M: Sometimes stories like these can be highly criticized in terms of just accuracy, but Maud is a great way to mediate that.

SG: Yes, it casts off the biopic scenario.

T J-M: Let’s talk about your casting. Talk about a phenomenal cast! What an honor for you and the story to be told by such a strong ensemble of women.

SG: Yeah, it’s beautiful! I think it’s really fortunate for the story that those actors wanted to do it. And we’ve got everybody we wanted. What we aimed to get was an eclectic range of the best female actors and put them together. You never see those women together on the screen. There’s something very exciting about that, and you rarely see women playing anything more than the girlfriend or the wife or the sidekick. So we wanted to put them in full fury and see the ensemble. We deliberately cast women who you don’t normally see together. I mean, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff and Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep from that era and age — it reflected the range of women who got involved in the movement. That was huge, exciting.

And with Carey, we wanted her to play Maud. We had her in our mind writing it.  She’s one that just inhabits it fully, and is watchable. You know her internal life vividly when she’s on screen. We went after her. She agreed very quickly, which we were delighted by. I think she saw the potential, and we built the cast around her. And then Helena Bonham Carter was excited because she’s a great actor and all, but she’s the great-granddaughter of Asquith. He was the Prime Minister who was the nemesis of the suffragettes. He was their enemy, who was the entrenched Prime Minister who refused to give them the vote and broke all his promises. So there she was, the great-granddaughter playing out this history. And then Anne-Marie Duff is an actor from the theater. I’d seen her play St. Joan, she’s played Lady Macbeth. She’s got incredible skill and heart and rawness and energy, exciting casting for Violet.

And then Meryl… we were thinking, who could play Emmeline Pankhurst? And it was actually Carey Mulligan who suggested it. An icon for an icon. She’s only on the screen for a short sequence, but she’s got to light up the screen and light up those women’s lives. Meryl Streep is so the woman who can convey that in a short time. She was so generous to us. She came on, and she’s an advocate for women’s rights in film and beyond. She couldn’t have been a better person to have as part of that scene.

And then the men too! I mean Brendan Gleeson, who I really love as an actor and was really into the part of Steve. There was a couple of Irish policemen in the National Archives who revealed the police surveillance operation. Those are the two Irish policemen on whom he based his character, so that was exciting. He talked about how he had never been on such an estrogen-filled set. He enjoyed it, and was very into telling that story and all its dimensions. Then there’s Whishaw, who’s another actor I love. I feel like in that role he conveys the constraints of a man at that time and the pressure he’s under to conform and how difficult it is in their own way. And they you’ve got Helena’s husband Simbalinch, a pharmacist who’s supportive of the cause. We wanted to show a kind of range and shades of those actors. Getting them all in one ensemble is hugely exciting for me.

T J-M: I bet! And I really loved how it was constructed in terms of the story where the men had these very poignant roles but they didn’t shadow the women’s movement. They were very supportive. And also, Maud’s husband… you could see that tenderness of their relationship and the struggle that he was having in terms of those traditional values of the time. I appreciated it because sometimes men can step in and sometimes sweep away the story. I think that you did a wonderful job of it, and I thought it was a very important to maintain the focus of the story on this incredible ensemble of women. Which is so rarely seen in film.

I think you’ve created the quintessential film that women in film are striving toward: to have a strong ensemble of women cast, incredible actors, along with such a strong female crew, the writer, producers, yourself…

SG: I have to say, it’s very rare, sadly. The statistics are bleak. There’s so few films directed by women and so few films with female protagonists. For me, it’s all about role models. For me, when I saw women making films in my early twenties, I thought, “Wow. It’s possible.”

I think what’s important at the moment is starting the conversation. There’s an awareness. Women are talking about it. Cameras are saying, “Whoa, what’s going on? What’s happening?” I mean, we’re half the population and we want to see our stories reflected. We buy over half of cinema tickets that sell these stories. Let’s get them made by women and refracted through the lens of women I think that’s so important. We want to show that people go and see them. That’s why it’s great to have support for this film. It’s time.

T J-M: It is time! When I left the theater, that was one other thing that struck me. I was passing this gigantic display in the theater lobby for your film, and I was thinking, “Wow. Not only are all these great things happening on the screen, but there’s great support behind this film to get it out to the public.” That is another hurdle for any filmmaker, but women filmmakers specifically. So to see the industry behind you, behind your film, supporting the vision and obviously releasing at a good time for awards season.. I’m so excited for you.

SG: And I’m so grateful to people like you, the champions of film made by women. It’s so wonderful, and just so critical.

T J-M: Before we end, I wanted to talk about your directing style and some of your technical choices that you used on the film. I noticed you shot on Super 16, and the production design was just so lush and so bleak at the same time. What were your considerations as a director, not only for what we as viewers see on screen but also working with your team to execute something like that.

SG: One thing about this film is that we had a great team. The production designer Alice Normington really worked hard on this. The controlling idea, and we came to it with this premise, was to make it not a slice of history that you watch at a distance and be admired. We wanted to satiate in the shoes of these women. Really feel like you were walking through it and experience it. That filtered down in every respect, and made it look so real and true and believable — not heightened, like those heightened and stylized films, which didn’t feel like the way to approach this subject and make it feel relevant. That permeated into all departments.

With the production designer, we talked about having a 360 set where you could look in every direction. She built it—it worked! We filled it with seeds. We put the supporting artists through a sort of boot camp, and we often got supporting artists that were connected to the idea, people that had been trained with the police. We just filled it, filled it as real and authentic as possible.

And then the costumes: We used a lot of actual stock, rather than have costumes made. And more costumes were worn by women a hundred years ago, and she would have been wearing fourth-hand clothes.

And then the camera: We shot Super 16. It’s got that kind of rough quality you see and you can do a lot of handheld. We pretty much always had two cameras and sometimes three or four for the big set pieces, and we tried just roll the action slightly like we were doing a documentary action rather than staging it for the camera. So the actors had quite a lot of freedom in terms of their movement. So it was really kind of an overall philosophy that we had to apply throughout.

T J-M: It was lovely! I loved how you were just moving with it so much, especially in the scene with the horse race where you’re going through the crowd with the two actors… it built that emotional element to it. And it didn’t feel staged. It felt very natural. It seemed like the actors didn’t know which camera you would be using at any moment.

SG: Yeah, and we got access to some great locations. We were the first crew to get access to the Houses of Parliament. We could be in the real places where history had happened and re-create it. That was unusual and that was fantastic.

T J-M: Thank you, and best of luck with everything. I’m sure the next six months will be transformative for you, and I wish you all the luck with the film.

SG: Thank you very much, great to talk to you.

T J-M: Thank you, Sarah. take care!

OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER ~ FRIGHTFULLY FUN!

Fall is upon us and we are loving it!  Won’t you join us for some frightfully fun times this month?

Introducing POWParties!

PPTYWant to help out POWFest and entertain your friends in the convenience of your own home? Sign up to be a POWParty Host! You don’t even need to be in Portland to participate! Learn more by visiting the: powfest.com/powparty/

 

 

POWMonthly October

Ever wonder if there are any women-directed horror flicks?? This is your lucky day! POWMonthly brings you a special screening of PET SEMATARY, directed by the incomparable Mary Lambert!

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The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetery in the woods behind the house. The Creed’s neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetery, and for good reason too.

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5-$10 at the door.

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!

 

 

SAVE THE DATE for the POWGirls Premiere Party on November 1st!

POWGirlsLogo_HiResSee all the amazing movies that POWGirls produced and support future women media makers!

Sunday November 1, 2015
Doors open at 12:30 pm; show starts at 1:00 pm

The Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Free for POWGirls and their families
Tickets available at the door for $5-$20 suggested donation
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, just lack of space!
Concessions will be available for purchase.

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ICYMI: Media Herstory in the Making!

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We are so excited about the 2015 Emmys! Congratulations to all the women who were nominated, and especially the winners!

In case you missed it, check out this powerful acceptance speech from Viola Davis, the first woman of color to win the award for Best Actress in a Drama!

 

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

WIF-PDX October Meet-up ~ Wednesday October 7th, 630pm ~ Portland Community Media

POWMonthly ~ Monday October 26th, 7pm ~ The Clinton Street Theater

POWGirls Premiere Party ~ Sunday November 1st, 1pm. See all the amazing films the POWGirls created in 2015 and learn more about this fantastic program!

 

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.