Category Archives: 2016

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

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

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

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

Last chance to sign up for POWGirls Summer Workshops!

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

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

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

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

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

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

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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

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

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

 

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

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

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

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

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

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

POWFest Spring Fundraising Drive!

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

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

Click here to learn how you can help!

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

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

Includes a premiere of the first ever POWGirls Silent Films!

The line up:

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

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

Join our facebook event!

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

POWGirls Summer Workshops – Spots are still open!

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

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POWGirls Summer Workshops – Spots are still open!

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

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

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

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

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

Join our facebook event!

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Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing and Hotel deLuxe!

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Programming Overview

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

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

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

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

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

Much love from the POWFest Team!

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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
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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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JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER ~ Off and Running!

Who needs the gym, when you have POWFest?!

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

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

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

POWMonthly Presents LUNAFEST!

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

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

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

Join our facebook event!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year from the POWFest Team!

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

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

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.