Category Archives: 2017

Check out this amazing Fundraising Video created by the talented POWGirls! They know the value of this program first hand and are asking for your support!

Help us make our $5000 goal by September 20th!

DONATE NOW! 

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

POWGirls offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls ages 15-19. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry.

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

POWGirls Summer $5k! – Goal of $5000 by September 20th!

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

 


POWGirls Announces two Workshops for Summer 2017!

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


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

 

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

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

 


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

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

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


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

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

 

ABOUT POWGIRLS
POWGirls offers workshops in video production, cinematography, audio recording, set lighting, digital editing and media literacy for girls ages 15-19. Our instructors are working media producers who inspire girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in the film industry. All films produced during POWGirls workshops are screened at the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest).

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

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

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

 

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

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

   

 

 

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

  

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

      

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

  

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

 

THE BEST GIFT IS GIVING!

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

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

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

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

2017 POWGirls Workshops Dates Announced!

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

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

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

POWFest Monthly Presents: AYANDA

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

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

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

Join our facebook event by clicking here!

Opportunities

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

 

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

Interested in supporting the 2017 POWFest? Check out our 2017 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

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

 

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POWFest Monthly Presents: American Psycho by director Mary Harron

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

A chilling thriller from director Mary Harron – American Psycho

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

 

pow049POWGirls Music Video Workshop – October 21-23rd

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

Opportunities

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

Final Deadlines Coming Up!

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

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

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

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

 

POWGirls Music Video Workshop ~ October 21-23rd!

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

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

Workshop is limited to 12 participants ~ Sign up here!

 

POWFest Monthly Presents a Narrative Showcase on September 26th!

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

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

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

Join our Facebook event to receive event updates and reminders!

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

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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

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

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

Every Summer Has  A Story, What’s Yours?

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

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

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

 

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

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Come watch a hand-picked selection of short films!

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

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

Join our Facebook event to receive event updates and reminders!

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

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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

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

In the News…

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

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

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

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

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

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

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

Last chance to sign up for POWGirls Summer Workshops!

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

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

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

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

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

Join our Facebook event to receive event updates and reminders!

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

No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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

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

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

 

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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

Early Bird Entry Ends June 17th!

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

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

 

Celebrate Pride Month with POWFest!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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POWGirls Summer Workshops – Spots are still open!

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

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Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

-Ready to donate? Click Here!

-Ready to Volunteer?

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

-Ready to Host a POWParty?

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

The Mission of POWFest

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