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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT POW FEST

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

Contact

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

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

 

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

 

ABOUT POW FEST

POWFest provides a space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.Festival events feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers. We also provide space and support to strengthen the community of women in film. In the past nine years POWFest has hosted the following prominent and very accomplished women directors: Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley and Catherine Hardwicke.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

POWGirls Announces two Workshops for Summer 2016!

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

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

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

PRODUCT AND LEARNING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IMG_20150312_193447443Now Accepting Submissions for the 2016 Festival!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

POWGirls, is an unique filmmaking workshop for girls. Our mission is to help girls realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. We want to encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in media industries. We want to foster the POWER of WOMEN in MEDIA.

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

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

Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

QDoc ~ May 14-17th at The Hollywood Theatre

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

 

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

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? [email protected]
-Ready to Sponsor the festival? Contact [email protected] & check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!
-Tell a friend about POWFest! Forward this newsletter and encourage them to join in!

The Mission of POWFest
In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film.

We feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

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

Our mission is to help girls 15-19 realize their power, creativity and voice in media production and encourage them to explore opportunities as future media-makers. We want to encourage girls to be creative, tech-savvy leaders who will help realize gender equity in media industries. We want to foster the POWER of WOMEN in MEDIA.

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

 

Intro to Filmmaking Workshop, August 17-21

Over the course of five days, we will help participants to develop, film and edit a 1-3 minute narrative film that will screen at POWFest in March 2016. This is a great way to build a resume and/or reel. The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative story creation, storyboarding) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard software.

Advanced Workshop, August 10-14

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

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

SNAPSHOT: POWGirls Summer 2015 Workshops

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (POWFEST) ANNOUNCES

2015 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

 

Portland, Oregon – February 24, 2015 – The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (a.k.a. POWFest) is pleased to announce the programming highlights of our upcoming festival scheduled to take place March 12-15, 2015 at The Hollywood Theatre.  Tickets $8-$10 individual / $40 festival pass for premium access to all festival activities.

In its 8th 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 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 2015, a filmmaking workshop for girls 15-18 that encourages creativity, demonstrates the power of storytelling, and explores opportunities as future filmmakers – while becoming savvy in technology and media production.  Over the course of 30 hours, a group of 14 girls conceived, wrote, filmed and edited two films – GREAT EXPECTATIONS and WORDS OF WISDOM – both which will screen on Sunday, March 15 at 3pm at The Hollywood Theatre.

Participants hail from Portland area high schools:  Lincoln, Madison, Parkrose, Beaverton, La Salle, Silverton, Oregon Virtual Academy, home school, Early College High School and St. Mary’s. “POWFest has been devoted to offering a space for women filmmakers to connect and share their experiences and learn from each other. Now that we have successfully launched our youth program POWGirls, we are extending that reach to the next generation of women working in media. Beyond offering production and post-production skills, this program provides skill-building in leadership and self-expression by providing a safe environment for these young women to freely share their stories,” shared POWFest Executive Director, Tara Johnson-Medinger.

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 2015.  From local and international features and shorts, to narrative and documentary, and even the innovative and youthful, this year’s line up includes:  Short Film Blocks with themes like Quirky, Dark Tales, Animation & Experimental, AFI Directing Workshop for Women Showcase, Feel Good Documentaries and our Young Directors program – appealing to broad audiences with their humor, integrity, fun and societal themes.   A total of nearly 65 selections will screen over a period of 4 days.

As always, the schedule includes stimulating content to engage the audience through conversations with the over 45 directors in attendance; including local directors Heather Harlow, Lara Gallagher, Hope Alexander, Teresa Drilling and Janique Robillard – encouraging dialogue beyond the theater as well.

In addition to films, there will be several social events to network and participate in.  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; admission to our Opening Night Reception, Meet The Directors Reception and Closing Night Reception all taking place at The Hollywood Theatre.

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

Opening Night – Thursday, March 12th, 2015, 5 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

Opening night kicks off with a reception sponsored by OMPA Portland Chapter and New Belgium Brewing at 5 p.m., and films at 6:30 p.m.  THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT, by director Caryn Waechter, is the first of the festival screenings, based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winner author Steven Milhausuer. Sisterhood is a story of friendship and loyalty set against the backdrop of a modern-day Salem witch trial. Shot on location in Kingston, NY, the film chronicles a group of girls who have slipped out of the world of social media into a mysterious world deep in the woods. The tale begins when Emily Parris exposes a secret society of teenage girls. Accusing them of committing sexually deviant acts, Emily’s allegations throw their small American town into the national media spotlight. The mystery deepens when each of the accused takes a vow of silence. What follows is a chronicle of three girls’ unique and provocative alternative to the loneliness of adolescence, revealing the tragedy and humor of teenage years changed forever by the Internet age.

Immediately before the feature will be special screening of short film, THE PUNISHING BUSINESS, by local director Heather Harlow and featuring legendary, local songstress Storm Large. It is an emotionally charged story about an unlikely friendship that emerges after a bizarre series of events between a developmentally disabled woman and her convict neighbor. While Ellen and Addie share many similarities, they are two outsiders, both looked down on by society, both with hardened exteriors, both know what it’s like to do harmful things without having intended harm, who are both struggling with their internal demons and consequently come to realize that through each other, their demons can perhaps hurt a little less.

At 9:30 p.m. the evening will continue with SHORTS I, a series of Quirky, mature themed short films, including LINES from actress and director, Amy Jo Johnson.

Friday, March 13th, 2015,  5 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

  • Meet the Directors Reception (5 p.m.) – Sponsored by The Oregon Film Office and New Belgium Brewing Company. Free with festival pass or Mentor
  • MENTOR (6:30 p.m.) – In 2006 and 2010, Mentor, Ohio was selected as one of America’s Top 100 places to live, but over those five years five teenagers from this proud upper-class enclave–known for its safe streets and good schools–committed suicide. “Mentor” follows the families of two of these victims as they uncover a shocking story of bullying, online harassment, psychological torment, and death threats by students at Mentor High School. When the families decide to sue the school for the deaths of their children, it becomes clear that the real bullies are not the teens attending Mentor High, but the adults running it. Their demands for answers are met with shocking retaliation, shredded evidence, and the same willful denial their children encountered when they desperately plead for help.
  • SHORTS II (9 p.m.) – Dark Tales (mature themes) including UP ON THE ROOF as well as AMERICAN GLADIATORS by local director, Lara Gallagher.

 

Saturday, March 14th, 2015, 12 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

  • SHORTS III (12 p.m.) – Animation/Experimental. Featuring MOVE FOR FREEDOM and FOUND – both by local directors; and TOUCH THE MOON, ACADIAN NIGHTS.
  • SHORTS IV (3:00 p.m.) – AFI Directing Workshop for Women – Showcase 2014 – The Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) at the American Film Institute is a hands-on training program committed to increasing the number of women working professionally in screen directing. The DWW offers participants intensive training in narrative filmmaking in an innovative workshop.  POWFest is excited to screen the work of 2014 participants including former Portlander, Aubree Bernier-Clarke’s film, THE NIGHT IS OURS, and SUTURES by Tiffanie Hsu.

 

Sunday, March 15th, 2015, 12 p.m., The Hollywood Theatre

  • SHORTS V (12 p.m.) – Feel Good Docs LUCHADORA about a female Lucha Libre wrestling star in Mexico by director River Finlay and RODEO DOG, the directorial debut by Rebecca Hynes about a third generation Oregon family, their dog and how the family makes a living producing small town rodeos.
  • SHORTS VI (3:00 p.m.) – Youth/POWGirls ShowcaseDEAR FAMILY by USC freshman at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Sarah Lew; HOME COOKING by Fort Lauderdale 9th grade student, Elizabeth Herrick, who has already had her films accepted in over 100 film festivals; and FILTERED created by 5 high school filmmakers at Camp Reel Stories. The POWGirls 2015 films GREAT EXPECTATIONS and WORDS OF WISDOM will make their world premiere during this showcase as well.
  • Closing Night Reception (5:00 p.m.)Free with festival pass, POWGirls or Closing Night Film Ticket

Closing Night Film (6:30 p.m.) – STATES OF GRACE by award winning filmmaking team Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman. The profound transformation of a Bay Area family lies at the heart of this story about resilience and the healing power of community and spiritual practice. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy (Fu) Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina.

Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities in the wake of Grace’s accident. Through intimate verité footage and interviews with doctors, family, and friends, States of Grace paints an inspiring portrait of devotion and trust as it delicately documents one woman’s fight to reinvent herself.

POWFest is especially grateful to have been awarded a 2015 Project Grant by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) for the fifth year in a row for the 2015 festival, and appreciates our sponsors: The Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, New Belgium Brewing Company, MetroEast Community Media, SAGIndie, Koerner Camera Systems, Fashion Buddha, REX Post, Zipcar, Canine Productions, Magnolia’s Corner, Oregon Film, Women in Film Portland (WIF-PDX), OMPA (Portland Chapter), Women Co/Create, Lenore Graphics, Cibo, and Whole Foods.

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 eight 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.

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

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Tara Johnson-Medinger, Executive Director
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest)
[email protected] / 503.267.1126

POWGirls Expands Program to Empower Young Filmmakers

POWFest will host POWGirls in 2015, a unique partnership program with MetroEast Community Media, specifically designed for girls ages 15-18. Over the course of four days in January, a group of selected girls will develop, produce, edit and present a film during the Youth Shorts program at the POWFest March 12-15, 2015.

“We want to serve girls who are passionate about creativity, leadership and technology,” said POWFest Education Manager Barb Myers. “We’ll give them video equipment and training to produce their own stories and screen them in front of an audience at POWFest.”

Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medinger added: “There is still a major gender disparity in the director’s chair with only 6% of top 250 US films of 2013 directed by women (The Celluloid Ceiling, 2014). The addition of the POWGirls program directly challenges this statistic while fostering the next generation of women filmmakers.”

“Our staff is excited to work with POWFest this year to provide the facilities and equipment needed to develop these young filmmakers,” said MetroEast Education Coordinator Jennifer Dynes. “With our six local cable channels, community media is a powerful resource for underrepresented female filmmakers to show their work to a larger audience.”

POWGirls will take place at the studios of MetroEast Community Media – 829 NE 8th Street Gresham, OR 97030 on January 23 and January 29-February 1. 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 equipment.

In addition, POWGirls participants will have the opportunity to attend screenings and all filmmaker events during POWFest March 12-15, 2015 at the Hollywood Theatre.

To register for POWGirls 2015, go to www.powfest.com/powgirls/ and click on the registration link.

Click here for photos, logos and flyer. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Captions: (all photos by Barb Myers)
PG1: Brie-Anna Hall learns how to shoot on a DSLR during POWGirls 2014.
PG2: Mentor Barb Myers helps POWGirls 2014 participant Brie-Anna Hall set up her camera.
PG3: POWGirls 2014 participants and instructors celebrate producing a movie in one weekend.
PG4: POWGirls 2014 participants celebrate the screening of their film at the Hollywood Theatre.
PG5: POWGirls 2014 participants discuss their film at POWFest.

POWGirls is sponsored by The Faerie Godmother Fund, MetroEast Community Media and Whole Foods Market.

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER – FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE & ANNOUNCING POWGIRLS 2015!

LATE DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH!

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The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its eighth annual festival scheduled to take place March 12 – 15, 2015. POWFest places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and empowering the community of women in film. POWFest encourages women to find their voice and to share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking. 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. Past Guests of Honor include: Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner and Joanna Priestley.

SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE!


POWFEST ANNOUNCES POWGIRLS 2015!


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POWFest is preparing for POWGirls 2015! POWGirls is open to girls age 15-18 and will take place on Thursday/Friday evenings and all day Saturday/Sunday during the last weekend in January. Participants will produce a short film from scratch and will have the opportunity to attend POWFest as filmmakers in March! Application, fees, scholarship and registration information will be available Friday September 12th via the POWFest website. If you are interested in becoming a POWGirl or have questions regarding this program, please [email protected]

In 2014, in partnership with Portland Community Media and with support from the Faerie Godmother Family Fund, POWFest was able to launch POWGirls, a mentorship program for young women filmmakers. Over the course of three days–taking place during the 2014 POWFest–a group of selected girls developed, produced, edited and screened a film during the Youth Shorts program at the 2014 POWFest on Sunday March 9th. Watch the film here! and the Q&A here!
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2015 POWFEST IS SEEKING SPONSORS!

Over the past seven 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!

Welcome Back to our 2015 Sponsors: The Faerie Godmother Family FundNew Belgium BrewingZipcarThe Hotel DeLuxeREX.

Join the list of sponsors above! Check out our 2015 Sponsorship Kit for all the details!

Opportunities

4th Annual Brooklyn Girl Film Festival Call-For-Entries ~ www.brooklyngirlfilmfest.com

NW Filmmakers Festival Call-For-Entries ~ http://www.nwfilm.org/festivals/nwfest/

Upcoming Events

-TBA ’14 ~ September 11-21, 2014, Schedule & Tickets
PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance, music, film and new media, and visual art. Every year TBA spotlights women working across this spectrum of artistic disciplines, including film, video, and new media. The following artists represent just a sample of this year’s program of women artists and film/video work:

Jennifer WestFlashlight Filmstrip Projections(Film/Installation)

o        TBA Conversation with Jennifer West

Tanya TanaqTanya Tanaq in concert with Nanook of the North(Film/Music)

o        TBA Conversation with Tanya Tanaq and Samita Sinha

o        Field Guide to Tanya Tanaq

Liz Harris and Paul Clipson  – Hypnosis Display(Film/Music)

o        TBA Conversation with Liz Harris and Paul Clipson

Wynne GreenwoodSTACY(Video/Installation/Performance/Music)

Cynthia HopkinsA Living Documentary(Performance/Theatre/Music)

Tahni HoltDuet Love(Dance)

o        Field Guide to Tahni Holt

Eisa JocsonDeath of a Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer(Dance)

o        TBA Conversation with Eisa Jocson

o        Field Guide with Eisa Jocson

Reel Feminism presents UPHILL ALL THE WAY ~ Monday September 22nd, 700pm at The Clinton Street Theater
POWFest is happy to support Reel Feminism at The Clinton Street Theater! A film series highlighting movies directed by women and genderqueer individuals that have a feminist perspective or address feminist topics. Engaging, inspiring, sometimes difficult to watch, these films are followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Clear your calendar for the 4th Monday of every month at 7pm.

Reel Music ~ October 10-21, 2014 ~ NW Film Center

Connect with POWFest

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

Want to help POWFest grow?

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

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

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AUGUST 2014 NEWSLETTER – SUBMISSION DEADLINES & NOT TO MISS EVENTS!

REGULAR DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY AUGUST 15TH!

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its eighth annual festival scheduled to take place March 12 – 15, 2015. POWFest places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and empowering the community of women in film. POWFest encourages women to find their voice and to share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking. 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. Past Guests of Honor include: Allison Anders, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner and Joanna Priestley.

SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE!

2015 POWFEST IS SEEKING SPONSORS!

Over the past seven 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!

Welcome Back to our 2015 Sponsors:

faeriegodmotherfamilyfund    NewBelgium    ZipCar sponsors powfest!

Hotel Deluxe  Rex Post

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

Opportunities

2014 WIF-PDX Women’s Vision Grant ~ Applications due August 31, 2014,  http://wifpdx.org/grants/

NW Filmmakers Festival Call-For-Entries ~ http://www.nwfilm.org/festivals/nwfest/

Upcoming Events

-Wednesday August 13thMonte Zucker Education is bringing The Cutting Edge Tour to Portland!
Classes are taught by editor and cinematographer for Saturday Night Live, Adam Epstein. He is renowned for his work with SNL which can be found here. The Cutting Edge Tour is a 30 city tour across the US with a goal of educating emerging and professional filmmakers about the precise cinematic language of motion, and how to move not only the camera itself, but also content in front of the camera. More information about the tour can be found here: http://cuttingedge.mzed.com/.

By using this code “CETPOWF”,  attendees will be gifted a $10 discount when they register. This is an amazing opportunity for any filmmaker wanting to up their game in the editing market. Click on Adam Epstein’s link and view his body of work. It speaks for itself!

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Reel Feminism presents Chisholm ’72- Unbought and Unbossed ~ August 25th, 700pm at The Clinton Street Theater- Tickets.

POWFest is happy to support Reel Feminism at The Clinton Street Theater! A film series highlighting movies directed by women and genderqueer individuals that have a feminist perspective or address feminist topics. Engaging, inspiring, sometimes difficult to watch, these films are followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Clear your calendar for the 4th Monday of every month at 7pm.

 

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2nd Annual Portland Film Festival ~ August 26th-September 1st .Schedule & Tickets Join POWFest’s Executive Director and Film Producer Tara Johnson-Medinger along with Casting Director Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios and local Portland filmmaker Alicia J Rose for the Women in Film Networking Event & Panel on Wednesday August 27th 530-700pm at the Mission Theater. This Panel discussion will focus on women working in the media industry and will be followed by a screening of I Believe in Unicorns by Director Leah Meyerhoff.

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TBA ’14 ~ September 11-21, 2014, Schedule & Tickets

PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance, music, film and new media, and visual art. Every year TBA spotlights women working across this spectrum of artistic disciplines, including film, video, and new media. The following artists represent just a sample of this year’s program of women artists and film/video work:

Jennifer WestFlashlight Filmstrip Projections (Film/Installation)

TBA Conversation with Jennifer West

Tanya TanaqTanya Tanaq in concert with Nanook of the North (Film/Music)

TBA Conversation with Tanya Tanaq and Samita Sinha
Field Guide to Tanya Tanaq

Liz Harris and Paul Clipson  – Hypnosis Display (Film/Music)

TBA Conversation with Liz Harris and Paul Clipson

Wynne GreenwoodSTACY (Video/Installation/Performance/Music)

Cynthia HopkinsA Living Documentary (Performance/Theatre/Music)

Tahni HoltDuet Love (Dance)

Field Guide to Tahni Holt

Eisa JocsonDeath of a Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer (Dance)

TBA Conversation with Eisa Jocson
Field Guide with Eisa Jocson

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

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

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

POWFest—The Power of Women in Film.