DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER –HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Upcoming Events

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OUT IN THE NIGHT ~ Presented by PFLAG Black Chapter & REEL Feminism ~ Thursday December 18th, 7pm

OUT IN THE NIGHT follows the journey of a group of African American teenagers who went to a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City for a night out. These lesbian and gender non-conforming friends, Patreese, Renata, Terrain and Venice, were confronted by an older man on the street. They defended themselves. Strangers jumped in to support them and a fight ensued. Only the women were rounded up by police and charged and convicted as perpetrators of gang assault. They became known as The New Jersey 4.

OUT IN THE NIGHT follows their journey to Rikers Island, to the courtroom, and through slanderous media coverage that labeled them a “Wolfpack” and “Lesbian Gang”. While exploring the fight from all sides through the security camera footage that captured it, that hot August night in 2006 can be seen from many perspectives. But our film’s purpose is to examine the events after the fight: biased media coverage likening the women to “man-hating” animals, and unprecedentedly harsh sentencing by the court. This story shows how four young, queer women of color were unfairly criminalized for defending themselves.

We’ll have a panel discussion after the screening to discuss issues of race, violence against women, gender & sexual identity, and biased media coverage.

Tickets are $5-$10 sliding scale.

Lunafest
REEL Feminism 2015 will kick off with LUNAFEST ~ Monday January 26, 2015, 7pm at The Clinton St. Theater
POWFest has supported LUNAFEST over the past several years and is excited to present this season’s LUNAFEST to open REEL Feminism 2015! Please join us for a night of celebration of women filmmakers while watching this fantastic collection of short films by, for and about women. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to The Breast Cancer Fund. Check out the full list of films here.

Opportunities!

NW FILM CENTER OFFERS DISCOUNT TO POWFEST SUPPORTERS!
NW Film Center is offering a $100 discount on any full term class (9 weeks or longer) for their Winter term. Please review the class schedule at  http://www.nwfilm.org/school/classes/term/ and use the discount  code “POWFest” to register and receive discount.

POWGirls 2015 is FULL!
POWGirls is full for 2015. To sign up for the waiting list or to receive information regarding the program please click here! If you have questions regarding this program, please [email protected]

2015 RACC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS– REGISTER NOW
RACC is pleased to offer 12 Artist Professional Development Workshops from January to June in 2015. These workshops are led by experts in their field, and designed to give you the tools you’ll need to organize, maximize and prioritize your career as an artist. With topics ranging from grant writing to how to market yourself and your work, you’ll be sure to find a workshop that will fit your needs and your checkbook. Workshop dates, descriptions, presenters and locations-click here!

2015 POWFEST IS SEEKING SPONSORS! – WE ARE HALF WAY TO OUR SPONSORSHIP GOAL BUT WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!
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!

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW SPONSOR FASHIONBUDDHA STUDIOS!

Fashionbuddha sits at the intersection of fine art and technology. They’ve dubbed themselves a digital skunk works, a small team set forth to push boundaries in the realm of awe-inspiring animation and content.

And of course, people can always get a hold of them at their website: fashionbuddha.com

Celebrating our 2015 Sponsors!
The Faerie Godmother Family FundNew Belgium BrewingZipcarThe Hotel DeLuxeREX, Whole Foods, Canine Productions, MetroEast Community Media, LUNA.

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

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

Want to help POWFest grow?
-Ready to donate? Click Here!
-Ready to Volunteer? [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.

POWFest—The Power of Women in Film.