DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER ~ The POWer of Holiday Cheer!


‘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 [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

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The Mission of POWFest

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

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