JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER ~ Off and Running!

Who needs the gym, when you have POWFest?!

girl-stick-figure-running-girl-running-two-hiWhat’s the best work out this winter season? Programming!!

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

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

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

POWMonthly Presents LUNAFEST!

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

RACC / Work For Art

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

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

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


Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

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

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

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

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

Happy New Year from the POWFest Team!


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

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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.