NOVEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER ~ Kick Start Your Holidays!

The holidays will soon be upon us! Are you ready? Join POWFest this month and start celebrating early!

Our gift to you at the start of this festive season is an exclusive interview with Sarah Gavron, director of the new film Suffragette!


POWFest Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medinger sat down with the director of the new movie Suffragette, which opens in Portland on November 6th!

Tara Johnson-Medinger: I’m really excited to speak with you. I had the pleasure of seeing your film yesterday, and watched it with a lump in my throat the entire time. It hit me on so many levels. I’m sure readers of our newsletter and those who follow our film festival are just as ecstatic about this film coming out. What really drew you to telling this story of the suffragettes in the early 1900s?

Sarah Gavron: What I thought was so striking was the fact that that no one had ever made a cinematic film about it. And it seemed so overdue, and so timely in a way — you know, a hundred years on. There were so many aspects of this battle that were unknown: the lengths to which the women went, the brutality they faced, the plea, the fact that they went to prison, the hunger strikes, they were force-fed, there was a police surveillance operation; and all with such personal cost. These women lost their jobs, they lost their homes, their families. It seemed so shocking, and it seemed to echo what was happening around the world while developing it. We were struck by stories of Malala, Pussy Riot, new activism in the U.K., and awareness of the repression around the world of women, women still fighting for basic rights in other countries, as well as how far we’ve come. It seems like the film was having its moment. It was the right moment to tell this story, and I was very passionate about it. Also, it lends itself to cinema, because it had villains and heros and action and at one point you saw it was a little historical drama. We only know Mary Poppins, our version of suffragette. So we wanted to blow that apart and show you what it was really like.

Ready for more?

Check out the whole interview!


POWMonthly November ~ Not quite ready for Thanksgiving yet??? Get in the mood by sitting down with POWMonthly for a special screening of HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, directed by Jodie Foster.

Claudia Larson is a single mom who has just been fired from her job as an art restorer due to budget cuts. She flies from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving at the Baltimore home of her parents, Adele and Henry Larson, while her only child Kitt decides to stay home and spend the holiday with her boyfriend.

Can Claudia survive her family’s antics this holiday season??

Tickets are available for a suggested donation 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!

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POWGirls Premiere Party Photos & Winter Workshop Sign Up!!

WOW!  How AMAZING are our POWGirls!  Thank you to everyone who came out to the Premiere Party on Sunday and special thanks to our partner organizations and Clinton Street Theater for their support!

If you know a girl who wants to be a media maker, now is the time to sign up for the winter workshop! To sponsor a POWGirls for a 2016 workshop click here!

Also check out all the pictures from Sunday by visiting our facebook page, and share the POWGirls Promo Videos with your friends!


Upcoming Portland Events & Screenings

GirlFest 2015 ~ Saturday, November 7th, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm at the Portland Expo Center.  Stop by the POWGirls booth and say hi!

Siren Nation ~ November 4th – 15th! Music, art, storytelling and more!

NW Filmmakers Festival ~ November 12 – 18, be sure to check out their Fresh Films NW segment, which includes POWGirl films!

WIF-PDX Holiday Party ~ Thursday November 19th, 6:00pm ~ University Place Hotel

POWMonthly ~ Monday November 23rd, 7pm ~ The 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.