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Welcome to the Portland Film Festival 2014 Schedule. Also on FacebookTwitterMeetup and Instagram. Use #PDXFF14 in your posts, so we can follow your festival experience. Don’t miss Opening Night and the RED CARPET on Tuesday August 26th at CRYSTAL BALLROOM. SEX ED - A new teacher quickly finds that his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sex ed.  He wants to teach them – but he’s not exactly “experienced.” [MORE]

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Tuesday, August 26
 

10:00am

Coffee Chat w/ Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to the filmmakers talk about today's movies—wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide which films to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. If you're not, dress nice. 

FREE coffee and snacks.

Sponsored by OMPA, Pro Photo Supply and Canon.




Tuesday August 26, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge w/ WIFI, snacks, afternoon pint & live music
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reserved Ringler’s Pub for the duration of the festival to give filmmakers a place to meet each other, fuel up on northwest pub fare and locally-brewed pints, or maybe even get some work done. The Filmmakers’ lounge is one of the most popular perks of the event—a central destination for industry professionals, actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, filmmakers, financial decision makers, and their guests.

You can join in filmmaking forums at the lounge, enjoy live music, ask our amazing volunteers for help and information, or just hang out. We expect about 2,000 people to wander through over the week.

Ringler’s sits beneath the floating-floored Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room in downtown Portland. It’s named for the ballroom’s founder, dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler, and features a high wood-beamed ceiling, massive mosaic-tiled bar, and the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.

The hospitality of our Lounge echoes the founding principles of accessibility, openness and play that put the Portland Film Festival in a class of its own.

LIVE MUSIC (4-5pm): Matt Neff

TO BE A LOUNGE PARTNER, CONTACT US: support@portlandfilmfestival.com



Tuesday August 26, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

5:30pm

Opening Night VIP Red Carpet & Green Room Experience w/ Cast & Crew & Music
Limited Capacity seats available

Limited Access. Less than 200 tickets available.

Opening Night VIP Red Carpet & Green Room Experience w/ Cast & Crew.

MUSIC: Live music with local band PINSCAPE and DJ TEETOO.

Mingle with fellow film goers in Lola's Room at the Crystal Hotel before the premiere of SEX ED and GLENA. The two movies' casts and crews—including Haley Joel Osment of Sixth Sense—will celebrate the imminent screenings of their work with you.

After the green room reception, join the opening night red carpet parade to show off your wildest fashion statement. 


Tuesday August 26, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

5:30pm

Opening Night Film: GLENA
Limited Capacity seats available

Glena is a feature-length documentary film about Glena Avila - a single mother in her 30s - and her dream to become a professional mixed martial artist.  

Glena was living the American Dream: successful career, two happy children, long-term relationship, a beautiful family home. Then one day, with no background or training, she decided to give cage fighting a try.  And she was good…really good. But Glena's world begins to unravel: impending foreclosure, a painful custody dispute, a broken relationship with her teenage son. She puts it all on the line as she travels across the country to compete in a trilogy of epic matches.

Glena is a real-life Rocky story, a one-in-a-million tale about a woman who risked it all for her shot at the big time.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/47226342

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Glena Avila
DIRECTOR: Allan Luebke
PRODUCERS: Allan Luebke, Ashley Sherman, Josh Leake, Ryan Muak
COMPOSER: Peter Bosak

OPENING SHORTS:
ADVENTURE GALLEY - MAROONED by Martin Melnick
A satirical glimpse into a secret, Military rocket launch in the 1950's.

PUNCHES AND PEDICURES By Ash Brandon
Vietnamese immigrant, Victor, escaped a life of gang activity by relocating to the rural town of Defiance, Ohio. Now the owner of his own business, he aims to help troubled youth from making the same mistakes he once made. He does so by teaching the brutal yet disciplined sport of Mixed Martial Arts, in one of the most delicate of places.

PRE-FILM MUSIC: Live music with Adventure Galley.

Door opens at 5:30 w/ music. Films start at 7pm.


Directors
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Allan Luebke

Allan is an Emmy-winning filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He produced the web series ZetamanTV, the first-ever documentary about real-life superheroes, and has produced non-fiction entertainment programs for cable including Discovery International. Allan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where he won the 2006 National College Emmy Award for Best Short Documentary forBehind These Walls, a revealing... Read More →



Tuesday August 26, 2014 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

5:45pm

Opening Night Film: World Premiere of SEX ED w/ Haley Joel Osment
Limited Capacity seats available

When Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an urban middle school, he finds that his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no sexual education.  Eddie isn’t equipped to teach them – he isn’t “experienced”.  But Eddie goes off lesson plan anyway, into the world of menstrual cycles and contraception, pursuing a new woman, and incurring the wrath of the local Reverend. 

CAST & CREW
CAST: Haley Joel Osment
DIRECTOR: Isaac Feder
PRODUCERS: Dori Sperko, Elayne Schneiderman-Schdmit, Monika Casey, Stephen Feder, and Jennifer Glynn
COMPOSER: Wolf at the Door

OPENING SHORTS
WHISKER by Director Steve Saussey
The Lengths a Man Will Go To.

FLETCH by Director Zen Freese OREGON FILM
An intimate coming of age character study of Frisbee golf legend Fletcher Ferguson, as he embarks on an epic journey to make his mark in the world, and learn what it means to be a man... in less than a minute and a half.

PRE-FILM MUSIC: DJ Little Bother
PRE-FILM DANCE TROOP: Hippoh Dance Project



Directors
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Isaac Feder

Isaac graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Radio/TV/Film and Honors in Creative Writing for the Media. As an undergraduate, he won the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award, and his short film, RUNNING TIME, played in movie theaters across North America. Isaac started his professional career in New York City, working as a treatment writer for some of the industry’s top commercial and music video directors. Isaac received his... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Abby Elliott

Abby Elliot is the first second-generation cast member on "Saturday Night Live". Her father is Chris Elliot who was featured on the show during the 1994-1995 season. She is also the granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott from the "Bob and Ray Show". | | Before coming to "Saturday Night Live", Elliot worked with current SNL cast member Michaela Watkins at LA's Groundling's Theater. | | Since her arrival on SNL, she has skillfully portrayed... Read More →
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Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment (born April 10, 1988) is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame with his performance as Cole Sear in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller film The Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He subsequently appeared in leading roles in several... Read More →



Tuesday August 26, 2014 5:45pm - 8:45pm
Crystal Ballroom 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

8:30pm

Opening Night After Party
Limited Capacity seats available

After the films, party the night away with casts and crews in the extravagant atmosphere of the Crystal Ballroom. Dance, imbibe, and nibble your way among the beautiful people to give our first night a glamorous finish. Dress up—whatever that means to you! This is Portland, after all. 

MUSIC: Us Lights, Oh Darling and DJ Little Bother.


Tuesday August 26, 2014 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Crystal Ballroom 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
 
Wednesday, August 27
 

10:00am

Coffee Chat w/ Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to the filmmakers talk about today's movies—wake up with free coffee and pastries and let the backstories help you decide which films to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. If you're not, dress nice. 

FREE coffee and snacks.

Sponsored by OMPA, Pro Photo Supply and Canon.


Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge w/ WIFI, snacks, afternoon pint & live music
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reserved Ringler’s Pub for the duration of the festival to give filmmakers a place to meet each other, fuel up on northwest pub fare and locally-brewed pints, or maybe even get some work done. The Filmmakers’ lounge is one of the most popular perks of the event—a central destination for industry professionals, actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, filmmakers, financial decision makers, and their guests.

You can join in filmmaking forums at the lounge, enjoy live music, ask our amazing volunteers for help and information, or just hang out. We expect about 2,000 people to wander through over the week.

Ringler’s sits beneath the floating-floored Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room in downtown Portland. It’s named for the ballroom’s founder, dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler, and features a high wood-beamed ceiling, massive mosaic-tiled bar, and the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.

The hospitality of our Lounge echoes the founding principles of accessibility, openness and play that put the Portland Film Festival in a class of its own.

LIVE MUSIC (4-5pm): Live Local Band 

TO BE A LOUNGE PARTNER, CONTACT US: support@portlandfilmfestival.com

 



Wednesday August 27, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

The Human Experiment Narrated by Sean Penn
Limited Capacity seats available

The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers... until now.

CAST & CREW
NARRATOR: Sean Penn
DIRECTORS: Don Hardy and Dana Nachman
PRODUCERS: Chelsea Matter, Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Sean Penn
MUSIC: Scott Hardkiss

TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WvhB5hkIjc

Directors
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Dana Nachman

Dana Nachman is the co-founder of KTF Films. Dana’s first independent documentary, Witch Hunt, opened to sell-out crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. The film was narrated and executive produced by two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn and went on to win several film festival awards, including the Audience Award at Cinequest and the Grand Jury Prize at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival, before being purchased by... Read More →
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Don Hardy

Don Hardy is the co-founder of KTF Films, a documentary production company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don’s films have played to sold-out audiences at prestigious film festivals and have been seen by millions of people around the world.  His most recent film, The Human Experiment, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and IDFA in 2013.  In 2011, Don’s film, Love Hate Love, premiered at the... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Sean Penn, Narrator

Sean Penn is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for his social activism, including humanitarian work. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), as well as the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for the former and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter.



Wednesday August 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

12:00pm

Proud Citizen
Limited Capacity seats available

In "Proud Citizen," Krasimira Stanimirova wins second place in a Bulgarian play writing contest. Her award is a trip to the United States, Kentucky to be exact, to see the world premiere of her communist-era, autobiographical play, 'Black Coat'. Expecting to meet with a warm welcome and southern hospitality, Krasi instead finds herself isolated and lonely in a hotel off an interstate. Exploring America on foot, Krasi must confront the reality that her play might not be such a big deal in the States. Along the way she slowly finds comfort amongst strangers in this alien world, including a young mother and her son.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Jason Lewis, Mark B. Greene
DIRECTOR: Thom Southerland
PRODUCER: Thom Southerland

Directors
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Thom Southerland

Director, "Proud Citizen", www.facebook.com/giantdolphinpictures
Kentucky native and AFI graduate Thomas Southerland has been making films of various lengths and quality for 15 years. His short films have screened at numerous festivals and his documentaries have won a few shiny awards. His screenplay 65 SOUTH is currently under option by Anecdote Films. He’s a co-partner in Giant Dolphin Pictures, which has produced the award-winning animated shorts HORSES ON MARS and THE LOOKING PLANET. 

Cast & Crew
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Leif Erickson Rigney, Actor

Leif Erickson Rigney is an actor, known for The 3rd Floor (2007) and Hell Is Full (2010).
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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Actor

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is a multi-talented editor and poet who writes in both English and Bulgarian. In addition to acting, she has published a new anthology of work by a diverse group of contemporary Bulgarian poets, The Season of Delicate Hunger. Stoykova-Klemer translated and published the book with the press she launched in 2010, Accents Publishing, dedicated to original poetry in English and works in translation.  Stoykova-Klemer... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

12:00pm

Screenwriting Class: DIALOGUE TO DIE FOR presented by Willamette Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

DIALOGUE TO DIE FOR
What makes great dialogue? How can I make my characters each have a different and unique voice? 40 Professional Dialogue Techniques you can use *today*, Subtext, Subtitles, Humor, Sizzling Banter, *Anti-Dialogue*, Speeches, and more. 

Speakers
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William C. Martell

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe. Last year William C. Martell handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 produced screenplays that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

1:45pm

Little Hope Was Arson
Limited Capacity seats available

January 2010: In the buckle of the Bible Belt, 10 churches burn to the ground in just over a month igniting the largest criminal investigation in East Texas history. No stone is left unturned and even Satan himself is considered a suspect in this gripping investigation of a community terrorized from the inside-out. Families are torn apart and communities of faith struggle with forgiveness and justice in this incredible true story.

LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON is a feature length documentary produced by theCollaborate & Goodnight Smoke.


CAST & CREW
DIRECTOR: Theo Love
PRODUCERS: Trenton Waterson and Theo Love


 

Directors
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Theo Love

Director and Producer, "Little Hope Was Arson"
Theo Love is an international storyteller.  Growing up as an American in Southeast Asia gave him a curiosity for culture and characters that don't quite fit in.  After traveling the globe documenting everything from villages in Tanzania to urban areas of London, Love landed in Los Angeles and lauched his career as a director.  In addition to working in the documentary field, Theo is an award wining short filmmaker and is planning... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

1:45pm

Time Lapse — Q&A after the Film
Limited Capacity seats available

In a sleepy apartment building, three twenty-somethings live and love. Callie plays den mother to her two wayward roommates. Finn, apartment manager and struggling painter, is dragging his feet on proposing to her after years of dating. Jasper, refusing to grow out of his college party mentality, tends bar and compulsively gambles. 

Their quiet world is shaken when they find their elderly scientist neighbor dead. In his apartment he has left a mysterious camera that takes pictures of the future. Aimed into the roommates' apartment, it shows regular glimpses of their life 24 hours in advance.

Their initial plan is to leave the body hidden and exploit the machine. Jasper utilizes it to foresee race results each day, racking up winnings. With the cash windfall, Callie is able to quit her waitress job and focus on writing. Finn's creative block is lifted through seeing his artwork ahead of time, and becomes prolific. 

It doesn't take long before disturbing images of the future begin to arrive. A tense love-triangle emerges between the three, and Jasper's bookie begins sniffing around at all the successful betting. When a picture shows what looks like a warning from the future, they are forced to prepare for the worst. Jasper hides weapons around the house and the deaths start happening.

As the bodies pile up, Jasper becomes more paranoid and unhinged, a wedge gets driven between Callie and Finn. By obsessing on the future and their seemingly innocent hopes and dreams, the relationships unravel, and the trio descends into a dark future where none of them may survive unscathed.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn
DIRECTOR: Bradley King
PRODUCERS: BP Cooper, Rick Montgomery
MUSIC: Andrew Keiser

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/88809713

Directors
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Bradley King

Writer/Director, "Time Lapse"
Hailing from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Bradley studied animation at the Colorado Institute of Art and then attended the Colorado Film School where he won several student awards for his short films. After moving to Los Angeles, he wrote and directed short films while writing feature spec scripts. 

Cast & Crew
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George Finn, Actor

George Finn was born into a family of writers and filmmakers. He got his first role in the advertisement of Volkswagen, when he was age 12. He is best known for LOL (where he played alongside Demi Moore, Ashley Green, Miley Cyrus and Douglas Booth), The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert, A Green Story, How I Met Your Mother, 90210, Time Lapse and Tbilisi I Love You.
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Matt O'Leary, Actor

A Chicago native, Matt O’Leary started his career modeling until age nine. He appeared in guest roles on television shows THE FEARING MIND, EARLY EDITION, and TURKS. In 2000, he received his first starring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie MOM’S GOT A DATE WITH A VAMPIRE. Matt proved himself a versatile talent in his theatrical debut, FRAILTY, directed by and starring Bill Paxton. Then he won the role as John... Read More →
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Danielle Panabaker, Actor

Danielle Nicole Panabaker is best known for her roles in theDisney Channel films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004) and Read It and Weep (2006). She came to prominence as a cast member alongside James Woods in the CBS legal drama series Shark(2006–2008) and is also noted as a Scream Queen, having starred in the horror films Friday the 13th (2009), The Craziesand John... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

2:00pm

Actors Workshop: Living & Working in LA
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve trained, you’ve studied, and you’ve been on set and in local theater productions. Thinking about taking the next step in your career and moving to Hollywood? Prepare yourself to succeed. Come take part in our Q&A and listen to experienced actors talk about the reality of living and working in LA.


Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com

Speakers
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Abbe Meryl Feder

Abbe Meryl Feder grew up in New York City, and attended the University of Wisconsin and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her television credits include PUSHING DASIES, CSI:NY, and LAS VEGAS. Film credits include the award-winning indie feature BRAHMIN BULLS, and now SEX ED. She has been the face of Crohn’s Disease, a bearded lady for Gillette, and a number of other glamorous commercial roles. She is an alumnus of both The Groundlings... Read More →
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Kenny McKinney

Actor
Kenny McKinney is an Actor living in Los Angeles who was born and raised in Portland, OR. He's starred in (American Disciples) shot in Oregon in 2010. More recently Kenny has starred in the films BAND, LANA, and the recently finished LA Stories. Commercial work has included Disney, Orbit gum, and others. He briefly attended the Actor's Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles where he currently trains with Howard Fine. |
avatar for Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins

Writer/Director, The Sublime and Beautiful
Blake Robbins is an award winning writer, director and actor. His feature film debut The Sublime and Beautiful was chosen as one of 10 narrative features selected from thousands to world premiere in competition at the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival. The Sublime and Beautiful has since played 11 major film festivals, winning 8 awards and receiving another 7 award nominations. Currently picked up for North American... Read More →


Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

3:30pm

Surviving Cliffside
Limited Capacity seats available

After their beauty-pageant-toddler beats leukemia, a young Appalachian family battles poverty as they attempt to put their lives back together. The father is prone to prescription drug addiction and gun violence, while the overwhelmed mother is confronted with an unwanted pregnancy. Drug dealers and meth heads are their friends and neighbors. Food, clothing and hope are scarce. The parents must take extreme risks to provide for the family, if their daughter is to make a run for Little Miss West Virginia. This is Cliffside.

CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS: EJ Huffman, Brandy Smith, Makala Smith, Josey Smith
DIRECTOR: Jon Matthews
PRODUCERS: Richard Bever, Bob Wilkinson
MUSIC: Lillard Anthony, BrantleyJones





Directors
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Jon Matthews

Jon grew up in Alum Creek, West Virginia. Before becoming a filmmaker, Jon practiced civil rights | law for seven years, and was an Assistant Attorney general in West Virginia and the youngest ever | Legal Director of the ACLU of Connecticut. Four years ago, Jon quit practicing law to follow | his dream and enrolled at NYU’s graduate film program. While at NYU, Jon studied under Todd | Solodnz and Ira Sachs, and worked as Spike Lee’s... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Ernest Adzentoivich

Adzentoivich Music
Re recording mixer and sound designer for Surviving Cliffside, my day job is composing
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Richard Bever, Producer

Richard is an Emmy-nominated, Los Angeles-based producer and the Owner/President of Parting Shots Media, as well as a Co-Owner of Chill Entertainment. Richard began his entertainment career at WNYE in New York City, where he worked as a field producer and director on the Emmy-nominated show, City Smarts. He soon found his way into the world of independent film as the Head of Development and Production at Andrew Lauren Productions, which... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

3:30pm

Shorts Block 1: People
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 1:  People

06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

14 min  -- “Operation Barn Owl” by Satsuki Okawa:  Ellen's best friend Jonah wants to create a unique and picturesque proposal to his girlfriend. Banding together with a group of friends, Ellen works diligently to ensure that the meticulously planned show of affection goes off without a hitch, but issues arise along the way. Ellen must overcome her feelings for Jonah and any past promises they made to each other for the proposal to go as planned.

11 min  -- “The Inheritance” by Anne M. Hamilton:  After hitting a deer on her drive home through cornfields, seventeen-year-old Gitty receives an unexpected visit from her estranged father and is faced with a choice to leave the small town where she was raised for a 'brighter' future. In what seems like a simple conversation, darker subtexts emerge that touch on themes ranging from the future of traditional farming communities, to what the best kind of life is, to what we owe the people we call family.

06 min – Gramatik’s “Brave Men” by Joe Zohar:  Gramatik’s “Brave Men” tells the story of an abusive husband and his seemingly beaten housewife. Concerned neighbors call the police to rid the neighborhood of this element.  The husband is confronted by the police regarding these allegations and is hauled away for being belligerent and aggressive with his wife. (Music video)

19 min -- “The Box” by Christen Kimbell:  A young boy, Michael, awakes to find an angel who hands Michael a beautiful wooden box and asks him to watch over it. Michael does, even though it means he has to spend more and more time alone. He keeps it safe from some bullies who try to take it. Eventually he starts to draw, then paint, the angel. His paintings make him famous, but he is still alone. When he is very old, the angel returns to him and takes the box away.

03 min -- “Lime” by Sean Carrow: Two very unlucky fishermen, Willie and Burt, are on their ship adrift at sea starving from hunger and thirst until a lone lime is discovered on board the ship offering them a glimpse of hope. The two friends turn on each other, letting their greed for the lime tack control destroying all they have. (Animated)

17 min -- “Sie heisst jetzt Lotte! (“Call her Lotte!) By Annekathrin Wetzel: The friendship between theater actress Maria and her Jewish friend Lea starts to break as Maria’s husband Hans rises to become an SS officer. On the day of the Jewish deportations in Munich, Maria proves what friendship means by saving Lea’s child, risking her own life, and losing Hans. Inspired by the childhood of Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of the World Jewish Congress. (In German)

03 min -- “When He Comes Home by Ben Phillippo: When a 1950’s housewife discovers her husband's infidelity, a neighborhood cocktail party turns into something far more sinister. In this music video set to the retro rock of Boston-based trio Banditas, you'll find the tasteful decor and clean-cut faces only serve to conceal the unspeakable...

03 min -- “Super Secret by Jim Johnson: The story of a super villain father and his daughter. On her 13th birthday, he discovers her deep, dark, secret. (Animation)

10 min -- “Casey by Miguel Duran: “Casey” is about a young girl who struggles with her mother's misguided attempts to show love. She finds escape as an MC in an underground hip-hop club and must decide between taking a stand against her mother, or watching her owns dreams drift away.

 

 


Directors
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Anne M. Hamilton

Director, “The Inheritance”, Prime Mover Pictures
Anne Hamilton is a writer and film director. She got her start in filmmaking as an intern on Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE. She then worked for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Her first short film as a writer-director, DEATH ARTISTS, INC., premiered in the spring of 2013 at Cannes and was an official selection at Newport Beach Film Festival, the Downtown LA Film Festival, and the Napa Valley Film Festival, among several others. In the summer... Read More →
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Annekathrin Wetzel

http://www.miriquidifilm.de
Annekathrin Wetzel has been working as director and producer since 2001 and has produced numerous awarded short films including "25 Years After Tschernobyl," "The Message of Bob Dylan," My Child Is A Neo-nazi," and "The Fighter."
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Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.
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Ben

Director, “When He Comes Home”
Ben Phillippo is a film and television director from Boston, Massachusetts. His films have played festivals and won awards around the country. He currently directs the award-winning news program Greater Boston for WGBH, Boston's PBS television station. Fascinated by storytelling and artmaking in all its forms, Ben has worked in various other media, including music, photography, and design.
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Christen Kimbell

Writer/Director
Other work can be seen at christenkimbell.com.
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Jim Johnson

Director, "Super Secret" and "Sushi Mischief"
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Joe Zohar

I graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema & Photography in 2006. Immediately following I opened up a production company, Moving Box Studios, that is still thriving. I’ve worked on music videos, commercials, short films with the intent of learning every key job in the industry. I’m a hands-on director and believe a leader should have the shared experience of those he is leading. I learned this philosophy as a teenager... Read More →
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Miguel Duran

Director, “Casey”
Miguel is a filmmaker originally from Phoenix, AZ. He | graduated with a degree in Film Studies from Claremont McKenna  | College. He has made several shorts as well as multiple seasons of the  | sci-fi web series, Chutes, which was recognized for outstanding writing at  | the LA WebFest.
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Satsuki Okawa

Director, “Operation Barn Owl”
Born in Tokyo, Satsuki earned her BA from Nihon University College of Arts and went on to graduate with an MFA from Columbia University in New York. Upon her graduation from Columbia, she directed several short films including “Koyuki’s Wandering Football”, which was commissioned for the Japanese Professional Football League as the J-league’s 20 year anniversary project. Last year’s Yubari favorite “Little... Read More →
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Sean Carrow

Sean attend the Delaware College of Art & Design, and then the University of the Arts in Philadelphia earning his BFA in animation. He spent three years working as a freelance animator and artist. To further his creative knowledge He attended the Savannah College of Art & Design for his MFA in animation. While there he took on a very ambition thesis project researching and creating a film with the stereoscopic process. To help complete... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

4:00pm

Kidnapped for Christ
Limited Capacity seats available

When young missionary Kate Logan hears about Escuela Caribe, a small Christian boarding school that bills itself as a rehabilitation center for troubled teens, she sees the opportunity to make a difference. Hoping to document the positive effects a place like this could have on struggling youth, she is allowed to stay and film on campus in the Dominican Republic for a summer. Once there, Kate discovers the shocking truth of what is really going on at this remote reform school. She hears stories of kids being taken by force in the middle of the night, rumors of physical abuse, and witnesses staff imposing arbitrary and degrading punishments on the young students.  

Kate begins to realize that she has stumbled upon a much scarier story than she originally thought. This is solidified when she meets David, who was sent to the program shortly after coming out to his parents. David has been unable to communicate with anyone in the outside world since he was forcibly taken in the middle of the night by people his parents hired to transport him to the school. David begs Kate to find a way to tell his friends back home in Colorado what happened to him. He slips her a letter intended for his best friend. The letter reveals the realities this once promising honor student has been subjected to because of his sexual orientation. Kate is determined to help at least one student escape. The struggles she faced to secure David’s freedom reveal just how far Escuela Caribe will go to prevent their students from leaving. The journey will test Kate's faith in ways she could never imagine.


CAST & CREW
DIRECTOR: Kate S. Logan
PRODUCERS: Yada Zamora, Kate S. Logan, Paul A. Levin
MUSIC: Joseph S. Debeasi

 


Directors
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Kate Logan

Director, "Kidnapped for Christ"
Kate S. Logan recently wrapped her debut documentary, Kidnapped For Christ, which won the Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival and will air on Showtime in July 2014. Logan, who has a propensity for filming in gritty locations, is now gearing up to shoot her next feature documentary following Haitian distance runners as they train for Haitiʼs first full-length marathon. She is also producing the upcoming... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Paul A. Levin, Producer

Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, Paul has led a storied career in over 20 years of filmmaking. Beginning at CBS Entertainment, Paul was fortunate enough to work on a number of Emmy and Peabody Award-winning projects. Paul left CBS and began a journey that would have him working with filmmaking legends. He has worked on such movie classics as The Birdcage, Sleepless in Seattle, The Sixth Sense, The Departed and many others. His... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

Screenwriting Class: Hollywood is Everywhere: Today (And Tomorrow) w/ Randall Jahnson
Limited Capacity seats available

So youʼve finally written that screenplay - now what? Do you submit it for analysis at on online service like Coverage Ink or enter it into an Internet contest like BlueCat? How do you find representation? Should you pursue an agent or a manager? Whatʼs the difference? Maybe you should just abandon that spec script altogether and make a short film instead. But should you submit it to festivals or just dump it onto YouTube? Maybe itʼs a webseries! Screenwriter Randall Jahnson (The Doors, The Mask of Zorro) leads a discussion with special guests that examines the obstacles and opportunities that todayʼs post-Hollywood landscape offers aspiring and veteran script writers.


Speakers
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Randall Jahnson

Randall Jahnson is an American writer, director and producer. His works include Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, and episodes of the HBO TV series Tales from the Crypt. Jahnson also directed music videos for Stan Ridgway, Henry Rollins, Black Flag, and Minutemen. He also wrote Gun, a Western video game which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards.



Wednesday August 27, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

4:59pm

State Of Play
Limited Capacity seats available

Every year thousands of South Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. It’s a title many young South Koreans dream of. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national past-time. Like most specator sports, this world of eSports rapidly evolved in a multi-million dollar business. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. 24hr TV networks devote entire theme shows to a single player, while teenage girls from Seoul devote their entire teenage life to the fan club of their favourite gaming star.

As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a Starcraft player isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea.They are envied and admired because they do what they love and make a lot of money doing so. Unfortunately few people realise these gamers live a spartan life of training and competition - just as any other professional athlete.

However, a series of radical events has broken the status quo of the Korean eSports scene. First there was the match-fixing scandal, where several high profile players were caught losing games in exchange for money. Soon after that, Starcraft II, a follow-up to the game was released.New players entered the scene and brand new tournaments were established. As eSports finally became global, the South-Korean professional gaming scene faced a clear-cut choice: adapt or perish.

In this story, we follow 3 characters in different stages of their career as a Pro-Gamer in South Korea. For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS: Jae-Dong Lee, Joon-Hyuck Kim, Yohan Park, Kim Jee Seon
DIRECTOR: Steven Dhoedt
PRODUCERS: Gert Van Berckelaer
MUSIC:  Regina Lok Yan To


Directors
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Steven Dhoedt

Steven studied film at the RITS Film Academy in Brussels and graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts. After his studies he settled in Hong Kong for several years where he gained experience as a freelancer producer and director in the local video- and TV commercial industry. In 2003 he founded the Belgian based production company VISUALANTICS, focusing on creative documentaries, fiction films and new media projects. He made his documentary debut... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Gert Van Berckelaer

Producer, "State Of Play".   Gert Van Berckelaer (°1973, Antwerpen) lived in Colorado, USA after his high school where he got his degree in Liberal Arts. Back in Belgium he studied social and political sciences with a specialization in communication at the KULeuven and audiovisual arts at Sint Lukas in Brussels.  After his studies he settled in Brussels and started working as a freelance editor and director for commercials and tv... Read More →
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Kim Joon Hyuk, Film Subject

In the film, Kim Joon Hyuk is 16 years old. He made it to the finals of the “Door to Challenge, and he was selected by the Woongjin team at the annual official draft in March 2010. It was one of the key moments of his life. That day, the Woongjin coach handed him the official team uniform. Shortly after the selection Joon Hyuk left the apartment of his parents and moved into the Woongjin team house in Seoul. However, the real test begins... Read More →
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Lee Jae Dong, Film Subject

Jae Dong began his pro league career when he was only 17 years old.When he turned 18, he was making 115,000 euros per year and was on track to be one of the best players of all time. It was that year that his parents realized they had incorrectly judged the career plans of their son. Lee Jae-Dong is now 24 years old and and already a senior in a game with so much unrelenting competition. What started as a game for Lee Jae-Dong has now become hard... Read More →
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Park Yo Han, Film Subject

In the film, Park Yo Han is 16 and lives with his parents, older brother and younger sister in Cheonan, a city 200km south of the capital Seoul. Yo Han has been dreaming for years to become a ProGamer. With the help of his older brother he could convince his parents to interrupt his high-school studies for one year. Each month he takes part in the "Door to Challenge, a tournament in Seoul where many Korean amateur players come to participate. The... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 4:59pm - 6:29pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

5:00pm

Audio Post 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Ryan Mauk, a professional sound designer and mixer, will discuss how to best prepare your project for audio post and the challenges faced during the mixing process. Topics covered will include: mixing in 5.1 surround vs stereo, ADR, sound design, OMF/AAF preparation, voice-over recording and proper file organization. The workshop will also include a tour of a post production facility and examples of different types of projects.



Speakers
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Ryan Mauk

Professional sound designer



Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Digital One 2112 SW 1st Avenue, #100, Portland, Oregon 97201

5:15pm

Finding Hillywood
Limited Capacity seats available

Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, FINDING HILLYWOOD chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing phenomenon film about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities, on a giant inflatable movie screen. For most Rwandan's this is the first time they have seen a film, let alone one in their local language, "Kinyarwanda." Thousands of people show up to watch films in stadiums next to mass graves, and locations where horrible crimes took place during the genocide.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECT: Ayuub Mago
DIRECTOR: Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey
PRODUCERS:Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey



Directors
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Leah Warshawski

Leah Warshawski is a first-time feature director who specializes in producing documentary-style video content, television shows and short films in remote parts of the world. To date, Leah has filmed in over 30 countries around the world for major corporations such as Microsoft and Starbucks. She has a BA in Japanese language from the University of Hawaii and has worked on a number of Japanese commercials as well as the network television show I... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Ayuub Mago, Film Subject

Ayuub Kasasa Mago is a "fixer", director, actor, location scout and father of four.  His wife Claudine runs a small "boutique" to help pay the bills while Ayuub is coordinating Hillywood every year.  He is a mentor and leader who other filmmakers look up to.  He has worked for numerous international films and appeared in internationally distributed features and specials including Kinyarwanda and Witness (HBO).
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Chris Towey, DP, Producer, Director

Chris Towey has worked in the film industry for nearly three decades, and specializes in production around the globe. Towey has served as the director of photography on feature-length documentaries including BLACKFISH (2013), a Sundance featured film that explores the exploitation of animals for the entertainment business; BEAR TREK (post-production), which follows a biologist as he researches bears and climate change in Alaska and Peru; and... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

5:15pm

Half Brother
Limited Capacity seats available

When his longtime girlfriend breaks up with him, 30 year-old Michael suddenly finds himself homeless. With nowhere else to go, he spends the weekend at his father and stepmother's house, only to find that they're embroiled in a bitter divorce. As he gets caught in the middle of their angry disputes, Michael struggles to come to terms with his place in a dysfunctional family. Starring Stephen Plunkett (The Mend), Dante Bruzzese, Casey Biggs, Christina Haag, and Elizabeth Masucci (TNT's Public Morals), Half Brother is a family drama about finding your home, even as it's falling apart.


CAST & CREW
CAST : Stephen Plunkett, Dante Bruzzese, Casey Biggs, Christina Haag, Jenny Dare Paulin, Emily Kratter, Elizabeth Masucci, Blaire Brooks, Ian Bell, Jenna Laurenzo, Bjorn Thorstad, Edward Furs, Brian Patrick Murphy
DIRECTOR: Anthony Grippa
PRODUCER: Stephen Paratore



TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/87424724

Directors
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Anthony Grippa

Anthony Grippa is an independent filmmaker and photographer from New Jersey.  He graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and earned his M.F.A. in Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.  He also spent two years studying and performing improv at The People’s Improv Theater in New York.  Anthony has written and directed several short films, music videos, and commercials.  His previous... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Elizabeth Masucci, Actor

Elizabeth is a New York based actor who began her career in the theatre. Her first passion was ballet, which she studied until moving to New York City to attend Fordham University at Lincoln Center. While in college, Elizabeth developed a deep interest in the theatre. Within her first two years following graduation, she produced and acted in four plays: "Women of Manhattan", "Rabbit Hole", "Crimes of the Heart", and "Italian American... Read More →
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Stephen Plunkett, Actor

Stephen Plunkett was born on September 1, 1981 in Jacksonville, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for The Mend (2014), Care (2013) and Rolling on the Floor Laughing (2011).



Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

5:30pm

Music at Living Room Theater
Limited Capacity seats available

Get to know fellow film fans and mellow out to the chords of a local band before or after the movie. There's a full-service bar and plenty of good things to eat, from light snacks to actual meals. 


Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

5:30pm

Writers networking at Multnomah County Central Library
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you write for the movies—or want to, or just want a peek at some industry insiders? Join screenwriters, directors, authors and readers in Portland’s biggest and oldest library to network. Put in your two bits or just chill with free snacks and soft drinks. Co-sponsored by Willamette Writers and the Multnomah County Library system. We'll be in the U.S. Bank Room, the first room on the right when you enter the building.

MUSIC: Will Dudley, West African Harp Player


Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Multnomah County Library 801 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

5:30pm

Women in Film Networking Event & Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

WOMEN IN FILM PORTLAND

Come out and listen to a panel of professionals in the film industry. Networking before and after. This is the monthly meetup for the WOMEN IN FILM non-profit in Portland, Oregon. Anyone interested in film should attend and learn from the over 50 years of experience from panelists. Space is limited. RSVP today.


SPONSORED BY: WOMEN IN FILM

 

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com
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Amy Conway

Amy Conway is an artist/writer/mother/spouse/maker living in Portland, OR. Amy is currently working as Co-Producer and Production Designer on Pocket Girl, a local, independent, female written and directed film. Pocket Girl begins filming in October 2014. You can find more about her on Instagram @glacierface, twitter @amytheconway and her website at: amyconwayart.wordpress.com.

Speakers
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Abbe Meryl Feder

Abbe Meryl Feder grew up in New York City, and attended the University of Wisconsin and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her television credits include PUSHING DASIES, CSI:NY, and LAS VEGAS. Film credits include the award-winning indie feature BRAHMIN BULLS, and now SEX ED. She has been the face of Crohn’s Disease, a bearded lady for Gillette, and a number of other glamorous commercial roles. She is an alumnus of both The Groundlings... Read More →
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Tara Johnson-Medinger

Tara Johnson-Medinger has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. She is the Producer of two features MY SUMMER AS A GOTH (2015) and, CITY BABY (2013) and two documentaries: ROCK N ROLL MAMAS (2013) and THE WINDING STREAM (Premiere SXSW2014). She is also the Executive Director of The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) and founder of Sour Apple Productions. She served on the founding board of directors... Read More →
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Alicia J. Rose

Director - The Gift of Gravity
Photographer/Director Alicia J. Rose is known for imbuing riveting story structures and compelling visual aesthetic into her body of work. She has played a key role in visually branding such successful Northwest bands as the Decemberists, Menomena and Laura Gibson and made popular videos for national artists like Mastodon, Cake and Bob Mould. NPR First Watch reports on her video for Laura Gibson’s “La Grande” - "It feels strongly like the... Read More →
avatar for Lana Veenker

Lana Veenker

Cast Iron Studios
Before founding Cast Iron Studios in 1999, Lana Veenker acted in France, England and Venezuela, lived in India and the West Indies, and helped hire European leads for major studios and networks as part of a London casting office.  | Over the past fifteen years, she has grown Portland-based Cast Iron Studios into one of the top location casting companies in the country by working with directors such as... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

6:45pm

I Play With The Phrase Each Other
Limited Capacity seats available

The first feature film composed entire of cell phone calls. Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with his friend Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives in the city, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving.


CAST & CREW
CAST: Will Hand, Megan Kopp, JayAlvarez, Alexander Fraser
DIRECTOR: Jay Alvarez
PRODUCERS: Jay Alvarea, Magan Kopp, Ray Callaway

 


Directors
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Jay Alvarez

Jay Alvarez was raised in a five-car garage in Northern California by his single father. In 2006 he relocated to Portland, Oregon to make a living through high-priced Craiglist sales. Over the course of six years, Alvarez earned enough profit to fund his debut feature film, “I Play With The Phrase Each Other”. 

Cast & Crew


Wednesday August 27, 2014 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

7:00pm

I Believe in Unicorns followed by Q&A with Lead Animator Josh Mahan
Limited Capacity seats available

I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS takes us on a road trip through the stunning and complex landscape of troubled young love. Davina is an imaginative and strong-willed teenage girl who often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life. Having grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother, she looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy. Davina is swept into a whirlwind of romance and adventure, but the enchantment of her new relationship quickly fades when Sterling’s volatile side begins to emerge. 


CAST & CREW
CAST: Natalie Dyer, Peter Vack, Julia Garner
DIRECTOR: Leah Meyerhoff
PRODUCER: Heather Rae
MUSIC: Sasha Gordon


Directors
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Leah Meyerhoff

Director, "I Believe In Unicorns"
Leah Meyerhoff's debut feature film I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS premiered in competition at SXSW 2014 and continues to travel the film festival circuit. Her previous short films have screened in over 200 film festivals, won a dozen awards, and aired on IFC, PBS, LOGO and MTV. She has been shortlisted for the Student Academy Awards and Gotham Awards and received high profile grants from IFP, the Tribeca Film Institute and the Adrienne Shelly Foundation... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Natalie Dyer, Actor

Natalia Dyer recently completed filming the sci-fi drama AFTER DARKNESS (fka RAYS OF LIGHT), directed by Terrence Malick collaborator Batan Silva and starring Kyra Sedgwick and Tim Daly as her parents. Natalia will next be seen in the supernatural thriller THE BETWEEN alongside Joel Courtney and Isabelle Fuhrman from producer Susan Johnson. Natalia's other credits include Roadside Attractions' BLUE LIKE JAZZ starring Marshall Allman, Claire... Read More →
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Josh Mahan

Lead animator on I Believe in Unicorns.



Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

7:00pm

Find Your Way
Limited Capacity seats available

A busker turned filmmaker takes us inside the world of street muscians.  Filmed over the course of three years, five talented artists bare all as they cope with "making it" in a society driven relentlessly by the allure of fame.  While some dream of more, others are resigned to life on the street, and even embrace it. Featuring 90's rocker Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the USA and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, this journey will make you think twice about who you are passing on the street. 


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS:   Joshua Bell, Chris Ballew, Whitney Mongé, Gregory Paul, Emery Carl, Sadie Ava
DIRECTOR: Brian Nunes

 

Directors
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Brian Nunes

Director, "Find Your Way"
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Brian spent his young professional years in Information Technology - something he was good at but eventually bored with.  Living in Austin after college, he could no longer stand the networkmanagement job and sold everything to travel the country busking and pondering life. In Seattle he began producing film and television, utilizing a film studies background from the... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Chris Ballew

Chris Ballew was twice Grammy-nominated songwriter and lead singer for the four times platinum rock and roll band The Presidents of the United States of America. As his alter ego, Caspar Babypants, he makes high quality, thoughtful, simple, acoustic sing along songs for parents and kids of all ages to enjoy together.
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Joshua Bell, Film Subject

JOSHUA BELL is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." Recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.



Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

7:00pm

Copenhagen
Limited Capacity seats available

After weeks of traveling through Europe the immature William finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen. Not just another European city, Copenhagen is also the birthplace of his father. When the youthful Effy befriends the older William they set off on an adventure to find William’s grandfather. Effy’s mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges William unlike any woman ever has. As the attraction builds and William truly connects with someone for the first time in his life, he must come to grips with destabilizing elements of his family’s sordid past.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Olivie Grant, Tamzin Merchant, Mille Dinesen, Baard Owe, Gordon Kenney 
DIRECTOR: Mark Raso
PRODUCERS: Mauro Mueller, Mette Thygesen
COMPOSER: Agatha Kaspar

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/B7omdA1xWKU

Directors
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Mark Raso

Director, "Copenhagen"
Mark Raso is a Writer/Director from Toronto, Canada. Mark has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Student Academy Award (Oscar®) Gold Medal for his short film "Under" in 2012. Mark has also been awarded the David Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing and The Hollywood Foreign Press Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. In 2013 he was named to the Tracking Boards "Young and Hungry" list. He has made... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Gethin Anthony, Actor

Gethin Anthony is an English actor who studied English Literature at Oxford University's Balliol College and was President of the Oxford University Drama Society, before training at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He has appeared in “Ten Days to War” and “Doctors”, and played Renly Baratheon in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”.
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Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Actor

Only nineteen years old, Frederikke Dahl Hansen is a shooting star in Denmark. She has been nominated twice for a Bodil Award (Danish Film Awards). Once for Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Rebounce” in 2012, and one year later in 2013, she won the Bodil award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film “You and Me Forever”. “Copenhagen” is her first International and English speaking film.
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Mauro Mueller, Producer

Mauro Mueller is a Swiss-Mexican narrative filmmaker with an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University in New York. His short film "Un mundo para Raúl" ("A World for Raúl") won numerous awards including the Student Academy Award (Oscar®) in 2013. His films have screened at a 100+ festivals and have won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Big Beach Best Directing Award, the IFP Audience Choice Award. Mauro was part of the... Read More →
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Mette Thygesen, Producer

Mette Thygesen is a filmmaker from Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a Masters degree in Communication and International Development from Roskilde University in Denmark and she also studied film at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada. She has worked, written articles and made documentaries in the Palestinian Territories, post-war former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone. She focuses on telling stories with a social... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

7:00pm

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - 25th Anniversary Screening with Screenwriters
Limited Capacity seats available

Come celebrate the 25 year anniversary with the creators and writers of the cult classic Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Q&A with the writers to follow screening.

Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam. With the help of Rufus an ultra-cool messenger in a time traveling phone booth, the triumphant two-some bag a bevy of historical heavy weights like the "Bodacious Philosopher Socrates, "One Very Excellent Barbarian" Genghis Khan, the "Short Dead Dude" Napoleon and Noah's Wife Joan of Arc to stage the most hysterical high school project ever. History's about to be rewritten by two guys who can't even spell.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3fx6TugN7g

Screenwriters/Crew in attendance:
 Chris Matheson

Moderated by: Randall Jahnson (screenwriter of the Doors movie with Val Kilmer)





Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

7:30pm

Screenwriting and Independent Filmmaking
Limited Capacity seats available

If you can't write a story on paper, how do you expect to make it on film? Portland-based author Jon Raymond's first novel brought his work to the attention of Kelly Reichardt and together they made four movies, including MEEK'S CUTOFF and NIGHT MOVES. Joining Raymond to discuss how a story becomes a movie, we have Bend Film Festival best screenplay winner Steve Doughton (BUOY), Jon Garcia (THE FALLS), Brian Padian (the black sea), and Darcy Miller (A HUNDRED EIGHTY DEGREES).

Moderators
VP

Vu Pham

Director - Baby Ipecac, My Brother, Waiting
Vu’s filmmaking adventures started at a much later point in life than many of his heroes and colleagues. The journey thus far has been circuitous and unconventional but promising. His first short film was accepted into the 2011 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. His subsequent short film projects have been incremental developments for the feature film vision, Sway of the Knife. The work produced from this process has... Read More →

Speakers
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Steve Doughton

Steven Doughton is a writer and director from Portland, Oregon. He studied drawing and painting in college and in 1983, moved to New York's East Village where he soon began making short films. In 1986 Doughton and artist David Wojnarowicz collaborated on the short film Around Clown. Doughton has directed music videos for Aphex-Twin, The Voluptuous Horror Of Karen Black and Marianne Nowottny. He was a cinematographer for Iara Lee's documentary... Read More →
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Jon Garcia

Jon Garcia is the writer and director of Tandem Hearts, The Falls, The Falls: Testament of Love, and The Hours till Daylight. He's also a songwriter and musician. Lake Productions is a production company founded by Garcia in 2009 and based in Portland, Oregon.
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Darcy Miller

See in the Dark Productions
Darcy Miller is Owner/Executive Producer at See in the Dark Productions. Her work include the film  A Hundred and Eighty Degrees, which she also produced, and the adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s Caroline’s Wedding, which was a finalist at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. As an actress, her work includes the cult hit Morris County. Darcy lived in and worked on plays and films in NYC, LA, and London before moving to Portland. Her film The... Read More →
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Brian Padian

Brian is a writer/director based in Portland, Oregon. He studied filmmaking at Humboldt State University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. After graduating he apprenticed with screenwriter Barbara Turner and later worked at Castle Rock Entertainment. Brian received a Regional Arts & Culture Council Project Grant for his short film noir, The Big Black Dark, and another for his debut feature film, the... Read More →
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Jon Raymond

Jon Raymond is an American writer living in Portland, Oregon. His books include The Half-Life, Livability, and Rain Dragon. He wrote the short stories and screenplays for the films Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy (both directed by Kelly Reichardt). He also wrote the screenplays for Meek's Cutoff and Night Moves, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his teleplay writing on the HBO miniseries, Mildred Pierce.


Wednesday August 27, 2014 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

8:30pm

Shorts Block 2: Decisions
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 2: Decisions 

06 min -- “Moppet by Dave Hill: After finishing packing, the only thing left to do before John's big move is to sell his cat Moppet. Delonda, a large African-American woman, barges into his home after responding to his classified ad. After some painful bargaining, John reluctantly agrees to sell his cat to her.

05 min -- “Level 1457 Last by Xabier Urrutia Perez: A worker of Persephone solar energy maintenance is fixing the solar cylinders when he discovers a hole that may lead to the frozen surface. No human has been up there for centuries, and leaving the safety of his subterranean world could cost him his life. Will he make this ultimate sacrifice to see the sky just once in his life? (Animation, Spain)

10 min -- “Yeti Assassin by Austin Baker: All Yeti wants to do is fit in. However, he is too big! Cars, chairs, doorways -- nothing is designed to accommodate his size. Even his dreams of becoming an Ultimate Fighter are dashed, as he greatly exceeds the maximum weight allowed in the sport. His last hope is to find his niche as a master assassin, because surely a gigantic yeti can be an effective, state licensed murderer.

19 min -- “O Jogo by Pedro Coutinho: After an argument during a road trip to the countryside, Julia and Fred begin a sexual game with definitive consequences for their relationship and their lives.  (Brazil)

07 min -- “Things I Have Learned About Sex and Dogs by Janet Duncan: In a series of vignettes, a young woman delivers relationship advice gleaned from the wisdom she has learned from her past boyfriends and her loyal dog.

13 min -- “A Hundred Eighty Degrees by James Westby:  Lily travels to her boyfriend's funeral only to discover she never loved him. To find real love, she'll have to go a hundred eighty degrees to answer the question: if there were one thing we could do that would change our life in an instant... would we do it?

05 min -- “Liberty by Lanzhuan Jian: It is a typical day in Los Angeles for a typical immigrant at a typical job seeking the American Dream. Jose Guadalupe wants to climb the ranks of his humble insurance sales job, but his ruthless rival Xavier Jose will stop at nothing to get there first. Jose Guadalupe must decide if he will follow in the footsteps of America's past and fight for justice, Honor and Liberty. (Student film)

15 min -- “The House at the Edge of the Galaxy” by Gleb Osatinski: A young boy is visited by a travel-weary cosmonaut and awakens to the magic waiting to be discovered in an old, abandoned house.

13 min -- “Paper Wrap Fire by Raymond Yeung: A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.

04 min -- “Loving Myself - Hairy Soul Man by Kai Smythe: An anthem of self love by award winning Comedian/Musician Kai Smythe (A.K.A Hairy Soul Man) uses hand drawn props and sets with trick photography.  Hairy Soul Man shows the human race just how important it is to love yourself.

 

 


Directors
AB

Austin Baker

Austin Baker works in Digital Effects, Director, Editor, Sound Editor A graduate in video and film production at the Art Institute of Portland, Austin spends each breath conceptualizing, drawing and realizing a variety of films. He specialized as a director of photography and is also very skilled in motion graphics, and all other filmmaking skills.
DH

Dave Hill

Director, “Moppet”
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Gleb osatinski

Director - The Quantified Self, Inner Film
Filmmaker by heart.
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James Westby

Called "a wizard of concision and a master of discomfort" by the New York Times, James Westby is an independent filmmaker from Portland, OR. He writes, directs, and edits provocative films with economical budgets and no compromises. And big laughs! His features include FILM GEEK , THE AUTEUR, and RID OF ME. Westby's work has shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortsfest, and many many... Read More →
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Janet Duncan

Janet Duncan writes funny stories about the weird and crazy things that real people do. This is her first story about dogs. She is actually a cat person. She is a first time director, and most of the vignettes from this film are true – mortifying when they happened, maddening in hindsight, hilarious on film. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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Kai Smythe

Director, “Loving Myself - Hairy Soul Man”
After making independent shorts for around 5 years, Kai Smythe was accepted into Victorian College of Arts film school where he won ‘Best 2nd Year Production’ and ‘Best cinematography’ at the VCA awards. After graduating he started work on a feature documentary titled ‘Lost on the road to Shangri La’ about two musical comedians who travel though Asia to write their new musical, which is still in... Read More →
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Lanzhu Jian

Director, “Liberty”
Lanzhu Jian is a filmmaker from the Miao Minority Culture in the Southwest of China. When she turned 16, she quit high school and moved to Beijing on her own, to study art in order to pursue her dreams of being an artist and director. During her undergraduate studies at Beijing Film Academy, she focused on experimental animation, specializing in stop motion and pixilation. When she turned 19, She worked as a photographer's assistant and... Read More →
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Pedro Coutinho

Pedro started his career as an assistant director in feature films and advertisement. In 2008 he directed his first short film, "The Name of the Cat", selected for more than 30 festivals. From 2009 to 2012, he lived in New York, where he pursued his MFA in Film at Columbia University. In the following year, he began to direct commercials, making films for big brands, and he directed the second season of the TV comedy show “Elmiro Miranda... Read More →
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Xabier Urrutia Perez

Director, “Level 1457 Last”
Xabier completed this solo film as part of his junior level CG course at the DigiPen Institute of Technology.  He is now completing his senior year, and finishing his senior thesis project.  He hopes to work in feature films.



Wednesday August 27, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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8:30pm

Love Steaks
Limited Capacity seats available

In "Love Steaks," Clemens starts a new job as a massage therapist in a luxury hotel.  The ladies he massages bashfully fall for his hands and make advances that throw him off balance.  Lara, who works in the kitchen, tries it the hard way.  She shakes Clemens up and brings him out of his shell.  She is the knife; he is the spoon.  She tries to rid him of his fears; he tries to rid her of her addiction.  An unlikeley couple falls in love.  Dirty, bloody, honest.  


CAST & CREW
CAST: Lana Cooper, Franz Rogowski
DIRECTOR: Jakob Lass
PRODUCERS: Ines Schiller, Golo Schultz
COMPOSER: Golo Schultz

Directors
JL

Jakob Lass

Director, "Love Steaks", Lass Brothers Filmproduktion
American-born son of Czech parents in Bavaria, Jakob now lives in Berlin.  He is a trained actor and member of the independent film school Filmarch Kreuzberg.  Since 2009 he has been studying directing at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg. He attended Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008 with his short film BADEMEISTER PAUL. His filmography prizes and festival appearances include over a dozen short films and the 2011 feature film FRONTALWATTE.

Cast & Crew
LC

Lana Cooper, Actor

Lana Cooper is an actress, known for Love Steaks (2013), 102 PS (2009) and Fleisch ist mein Gemüse (2008).
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Franz Rogowski, Actor

Franz Rogowski is an actor, choreographer, and dancer who grew up in Tubingen, Germany. He has known since his youngest years in school that he does not want a job sitting in a chair, so he has studied classical drama and ballet. Since 2007, he has worked with Nikolas Stemann (Thalia Theater, Hamburg), Banality Dreams (Schaubuhne, Berlin), Falk Richter (Volksbuhne, Berlin), John Dullin (Brussels National Theater) and many others.  LOVE... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

8:45pm

Big in Japan
Limited Capacity seats available

“Big in Japan” is a semi-fictionalized rock-and-roll road movie about a struggling Seattle band determined to not fade away. The film, which is based loosely on actual events, follows real life rockers, Tennis Pro, as they travel to Japan- a last ditch attempt to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers.  Director John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) utilizes a fresh narrative approach, guerrilla production style mixed with an international storyline to craft a dynamic and entertaining story where music and film intersect on two continents and cultures to reveal simple - and oftentimes hilarious universal truths.

CAST & CREW
CAST:  Phillip Peterson, Sean Lowry, David Drury, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers
DIRECTOR: John Jeffcoat
PRODUCERS: Jannat Gargi, John Jeffcoat
MUSIC: Phillip Peterson, Tennis Pro band

MUSIC FOLLOWING FILM AT LOLA'S ROOM: TENNIS PRO (the band from BIG IN JAPAN)

FILM CLIP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6URXow0RaAg 

Directors
JJ

John Jeffcoat

Director, "Big In Japan"
John Jeffcoat (writer/director/ Co-DP/ producer/ editor) is an award winning writer, director and cinematographer.  He co-wrote and directed the indie comedy hit, Outsourced, and was tapped by NBC to adapt the film into a 24 part prime-time TV series.  Big in Japan is Jeffcoat’s second feature film which he wrote, directed and shot on location in Tokyo- starring Seattle band Tennis Pro.

Cast & Crew
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David Drury, Actor

DAVID DRURY has been kicked out of hundreds of casinos. A high stakes card counter who played on a successful professional blackjack team featured in the 2011 documentary Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (Warner Bros.). David  is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and in the pages of Best American Nonrequired Reading. He serves as Tennis Pro guitarist and vocalist.
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Sean Lowry, Actor

Sean Lowry is a blur on two wheels. Growing up in a small farming town, he hopped on a motorcycle, threw a gravel rooster tail on his past and hasn’t looked back since. Sean tempered his brash lifestyle into a career as an eccentric and award-winning hairstylist to the Seattle elite.  He is also a Co-producer on Big in Japan.
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Phil Peterson, Actor and Musician

PHIL PETERSON is a Seattle-based composer who studied cello from the age of 3, and began touring Europe as a principal cellist at age 17. Peterson has arranged and played on the three latest Nada Surf records, leading to performances on The Conan O’Brien Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly. He has also shared the stage with BB King, Kenny Loggins, Al Green, Heart, Yes, Blues Traveler, Queensrÿche and The... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 8:45pm - 10:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

9:00pm

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
Limited Capacity seats available

Standing out like one very sore thumb in Tokyo's social landscape of relentless cheer and politeness, Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi, all grown up from the deaf-mute teenager of Babel) is a true misfit and a blatant weirdo alongside the interchangeable perky girls with whom she shares generic office work. Kumiko has a secret obsession: She's found a videotape, and on it is evidence of a buried fortune. Never mind that said videotape is a ragged VHS dupe of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo. With a true believer's fervor, Kumiko will get herself to the impossibly distant, exotic land of North Dakota—barriers of language, money, sufficient winter clothing and reality be damned. Her quest is as pure as it is, seemingly, insane. This is a frequently wordless road trip narrative, with the Zellner brothers' absurdist humor boiled down to exquisite minimalism. It's peopled with characters whose warmth is only heightened by Kumiko's impenetrable oddity. The result requires patience, but rewards with droll enchantment. Not the least of its pleasures are Sean Porter's widescreen photography and an original score by the Octopus Project. 

CAST & CREW
CAST:  Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard
DIRECTOR: David Zellner
PRODUCERS:  Nathan Zellner, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson, Andrew Banks, Jim Burke

 

Directors
DZ

David Zellner and Nathan Zellner

http://zellnerbros.com/info/
David and Nathan Zellner are filmmakers based out of Austin, Texas. They are known for Kid-Thing (2012), Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) and Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction (2008).

Cast & Crew
RK

Rinko Kikuchi, Actor

Rinko Kikuchi was born on January 6, 1981 in Hadano, Japan as Yuriko Kikuchi. She is an actress and director, known for Pacific Rim (2013), The Brothers Bloom (2008) and The Sky Crawlers (2008).



Wednesday August 27, 2014 9:00pm - 10:45pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

9:30pm

FILMMAKER'S BASH w/ TENNIS PRO at LOLA's
Limited Capacity seats available

No better reason, than networking and hanging out with filmmakers and local Portlanders. Seattle band TENNIS PRO, featured in the award-winning film BIG IN JAPAN are playing following the screening of their film. Don't miss this amazing music group before they jet back to JAPAN.


Wednesday August 27, 2014 9:30pm - Thursday August 28, 2014 11:30pm
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

10:15pm

Rezeta
Limited Capacity seats available

Rezeta is a carefree 21 year old model. Born in Kosovo, she traveled the world through modeling and chose Mexico City as her new home. Rezeta's partying lifestyle changes when she meets Alex who is cleaning her trailer during a commercial shoot. Their undeniable chemistry causes their friendship to grow into a complicated relationship. Rezeta has to either commit to Alex and Mexico City, or continue with her whimsical, jet-setting life.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Rezeta Velui  | Roger Mendoza | Emiliano Becerril  | Sebastián Cordoba  | Paulina Dávila   
DIRECTOR: Luis Fernando Frías de la Parra
PRODUCERS: Moisés Cosío  | Gerardo Gatica  | Alejandro Saevich 
MUSIC: Mariana Uribe

Directors
FF

Fernando Frias

Born and raised in Mexico City, Fernando was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to complete a Masters in Fine Arts by Columbia University in New York City. He has worked as a director, cinematographer, and editor for short films, TV series and art projects (Fernando's collaborations as a cinematographer include the work of artist Cyprien Gaillard). His documentary Calentamiento local was awarded the prize for Best Digital Film at FICCO... Read More →

Cast & Crew
RV

Rezeta Veliu, Actor

Rezeta Veliu is an actor, known for Rezeta (2012), A Very Big Mistake 1.0 (2012) and The Watch Party (2014). 



Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

10:15pm

Love In The Sixties
Limited Capacity seats available

Love In The Sixties is a documentary about the 'First Lady of Keeping Austin Weird' movement -- Aralyn Hughes, who becomes a performance artist/solo performer at the age of 65 after a 35 year business career.  A staunch feminist and former director of the first abortion clinic in Austin, Aralyn takes a walk on the wild side when she places an ad in the Austin Chronicle that reads: "Dominatrix wannabe, a Bette Midler with a whip looking for quirky submissive to look but not touch ..." Overwhelmed by responses, Aralyn sets off on a whole new life journeythat gets her pondering: is this s retirement option, or an unexpected means of finding love and sharing her crone wisdom.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECT: Aralyn Hughes
DIRECTOR: Amparo Garcia-Crow
PRODUCERS: Amparo Garcia-Crow, Aralyn Hughes

Directors
AG

Amparo Garcia-Crow

Amparo Garcia-Crow is a multi-disciplinary artist who acts, sings, directs and writes plays, screenplays and songs. Her most recent film "Death Rattle" which she wrote and produced premiered at the Los Angeles Latino International and Cine las Americas.  And her half hour film, “Loaves and Fishes” (which she also stars in) aired on the PBS series “Territories”, after premiering at SXSW and the Los Angeles Latino... Read More →

Cast & Crew
AH

Aralyn Hughes, Film Subject

For over 33 years Aralyn has been an icon in Austin helping to keep the city as bright, colorful, and unique as she is.  Aralyn is one of Austin’s favorite “Keep Austin Weird” characters, featured on HGTV, Discovery Channel, both national and local CBS networks, various radio stations, and local venues like Zachary Scott Theater. She is co-author of IN THE WEST, one of the longest running monologue shows in Austin... Read More →



Wednesday August 27, 2014 10:15pm - Thursday August 28, 2014 12:00am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

11:00pm

SKANKS
Limited Capacity seats available

In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” “Skanks” follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obessed Alabama.

CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS: Community theater group in Birmingham, Alabama
DIRECTOR: David McMahon
PRODUCER: David McMahon
MUSIC: Flannery Hooks, Christoph Hooks, Billy Ray Brewton

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/SGbUgjIQuwc

Directors
DM

David McMahon

Director, "Skanks"
David McMahon is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. “Skanks” is his first film as a solo director. He previously co-directed “Bayou Blue” with Alix Lambert. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California-San Diego and co-founded Apparition Productions, which produced both “Appartion” by Anne Washburn and “Deathbed” by Mark Schultz Off-Broadway.



Wednesday August 27, 2014 11:00pm - Thursday August 28, 2014 12:30am
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
 
Thursday, August 28
 

10:00am

Coffee Chat w/ Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to the filmmakers talk about today's movies—let the backstories help you decide which films to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. If you're not, dress nice. 

FREE coffee and snacks. 

Sponsored by OMPA, Pro Photo Supply and Canon.

Thursday August 28, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge w/ WIFI, snacks, afternoon pint and live music
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reserved Ringler’s Pub for the duration of the festival to give filmmakers a place to meet each other, fuel up on northwest pub fare and locally-brewed pints, or maybe even get some work done. The Filmmakers’ lounge is one of the most popular perks of the event—a central destination for industry professionals, actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, filmmakers, financial decision makers, and their guests.

You can join in filmmaking forums at the lounge, enjoy live music, ask our amazing volunteers for help and information, or just hang out. We expect about 2,000 people to wander through over the week.

Ringler’s sits beneath the floating-floored Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room in downtown Portland. It’s named for the ballroom’s founder, dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler, and features a high wood-beamed ceiling, massive mosaic-tiled bar, and the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.

The hospitality of our Lounge echoes the founding principles of accessibility, openness and play that put the Portland Film Festival in a class of its own.

LIVE MUSIC (4-5pm): Live Local Band 

TO BE A LOUNGE PARTNER, CONTACT US: support@portlandfilmfestival.com


 



Thursday August 28, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

Obama Mama
Limited Capacity seats available

Obama Mama - Nominated for Documentary Award, Seattle International Film Festival 2014

The most powerful man in the world says he owes everything to his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama. She was an extraordinary and charismatic woman, who lived a full life, moving halfway around the world, yet remaining a true American both participating in making a better world and observing it with intelligent eyes. Stanley Ann's personal and public life mirrored (and often presaged) the important political, cultural and social changes of her time. From the Cold War fears, to the Civil Rights movement, Feminism and the United States' presence abroad, Ann Dunham's journey from a small town in Kansas to the remote villages of Indonesia, taught her what it truly means to be an American.

TRAILER: http://www.movieweb.com/movie/obama-mama/trailer


CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Stanley Ann Durham
DIRECTOR: Vivian Norris
PRODUCERS: Vivian Norris, Brian Woods

 

Directors
VN

Vivian Norris

Director, Writer, VIGILANTE-VNM PRODUCTIONS
Vivian Norris is based in Paris and holds a PhD, focusing on Cinema Studies, and wrote a dissertation on Globalisation and Media. Currently she is an independent producer on a feature film about Muhammad Yunus and Microcredit as well as directing and producing a documentary on the life of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham. She has directed/produced shorts, docs and written screenplays since 1990.



Thursday August 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

12:00pm

The Umbrella Man
Limited Capacity seats available

The Umbrella Man marks the feature film debut by commercial film veterans and brothers, Michael and Joseph Grasso.

Set in 1983 Pittsburgh, PA, Peter and Annie Brennan face the tragic death of their young son.

The boy's death and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, kindles a conspiratorial paranoia in Peter that threatens his sanity, and marriage.

While trying to discover more about the killer of his son, Brennan becomes fixated on the story of The Umbrella Man, a suspected shooter in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His decent into the underworld of conspiracy theorist sub-culture provides a place of emotional refuge for Peter, yet also contributes to his psychological undoing.

From a Moose Lodge in Swissvale PA, to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, The Umbrella Man is one couples story of love, loss, and the 'against all odds' survival of their relationship.

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyO4SRNE47Q

CAST & CREW
CAST: Carter Roy, Rachael Carpani, Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, Kevin, Crowley
DIRECTOR: Michael Gasso
PRODUCERS: Phillip Barnett, Travis W. Cox, Joe Grasso, Michael Grasso, Robert A. Miller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Phillip Edelmann, Ronald Lindblom, Brenda Markstein, Barbara Polous, Troy Rydalch
COMPOSER: Alexander Janko

 

Directors
MG

Michael Grasso

Director, GSquared
Michael Grasso is an award winning director with over 40 years of experience. Having garnered major awards and worldwide recognition for his work in advertising, Michael turned his focus towards narrative filmmaking. THE UMBRELLA MAN  penned by Michael and his brother Joseph, marks his feature film debut. |  Born in Rome, New York, Michael grew up in Sacramento, Ca. where he began shooting film at age 13.  He first professional job came in... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

12:00pm

Screenwriting Class: VISUAL STORYTELLING presented by Willamette Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

VISUAL STORYTELLING
Sure, your dialogue's great, but description is 50% of your screenplay and film is a visual medium. Is half your script in trouble? Technique-based class with 25 ways to improve description, create hidden camera angles, tell your story visually. Decisions, metaphors, symbolism, why pictures are worth a thousand words.

Speakers
WC

William C. Martell

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe. Last year William C. Martell handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 produced screenplays that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong... Read More →


Thursday August 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

1:45pm

Refugees of Shangri-la
Limited Capacity seats available

The Refugees of Shangri-La reveals the tragic plight of the 107,000 refugees from the most unlikely of places. The Kingdom of Bhutan, creators of Gross National Happiness and revered by many as 'the last shangri la' or 'peaceful land' has created the largest number of refugees in relationship to it population in history. 

Today, for the first time, we hear the stories of the refugees as they recount their happy lives in Bhutan, their painful eviction, the twenty long years of struggle, living life as a refugee in Nepal and finally, their decision to brave a new course and seek a future in a place called America.

The film follows a population from the remote corners of the world as they pack up for a journey that will scatter them across the sea into the buzz of western civilization. But even amidst their traumatic past and all the challenges of immigration, we bear witness as the Bhutanese take on each new trial with hope, determination and an enduring smile.

Today, America has resettled over 75,000 Bhutanese Refugees and thousands more in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands and so on... This is the story of our new neighbors… The Refugees of Shangri La

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHn1IiaLmoA

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Bhutanese Refugees
DIRECTORS: Doria Bramante, Markus Weinfurter 
PRODUCERS: Doria Bramante, Markus Weinfurter, Adam Fish, Marc Dole


Directors
DB

Doria Bramante

Director
Doria is an award winning actress,singer and dancer from New Hampshire, USA. She has worked professionally in theater, film and voice over in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New England and Europe. | She is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts Drama program. She has trained in classical theater with Tina Packer and modern dance with Pilobolus. | Favorite roles include: Miranda in The Tempest (Theatricum Botanicum, LA... Read More →
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Markus Weinfurter

Director
Markus Weinfurter studied Political and Social Sciences at the Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He focused on international and foreign politics and hermeneutics. He directed and edited documentaries on internationally traveling theatre groups and works as an independent theatre artist and performer.



Thursday August 28, 2014 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

1:45pm

Shorts Block 14: Doc Showcase Volume I
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 14: Documentary Showcase, Volume One

17 min -- “The Game Changer by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.

31 min -- Some Na Ceremonies” by Tami Blumenfield: Representations of Na people (aka Moso) usually center on their matrilineal kinship system, overlooking religion, a central aspect of their lives. The film directors captured important ceremonies ranging from a film festival, to a pig-sacrifice, to a three-day funerary ceremony.  The events are rivetingly elaborate and spiritually meaningful. By avoiding interpretation or voice-over narration, the film emphasizes the partiality of any representational attempt.

12 min -- "Methel Island" by Meg Smaker: A peacock, a musical number on meth, and a trash full of condoms - Welcome to Methel Island. This island in the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco is infested with crystal meth. In the film we explore this lost island and its inhabitants.

13 min -- “Paper Wrap Fire by Raymond Yeung: A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.

09 min -- The Invisible Hobby by Wesley Skotko: The film follows enthusiastic participants of Airsoft, a game of technique and imagination where players participate in tactical training usually reserved for the military and police. Events can simulate military training, recreate famous battles from history, or derive from pure imagination such as a zombie apocalypse.



Directors
IK

Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple demolition. In Jan 2007, I produced a documentary on a modern day slavery about a family who escaped after being bonded labourers for three generations. My... Read More →
MS

Meg Smaker

Director - Methel Island
Meg's documentary subjects read like a who's who of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. She is currently getting her MFA in Documentary filmmaking at Stanford University.
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Tami Blumenfield

Tami Blumenfield is an anthropologist of China and documentary film producer who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2010. While a college sophomore studying Chinese at Yunnan University, she took a short-term leave of absence to act in a Yunnan Minority Film Studios feature film, Garden of Happiness. Later she was recruited to help National Geographic Television film an episode of Taboo II: Blood Bonds in Yongning... Read More →
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Wes Skotko

Director, "The Invisible Hobby"



Thursday August 28, 2014 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

3:00pm

Shorts Block 3: Ritual
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 3: Ritual

08 min  -- “Blue by Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, Asia Lancaster: A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend. (Animation)

10 min -- “Best Wishes by Stuart Doty: When Richards wife suddenly vanishes, he tries to make sense of a reality that seems to have abandoned all logic and reason. His circumstances are complicated further by a cryptic group of overseers.

05 min -- “Leadfoot by Adam Halverson: Nicholas, an elderly Russian man, is unable to keep pace with his wife's zest for life in her golden years. She goes out dancing at night while he secretly uses his engineering skills to mend the rift forming between them.

27 min -- “One Armed Man by Tim Guinee:  CW Rowe owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin's machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But today is anything but a normal day.

05 min -- “Babylon by Felix van Cleef: A ritual celebration at the seaside.  (Music video)

08 min -- “Boxer on the Wilderness by Alexandra Boyd: It's 1919. A boxer and his opponent fight in the ring, and we see and feel the physical and emotional pain of the young man returned from WW1 who must win at all costs.

15 min -- “Market Hours by Jon Goldman: Randall spends his days imagining the vibrant inner lives of vendors at the multicultural urban market where he works; none more so than Angela.  But Randall's inattention has lead to a string of thefts and soon threatens to cost him his job. A chance encounter with a beautiful starlet provides Randall not only an opportunity to break the ice with Angela, but a chance to prove his worth.

10 min -- “The Moped Diaries by Tyler Nilson and Nick Vitale: When a new bridge is built connecting his island to the mainland, a boy has to come to grips with the change and opportunities that come along with it.  Love of home, love of a partner, and love of family all seem to be falling apart and pushing him towards the inevitable, crossing that bridge himself to see what lies beyond the horizon.

03 min -- “This That Though by Matt Stoops: “This That Though” by San Francisco based musician Matt Stoops tells the allegorical story of a man who desires to get out of his comfort zone and experience life, but he's having some trouble. Filmed in San Francisco with Richard Neveu (Director of Photography). Music was recorded, mixed and produced by Nick Kirgo. Words and music by Matt Stoops. (Music video)

 

 


Directors
AH

Adam Halverson

Director, “Leadfoot”
I enjoy watching lots of different kinds of films. Highly regarded award winners to cheap b-movie schlock all have their charms. The common thread for me is honesty. If a film feels honest and passionate in it's approach and execution it doesn't matter if it's a dra- ma concerning familial interpersonal relationships or an assault on a small coastal com- munity by a troupe of randy salmon men.
AB

Alexandra Boyd

Alexandra Boyd has been an actress for 30+ years in her native UK and the USA before turning to screenwriting and directing. Her acting credits include Mr Holland’s Opus (shot in Portland OR), Titanic and From Paris With Love. She spent ten years working in Hollywood before returning to London in 2006. Boxer On The Wilderness is Alexandra’s second film. It’s a teaser/trailer for her feature screenplay The Wilderness. The short was... Read More →
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Jon Goldman

Director, “Market Hours”
Jon Goldman was born in Boulder, Colorado, the son of a university physics professor and high school English teacher. Jon spent several years of his adolescence in Paris, acquiring an early taste for world cinema, foreign languages and international stories. As a filmmaker, Jon has written about Buddhists in the Rocky Mountains, coffee buyers in the Colombian jungle and a Korean exchange student stuck with an overbearing American host family. His... Read More →
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Matt Stoops

Director, “This That Though”
Matt Stoops writes introspective, moody, and often, haunting folk music. “This That Though” is his first venture into the world of music-video making, and it is the first single from his up-coming album due out late in 2014. He completed his first album of bedroom recordings titled “not up for this” in 2000 while living in Seattle, WA. Stoops, a registered nurse, currently resides in San Francisco with his partner... Read More →
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Stuart Doty

Stuart Doty served six years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. After his enlistment he became a Registered Nurse specializing in Cardiac Telemetry. After working for over ten years in Health Care, Stuart finally pursued his dreams of filmmaking. He graduated from the Art Institute of Portland where he earned a Bachelor in Digital Film and Video. Stuart now works as a freelance editor and videographer in Portland Oregon... Read More →
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Tim Guinee

Director, “One Armed Man”
One Armed Man is Tim Guinee’s directorial film debut. He has appeared in over two hundred roles on the stage, in television and films. Some of the more recognized work include characters in Sweet Land , Iron Man 1 and 2, Personal Velocity, Synecdoche New York, Once Around, and Promised Land. He can currently be seen in the recurring roles of Scott Ryan in Showtime’s HOMELAND, ‘Andrew Wiley’ on The Good Wife, and as... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

3:30pm

SHORTS BLOCK 16: Gravity

SHORTS BLOCK 16: Gravity

15 min – “The Gift of Gravity” by Alicia J. Rose: Four teenage girls set out to play a video prank on an unpopular classmate but find themselves transformed by what they witness behind closed doors.  

5 min -- Modify to Fit by Patrick Murphy: Kendra Bailey, a below the elbow amputee athlete, describes the modifications she has had to make in order to successfully perform a squat clean lift. Kendra relays stories from her everyday life as an amputee that motivate and define her.

05 min -- “Leadfoot by Adam Halverson: Nicholas, an elderly Russian man, is unable to keep pace with his wife's zest for life in her golden years. She goes out dancing at night while he secretly uses his engineering skills to mend the rift forming between them.

19 min – “I’d Rather Stay” by Callista Haggis: An intimate exploration of the joys and challenges of growing older in one's own home and neighbourhood. Told through the diverse experiences of 5 older adults, living in Vancouver, Canada, the film explores themes of fear, resilience, and the importance of building more accessible and inclusive communities. 

15 min -- “Never Again This Flower by Hugo Obregon Goyarroia: Upon discovering that his friend is dead, Hou wanders around the streets that were once the setting of his relationship with him. He is grieving and the metropolis, Hong Kong, resonates within him in a special way.

17 min -- “The Game Changer by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.



Directors
AH

Adam Halverson

Director, “Leadfoot”
I enjoy watching lots of different kinds of films. Highly regarded award winners to cheap b-movie schlock all have their charms. The common thread for me is honesty. If a film feels honest and passionate in it's approach and execution it doesn't matter if it's a dra- ma concerning familial interpersonal relationships or an assault on a small coastal com- munity by a troupe of randy salmon men.
AJ

Alicia J. Rose

Director - The Gift of Gravity
Photographer/Director Alicia J. Rose is known for imbuing riveting story structures and compelling visual aesthetic into her body of work. She has played a key role in visually branding such successful Northwest bands as the Decemberists, Menomena and Laura Gibson and made popular videos for national artists like Mastodon, Cake and Bob Mould. NPR First Watch reports on her video for Laura Gibson’s “La Grande” - "It feels strongly like the... Read More →
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Callista Haggis

Director - I'd Rather Stay
A growing body of research shows a strong relationship between accessible and inclusive neighbourhoods with longer, happier lives, and a reduced burden on our healthcare system. The ability to stay active while aging in our own neighbourhoods and homes has a huge positive impact on individual lives and the economy. It's urgent to better understand and address these complex issues.  Encouraging meaningful dialogue involves identifying... Read More →
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Hugo Obregon and Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Manuel Álvarez-Diestro (1972) is a Spanish visual artist. He holds an Art History degree from Boston University, Massachusetts, and in his work he explores city landscapes around the world with the objective of revitalizing our visual appreciation of the contemporary city through photography and film. His work has been published in numerous architecture magazines and exhibited in different international art venues. He has lived in the USA... Read More →
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Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple demolition. In Jan 2007, I produced a documentary on a modern day slavery about a family who escaped after being bonded labourers for three generations. My... Read More →
PM

Patrick Murphy

Director, “Modify to Fit”


Thursday August 28, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

4:00pm

Actors Workshop: Working with Casting Directors
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting in front of casting directors can be one of the biggest challenges in the industry. Eryn Goodman of Cast Iron Studios leads this discussion on how to get in the door, and the best way to impress them once you do.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com

Speakers
EG

Eryn Goodman

Casting Director, Cast Iron Studios
After graduating with a theatre degree from Western Washington University, driving buses in Alaska and wrangling actors in Chicago at O’Connor Casting, she returned to Portland in 2005. Soon after, she joined Cast Iron Studios, and since then she’s cemented strong relationships with everyone from regional actors to agents, producers and teachers. Eryn currently oversees the commercial and print divisions at Cast Iron, and is... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

4:20pm

Live Podcast Recording of Doug Loves Movies w/ DOUG BENSON
Limited Capacity seats available

DOUG LOVES MOVIES PODCAST TAPING!
LIVE PODCAST-ONE NIGHT ONLY

Comedian Doug Benson (Super High Me and Comedy Central's The Benson Interruption), hosts a podcast where he talks to his hilarious special surprise guests about his first love... movies! To have a chance at winning some prizes, bring a movie themed name tag!

LIVE MUSIC BEFORE PODCAST: Teach Me Equals
PODCAST STARTS: 4:20pm

Speakers
DB

Doug Benson

Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” "Super High Me") has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008 (his most recent release being "Gateway Doug 2: Forced Fun"), plus he has two popular weekly podcasts (“Doug Loves Movies” and "Getting Doug With High"), does the occasional film (“The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled”) and makes regular appearances on “@midnight” on Comedy Central.  Such a busy... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 4:20pm - 6:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

5:00pm

Salmon Confidential
Limited Capacity seats available

When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save the wild salmon of the Pacific Northwest.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/64847457

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: BC Wild Salmon plight
DIRECTOR: Twyla Roscovich
PRODUCERS: Twyla Roscovich


Directors
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Twyla Roscovich

Director
An independent BC documentary filmmaker and underwater cinematographer who lives & works her sailboat making marine ecology films on the coast. She has worked as a director and cinematographer for the BBC Natural History Unit, A&E, and Discovery Channel. She now writes, shoots, edits and narrates her own productions. Twyla's film websites include  CallingfromtheCoast.com, SalmonConfidential.ca



Thursday August 28, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

5:15pm

My Shanghai
Limited Capacity seats available

My Shanghai captures the story of WWII internee, Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon. 

Growing up fast in 1930s Shanghai, the “Paris of the Orient,” Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon was imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II at Lunghwa Camp, where she met Bill, her husband-to-be. At 92, Virginia unveils a deeply personal story of love, loss, art, and the art of survival in this portrait documentary.

Virginia unleashes her wit and wisdom with provocative detail. Every photograph in her album triggers a memory as sharp as shrapnel: “There’s the bridge the Japanese swarmed over to get to us.” “There’s a bomb crater that my mother’s looking into.” She remembers the shock of running into someone long after the war. “His wife was glaring at us... while we were really talking about what had happened to our lives in-between.” She faced key turning point in her life when she and Bill moved to Japan after the war. Instead of bitterness, she embraced the culture.

Interviews with Virginia's daughters, son and grandson show just how important she is to her family today. Her stories weave throughout a visit to the local farmers’ market, to her daughter’s garden in search of the perfect flowers, to her studio as she creates Japanese ikebana arrangements, and to her collection of beautiful woodblock prints. Vivid archival footage, personal photos gathered from family collections and declassified secret documents from the British Archives help illustrate not just the life of one woman, but of her generation.

TRAILER: http://myshanghaifilm.com/trailer/

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon
DIRECTOR: P.H. Wells
PRODUCERS: P.H. Wells, Joan Macbeth, Tierney Boorboor
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ron Macbeth
COMPOSER: Jonathan Geer

 

Directors
PW

P.H. Wells

Director, "My Shanghai", First Straw Films
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor. On the way to marketing her screenplays to Hollywood, Pam discovered documentary storytelling and a love of editing. She created First Straw Films in 2011 and raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter for My Shanghai. Born in Pasadena, her background in design and small business was natural training for independent film production; nine years in the Portland Opera Chorus, less so, but key to her love for the... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

5:15pm

Huntington's Dance
Limited Capacity seats available

HUNTINGTON’S DANCE is Chris Furbee's journey in dealing with Huntington's disease. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival 2014 and winner of the Special Mention Jurors' Award.

Chronicle of one man’s reckoning with his family's brutal hereditary disease. This first person account brings the viewer intimately into their lives. This is an inimitably made love story between a mother and her son. The film chronicles his path: from caretaker to victim to activist over the course of 18 years.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e50WiWgIbxg

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Huntington;s disease, family struggles
DIRECTOR: Chris Furbee
PRODUCERS: Chris Furbee, Herbert H. Bennett, Debra Sugarman, Gene Furbee, Sara Kendall


Directors
CF

Chris Furbee

Director
Graduated from High School in 1984 in Philippi, West Virginia. I immediately moved to Mill Valley, California in order to get away from Huntington’s disease, which had claimed the life of my grandfather and my great grandmother and which had begun to affect my mother. In California, I began working towards a career in film. I worked on a independent productions and at a film rental place in San Francisco. I realized I wanted to give back to the... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

5:30pm

Actors Workshop: How to Get & Work with an Agent
Limited Capacity seats available

Everybody knows that to be a professional actor you have to have the best possible agent on your team. Listen to two of Portland's top agents talk about how to win a spot on their roster, and the best ways to keep that relationship running smoothly once you're there.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com

Speakers
CT

Cholee Thompson

Cholee Thompson, the owner & President of Ryan Artists and has been in & around the fashion, modeling, and talent industry since she was a young girl. She stepped out from in front of the camera in 2009 when she took over Ryan Artists Inc. | | This year marks Ryan Artists 33rd year as a full service modeling, acting, styling and voice over agency in the Pacific Northwest. Both SAG and AFTRA franchised, They proudly represent the best... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Troutman

Dennis Troutman

Talent Division Director, Option Model and Media
Dennis Troutman has been in the industry for over thirty years and 2016 marks his seventh year as head of the On-Camera Division at Option Model & Media. Among clients, Casting Directors, Producers and local talent, Mr. Troutman is esteemed as a leader in the NW market. As a member of a booking team that believes in managerial-style representation, his approach to the entertainment industry is personalized, honest, and aggressive. Regarded as one... Read More →


Thursday August 28, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

5:30pm

Music at Living Room Theater
Limited Capacity seats available

Get to know fellow film fans and mellow out to the chords of a local band before or after the movie. There's a full-service bar and plenty of good things to eat, from light snacks to actual meals. 


Thursday August 28, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

6:00pm

MEET YOUR (film)MAKER w/ OMPA
Limited Capacity seats available

Film industry reception with OMPA - Oregon's largest media organization supporting the film industry in Oregon.

MUSIC: Live music. 


Thursday August 28, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

6:45pm

Residue Years
Limited Capacity seats available

There are casualties.There are survivors.There are those that are both.
Set against the world of crack cocaine and gang-banging in Northeast Portland in the late 1980′s, Mitchell Jackson overcomes insurmountable hurdles to become an acclaimed author and creative writing professor at esteemed New York University.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/77373725

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Surviving drug scene of the 1980s, Mitchell Jackson
DIRECTORS: The Ewers Brothers and Mitchell S. Jackson
PRODUCERS: Frank Willams


Thursday August 28, 2014 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

7:00pm

Fight Church
Limited Capacity seats available

FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face? 
The film is being directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Daniel Junge and his directing partner, Bryan Storkel. It is being produced by award-winning producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKehleer. 
Our goal is to tell this entertaining story in a completely objective tone, and to let the story speak for itself. Like the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp, the film will present these incredibly provocative characters in an objective and often sympathetic light. 
We will ask the audience to come to their own conclusions about the connections between religion and condoned violence, as well as explore the growing mainstreaming of MMA in the US, and discuss Christianity in our post-modern society.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAz2jUOmGlc

SUBJECT OF FILM: Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts
DIRECTOR: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel
PRODUCERS: Manoj Chacko, Davis Coombe, Shreehari Desikan, Greg Emerson, Ildiko Ferenczi, Eben Kostbar, Alex Kruz, Chris LeSchack, Dave MacLean, Joseph McKelheer, Drew Plotkin, Paul Proctor, Amy Storkel, Alyson Winick
COMPOSER: John Jennings Boyd

Directors
BS

Bryan Storkel

Director
Bryan Storkel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who loves quirky characters and is fascinated by religious topics. Storkel's directorial debut, HOLY ROLLERS: The True Story of Card Counting Christians played at over 40 festivals and won 10 Best Documentary Awards. | | Storkel has also edited several other documentaries, including THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY, which premiered at Sundance this year. Bryan was born and raised in Seattle, WA... Read More →
DJ

Daniel Junge

Director, Junge Film
Daniel Junge is an Oscar-winning (and 2-time nominated) documentary filmmaker.  | | Junge was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from Colorado College and attended NYU Film School. | | His first documentary feature, CHIEFS, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast on PBS.  | | Since that time, Junge has directed over a dozen feature and short films which have broadcast on HBO, BBC, PBS and over 50 other... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

7:00pm

The Animal Condition
Limited Capacity seats available

Unprecedented access. A fresh perspective. All sides of the animal welfare story.

The Animal Condition chronicles three and a half years of recent Australian history, when animal welfare grew from a fringe issue to a national focus. Four young people take an investigative road trip around Australia. Unafraid to ask questions they speak to all sides, from politicians to activists, farmers, Indigenous Australians, philosophers, scientists and immigrant-workers. Views on the subject change with each new encounter, leading to questions about society that go beyond the treatment of animals.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/98389015

CAST & CREW
CAST: Ande Cunningham, Augusta Miller, Sarah-Jane McAllan, Michael Dahlstrom
DIRECTOR: Michael Dahlstrom
PRODUCERS: Ande Cunningham, Augusta Miller, Sarah-Jane McAllan, Michael Dahlstrom
COMPOSERS: Ande Cunningham, Augusta Miller

PRE-FILM SHORTS: 

Fledged

 



Directors
MD

Michael Dahlstrom

Director, The Animal Condition
Michael Dahlstrom is an Australian director who spent four and a half years creating The Animal Condition. This documentary was the first film to actively investigate all sides of the animal welfare story. He is currently working on the documentary In Smoke, featuring interviews with one of Australia's most notorious stand over men.



Thursday August 28, 2014 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

7:00pm

An Evening w/ Henson & Froud: Lessons Learned & 28th Anniversary Screening of Labyrinth w/ cast
Limited Capacity seats available

Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of Jim Henson's The Labyrinth w/ special Q&A w/ cast

Revival screening of new restored copy of the cult classic. Fifteen-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in thirteen hours.

Includes special screening of Toby Froud's new short Lessons Learned produced by Heather Henson and screening of behind-the-scenes making of video. Toby Froud will be available for a special Q&A following the screenings.

Puppets will be on display. Bring your cameras and dress up for a chance to win a prize. Best costume wins a prize. All ages.



Thursday August 28, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

7:30pm

Books to Film — panel discussion with literary agent, publisher, and writers
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to acquire rights to intellectual property and how writers work with agents, publishers, and filmmakers when their book gets adapted. Literary agent Fiona Kenshole worked with Portland-based Laika acquiring and adapting books and original scripts into movies, including CORALINE and PARANORMAN. She'll moderate a panel discussion with Blake Nelson (PARANOID PARK), Whitney Otto (HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT), Randall Jahnson (THE DOORS), Arthur Bradford (SIX DAYS TO AIR), and James Lucas Jones (ONI PRESS).


Moderators
FK

Fiona Kenshole

Fiona Kenshole lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a literary agent with Transatlantic Agency. In 2004, she became Vice President of Development Acquisition at Laika Inc. creating a development slate of new projects for the animation studio. Fiona has worked with major directors and screenwriters, acquiring and adapting children’s books and original scripts into movies, including the Academy nominated “Coraline” and... Read More →

Speakers
AB

Arthur Bradford

Arthur Bradford is an O Henry Award winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His first book, Dogwalker, was published by Knopf and Vintage paperback in 2002, and has been translated into ten languages. In 2012 McSweeney's published Benny's Brigade, a children's book. Bradford's newest book, Turtleface, will be published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux in February 2015. Bradford is also the creator and director of the acclaimed How's Your... Read More →
RJ

Randall Jahnson

Randall Jahnson is an American writer, director and producer. His works include Dudes, The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Sunset Strip, and episodes of the HBO TV series Tales from the Crypt. Jahnson also directed music videos for Stan Ridgway, Henry Rollins, Black Flag, and Minutemen. He also wrote Gun, a Western video game which was voted Best Story at the 2005 IGN Video Game Awards.
JL

James Lucas Jones

James Lucas Jones is editor in chief at Portland-based publisher Oni Press. In his 14 years in the comic industry he has worked with a variety of creative heavyweights including Bryan Lee O'Malley, Greg Rucka, Stephen Colbert, Yo Gabba Gabba's Christian Jacobs & Scott Schultz, Rashida Jones, and Captain America 2 directors Joe & Anthony Russo.
BN

Blake Nelson

Blake Nelson is the author of many acclaimed books for adults and young adults.  His novel PARANOID PARK was made into a film by Gus Van Sant, which won a special 60th anniversary prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.  His first novel GIRL was made into a feature film starring Dominique Swain, Selma Blaire and Portia D'Rossi.  His new novel THE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH was released this June.  He currently lives in... Read More →
WO

Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels, including How To Make an American Quilt, a New York Times Best Seller adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. Now You See Her was nominated for an Oregon Book Award, and optioned for film. The Passion Dream Book was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, optioned for a film, and an Oregonian Book Club selection. A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity was a Multnomah... Read More →


Thursday August 28, 2014 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

7:30pm

Back Fence PDX: REEL STORIES
Limited Capacity seats available

Our second installment of Reel Stories is a part of the Portland Film Festival!

Our live storytelling format features behind-the-scenes stories combined with film/TV clips from the storytellers’ own work — including outtakes and never-before-seen footage.

This time around we have a veritable potpourri of Writers, Directors, Actors and Cameramen!

Storytellers for this round include: JAMES WESTBY (Rid of Me, The Auteur), BETH HARRISON (The Winding Stream), OCTOBER MOORE (Portlandia, Grimm, City Baby), TG FIRESTONE (HBO/Vice Documentary Series, Portlandia), and CASEY PARKS (Diary of a Misfit, a work in progress).

$15 ADVANCE | $18 DOORTICKETS ON SALE SOON

Moderators
BF

B. FRAYN MASTERS

BACK FENCE PDX
is the Host and Executive Producer of Back Fence PDX, both the live and OPB Radio versions, the Co-Host of Russian Rouelette…and is the PDX Producer for The Moth StorySLAM. Masters also produces, creates and performs in comedic videos and sketches, and was lucky enough to be a guest performer in w00stock 2.1, which starred the super funny Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage, and Paul & Storm. Samples of her literary leanings can be found in... Read More →

Thursday August 28, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

7:45pm

House of Last Things w/ RJ Mitte of Breaking Bad
Limited Capacity seats available

A mind-bending thriller set in Portland, Oregon about an unspoken tragedy and its effects on a house, its temporary caretakers and the owners, a classical music critic and his wife on a recuperative trip to Italy.

ALAN (Randy Schulman) is a successful classical music critic as reflected in his spacious Portland home. His wife SARAH (Diane Dalton) is an obsessively grieving woman, struggling with an unspoken tragedy, even after months of institutionalized therapy.

Upon Sarah's release, Alan forces Sarah into a trip to Italy. He has already arranged for a house sitter in KELLY (Lindsey Haun), young and lonely for commitment and the better things in life. Kelly is quickly joined by her younger brother TIM (RJ MItte), and her trashy-boyfriend JESSE (Blake Berris). It’s not long before the trio find themselves drawn into a web of disturbing revelations. Jesse suddenly decides to kidnap eight-year-old ADAM from the supermarket. But not all is what it seems with ADAM. There is nothing of him in the news, and from the moment he arrives, he seems to radiate innocent control over its hapless occupants. 

Sarah’s depression returns in Italy and Alan suddenly reveals a horrible truth. But that truth about a boy and the freakish accident that claimed his life, proves not to be nearly as disturbing as just who that boy was. Little Adam clearly in control now as Kelly, Jesse and Tim find themselves caught in a netherworld between hallucination and reality. Kelly and Jesse eerily unaware as they loose themselves to the house. Tim’s future far less certain in a HOUSE OF LAST THINGS.

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/-x7Pofy4arY

CAST & CREW
CAST: Lindsey Haun, Blake Berris, RJ Mitte, Randy Schulman, Diane Dalton, Micah Nelson
DIRECTOR: Michael Bartlett
PRODUCERS: Michael Bartlett, Rene Berndt, Liz Brandenburg, Shelly Heyward, Jon Manning, Kai Shelton, Michael Ward, Tim Whitcomb
COMPOSERS: Alessandro Ponti, Andrew Poole Todd


MUSIC: Teach Me Equals Featuring Vern Rumsey.

Directors
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Michael Bartlett

Director, Cloudcover Films
Michael Bartlett studied at the Juilliard School in New York and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FELL FROM A TREE, a co-production for Tobis Filmkunst and Rialto Film Berlin was made in Berlin 's Babelsberg Studios and earned critical praise in Germany and stateside. It won the AFI Fest Best Editing Award, the Worldfest Houston Gold Award, and was an official selection of the Santa Barbara and Seattle International... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Andrew Poole Todd

Award-winning composer and violinist Andrew Poole Todd, is one of Oregon's most promising young talents. One of ASCAP's "Composers to Watch" in 2011, recently he completed the score for the upcoming horror film Deadly Revisions, and the psychological thriller House of Last Things, starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Blake Berris (Days of Our Lives), and Lindsey Haun (True Blood). Described by one reviewer as “A dark dream afloat on a lush... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 7:45pm - 9:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

8:30pm

Shorts Block 4: Expectations
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 4:  Expectations


10 min -- “Money Shot by Jackie! Zhou: Richie has wanted to direct pornographic film since he stumbled on a Lance Cummaro scene his father accidentally recorded onto a home video tape. Though he has pursued film making in high school, he hasn't quite made anything anyone wants to watch.
When the AV Club budget gets the axe, the club president rejects Richie's pitch to make a porno as the club’s final film. Richie is forced to make his dream movie on his own to prove himself as a film maker.

17 min -- “SUBTEXT by Jacob Pander and Arnold Pander. SUBTEXT explores how relationships are formed, maintained and ended, all through phone texts. This mode of communication has changed the way we express ourselves, allowing the sound-bite and emoticon to determine the fate of our personal lives. Power plays are made with the push of a button as the next text that is sent may decide who has the final say, without ever speaking a word.

01 min -- “Fletch by Zen Freese: An intimate coming of age character study of Frisbee golf legend Fletcher Ferguson, as he embarks on an epic journey to make his mark in the world, and learn what it means to be a man ... in under a minute and a half.

15 min -- “Gage by Keith Wilhelm Kopp: Set in Vermont, the true story of Gage is seen through the eyes of his physician. Life is interrupted the day Gage is injured in an explosion that plunges a rod weighing 13 pounds through his skull. Dr. Harlow saves his life, but brain damage leaves Gage’s world skewed. Harlow attempts to restore Gage’s’ life, while struggling to explain the drastic personality shift to a town of people who, in 1848, do not understand the consequences of brain injury. 

15 min -- “Subsurface Flow by Carl Bird McLaughlin: Wounded by their childhoods, young lovers travel to the desert in search of a holy ground, where the pains of their pasts can be washed away.

12 min -- “Bridgetown by Bryan Tosh: A drug addicted and despondent father, Peter Abbott, awakens from a haze of heroin to find his only daughter is getting married. In an attempt to connect with her father one last time, Emily Abbott sets up a meeting, only to see that nothing has changed. Peter must choose to either continue his path of destruction or become again the father he once was.

03 min -- “Everybody Poops by Chris Buchal: An exploration of the unspoken laws of the universe, to which we all adhere.

09 min -- “Tip Toe by Raquel Bordin: “Tip Toe” is a drama comprised of two parallel stories about the weight of reality on ordinary people.  A little boy, Daniel, dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, but his father refuses to accept it, crushing his only opportunity. 
Veronica, a transsexual, faces complications with her sex-change along with the reality of the death of her childhood dream.

13 min -- “A Time in a Dark Cloud by Rebecca Sgan-Cohen: Emily Lively is spending the weekend at her mother's. Her first night home, she decides to go out to the local bar. She meets a good-looking stranger and goes home with him. The encounter causes her to reflect on her choices as well as her mother's.

 


Directors
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Bryan Tosh

Writer/Director, "Bridgetown"
Portland Filmmaker, Bryan Tosh, was born and raised in the city which his film Bridgetown is set. Bryan was interested in creative writing at a young age. Attending Benson High School, Bryan picked up photography and his love of the camera began. After serving 10 years in the Navy, Bryan finally decided to give his creative side 100% of his focus and returned to writing -- his time it was screenwriting. He attended the Academy of Art University... Read More →
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Carl Bird McLaughlin

Director, “Subsurface Flow”
Carl Bird McLaughlin grew up in the northern stretches of Los Angeles county. He began to study filmmaking at College of the Canyons where he received the Filmmaker of the Year award two years in a row. He later attended California Institute for the Arts for his undergrad. While at CalArts, he completed numerous short films as well as collaborating with fellow filmmaker Mike Ott as co-writer and cinematographer of the film LiTTLEROCK (2011). Also... Read More →
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Chris Buchal

Portland, OR
Chris Buchal, who has an English degree from University of Oregon, grew up reading both classics like Shakespeare and more Philip K Dick and Robert Heinlein than can be considered healthy by today’s standards. His love of film is second to his love of story, and this love can be seen within the very short two-year time span he has been in the movie-making business.   Now it's time to show you a deeper glimpse into the worlds... Read More →
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Jacob Pander and Arnold Pander

Directors,, The Pander Brothers
The Portland based Pander Brothers are a multi disciplinary creative media team who write and direct films and music videos as well as write and illustrate graphic novels. Their award winning feature film SELFLESS premiered at ComicCon International in 2009 and was picked up by Entertainment 1 (E1). The brothers’ music videos for their graphic novel and companion soundtrack SECRET BROADCAST have appeared on MTV and the Brothers’ music... Read More →
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Keith Wilhelm Kopp

Director, "Gage"
Keith Wilhelm Kopp is a film director originally from the Pacific Northwest. His fascination is in crafting dramatic and documentary films that explore human emotion. Before film school, he spent four years in the American Army with one tour to Iraq which provided inspiration for his latest short film, “Gage.”
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Rebecca Sgan-Cohen

Director, “A Time in a Dark Cloud”
New York filmmaker received MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts.
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Zen Freese

Zen Freese, an American Director who lives, works and occasionally plays in Portland Oregon. Don't believe the rumors, Zen was not raised by wolves, and has never leap a tall building in a single bound. He can, however make films, and does so as often as possible. A commercial film-maker by trade, Zen works with some of the world's most prestigious brands. Of humble origins, Zen was reared in the gutters of East Palo-Alto, where the sweet clap of... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

8:30pm

ROVER
Limited Capacity seats available

Rover is Tony Blahd's first feature. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance Film Festival 2014

In their dilapidated church headquarters, a greatly diminished and dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves. Their hapless leader, DAVE, concocts a plan: to quell infighting and give them purpose in life before their deaths, he fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world. There's just one problem: they don't know the first thing about film production.

So they recruit a director, and in the production of the movie, the once-disparate cult members find a uniting purpose. But just as they hit their stride, Dave receives a true prophecy. It's time for them to ‘exit.’

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/qn1c48h0PSE

CAST & CREW
CAST: Steve Siddell, Jonathan Randell Silver, Liam Torres, Reggie Gowland, Natalie Thomas
DIRECTOR: Tony Blahd
PRODUCERS: Tony Blahd, Matthew Thurm


Directors
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Tony Blahd

Tony Blahd is a brooklyn-based director and creative. He has directed a feature film, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and branded content. He wrote/directed Rover, which premiered in Narrative Competition at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. He freelances as an editor and visual effects artist; his most recent project was the 2014 Sundance and Cannes Film Festival thriller Cold in July.



Thursday August 28, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

9:50pm

Music Videos

MUSIC VIDEOS

03 min -- “This That Though by Matt Stoops: “This That Though” by San Francisco based musician Matt Stoops tells the allegorical story of a man who desires to get out of his comfort zone and experience life, but he's having some trouble. Filmed in San Francisco with Richard Neveu (Director of Photography). Music was recorded, mixed and produced by Nick Kirgo. Words and music by Matt Stoops. (Music video)

03 min -- “When He Comes Home by Ben Phillippo: When a 1950’s housewife discovers her husband's infidelity, a neighborhood cocktail party turns into something far more sinister. In this music video set to the retro rock of Boston-based trio Banditas, you'll find the tasteful decor and clean-cut faces only serve to conceal the unspeakable.

04 min -- Adventure Galley’s “Marooned by Martin Melnick: 1950's Earth - resources depleted, economic dispair. A secret military installation seeks to launch a rocket, harboring important individuals, and leaving behind the masses to suffer the collapse of civilization. Assuming the roles of test flight astronauts, the band 'Adventure Galley' must go through a series of medical examinations, survival lessons, and prepare to face the dark unknowns of deep space travel. (Music, Animation)

04 min -- “Loving Myself - Hairy Soul Man by Kai Smythe: An anthem of self love by award winning Comedian/Musician Kai Smythe (A.K.A Hairy Soul Man) uses hand drawn props and sets with trick photography.  Hairy Soul Man shows the human race just how important it is to love yourself.

04 min -- “Wait for it by Juliet Lashinsky Ravene: A collage of living portraits. (Music video)

05 min -- “Babylon by Felix van Cleef: A ritual celebration at the seaside.  (Music video)

06 min -- Gramatik’s “Brave Men” by Joe Zohar:  Gramatik’s “Brave Men” tells the story of an abusive husband and his seemingly beaten housewife. Concerned neighbors call the police to rid the neighborhood of this element.  The husband is confronted by the police regarding these allegations and is hauled away for being belligerent and aggressive with his wife. (Music video)

05 min -- Denoise's "Burning" by Chris Buchal


Directors
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Ben

Director, “When He Comes Home”
Ben Phillippo is a film and television director from Boston, Massachusetts. His films have played festivals and won awards around the country. He currently directs the award-winning news program Greater Boston for WGBH, Boston's PBS television station. Fascinated by storytelling and artmaking in all its forms, Ben has worked in various other media, including music, photography, and design.
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Chris Buchal

Portland, OR
Chris Buchal, who has an English degree from University of Oregon, grew up reading both classics like Shakespeare and more Philip K Dick and Robert Heinlein than can be considered healthy by today’s standards. His love of film is second to his love of story, and this love can be seen within the very short two-year time span he has been in the movie-making business.   Now it's time to show you a deeper glimpse into the worlds... Read More →
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Joe Zohar

I graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema & Photography in 2006. Immediately following I opened up a production company, Moving Box Studios, that is still thriving. I’ve worked on music videos, commercials, short films with the intent of learning every key job in the industry. I’m a hands-on director and believe a leader should have the shared experience of those he is leading. I learned this philosophy as a teenager... Read More →
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Juliet Lashinsky Ravene

Director, “Wait for it”
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Kai Smythe

Director, “Loving Myself - Hairy Soul Man”
After making independent shorts for around 5 years, Kai Smythe was accepted into Victorian College of Arts film school where he won ‘Best 2nd Year Production’ and ‘Best cinematography’ at the VCA awards. After graduating he started work on a feature documentary titled ‘Lost on the road to Shangri La’ about two musical comedians who travel though Asia to write their new musical, which is still in... Read More →
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Martin Melnick

Director, "Adventure Galley's 'Marooned'"
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Matt Stoops

Director, “This That Though”
Matt Stoops writes introspective, moody, and often, haunting folk music. “This That Though” is his first venture into the world of music-video making, and it is the first single from his up-coming album due out late in 2014. He completed his first album of bedroom recordings titled “not up for this” in 2000 while living in Seattle, WA. Stoops, a registered nurse, currently resides in San Francisco with his partner... Read More →


Thursday August 28, 2014 9:50pm - 10:25pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
  • Length 33 min

10:00pm

The Sublime & Beautiful
Limited Capacity seats available

David Conrad is a college professor raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly. David and Kelly's marriage is brought to its breaking point when they lose their children to a drunk driving accident. David's desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: can we forgive?

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z87DL4Fw1E0

CAST & CREW
CAST: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro
DIRECTOR: Blake Robbines
PRODUCERS: Chris Blunk, James B. Cox, Grant Fitch, Cherelle George, Laura Kirk, Marci Liroff, Bob Meiers, Jon Niccum, Jeremy Osbern, Warren Ostergard, Blake Robbins, Kevin M. Slee, Kevin Willmott
MUSIC: Lili Hayden 

Directors
avatar for Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins

Writer/Director, The Sublime and Beautiful
Blake Robbins is an award winning writer, director and actor. His feature film debut The Sublime and Beautiful was chosen as one of 10 narrative features selected from thousands to world premiere in competition at the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival. The Sublime and Beautiful has since played 11 major film festivals, winning 8 awards and receiving another 7 award nominations. Currently picked up for North American... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

10:15pm

Permutations - Collected short films by Vu Pham
Limited Capacity seats available

23 min "My Brother" - A Vietnamese-­‐American man (Michael) wrestles with his ambivalent and estranged relationship to a mentally ill half-­‐brother (Khanh). Through a playful bricolage of documentary and narrative forms, the story unfolds as a lyrical stream of experience and memory. On the brink of a personal crisis, Michael visits his surrogate father, Henry. Their conversations tease out mysteries of Michael’s past and push him toward a haunting reunion with Khanh on the streets of Portland.   

11 min "Baby Ipecac" - Baby Ipecac imagines the genesis of a relationship between “David” and “Patricia,” a pair of self-­‐destructive lovers and antagonists to the “hero’s journey” in Sway of the Knife. It is a bizarre, kinetic excursion into their volatile criminal dealings inside a hotel room. The usual drug deal becomes a hallucinatory web of paranoia, deception, and immanent peril.  

9 min "Waiting" - Waiting focuses on the trauma of suicide as experienced by, “Jessica,” Michael’s love interest in Sway of the Knife. We become immersed in the internal landscape of a woman who watches herself struggle with a spiral of distorted memories. Jessica wanders in a feedback loop through an amphitheater attempting to find her husband but discovers only painful answers.


Directors
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Joe Jiang

Co-Director – "My Brother", "Waiting"
Joe Jiang started directing and editing movies in 8th grade, becoming known as “the filmmaker” amongst his teachers and fellow students. After getting a multimedia degree from the University of Oregon, Joe worked as a music video editor in New York, a television news Technical Director in Eugene and a documentary filmmaker in Portland. His various projects have been shown around the world at film festivals and art exhibits. He also writes and... Read More →
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Vu Pham

Director - Baby Ipecac, My Brother, Waiting
Vu’s filmmaking adventures started at a much later point in life than many of his heroes and colleagues. The journey thus far has been circuitous and unconventional but promising. His first short film was accepted into the 2011 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. His subsequent short film projects have been incremental developments for the feature film vision, Sway of the Knife. The work produced from this process has... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 10:15pm - Friday August 29, 2014 12:15am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

10:30pm

Suck It Up Buttercup
Limited Capacity seats available

When the worlds of addiction, denial, deceit and dementia suddenly collide one night, the collateral damage from teenage drug use is laid bare.

Once an honors student, Jackie Holman is newly addicted to prescription pills. Her father Joe is out of work and in denial about Jackie's addiction. Her mother Ellie, pregnant and working double shifts to keep the family afloat, is also burdened with Jackie's senile grandfather and unaware of her daughter's drug use.

A fast moving chin of events unfolds as Jackie, desperate to get her next fix, lies to her father to get the money she needs. While she parties and waits for her cash, Joe and Ellie race to save her in a clash that brings out cop cars, handcuffs and heartache while testing the family resolve.

Grounded in the economic decline and teenage aimlessness that afflicts small town America, SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP is raw, emotional and uncomfortably real.

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/vBXXshkRDL8

CAST & CREW
CAST: Robyn Ross, Gregory Konow, Lacy Marie Meyer
DIRECTOR: Malindi Fickle
PRODUCERS: Malindi Fickle, Beth O'Neill


Directors
MF

Malindi Fickle

Director/Producer/Co-writer, Suck It Up Buttercup
“Suck It Up Buttercup” marks Malindi Fickle's first foray into writing/directing narrative features. Fickle’s documentary “By The People” (2006), was broadcast nationwide on PBS and won a prestigious HUGO award. Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Time Out NY, Film Journal International and New York Magazine, “By The People” was also ranked as one of the Top Docs at The Jackson Hole Film Festival and The Library of the... Read More →



Thursday August 28, 2014 10:30pm - 11:50pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
 
Friday, August 29
 

10:00am

Coffee Chat w/ Filmmakers from "Blemished Light"
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to the filmmakers talk about today's movies—wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide which films to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. If you're not, dress nice. 

FREE coffee and snacks.

Sponsored by OMPA, Pro Photo Supply and Canon.

In New York arrives a fundamentalist Muslim man imprisoned by his brutal past. His mission: kidnap a peaceful Muslim scholar and kill him. In New Delhi a closeted homosexual girl leaves her orthodox cop father’s home. Her mission: kidnap her activist bisexual lover and marry her. Set in the most archetypal cities of economic and patriarchal control, four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in a battle of identities against unfreedom. The choices they make when they are most cornered in life expose the blemished reality of contemporary world.

Buy tickets to Blemished Light: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blemished-light-tickets-12261172497

Directors
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Raj Amit Kumar

Director & Producer, Blemished Light, Dark Frames
Raj Amit Kumar is the founder of Dark Frames Consortium. He graduated in Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006 where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence.  | | His talent and intellect has also been commended with awards such as the National Scholarship of India for Academic Excellence, and the First Prize in Faculty Screenwriting Award at University of... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Deepa Bajaj

Producer (Post-production, Publicity & Distribution), Blemished Light, Dark Frames
Having studied, performed and worked in India, Netherlands and the USA, Deepa Bajaj brings to Dark Frames her artistic vision as well as business understanding for content-driven cinema with international appeal, with over a decade of experience in performing arts and arts administration. As a dance artist, she has worked on the choreography for the movies Blemished Light (2014), Youngistaan (2014), Commando (2013) and upcoming Zubaan... Read More →
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Damon Taylor

Co-Writer & Chief Assistant Director, Blemished Light
A former U.S. Marines, Damon’s horsemanship been seen in The Patriot, Lord of the Rings, and Gods and Generals. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from SIUC, Illinois in Cinema, he has worked in various departments in over 50 studio, independent and short films; including Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, Ghost Image and Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air.  


Friday August 29, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

10:00am

Shorts Block 6: Flow
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 6: Flow

10 min -- “FLEDGED” by Megan-Paige Hausner: FLEDGED documents five Pacific Northwest falconers with their birds through their daily life and activities. The falconers range from someone that does falconry as a hobby, to a falcon breeder, and to a bird abatement team.

17 min -- “The Game Changer” by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.

15 min -- “Never Again This Flower” by Hugo Obregon Goyarroia: Upon discovering that his friend is dead, Hou wanders around the streets that were once the setting of his relationship with him. He is grieving and the metropolis, Hong Kong, resonates within him in a special way.

13 min -- “Somebody's Mother” by Mandy Fabian: Maggie is perfectly fine with the fact that her mother, Alice, has started dating again. A lot. In front of her. And in front of her two small children. But when Alice springs her latest boy-toy on the family Christmas morning, Maggie's most wonderful time of the year turns into her worst nightmare, and she's left to wonder: who is the mother here?

12 min -- “The Hero Pose” by Mischa Jakupcak: The Hero Pose is a short film about Mia and her father, Joe, who is trying to sell a car that doesn’t run.  As the afternoon progresses, Mia and Joe uncover a lot about their relationship and end up connecting with one another in an unusual way.

04 min -- “PROXIMITY” by Joshua Cox: Proximity is a romantic crime drama in an unusual setting -- an elderly woman's living room. Her collection of ceramic statues have a life of their own. Two figures explore the depths of love and betrayal. Proximity illustrates how spatial relativity shapes our interactions with the world and people around us. Closeness can create the illusion of an unspoken bond, but when challenged by desire it can be turned on its head and shatter reality. (Animation)

10 min -- “GUSTAF” by Yann Caloghiris: Gustaf is a quiet, submissive husband. He has been out of work because of what he calls, 'his condition'. His only point of contact with the outside world is the launderette he visits regularly. This changes when he has a bizarre hallucination. As he begins to draw a connection between the pieces of the puzzle, visions grow in intensity until the truth finally reveals itself.

11 min -- “Chimera” by Luka Pascalicchio:  In apocalyptic world, Allen, a man with a free will measuring machine, is determined to find someone who can score over 8%.  His sister brings in a mentally challenged patient. Allen understands only the insane can display true free will, and when people from outside are about to break in, he has to go down the rabbit hole in order to find existence. Maybe being free simply means being crazy.

 

 


Directors
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Hugo Obregon and Manuel Alvarez Diestro

Manuel Álvarez-Diestro (1972) is a Spanish visual artist. He holds an Art History degree from Boston University, Massachusetts, and in his work he explores city landscapes around the world with the objective of revitalizing our visual appreciation of the contemporary city through photography and film. His work has been published in numerous architecture magazines and exhibited in different international art venues. He has lived in the USA... Read More →
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Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple demolition. In Jan 2007, I produced a documentary on a modern day slavery about a family who escaped after being bonded labourers for three generations. My... Read More →
JC

Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox is an award-winning director, graphic designer, animator, filmmaker, and producer with a passion for developing stylistic themes into compelling stories. Joshua utilizes his background in painting and design to craft tangible, believable realities which he injects with a playful pliability to bend the perceptions of his audience. He has directed videos for the band STRFKR, title sequences on behalf of JWT for The One Show at the... Read More →
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Luka Pascalicchio

Director, “Chimera”
Luka Pascalicchio was born in Switzerland, on Lake Geneva.  He spent his first 15 years there, then moved to Tennessee, in the USA, for boarding school. At that time he’d already been making short personal films for 3 years. He has made more than 60 personal shorts. He returned to Switzerland to finish high school and is now in California, where he is earning a BFA in Film Production, at Chapman University. 
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Mandy Fabian

After graduating with a film degree from Vassar College, Mandy set up shop in New York City, writing the well-received film Tour of Pain & sketch comedy show "The Mecky Stecky Show" while performing and writing with the comedy group The Pocket Subversives, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and co-founding the Noumenon Theatre Company. Currently, in addition to writing the series "Dropping the Soap,” her short film, “Killing... Read More →
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Megan-Paige Hausner

Director/Producer, “FLEDGED”
Megan-Paige Hausner was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon. MP has directed several short documentaries with subjects varying from musicians, artists, impersonators, puppeteers, and most recently falconers. Megan-Paige graduated from the Art Institute of Portland with a BFA in digital film and video. She has a passion for traveling, engaging with people and story telling. So documentary film making is... Read More →
MJ

Mischa Jakupcak

Director, “The Hero Pose”
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Yann Caloghiris

Yann Caloghiris was born in Toulon, France, but spent his early years moving as a family every couple years around Europe (mostly France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK).  He studied Media (including film) and Digital Media in the UK, and made a couple shorts at University, but went straight into a career in advertising. He is now a Creative Director at the agency Imagination. Throughout his career he has created TV commercials, large... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

10:00am

Rezeta
Limited Capacity seats available

Rezeta is a carefree 21 year old model. Born in Kosovo, she traveled the world through modeling and chose Mexico City as her new home. Rezeta's partying lifestyle changes when she meets Alex who is cleaning her trailer during a commercial shoot. Their undeniable chemistry causes their friendship to grow into a complicated relationship. Rezeta has to either commit to Alex and Mexico City, or continue with her whimsical, jet-setting life.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Rezeta Velui  | Roger Mendoza | Emiliano Becerril  | Sebastián Cordoba  | Paulina Dávila   
DIRECTOR: Luis Fernando Frías de la Parra
PRODUCERS: Moisés Cosío  | Gerardo Gatica  | Alejandro Saevich 
MUSIC: Mariana Uribe

Directors
FF

Fernando Frias

Born and raised in Mexico City, Fernando was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to complete a Masters in Fine Arts by Columbia University in New York City. He has worked as a director, cinematographer, and editor for short films, TV series and art projects (Fernando's collaborations as a cinematographer include the work of artist Cyprien Gaillard). His documentary Calentamiento local was awarded the prize for Best Digital Film at FICCO... Read More →

Cast & Crew
RV

Rezeta Veliu, Actor

Rezeta Veliu is an actor, known for Rezeta (2012), A Very Big Mistake 1.0 (2012) and The Watch Party (2014). 



Friday August 29, 2014 10:00am - 11:30am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge w/ WIFI, snacks, afternoon pint & live music
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reserved Ringler’s Pub for the duration of the festival to give filmmakers a place to meet each other, fuel up on northwest pub fare and locally-brewed pints, or maybe even get some work done. The Filmmakers’ lounge is one of the most popular perks of the event—a central destination for industry professionals, actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, filmmakers, financial decision makers, and their guests.

You can join in filmmaking forums at the lounge, enjoy live music, ask our amazing volunteers for help and information, or just hang out. We expect about 2,000 people to wander through over the week.

Ringler’s sits beneath the floating-floored Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room in downtown Portland. It’s named for the ballroom’s founder, dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler, and features a high wood-beamed ceiling, massive mosaic-tiled bar, and the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.

The hospitality of our Lounge echoes the founding principles of accessibility, openness and play that put the Portland Film Festival in a class of its own.

LIVE MUSIC (4-5pm): Live Local Band 

TO BE A LOUNGE PARTNER, CONTACT US: support@portlandfilmfestival.com


 



Friday August 29, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:45am

Shorts Block 5: Wit
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 5: Wit

11 min -- “Whisker by Steve Saussey: A homeless, hungry drifter and his dog discover judging night at a local beard-growing contest. Desperate for the colossal meat-pack prize, but with no beard to speak of, he enters the competition and takes the stage.

16 min -- “The Hideout by Daniel Wahlen: A young girl's life is thrown into chaos when she is molested by her teacher. Through the support of her best friend, she finds the strength to tell her mother.

02 min -- “Sushi Mischiefby Jim Johnson: A stranger shows up at a sushi shop, irking the local punk. Show down! (Animation)

19 min -- “Teal's Legacy by Guy Baker: A young girl seeks to unearth the hidden truth in a family myth. Teal's belief will be tested if she is to discover the key to what will save her family's legacy.

04 min -- “Ain't No Fish by Tom Gasek and Miki Cash: An animated film set to the music and lyrics of Sigman and Russell and performed by Hoagy Carmichael. Animated seals sing the show tune and it's slowly revealed why there Ain't No Fish. Despite the upbeat attitude of the seals the garbage and oil industry that pervades the sea provides the answer. (Animation)

05 min -- “#PDXCARPET by Jeffrey Janoff: In Portland, Oregon there is a strange cult following at the airport. Young locals take pictures of their feet on the Port of Portland Carpet and upload them to social media. The Carpet actually has its own pages that people can tag and post to. It's old, ugly, and outdated. And marvelous. Why are we so ecstatic to see it when we get home?  (Student film)

29 min -- “Down in Flames by William Striblin: Tony 'Volcano' Valenci has spent his career attempting to set a world record. All his friends have world records. Even his ex-wife has a world record. Now it's Tony's turn. Tony is determined to be the first man to blow fire while skydiving, and he won't let anything stand in his way.

04 min -- “Wait For It by Juliet Lashinsky Ravene: A collage of living portraits. (Music video)

 

 


Directors
DW

Daniel Wahlen

From an early age, Daniel loved stories. He ambitiously embarked on writing a fantasy novel in the fourth grade, only to discover a love for photography a short time after. It didn’t take long for him to connect the two—resulting in his ever growing passion for filmmaking. Daniel’s stories are drawn from his experience of growing up in a diverse mix of cultural settings such as the Philippines, Russia, and England. He still... Read More →
GB

Guy Baker

I graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997 with a degree in audio production. I soon moved to Portland where I began my career as a sound designer and music composer, receiving commercial awards for my scores and contributions to commercial campaigns for the world’s largest brands. In 2011, I took a course on the 4k RED Epic camera and was hooked. I haven’t looked back since. With my background in sound and music, my... Read More →
JJ

Jeffrey Janoff

Director, "#PDXCARPET"
Jeffrey Janoff was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon. He grew up in West Linn, and has studied film at the University of Oregon and Portland State University. Jeffrey likes to create comedically audio visual stories that invoke, inspire, and innovate imagination. Although starting out as an actor in Portland, #PDXCARPET is Janoff's first short student film that he wrote, directed, and edited.
JJ

Jim Johnson

Director, "Super Secret" and "Sushi Mischief"
JL

Juliet Lashinsky Ravene

Director, “Wait for it”
MC

Miki Cash

Michael Cash started off as a model maker before moving into stop frame animation. He has spent the majority of his twenty years in the industry freelancing at Aardman Animations, animating on projects including Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, TV commercials and short films. He co-founded the studio WÖNKY at the start of 2007. Michael oversees the animation and design teams and directs the majority of WÖNKY’s work. Recent projects... Read More →
SS

Steve Saussey

Director, “Whisker”
Steve's comedy is intrinsically linked to the funny bone of New Zealand. After graduating from Elam School of Fine Art, Steve was a graphic designer/illustrator before becoming an advertising copywriter at Mojo Auckland and Bates London. A writer and performer on the Max TV series 'Box Dog', he has shot music videos in Hollywood for MTV and directed drama ( ‘Amazing Extraordinary Friends’ and 'Let's Get Inventin'). In addition to... Read More →
TG

Tom Gasek

Tom Gasek has over 30 years of award winning professional stop motion animation experience as an animator and director. He worked with directors Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Animations he contributed animation to Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit short, “The Wrong Trousers” and the Peter Lord / Nick Park Feature, “Chicken Run.” Gasek co-directed and animated the “Inside-Out Boy” for... Read More →
WS

William Stribling

Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, William J. Stribling is the director of the award-winning short films Beyond Belief, Break A Leg, and Down in Flames: the True Story of Tony “Volcano” Valenci and the feature films Lies I Told My Little Sister and Bear with Us. Stribling earned his BFA in Film & TV Production from NYU Tisch and received his Masters in Screenwriting from Chapman University. Stribling’s films... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

11:45am

Shorts Block 17 - Want

11 min -- “Whisker by Steve Saussey: A homeless, hungry drifter and his dog discover judging night at a local beard-growing contest. Desperate for the colossal meat-pack prize, but with no beard to speak of, he enters the competition and takes the stage.

09 min -- "The Kid" by Jeff Winograd: A young boy is drawn into the world driven by the soundtrack of his life and the magic all around him.  HIs journey takes him through a strange world he didn’t know existed and perhaps doesn’t.  Along the way he meets friends and foes, though he can’t always tell the difference between the two.  His experience lead him back to where he started, but his world has changed.  

15 min – “Final Flight” by David Jorgensen: After 65 years on the ground, a WWII pilot returns to the sky. Gene Fowler is a 91 year old WWII pilot who started flying when he was 15.  It was his passion. But after the trauma of flying 33 missions in the war, he never flew again. Until now. Fly with Gene as he takes a small plane up for one last flight, despite the danger he faces because of his advanced age.

08 min -- “Boxer on the Wilderness by Alexandra Boyd: It's 1919. A boxer and his opponent fight in the ring, and we see and feel the physical and emotional pain of the young man returned from WW1 who must win at all costs.

10 min -- “Best Wishes by Stuart Doty: When Richards wife suddenly vanishes, he tries to make sense of a reality that seems to have abandoned all logic and reason. His circumstances are complicated further by a cryptic group of overseers.

03 min -- “Super Secret by Jim Johnson: The story of a super villain father and his daughter. On her 13th birthday, he discovers her deep, dark, secret. (Animation)

05 min -- “Leadfoot by Adam Halverson: Nicholas, an elderly Russian man, is unable to keep pace with his wife's zest for life in her golden years. She goes out dancing at night while he secretly uses his engineering skills to mend the rift forming between them.

12 min -- "Alis Volat Propriis" by Christopher Alley: A struggling writer, a mysterious apparition... is she his muse, or perhaps something else?

10 min -- “The Moped Diaries by Tyler Nilson and Nick Vitale: When a new bridge is built connecting his island to the mainland, a boy has to come to grips with the change and opportunities that come along with it.  Love of home, love of a partner, and love of family all seem to be falling apart and pushing him towards the inevitable, crossing that bridge himself to see what lies beyond the horizon.

08 -- "Ground London" by Dustin Morrow: Ground London is an experimental documentary that explores the British capital with a very specific point-of-view, locked in photography that never gets more than three inches off the ground, along with heavy manipulation of both sound and image, exposing a London seldom examined: a city that moves poetically and with great order when observed slowly and in minute detail.

Directors
AH

Adam Halverson

Director, “Leadfoot”
I enjoy watching lots of different kinds of films. Highly regarded award winners to cheap b-movie schlock all have their charms. The common thread for me is honesty. If a film feels honest and passionate in it's approach and execution it doesn't matter if it's a dra- ma concerning familial interpersonal relationships or an assault on a small coastal com- munity by a troupe of randy salmon men.
AB

Alexandra Boyd

Alexandra Boyd has been an actress for 30+ years in her native UK and the USA before turning to screenwriting and directing. Her acting credits include Mr Holland’s Opus (shot in Portland OR), Titanic and From Paris With Love. She spent ten years working in Hollywood before returning to London in 2006. Boxer On The Wilderness is Alexandra’s second film. It’s a teaser/trailer for her feature screenplay The Wilderness. The short was... Read More →
CA

Christopher Alley

Director - Alis Volat Propriis
For over 10 years I have been working professionally in the film industry from big budget features to commercials, documentaries to network episodic, working in all positions within the camera and lighting departments. In fact I was working full time on season 2 of the locally shot TV Show Grimm during the production of Alis Volat Propriis.  As a cinematographer I have challenged myself to focus on those projects that are extremely limited... Read More →
DJ

David Jorgensen

David Jorgensen is an award winning filmmaker and software developer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his B.A. in Film Production and Theory and has been making independent art films, music videos, and short narratives while developing his career in software development. "Final Flight" is David's first documentary. In the context of the film world, David has not only focused on producing, directing, cinematography, and editing, but... Read More →
DM

Dustin Morrow

Filmmaker
Dustin Morrow is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, author, programmer and educator. He is a professor and the Interim Head of Film at Portland State University, where he teaches courses in digital cinema production and film studies. Professor Morrow’s short and feature films have won numerous awards and been shown in major film festivals and other venues around the world. He has written extensively about film and pop culture for a host of online and... Read More →
JW

Jeff Winograd

Director - The Kid, Hawk Productions
Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College of Chicago in 1993 where he studied film and video production with a specialization in creative writing.  He spent ten years working for the Sundance Film Festival where he was Director of the Technical Operations Department.  He has done extensive work in a variety of capacities within film and video production and post-production.  For the last ten years, Jeff has been the principal... Read More →
JJ

Jim Johnson

Director, "Super Secret" and "Sushi Mischief"
SS

Steve Saussey

Director, “Whisker”
Steve's comedy is intrinsically linked to the funny bone of New Zealand. After graduating from Elam School of Fine Art, Steve was a graphic designer/illustrator before becoming an advertising copywriter at Mojo Auckland and Bates London. A writer and performer on the Max TV series 'Box Dog', he has shot music videos in Hollywood for MTV and directed drama ( ‘Amazing Extraordinary Friends’ and 'Let's Get Inventin'). In addition to... Read More →
SD

Stuart Doty

Stuart Doty served six years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. After his enlistment he became a Registered Nurse specializing in Cardiac Telemetry. After working for over ten years in Health Care, Stuart finally pursued his dreams of filmmaking. He graduated from the Art Institute of Portland where he earned a Bachelor in Digital Film and Video. Stuart now works as a freelance editor and videographer in Portland Oregon... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 11:45am - 1:15pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

12:00pm

Screenwriting Class: BREAKING YOUR STORY presented by Willamette Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

BREAKING YOUR STORY
You have an idea or a character - how do you turn that into a story? We'll tale you step-by-step from finding the "story seed" at the core of your idea or character to growing a screenplay. What scenes will you need? What supporting characters will you need? Making sure all of the story elements are organic. 

Speakers
WC

William C. Martell

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe. Last year William C. Martell handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 produced screenplays that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong... Read More →


Friday August 29, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

1:30pm

Divide in Concord

Divide in Concord is a documentary that follows the entertaining tale of banning bottled water in small town America.  In 1775, Concord patriots fired the infamous 'shot heard round the world' that began a Revolution and defined a nation. Now a local eighty-four year-old woman has waged another seemingly unwinnable battle. For three years Jean Hill has been trying to rid the town of single-serve plastic bottles of water. Complete with strong opposition from local merchants and the bottled water industry, Jean is once again leading the controversial crusade.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS:   Jean Hill, Adriana Cohen, Jim Crosby, Tom Blanding, Jill Appel, Eric Van Loon, All devoted revolutionary re-enactors
DIRECTOR: Kris Kaczor
PRODUCERS: David Regos, Jaedra Luke
MUSIC:  Gigantic Hand

Directors
KK

Kris Kaczor

Kris Kaczor is the founder of 750 Productions, a Brooklyn-based film making collective. After studying film and cinematography at The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan in 2001, he directed two 16mm film shorts that received national and international recognition. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2004 Kaczor has directed and edited feature docs, national spots, music videos and fringe video art. Receiving acclaim for his work, Kaczor maintains... Read More →

Cast & Crew
JH

Jean Hill, Activist

Jean Hill, a fiery 84-year-old widow and mother of four, wants to ban the sale of bottled water from Concord. Her path begins when her grandson tells her about the disastrous environmental effects of the empty plastic bottles.



Friday August 29, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

2:30pm

SEX ED w/ Haley Joel Osment
Limited Capacity seats available

UPDATE: Screening moved forward to 2pm due to director's Q&A

When Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an inner-city middle school, he quickly finds that his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn't exactly equipped to teach them - he's not a well of romantic experience. And he's falling in love with the older sister of one of his students. But Eddie goes off lesson plan anyway, delving into the world of menstrual cycles and sexually transmitted infections. In doing so, he incurs the wrath of the local reverend. 

CAST & CREW
CAST: Haley Joel Osment
DIRECTOR: Isaac Feder
PRODUCERS: Dori Sperko, Elayne Schneiderman-Schdmit, Monika Casey, Stephen Feder, and Jennifer Glynn
COMPOSER: Wolf at the Door



Directors
IF

Isaac Feder

Isaac graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Radio/TV/Film and Honors in Creative Writing for the Media. As an undergraduate, he won the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award, and his short film, RUNNING TIME, played in movie theaters across North America. Isaac started his professional career in New York City, working as a treatment writer for some of the industry’s top commercial and music video directors. Isaac received his... Read More →

Cast & Crew
AE

Abby Elliott

Abby Elliot is the first second-generation cast member on "Saturday Night Live". Her father is Chris Elliot who was featured on the show during the 1994-1995 season. She is also the granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott from the "Bob and Ray Show". | | Before coming to "Saturday Night Live", Elliot worked with current SNL cast member Michaela Watkins at LA's Groundling's Theater. | | Since her arrival on SNL, she has skillfully portrayed... Read More →
HJ

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment (born April 10, 1988) is an American actor. After a series of roles in television and film during the 1990s, including a small part in Forrest Gump playing the title character’s son, Osment rose to fame with his performance as Cole Sear in M. Night Shyamalan's thriller film The Sixth Sense, which earned him a nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He subsequently appeared in leading roles in several... Read More →




Friday August 29, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

2:30pm

Screenwriting Competition Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

Listen to selections from this year's competition finalists read by local actors.

Triskaidekaphobia by Brian Padian. Alex Flatman struggles with romance and alienation in his search to make sense of his approaching 30th birthday.

My Posse’s in the Zone by Jesaka Long. An aspiring writer who grapples with the complexities of love, friendship and growing up when she’s promoted to manage a piercing and tattoo salon in 1990s Seattle.

Pelham Bay Park by John Burdeaux. Two girls meet at a deserted baseball field in the Bronx and are drawn into an absurd and possibly menacing match of wills.

Pocket Girl by Alexandra Blatt. Eager to settle down with her boyfriend, a restless journalist tries to sabotage an online dating assignment without losing her job, her friends, or herself.


Speakers
WC

William C. Martell

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe. Last year William C. Martell handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 produced screenplays that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

Love is a Verb
Limited Capacity seats available

"Love Is A Verb" is an examination of a social movement of Turkish Muslims that began in Turkey in the l960s, The group called “Hizmet”, the Turkish word for “service” or The Gulen Movement after its inspiration and beloved teacher Fethullah Gulen.  Through travels around the world the crew met teachers who crawled through a tunnel to open a school in Sarajevo during the war and the students whose lives they changed and a Sufi conductor whose orchestra is composed of children whose parents were once at war. They met a Kurdish teacher in Iraq who credits everything she is to her former Turkish teachers who stayed during the bombings, in Somalia we followed doctors putting their lives at risk in a place where other relief organizations have deemed too dangerous, a place where they sleep under armed guard.

CAST & CREW
DIRECTOR: Terry Spencer Hesser
PRODUCER: Terry Spencer Hesser
COMPOSER: Volkan Topsakal



Directors
TS

Terry Spencer Hesser

Terry Spencer Hesser is a published novelist, biographer, produced playwright, award-winning screenwriter and recipient of three Emmy Awards. | She has been telling stories in print, on television, and on the stage for three decades, and has worked with people as diverse as Audrey Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, and R. Kelly while doing so. She has wielded garlic for A&E whilst searching for vampires in Transylvania and braved the equally potent... Read More →

Cast & Crew
AJ

Ashley Judd, Narrator

Ashley Judd is a television and film actress and political activist. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the half-sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades, she has increasingly become involved in global humanitarian efforts and political activism. Judd has had leading roles in such films as Ruby in... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

Actors Workshop: Directors on Actors
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, directors will discuss all areas of working with actors and why they love them. We'll cover what they look for in casting, the best ways to communicate on set, and what makes a great actor different from the rest.


Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com

Speakers
ES

Emilie Sabath

Director/Actor
With a performance background and a Master of Fine Arts in Film + Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts, Emilie brings a fine art perspective to directing and performance for her films, designs and installations. A modern inter-media artist, her installation and video works have been screened nationally and internationally at such venues as the The Hammer Museum, the Prague Quadrennial, REDCAT/Walt Disney Concert Hall, and... Read More →
avatar for Jason Satterlund

Jason Satterlund

Director, Big Puddle Films
Jason Satterlund is an award winning film director who has been working on films for over 25 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of production including directing, producing, writing, cinematography, and editing.  He works all over the world directing, commercials, documentaries, music videos, and feature films. Early on he developed his skills as a storyteller and uses them to this day on projects as diverse as sci-fi steampunk... Read More →
MS

Marc Steele

Director, Writer, Producer, Actor, Fantini Cinema
I am a local indie filmmaker with a very strong background in acting. I attended the NW School of Film back in 2008 - 2009. I have written, directed and acted in two short films: Future Pefect and Marvin's Plan. Marvin's Plan went on the appear in six film festivals and won the Golden Kahuna Award at the Honolulu Film Festival. I have also written, directed and acted in two feature films, Wearing Normal and a feature length of Future... Read More →

Directors
ST

Shawn Telford

Writer/ Director, What a Dream INK
Shawn Telford is an actor, writer and director known for Safe Passage (2009), Gimme Music, Gimme Shelter (2007) and B.F.E. (2014). TV credits include guest starring roles on Leverage and Grimm. | Hailed as both excessively ordinary and highly original, Shawn is often told he looks like various celebrities (Alec Baldwin, Jason Giambi, Zach Galifianakis) and is often mistaken for anyone but himself. This is almost nearly but not quite hardly the... Read More →


Friday August 29, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Private Rooftop 1015 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

4:30pm

FREE Live Music in Wallace Park
Limited Capacity seats available

Come listen to bands in the Portland Parks. Wallace Park is hosting this great event.

Bands include: Cooper, Redray Frazier and The Resolectrics 


Friday August 29, 2014 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

5:00pm

Movie in Wallace Park: Wizard's Way
Limited Capacity seats available

Two film school graduates attempt to make a documentary about computer gamers. It doesn't quite go according to plan. A film about friendship, documentary-making and MMORPGs.


CAST & CREW
CAST:Kristian Scott, Socrates Adams-Florou, Chris Killen, Joe Stretch.
DIRECTOR:METAL MAN
PRODUCER:Lloyd Stanton



 

Directors
Cast & Crew
SA

Socrates Adams-Florou, Actor

Writer, Actor, Filmmaker.
CK

Chris Killen, Actor

Writer, Actor, Filmmaker. He currently lives in Manchester. The Bird Roomis his first novel. 
JS

Joe Stretch, Actor

Joe Stretch is a writer, actor, and filmmaker.  His first novel, Friction, was published in 2008. His second novel, Wildlife, was published in 2009.  In 2010 Stretch wrote the first ever Choose Your Own Adventure audio novel to appear on Spotify.[3]  Stretch grew up in Burton-in-Kendal.[5] He studied politics at Manchester University and sings in the... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

5:15pm

The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled w/ Doug Benson
Limited Capacity seats available

Come watch Doug Benson's new movie THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER ROLLED starring Doug Benson and Graham Elwood. Doug will be in attendance.

ABOUT THE MOVIE:
Two Comedians, Doug Benson and Graham Elwood. decide to make a movie detailing their lives on the road.


PRE-FILM MUSIC: Stew and the Negro Problem

Speakers
DB

Doug Benson

Doug Benson (“Last Comic Standing,” "Super High Me") has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008 (his most recent release being "Gateway Doug 2: Forced Fun"), plus he has two popular weekly podcasts (“Doug Loves Movies” and "Getting Doug With High"), does the occasional film (“The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled”) and makes regular appearances on “@midnight” on Comedy Central.  Such a busy... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 5:15pm - 8:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

5:30pm

Portland Film & Video Networking Meetup
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmaker Networking w/ Portland Film & Video Networking Meetup.

Friday August 29, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

6:00pm

Actors Workshop: Improv for Actors
Limited Capacity seats available


Throughout film, television and the internet many of the most hilarious, poignant and gripping performances have at their core the immediate authenticity of improvisation. Currently auditioning actors have become very familiar with requests for “strong improv skills.” This workshop pushes beyond quick wit and wild characters and hones the skills of Strong Choices, Responsive Listening and Authentic Dialogue. Create relationships in an instant, and fuel them with taut honesty that grabs attention and captivates audiences for film/TV and stage alike.


Speakers
NK

Nicholas Kessler

The Liberators
Nicholas is a performer and teaching artist for The Liberators, the host and associate producer of The Moth StorySLAM, and a regular performer and educator for Portland Center Stage. Kessler also writes, creates and performs sketch and comedic videos with the good people of Bad Reputation Prods. Kessler has been teaching improvisational acting for 15 years and will be performing this summer with The Dream Team, The Stumptown Improv Festival... Read More →


Friday August 29, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Private Rooftop 1015 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

8:00pm

BFE
Limited Capacity seats available

Boredom and bad decisions are a part of life in far-off places like BFE. Young and old struggle to live free or die trying. Including Grampa who has a terminal illness but won’t go down without a fight. His grandson Ian, on the other hand, tries to teach the old man how to live, while at the same time, catch the eye of the troubled and angelic Ellie, whose feelings for Ian may be more than mutual. The problem is, Ellie’s popular boyfriend Zack, who like everyone else in this isolated town on the edge of nowhere, doesn’t want to be the last virgin.

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/NVwxAAkpKB0

CAST & CREW
CAST: Hans Altwies, Mark Carr, Will Cowles Meyer, Wally Dalton
DIRECTOR: Shawn Telford
PRODUCERS: Shawn Telford, Sarah MacAaron

Directors
ST

Shawn Telford

Writer/ Director, What a Dream INK
Shawn Telford is an actor, writer and director known for Safe Passage (2009), Gimme Music, Gimme Shelter (2007) and B.F.E. (2014). TV credits include guest starring roles on Leverage and Grimm. | Hailed as both excessively ordinary and highly original, Shawn is often told he looks like various celebrities (Alec Baldwin, Jason Giambi, Zach Galifianakis) and is often mistaken for anyone but himself. This is almost nearly but not quite hardly the... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

10:00pm

Shorts Block 7: Search
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 7: Search

07 min -- “The Ladder” by Pete Fitz: CB Wetherall, scrawny as he is optimistic, is boy in search of himself and love - the act of love, specifically. Clarrissa invites CB for a late night “study date.” CB is ecstatic, however, Clarrissa’s strict Aunt Edna forbids boys from coming over. 
Eager for his first kiss (and whatever else he can get), CB sets off armed with his gumption, a stolen ladder and his fantasies.

05 min -- “Modify to Fit” by Patrick Murphy: Kendra Bailey, a below the elbow amputee athlete, describes the modifications she has had to make in order to successfully perform a squat clean lift. Kendra relays stories from her everyday life as an amputee that motivate and define her.

05 min -- SHK THT X Grace Green, "Burning" by Chris Buchal:Ever wanted to set an ex on fire? Well, enjoy...

34 min -- “The Demon Deep in Oklahoma” by Lance R. Marshall: The lonely lives of a brother and sister living in a remote country home are interrupted when a friend of the brothers stops by for a one night stay. The three lives intertwine in a way that changes them forever as they battle the demon that lives deep in Oklahoma.

01 min -- “Binary” by Andre Silva: A digital brain attempts to understand the two primal opposites from a survey of human opinions. (Animation)

18 min -- "Love Act Truly" by Zen Freese: When two actors find they're fallen out of love, they agree to ‘act' like they love each other in an effort to save the relationship. But ultimately they’re still ‘acting’, and as they find out, that’s never enough.

21 min -- “MISTRESS” by Anja Murmann: A love affair that is easy and fun for Claire gets challenged when another reality of John's life comes in to play through an accidental encounter.

09 min -- “The Heebie-Jeebies” by Todd Slawsby: Finding a mysterious storybook, Liam convinces his mother to read it to him and his sister, Lyla. 

The book tells of The Heebie-Jeebies -- ancient monsters rumored to appear in the night and drag children and their parents into their own nightmares.  As they ready themselves for sleep, the children will discover: something terrifying is under their beds.

09 min -- “The Invisible Hobby” by Wesley Skotko: The film follows enthusiastic participants of Airsoft, a game of technique and imagination where players participate in tactical training usually reserved for the military and police. Events can simulate military training, recreate famous battles from history, or derive from pure imagination such as a zombie apocalypse.

04 min -- Adventure Galley’s “Marooned” by Martin Melnick: 1950's Earth - resources depleted, economic dispair. A secret military installation seeks to launch a rocket, harboring important individuals, and leaving behind the masses to suffer the collapse of civilization. Assuming the roles of test flight astronauts, the band 'Adventure Galley' must go through a series of medical examinations, survival lessons, and prepare to face the dark unknowns of deep space travel. (Music, Animation)

 


Directors
AS

Andre Silva

Director, “Binary”
AM

Anja Murmann

Director, “MISTRESS”
"Mistress" is Anja Murmann’s second short film. Her first short film Wishful Thinking won the first prize at the NYU Student Film Festival in 1991 and the Otto Sprenger Prize in Hamburg, Germany in 1992. Her first feature film Fifteen Months in May won “Best New Director - Special Mention “ at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in 1997. Anja Murmann is a graduate of NYU film school and lives in New York with her three... Read More →
CB

Chris Buchal

Portland, OR
Chris Buchal, who has an English degree from University of Oregon, grew up reading both classics like Shakespeare and more Philip K Dick and Robert Heinlein than can be considered healthy by today’s standards. His love of film is second to his love of story, and this love can be seen within the very short two-year time span he has been in the movie-making business.   Now it's time to show you a deeper glimpse into the worlds... Read More →
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Lance R. Marshall

Director, “The Demon Deep in Oklahoma”
Lance thinks outside of the box. He excels when taking artistic risks as an actor/writer/director that makes an impact on an audience. He responds well to others who don’t ‘play it safe.’ Those who thrive on being completely creative. Those who tell the story through a different lense or unique angle. He got his start in theatre and then switched gears to film and has recently shifted again, becoming a writer/actor/director of... Read More →
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Martin Melnick

Director, "Adventure Galley's 'Marooned'"
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Patrick Murphy

Director, “Modify to Fit”
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Pete Fitz

Director, Swyft Pictures
Pete grew up in Cumberland, Maine. He started studying film theory at St. Lawrence University where he graduated with honors in 2009 with an BA in English and a minor in Film Studies. After graduating and living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a year, Pete moved to Los Angeles where he took intensive filmmaking courses, worked on feature film sets, edited freelance, and pursued anything that would help him move forward in the industry. In late... Read More →
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Todd Slawsby

Director, “The Heebie-Jeebies”
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Todd attended Occidental College, sight-unseen, simply because it was in Los Angeles.  A veteran screenwriter, he has written projects for New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, among others.  Todd lives in Boston with his wife, Amelia, and their children, Liam and Lyla. Having retired from playing rugby, he now spends his time encouraging his children to pursue safer hobbies... Read More →
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Wes Skotko

Director, "The Invisible Hobby"
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Zen Freese

Zen Freese, an American Director who lives, works and occasionally plays in Portland Oregon. Don't believe the rumors, Zen was not raised by wolves, and has never leap a tall building in a single bound. He can, however make films, and does so as often as possible. A commercial film-maker by trade, Zen works with some of the world's most prestigious brands. Of humble origins, Zen was reared in the gutters of East Palo-Alto, where the sweet clap of... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 10:00pm - 11:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00pm

Goldberg & Eisenberg
Limited Capacity seats available

While waiting for a blind date in a Tel Aviv park, a computer programmer named Jonathan Goldberg (Yitzhak Laor) meets a mysterious man with a penchant for obscene poetry. The man goes by the name of Eisenberg (Yahav Gal). Immediately after their initial encounter, Eisenberg inserts himself into Goldberg’s life. He follows him to the movies. He shows up at his home. He confronts him with a gang of thugs, including a guy who must be the only Nazi in Tel Aviv. The situation eventually reaches a boiling point, forcing Goldberg to take extreme measures.

GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG is the feature debut of Israeli director Oren Carmi. There are numerous points of reference for Carmi’s genre-bending style of filmmaking. For example, the dark deadpan humor and absurdism of the Coen Brothers is an obvious source for comparison. However, this film is coming from an unique and original place. In addition to being a skilled storyteller, Carmi has a special knack for extracting humor out of grave situations. He pushes this scenario into extremely uncomfortable territory without ever losing his grip on the characters and narrative. GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG is an exceptional work from a fresh new talent. (Rodney Perkins)


Directors
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Oren Carmi

Director - Goldberg & Eisenberg
Oren Carmi is an obsessive film lover, he made 14 shorts as writer+director+cinematographer+editor, prior to writing+directing+editing+producing his debut feature film "Goldberg & Eisenberg". G&E is an important precedent in Israeli cinema, being the first dark genre film in Israeli history to be approved for production by the Israel film fund.



Friday August 29, 2014 11:00pm - Saturday August 30, 2014 1:00am
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

11:30pm

Tamara W.
Limited Capacity seats available

"Tamara W." is an honest, stripped-down look into the world of voguing, escort business, ecstasy addiction, sexual abuse, and being a transgender girl. The documentary film is a compassionate portrait of Tamara Williams, a 23-year-old Bronx girl with fire in her heart, and too much life experience on her shoulders. In the film, Tamara recounts her life -- from her childhood and adolescence to her days as a ballroom diva and an out-of-control addict. Tamara tells her story openly and candidly. The disturbing experiences of her life have not been able to dispirit Tamara. She expresses herself by vogue dancing.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECT: Tamara Williams
DIRECTOR: Marko Vuorinen

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MXvWbPPhII

Directors
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Marko Vuorinen

Film's director, Finnish-born Marko Vuorinen (1974) is better known for his work as a documentary photographer and artist. "Tamara W." is Vuorinen's debut as a filmmaker. Vuorinen believes that there would be a lot less unjust judgement in the world if we would only force ourselves to stop, sit down, and hear each other's life stories. Vuorinen believes in the power of sharing life stories. Vuorinen works mainly between New York City and his home... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday August 30, 2014 12:30am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

11:30pm

Interior. Leather Bar w/ short film Feast of Stephen by James Franco
Limited Capacity seats available

In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, "Cruising." Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage. Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and "off camera," as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, "Interior. Leather Bar." defies easy categorization. 

CAST & CREW
CAST:  Val Lauren, Christian Patrick
DIRECTORS:  James Edward Franco, Travis Mathews
PRODUCERS:  Keith Wlson, Iris Torres
 

Directors
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James Franco

Known for his breakthrough starring role on Freaks and Geeks (1999), James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California on April 19, 1978. His mother, Betsy Franco, is Jewish, and his father, Doug Franco, was of Portuguese and Swedish descent. Growing up with his two younger brothers, James graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996 and went on to attend UCLA, majoring in English. To overcome his shyness, he got into acting while studying there... Read More →
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Travis Mathews

Travis Mathews is an award-winning filmmaker whose movies focus on gay men and intimacy. Informed with a Masters in Counseling Psychology and a background in documentary, Travis takes a thoughtful and naturalistic approach to filmmaking while maintaining a sense of humor about it all. | | In 2009 Travis started an ongoing documentary series called In Their Room about gay men and bedrooms. The first of several episodes was filmed in San... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Val Lauren

Val Lauren has been a long time member of the repertory theater company "Playhouse West", a west coast division of Sanford Meisner's "Neighborhood Playhouse" in N.Y.C. He starred in numerous plays including four originals written by and co-starring Scott Caan. Val then made the transition to independent films. Some of his characters include "Primo", a grief stricken man out to find his sisters rapist in "The Doorman", the psychotic low level... Read More →



Friday August 29, 2014 11:30pm - Saturday August 30, 2014 1:00am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
 
Saturday, August 30
 

10:00am

Coffee Chat w/ Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to the filmmakers talk about today's movies—let the backstories help you decide which films to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. If you're not, dress nice. 

FREE coffee and snacks.

Sponsored by OMPA, Pro Photo Supply and Canon.

Saturday August 30, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

10:00am

Dennis Nyback's historic film tour of Portland
Limited Capacity seats available

Dennis Nyback’s Film Tour of Portland
Saturday, May 31*
10:30AM-12:30PM
Departing location: Meets outside Filmmakers Lounge (1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209)
Cost: $17 general/ $15 members pre-sale, $20 general/ $18 members day-of

Join Portland curator and verified film nut Dennis Nyback for a one-time-only downtown walking tour of some of the key sites that have played a significant role in the city’s film history. Through the tour, we’ll stroll through nearly 100 years of motion pictures in the Rose City, from the early wild film scene in the ‘10s and ‘20s to our modern era.

Nyback, former operator of the Clinton Street Theater, will provide insight into the rich filmography of the city. Dennis will give a history lesson, showing the sites of the very first movie theaters in Portland and their historic ties to the development of Portland – as well a personalized narrative – of failed film ventures, of his favorite filmic stories, of celluloid lost to the dustbins and how these memories have shaped his professional life. 

This not-to-be-missed tour will provide a personal history of Nyback’s own experiences growing up and working in the film industry – from working as a projectionist to a life on the road that included owning movie theaters in Seattle, New York City and Portland, and being a featured guest at film festivals around the world. 

TOUR GUIDE BIOGRAPHY 
Dennis Nyback is an independent film archivist and historian. He has curated more than three hundred film programs using 16mm and 35mm films from his archive of thousands of amazing short films. He has been a guest at film festivals from San Francisco, California to Puchon, South Korea and many others in between. He has made over one thousand lecture and screening appearances. More info about Dennis and his film programs can be found online at: http://www.dennisnybackfilms.com/.

Speakers
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Dennis Nyback

Dennis Nyback is an independent film archivist and historian. He has curated more than three hundred film programs using 16mm and 35mm films from his archive of thousands of amazing short films. He has been a guest at film festivals from San Francisco, California to Puchon, South Korea and many others in between. He has made over one thousand lecture and screening appearances. More info about Dennis and his film programs can be found online at... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Shorts Block 9: Student Showcase, Part One
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 9:  Student Showcase, Part One

19 min -- “O Jogo by Pedro Coutinho: After an argument during a road trip to the countryside, Julia and Fred begin a sexual game with definitive consequences for their relationship and their lives.  (Brazil)

12 min -- "Methel Island" by Meg Smaker: A peacock, a musical number on meth, and a trash full of condoms - Welcome to Methel Island. This island in the delta 45 minutes east of San Francisco is infested with crystal meth. In the film we explore this lost island and its inhabitants.

05 min -- “Liberty by Lanzhuan Jian: It is a typical day in Los Angeles for a typical immigrant at a typical job seeking the American Dream. Jose Guadalupe wants to climb the ranks of his humble insurance sales job, but his ruthless rival Xavier Jose will stop at nothing to get there first. Jose Guadalupe must decide if he will follow in the footsteps of America's past and fight for justice, Honor and Liberty. (Student film)

12 min -- “Bridgetown by Bryan Tosh: A drug addicted and despondent father, Peter Abbott, awakens from a haze of heroin to find his only daughter is getting married. In an attempt to connect with her father one last time, Emily Abbott sets up a meeting, only to see that nothing has changed. Peter must choose to either continue his path of destruction or become again the father he once was.

13 min -- “Paper Wrap Fire by Raymond Yeung: A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.

11 min -- “Chimera by Luka Pascalicchio:  In apocalyptic world, Allen, a man with a free will measuring machine, is determined to find someone who can score over 8%.  His sister brings in a mentally challenged patient. Allen understands only the insane can display true free will, and when people from outside are about to break in, he has to go down the rabbit hole in order to find existence. Maybe being free simply means being crazy.

06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

 

 


Directors
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Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.
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Bryan Tosh

Writer/Director, "Bridgetown"
Portland Filmmaker, Bryan Tosh, was born and raised in the city which his film Bridgetown is set. Bryan was interested in creative writing at a young age. Attending Benson High School, Bryan picked up photography and his love of the camera began. After serving 10 years in the Navy, Bryan finally decided to give his creative side 100% of his focus and returned to writing -- his time it was screenwriting. He attended the Academy of Art University... Read More →
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Lanzhu Jian

Director, “Liberty”
Lanzhu Jian is a filmmaker from the Miao Minority Culture in the Southwest of China. When she turned 16, she quit high school and moved to Beijing on her own, to study art in order to pursue her dreams of being an artist and director. During her undergraduate studies at Beijing Film Academy, she focused on experimental animation, specializing in stop motion and pixilation. When she turned 19, She worked as a photographer's assistant and... Read More →
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Luka Pascalicchio

Director, “Chimera”
Luka Pascalicchio was born in Switzerland, on Lake Geneva.  He spent his first 15 years there, then moved to Tennessee, in the USA, for boarding school. At that time he’d already been making short personal films for 3 years. He has made more than 60 personal shorts. He returned to Switzerland to finish high school and is now in California, where he is earning a BFA in Film Production, at Chapman University. 
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Meg Smaker

Director - Methel Island
Meg's documentary subjects read like a who's who of the underworld: Somali pirates, BDSM porn stars, crystal meth kingpins, and high-end call girls. She likes to explore controversial issues from an unorthodox viewpoint. She is currently getting her MFA in Documentary filmmaking at Stanford University.
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Michael Zachary Huber

Director, “Driven”
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Pedro Coutinho

Pedro started his career as an assistant director in feature films and advertisement. In 2008 he directed his first short film, "The Name of the Cat", selected for more than 30 festivals. From 2009 to 2012, he lived in New York, where he pursued his MFA in Film at Columbia University. In the following year, he began to direct commercials, making films for big brands, and he directed the second season of the TV comedy show “Elmiro Miranda... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

11:00am

Shorts Block 8: Animation
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 8: Animation

04 min -- “Portlandia Rats Book by Rob Shaw: In the third season of IFC's Portlandia, the team of Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel dreamed up a skit featuring the lovable Portlandia Rats. In “Rat's Book” the rodents become revenge-seeking DIY publishers after discovering a hateful publication on human/rat relations. The skit was directed by Rob Shaw and produced in Portland, Oregon at Bent Image Lab. (Animation)

04 min -- “Husk by Paul Howell: While collecting paper scraps for her den, Husk, a life-size tree spirit, has a shock encounter with some feral fairies in the street-art urban environment of Melbourne, Australia. Nothing is as it seems as this hypnotic story unfolds. (Animation)

04 min -- “Ain't No Fish by Tom Gasek and Miki Cash: An animated film set to the music and lyrics of Sigman and Russell and performed by Hoagy Carmichael. Animated seals sing the show tune and it's slowly revealed why there Ain't No Fish. Despite the upbeat attitude of the seals the garbage and oil industry that pervades the sea provides the answer. (Animation)

03 min -- “Super Secret by Jim Johnson: The story of a super villain father and his daughter. On her 13th birthday, he discovers her deep, dark, secret. (Animation)

04 min -- “PROXIMITY by Joshua Cox: “Proximity” is a suspenseful romantic crime drama with an unusual setting...an elderly woman's living room. Her collection of ceramic statues have a life of their own. Two figures explore the depths of love and betrayal. Proximity illustrates how spatial relativity shapes our interactions with the world and people around us. Closeness can create the illusion of an unspoken bond, but when challenged by desire it can be turned on its head and shatter reality. (Animation)

08 min -- “Blue by Katelyn Bianchini, Rena Cheng, Asia Lancaster: A fearful balloon must learn to put his fragile life in the hands of an unlikely friend. (Animation)

03 min -- “The Uncluded, ‘Organs’ by Rob Shaw: The painful process of grief and the grace of organ donation punctuate the latest music video 'Organs' by rock duo The Uncluded. Produced at Bent Image Lab and directed by Rob Shaw, the video weaves together a dark tale of loss and love as performed by whimsical stop motion insects. (Music video, Animation)

02 min -- “Sushi Mischiefby Jim Johnson: A stranger shows up at a sushi shop, irking the local punk. Show down! (Animation)

18 min -- “The Dam Keeper by Roberto Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi: In a desolate future, one small town has survived because of a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. The dam's operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning and protect the town, despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig's class, everything begins to change. (Animation)

13 min -- “Le Nocturne De Lumiere by David Boarini: Technology has the power to bring those that are far away very near to us. Sometimes though, it can distance us from those we are closest to, the very ones who love us the most. In a world where billions of immaterial communications happen across the globe every second, a mother desperately tries to connect with her daughter. (Animation)

05 min -- “Level 1457 Last by Xabier Urrutia Perez: A worker of Persephone solar energy maintenance is fixing the solar cylinders when he discovers a hole that may lead to the frozen surface. No human has been up there for centuries, and leaving the safety of his subterranean world could cost him his life. Will he make this ultimate sacrifice to see the sky just once in his life? (Animation, Spain)

15 min -- Lessons Learned by Toby Froud is a short film about a young boy receiving an intriguing birthday gift from his grandfather.  This gift will stay with him for the rest of his life as he stumbles from his grandfather’s cottage to a layered world of trials and danger.  “Lessons Learned” was executive produced by Heather Henson for her Handmade Puppet Dreams (HMPD) film series. 

06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

03 min -- “Lime” by Sean Carrow: Two very unlucky fishermen, Willie and Burt, are on their ship adrift at sea starving from hunger and thirst until a lone lime is discovered on board the ship offering them a glimpse of hope. The two friends turn on each other, letting their greed for the lime tack control destroying all they have. (Animated)

 


Directors
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Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.
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David Boarini

David Boarini has a passion for creating art in various mediums. Throughout school he ventured into all avenues of fine arts, eventually discovering the digital realm as a tool and outlet for creativity. Graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Animation, David was awarded Best Portfolio by Faculty's Choice as well as Best Portfolio by Student's Choice. Working for various studios in Southern California, David uses what spare time he... Read More →
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Jim Johnson

Director, "Super Secret" and "Sushi Mischief"
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Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox is an award-winning director, graphic designer, animator, filmmaker, and producer with a passion for developing stylistic themes into compelling stories. Joshua utilizes his background in painting and design to craft tangible, believable realities which he injects with a playful pliability to bend the perceptions of his audience. He has directed videos for the band STRFKR, title sequences on behalf of JWT for The One Show at the... Read More →
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Miki Cash

Michael Cash started off as a model maker before moving into stop frame animation. He has spent the majority of his twenty years in the industry freelancing at Aardman Animations, animating on projects including Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, TV commercials and short films. He co-founded the studio WÖNKY at the start of 2007. Michael oversees the animation and design teams and directs the majority of WÖNKY’s work. Recent projects... Read More →
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Paul Howell

Director, “Husk”
Paul Howell is the writer/director of the film "Husk". Paul is the co-founder of Stop Motion Pro, who have been making animation software for stop motion film makers since 1999. Leading clients of Paul's have been Oscar winning Aardman Animation Studios and Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet). This is Paul's first animated film to be released on the festival circuit. 
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Rob Shaw

Director, “Portlandia Rats Book” and “The Uncluded, ‘Organs’”
Rob Shaw is a director originally from Philadelphia PA who now lives and works in Portland OR. After graduating from the University of the Arts with his award winning animated short “Dirty Summer Fridays” Shaw moved to the west coast to animate on various television shows, video games and music videos, always working on his own projects after hours.  After five years as a professional animator, Shaw made the jump to... Read More →
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Roberto Kondo

Director, “The Dam Keeper”
Robert Kondo, art director at Pixar Animation Studios, lends his unique design sensibilities and passion for storytelling as co-director of The Dam Keeper. Originally from Southern California, Robert graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert's film credits include Sets Art Director for 'Ratatouille' , 'Toy Story 3', and most recently 'Monsters University'.
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Sean Carrow

Sean attend the Delaware College of Art & Design, and then the University of the Arts in Philadelphia earning his BFA in animation. He spent three years working as a freelance animator and artist. To further his creative knowledge He attended the Savannah College of Art & Design for his MFA in animation. While there he took on a very ambition thesis project researching and creating a film with the stereoscopic process. To help complete... Read More →
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Toby Froud

Toby Froud is a sculptor, fabricator, puppeteer and filmmaker based in Hillsboro, Oregon. The son of renowned artists/designers Brian and Wendy Froud (Dark Crystal and Labyrinth), Toby has a natural tendency toward puppets and works of fantasy.  Together with Heather Henson, Jim Henson’s daughter, Toby brings new magic to the world of characters and creatures familiar and beloved by fans of both their parents’ work... Read More →
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Tom Gasek

Tom Gasek has over 30 years of award winning professional stop motion animation experience as an animator and director. He worked with directors Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Animations he contributed animation to Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit short, “The Wrong Trousers” and the Peter Lord / Nick Park Feature, “Chicken Run.” Gasek co-directed and animated the “Inside-Out Boy” for... Read More →
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Xabier Urrutia Perez

Director, “Level 1457 Last”
Xabier completed this solo film as part of his junior level CG course at the DigiPen Institute of Technology.  He is now completing his senior year, and finishing his senior thesis project.  He hopes to work in feature films.



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:45pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

11:00am

Shorts Block 15: Doc Showcase Volume II
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 15: Doc Showcase, Volume II

17 min -- “The Game Changer” by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.

05 min -- “Modify to Fit” by Patrick Murphy: Kendra Bailey, a below the elbow amputee athlete, describes the modifications she has had to make in order to successfully perform a squat clean lift. Kendra relays stories from her everyday life as an amputee that motivate and define her.

15 min – “Final Flight” by David Jorgensen: After 65 years on the ground, a WWII pilot returns to the sky. Gene Fowler is a 91 year old WWII pilot who started flying when he was 15.  It was his passion. But after the trauma of flying 33 missions in the war, he never flew again. Until now. Fly with Gene as he takes a small plane up for one last flight, despite the danger he faces because of his advanced age.

10 min -- “FLEDGED” by Megan-Paige Hausner: The film documents five Pacific Northwest falconers with their birds through their daily life and activities. The falconers range from someone that does falconry as a hobby, to a falcon breeder, and to a bird abatement team.

13 min -- “Paper Wrap Fire” by Raymond Yeung: A Chinese teenager is left alone in a Community Center where he encounters a handsome man which leads to a discovery that shatters his innocence.

31 min -- “Some Na Ceremonies” by Tami Blumenfield: Representations of Na people (aka Moso) usually center on their matrilineal kinship system, overlooking religion, a central aspect of their lives. The film directors captured important ceremonies ranging from a film festival, to a pig-sacrifice, to a three-day funerary ceremony.  The events are rivetingly elaborate and spiritually meaningful. By avoiding interpretation or voice-over narration, the film emphasizes the partiality of any representational attempt.

 



Directors
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David Jorgensen

David Jorgensen is an award winning filmmaker and software developer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his B.A. in Film Production and Theory and has been making independent art films, music videos, and short narratives while developing his career in software development. "Final Flight" is David's first documentary. In the context of the film world, David has not only focused on producing, directing, cinematography, and editing, but... Read More →
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Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple demolition. In Jan 2007, I produced a documentary on a modern day slavery about a family who escaped after being bonded labourers for three generations. My... Read More →
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Megan-Paige Hausner

Director/Producer, “FLEDGED”
Megan-Paige Hausner was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon. MP has directed several short documentaries with subjects varying from musicians, artists, impersonators, puppeteers, and most recently falconers. Megan-Paige graduated from the Art Institute of Portland with a BFA in digital film and video. She has a passion for traveling, engaging with people and story telling. So documentary film making is... Read More →
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Patrick Murphy

Director, “Modify to Fit”
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Tami Blumenfield

Tami Blumenfield is an anthropologist of China and documentary film producer who earned her doctorate at the University of Washington in 2010. While a college sophomore studying Chinese at Yunnan University, she took a short-term leave of absence to act in a Yunnan Minority Film Studios feature film, Garden of Happiness. Later she was recruited to help National Geographic Television film an episode of Taboo II: Blood Bonds in Yongning... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:45pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon
  • Length 91 min

11:00am

VEEPS: Profiles in Insignificance
VEEPS: Profiles in Insignificance is the story of Bill and Wayne—two middle-aged men in search of their American dream, their lives at a disappointing stall. They see a shot at a mid-life redemption and grab it. They follow the Vice Presidents as others follow athletes or rock stars. For years they’ve plied their curious obsession alone, singing the praises of men who won’t even sing their own. Eager and inspired, they hit the road followed by a film crew eager to chronicle this offbeat but quintessentially American narrative: A story of friendship and the shared dreams and passions of a lifetime, it’s also a story that takes a turn neither Bill and Wayne nor their camera toting biographers could possibly foresee.

Directors
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Brett Warnock

Director/Executive Producer - VEEPS: Profiles in Insignificance
An avid movie buff and visual arts pro, VEEPS the movie was conceived by Brett  | Warnock as his initial foray into filmmaking. Brett is the co-publisher of the graphic  | novel imprint Top Shelf Productions. In its 15+ years the company has seen to fruition  | a plethora of award-winning projects by authors such as Alan Moore (From Hell), Craig  | Thompson (Blankets), and Jeffrey Brown (The Girlfriend Trilogy). Their books have... Read More →
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Mike Lay

Director/Executive Producer - VEEPS: Profiles in Insignificance
Mike Lay is known for juggling. Not the kind you’d find at a county fairground, a man in | a bad suit tossing clubs, balls, machetes, and the occasional chainsaw in the air above  | him, but one who cool handedly keeps budgets, production schedules, crews and talent  | whirling overhead; always in complete control. That agility and mastery comes from  | more than 20 years of developing one’s craft.  | | Mike... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Bill Kelter

ACTOR: AS HIMSELF / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | | Bill has harbored a passion for the margins of American politics since watching on television the inaugural of the second, doomed Nixon-Agnew Administration when he was home sick, and spending afternoons on breaks from his paper route, where he learned that the most meaningful things you need to know about the American Executive Branch can be found on the back pages of our newspapers, between ads... Read More →
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John Killeen

ACTOR: MAX KNOTT | | John Killeen has been acting in theater and film for nearly thirty years. In autumn 2010, he played the lead in The 3rd Floor Theatrical Sketch Comedy Troupe’s original play Killing Time. He’s worked in such venues as Stark Raving Theater (The Adding Machine, Detective Story), Lakewood Theater (Three Musketeers, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, A Flea in Her Ear), NW Children’s Theater, and Oregon Children’s... Read More →
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Tim Moxley

ACTOR: DR. WILFORD GRÜMER, PSY.D. | | Timothy Patrick Moxley is a poet, storyteller, naturalist and inventor. Co-Director Brett Warnock chose his longtime friend Tim for the role, simply because all he needed to sell his character was to solely be Tim. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from a University that shall remain nameless and sits on the Board of Directors of the Native Forest Council. He divides his time between New York and... Read More →
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Wayne Shellabarger

ACTOR: AS HIMSELF / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER | | Wayne’s illustrations have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Plazm, the Stranger, and the Top Shelf comics anthology. His work has been exhibited in Seattle and Portland. I’m Totally Helpless, a book of his rock poster art, is available from Top Shelf Productions. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge w/ WIFI, snacks, afternoon pint & live music
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reserved Ringler’s Pub for the duration of the festival to give filmmakers a place to meet each other, fuel up on northwest pub fare and locally-brewed pints, or maybe even get some work done. The Filmmakers’ lounge is one of the most popular perks of the event—a central destination for industry professionals, actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, filmmakers, financial decision makers, and their guests.

You can join in filmmaking forums at the lounge, enjoy live music, ask our amazing volunteers for help and information, or just hang out. We expect about 2,000 people to wander through over the week.

Ringler’s sits beneath the floating-floored Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room in downtown Portland. It’s named for the ballroom’s founder, dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler, and features a high wood-beamed ceiling, massive mosaic-tiled bar, and the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.

The hospitality of our Lounge echoes the founding principles of accessibility, openness and play that put the Portland Film Festival in a class of its own.

LIVE MUSIC (4-5pm): Live Local Band 

TO BE A LOUNGE PARTNER, CONTACT US: support@portlandfilmfestival.com


 



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Finding Hillywood
Limited Capacity seats available

Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, FINDING HILLYWOOD chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing phenomenon film about the very beginning of Rwanda's film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities, on a giant inflatable movie screen. For most Rwandan's this is the first time they have seen a film, let alone one in their local language, "Kinyarwanda." Thousands of people show up to watch films in stadiums next to mass graves, and locations where horrible crimes took place during the genocide.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECT: Ayuub Mago
DIRECTOR: Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey
PRODUCERS:Leah Warshawski, Chris Towey



Directors
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Leah Warshawski

Leah Warshawski is a first-time feature director who specializes in producing documentary-style video content, television shows and short films in remote parts of the world. To date, Leah has filmed in over 30 countries around the world for major corporations such as Microsoft and Starbucks. She has a BA in Japanese language from the University of Hawaii and has worked on a number of Japanese commercials as well as the network television show I... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Ayuub Mago, Film Subject

Ayuub Kasasa Mago is a "fixer", director, actor, location scout and father of four.  His wife Claudine runs a small "boutique" to help pay the bills while Ayuub is coordinating Hillywood every year.  He is a mentor and leader who other filmmakers look up to.  He has worked for numerous international films and appeared in internationally distributed features and specials including Kinyarwanda and Witness (HBO).
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Chris Towey, DP, Producer, Director

Chris Towey has worked in the film industry for nearly three decades, and specializes in production around the globe. Towey has served as the director of photography on feature-length documentaries including BLACKFISH (2013), a Sundance featured film that explores the exploitation of animals for the entertainment business; BEAR TREK (post-production), which follows a biologist as he researches bears and climate change in Alaska and Peru; and... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:00am - Sunday August 31, 2014 12:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

12:00pm

Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives
Limited Capacity seats available

What prompts this film is recognition of our deep dependence on the natural world and the significant threat to that world posed by war and preparations for war.

The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity – all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources, species loss, ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed.

In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war’s “silent casualty.”

Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. The very sustainability of our planet is at stake. We can no longer maintain silence about the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is “inconvenient” or “callous” at a time when human life is so endangered.

If we cannot eliminate war, we can at least require a fuller accounting of war’s costs and consequences, and demand that destructive forces used in our name leave a lighter footprint on this highly vulnerable planet. It is to this change in values and actions that this documentary film is directed.

Directors
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Alice T. Day

Director - Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives
Alice T. Day was born in New York City and educated at the Brearley School in New York and at Smith College (BA, magna cum laude), Columbia (MA in sociology), and the Australian National University (PhD in sociology). Alice currently sits on the board of the Council for a Livable World; the Task Force on Environment and Natural Resources, Woman's National Democratic Club (Washington); and the Environmental Film Festival (Washington.) Before... Read More →
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Lincoln H. Day

Director - Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives
Lincoln H. Day was born in Ames, Iowa and educated in the public schools of Denver, Colorado, and at Yale (BA, cum laude) and Columbia (MA and PhD in sociology). He currently sits on the board of the Center for Arms Control and Non- Proliferation; the Environmental Film Festival (Washington); and is a member of the Council for a Livable World (Washington). Before moving to Washington, Lincoln was most recently Hofstee Fellow, Netherlands... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

The Drop Box
Limited Capacity seats available

The Drop Box winner of "Best Of Festival" at the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

A documentary Film about a courageous man named Pastor Lee Jong-rak, leader of Jusarang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea. He and his small staff have taken in nearly three dozen children over the past decade, all of whom were abandoned because of their disabilities.

In 2009, Pastor Lee installed the "drop box" on the side of his home where parents can leave their unwanted babies.

The following words can be read on the drop box: "This is a facility for the protection of life. If you can't take care of your disabled babies, don't throw them away or leave them on the street. Bring them here."

Currently, his flock numbers 21.

CAST & CREW
Subject of Film: South Korea Pastor Lee's orphanage
Director: Brian Ivie
Prodicers: Brian Ivie, Will Tober
Cinematographers: Eitan Almagor, David Bolen

TRAILER

http://vimeo.com/41412962



Saturday August 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

12:00pm

Screenwriting Class: STRUCTURAL FREAKS! presented by Willamette Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

STRUCTURAL FREAKS!
William Goldman says "Structure is everything". Do you understand structure? Is your script running out of steam halfway through? Exploring different methods of structuring your screenplay - alternatives to the three act structure like the Navajo Story Circle, Tag Teams, Strange Chronologies, and more. Using examples like RUN, LOLA, RUN and PULP FICTION and CRASH and SLACKERS and other odd storytelling methods. 

Speakers
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William C. Martell

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe. Last year William C. Martell handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 produced screenplays that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

12:00pm

#STORYWORLDS - Transmedia & Interactive Storytelling
Limited Capacity seats available

Storyworlds celebrates storytellers who create immersive narrative experiences that connect with audiences in new ways using games, interactive videos, apps, social media characters, alternate reality games, or any story that isn't confined to a single platform.

COME EARLY and exchange messages with other festival goers using Miranda July's Somebody app! http://somebodyapp.com/ 

Moderators
avatar for Mike Vogel

Mike Vogel

Director of Storyworlds, Portland Film Festival, Phrenic
I'm the writer/director/producer of Phrenic, an interactive thriller about cloning, genetically enhanced humans, and what it means to be human in the future. Phrenic combines episodes, interactive fiction, alternate reality games, comics, and an iOS app. I'm also the writer/director of two feature films “The Waiting List” and “Did You Kiss Anyone?”

Speakers
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Steve Gaynor

co-founder, Fullbright
Steve Gaynor is a game designer and writer, known for his work on games Bioshock 2, Minerva's Den and Gone Home. Polygon reviewed Gone Home with a perfect 10/10, awarded it 2013 Game of the Year, and stated, "Gone Home is a master class on how to tell a personal, affecting story in a video game." Find out more at gonehomegame.com
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Rachel Nabors

Founder, chief story-coder, Tin Magpie
Rachel Nabors is a web animation expert in Portland, Oregon. An invited expert at the W3C and a Google Developer Expert, she cultivates the community by curating WebAnimationWeekly.com and running the Animation at Work Slack community. She helps companies wrangle UI animation and building new and unusual experiences. You can find her on Twitter and at rachelnabors.com.
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Mercedes Rose

Mercedes Rose produces and stars in The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, a YouTube series that gained over 80 million views and was recently optioned by the Weinstein Company for a book and movie deal. Mercedes has appeared in numerous films and was the voice of Rosalina in Nintendo's MarioKart. Find out more at mercedesrose.com or on Twitter @girlactor
avatar for Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

CEO, Recollective


Saturday August 30, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

12:15pm

Shorts Block 10: Student Showcase, Part Two
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 10, STUDENT SHOWCASE PART TWO, TIME 61 MIN

03 min -- “Lime” by Sean Carrow: Two very unlucky fishermen, Willie and Burt, are on their ship adrift at sea starving from hunger and thirst until a lone lime is discovered on board the ship offering them a glimpse of hope. The two friends turn on each other, letting their greed for the lime tack control destroying all they have. (Animated)

05 min -- “#PDXCARPET by Jeffrey Janoff: In Portland, Oregon there is a strange cult following at the airport. Young locals take pictures of their feet on the Port of Portland Carpet and upload them to social media. The Carpet actually has its own pages that people can tag and post to. It's old, ugly, and outdated. And marvelous. Why are we so ecstatic to see it when we get home?  (Student film)

17 min -- “The Game Changer by Indrani Kopal: Every Sunday afternoon for the last seven years, Susan Slotnick has driven an hour up the mountains to the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, to teach modern dance. The lives of men whom she touched have never been the same since. This is her story.

16 min -- “The Hideout” by Daniel Wahlen: A young girl's life is thrown into chaos when she is molested by her teacher. Through the support of her best friend, she finds the strength to tell her mother.

09 min -- “Tip Toe by Raquel Bordin: “Tip Toe” is a drama comprised of two parallel stories about the weight of reality on ordinary people.  A little boy, Daniel, dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, but his father refuses to accept it, crushing his only opportunity. 
Veronica, a transsexual, faces complications with her sex-change along with the reality of the death of her childhood dream.

11 min -- "I'm Sorry Alligator" by Alexandr Beran: A withdrawn woman witnesses Ants Man bring an inanimate object to life on a house call. He unearths a ceramic alligator and makes it new. But when he 
stumbles upon the homeowners' trend of object neglect, he plans a rescue. The withdrawn woman is inspired to follow him, as she’s lead across town through a world of hidden friends.


11 min  -- “The Inheritance” by Anne M. Hamilton:  After hitting a deer on her drive home through cornfields, seventeen-year-old Gitty receives an unexpected visit from her estranged father and is faced with a choice to leave the small town where she was raised for a 'brighter' future. In what seems like a simple conversation, darker subtexts emerge that touch on themes ranging from the future of traditional farming communities, to what we owe the people we call family.

 


Directors
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Alexandr Beran

Director - I'm Sorry Alligator
Alexandr Beran (born 11 August 1978) is a writer, filmmaker, and actor. Beginning in California, he studied journalism and was editor-in-chief of Sacramento City College’s Mainline Magazine. Upon moving to Oregon, Beran began studying Digital Film and Video at the Art Institute of Portland. He continues to do so, and his professional work includes Jarmila’s Book, a documentary on designer bookbinder Jarmila Sobota, who escaped from... Read More →
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Anne M. Hamilton

Director, “The Inheritance”, Prime Mover Pictures
Anne Hamilton is a writer and film director. She got her start in filmmaking as an intern on Terrence Malick's THE TREE OF LIFE. She then worked for Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Her first short film as a writer-director, DEATH ARTISTS, INC., premiered in the spring of 2013 at Cannes and was an official selection at Newport Beach Film Festival, the Downtown LA Film Festival, and the Napa Valley Film Festival, among several others. In the summer... Read More →
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Daniel Wahlen

From an early age, Daniel loved stories. He ambitiously embarked on writing a fantasy novel in the fourth grade, only to discover a love for photography a short time after. It didn’t take long for him to connect the two—resulting in his ever growing passion for filmmaking. Daniel’s stories are drawn from his experience of growing up in a diverse mix of cultural settings such as the Philippines, Russia, and England. He still... Read More →
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Indrani Kopal

Director, “The Game Changer”
I’m a Malaysian-Indian filmmaker from Kuala Lumpur. I’m former video journalist, and completed my Bachelor in Multimedia Communication. Three month after joining Malaysiakini, an online news portal in Malaysia as a video journalist in December 2006, I produced a video on temple demolition. In Jan 2007, I produced a documentary on a modern day slavery about a family who escaped after being bonded labourers for three generations. My... Read More →
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Jeffrey Janoff

Director, "#PDXCARPET"
Jeffrey Janoff was born and raised just outside of Portland, Oregon. He grew up in West Linn, and has studied film at the University of Oregon and Portland State University. Jeffrey likes to create comedically audio visual stories that invoke, inspire, and innovate imagination. Although starting out as an actor in Portland, #PDXCARPET is Janoff's first short student film that he wrote, directed, and edited.
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Raquel Bordin

Raquel Bordin is a Brazilian filmmaker graduated at New York Film Academy where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She also studied Social Communication with emphases in Cinema at FAAP (Sao Paulo – Brazil). Her thesis film ‘Tip Toe’ received four awards at Women’s Independent Film Fest this year. Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay and Audience Awards. While attending school, she was employed for two years as an... Read More →
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Sean Carrow

Sean attend the Delaware College of Art & Design, and then the University of the Arts in Philadelphia earning his BFA in animation. He spent three years working as a freelance animator and artist. To further his creative knowledge He attended the Savannah College of Art & Design for his MFA in animation. While there he took on a very ambition thesis project researching and creating a film with the stereoscopic process. To help complete... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

12:45pm

The Human Experiment Narrated by Sean Penn
Limited Capacity seats available

The Human Experiment lifts the veil on the shocking reality that thousands of untested chemicals are in our everyday products, our homes and inside of us. Simultaneously, the prevalence of many diseases continues to rise. From Oscar® winner Sean Penn and Emmy® winning journalists Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, The Human Experiment tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals and takes viewers to the front lines as activists go head-to-head with the powerful and well-funded chemical industry. These activists bring to light a corrupt system that’s been hidden from consumers... until now.

CAST & CREW
NARRATOR: Sean Penn
DIRECTORS: Don Hardy and Dana Nachman
PRODUCERS: Chelsea Matter, Dana Nachman and Don Hardy
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Sean Penn
MUSIC: Scott Hardkiss

TRAILER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WvhB5hkIjc

Directors
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Dana Nachman

Dana Nachman is the co-founder of KTF Films. Dana’s first independent documentary, Witch Hunt, opened to sell-out crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008. The film was narrated and executive produced by two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn and went on to win several film festival awards, including the Audience Award at Cinequest and the Grand Jury Prize at the Washington DC Independent Film Festival, before being purchased by... Read More →
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Don Hardy

Don Hardy is the co-founder of KTF Films, a documentary production company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Don’s films have played to sold-out audiences at prestigious film festivals and have been seen by millions of people around the world.  His most recent film, The Human Experiment, premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and IDFA in 2013.  In 2011, Don’s film, Love Hate Love, premiered at the... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Sean Penn, Narrator

Sean Penn is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for his social activism, including humanitarian work. He is a two-time Academy Award winner for his roles in Mystic River (2003) and Milk (2008), as well as the recipient of a Golden Globe Award for the former and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter.



Saturday August 30, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

12:45pm

Fight Church
Limited Capacity seats available

FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face? 
The film is being directed by Academy Award-Winning Director Daniel Junge and his directing partner, Bryan Storkel. It is being produced by award-winning producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKehleer. 
Our goal is to tell this entertaining story in a completely objective tone, and to let the story speak for itself. Like the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp, the film will present these incredibly provocative characters in an objective and often sympathetic light. 
We will ask the audience to come to their own conclusions about the connections between religion and condoned violence, as well as explore the growing mainstreaming of MMA in the US, and discuss Christianity in our post-modern society.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAz2jUOmGlc

SUBJECT OF FILM: Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts
DIRECTOR: Daniel Junge, Bryan Storkel
PRODUCERS: Manoj Chacko, Davis Coombe, Shreehari Desikan, Greg Emerson, Ildiko Ferenczi, Eben Kostbar, Alex Kruz, Chris LeSchack, Dave MacLean, Joseph McKelheer, Drew Plotkin, Paul Proctor, Amy Storkel, Alyson Winick
COMPOSER: John Jennings Boyd

Directors
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Bryan Storkel

Director
Bryan Storkel is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who loves quirky characters and is fascinated by religious topics. Storkel's directorial debut, HOLY ROLLERS: The True Story of Card Counting Christians played at over 40 festivals and won 10 Best Documentary Awards. | | Storkel has also edited several other documentaries, including THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY, which premiered at Sundance this year. Bryan was born and raised in Seattle, WA... Read More →
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Daniel Junge

Director, Junge Film
Daniel Junge is an Oscar-winning (and 2-time nominated) documentary filmmaker.  | | Junge was born and raised in Wyoming and graduated from Colorado College and attended NYU Film School. | | His first documentary feature, CHIEFS, won best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and broadcast on PBS.  | | Since that time, Junge has directed over a dozen feature and short films which have broadcast on HBO, BBC, PBS and over 50 other... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

12:45pm

Huntington's Dance - Second Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

HUNTINGTON’S DANCE is Chris Furbee's journey in dealing with Huntington's disease. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival 2014 and winner of the Special Mention Jurors' Award.

Chronicle of one man’s reckoning with his family's brutal hereditary disease. This first person account brings the viewer intimately into their lives. This is an inimitably made love story between a mother and her son. The film chronicles his path: from caretaker to victim to activist over the course of 18 years.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e50WiWgIbxg

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Huntington;s disease, family struggles
DIRECTOR: Chris Furbee
PRODUCERS: Chris Furbee, Herbert H. Bennett, Debra Sugarman, Gene Furbee, Sara Kendall


Directors
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Chris Furbee

Director
Graduated from High School in 1984 in Philippi, West Virginia. I immediately moved to Mill Valley, California in order to get away from Huntington’s disease, which had claimed the life of my grandfather and my great grandmother and which had begun to affect my mother. In California, I began working towards a career in film. I worked on a independent productions and at a film rental place in San Francisco. I realized I wanted to give back to the... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

12:45pm

Shorts Block 11 - Perception
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 11:  Perception

27 min -- “One Armed Man by Tim Guinee:  CW Rowe owns the cotton gin, making him the wealthiest man in Harrison, Texas, and his ascendancy has solidified an unshakable belief in the system that enriched him. Few things ever interrupt the purity of his vision, with the exception of the weekly visit of a young man, Ned, who lost an arm in the gin's machinery. Ned is a little touched and believes CW can give him his arm back. On a normal day, he goes away when CW offers him five dollars. But today is anything but a normal day.

15 min -- “Gage” by Keith Wilhelm Kopp: Set in Vermont, the true story of Gage is seen through the eyes of his physician. Life is interrupted the day Gage is injured in an explosion that plunges a rod weighing 13 pounds through his skull. Dr. Harlow saves his life, but brain damage leaves Gage’s world skewed. Harlow attempts to restore Gage’s’ life, while struggling to explain the drastic personality shift to a town of people who, in 1848, do not understand the consequences of brain injury. 

11 min -- “Whisker by Steve Saussey: A homeless, hungry drifter and his dog discover judging night at a local beard-growing contest. Desperate for the colossal meat-pack prize, but with no beard to speak of, he enters the competition and takes the stage.

12 min -- “Oh Sheila by Jeffrey Sundin: Where have all the disco cowboys gone?

12 min -- "Alis Volat Propriis" by Christopher Alley: A struggling writer, a mysterious apparition... is she his muse, or perhaps something else?

15 min -- “Subsurface Flow by Carl Bird McLaqughlin: Wounded by their childhoods, young lovers travel to the desert in search of a holy ground, where the pains of their pasts can be washed away.

10 min -- “Yeti Assassin by Austin Baker: All Yeti wants to do is fit in. However, he is too big! Cars, chairs, doorways -- nothing is designed to accommodate his size. Even his dreams of becoming an Ultimate Fighter are dashed, as he greatly exceeds the maximum weight allowed in the sport. His last hope is to find his niche as a master assassin, because surely a gigantic yeti can be an effective, state licensed murderer.

6 min -- “Unwelcome Guests” by Martin Vavra: A couple stumbles into an akward situation when they enter a vaction home to find unwelcome guests.

“Top Three Winners of 2014 Portland 48 Hour Film Festival”

9 min -- “Tanked Up” by Michael Parisien and Casey Whisler.

7 min -- “Haunt” by Michael Entler and Kara Sowles.

6 min -- “Bounder” by Kyle Stebbins.



 


Directors
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Austin Baker

Austin Baker works in Digital Effects, Director, Editor, Sound Editor A graduate in video and film production at the Art Institute of Portland, Austin spends each breath conceptualizing, drawing and realizing a variety of films. He specialized as a director of photography and is also very skilled in motion graphics, and all other filmmaking skills.
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Carl Bird McLaughlin

Director, “Subsurface Flow”
Carl Bird McLaughlin grew up in the northern stretches of Los Angeles county. He began to study filmmaking at College of the Canyons where he received the Filmmaker of the Year award two years in a row. He later attended California Institute for the Arts for his undergrad. While at CalArts, he completed numerous short films as well as collaborating with fellow filmmaker Mike Ott as co-writer and cinematographer of the film LiTTLEROCK (2011). Also... Read More →
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Christopher Alley

Director - Alis Volat Propriis
For over 10 years I have been working professionally in the film industry from big budget features to commercials, documentaries to network episodic, working in all positions within the camera and lighting departments. In fact I was working full time on season 2 of the locally shot TV Show Grimm during the production of Alis Volat Propriis.  As a cinematographer I have challenged myself to focus on those projects that are extremely limited... Read More →
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Keith Wilhelm Kopp

Director, "Gage"
Keith Wilhelm Kopp is a film director originally from the Pacific Northwest. His fascination is in crafting dramatic and documentary films that explore human emotion. Before film school, he spent four years in the American Army with one tour to Iraq which provided inspiration for his latest short film, “Gage.”
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Martin Vavra

Owner/Producer/Director, Galaxy Sailor Productions
Film director and producer, avid outdoors person, lover of dogs, addict to the art of fly fishing, and one lucky idiot. Three time winner – Little Lebowski’s Urban Achiever Award. | | Owner of Galaxy Sailor Productions
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Steve Saussey

Director, “Whisker”
Steve's comedy is intrinsically linked to the funny bone of New Zealand. After graduating from Elam School of Fine Art, Steve was a graphic designer/illustrator before becoming an advertising copywriter at Mojo Auckland and Bates London. A writer and performer on the Max TV series 'Box Dog', he has shot music videos in Hollywood for MTV and directed drama ( ‘Amazing Extraordinary Friends’ and 'Let's Get Inventin'). In addition to... Read More →
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Tim Guinee

Director, “One Armed Man”
One Armed Man is Tim Guinee’s directorial film debut. He has appeared in over two hundred roles on the stage, in television and films. Some of the more recognized work include characters in Sweet Land , Iron Man 1 and 2, Personal Velocity, Synecdoche New York, Once Around, and Promised Land. He can currently be seen in the recurring roles of Scott Ryan in Showtime’s HOMELAND, ‘Andrew Wiley’ on The Good Wife, and as... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

1:30pm

Actors Workshop: Auditioning
Limited Capacity seats available

Time and time again actors fall into the same auditioning traps. Learn how to properly prepare for and exexcute your best possible audition, what casting directors are looking for, and what skills you need to take your career to the next level.


Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com

Speakers
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Simon Max Hill

Simon max hill has been casting commercials, industrials and independent films in Portland since 2003. His company, simon max hill casting, works with both local and out of town production companies to fill their casts with talented, interesting people. Notable projects include 2008’s “Wendy & Lucy” and every season of IFC’s “Portlandia”. He is afraid of animals, has never been convicted of a felony, and... Read More →
TR

Ted Rooney

Acting Coach, TR Productions
On camera, Ted has amassed over 35 TV guest-star and recurring credits including ER, Gilmore Girls, Weeds, Lost, Community, My Name Is Earl, Seinfeld, CSI, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia...most recently on Boardwalk Empire, Grimm, and The Librarian. Ted has over 20 principal movie roles (Wild, Gone, Legally Blonde, Santa Pups, Blood Work...) and over 35 principal appearances in commercials (Yes, he was Abe Lincoln in the Mt. Dew ad and the... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

1:30pm

Panel on Science Fiction, Film and Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Discover the elements of great science fiction. Award-winning author David D. Levine will moderate a panel discussion with his peers, including Ted Chiang (STORY OF YOUR LIFE), Daniel H. Wilson (ROBOPOCALYPSE), Sara B. Cooper (CONTINUUM), William Hertling (THE LAST FIREWALL), Andrew Duchon (virtual reality), and Fonda Lee (ZEROBOXER). Ask yourself, how will movie making and viewing be different in the future?


Moderators
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David D. Levine

David D. Levine is a science fiction and fantasy writer who’s published over fifty stories in markets including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Realms of Fantasy. He has won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story, Endeavour Award, Writers of the Future Contest, James White Award, People’s Choice Award for Best Drabblecast Story of the Year, and Phobos Fiction Contest, and he has been nominated or shortlisted for the Nebula Award... Read More →

Speakers
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Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is an American speculative fiction writer. As of 2013, Chiang's short fiction has won 4 Nebula awards, 4 Hugo awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, 4 Locus awards, and others. His novella, Story of Your Life, is being made into a feature film by director, Denis Villeneuve, based on the adapted screenplay by Eric Heisserer (HOURS) and starring Amy Adams. After the record-breaking Cannes deal Paramount made to... Read More →
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Sara B Cooper

Sara B. Cooper is a writer/producer for television and features. Cooper started her career as an acupuncturist in Los Angeles. She indulged her passion for writing in the privacy of her own home. On a whim, she showed a spec script for Star Trek: The Next Generation to a patient, who was able to get the script into the hands of the producers of the series. They brought her in to pitch and her writing career began. In addition... Read More →
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Andrew Duchon

Andrew Duchon has expertise in the areas of computational linguistics, network analysis, machine learning, visual perception, and virtual reality. Dr. Duchon’s research generally involves the application of higher-order statistical models to understand individual and group human behavior. He has held positions as a researcher at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Japan, an NSF postdoctoral fellow at Brown University... Read More →
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William Hertling

William Hertling is the author of the award-winning novels Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. These near-term science-fiction novels explore the emergence of artificial intelligence, coexistence of humans and smart machines, and the impact of social reputation, technological unemployment, and other near-future issues. Avogadro Corp won Forewords Review Science Fiction Book of the Year... Read More →
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Fonda Lee

Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. Her debut novel, ZEROBOXER, will be published by Flux in April 2015. She is a long-time, avid martial artist in karate and kung fu. She goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception, and Minority Report). A corporate strategist by training, Fonda has advised or worked for a number of Fortune 500 firms (including a certain global sports company). She lives with... Read More →
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Daniel H Wilson

Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse and seven other books, including How to Survive a Robot Uprising, A Boy and His Bot, and Amped. In 2008, he hosted The Works on the History Channel. He earned a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Masters degrees in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. His novel Robopocalypse was purchased by DreamWorks and is currently being adapted for... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

1:30pm

Panel: Philosophies and Trends in Editing
Limited Capacity seats available

Feature film and advertising editors sit down and talk about their philosophies on editing, what made them want to become editors, and what they see the realm of digital editing becoming.  Join Christopher Murrie A.C.E. (Coraline, ParaNorman), Jon Price (Jimmy Neutron, The Antbully, The Boxtrolls), Kerribeth Elliot (Adrenaline Hunter, Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival), and Chris Willett (who's worked with Marvel, Disney, Warner, Fox Sports and Universal Studios).  
 

Moderators
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Bryan Sebok

Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Lewis & Clark College
Bryan Sebok is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Lewis & Clark College. He is the writer and director of Cartography, a feature length documentary on the mobile food movement currently in post-production. Dr. Sebok is also the Media Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Lewis & Clark. His scholarship appears in Cinema Journal, MediaScape, Spectator, and The Velvet Light Trap. 

Speakers
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Kerribeth Elliot

Editor
Kerribeth Elliott most recently edited the feature-length documentary The Big Lonely, a survival story of a homeless man living off the land in a remote wilderness area. Kerribeth has been nominated for 3 regional Emmy awards for editing, winning once for her work on the Comcast Sportsnet series Adrenaline Hunter in 2012. Also in 2012, Kerribeth edited Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival, a feature-length documentary narrated by Margaret Cho... Read More →
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Christopher Murrie

Editor
Christopher Murrie, A.C.E has been editing award-winning animation since 19999, beginning a Vinton Studios, the predecessor to LAIKA. His credits include Coraline and ParaNorman, as well as many high-profile commercial campaigns for the likes of M&Ms, Toyota, eSure, and many more. His work on Coraline earned a 2009 A.C.E. Eddie nomination for Best Edited Animated Feature Film. 
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Jon Price

Editor
Jon Price is an award winning commercial, television and film editor. His credits include Nickelodeon’s series The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, and feature films The Ant Bully, Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby, The Boxtrolls, and the Academy Award nominated film Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius.  
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Chris Willett

Editor
Chris Willett began making films to avoid publicly speaking in his senior year marine biology class, while attending Central Catholic High School (class of ’02) in SE Portland. Seven years later, as a film student at the Art Institute of Portland, he turned his focus to editing, working on many films including his own The Attic (Ray Bradbury Theatre Film Festival; Northwest Film Festival; Best Director, NW Short Film Festival) which he also... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Art Institute of Portland 1122 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
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2:00pm

GLENA
Limited Capacity seats available

Glena is a feature-length documentary film about Glena Avila - a single mother in her 30s - and her dream to become a professional mixed martial artist.  

Glena was living the American Dream: successful career, two happy children, long-term relationship, a beautiful family home. Then one day, with no background or training, she decided to give cage fighting a try.  And she was good…really good. But Glena's world begins to unravel: impending foreclosure, a painful custody dispute, a broken relationship with her teenage son. She puts it all on the line as she travels across the country to compete in a trilogy of epic matches.

Glena is a real-life Rocky story, a one-in-a-million tale about a woman who risked it all for her shot at the big time.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/47226342

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Glena Avila
DIRECTOR: Allan Luebke
PRODUCERS: Allan Luebke, Ashley Sherman, Josh Leake, Ryan Muak
COMPOSER: Peter Bosak

OPENING SHORTS:
ADVENTURE GALLEY - MAROONED by Martin Melnick
A satirical glimpse into a secret, Military rocket launch in the 1950's.

PUNCHES AND PEDICURES By Ash Brandon
Vietnamese immigrant, Victor, escaped a life of gang activity by relocating to the rural town of Defiance, Ohio. Now the owner of his own business, he aims to help troubled youth from making the same mistakes he once made. He does so by teaching the brutal yet disciplined sport of Mixed Martial Arts, in one of the most delicate of places.

 


Directors
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Allan Luebke

Allan is an Emmy-winning filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He produced the web series ZetamanTV, the first-ever documentary about real-life superheroes, and has produced non-fiction entertainment programs for cable including Discovery International. Allan earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where he won the 2006 National College Emmy Award for Best Short Documentary forBehind These Walls, a revealing... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Glena Avilla

Glena Avila (born April 23, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist. She currently trains in Portland,Oregon. She has a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. Avila gained recognition after becoming the first women's champion in the history of the Full Contact Fighting Federation, an amateur mixed martial arts promotion in Portland, Oregon. After building a 6-0 amateur record and winning three titles in three weight divisions... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

2:00pm

Residue Years
Limited Capacity seats available

PORTLAND MAYOR CHARLIE HALES WILL BE ATTENDING TO INTRODUCE THE FILM.

There are casualties.There are survivors.There are those that are both.
Set against the world of crack cocaine and gang-banging in Northeast Portland in the late 1980′s, Mitchell Jackson overcomes insurmountable hurdles to become an acclaimed author and creative writing professor at esteemed New York University.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/77373725

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Surviving drug scene of the 1980s, Mitchell Jackson
DIRECTORS: The Ewers Brothers and Mitchell S. Jackson
PRODUCERS: Frank Willams

Saturday August 30, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

2:30pm

Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti
Limited Capacity seats available

Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti chronicles the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which struck the impoverished island in January 2010, the efforts to rebuild and of two American organizations extraordinary efforts to bring health and hope back to the people most affected by the disaster. A story of hope and of giving back, across nations and peoples, despite catastrophic circumstances.

TRAILER: http://www.unbreakableinhaiti.com/en/index.html

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Haiti after 2010 earthquake
NARRATED: Bruce Greenwood
DIRECTOR: Michael Macari
PRODUCERS: Andrew Walther, Michael Macari, David Naglieri, David Macari, Richard Tarantino, Sean Herbert


Directors


Saturday August 30, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

2:30pm

State Of Play
Limited Capacity seats available

Every year thousands of South-Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. It’s a title many young South Koreans dream of. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national past-time. Like most specator sports, this world of eSports rapidly evolved in a multi-million dollar business. The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. 24hr TV networks devote entire theme shows to a single player, while teenage girls from Seoul devote their entire teenage life to the fan club of their favourite gaming star.

As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a Starcraft player isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea.They are envied and admired because they do what they love and make a lot of money doing so. Unfortunately few people realise these gamers live a spartan life of training and competition - just as any other professional athlete.

However, a series of radical events has broken the status quo of the Korean eSports scene. First there was the match-fixing scandal, where several high profile players were caught losing games in exchange for money. Soon after that, Starcraft II, a follow-up to the game was released.New players entered the scene and brand new tournaments were established. As eSports finally became global, the South-Korean professional gaming scene faced a clear-cut choice: adapt or perish.

In this story, we follow 3 characters in different stages of their career as a Pro-Gamer in South Korea. For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS: Jae-Dong Lee, Joon-Hyuck Kim, Yohan Park, Kim Jee Seon
DIRECTOR: Steven Dhoedt
PRODUCERS: Gert Van Berckelaer
MUSIC:  Regina Lok Yan To

 


Directors
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Steven Dhoedt

Steven studied film at the RITS Film Academy in Brussels and graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts. After his studies he settled in Hong Kong for several years where he gained experience as a freelancer producer and director in the local video- and TV commercial industry. In 2003 he founded the Belgian based production company VISUALANTICS, focusing on creative documentaries, fiction films and new media projects. He made his documentary debut... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Gert Van Berckelaer

Producer, "State Of Play".   Gert Van Berckelaer (°1973, Antwerpen) lived in Colorado, USA after his high school where he got his degree in Liberal Arts. Back in Belgium he studied social and political sciences with a specialization in communication at the KULeuven and audiovisual arts at Sint Lukas in Brussels.  After his studies he settled in Brussels and started working as a freelance editor and director for commercials and tv... Read More →
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Kim Joon Hyuk, Film Subject

In the film, Kim Joon Hyuk is 16 years old. He made it to the finals of the “Door to Challenge, and he was selected by the Woongjin team at the annual official draft in March 2010. It was one of the key moments of his life. That day, the Woongjin coach handed him the official team uniform. Shortly after the selection Joon Hyuk left the apartment of his parents and moved into the Woongjin team house in Seoul. However, the real test begins... Read More →
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Lee Jae Dong, Film Subject

Jae Dong began his pro league career when he was only 17 years old.When he turned 18, he was making 115,000 euros per year and was on track to be one of the best players of all time. It was that year that his parents realized they had incorrectly judged the career plans of their son. Lee Jae-Dong is now 24 years old and and already a senior in a game with so much unrelenting competition. What started as a game for Lee Jae-Dong has now become hard... Read More →
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Park Yo Han, Film Subject

In the film, Park Yo Han is 16 and lives with his parents, older brother and younger sister in Cheonan, a city 200km south of the capital Seoul. Yo Han has been dreaming for years to become a ProGamer. With the help of his older brother he could convince his parents to interrupt his high-school studies for one year. Each month he takes part in the "Door to Challenge, a tournament in Seoul where many Korean amateur players come to participate. The... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

2:30pm

Find Your Way
Limited Capacity seats available

A busker turned filmmaker takes us inside the world of street muscians.  Filmed over the course of three years, five talented artists bare all as they cope with "making it" in a society driven relentlessly by the allure of fame.  While some dream of more, others are resigned to life on the street, and even embrace it. Featuring 90's rocker Chris Ballew of the Presidents of the USA and violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, this journey will make you think twice about who you are passing on the street. 


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS:   Joshua Bell, Chris Ballew, Whitney Mongé, Gregory Paul, Emery Carl, Sadie Ava
DIRECTOR: Brian Nunes

 

Directors
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Brian Nunes

Director, "Find Your Way"
Born and raised in Houston, TX, Brian spent his young professional years in Information Technology - something he was good at but eventually bored with.  Living in Austin after college, he could no longer stand the networkmanagement job and sold everything to travel the country busking and pondering life. In Seattle he began producing film and television, utilizing a film studies background from the... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Joshua Bell, Film Subject

JOSHUA BELL is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." Recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.



Saturday August 30, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

2:30pm

Shorts Block 12 - Whimsy
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 12: Whimsey

19 min -- “Teal's Legacy by Guy Baker: A young girl seeks to unearth the hidden truth in a family myth. Teal's belief will be tested if she is to discover the key to what will save her family's legacy.

10 min -- “Casey by Miguel Duran: “Casey” is about a young girl who struggles with her mother's misguided attempts to show love. She finds escape as an MC in an underground hip-hop club and must decide between taking a stand against her mother, or watching her owns dreams drift away.

13 min -- “Somebody's Mother by Mandy Fabian: Maggie is perfectly fine with the fact that her mother, Alice, has started dating again. A lot. In front of her. And in front of her two small children. But when Alice springs her latest boy-toy on the family Christmas morning, Maggie's most wonderful time of the year turns into her worst nightmare, and she's left to wonder: who is the mother here?

19 min -- “The Box” by Christen Kimbell:  A young boy, Michael, awakes to find an angel who hands Michael a beautiful wooden box and asks him to watch over it. Michael does, even though it means he has to spend more and more time alone. He keeps it safe from some bullies who try to take it. Eventually he starts to draw, then paint, the angel. His paintings make him famous, but he is still alone. When he is very old, the angel returns to him and takes the box away.

15 min -- “The House at the Edge of the Galaxy” by Gleb Osatinski: A young boy is visited by a travel-weary cosmonaut and awakens to the magic waiting to be discovered in an old, abandoned house.

15 min -- “Safe Word by Todd Lillethun: Greg and Billy are a couple who engage in a role-playing fantasy to spice up their relationship, but end up pushing each others buttons. Greg, the expert, plays a sailor whose boat is hijacked by pirates, and he is bound to a chair. Billy, the novice, plays a reluctant buccaneer who must overcome his squeamishness to extort from Greg the location of hidden treasure. When a surprise guest changes the stakes, the fantasy turns into a twisted endgame with shocking results.

13 min -- “A Time in a Dark Cloud by Rebecca Sgan-Cohen: Emily Lively is spending the weekend at her mother's. Her first night home, she decides to go out to the local bar. She meets a good-looking stranger and goes home with him. The encounter causes her to reflect on her choices as well as her mother's.

 

 


Directors
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Christen Kimbell

Writer/Director
Other work can be seen at christenkimbell.com.
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Gleb osatinski

Director - The Quantified Self, Inner Film
Filmmaker by heart.
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Guy Baker

I graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 1997 with a degree in audio production. I soon moved to Portland where I began my career as a sound designer and music composer, receiving commercial awards for my scores and contributions to commercial campaigns for the world’s largest brands. In 2011, I took a course on the 4k RED Epic camera and was hooked. I haven’t looked back since. With my background in sound and music, my... Read More →
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Mandy Fabian

After graduating with a film degree from Vassar College, Mandy set up shop in New York City, writing the well-received film Tour of Pain & sketch comedy show "The Mecky Stecky Show" while performing and writing with the comedy group The Pocket Subversives, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and co-founding the Noumenon Theatre Company. Currently, in addition to writing the series "Dropping the Soap,” her short film, “Killing... Read More →
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Miguel Duran

Director, “Casey”
Miguel is a filmmaker originally from Phoenix, AZ. He | graduated with a degree in Film Studies from Claremont McKenna  | College. He has made several shorts as well as multiple seasons of the  | sci-fi web series, Chutes, which was recognized for outstanding writing at  | the LA WebFest.
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Rebecca Sgan-Cohen

Director, “A Time in a Dark Cloud”
New York filmmaker received MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts.
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Stuart Doty

Stuart Doty served six years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. After his enlistment he became a Registered Nurse specializing in Cardiac Telemetry. After working for over ten years in Health Care, Stuart finally pursued his dreams of filmmaking. He graduated from the Art Institute of Portland where he earned a Bachelor in Digital Film and Video. Stuart now works as a freelance editor and videographer in Portland Oregon... Read More →
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Todd Lillethun

Director, “Safe Word”
Todd Lillethun works as a freelance filmmaker in Chicago. He is the former Program Director of Chicago Filmmakers, where he developed educational, networking, and grant programs for local filmmakers, and programmed over 200 screenings of independent films for the general public. His documentary short NIGHT BUS (2009) played at Landlocked, Heartland, and Peace on Earth Film Festivals. At Kartemquinn Films, he was post-production assistant on THE... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

3:00pm

"We're Here to Make a Movie”: SAG-AFTRA Indie Theatrical & New Media Agreements
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wanted to hire SAG-AFTRA performers for a project, but were frightened away by the prospect of filling out “All that union paperwork”?  Are you new to filmmaking and curious about the various low-budget agreements offered?  The SAG-AFTRA Indie Theatrical and New Media Agreements have been created specifically to accommodate the needs of student & emerging filmmakers.  In this workshop you’ll get the “inside scoop” on how you can hire union talent for your next production!

Topics Will Include:

  • Importance of adding talent into any proposed project’s budget
  • Informed discussion of basic Union contracts & their benefits
  • “Raising the bar of legitimacy” by hiring TOP industry professionals

This workshop is a “must attend” for producers, directors, actors and film school students interested in educating themselves on the ease of using SAG-AFTRA contracts to hire the most highly skilled professionals available for future film and New Media projects.

 

Saturday August 30, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

3:00pm

Music to Picture: A Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

A forum of award-winning composers discuss the process of creating music for film.

Panelists

Dave Metzger ­- orchestrator for Disney's Frozen, and veteran Hollywood composer/arranger.

Mark Orton - composer for the Oscar-nominated film Nebraska and co-founder of the Tin Hat Trio. 

Peter Bosack - composer for the feature documentary Glena and several commercials and short films. Founding member of Wax Fingers.

Andrew Poole Todd - composer for the psychological thriller House of Last Things, and main title music composer for War Flowers starring Christina Ricci.


Moderated by Edmund Stone of All Classical Portland and Producer/Host of the nationally syndicated film music program "The Score", heard weekly in 59 US cities.

 

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Panel Discussion 300-4:00 PM
Audience Q&A 4:00-4:30 PM
FREE ADMISSION. 


Cast & Crew
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Andrew Poole Todd

Award-winning composer and violinist Andrew Poole Todd, is one of Oregon's most promising young talents. One of ASCAP's "Composers to Watch" in 2011, recently he completed the score for the upcoming horror film Deadly Revisions, and the psychological thriller House of Last Things, starring RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Blake Berris (Days of Our Lives), and Lindsey Haun (True Blood). Described by one reviewer as “A dark dream afloat on a lush... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

4:00pm

The Animal Condition
Limited Capacity seats available

Unprecedented access. A fresh perspective. All sides of the animal welfare story.

The Animal Condition chronicles three and a half years of recent Australian history, when animal welfare grew from a fringe issue to a national focus. Four young people take an investigative road trip around Australia. Unafraid to ask questions they speak to all sides, from politicians to activists, farmers, Indigenous Australians, philosophers, scientists and immigrant-workers. Views on the subject change with each new encounter, leading to questions about society that go beyond the treatment of animals.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/98389015

CAST & CREW
CAST: Ande Cunningham, Augusta Miller, Sarah-Jane McAllan, Michael Dahlstrom
DIRECTOR: Michael Dahlstrom
PRODUCERS: Ande Cunningham, Augusta Miller, Sarah-Jane McAllan, Michael Dahlstrom
COMPOSERS: Ande Cunningham, Augusta Miller

PRE-FILM SHORTS: 

Fledged

 

 

Directors
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Michael Dahlstrom

Director, The Animal Condition
Michael Dahlstrom is an Australian director who spent four and a half years creating The Animal Condition. This documentary was the first film to actively investigate all sides of the animal welfare story. He is currently working on the documentary In Smoke, featuring interviews with one of Australia's most notorious stand over men.



Saturday August 30, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

SKANKS
Limited Capacity seats available

In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original drag musical, “Skanks in a One Horse Town.” “Skanks” follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating an unconventional show in religion and football-obessed Alabama.

CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS: Community theater group in Birmingham, Alabama
DIRECTOR: David McMahon
PRODUCER: David McMahon
MUSIC: Flannery Hooks, Christoph Hooks, Billy Ray Brewton

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/SGbUgjIQuwc


Saturday August 30, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

4:30pm

Work-in-Progress Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

 A talk with directors currently in development on their projects, including Dave Norman’s What Moves You and Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald’s Whitelandia.

FREE ADMISSION. 

 


Speakers
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Dave Norman

What Moves You
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Matt Zodrow

Director, WHITELANDIA documentary
Matt Zodrow is a 3x Emmy Award Winning director and editor. He started his career as a comic book illustrator in the late 80's before becoming an animation cell painter for Colossal Pictures in San Francisco. There, exposure to such productions as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Natural Born Killers confirmed Matt's love of animation, design, and film. As time passed, rising through the ranks of creative agencies would lead Matt to the... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 4:30pm - 6:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

4:30pm

CANCELLED Live Music in Wallace Park
Limited Capacity seats available

This event has been cancelled due to rain. Sorry! See you next year. 

Saturday August 30, 2014 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

5:00pm

CANCELLED Movie in Wallace Park: Ping Pong Summer w/ Susan Sarandon
Limited Capacity seats available

So sorry! The rain has driven us all indoors. Please join us next year. 


Saturday August 30, 2014 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

5:30pm

SAG/AFTRA Actors Networking Event - Cancelled due to weather
Limited Capacity seats available

Network with other acting professionals.

MUSIC: Live music 

Saturday August 30, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Wallace Park 1600 NW 25th Ave, Portland, OR 97210

6:00pm

Proud Citizen
Limited Capacity seats available

In "Proud Citizen," Krasimira Stanimirova wins second place in a Bulgarian play writing contest. Her award is a trip to the United States, Kentucky to be exact, to see the world premiere of her communist-era, autobiographical play, 'Black Coat'. Expecting to meet with a warm welcome and southern hospitality, Krasi instead finds herself isolated and lonely in a hotel off an interstate. Exploring America on foot, Krasi must confront the reality that her play might not be such a big deal in the States. Along the way she slowly finds comfort amongst strangers in this alien world, including a young mother and her son.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Jason Lewis, Mark B. Greene
DIRECTOR: Thom Southerland
PRODUCER: Thom Southerland

Moderators
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Thom Southerland

Director, "Proud Citizen", www.facebook.com/giantdolphinpictures
Kentucky native and AFI graduate Thomas Southerland has been making films of various lengths and quality for 15 years. His short films have screened at numerous festivals and his documentaries have won a few shiny awards. His screenplay 65 SOUTH is currently under option by Anecdote Films. He’s a co-partner in Giant Dolphin Pictures, which has produced the award-winning animated shorts HORSES ON MARS and THE LOOKING PLANET. 

Cast & Crew
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Leif Erickson Rigney, Actor

Leif Erickson Rigney is an actor, known for The 3rd Floor (2007) and Hell Is Full (2010).
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Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, Actor

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer is a multi-talented editor and poet who writes in both English and Bulgarian. In addition to acting, she has published a new anthology of work by a diverse group of contemporary Bulgarian poets, The Season of Delicate Hunger. Stoykova-Klemer translated and published the book with the press she launched in 2010, Accents Publishing, dedicated to original poetry in English and works in translation.  Stoykova-Klemer... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

6:00pm

Shorts Block 13: Experimental
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS BLOCK 13: Experimental

09 min -- “The Heebie-Jeebies by Todd Slawsby: Finding a mysterious storybook, Liam convinces his mother to read it to him and his sister, Lyla. 

The book tells of The Heebie-Jeebies -- ancient monsters rumored to appear in the night and drag children and their parents into their own nightmares.  As they ready themselves for sleep, the children will discover: something terrifying is under their beds.

04 min -- “PROXIMITY by Joshua Cox: “Proximity” is a romantic crime drama in an unusual setting -- an elderly woman's living room. Her collection of ceramic statues have a life of their own. Two figures explore the depths of love and betrayal. Proximity illustrates how spatial relativity shapes our interactions with the world and people around us. Closeness can create the illusion of an unspoken bond, but when challenged by desire it can be turned on its head and shatter reality. (Animation)

09 min -- “The Ballad of Peter & Emily by Don Andrews: Peter is at a juncture where nothing in his life makes sense; Emily is at the same point in her life. The film looks into the lives of two people recently out of college, afraid to move out of their comfort zones at work and in their relationship. They have fallen into a pattern of inaction thinking that life will slow down, but they soon realize that life slows for no one.  

10 min -- “Baby Ipecac” by Vu Pham: Baby Ipecac imagines the genesis of a relationship between “David” and “Patricia,” a pair of self-destructive lovers and antagonists to the “hero’s journey” in Sway of the Knife. It is a bizarre, kinetic excursion into their volatile criminal dealings inside a hotel room. The usual drug deal becomes a hallucinatory web of paranoia, deception, and immanent peril. 

07 min -- “REZ CARZ by Clancy Dennehy: Abandoned cars rest silently in fields for decades, still holding secret conversations within their bodies. A native cast starring Tantoo Cardinal and Gary Farmer breathe life into pivotal moments of sex, birth and death.

10 min -- “GUSTAF by Yann Caloghiris: Gustaf is a quiet, submissive husband. He has been out of work because of what he calls, 'his condition'. His only point of contact with the outside world is the launderette he visits regularly. This changes when he has a bizarre hallucination. As he begins to draw a connection between the pieces of the puzzle, visions grow in intensity until the truth finally reveals itself.

15 min -- “Subsurface Flow by Carl Bird McLaughlin: Wounded by their childhoods, young lovers travel to the desert in search of a holy ground, where the pains of their pasts can be washed away.

12 min -- “Oh Sheila by Jeffrey Sundin: Where have all the disco cowboys gone?

04 min -- “Husk by Paul Howell: While collecting paper scraps for her den, Husk, a life-size tree spirit, has a shock encounter with some feral fairies in the street-art urban environment of Melbourne, Australia. Nothing is as it seems as this hypnotic story unfolds. (Animation)

09 min -- "The Kid" by Jeff Winograd: A young boy is drawn into the world driven by the soundtrack of his life and the magic all around him.  HIs journey takes him through a strange world he didn’t know existed and perhaps doesn’t.  Along the way he meets friends and foes, though he can’t always tell the difference between the two.  His experience lead him back to where he started, but his world has changed.  

06 min -- “How to Avoid Annoying People” by Ariel Nasser: Hand-drawn animation uses sarcasm and irony to criticize social behaviors such as self-centered small talk. Within a narrative structure punctuated by an infomercial announcer, this comical film reveals the harassment endured by a plane traveler as he endures verbal barrage from a fellow passenger. (Animated)

11 min -- "I'm Sorry Alligator" by Alexandr Beran: A withdrawn woman witnesses Ants Man bring an inanimate object to life on a house call. He unearths a ceramic alligator and makes it new. But when he 
stumbles upon the homeowners' trend of object neglect, he plans a rescue. The withdrawn woman is inspired to follow him, as she’s lead across town through a world of hidden friends.

 


Directors
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Alexandr Beran

Director - I'm Sorry Alligator
Alexandr Beran (born 11 August 1978) is a writer, filmmaker, and actor. Beginning in California, he studied journalism and was editor-in-chief of Sacramento City College’s Mainline Magazine. Upon moving to Oregon, Beran began studying Digital Film and Video at the Art Institute of Portland. He continues to do so, and his professional work includes Jarmila’s Book, a documentary on designer bookbinder Jarmila Sobota, who escaped from... Read More →
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Ariel Nasser

Director, “How to Avoid Annoying People”
Brazilian illustrator and graphic designer living in New York submitting his first short film, "How to Avoid Annoying People" which was created as a thesis project at the School of Visual Arts in New York City under the MFA Computer Art department.
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Carl Bird McLaughlin

Director, “Subsurface Flow”
Carl Bird McLaughlin grew up in the northern stretches of Los Angeles county. He began to study filmmaking at College of the Canyons where he received the Filmmaker of the Year award two years in a row. He later attended California Institute for the Arts for his undergrad. While at CalArts, he completed numerous short films as well as collaborating with fellow filmmaker Mike Ott as co-writer and cinematographer of the film LiTTLEROCK (2011). Also... Read More →
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Clancy Dennehy

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and a graduate of NSCAD University in Nova Scotia, Clancy Dennehy specializes in documentary and art films. He produced and directed the documentary Farm Futures, and was Director of Photography on international documentaries including Pretty Boys; I Want a Woman; Tailor Made; Secrets; CD Hoy, Portraits from the Frontier; Behind the Mascot; and Paris Stories, The Writing of Mavis Gallant. His art films have screened... Read More →
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Don Andrews

Director, “The Ballad of Peter & Emily”; Director of Programming, SQUEE entertainment
Don Andrews has written and directed several short films, but has worked mainly as an editor, and camera operator.  He started doing freelance commercial work, and has edited media for Addidas, Nike, Auto-Desk, New Seasons and has since gone on to work for LAIKA, as an assistant editor on the 3D stop motion animated film, "The Boxtrolls".  Don is currently working on starting up a Portland based production house, SQUEE entertainment.
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Jeff Winograd

Director - The Kid, Hawk Productions
Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College of Chicago in 1993 where he studied film and video production with a specialization in creative writing.  He spent ten years working for the Sundance Film Festival where he was Director of the Technical Operations Department.  He has done extensive work in a variety of capacities within film and video production and post-production.  For the last ten years, Jeff has been the principal... Read More →
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Joshua Cox

Joshua Cox is an award-winning director, graphic designer, animator, filmmaker, and producer with a passion for developing stylistic themes into compelling stories. Joshua utilizes his background in painting and design to craft tangible, believable realities which he injects with a playful pliability to bend the perceptions of his audience. He has directed videos for the band STRFKR, title sequences on behalf of JWT for The One Show at the... Read More →
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Paul Howell

Director, “Husk”
Paul Howell is the writer/director of the film "Husk". Paul is the co-founder of Stop Motion Pro, who have been making animation software for stop motion film makers since 1999. Leading clients of Paul's have been Oscar winning Aardman Animation Studios and Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet). This is Paul's first animated film to be released on the festival circuit. 
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Todd Slawsby

Director, “The Heebie-Jeebies”
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Todd attended Occidental College, sight-unseen, simply because it was in Los Angeles.  A veteran screenwriter, he has written projects for New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, among others.  Todd lives in Boston with his wife, Amelia, and their children, Liam and Lyla. Having retired from playing rugby, he now spends his time encouraging his children to pursue safer hobbies... Read More →
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Vu Pham

Director - Baby Ipecac, My Brother, Waiting
Vu’s filmmaking adventures started at a much later point in life than many of his heroes and colleagues. The journey thus far has been circuitous and unconventional but promising. His first short film was accepted into the 2011 DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon. His subsequent short film projects have been incremental developments for the feature film vision, Sway of the Knife. The work produced from this process has... Read More →
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Yann Caloghiris

Yann Caloghiris was born in Toulon, France, but spent his early years moving as a family every couple years around Europe (mostly France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the UK).  He studied Media (including film) and Digital Media in the UK, and made a couple shorts at University, but went straight into a career in advertising. He is now a Creative Director at the agency Imagination. Throughout his career he has created TV commercials, large... Read More →


Saturday August 30, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

8:00pm

ROVER
Limited Capacity seats available

Rover is Tony Blahd's first feature. Nominated for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance Film Festival 2014

In their dilapidated church headquarters, a greatly diminished and dispirited cult awaits the sign to off themselves. Their hapless leader, DAVE, concocts a plan: to quell infighting and give them purpose in life before their deaths, he fakes a prophecy instructing them to make a movie and share their story with the world. There's just one problem: they don't know the first thing about film production.

So they recruit a director, and in the production of the movie, the once-disparate cult members find a uniting purpose. But just as they hit their stride, Dave receives a true prophecy. It's time for them to ‘exit.’

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/qn1c48h0PSE

CAST & CREW
CAST: Steve Siddell, Jonathan Randell Silver, Liam Torres, Reggie Gowland, Natalie Thomas
DIRECTOR: Tony Blahd
PRODUCERS: Tony Blahd, Matthew Thurm


Directors
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Tony Blahd

Tony Blahd is a brooklyn-based director and creative. He has directed a feature film, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and branded content. He wrote/directed Rover, which premiered in Narrative Competition at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. He freelances as an editor and visual effects artist; his most recent project was the 2014 Sundance and Cannes Film Festival thriller Cold in July.



Saturday August 30, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

8:00pm

Time Lapse — Director Q&A after the Film
Limited Capacity seats available

In a sleepy apartment building, three twenty-somethings live and love. Callie plays den mother to her two wayward roommates. Finn, apartment manager and struggling painter, is dragging his feet on proposing to her after years of dating. Jasper, refusing to grow out of his college party mentality, tends bar and compulsively gambles. 

Their quiet world is shaken when they find their elderly scientist neighbor dead. In his apartment he has left a mysterious camera that takes pictures of the future. Aimed into the roommates' apartment, it shows regular glimpses of their life 24 hours in advance.

Their initial plan is to leave the body hidden and exploit the machine. Jasper utilizes it to foresee race results each day, racking up winnings. With the cash windfall, Callie is able to quit her waitress job and focus on writing. Finn's creative block is lifted through seeing his artwork ahead of time, and becomes prolific. 

It doesn't take long before disturbing images of the future begin to arrive. A tense love-triangle emerges between the three, and Jasper's bookie begins sniffing around at all the successful betting. When a picture shows what looks like a warning from the future, they are forced to prepare for the worst. Jasper hides weapons around the house and the deaths start happening.

As the bodies pile up, Jasper becomes more paranoid and unhinged, a wedge gets driven between Callie and Finn. By obsessing on the future and their seemingly innocent hopes and dreams, the relationships unravel, and the trio descends into a dark future where none of them may survive unscathed.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn
DIRECTOR: Bradley King
PRODUCERS: BP Cooper, Rick Montgomery
MUSIC: Andrew Keiser

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/88809713

Directors
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Bradley King

Writer/Director, "Time Lapse"
Hailing from Los Alamos, New Mexico, Bradley studied animation at the Colorado Institute of Art and then attended the Colorado Film School where he won several student awards for his short films. After moving to Los Angeles, he wrote and directed short films while writing feature spec scripts. 

Cast & Crew
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George Finn, Actor

George Finn was born into a family of writers and filmmakers. He got his first role in the advertisement of Volkswagen, when he was age 12. He is best known for LOL (where he played alongside Demi Moore, Ashley Green, Miley Cyrus and Douglas Booth), The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert, A Green Story, How I Met Your Mother, 90210, Time Lapse and Tbilisi I Love You.
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Matt O'Leary, Actor

A Chicago native, Matt O’Leary started his career modeling until age nine. He appeared in guest roles on television shows THE FEARING MIND, EARLY EDITION, and TURKS. In 2000, he received his first starring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie MOM’S GOT A DATE WITH A VAMPIRE. Matt proved himself a versatile talent in his theatrical debut, FRAILTY, directed by and starring Bill Paxton. Then he won the role as John... Read More →
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Danielle Panabaker, Actor

Danielle Nicole Panabaker is best known for her roles in theDisney Channel films Stuck in the Suburbs (2004) and Read It and Weep (2006). She came to prominence as a cast member alongside James Woods in the CBS legal drama series Shark(2006–2008) and is also noted as a Scream Queen, having starred in the horror films Friday the 13th (2009), The Craziesand John... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

10:00pm

Plant This Movie
Limited Capacity seats available

Plant This Movie is an International Urban Agriculture Documentary by Oregon filmmaker, Karney Hatch.

Explores the impact of urban farming on individuals and communities around the world, including segments from Havana, Addis Ababa, London, New York, Shanghai, Lima, New Orleans and Portland, Oregon. Narrated by Daryl Hannah. The music is from a Portland band, The Moonshine.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/96868393

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Urban Agriculture
NARRATOR: Daryl Hannah
DIRECTOR: Karney Hatch
PRODUCERS: Karney Hatch, Stephon Litwinczuk

 

Directors
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Karney Hatch

Director
Karney Hatch was raised on a farm in Idaho and has fond memories of his grandparents’ massive garden in the backyard of their home in Moscow.  He attended Colby College, the Univeristy of Idaho and the Northwest Film Center before moving to Los Angeles in 1999 to pursue screenwriting.  Two of his screenplays were optioned by producers in Hollywood and he also wrote, directed and produced theatre while in LA. Hatch’s first... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

10:30pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Limited Capacity seats available

MUSIC BEFORE THE SHOW STARTS AT 10:30PM: THE PANIC

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS OF UNINTERRUPTED PLEASURE!!!

"I first saw Rocky Horror when I was 9 years old, and it blew my mind and changed my life. I made my mom take me and my 6 year old sister to see it in West Hollywood, bless her heart. They called all the virgins on stage, so we went. "Do you want to get me arrested, kid? Sit back down." As a freshman at Reed, I took my dorm mates to see it for their first time. So glad for your uninterrupted commitment to educating today's youth." Nili Yosha

Dont Dream It, Be It!

The Clinton has been showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show weekly since 1978, making it one of the longest running movies in the world! Come on down and join us any Saturday night at midnight (doors open at 11:30pm).

We get questions all the time about whether or not it's OK to bring kids. If the question is coming from a parent, all we can say is that you are the best judge of whether or not your teen or pre-teen is mature enough to come and enjoy the film with or without you.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is rated "R," which means no one under 17 admitted without a parent or guardian.

This is a guideline and not the law, and we do not card anyone at the door. We trust that if teens and pre-teens are in attendance, they are there with the consent of their parents, if not in their company.

In the movie itself, there is definitely lots of sexual innuendo (that's really the point, isn't it?) and there is mild violence and other sorts of gross stuff, but nothing you can't see on TV these days, especially in reality shows. If you're easily offended, then this is probably not the best place for you to spend your entertainment dollars.

Remember this is an interactive show. At least two weekends of the month (1st, 3rd and the occasional 5th Saturdays), the Rocky Horror Picture Show is hosted by the Clinton Street Cabaret. They start the evening out with a pre-show that includes virgin games, and they perform live as the movie plays on the screen behind them. This can be a rowdy, raunchy Rocky experience. Think South Park without anything bleeped out. And while the cast itself has certain rules and guidelines under which it operates, we cannot control and would not want to censor the conduct or speech of audience members.

We do, however, insist that there is no nudity in the theater at any show designated all ages, but you may hear language and jokes that are gross and offensive and politically incorrect.

The Be It Yourself nights, while fully audience directed, are designed to be more family friendly and for those eager to have their first Rocky experience. Watch a cool little video about BIY Nights HERE.

At any Rocky Horror Picture Show, your limits of what constitutes public intercourse and decency will be challenged. But we have created a safe and welcoming place for stretching sexual boundaries and awareness, so if this appeals to you, come on down to the Clinton Street Theater on any Saturday Night, because we've got a home for you.




Saturday August 30, 2014 10:30pm - Sunday August 31, 2014 12:30am
Clinton St. 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

11:30pm

Tamara W.
Limited Capacity seats available

"Tamara W." is an honest, stripped-down look into the world of voguing, escort business, ecstasy addiction, sexual abuse, and being a transgender girl. The documentary film is a compassionate portrait of Tamara Williams, a 23-year-old Bronx girl with fire in her heart, and too much life experience on her shoulders. In the film, Tamara recounts her life -- from her childhood and adolescence to her days as a ballroom diva and an out-of-control addict. Tamara tells her story openly and candidly. The disturbing experiences of her life have not been able to dispirit Tamara. She expresses herself by vogue dancing.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECT: Tamara Williams
DIRECTOR: Marko Vuorinen

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MXvWbPPhII

Directors
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Marko Vuorinen

Film's director, Finnish-born Marko Vuorinen (1974) is better known for his work as a documentary photographer and artist. "Tamara W." is Vuorinen's debut as a filmmaker. Vuorinen believes that there would be a lot less unjust judgement in the world if we would only force ourselves to stop, sit down, and hear each other's life stories. Vuorinen believes in the power of sharing life stories. Vuorinen works mainly between New York City and his home... Read More →



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:30pm - Sunday August 31, 2014 12:30am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

11:30pm

Goldberg & Eisenberg
Limited Capacity seats available

While waiting for a blind date in a Tel Aviv park, a computer programmer named Jonathan Goldberg (Yitzhak Laor) meets a mysterious man with a penchant for obscene poetry. The man goes by the name of Eisenberg (Yahav Gal). Immediately after their initial encounter, Eisenberg inserts himself into Goldberg’s life. He follows him to the movies. He shows up at his home. He confronts him with a gang of thugs, including a guy who must be the only Nazi in Tel Aviv. The situation eventually reaches a boiling point, forcing Goldberg to take extreme measures.

GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG is the feature debut of Israeli director Oren Carmi. There are numerous points of reference for Carmi’s genre-bending style of filmmaking. For example, the dark deadpan humor and absurdism of the Coen Brothers is an obvious source for comparison. However, this film is coming from an unique and original place. In addition to being a skilled storyteller, Carmi has a special knack for extracting humor out of grave situations. He pushes this scenario into extremely uncomfortable territory without ever losing his grip on the characters and narrative. GOLDBERG AND EISENBERG is an exceptional work from a fresh new talent. (Rodney Perkins)


Directors
OC

Oren Carmi

Director - Goldberg & Eisenberg
Oren Carmi is an obsessive film lover, he made 14 shorts as writer+director+cinematographer+editor, prior to writing+directing+editing+producing his debut feature film "Goldberg & Eisenberg". G&E is an important precedent in Israeli cinema, being the first dark genre film in Israeli history to be approved for production by the Israel film fund.


Saturday August 30, 2014 11:30pm - Sunday August 31, 2014 1:00am
Living Room Theater 341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

11:45pm

Blemished Light (Midnight/Special Preview with Director Q&A)
Limited Capacity seats available

In New York arrives a fundamentalist Muslim man imprisoned by his brutal past. His mission: kidnap a peaceful Muslim scholar and kill him. In New Delhi a closeted homosexual girl leaves her orthodox cop father’s home. Her mission: kidnap her activist bisexual lover and marry her. Set in the most archetypal cities of economic and patriarchal control, four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in a battle of identities against unfreedom. The choices they make when they are most cornered in life expose the blemished reality of contemporary world.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/95164427

CAST & CREW

CAST: Victor Banerjee, Adil Hussain, Bhanu Uday, Preeti Gupta, Bhavani Lee, Ankur Vikal, Seema Rahmani, Samrat Chakrabarti

Written, Produced & Directed by, Raj Amit Kumar

Co-writer and Chief Asst. Director: Damon Taylor

Director of Photography: Hari Nair

Editor: Atanu Mukherjee

Original Music: Jesse Kotansky, Wayne Sharpe

Sound Design: Resul Pookutty

Creative Producer (New York): Roli Chaturvedi

Line Producer (New Delhi): Ruchi Bhimani

Producer (Post-production, Publicity & Distribution): Deepa Bajaj




Directors
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Raj Amit Kumar

Director & Producer, Blemished Light, Dark Frames
Raj Amit Kumar is the founder of Dark Frames Consortium. He graduated in Masters of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from City University of New York (CUNY) in 2006 where he received the George Custen Memorial Award for Academic Excellence.  | | His talent and intellect has also been commended with awards such as the National Scholarship of India for Academic Excellence, and the First Prize in Faculty Screenwriting Award at University of... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Deepa Bajaj

Producer (Post-production, Publicity & Distribution), Blemished Light, Dark Frames
Having studied, performed and worked in India, Netherlands and the USA, Deepa Bajaj brings to Dark Frames her artistic vision as well as business understanding for content-driven cinema with international appeal, with over a decade of experience in performing arts and arts administration. As a dance artist, she has worked on the choreography for the movies Blemished Light (2014), Youngistaan (2014), Commando (2013) and upcoming Zubaan... Read More →
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Damon Taylor

Co-Writer & Chief Assistant Director, Blemished Light
A former U.S. Marines, Damon’s horsemanship been seen in The Patriot, Lord of the Rings, and Gods and Generals. A Summa Cum Laude graduate from SIUC, Illinois in Cinema, he has worked in various departments in over 50 studio, independent and short films; including Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai, Ghost Image and Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air.  



Saturday August 30, 2014 11:45pm - Sunday August 31, 2014 1:45am
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
 
Sunday, August 31
 

10:00am

Coffee Chat w/ Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and listen to the filmmakers talk about today's movies—wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide which films to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. If you're not, dress nice. 

FREE coffee and snacks.

Sponsored by OMPA, Pro Photo Supply and Canon.

Sunday August 31, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Lola's Room 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

10:00am

Dennis Nyback's historic film tour of Portland
Limited Capacity seats available

Dennis Nyback’s Film Tour of Portland
Saturday, May 31*
10:30AM-12:30PM
Departing location: Meets outside Filmmakers Lounge (1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209)
Cost: $17 general/ $15 members pre-sale, $20 general/ $18 members day-of

Join Portland curator and verified film nut Dennis Nyback for a one-time-only downtown walking tour of some of the key sites that have played a significant role in the city’s film history. Through the tour, we’ll stroll through nearly 100 years of motion pictures in the Rose City, from the early wild film scene in the ‘10s and ‘20s to our modern era.

Nyback, former operator of the Clinton Street Theater, will provide insight into the rich filmography of the city. Dennis will give a history lesson, showing the sites of the very first movie theaters in Portland and their historic ties to the development of Portland – as well a personalized narrative – of failed film ventures, of his favorite filmic stories, of celluloid lost to the dustbins and how these memories have shaped his professional life. 

This not-to-be-missed tour will provide a personal history of Nyback’s own experiences growing up and working in the film industry – from working as a projectionist to a life on the road that included owning movie theaters in Seattle, New York City and Portland, and being a featured guest at film festivals around the world. 

TOUR GUIDE BIOGRAPHY 
Dennis Nyback is an independent film archivist and historian. He has curated more than three hundred film programs using 16mm and 35mm films from his archive of thousands of amazing short films. He has been a guest at film festivals from San Francisco, California to Puchon, South Korea and many others in between. He has made over one thousand lecture and screening appearances. More info about Dennis and his film programs can be found online at: http://www.dennisnybackfilms.com/.

Speakers
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Dennis Nyback

Dennis Nyback is an independent film archivist and historian. He has curated more than three hundred film programs using 16mm and 35mm films from his archive of thousands of amazing short films. He has been a guest at film festivals from San Francisco, California to Puchon, South Korea and many others in between. He has made over one thousand lecture and screening appearances. More info about Dennis and his film programs can be found online at... Read More →


Sunday August 31, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination
CITY OF HATE: DALLAS AND THE ASSASSINATION explores a politically turbulent city preparing for a presidential visit, the immense pride many Dallas residents felt to see the president in their hometown and the city's damaged reputation that followed the death of President Kennedy.

Unlike any other documentary on the Kennedy assassination, this story comes through the personal perspective of the filmmaker, Quin Mathews. On that November morning, a 13-year-old Quin saw the president at Love Field. Forty-five minutes later the president was shot. 

Quin’s personal home movies, archival television coverage and photographs follow him from the moment he waved to the president, to his family’s home with a half-staff American flag and to Dealey Plaza with hundreds of other stunned mourners.

CITY OF HATE: DALLAS AND THE ASSASSINATION sheds light on an era of dark Dallas history with accounts from people who lived through it.

Directors
QM

Quin Mathews

Director/Producer - City of Hate: Dallas and the Assassination
Filmmaker, journalist and broadcaster Quin Mathews has devoted his life to | telling stories. He became a news anchor at age 22, when he was still a college  | student, and remained in journalism for 21 years. In 1993 he left WFAA-TV in  | Dallas to devote full time to Quin Mathews Films, telling stories through  | television, film and radio about business, culture and the arts. | | Quin has shot documentaries around the world... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

11:00am

The Most Dangerous Ways to School - Nepal

The children from the village Kumpur in the high mountains of Nepal must walk through steep paths, to reach the dangerous and 60 meters wide river Trishuli. They cross it with a ramshackle ropeway, risking their life every day, and most of the kids never learned how to swim. On the other side they continue by hitchhiking, everything just to get to school. And a second time each day to get back. It is a brutal march and they walk it every day just to obtain a tiny iota of education. Risky, spectacular and sometimes just simply beautiful.

TRAILER:
SUBJECT OF FILM:
DIRECTOR: Joachim Foerster



Directors
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Joachim Foerster

Joachim Foerster is making documentaries since 9 years, always with a focus on foreign countries and people living a daily life no one of us can imagine. He was in Chernobyl 25 years after the explosion, visited the exclusion zone in Fukushima and saw how people handle the radiation, in Indonesian sulfur mines where people die ten years earlier than the average. And then he made his maybe best project ever: The most dangerous ways to... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 11:00am - 12:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

11:00am

Love In The Sixties
Limited Capacity seats available

Love In The Sixties is a documentary about the 'First Lady of Keeping Austin Weird' movement -- Aralyn Hughes, who becomes a performance artist/solo performer at the age of 65 after a 35 year business career.  A staunch feminist and former director of the first abortion clinic in Austin, Aralyn takes a walk on the wild side when she places an ad in the Austin Chronicle that reads: "Dominatrix wannabe, a Bette Midler with a whip looking for quirky submissive to look but not touch ..." Overwhelmed by responses, Aralyn sets off on a whole new life journeythat gets her pondering: is this s retirement option, or an unexpected means of finding love and sharing her crone wisdom.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECT: Aralyn Hughes
DIRECTOR: Amparo Garcia-Crow
PRODUCERS: Amparo Garcia-Crow, Aralyn Hughes

Directors
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Amparo Garcia-Crow

Amparo Garcia-Crow is a multi-disciplinary artist who acts, sings, directs and writes plays, screenplays and songs. Her most recent film "Death Rattle" which she wrote and produced premiered at the Los Angeles Latino International and Cine las Americas.  And her half hour film, “Loaves and Fishes” (which she also stars in) aired on the PBS series “Territories”, after premiering at SXSW and the Los Angeles Latino... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Aralyn Hughes, Film Subject

For over 33 years Aralyn has been an icon in Austin helping to keep the city as bright, colorful, and unique as she is.  Aralyn is one of Austin’s favorite “Keep Austin Weird” characters, featured on HGTV, Discovery Channel, both national and local CBS networks, various radio stations, and local venues like Zachary Scott Theater. She is co-author of IN THE WEST, one of the longest running monologue shows in Austin... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

11:00am

Love Steaks
Limited Capacity seats available

In "Love Steaks," Clemens starts a new job as a massage therapist in a luxury hotel.  The ladies he massages bashfully fall for his hands and make advances that throw him off balance.  Lara, who works in the kitchen, tries it the hard way.  She shakes Clemens up and brings him out of his shell.  She is the knife; he is the spoon.  She tries to rid him of his fears; he tries to rid her of her addiction.  An unlikeley couple falls in love.  Dirty, bloody, honest.  


CAST & CREW
CAST: Lana Cooper, Franz Rogowski
DIRECTOR: Jakob Lass
PRODUCERS: Ines Schiller, Golo Schultz
COMPOSER: Golo Schultz

Directors
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Jakob Lass

Director, "Love Steaks", Lass Brothers Filmproduktion
American-born son of Czech parents in Bavaria, Jakob now lives in Berlin.  He is a trained actor and member of the independent film school Filmarch Kreuzberg.  Since 2009 he has been studying directing at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg. He attended Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008 with his short film BADEMEISTER PAUL. His filmography prizes and festival appearances include over a dozen short films and the 2011 feature film FRONTALWATTE.

Cast & Crew
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Lana Cooper, Actor

Lana Cooper is an actress, known for Love Steaks (2013), 102 PS (2009) and Fleisch ist mein Gemüse (2008).
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Franz Rogowski, Actor

Franz Rogowski is an actor, choreographer, and dancer who grew up in Tubingen, Germany. He has known since his youngest years in school that he does not want a job sitting in a chair, so he has studied classical drama and ballet. Since 2007, he has worked with Nikolas Stemann (Thalia Theater, Hamburg), Banality Dreams (Schaubuhne, Berlin), Falk Richter (Volksbuhne, Berlin), John Dullin (Brussels National Theater) and many others.  LOVE... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

11:00am

The Sublime & Beautiful
Limited Capacity seats available

David Conrad is a college professor raising three children in a small Kansas suburb with his wife Kelly. David and Kelly's marriage is brought to its breaking point when they lose their children to a drunk driving accident. David's desire for retribution leads him into uncharted moral territory with the question: can we forgive?

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z87DL4Fw1E0

CAST & CREW
CAST: Blake Robbins, Laura Kirk, Matthew Del Negro
DIRECTOR: Blake Robbines
PRODUCERS: Chris Blunk, James B. Cox, Grant Fitch, Cherelle George, Laura Kirk, Marci Liroff, Bob Meiers, Jon Niccum, Jeremy Osbern, Warren Ostergard, Blake Robbins, Kevin M. Slee, Kevin Willmott
MUSIC: Lili Hayden  

Directors
avatar for Blake Robbins

Blake Robbins

Writer/Director, The Sublime and Beautiful
Blake Robbins is an award winning writer, director and actor. His feature film debut The Sublime and Beautiful was chosen as one of 10 narrative features selected from thousands to world premiere in competition at the 20th annual Slamdance Film Festival. The Sublime and Beautiful has since played 11 major film festivals, winning 8 awards and receiving another 7 award nominations. Currently picked up for North American... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge w/ WIFI, snacks, afternoon pint and live music
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reserved Ringler’s Pub for the duration of the festival to give filmmakers a place to meet each other, fuel up on northwest pub fare and locally-brewed pints, or maybe even get some work done. The Filmmakers’ lounge is one of the most popular perks of the event—a central destination for industry professionals, actors, writers, directors, producers, studio executives, filmmakers, financial decision makers, and their guests.

You can join in filmmaking forums at the lounge, enjoy live music, ask our amazing volunteers for help and information, or just hang out. We expect about 2,000 people to wander through over the week.

Ringler’s sits beneath the floating-floored Crystal Ballroom and Lola's Room in downtown Portland. It’s named for the ballroom’s founder, dance aficionado and entrepreneur Montrose Ringler, and features a high wood-beamed ceiling, massive mosaic-tiled bar, and the familiar crack of pool cues in the background.

The hospitality of our Lounge echoes the founding principles of accessibility, openness and play that put the Portland Film Festival in a class of its own.

LIVE MUSIC (4-5pm): Live Local Band 

TO BE A LOUNGE PARTNER, CONTACT US: support@portlandfilmfestival.com


 



Sunday August 31, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
Ringlers Pub 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

My Shanghai
Limited Capacity seats available

My Shanghai captures the story of WWII internee, Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon. 

Growing up fast in 1930s Shanghai, the “Paris of the Orient,” Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon was imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II at Lunghwa Camp, where she met Bill, her husband-to-be. At 92, Virginia unveils a deeply personal story of love, loss, art, and the art of survival in this portrait documentary.

Virginia unleashes her wit and wisdom with provocative detail. Every photograph in her album triggers a memory as sharp as shrapnel: “There’s the bridge the Japanese swarmed over to get to us.” “There’s a bomb crater that my mother’s looking into.” She remembers the shock of running into someone long after the war. “His wife was glaring at us... while we were really talking about what had happened to our lives in-between.” She faced key turning point in her life when she and Bill moved to Japan after the war. Instead of bitterness, she embraced the culture.

Interviews with Virginia's daughters, son and grandson show just how important she is to her family today. Her stories weave throughout a visit to the local farmers’ market, to her daughter’s garden in search of the perfect flowers, to her studio as she creates Japanese ikebana arrangements, and to her collection of beautiful woodblock prints. Vivid archival footage, personal photos gathered from family collections and declassified secret documents from the British Archives help illustrate not just the life of one woman, but of her generation.

TRAILER: http://myshanghaifilm.com/trailer/

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Virginia Lumsdaine McCutcheon
DIRECTOR: P.H. Wells
PRODUCERS: P.H. Wells, Joan Macbeth, Tierney Boorboor
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ron Macbeth
COMPOSER: Jonathan Geer

 

Directors
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P.H. Wells

Director, "My Shanghai", First Straw Films
Producer, Director, Writer, Editor. On the way to marketing her screenplays to Hollywood, Pam discovered documentary storytelling and a love of editing. She created First Straw Films in 2011 and raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter for My Shanghai. Born in Pasadena, her background in design and small business was natural training for independent film production; nine years in the Portland Opera Chorus, less so, but key to her love for the... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

Actors Workshop: Marketing for Actors
Limited Capacity seats available

What do you need as an actor in today’s competitive market? These are the several marketing tools that will put you in the running for roles. Learn how to make sure yours are up to par, and make sure you're employing everything you can to get noticed and be cast.

Moderators
avatar for Alexandra Blatt

Alexandra Blatt

Director of Acting, Portland Film Festival
Alexandra is an actor, writer, and director currently living in Portland, OR. After receiving a BA in Acting from Columbia College Chicago, she move to NYC to study at the Actors Studio Drama School. For more info, please visit www.AlexandraBlatt.com. She's traveled a bunch, done some stuff, and is now producing and directing the feature she wrote last year, Pocket Girl, in Portland this fall. www.PocketGirlMovie.com

Speakers
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Levy Moroshan

Sector 5 Productions LLC
Levy Moroshan has been in the photography field for over 10 years and video for the last 3. Working with both commercial and private individuals to deliver the best possible images and compelling video. | After college he discovered his talent for lighting and photography. Agencies throughout the Northwest quickly became aware of his work and sought his services. This also led to work in the film, tv and entertainment industry. Working... Read More →
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Rich Morris

Casting Networks
For almost twenty years, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Seattle, Rich Morris has acted in Movies, Television, on Stage, and in Commercials. For seven of those years, while living in Los Angeles, Rich worked in Commercial Casting for Kris Nicolau, Ross Lacy, Mick Dowd, Jacob Klempner, Liz Paulson, Gabrielle Schary, and on and on, eventually going to work for Casting Networks International as a consultant to improve their Casting... Read More →
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Cholee Thompson

Cholee Thompson, the owner & President of Ryan Artists and has been in & around the fashion, modeling, and talent industry since she was a young girl. She stepped out from in front of the camera in 2009 when she took over Ryan Artists Inc. | | This year marks Ryan Artists 33rd year as a full service modeling, acting, styling and voice over agency in the Pacific Northwest. Both SAG and AFTRA franchised, They proudly represent the best... Read More →


Sunday August 31, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

12:00pm

Screenwriting Class: DO IT YOURSELF presented by Willamette Writers
Limited Capacity seats available

DO IT YOURSELF
Making your own film? Writing for a niche market? Writing a web series? This class covers everything you need to know - from Central Locations to Confined Cameos to Robert Rodriguez's school bus. Using examples from MOON, THE COOLER, STATION AGENT and films produced by the instructor for pocket change, this class is packed with information. How Indie films challenge the audience (while mainstream films reassure the audience). Writing for a budget, writing for non-actors, getting the most 
production value out of your budget. 

Speakers
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William C. Martell

"William C. Martell is the Robert Towne of made for cable movies," (Washington Post reviewer) David Nuttycombe. Last year William C. Martell handed in the first draft for the studio remake of a 1980s horror film, and has written 19 produced screenplays that were carelessly slapped onto celluloid: 3 for HBO, 2 for Showtime, 2 for USA Net, and a whole bunch of CineMax Originals (which is what happens when an HBO movie goes really, really wrong... Read More →


Sunday August 31, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

12:30pm

Copenhagen
Limited Capacity seats available

After weeks of traveling through Europe the immature William finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen. Not just another European city, Copenhagen is also the birthplace of his father. When the youthful Effy befriends the older William they set off on an adventure to find William’s grandfather. Effy’s mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges William unlike any woman ever has. As the attraction builds and William truly connects with someone for the first time in his life, he must come to grips with destabilizing elements of his family’s sordid past.

CAST & CREW
CAST: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Olivie Grant, Tamzin Merchant, Mille Dinesen, Baard Owe, Gordon Kenney 
DIRECTOR: Mark Raso
PRODUCERS: Mauro Mueller, Mette Thygesen
COMPOSER: Agatha Kaspar

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/B7omdA1xWKU

Directors
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Mark Raso

Director, "Copenhagen"
Mark Raso is a Writer/Director from Toronto, Canada. Mark has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Student Academy Award (Oscar®) Gold Medal for his short film "Under" in 2012. Mark has also been awarded the David Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing and The Hollywood Foreign Press Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. In 2013 he was named to the Tracking Boards "Young and Hungry" list. He has made... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Gethin Anthony, Actor

Gethin Anthony is an English actor who studied English Literature at Oxford University's Balliol College and was President of the Oxford University Drama Society, before training at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). He has appeared in “Ten Days to War” and “Doctors”, and played Renly Baratheon in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”.
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Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Actor

Only nineteen years old, Frederikke Dahl Hansen is a shooting star in Denmark. She has been nominated twice for a Bodil Award (Danish Film Awards). Once for Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Rebounce” in 2012, and one year later in 2013, she won the Bodil award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for the film “You and Me Forever”. “Copenhagen” is her first International and English speaking film.
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Mauro Mueller, Producer

Mauro Mueller is a Swiss-Mexican narrative filmmaker with an M.F.A. in Film from Columbia University in New York. His short film "Un mundo para Raúl" ("A World for Raúl") won numerous awards including the Student Academy Award (Oscar®) in 2013. His films have screened at a 100+ festivals and have won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, the Big Beach Best Directing Award, the IFP Audience Choice Award. Mauro was part of the... Read More →
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Mette Thygesen, Producer

Mette Thygesen is a filmmaker from Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a Masters degree in Communication and International Development from Roskilde University in Denmark and she also studied film at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto, Canada. She has worked, written articles and made documentaries in the Palestinian Territories, post-war former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone. She focuses on telling stories with a social... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

12:45pm

Salmon Confidential
Limited Capacity seats available

When biologist Alexandra Morton discovers BC’s wild salmon are testing positive for dangerous European salmon viruses associated with salmon farming worldwide, a chain of events is set off by government to suppress the findings. Tracking viruses, Morton moves from courtrooms, into British Columbia’s most remote rivers, Vancouver grocery stores and sushi restaurants. The film documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save the wild salmon of the Pacific Northwest.

TRAILER: http://vimeo.com/64847457

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: BC Wild Salmon plight
DIRECTOR: Twyla Roscovich
PRODUCERS: Twyla Roscovich


Directors
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Twyla Roscovich

Director
An independent BC documentary filmmaker and underwater cinematographer who lives & works her sailboat making marine ecology films on the coast. She has worked as a director and cinematographer for the BBC Natural History Unit, A&E, and Discovery Channel. She now writes, shoots, edits and narrates her own productions. Twyla's film websites include  CallingfromtheCoast.com, SalmonConfidential.ca



Sunday August 31, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

12:45pm

Big in Japan
Limited Capacity seats available

“Big in Japan” is a semi-fictionalized rock-and-roll road movie about a struggling Seattle band determined to not fade away. The film, which is based loosely on actual events, follows real life rockers, Tennis Pro, as they travel to Japan- a last ditch attempt to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers.  Director John Jeffcoat (Outsourced) utilizes a fresh narrative approach, guerrilla production style mixed with an international storyline to craft a dynamic and entertaining story where music and film intersect on two continents and cultures to reveal simple - and oftentimes hilarious universal truths.

CAST & CREW
CAST:  Phillip Peterson, Sean Lowry, David Drury, Alex Vincent, Adam Powers
DIRECTOR: John Jeffcoat
PRODUCERS: Jannat Gargi, John Jeffcoat
MUSIC: Phillip Peterson, Tennis Pro band



Directors
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John Jeffcoat

Director, "Big In Japan"
John Jeffcoat (writer/director/ Co-DP/ producer/ editor) is an award winning writer, director and cinematographer.  He co-wrote and directed the indie comedy hit, Outsourced, and was tapped by NBC to adapt the film into a 24 part prime-time TV series.  Big in Japan is Jeffcoat’s second feature film which he wrote, directed and shot on location in Tokyo- starring Seattle band Tennis Pro.

Cast & Crew
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David Drury, Actor

DAVID DRURY has been kicked out of hundreds of casinos. A high stakes card counter who played on a successful professional blackjack team featured in the 2011 documentary Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians (Warner Bros.). David  is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, and in the pages of Best American Nonrequired Reading. He serves as Tennis Pro guitarist and vocalist.
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Sean Lowry, Actor

Sean Lowry is a blur on two wheels. Growing up in a small farming town, he hopped on a motorcycle, threw a gravel rooster tail on his past and hasn’t looked back since. Sean tempered his brash lifestyle into a career as an eccentric and award-winning hairstylist to the Seattle elite.  He is also a Co-producer on Big in Japan.
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Phil Peterson, Actor and Musician

PHIL PETERSON is a Seattle-based composer who studied cello from the age of 3, and began touring Europe as a principal cellist at age 17. Peterson has arranged and played on the three latest Nada Surf records, leading to performances on The Conan O’Brien Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly. He has also shared the stage with BB King, Kenny Loggins, Al Green, Heart, Yes, Blues Traveler, Queensrÿche and The... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

12:45pm

The Umbrella Man
Limited Capacity seats available

The Umbrella Man marks the feature film debut by commercial film veterans and brothers, Michael and Joseph Grasso.

Set in 1983 Pittsburgh, PA, Peter and Annie Brennan face the tragic death of their young son.

The boy's death and the subsequent acquittal of his killer, kindles a conspiratorial paranoia in Peter that threatens his sanity, and marriage.

While trying to discover more about the killer of his son, Brennan becomes fixated on the story of The Umbrella Man, a suspected shooter in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His decent into the underworld of conspiracy theorist sub-culture provides a place of emotional refuge for Peter, yet also contributes to his psychological undoing.

From a Moose Lodge in Swissvale PA, to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, The Umbrella Man is one couples story of love, loss, and the 'against all odds' survival of their relationship.

TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyO4SRNE47Q

CAST & CREW
CAST: Carter Roy, Rachael Carpani, Abbie Cobb, Rich Williams, Kevin, Crowley
DIRECTOR: Michael Gasso
PRODUCERS: Phillip Barnett, Travis W. Cox, Joe Grasso, Michael Grasso, Robert A. Miller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Phillip Edelmann, Ronald Lindblom, Brenda Markstein, Barbara Polous, Troy Rydalch
COMPOSER: Alexander Janko

 

Directors
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Michael Grasso

Director, GSquared
Michael Grasso is an award winning director with over 40 years of experience. Having garnered major awards and worldwide recognition for his work in advertising, Michael turned his focus towards narrative filmmaking. THE UMBRELLA MAN  penned by Michael and his brother Joseph, marks his feature film debut. |  Born in Rome, New York, Michael grew up in Sacramento, Ca. where he began shooting film at age 13.  He first professional job came in... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

1:30pm

Work-in-Progress Panel - OPEN to FILMMAKER PARTICIPATION
Limited Capacity seats available

A talk with directors currently in development on their projects. Bring your project video or something to show. Limit of time may dictacte length of presentation. Email programming@portlandfilmfestival.com to get on the list.



FREE ADMISSION. 

 


Sunday August 31, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

1:30pm

Screenwriting Class: Uniting Story Structure & Character Arc
Limited Capacity seats available

UNITING STORY STRUCTURE & CHARACTER ARC

with 

Michael Dunaway movies editor at Past Magazine

Sophia Savage former writer at IndieWire

 

 

Topics covered will include:

  •  The primary goal of all story
  •  The power of desire, need, longing and destiny
  • The essential conflict all characters must face
  • Turning plot structure from a complicated concept into a simple, powerful tool you can easily apply to every story
  • The single key to creating character arc and theme
  • The power of transformation

 

If you want to elevate your storytelling and filmmaking to the highest possible level, this event is a must.


 

 


Sunday August 31, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

2:00pm

BFE
Limited Capacity seats available

Boredom and bad decisions are a part of life in far-off places like BFE. Young and old struggle to live free or die trying. Including Grampa who has a terminal illness but won’t go down without a fight. His grandson Ian, on the other hand, tries to teach the old man how to live, while at the same time, catch the eye of the troubled and angelic Ellie, whose feelings for Ian may be more than mutual. The problem is, Ellie’s popular boyfriend Zack, who like everyone else in this isolated town on the edge of nowhere, doesn’t want to be the last virgin.

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/NVwxAAkpKB0

CAST & CREW
CAST: Hans Altwies, Mark Carr, Will Cowles Meyer, Wally Dalton
DIRECTOR: Shawn Telford
PRODUCERS: Shawn Telford, Sarah MacAaron

Directors
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Shawn Telford

Writer/ Director, What a Dream INK
Shawn Telford is an actor, writer and director known for Safe Passage (2009), Gimme Music, Gimme Shelter (2007) and B.F.E. (2014). TV credits include guest starring roles on Leverage and Grimm. | Hailed as both excessively ordinary and highly original, Shawn is often told he looks like various celebrities (Alec Baldwin, Jason Giambi, Zach Galifianakis) and is often mistaken for anyone but himself. This is almost nearly but not quite hardly the... Read More →


Sunday August 31, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

2:30pm

Suck It Up Buttercup
Limited Capacity seats available

When the worlds of addiction, denial, deceit and dementia suddenly collide one night, the collateral damage from teenage drug use is laid bare.

Once an honors student, Jackie Holman is newly addicted to prescription pills. Her father Joe is out of work and in denial about Jackie's addiction. Her mother Ellie, pregnant and working double shifts to keep the family afloat, is also burdened with Jackie's senile grandfather and unaware of her daughter's drug use.

A fast moving chain of events unfolds as Jackie, desperate to get her next fix, lies to her father to get the money she needs. While she parties and waits for her cash, Joe and Ellie race to save her in a clash that brings out cop cars, handcuffs and heartache while testing the family resolve.

Grounded in the economic decline and teenage aimlessness that afflicts small town America, SUCK IT UP BUTTERCUP is raw, emotional and uncomfortably real.

TRAILER: http://youtu.be/vBXXshkRDL8

CAST & CREW
CAST: Robyn Ross, Gregory Konow, Lacy Marie Meyer
DIRECTOR: Malindi Fickle
PRODUCERS: Malindi Fickle, Beth O'Neill


Directors
MF

Malindi Fickle

Director/Producer/Co-writer, Suck It Up Buttercup
“Suck It Up Buttercup” marks Malindi Fickle's first foray into writing/directing narrative features. Fickle’s documentary “By The People” (2006), was broadcast nationwide on PBS and won a prestigious HUGO award. Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Time Out NY, Film Journal International and New York Magazine, “By The People” was also ranked as one of the Top Docs at The Jackson Hole Film Festival and The Library of the... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

2:30pm

Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti
Limited Capacity seats available

Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti chronicles the aftermath of the devastating earthquake which struck the impoverished island in January 2010, the efforts to rebuild and of two American organizations extraordinary efforts to bring health and hope back to the people most affected by the disaster. A story of hope and of giving back, across nations and peoples, despite catastrophic circumstances.

TRAILER: http://www.unbreakableinhaiti.com/en/index.html

CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Haiti after 2010 earthquake
NARRATED: Bruce Greenwood
DIRECTOR: Michael Macari
PRODUCERS: Andrew Walther, Michael Macari, David Naglieri, David Macari, Richard Tarantino, Sean Herbert

Directors


Sunday August 31, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

2:30pm

Half Brother
Limited Capacity seats available

When his longtime girlfriend breaks up with him, 30 year-old Michael suddenly finds himself homeless. With nowhere else to go, he spends the weekend at his father and stepmother's house, only to find that they're embroiled in a bitter divorce. As he gets caught in the middle of their angry disputes, Michael struggles to come to terms with his place in a dysfunctional family. Starring Stephen Plunkett (The Mend), Dante Bruzzese, Casey Biggs, Christina Haag, and Elizabeth Masucci (TNT's Public Morals), Half Brother is a family drama about finding your home, even as it's falling apart.


CAST & CREW
CAST : Stephen Plunkett, Dante Bruzzese, Casey Biggs, Christina Haag, Jenny Dare Paulin, Emily Kratter, Elizabeth Masucci, Blaire Brooks, Ian Bell, Jenna Laurenzo, Bjorn Thorstad, Edward Furs, Brian Patrick Murphy
DIRECTOR: Anthony Grippa
PRODUCER: Stephen Paratore



TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/87424724

Directors
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Anthony Grippa

Anthony Grippa is an independent filmmaker and photographer from New Jersey.  He graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in History and earned his M.F.A. in Directing from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.  He also spent two years studying and performing improv at The People’s Improv Theater in New York.  Anthony has written and directed several short films, music videos, and commercials.  His previous... Read More →

Cast & Crew
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Elizabeth Masucci, Actor

Elizabeth is a New York based actor who began her career in the theatre. Her first passion was ballet, which she studied until moving to New York City to attend Fordham University at Lincoln Center. While in college, Elizabeth developed a deep interest in the theatre. Within her first two years following graduation, she produced and acted in four plays: "Women of Manhattan", "Rabbit Hole", "Crimes of the Heart", and "Italian American... Read More →
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Stephen Plunkett, Actor

Stephen Plunkett was born on September 1, 1981 in Jacksonville, Texas, USA. He is an actor, known for The Mend (2014), Care (2013) and Rolling on the Floor Laughing (2011).



Sunday August 31, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

2:30pm

I Play With The Phrase Each Other
Limited Capacity seats available

The first feature film composed entire of cell phone calls. Jake, a young neurotic, is persuaded to leave his small home town and move to the city to live with his friend Sean, a fanatical poet who survives by swindling inexperienced Craigslist customers. When Jake arrives in the city, Sean has disappeared, and as he struggles to secure a job and a place to stay, Jake discovers a nocturnal world of neon poverty in which his friend is thriving.


CAST & CREW
CAST: Will Hand, Megan Kopp, JayAlvarez, Alexander Fraser
DIRECTOR: Jay Alvarez
PRODUCERS: Jay Alvarea, Magan Kopp, Ray Callaway

 

Directors
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Jay Alvarez

Jay Alvarez was raised in a five-car garage in Northern California by his single father. In 2006 he relocated to Portland, Oregon to make a living through high-priced Craiglist sales. Over the course of six years, Alvarez earned enough profit to fund his debut feature film, “I Play With The Phrase Each Other”. 

Cast & Crew


Sunday August 31, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

2:30pm

Hotline
Limited Capacity seats available

HOTLINE is a documentary about the people who call and work for telephone hotlines and an exploration of the ways human conversation and connection can fight isolation and alienation in an increasingly digital world. 

HOTLINE looks at the intensely intimate conversations that occur between anonymous strangers.  From phone sex operators that buck industry standards by advertising their services with their real photos, to New York City's only suicide hotline that doesn't trace its calls, to the iconic spokeswoman of the Psychic Readers Network, Ms. Cleo, HOTLINE takes viewers behind the scenes and lets them eavesdrop on conversations that are intensely personal.  At a time when we are told that the telephone is an obsolete technology, many hotlines are experiencing record high numbers of calls.  HOTLINE seeks to open up a conversation about how we deal with loneliness and isolation… and how sometimes the help and support we need can only come from a stranger.

website: www.hotlinedoc.com



CREW

Directed and Produced by Tony Shaff
Produced by Lauren Ashley Belfer and Bryce Renninger
Edited by Charles Dugan
Filmed by Tony Shaff and Lauren Ashley Belfer
Audio by Bryce Renninger
Music by Jess Stroup
Associate Editor, Tara Brochon


Directors
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Tony Shaff

Director - Hotline a Documentary
Tony Shaff (Director/Producer) is a former telephone psychic and suicide hotline volunteer.  As a Brooklyn based filmmaker, his work has screened at festivals across the country and he received a Student Academy Award Nomination for his film Get Outta Here!. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Tony has been involved in creative and story development with Showtime Networks, Center Theatre Group, MTV networks and... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Laurelhurst 2735 East Burnside Street Portland, Oregon

4:00pm

Obama Mama
Limited Capacity seats available

Obama Mama - Nominated for Documentary Award, Seattle International Film Festival 2014

The most powerful man in the world says he owes everything to his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, the mother of President Barack Obama. She was an extraordinary and charismatic woman, who lived a full life, moving halfway around the world, yet remaining a true American both participating in making a better world and observing it with intelligent eyes. Stanley Ann's personal and public life mirrored (and often presaged) the important political, cultural and social changes of her time. From the Cold War fears, to the Civil Rights movement, Feminism and the United States' presence abroad, Ann Dunham's journey from a small town in Kansas to the remote villages of Indonesia, taught her what it truly means to be an American.

TRAILER: http://www.movieweb.com/movie/obama-mama/trailer


CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Stanley Ann Durham
DIRECTOR: Vivian Norris
PRODUCERS: Vivian Norris, Brian Woods

 

Directors
VN

Vivian Norris

Director, Writer, VIGILANTE-VNM PRODUCTIONS
Vivian Norris is based in Paris and holds a PhD, focusing on Cinema Studies, and wrote a dissertation on Globalisation and Media. Currently she is an independent producer on a feature film about Muhammad Yunus and Microcredit as well as directing and producing a documentary on the life of Obama's mother, Ann Dunham. She has directed/produced shorts, docs and written screenplays since 1990.



Sunday August 31, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

#PDXPITCH: Pitch your movie idea to Hollywood Insiders
Limited Capacity seats available

FREE TO ATTEND.

Have you got a great idea for a movie?

This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts – they are the people who decide what will be made and what won’t.

To pitch, just drop $5 in the hat, and the floor is yours. You have two minutes to convince the panelists your script is great, and maybe to read it. They can and will gong you off if you are boring.

Improve your pitching skills and get instant feedback.

Book your seat quickly in order to ensure entry, it's going to be packed.

 


Speakers
MH

Michael Hauge

Story Mastery
MICHAEL HAUGE is a story expert, author and lecturer who works with writers, filmmakers, business leaders, attorneys and public speakers, both in Hollywood and around the world. He has coached screenwriters, producers, stars and directors on projects for every major studio and network, most recently I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK and THE KARATE KID for Will Smith and Overbrook Entertainment; MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE for Columbia Pictures; BAKUGAN for... Read More →


Sunday August 31, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Street Portland OR 97201

4:30pm

FREE Live Music in Waterfront Park
Limited Capacity seats available

Come listen to music before the movie plays at sundown.

Music starts at 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Bands include: Midnight Serenaders, Jenny Finn Ochrestra ,Jacob Miller & The Bridge City Crooners 

Sunday August 31, 2014 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Waterfront Park Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204

5:00pm

Portland Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Awards for Audience Award, Best Documetnary Feature and Short and Best Narrative feature and short.

FREE ADMISSION.

Sunday August 31, 2014 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Waterfront Park Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204

5:00pm

Movie in Waterfront Park & Closing Night Film: BRONX OBAMA
Limited Capacity seats available

When Louis Ortiz shaved off his goatee one day in 2008, his life changed forever. He looked in the mirror and he didn’t see himself – a middle-aged, unemployed Puerto Rican father from the Bronx. He saw the face of change, of hope… of money. BRONX OBAMA tells the strange and improbable tale of a Barack Obama impersonator who tries to cash in on the “look of a lifetime” and chases a fevered American dream from opportunity to oblivion.

Filmmaker Ryan Murdock’s debut feature film has been in the making for nearly 3 years, as he intimately documented Mr. Ortiz’s transformation during Obama’s first term and the 2012 election season. Murdock has rolled out this story in multiple parts – first as a 36-minute radio piece for NPR’s This American Life, then as a short film for The New York Times. The 90-minute feature documentary reveals a host of new characters; a manager who pushes Louis hard to “become Obama,”  a seasoned “Bill Clinton” who dispenses advice, and a hard-working “Mitt Romney” who bets it all on his newfound career. Murdock captures unexpectedly hilarious moments along this Twilight-Zone-esque campaign trail while delving deep into the question of what it means to be someone you’re not.

TEASER TRAILER: http://youtu.be/tavgN-2M0YI


Cast & Crew
RM

Ryan Murdock

Ryan is an independent filmmaker and the creative director of his company, Saving Daylight Productions, which creates documentary media for clients and develops original editorial projects. His recent work has been featured on the BBC, The New York Times, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, and Gawker, among others. BRONX OBAMA is Ryan’s first feature length documentary. He adapted his story for an episode of This American... Read More →
BO

Bronx Obama

Louis Ortiz is an actor, entertainer and Barack Obama impersonator. He is the president's closest natural lookalike and has earned his nickname"Obama's Clone".Mr. Ortiz is a United States Army veteran who was thrust into the performing arts due to his startling similarity to the 44th President.  His unexpected likeness and impeccable impression of President Obama have made him an overnight media sensation. | | Some of his major media... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Waterfront Park Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204

5:30pm

Portland Film Club
Limited Capacity seats available

Film lovers unite! Join in and watch a movie in the park for FREE!

Sunday August 31, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Waterfront Park Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204

6:00pm

Divide in Concord
Limited Capacity seats available

Divide in Concord is a documentary that follows the entertaining tale of banning bottled water in small town America.  In 1775, Concord patriots fired the infamous 'shot heard round the world' that began a Revolution and defined a nation. Now a local eighty-four year-old woman has waged another seemingly unwinnable battle. For three years Jean Hill has been trying to rid the town of single-serve plastic bottles of water. Complete with strong opposition from local merchants and the bottled water industry, Jean is once again leading the controversial crusade.


CAST & CREW
FILM SUBJECTS:   Jean Hill, Adriana Cohen, Jim Crosby, Tom Blanding, Jill Appel, Eric Van Loon, All devoted revolutionary re-enactors
DIRECTOR: Kris Kaczor
PRODUCERS: David Regos, Jaedra Luke
MUSIC:  Gigantic Hand

Directors
KK

Kris Kaczor

Kris Kaczor is the founder of 750 Productions, a Brooklyn-based film making collective. After studying film and cinematography at The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan in 2001, he directed two 16mm film shorts that received national and international recognition. Since moving to Brooklyn in 2004 Kaczor has directed and edited feature docs, national spots, music videos and fringe video art. Receiving acclaim for his work, Kaczor maintains... Read More →

Cast & Crew
JH

Jean Hill, Activist

Jean Hill, a fiery 84-year-old widow and mother of four, wants to ban the sale of bottled water from Concord. Her path begins when her grandson tells her about the disastrous environmental effects of the empty plastic bottles.


Sunday August 31, 2014 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

8:00pm

Kumiko the Treasure Hunter
Limited Capacity seats available

Standing out like one very sore thumb in Tokyo's social landscape of relentless cheer and politeness, Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi, all grown up from the deaf-mute teenager of Babel) is a true misfit and a blatant weirdo alongside the interchangeable perky girls with whom she shares generic office work. Kumiko has a secret obsession: She's found a videotape, and on it is evidence of a buried fortune. Never mind that said videotape is a ragged VHS dupe of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo. With a true believer's fervor, Kumiko will get herself to the impossibly distant, exotic land of North Dakota—barriers of language, money, sufficient winter clothing and reality be damned. Her quest is as pure as it is, seemingly, insane. This is a frequently wordless road trip narrative, with the Zellner brothers' absurdist humor boiled down to exquisite minimalism. It's peopled with characters whose warmth is only heightened by Kumiko's impenetrable oddity. The result requires patience, but rewards with droll enchantment. Not the least of its pleasures are Sean Porter's widescreen photography and an original score by the Octopus Project. 

CAST & CREW
CAST:  Rinko Kikuchi, Nobuyuki Katsube, David Zellner, Nathan Zellner, Shirley Venard
DIRECTOR: David Zellner
PRODUCERS:  Nathan Zellner, Cameron Lamb, Chris Ohlson, Andrew Banks, Jim Burke

 

Directors
DZ

David Zellner and Nathan Zellner

http://zellnerbros.com/info/
David and Nathan Zellner are filmmakers based out of Austin, Texas. They are known for Kid-Thing (2012), Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014) and Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction (2008).

Cast & Crew
RK

Rinko Kikuchi, Actor

Rinko Kikuchi was born on January 6, 1981 in Hadano, Japan as Yuriko Kikuchi. She is an actress and director, known for Pacific Rim (2013), The Brothers Bloom (2008) and The Sky Crawlers (2008).



Sunday August 31, 2014 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

8:30pm

Closing Night Party at White Space Gallery
Come celebrate the end of the Portland Film Festival with music, friends, hors d'oeuvres and wine bar. 

MUSIC: DJ Mesh & Lace & Caroline Bauer

Sunday August 31, 2014 8:30pm - 11:30pm
White Space 1439 NW Marshall St Portland, OR 97209

10:00pm

The Immortalists
Limited Capacity seats available

The Immortalists is the story of two eccentric scientists struggling to discover medical breakthroughs to create eternal youth. And yet they fight to gain support for their cause in our world, which they call a world “blind to the tragedy of old age.” Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed long-distance runner racing against the ultimate clock. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: to cure aging or die trying. They publicly brawl with the old guard of biology who argue that curing aging is neither possible nor desirable. As Andrews and de Grey battle their own aging and suffer the loss of loved ones, their journeys toward life without end ultimately become personal. 


Directors
DA

David Alvarado

Director - The Immortalists, www.StructureFilms.com
David Alvarado is a New York based filmmaker interested in science, philosophy and the future of civilization. He was born the son of a Mexican immigrant in Dallas, Texas where he spent his teen years running amuck with punk rockers on a mission of anarchy. After dropping out of high school and developing an accomplished career in criminal mischief, he switched career paths after realizing the power of film. He soon earned his G.E.D., moved up... Read More →
JS

Jason Sussberg

Director - The Immortalists, Dogpatch Films
Jason Sussberg is a documentary filmmaker focused on BIG ideas on human progress and social justice. He started his career working in sports television for the San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors. After receiving his MFA at Stanford University in film, he co-founded Dogpatch Films in San Francisco. He is a digital dabbler (with a past life in motion graphics) who trains his lens on social and political topics ranging from jailed... Read More →



Sunday August 31, 2014 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
 
Monday, September 1
 

10:00am

FESTIVAL WINNER: Best Documentary Feature (Tamara W.) & Short Screening (Modify to Fit)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see the winner of the 2014 Portland Film Festival Documentary Feature & Short Award Winner

Monday September 1, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

FESTIVAL WINNER: Best Narrative Feature (Sex Ed) & Short Screening (Lessons Learned)
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see the winner of the 2014 Portland Film Festival Narrative Feature & Short Award Winner

Monday September 1, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

2:00pm

FESTIVAL WINNER: Director Award (B.F.E.) and Best of the Fest (The Dam Keeper) Award Winner Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Come see the winner of the 2014 Portland Film Festival Director Award (B.F.E.) and Best of the Fest Award Winner (The Dam Keeper) screening.

Monday September 1, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

3:30pm

DSLR CINEMA PANEL
Limited Capacity seats available

Director of Photogrpahy of Road to Paloma Brian Mendoza and Actor/Director Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) discuss the ins and outs of making Momoa’s first feature length film using DSLR cameras. Bring your questions and learn from this amazing team. Road to Paloma was shot with the Canon 5D Mk II. Come to hear what kind of lenses, lighting and other equipment was used to capture the visuals for Road to Paloma. Pro Photo Supply carries all the Canon grear you'll need to shoot your own short or feature and you'll know exactly what to pick up after attending this panel. ––– Watch the trailer of Road to Paloma ––– Watch the Extended look trailer of Road to Paloma


Monday September 1, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209

5:00pm

SPECIAL SCREENING: Road to Paloma w/ director & actor Jason Momoa
Limited Capacity seats available

Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, where he'll discover that justice has a cost.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srho0Gln7bs

LIVE MUSIC starts at 5:00 before screening. MUSIC:The Pynnacles    


Monday September 1, 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

8:00pm

SPECIAL SCREENING: Road to Paloma w/ director & actor Jason Momoa
Limited Capacity seats available

Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, where he'll discover that justice has a cost.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Srho0Gln7bs


Monday September 1, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209