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Celebrate cinema in Portland, Oregon. Watch over 200 independent films, attend over 75 workshops, networking events, parties, classes and more. Spread across 12+ venues. Buy tickets, merchandise and more at our Festival HQ located at 1139 NW Couch Street—just a block from Powells Books. September 1-7. #PDXFF15
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Tuesday, September 1
 

10:00am

Director's Coffee Chat
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Come and hear the filmmakers talk about today's movies. Wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide what film to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. We're excited to host both Steven Richter of Birds of Neptune and Daniel Barosa with his world premiere of GRU-PDX.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply. 



Tuesday September 1, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmakers - this one is just for you, industry members and festival VIPs. While you're in town, come check out the Filmmakers Lounge. It's your place to relax, enjoy FREE WIFI, snacks, drinks and a few surprises. Free lunch will be served daily at noon.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Rogue Ales & Spirits. 


Tuesday September 1, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

4:45pm

Birds of Neptune
Limited Capacity seats available

Birds of Neptune - Dark Urban Contemporary Fairy Tale 

Mona and Rachel live alone in their childhood house trying to keep memories of a mysterious past intact.

RUNTIME - 97 mins



Tuesday September 1, 2015 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

5:00pm

Filmmakers & VIP Welcome Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

This is the opportunity for Filmmakers & VIPs to meet, network and enjoy a special time before the festival kicks off.

Not open to the general public. Filmmakers, VIP and Industry passholders only. 


Tuesday September 1, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

6:30pm

Birds of Neptune - Opening Night Celebration & After-Party (Cinema 21)
Limited Capacity seats available

5:45 pm Red Carpet

6:30 pm Film

8:30 pm After Party 

Birds of Neptune - Dark Urban Contemporary Fairy Tale 

Mona and Rachel live alone in their childhood house trying to keep memories of a mysterious past intact.

RUNTIME - 97 min

The film is immediately followed by our Opening Night Soiree at Cine Rent West (2580 NW Upshur St). Come join us as we celebrate all that makes Portland a unique and wonderful place for filmmakers and viewers alike. Spend the evening being entertained by diverse local talent, tasty film themed treats and kick off the beginning of the 3rd annual Portland Film Festival.

Hosted after-Party sponsored by Koerner Camera Systems and Rogue Ales & Spirits.

Directors


Tuesday September 1, 2015 6:30pm - 11:30pm
Cinema 21 616 NW 21st St Portland , OR 97209

7:00pm

GRU-PDX - Opening Night Celebration & After-Party (Mission Theater)
Limited Capacity seats available

6:30 pm Red Carpet

7:15 pm Film

9:30 pm After Party 

ABOUT THE FILM

Documentary Feature: Culture/Travel/Food/Arts/Music 

The music scene in Portland is seen through the eyes of the Brazilian indie band, Quarto Negro.

CAST & CREW
Directed by:  Daniel Barosa 

RUNTIME - 86 min

The film is immediately followed by our Opening Night Soiree at Cine Rent West (2580 NW Upshur St). Come join us as we celebrate all that makes Portland a unique and wonderful place for filmmakers and viewers alike. Spend the evening being entertained by diverse local talent, tasty film themed treats and kick off the beginning of the 3rd annual Portland Film Festival.

After-Party sponsored by Koerner Camera Systems & Rogue Ales & Spirits.

Directors


Tuesday September 1, 2015 7:00pm - 11:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

8:30pm

Opening Night After-Party - Celebrate Portland Style!
Limited Capacity seats available

Come join us as we celebrate all that makes Portland a unique and wonderful place for filmmakers and viewers alike. Spend the evening being entertained by diverse local talent, tasty film themed treats and kick off the beginning of the 3rd annual Portland Film Festival.

Walk the 20' red carpet and enjoy food and beverages hosted by Koerner Camera Systems and Rogue Ales & Spirits. 


Tuesday September 1, 2015 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Cine Rent West 2580 NW Upshur St, Portland, OR 97210
 
Wednesday, September 2
 

10:00am

Director's Coffee Chat
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Come and hear the filmmakers talk about today's movies. Wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide what film to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio.


Wednesday September 2, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmakers - this one is just for you, industry members and festival VIPs. While you're in town, come check out the Filmmakers Lounge. It's your place to relax, enjoy FREE WIFI, snacks, drinks and a few surprises. Free lunch will be served daily at noon.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Rogue Ales & Spirits. 


Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:30am

Screenwriting Workshop: Mastering Suspense
Limited Capacity seats available

How to write thrillers with amazing plot twists and edge of your seat suspense, using examples from films by Alfred Hitchcock. From isolating your protagonist to the 20 most iconic suspense scenes and how to use them in *your* screenplay. Though aimed at thrillers, these techniques work in *any* genre (oddly, comedy and thrillers are very close to each other), and are great for novelists as well!

Instructor: William Martell

About the Instructor:
William C. Martell has written 19 films: three for HBO, two for Showtime, two for USA Network, and a whole bunch for Cinemax. He has been on some film festival juries, including five times at Raindance in London (once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright, and once with Julian Assange).

The late Roger Ebert discussed Martell’s work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 Oscar show, "If We Picked The Winners.” Martell is also quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book, "The Way Hollywood Tells It." His USA Network film, “Hard Evidence,” was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film, “Something To Talk About,” and out-rented it in the U.S. In 2009 Martell had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals. Recently, he wrote the remake of a hit 1980s horror flick for a mini-major studio, and later this year should have a family film shooting in the U.S.


Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

11:45am

DIY Filmmaking
Limited Capacity seats available

DIY Filmmaking will focus on a diversity of topics on the art of creating independent film. You will have the opportunity to discuss typical issues—receiving tips on successful indie filmmaking. Cameras, locations, editing and talent will be discussed to give you the best chance at making your own DIY indie film.

Instructor: Martin Vavra

About the Instructor:
Martin Vavra is an award winning director and producer in commercial, film & television and web series. His unique style and technical abilities have won him recognition for his commercial and film work. He was given the honor of being named the Rising Star in 2012, as a prominent film maker and creator in Oregon. His work has been seen on television, the big screen, and online.

Martin's ambition and drive are unequaled, and his enthusiasm to each project makes his work stand out. His perspective and style allow for an uncompromising work ethic, and a passionate voice to come out in each and every project. Always a proactive voice for professionalism, his sets are always a standard for excellence while maintaining the fun and excitement people would expect from him.

Speakers


Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:45am - 1:45pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

11:45am

The Red Umbrella Diaries
Limited Capacity seats available

The Red Umbrella Diaries focuses on seven LGBT sex workers as they prepare for the biggest performance of their lives, a night at Joe’s Pub in front of a live audience. Ready to hear real stories from a world many can hardly imagine, let alone understand. The mission of the film is to capture the humanity of a group of sex workers as they explore the question: what happens when people whose voices are almost never represented in mainstream media take control of their own stories?

Directors


Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:45am - 2:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

12:00pm

Audition Colorée (Hearing Colour)
Limited Capacity seats available

Audition Colorée (Hearing Colour) was filmed in Mongolia, Tibet, China, Kenya, Japan, Australia, the US and Korea. A fictionalised travelogue referencing poetic film essayists such as Chris Marker. Hearing Color explores ideas of language, place, time and memory.  It challenges the documentary form as a vehicle for representing both the subtleties and vastness of cultural difference and the liminal spaces of language.


Wednesday September 2, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

12:00pm

20 Years of Madness
Limited Capacity seats available

When the founder of a mid-90s Public Access TV show in Detroit reunites the eccentric cast after 20 years to make a new episode, he discovers that most of his childhood friends are struggling with issues ranging from mental illness to drug addiction. They are forced to take a hard look at their relationships and reconcile their teenage dreams with the realities of adulthood.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

12:00pm

Made in Japan
Limited Capacity seats available

Made in Japan is the story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. 40 years later, Tomi and her husband set out through Japan and the US to fulfill a dream of performing at The Opry one more time.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

12:15pm

Congo Beat the Drum
Limited Capacity seats available

Two musicians from Tel Aviv travel to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae artists from the past. The film follows Ariel Tagar (Kalbata) and Uri Wertheim (Mixmonster), from their basement studio in Tel Aviv, all the way to the Kingston ghettos, looking for their favourite singers of days gone by. In Jamaica, they encounter a strange, often challenging culture while trying to achieve their goal.

Directors

Wednesday September 2, 2015 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219
  • Writer Ariel Tagar
  • Producer Jonathan Doweck
  • Length in Mins 57

1:45pm

Sea Horse
Limited Capacity seats available

A mysterious occurrence has left three women homeless and struggling to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Their journey for survival leads to encounters with other questionable survivors as well as a dangerous supernatural presence.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

1:45pm

Screenwriting Workshop: Short Content: The Screenwriters New Calling Card
Limited Capacity seats available

For decades, aspiring screenwriters broke into the entertainment business by writing a killer “spec” script. Those days are rapidly fading, even with the proliferation of online script contests. Instead, more and more writers are showcasing their talents by making a short film or web series. In this seminar screenwriter, Randall Jahnson will discuss the reasons why producing short content is fast becoming an effective and viable strategy to launch your screenwriting career.

Instructor: Randall Jahnson

About the Instructor:
Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for 30 years. Among his credits are The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Dudes, Sunset Strip, and the forthcoming Norwegian feature, Dryads: Girls Don't Cry. In addition to rock singer Jim Morrison, he has written scripts about such diverse historical figures as inventor Nikola Tesla, psychedelic pioneer Timothy Leary, Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin, and African- American silent film director Oscar Micheaux. He's currently at work on a web series.

Speakers


Wednesday September 2, 2015 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

2:15pm

Kings of Kallstadt
Limited Capacity seats available

What do real estate tycoon Donald Trump and the Heinz Tomato Ketchup dynasty have in common? Their ancestors come from Kallstadt, a small, quiet wine growing village in the German Palatinate region. Can this really be a coincidence? Director Simone Wendel – also from Kallstadt – explores the issue in depth.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

2:15pm

Shorts Block 9 - Animation
Limited Capacity seats available

Short Block includes:

WHITE OUT. A lone pilot is faced with isolation on a dark and cold world. 6m. DIR: Cable Hardin.  

SO IT GOES. A short story about the beauty that comes with the burdens of life. 1m. DIR: Alex Pope.   

THE IMPORTANCE OF LIOS.The story of a young earthworm longs to know his place in the world. 8m. DIR: Danielle Edwards.

A TALE OF MOMENTUM & INERTIA. A Rock Giant holds in his hands the fate of a small coastal village. Can he forgive and forget? 1m. DIR: Kameron Gates & Kirk Kelley. 

WATERSTOP. A man who runs a steam train meets a lonely girl at kiosk. 6m. DIR: Takashi Uchida.

BAIT AND SWITCH. A bully shark picks on a much smaller fish, but the small fish appears not to mind. 3m.  DIR: Pamela Mathues.  

ARIA FOR A COW. A bovine diva takes a farmer on a musical journey to show she is about more than just dairy products. 7m. DIR: Dan Lund.

CHEESE DOG: THE MOVIE. A disgruntled employee dreams big of success in this colorful fast food fantasy. 15m. DIR: Jamie Dwyer & Justin Ulloa.

T.P. A roll of toilet paper awakens, and is horrified to discover what fate has in store for his kind. 10m. DIR: Bob Blevins.  

NIETA.An incoming storm helps to transform a young girl's perspective of the world. 5m. DIR: Nicolas Villarreal. GOLDEN SHOT.Imagine the sun, by looking at a light bulb. 9m. DIR: Gokalp Gonen. 

Cheese Dog: The Movie (WP)
T.P.
Nieta (USP)
Golden Shot (USP)


Wednesday September 2, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

2:30pm

Lost Conquest
Limited Capacity seats available

More than a thousand years ago, legendary Viking explorer Leif Ericson claimed the state of Minnesota for his Norse empire.  The nice folks who live there today have the ancient Viking artifacts to prove it. So why doesn't anybody believe them? Lost Conquest is a delightfully deconstructionist documentary about science and faith. (With swords.)

Cast & Crew
Directors
avatar for Mike Scholtz

Mike Scholtz

Director, Lost Conquest
I'm the director of Lost Conquest, which is playing on Wednesday, October 14th at 4:50pm. This is my third trip to Hot Springs. I directed Wild Bill's Run in 2012 and I produced Wicker Kittens in 2014. Why do I keep coming back? Because this is my favorite film festival in the world.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 2:30pm - 4:15pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

2:30pm

Love is Now
Limited Capacity seats available

Love is Now is the intriguing yet mysterious drama chronicling a summer of love for experienced photographer Audrey and aspiring snapper Dean. Propelled by new love and Audrey's free spirit, the couple embark on a formative country adventure following the Australian Harvest Trail, where they discover significantly more than they ever expected along the way.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

2:30pm

Clackamas Community College Shorts Block
Limited Capacity seats available

Clackamas Community College's Digitial Media Communications Advanced Filmmaking class partnered with the Portland Film Festival to screen some of their best student cinema projects from CCC. The Digital Media program at Clackamas is led by program director Andy Mingo and offers one of the most advanced film studies opportunities in the Northwest.

Shorts showing:

Insanity. WP - A man tries to find the solution in a life stuck on repeat.  Duration 6 minutes: Logan Cheshier

Staring at the Ceiling. WP -  A story about a deteriorating relationship. Duration: 9m. Director: Bradley Hill.

Knock Knock. 
WP. A young woman tracks down the man she is in love with. Duration: 5m. Director: Brittany Tilton

Rabada Family. 
WP. A young woman is hitchhiking and looking for adventure. She gets picked up by two members of a cult who invite her to stay with them. She is happy to discover this is the family she has been looking for. She then realizes, this is not the family she thought it was. Duration: 15m. Director: Brittany Tilton

Bardolph. 
WP. An ex-military officer loses everything to PTSD, but tries to conquer his demons by stopping a man committing "Stolen Valor." He struggles with his violent tendencies by handling the offender with civility. Duration: 8m. Director: T. Lwanga Lord

All the Young Dudes. WP. We've all been annoyed by someone at some point in our life. The question we face is whether to deal with the annoyance head on, or ignore the problem until it goes away. One man will discover that his inconsideration of other people will have life altering implications. Duration: 6m. Director: Cody Burrows

 
RUNTIME 44m



Wednesday September 2, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

4:00pm

Women in Film Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Anyone interested in film should attend and learn from over 50 years of experience. 

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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Lara Cuddy

With over 20 years of experience in concept development, marketing strategy, and project management on the books, Lara Cuddy works as a producer and designer in a broad range of media including film & video, broadcast, print, and interactive. Her list of duties include producing, line producing, and production management as well as post-production, promotion, and marketing coordination on independent short and feature film projects... Read More →
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Leslie Dixon

is a screenwriter and producer. Her illustrious screenwriting credits include: OVERBOARD, MRS. DOUBTFIRE, HAIRSPRAY, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, FREAKY FRIDAY, PAY IT FORWARD, THAT OLD FEELING, OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, and LIMITLESS. She was an executive producer for GONE GIRL, and producer for LIMITLESS, THE NEXT BEST THING, and THAT OLD FEELING among others.
avatar for Megan Griffiths

Megan Griffiths

Megan Griffiths has been a director, writer and producer in the independent film community for over a decade. Her most recent film Lucky Them (starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt and Johnny Depp) had its premiere at the 2013 Toronto Int’l Film Festival and was released by IFC Films. Her previous film, Eden (starring Jamie Chung, Matt O'Leary and Beau Bridges), premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film... Read More →
avatar for Ryon Lane

Ryon Lane

Founder, Origin Story
Ryon Lane is the founder of Origin Story, a platform (in development) designed to help filmmakers showcase their talent using short-form content (e.g., pitch trailers and short films), build an audience of fans using that work, and leverage community feedback to fund feature-length films based upon the work. | | Ryon is also a filmmaker and an attorney, and has previously served as a Business & Legal Affairs executive in Hollywood. He's... Read More →
LW

Leslie Waldman

Leslie Waldman has had a successful television career spanning over four decades. Her undergraduate work was done at Northwestern University, and she went on to receive an MA in cinema from USC. She's freelanced almost her entire career and has managed to work steadily. Jobs have ranged from high end national commercials to Afterschool Specials and television series. Leslie has worked as an Assistant Director, Producer and Production... Read More →



Wednesday September 2, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

4:45pm

Drama
Limited Capacity seats available

It's over a year since Anna split with John & life is only getting harder. She travels to Paris to the home of her best friend Jean. Jean is settling down with his French partner Philippe, but the timing of Anna's arrival isn't great. Philippe's mother is dying and it's taking its toll on them both. Thankful for the easy excuse to escape, Jean dedicates his time & attention to Anna who is devoted to another task entirely.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 4:45pm - 6:30pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

4:45pm

Shorts Block 4 - Documentaries
Limited Capacity seats available

Short Block includes:

Tiny Out Loud (WP) - Stephanie Rond’s gender gouging art makes gender roles smaller and the art world’s accessibility larger. Director: Andrew Ina

Jasper's Garage (WP) - Eighteen year old engineer Jasper Edwards recycles junk into motorised racing machines. Director: Daniel Edwards

Heartwood: The Art of Humaira Abid - Reflecting on the experiences of womanhood, artist Humaira Abid creates wooden sculptures in exquisite detail. Director: Laila Kazmi

The Simple Gift of Walnut Grove - The 96-year-old son of a Danish immigrant reflects on the relationship with his father forged under harsh conditions in the American midwest. Director: John Richard

The Evolution of an Artist: Thom Jones - You may not always know where you’re going, but everything happens for a reason. Director: Craig Brooks

Living With Coyote - Coyotes quickly adapt to their surroundings, but have humans adapted to their wild neighbors? Director: Priya Shelly

Zoe (WP) - The story of a little girl who thinks big.

Skateboarding's First Wave (WP) - A look at the early days of skateboarding culture in Southern California, and the kids that would shape its role in the media and in society. Director: Don Burgess

Dolphin Lover - The true story of Malcolm Brenner and his summer love affair with Dolly the dolphin. Directors: Joey Daoud, Kareem Tabsch

RUNTIME 107m



Wednesday September 2, 2015 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202
  • Length in Mins 107

5:00pm

Crocodile Gennadiy
Limited Capacity seats available

Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by forcibly abducting homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. As his country leans towards a European Union inclusion, hopes of continued post-Soviet revitalization seem possible. In the meantime, Gennadiy's center has evolved into a more nebulous institution.

Directors


Wednesday September 2, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

5:00pm

For Love and Broken Bones
Limited Capacity seats available

A lonely, serious and ruthless debt collector falls in love with a feisty and passionate wedding planner who also happens to be his latest assignment. Can they both overcome old fears and let love into their lives? And can he save her and her son in time, before his powerful and dangerous boss, comes to get his money back?



Wednesday September 2, 2015 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

5:00pm

An Evening w/ Wendy Froud plus a special screening of The Dark Crystal
Limited Capacity seats available

An American doll-artist, sculptor, and puppet-maker, best known for her work fabricating Yoda for the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and creatures for the Jim Henson films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth—including her son Toby, who played the young baby lead. Wendy is a profound contributor to cinematic history and will be receiving a life-time achievement award. In appreciation of her work, LucasFilms reached back into their StarWars archives to share with the festival behind-the-scenes images.

Includes a special screening of Dark Crystal immediately followed by a talk with Wendy Froud. 


Wednesday September 2, 2015 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

6:00pm

Women in Film - Networking
Limited Capacity seats available

Networking with members of Women in Film and other industry professionals


Wednesday September 2, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

6:00pm

Animation and MoCap
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into the world of animation and Motion Capture. Film and Video Game Development are ever advancing animation styles and computer generated realities, extending traditional storyboarding and stop motion animation. Animation Director Rob Bekhurs of Game Design Studio and SuperGenius and filmmaker, Andy Mingo will illustrate directorial considerations for Motion Capture with this live demonstration of Clackamas Community College's MoCap system, while animators Thomas Wasson and Chris Dreger will talk about the process of storyboard creation and stop motion animation


Wednesday September 2, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

7:00pm

Best of The 2015 PDX 48 Hour Film Project & Awards Ceremony
Limited Capacity seats available

Call the firehouse!  The Best of the 2015 Portland 48 Hour Film Project is poised to scorch the big screen at the Hollywood Theatre on September 2 at 7:00 PM! This is the only chance to see these films on the big screen-the way they were meant to be seen.  So come on out and support our local filmmaking community AND be highly entertained at the same time.  The evening will culminate with the awards ceremony for all our "Best of Portland" winners.  
The following films will be included in  The Best of the 2015 PDX 48HFP screening.

Ally Bee, “Marimamma”
Dark Pines, “Movie Night”
Fetus in Fetu, “Astrodame Odyssey”
Former James Has Friends, “Pangea”
French Toast Mafia, “Here Comes The Ride”
GCE, “The Farm”
Good Dog Productions, "Toke or Choke"
Lovely Numb, “The Panopticon”
Lynchpin, “Red Handed”
Monsieur Souer, “Out & About”
Number 10, “Mad”
Pending, “Mr. Fabulous”
Stormin’ D Castle “Bound To Happen”
Team Wolf, “Corner Stop”
 2014 It’s Your Town Invitational Winner;“Always Choose The Prior” by Pencil Ink Productions

All films were made by local filmmakers in and around Portland between July 31 and August 2. On Friday night, each team drew their genre. They were then given these required elements to include in their film.

CHARACTER: Cal or Cathie Coltrane, someone affected by the legalization of marijuana in Portland.
PROP: A bicycle part
LINE: ""We don't have time for this"
There are comedies, thrillers, animations, documentaries AND MORE!!  With a line-up like this, there is something for everyone--from kids in nappies to your slap happy grand pappy. (CAUTION: These films are not rated, and may not be appropriate for kids in nappies). 


Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Blvd Portland OR 97212

7:00pm

Yosemite
Limited Capacity seats available

1985. Chris drives up to Yosemite for the weekend with his dad, discovering a corpse in the woods. Joe, left to his own devices by his babysitter, befriends a drifter who shares his love of comic books. Meanwhile, a mountain lion is spotted in Palo Alto while Ted searches for his missing cat. Based on the short stories from James Franco’s collection, A California Childhood.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

7:00pm

Audio Post 101
Limited Capacity seats available

In this audio-centric presentation Eric Stolberg, sound designer/mixer and owner of Digital One Studios (www.digone.com), 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, voiceover recording and proper file organization.  The workshop will also include a tour of Digital One's post production facility and examples of different types of projects played back in one of Digital One's surround sound mixing suites.

Instructor: Eric Stolberg

Sponsored by: Digital One



Speakers


Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Digital One 2112 SW 1st Ave Ste 100 Portland, OR 97201

7:15pm

Shorts Block 1 - Narrative
Limited Capacity seats available

Charlie (WP)
A Reasonable Request (WP)
The Dynamic Double Standard (WP)
The Weight of Blood & Bones (WP)
MINIMUM WAGE (WP)
1500 Words (WP)
Hashtag (WP)
Greco Roman
Scratchers (WP)
We'll Find Something
Morgan Pickett's Charge (WP)
Dead Saturday


Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:15pm - 9:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

7:30pm

Angkor's Children
Limited Capacity seats available

A singer of Buddhist poetry, a circus artist, and former garment workers, grassroots, protest band; these are Angkor's Children. Sreypov, Phunam, and Messenger Band are members of the Cambodian generation after the Khmer Rouge regime that tragically killed 90% of artists and intellectuals.The arts become a vehicle of change in a country that has suffered so much.

Directors


Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

7:30pm

EEL
Limited Capacity seats available

On a film set in the California desert, director and provocateur Haytham Bisherat is conducting an experiment that will threaten his actors' lives. He's designed it to fail but there's no guarantee it will.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215
  • Trailer http://@monstermeanman on Instagram
  • Writer James Kaelan
  • Website http://eelmovie.com
  • Producer Blessing Yen
  • Length in Mins 61

7:30pm

Mirabilis
Limited Capacity seats available

Fausto is a botanist that encourages plants to stay away from humans. When he meets Cecilia he decides to rest his good karma in a love tree that he hopes will bring them luck. While he's trying to catch a thief that seems to be stealing the plants from the garden center he works for, Cecilia attends therapy to treat her romantic distraction syndrome, which makes her fall for every man that seems as fascinating as the previous one.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

8:15pm

The Resurrection of Jake the Snake Roberts
Limited Capacity seats available

A special event screening and a Q&A session moderated by UFC superstar Chael Sonnen with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Diamond Dallas Page, and director Steve Yu.

In the late 80s, Jake “the Snake” Roberts was among the most famous professional wrestlers in the world. His talent was undeniable, and the giant snakes he threw upon his opponents, unforgettable. 30 years later, Roberts has lost his family and his fortune to his reckless lifestyle. Waiting to die, a chance visit from an old friend and student sends him on a path to rediscover himself...before it’s too late.

Cosponsored by Slamdance Film Festival. 

Directors


Wednesday September 2, 2015 8:15pm - 10:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

9:30pm

Shorts Block 8 - Animation
Limited Capacity seats available

LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS. WP. Melissa Johnson, 6'4'' tall in 8th grade, was a basketball star. The film explores her misadventures in romance. USA 9m. DIR: Melissa Johnson.

AFTER THE END. WP. Sex, Drugs and Post-apocalyptic synth rock... Mankind is going out with a bang! England 11m. DIR: Sam Southward.

MANOMAN. USP. When Glen attends primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no limits. UK 11m, DIR: Simon Cartwright.

TIME/SPACE RELATIONSHIPS. WP. An inventor in the future creates a Time/Space Portal to find the twin sister she lost to tragedy. USA 8m. DIR: Alba Garcia.

CAT KILLER.  WP. Rendered in stark black and white, Cat Killer is a nightmarish fable recalling stories of Edgar Allan Poe and imagery of German Expressionists. USA 10m. DIR: Jeff Dorer.

IOWA. What makes a relationship last? Remembering? Or forgetting? USA 6m. DIR: Alex Vietti.

NOWHERE.  WP.  A young girl overcame her bullied childhood and explores the positive side of her life. USA 3m. DIR: Cheng Lee.

DIRTY LAUNDRY DAY. When an average Joe lands a modern day magic lantern with unlimited wishes. USA 6m. DIR: Jamil Lahham.

HERITANCE.  WP. Something amiss with a father gone missing. USA 6m. DIR: Michael Entler.

EL MANO VS. JAPANESE ZOMBIE.  WP. It was a grave cursed by evil. It was a Zombie Grave! USA 3m. DIR: Kirt Burdick.  

DARK NOIR. USP. Vincent Black meets with an old man at a bar and agrees to track down a mysterious woman who stole his ideas years ago. UK 4m. DIR: Sarah Butterworth.

CAT BIRD COYOTE.  WP. Wild creatures trapped in an urban landscape struggle to remain free of human interference only to be pitted against each other. USA 3m. DIR: Amy Raasch.


RUNTIME 95m

 




Wednesday September 2, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

9:30pm

After Party - Ground Kontrol
Limited Capacity seats available

What's better than ending a day of movie watching with friends? Ending a day of movie watching with friends at an arcade! Bring your quarters (or buy them there!) and enjoy Ground Kontrol's TRONix. TRONix is Ground Kontrol’s electronic music weekly, featuring a host of talented performers and DJs spanning the vast soundscape of electronica.

Ground Kontrol is the West Coast’s premier classic arcade. They preserve and celebrate video gaming’s “golden age” by operating over 60 classic video games and 27 pinball machines. They feature a full-service bar, so no kids at this arcade. All attendees need to be 21+ over.


Wednesday September 2, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Ground Kontrol 511 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

9:45pm

Vintage Tomorrows: The History of Steampunk
Limited Capacity seats available

ABOUT THE FILM

Documentary Feature:

“Steampunk” started as a sub-genre of science fiction typified by a fascination with steam-powered machinery and alternative histories, with stories frequently set in Victorian England. Today, Steampunk has grown into an aesthetic movement all its own, with influence in art, fashion, design and music.

VINTAGE TOMORROWS examines the subculture via interviews with the writers and artists credited with galvanizing the movement, and the cultural historians and social scientists investigating the phenomenon. The documentary analyzes the spike in Steampunk cultural activity and poses the question: What can Steampunk tell us about history, humanity and our complicated relationship with technology?

 

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Director: Byrd McDonald



Wednesday September 2, 2015 9:45pm - 11:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

9:55pm

A River Between Us
Limited Capacity seats available

A River Between Us tells the story of the struggle for environmental and tribal justice on the Klamath River, where years of bad blood between the local farmers, ranchers, Native Tribes, the Tea Party, state and federal governments have created one of this country's worst environmental crises. Most importantly, as part of the largest restoration project in American history, And it provides the solution to ending this generations-old conflict.

Directors
JM

Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin produces films that matter.



Wednesday September 2, 2015 9:55pm - 11:35pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205
 
Thursday, September 3
 

10:00am

Director's Coffee Chat
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Come and hear the filmmakers talk about today's movies. Wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide what film to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply. 


Thursday September 3, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

10:45am

VIP Laika Tour
Limited Capacity filling up

Special event for VIP pass holders only. Limited to 10 people. Get a behind the scenes tour of the local animation studio, Laika, makers of Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Preregistration


Thursday September 3, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmakers - this one is just for you, industry members and festival VIPs. While you're in town, come check out the Filmmakers Lounge. It's your place to relax, enjoy FREE WIFI, snacks, drinks and a few surprises. Free lunch will be served daily at noon.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Rogue Ales & Spirits. 


Thursday September 3, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:30am

Death On A Rock
Limited Capacity seats available

Death On A Rock is a feature length narrative film following Lillian's travel to the sea. Over her day, we witness experiences from the year that has led her to this journey. These flashbacks explore the complex relationship between Lillian and mortality. Seen through a framework of loss, Death On A Rock is a bittersweet tale balanced between tragedy and levity.



Thursday September 3, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

11:30am

Carvalho's Journey
Limited Capacity seats available

In 1853, traveling with famed explorer John Fremont's Fifth Westward Expedition, Solomon Carvalho (1815-1897) became one of the first photographers to document the sweeping vistas and treacherous terrain of the far American West. Carvalho, an observant Jew and portrait painter who had never saddled his own horse, survived grueling conditions and lack of food along the 2400 mile journey from New York City through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and California and lived to write about it.

Directors


Thursday September 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202
  • Length in Mins 85

11:45am

Lost & Found
Limited Capacity seats available

In March 2011 Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history. The ensuing tsunami pulled over 90 cities into the Pacific. Over 18,000 people were killed. Everything was lost. 1 year later beachcombers along the Pacific North West coast of Canada and the US started finding Japanese items washing ashore. In turn the unlikeliest of friendships, across 2 continents, were forged in the wake of a massive natural disaster.



Thursday September 3, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

12:00pm

2e: Twice Exceptional
Limited Capacity seats available

2e: Twice Exceptional focuses on Bridges Academy, a school in Los Angeles dedicated exclusively to understanding and educating students who have been identified as “twice exceptional” – highly gifted individuals with learning disabilities or differences. These students are our next-gen geniuses, mavericks and dreamers. They might grow up to change the world… if they can survive the American school system and their own eccentricities.

Directors


Thursday September 3, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

12:00pm

Studio Interview with Special Guest, Filmmaker Megan Griffiths
Limited Capacity seats available

One in a series of interviews where women filmmakers share with author Ryon Lane their passions and inspirations, personal film career origin stories, their view on the current state of film, how being a woman has played a role in their career, and advice for aspiring filmmakers. The collection of 13 interviews will be published as a book (working title: "A Fairer View of Hollywood").

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
avatar for Megan Griffiths

Megan Griffiths

Megan Griffiths has been a director, writer and producer in the independent film community for over a decade. Her most recent film Lucky Them (starring Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt and Johnny Depp) had its premiere at the 2013 Toronto Int’l Film Festival and was released by IFC Films. Her previous film, Eden (starring Jamie Chung, Matt O'Leary and Beau Bridges), premiered at the 2012 SXSW Film... Read More →
avatar for Ryon Lane

Ryon Lane

Founder, Origin Story
Ryon Lane is the founder of Origin Story, a platform (in development) designed to help filmmakers showcase their talent using short-form content (e.g., pitch trailers and short films), build an audience of fans using that work, and leverage community feedback to fund feature-length films based upon the work. | | Ryon is also a filmmaker and an attorney, and has previously served as a Business & Legal Affairs executive in Hollywood. He's... Read More →


Thursday September 3, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Penthouse Rooftop Garden 1015 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

Into The Score: A Film Music Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

A panel of award-winning composers, orchestrators, music editors, and music supervisors discuss the entire process of putting a score to picture. The panel is moderated by Edmund Stone, Producer/Host of the nationally syndicated film music program "The Score".

Instructors: Dave Metzger, Nick Dolan, Ron Jones, Curtis Roush
Moderator: Edmund Stone

About the Instructors:
Dave Metzger is an award-winning composer, arranger, and orchestrator with film credits including Frozen, The Avengers, How to Train Your Dragon, Planes, and many others. Dave has also worked on Broadway, receiving a Tony award nomination for his orchestration of Disney’s “The Lion King.”  He's as at home composing broad lyrical music for a 100 piece symphony orchestra as he is laying down synth grooves for contemporary urban tracks. Dave’s client list now includes composers such as John Powell, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Christophe Beck, Henry Jackman, and others.

Nick Dolan is an award-winning film composer whose experience includes working as music supervisor, arranger, songwriter, music editor, copyist, and orchestrator. Nick has had the privilege of working with filmmakers from all around the United States and Canada, with clients including Paramount Pictures, MTV, NBC, E!, Lifetime, Hallmark and more. In 2015, Nick was a finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest. Nick also leads the Portland chapter of Ron Jones' Ravel Study Group and publishes a blog about film music with thousands of readers worldwide.

Ron Jones has worked as a professional for 45 years creating scores for many top Hollywood Studios and much more.

Curtis Roush: After graduating with top honors from The Berklee School of Music, Curtis Roush moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1981 where he began a career as a film music editor that would span 33 years. During those years, Curtis worked on more than 90 projects, mostly feature films along with some movies for television and various television series. Along the way, Curtis worked with many legendary composers including Basil Poledouris, Marvin Hamlisch, Elliot Goldenthal, Michael Kamen, Mark Isham, and James Newton Howard. Some of Curtis’ credits include A Few Good Men, 3 Men and a Baby, Across The Universe, Frida (academy award winner for best score), X-men, and The Hunger Games.

Edmund Stone: An Oregon resident since 1990, Edmund joined the on-air staff at All Classical Portland in 2001. In 2006 he created "The Score", a weekly celebration of symphonic music in the movies, now syndicated throughout America.  Edmund continues to voice commercials and emcee events. Notably, he narrated the west coast premiere of Ella Milch-Sheriff’s “Can Heaven Be Void” and Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He voiced Vivaldi's sonnets to "The Four Seasons" with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. He also narrated Tennyson's epic shipwreck melodrama "Enoch Arden" in multiple chamber recital settings on the Oregon coast.  In demand as a concert host, especially of film music, he has worked with Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Newport Symphony, Beaverton Symphony, Portland Chamber Orchestra, Portland Columbia Symphony and Walla-Walla Symphony.



Thursday September 3, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

Screenwriting Workshop: Creating Individuals
Limited Capacity seats available

One of the most frequent notes is “Your characters all sound the same”. That note isn’t just about dialogue, it’s about not having a clearly defined character. We tend to have a handle on our protagonists, it’s those other people. Why is this character in the story? How is their thought process different than the other characters? How to create supporting characters (and leads) who act and speak like individuals.

Instructor: William Martell

About the Instructor:
William C. Martell has written 19 films: three for HBO, two for Showtime, two for USA Network, and a whole bunch for Cinemax. He has been on some film festival juries, including five times at Raindance in London (once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright, and once with Julian Assange).

The late Roger Ebert discussed Martell’s work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 Oscar show, "If We Picked The Winners.” Martell is also quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book, "The Way Hollywood Tells It." His USA Network film, “Hard Evidence,” was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film, “Something To Talk About,” and out-rented it in the U.S. In 2009 Martell had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals. Recently, he wrote the remake of a hit 1980s horror flick for a mini-major studio, and later this year should have a family film shooting in the U.S.



Thursday September 3, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

1:45pm

Odd Brodsky
Limited Capacity seats available

Audrey Brodsky is a lovable loser who hates her job. After 11 years she leaves it all behind to pursue her childhood dream of becoming an actress. There's just one problem: she's not very good at it. But what she lacks in talent, she makes up for in heart. When she meets an aspiring cameraman on the internet, the adventure of her life finally begins. Odd Brodsky is a quirky comedy about finding the magic in life.

Directors


Thursday September 3, 2015 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

1:45pm

As Good As You
Limited Capacity seats available

Jo’s world is thrown into utter disarray when her wife Amanda passes away and she starts chasing a dream that she and Amanda had once shared – starting a family together. Jo asks her late wife’s brother, Jamie to be her sperm donor and craziness ensues. As Good As You is a human-scale, character-driven film set in a sleepy, safe Los Angeles; it’s a serious comedy about trying to grieve the right way, and maybe growing up a bit in the process.



Thursday September 3, 2015 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

2:00pm

Shorts Block 2 - Narrative
Limited Capacity seats available

Short Block includes:

Hursit - In Cappadocia, a boy realizes that the children can learn good values and tolerance while at the same time, hatred. Director: Selcen Yilmazoglu
In The Clouds - Man proposes. Love disposes. Director: Marcelo Mitnik
Cotton Candy
 - Ex-girlfriends can mess up your life. Director: Karol Kolodzinski
Last Base - Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father, but first he will stop at nothing to pull off his last jump. Director: Aslak Danbolt
The Homecoming - Tienlu survives alone in a empty world, but visions of her ancestors keep her going. Director: Nadia Islas Cital
P.S. 432  - P.S. 432 tells the story of a NYC public school teacher who considers whether or not to cheat on behalf of his students on a high-stakes test. Director: Elizabeth Nichols

 

RUNTIME 96m



Thursday September 3, 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

2:15pm

Lessons of Basketball and War
Limited Capacity seats available

What could it be like to be a conservative Somali Muslim girl – a refugee from war and famine thrust into the commercialized, sexualized culture that is modern America? For the educators at Portland’s Hosford Middle School, the Somali refugees presented an immediate crisis with tribal rivalries erupting into hallway fights – the ultimate form of vengeance being the scar from a deep bite to the other girl’s face? And then the idea for the African Girls Basketball Team was born.

Directors


Thursday September 3, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

2:15pm

Screenwriting Workshop: Screenwriting for Indie Films
Limited Capacity seats available

Anything goes in Independent films. So how do you get started? This panel explores crafting a compelling on-screen story, with limited money and resources.

Panelists include Gordy Hoffman, William Martell, Randall Jahnson, Todd Trigsted, Lise Raven and Frank Bruckner.

About the Instructors:
Gordy Hoffman:
Gordy Hoffman's screenplay, "Love Liza," starring his brother, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, "A Coat of Snow," which had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. His latest short film, “Dog Bowl,” had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Hoffman founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge. He has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and has led workshops all over North America, Poland and the UK. He has served as a panelist for the IFP Script-to-Screen Conference in NYC, Women in Film’s Script DC Conference in Washington, D.C., the George Eastman House Film Festival, the Willamette’s Writers Conference, and Lighthouse Writers’ Lit Week, as well as a judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. A proud Jayhawk, he sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas. Currently teaching screenwriting at UCLA, Gordy is writing a movie for Abigail Spencer.

Gordy Hoffman's screenplay, "Love Liza," starring his brother, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, "A Coat of Snow," which had its world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival. His latest short film, “Dog Bowl,” had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

William Martell:
William C. Martell has written 19 films: three for HBO, two for Showtime, two for USA Network, and a whole bunch for Cinemax. He has been on some film festival juries, including five times at Raindance in London (once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright, and once with Julian Assange).

The late Roger Ebert discussed Martell’s work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 Oscar show, "If We Picked The Winners.” Martell is also quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book, "The Way Hollywood Tells It." His USA Network film, “Hard Evidence,” was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film, “Something To Talk About,” and out-rented it in the U.S. In 2009 Martell had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals. Recently, he wrote the remake of a hit 1980s horror flick for a mini-major studio, and later this year should have a family film shooting in the U.S.

Randall Jahnson:
Randall Jahnson has been a professional screenwriter for 30 years. Among his credits are The Doors, The Mask of Zorro, Dudes, Sunset Strip, and the forthcoming Norwegian feature, Dryads: Girls Don't Cry. In addition to rock singer Jim Morrison, he has written scripts about such diverse historical figures as inventor Nikola Tesla, psychedelic pioneer Timothy Leary, Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin, and African- American silent film director Oscar Micheaux. He's currently at work on a web series.

Todd Trigsted:
Todd Trigsted is a 15-year veteran of film production with more than 300 documentary short movies to his credit. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis on drawing and sculpture. He earned his Master of Science in Technical Communication while creating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) first interactive multimedia studio designed to craft technical information into a more visually engaging format. His acclaimed work as an EPA "Artist-In-Residence" was funded in part by a $6.2 million sponsorship. 

He has exhibited at international technical conferences and art galleries in Poland, Cuba, Japan and many U.S. cities. His photographs have been published in international academic publications and popular media. Todd currently works as a freelance video journalist for the American Legion Magazine producing video stories about the challenges veterans face while returning home. He is also looking for investors for his next film, “Football, Inc.: What’s The True Cost of American Football?”

Lise Raven:
Lise Raven’s first feature film, “Low,” screened in over 30 international film festivals. She helped to found the Slamdance Film Festival, after which she wrote and directed three films for the Showtime network. In 2000 Raven moved to Berlin, Germany after being awarded the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm Artist Residency in Film. While living in Europe, Raven’s feature film project, Snipe, was funded by the Irish Film Board.  Raven and her co-writer, Frank Brückner, wrote the 2014 award winning feature film “Kinderwald,” which is the second part of “The Kinderwald Trilogy,” a trilogy of films that are inspired by fairy tales about children. Raven and Brückner are currently writing the third part of the trilogy, a story inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's “The Little Match Girl.”



Thursday September 3, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

3:00pm

Oloibiri
Limited Capacity seats available

Two decades after the last drops of commercial quantity crude oil was drilled from Oloibiri, two of the towns sons, Timipre and Gunpowder, are disenchanted with the exploitation of their resources by the oil companies. Gunpowder’s rage intensifies as he abducts Powell, an American multinational CEO, who has a vested interest in the new Oloibiri oil.



Thursday September 3, 2015 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

3:00pm

Planning for Post in Pre-Production
Limited Capacity seats available

During this two hour workshop at Oregon's grandest recording studio, musician, producer and audio engineer Brent Rogers will take 20 participants on a tour of REX Production & Post that includes a description of the post-production workflow, especially as related to audio elements including VO, ADR, SFX, Surround Sound Mixing, deliverables, and music.

Instructor: Brent Rogers

About the Instructor:
Brent Rogers has worked for over 15 years in Portland as an audio engineer, producer, professional musician and composer. As a member of the team at REX Production & Post (www.rexpost.com,) Brent provides engineering services including VO recording, ADR, Foley, SFX, ProTools tracking, editing, and 5.1 surround sound mixing. As a musician, composer and arranger, Brent has a knack for using musical elements as SFX in a process he calls "Musical SFX Orchestration."

Since joining REX in 2010, Brent has been part of the audio engineering team on numerous independent films including "Population 2," "Rage," and "The Falls."  He also records VO, ADR and music pre-recordings for shows including Leverage and Portlandia as well as providing sweetening, musical SFX orchestration, mixing and new music composition for clients including Microsoft, Adidas, Kaiser Permanente, and others. 

On the productions side, Brent has spent considerable time directing multi-camera video shoots that also include multi-channel audio capture, live switching and video projection. His specialty is symphonic music recording and video capture for ensembles including the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. 

In addition to his duties at REX,  Brent has released several albums of his own original music and is a performing vocalist, bass and guitar player with the Americana band Southern Nights and as a duo with KJ Miller.  Most recently, Brent and his brother Klay Rogers have finished writing a new Broadway-style show called "Oil Change, a musical comedy about race cars and romance." Brent hopes to take that show to Broadway, the big screen or both!

Speakers

Thursday September 3, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Rex Production & Post 610 SW 17th Ave Portland, OR 97205

4:00pm

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.


Instructors: Dennis Troutman, Justin Habel and Cholee Thompson.
Moderated by: Alexandra Blatt

About the Instructors

Dennis Troutman has been in the industry for over thirty years and 2016 will mark his sixth 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 of the most selective On-Camera Agents in Portland, Dennis represents a roster of hand-selected male, female and young adult actors, booking work from Seattle to Portland, and everywhere in-between.

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 34th 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 union and non-union talent ranging all ages and ethnicities.

Ryan Artists strives to give their clients all that they need from one agency, a "one stop shop", enabling them to create the most professional product while saving time, money and energy.

Justin Habel is the owner and co-founder of Q6 Model & Artist Mgmt. in Portland, Oregon (www.q6talent.com). For 27 years, Justin has represented actors in Portland, from young independent film actors to theatre luminaries on Portland’s major theatre stages. He has seen the rise of Portland in the film and television world from its humble beginnings as a great location in the late 80’s and early 90’s, to its current incarnation as an indie film hotbed and the home of four television series on broadcast or cable television networks. Above all, Justin loves actors, and the chance to stretch their talents to fit the numerous roles being cast in Portland for film, television and commercial projects.

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


Thursday September 3, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

Lifetime achievement Tribute to Will Vinton & Adventures of Mark Twain Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Celebrate the pioneer of Claymation and the film industry icon Will Vinton as he receives a lifetime achievement award. Special Q&A with Vinton on his career and impact on the industry.

Academy Award Winning Short, "Closed Mondays," celebrating its 40th anniversary will be screened before the feature.

In this claymation film, celebrated author Mark Twain (James Whitmore), displeased with the state of humanity, sets off in a hot-air balloon to meet his celestial destiny: Halley's Comet. Stowed away on the craft are beloved characters from Twain's stories -- Tom Sawyer (Chris Ritchie), Becky Thatcher (Michele Mariana) and Huckleberry Finn (Gary Krug). As Twain's balloon ascends ever higher to its ultimate goal, his literary creations try to persuade him of the essential goodness of man.

Co-sponsored by Caffelli. Your geeky creative agency.™


Directors
WV

Will Vinton

American director and producer of animated films. He was born in McMinnville, Oregon, near Portland. He has won an Oscar for his work, and several Emmy Awards and Clio Awards for his studio's work. He also has three kids.



Thursday September 3, 2015 4:00pm - 6:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

4:15pm

Shorts Block 3 - Narrative on Family
Limited Capacity seats available

Short Block includes:

THE GIVING TREE. WP. A boy and a tree bond and grow apart over the years. USA 8m. DIR: Brian Brose.

THE SWIM INSTRUCTOR. WP. A swim instructor must unexpectedly spend an evening helping a boy find his parents. USA 14m. DIR: Dema Paxton Fofang.

THE WOLF WHO CAME TO DINNER. An eight-year-old horror fanatic attempts to expose her mom's new boyfriend as a monstrous werewolf. Canada 15m. DIR: Jem Garrard.

KITCHIKEWANA. WP. A vacationing teen meets an enigmatic young woman while on boat tour of Georgian Bay. Canada 11m. DIR: Jonathan Duder.

D. ASIAN. On a standardized test, a 4th grader is confronted with the complicated question: What race are you? USA 10m. DIR: Sarah Smith.

BLACK AND WHITE. WP. With differing philosophies of life and faith, grandma and granddaughter prepare for a celebration. Featuring Sally Kirkland. USA 12m. DIR: Ray Arthur Wang. 

THE CYCLE STARTS AND STOPS WITH YOU. WP. When their parents fight, children feel powerless. Physical and emotional violence can affect social interactions in the future. USA 3m. DIR: Janique Robillard.

A TREE IN THE SEA. A fisherman fishes illegally in a marine reserve to keep a promise he made 65 years earlier. United Arab Emirates 19m. DIR: Shahir Zag.

DOG BOWL. A girl stumbles upon her true nature after stealing the vest off of a service dog. USA 9m. DIR: Gordy Hoffman.

RUNTIME - 111m

 



Thursday September 3, 2015 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

4:30pm

Dukale's Dream
Limited Capacity seats available

Actor Hugh Jackman travels to Ethiopia as an ambassador for World Vision Australia, one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations. While there, Hugh meets a young coffee farmer named Dukale, working to lift his family out of poverty. After spending time on Dukale's farm, Hugh comes to realize a simple cup of coffee can have a profound impact on global poverty. Hugh is so inspired by what he learns from Dukale that he makes a promise that is revealed in this inspirational documentary.



Thursday September 3, 2015 4:30pm - 6:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205
  • Writer Josh Victor Rothstein
  • Producer Schuyler Weiss Jesse Scolaro Julie Christeas
  • Length in Mins 69

4:30pm

Investigative Journalism for Documentary Filmmakers
Limited Capacity seats available

Panel features a discussion on the "investigation" side of documentary filmmaking include:

Irene Taylor Brodsky - Irene is an Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director whose documentaries have shown theatrically, at film festivals and on television worldwide.

Irene most recent film, One Last Hug: Three Days at Grief Camp, explores how children grieve and it won the 2014 Prime Time Emmy for Best Childrens Programming.  In 2011, she directed Saving Pelican 895 which also won an Emmy for its affecting music score and followed the life of a single bird rescued from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.  For her 2009 short-subject film The Final Inch, Irene was nominated for a 2009 Academy Award, three Emmys, and won the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award for cinematic excellence.   In 2007, Irene turned the camera on her own family to make her first feature-length documentary Hear and Now, which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, and went on to receive numerous Audience and Jury awards around the world, a 2008 Peabody Award, and a nomination for Documentary of the Year by the Producer’s Guild of America.

Irene’s passion for documentary portraiture began as a still photographer with her landmark book,  Buddhas in Disguise, about disabled people living in the mountains of Nepal.   She went on to make her first film for UNICEF in 1993, throughout the 90s produced and shot numerous award-winning television documentaries, and worked as a Producer for CBS Sunday Morning.

Irene’s next film, Open Your Eyes, will be released in the fall of 2015.  It follows a blind couple in Nepal, and their unlikely 3-day journey to to regain their sight.   She founded Vermilion Films in 2004 and lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Kat McMahon - McMahon has contributed to more than 40 hours of national documentary and long-format news programming primarily for PBS since she began her career in 1998 as an Associate Producer for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Today, she produces and co-produces documentaries for the PBS series FRONTLINE; independent films, digital channels and PBS stations. Her current film is about the history of women in computing for Google family foundations – release date 2014. Recent film projects include FRONTLINE: Life and Death in Assisted Living (2013); FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks (2012); FRONTLINE: The Vaccine War (2010); FRONTLINE: Sick Around America (2009) and FRONTLINE: Sick Around the World (2008). In 2008, Kate’s co-production of the 2-hour historical film Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency premiered on PBS. In 2004 Kate associate produced the Oscar-nominated film ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room and in 2005 co-produced FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic. In 2001, while working at ABC-NEWS Nightline, Kate covered the tragic events of 9/11 from New York City. She went on to work for NOW with Bill Moyers covering the nexus of business and politics in Washington, D.C. Her on-going production of Inside the Psychologist’s Studio is a popular web series for the Association for Psychological Science. Outside of producing documentaries rooted in journalism, Kate has produced and reported public radio programs and published articles in Metro Parent Magazine . She enjoys living in Portland, OR with her husband, two children and their fluffy dog and pink fish.

 



Thursday September 3, 2015 4:30pm - 6:30pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

4:55pm

Shorts Block 10 - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Limited Capacity seats available

Shorts Block includes:

DUST. WP. A Tracker and an opportunistic peddler travel search for a cure to a plague threatening their city. 27m. DIR: Joshua Grier.  

THE SHAMAN. WP.  In 2204, in a world that has seen 73 years of war, a Shaman is sent on a mission to convert the soul of a battle colossus. 18m.  DIR: Marco Kalantari.  

XENOS. WP. A group of strangers wander to a rural town and are greeted with hostility by a local hunter.10m. DIR: Dana Johnson.  

COUNT. WP. Count sucks the blood of a partygoer who is high. 11m. DIR: Anthony Lopez.  

TEA FOR TWO. WP. When customers arrive at a British tea shop, more than a pot of tea and a slice of cake are dished up.16m. DIR: Mark Brennan.  

GEAR. PP. A young girl flees the city with the help of her only ally -- an broken down robot. 8m.  DIR: Narineh Hacopian.  


RUNTIME 108m




Thursday September 3, 2015 4:55pm - 7:25pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

5:30pm

Network with IATSE & the Oregon Media Production Association
Limited Capacity seats available

Free event. Come network with two of Oregon's largest film and theatrical trade organizations in a penthouse rooftop garden located in NW Portland.

Sponsored by IATSE & the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA).


Thursday September 3, 2015 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Penthouse Rooftop Garden 1015 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209

5:45pm

Lost Colony
Limited Capacity seats available

While navigating life with his hyper-protective mother along the enigmatic Outer Banks of North Carolina's coast, a conflicted teen must reassemble his broken pieces after a near tragic accident. A searchlight cast upon the earliest traces of America and the mystery of settlers vanished.Lost Colony scans a once virgin watershed for signs of life.

Directors
C

Christopher

Christopher Holmes is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have been featured in dozens of festivals around the world, including the Milano Film Festival, Slamdance, IFF Boston, SF Indie, Sidewalk, the Maryland Film Festival and the Wisconsin Film Festival. Christopher has taught filmmaking in the past at UNC-Greensboro, and currently holds the position of Program Coordinator for the RiverRun International Film Festival. Currently recovering... Read More →



Thursday September 3, 2015 5:45pm - 7:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

6:30pm

NW Documentary Networking Event
Limited Capacity seats available

Free event. Networking with documentary filmmakers. Sponsored by NW Documentary.


Thursday September 3, 2015 6:30pm - 7:30pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

7:00pm

Sweet Micky for President
Limited Capacity seats available

Sweet Micky for President follows Pras Michel, Grammy award-winning rapper and founder of the hip-hop group The Fugees, as he returns to his homeland of Haiti post-earthquake and finds a corrupt government in paralysis. With no experience or money, Pras passionately mobilizes a presidential campaign for the unlikeliest of candidates: Michel Martelly, aka “Sweet Micky”, Haiti’s most popular and most outlandish pop star.


Thursday September 3, 2015 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

7:15pm

Morphine 'Journey of Dreams'
Limited Capacity seats available

The band Morphine blazed like a comet across the global music scene in the 1990s. The trio rose from local Boston clubs to indie and major label record deals and wide critical acclaim until their tragic and untimely demise in 1999. In "Morphine: Journey of Dreams," the group's surviving members and associates tell their story intercut with passages from saxophonist Dana Colley's vivid tour journals. Rare live performances from throughout their career are woven into the story.

Director in attendace with Vapors of Morphine for a special Q&A following film. Band performing following film at LOLA's Room (McMenamin's, 1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97205) with opening act of The Minders.



Thursday September 3, 2015 7:15pm - 8:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

7:15pm

Tyke Elephant Outlaw
Limited Capacity seats available

Honolulu, August 20, 1994. Tyke the circus elephant goes on a rampage in front of thousands of horrified onlookers. Her break for freedom will leave a city in shock and spark a global battle over our use of wild performing animals. Going back to find out what made Tyke snap, we meet her former trainers and handlers, witnesses to her rampage, circus industry insiders and animal rights activists for whom Tyke became a rallying cry. .



Thursday September 3, 2015 7:15pm - 8:45pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 40th Anniversary
Limited Capacity seats available

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Oregon classic, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," with a special talk by resident Historian Doug Kenck-Crispin—he will introduce the film with some happy, huggy stories about the Oregon State Hospital.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
is a 1975 American drama film directed by Miloš Forman, based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, and starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, and Will Sampson. The supporting cast features William Redfield, Brad Dourif, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, and Scatman Crothers.

The film was the second to win all five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor in Lead Role, Actress in Lead Role, Director, and Screenplay) following It Happened One Night in 1934, an accomplishment not repeated until 1991 by The Silence of the Lambs.

Now considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is No. 33 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movies list. In 1993, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.



Thursday September 3, 2015 8:00pm - 10:15pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202
  • Length in Mins 133

8:15pm

Divine Access
Limited Capacity seats available

Jack Harriman becomes an instant spiritual celebrity after humiliating Reverend Guy Roy Davis on a public-access TV show. While on the road speaking his brand of truth, forces natural and supernatural lead him to question whether he has a deeper calling.



Thursday September 3, 2015 8:15pm - 10:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

9:30pm

Kinderwald
Limited Capacity seats available

Pennsylvania wilderness, 1885: German immigrant John Linden is bringing his brother’s widow and her two young sons across the country. John’s visually and spiritually idyllic world is thrown into utter chaos when the two little boys vanish into the woods. The local community is at first helpful, then gradually suspicious, and ultimately outright hostile. A brutal test of their mother's faith offers a chance to bring the boys home.



Thursday September 3, 2015 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

9:30pm

After Party - Jack Knife Bar
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Cash bar and food. Join us as we check out the owners of Digapony and Bye and Bye's latest endeavour, the Jack Knife Bar. Cool bar in the heart of Downtown Portland.

The After-Party is sponsored by WeWork.

WeWork is the platform for creators.  We provide everything companies need to create their life’s work, including space, community, and discounts on services. We offer beautiful work spaces in over 30 locations around the world, and will be opening our first location in Portland in the U.S. Custom House November 1st!  Our 30,000 members collaborate both in-person at our local events and via our digital app that lets them connect and work virtually. We are pre selling space now, please sign up for a tour or email elton@wework.com to secure your ideal space now!



Thursday September 3, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Jack Knife Bar SW 11th & Alder, Portland, OR 97205

9:45pm

The Whole Gritty City
Limited Capacity seats available

Directors of three New Orleans marching bands prepare students to perform in the Mardi Gras parades. What emerges is a dramatic, music-filled story of children struggling to reach adulthood in one of America's most impoverished and violent cities.



Thursday September 3, 2015 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

10:00pm

Dude Bro Party Massacre III
Limited Capacity seats available

Behold comedy troupe 5-Second Films’ hysterical twist on 1980’s slasher flicks. In the wake of two back-to-back mass murders on Chico’s frat row, loner Brent Chirino must infiltrate the ranks of a popular fraternity to investigate his twin brother's murder at the hands of the serial killer known as Motherface.



Thursday September 3, 2015 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219
 
Friday, September 4
 

10:00am

Director's Coffee Chat
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Come and hear the filmmakers talk about today's movies. Wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide what film to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply.  


Friday September 4, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmakers - this one is just for you, industry members and festival VIPs. While you're in town, come check out the Filmmakers Lounge. It's your place to relax, enjoy FREE WIFI, snacks, drinks and a few surprises. Free lunch will be served daily at noon.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Rogue Ales & Spirits. 

Friday September 4, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:30am

Field Niggas
Limited Capacity seats available

TRAILER https://vimeo.com/105240463

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Documentary Feature:

Race, politics, class, policing, drugs

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Director: Khalik Allah

 

RUNTIME

60



Friday September 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

11:30am

Screenwriting Workshop: Structure & Pacing
Limited Capacity seats available

William Goldman says "Structure is everything". Do you understand structure? Is your script running out of steam halfway through? Do you NOT know what happens next? Is your script slow paced? Boring? This course explores different methods of structuring your screenplay, plus techniques for outlining and pacing your script.

Instructor: William Martell

About the Instructor:
William C. Martell has written 19 films: three for HBO, two for Showtime, two for USA Network, and a whole bunch for Cinemax. He has been on some film festival juries, including five times at Raindance in London (once with Mike Figgis and Saffron Burrows, once with Lennie James and Edgar Wright, and once with Julian Assange).

The late Roger Ebert discussed Martell’s work with Gene Siskel on his 1997 Oscar show, "If We Picked The Winners.” Martell is also quoted a few times in Bordwell's great book, "The Way Hollywood Tells It." His USA Network film, “Hard Evidence,” was released on video the same day as the Julia Roberts' film, “Something To Talk About,” and out-rented it in the U.S. In 2009 Martell had two films released on DVD on the same day and both made the top 10 rentals. Recently, he wrote the remake of a hit 1980s horror flick for a mini-major studio, and later this year should have a family film shooting in the U.S.



Friday September 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

11:45am

Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play
Limited Capacity seats available

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, Bounce explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports. The film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Bounce removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today's sports to uncover the true reasons we play ball.

Directors


Friday September 4, 2015 11:45am - 1:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

12:00pm

Somewhere in the Middle
Limited Capacity seats available

Four lovers collide into each others' lives as one marriage morphs into several intertwining affairs. Sofia tries to leave her romantic failures behind by embarking on a new relationship with Kofi, who she meets in a chance encounter. Kofi, however, has other things on his mind; namely his crumbling marriage to wife Billie. Unfortunately for him, Billie finds herself struggling with a new-found attraction for her female co-worker, Alex.


Friday September 4, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

12:00pm

Shorts Block 5 - Documentary
Limited Capacity seats available

Shorts showing:

ELDER. In 1974, a Mormon missionary finds his world turned upside down when he falls in love with an Italian Communist man. USA, Italy 14m. DIR: Genéa Gaudet.

UNTOUCHABLE. WP. Bishnu reflects on the challenges and triumphs she experienced upon returning home to Nepal. USA 15m. DIR: Tim Kressin.

QUIET CULTURE. A documentary that explores the concept of rape culture and rape trauma in an effort to raise awareness and shed light on a societal issue that is too often overlooked. USA 8m. DIR: Cody Martin

POWGirls. Follow a group of 15-19 year old girls who concepted, wrote, filmed and edited two films in 30 hours. USA 4m. DIR: Seth Ring.

MYANMAR YEAR ZERO. USP. Sealed off from the world for 50 years, hopes for the exotic, troubled land of Burma are voiced by peace advocates. USA 12m, DIR: Carole Wilson.

DEAR GUARDIANS. A love letter to the Guardians of The Temple at the yearly Burning Man gathering in Black Rock City. Canada 8m. DIR: Ian MacKenzie.

DENALI. There's no easy way to say goodbye to a friend who has supported you through your darkest times. USA 8m. DIR: Ben Moon.

CHAROK. WP. Devotees endure extreme physical pain to please the Hindu god, Shiva. India 4m. DIR: Shayok Mukhopadhyay.

RODEO DOG. WP. A ranching family from central Oregon goes on the rodeo circuit with their bull wrangling dog Jake. USA 14m. DIR: Rebecca Hynes.

BOXEADORA. One woman defies Castro’s ban on female boxing to follow her dreams of Olympic glory & become Cuba’s first female boxer. USA 16m. DIR: Meg Smaker.


RUNTIME: 103 m




Friday September 4, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

12:15pm

Generation Maidan: A Year of Revolution & War
Limited Capacity seats available

They deposed a brutal autocrat who turned snipers on his own people. That was only the first battle for Generation Maidan. Now they’re fighting corrupt politicians and pro Russian separatists. From the very first shots, a group of Ukrainian filmmakers called Babylon’13 captured history in the making . With emotions still smoldering Director Andrew Tkach interviewed those on the frontline to tell an unforgettable story.

Directors


Friday September 4, 2015 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219
  • Writer Andrew Tkach
  • Producer Andrew Tkach
  • Length in Mins 98

12:30pm

Crowdfunding to Build Independence
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. The only proven path to independence as an artist is a direct connection to your audience! Crowdfunding is becoming a fundamental piece of most financing plans for independent film. However, many filmmakers miss the opportunity to turn their film funding campaigns into audience building opportunities that can last an entire career - and provide the groundwork for distribution that the filmmakers controls. This class for film-related provides will provide the crowdfunding action plan most likely to create a lasting, flourishing, direct relationship with your audience.

Sponsored by G-tech


Friday September 4, 2015 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Central Library 801 SW 10th Ave Portland, OR 97205

1:45pm

Romeo is Bleeding
Limited Capacity seats available

ABOUT THE FILM

Documentary Feature: Documentary, biography, drama

Donte Clark's poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city yet rather than succumb to the pressures of Richmond, CA. Clark uses his artistic perspective to help save his city from itself.

Director: Jason Zeldes

RUNTIME: 

93 min



Friday September 4, 2015 1:45pm - 3:45pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209
  • Length in Mins 93

1:45pm

Film & Comics/Graphic Novels
Limited Capacity seats available

The Comic Book Movie rules today's box office, and some comic book creators are enjoying the benefits of licensing their properties but what about film properties that become comic books? We explore these distinct yet tied-at-the-hip mediums with an all-star cast! Join creator-owned comic pioneer Matt Wagner (recent co-writer of Django/Zorro w/ Quentin Tarantino), with Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie. The talented writer of Cyborg (DC Comics) and Shaft (Dynamite), and former Willamette Week film critic David Walker will be there with his unique perspective alongside Portland's own film/comic creative stalwarts, the Pander Bros. (Batman: City of Lights, Girlfiend). It promises to be a very different kind of storytellers panel!



Friday September 4, 2015 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

2:00pm

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

You’ve trained, you’ve studied, and you’ve been on many sets 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. With Kristina Haddad.

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
avatar for Hannah Barefoot

Hannah Barefoot

Actress, Option Model & Media / McGuffin Management
Hannah Barefoot was born and raised in Wyoming and pursued a BFA in the nationally acclaimed department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Wyoming. She moved to Portland shortly after and went back to school to study Drawing & Painting at Portland State University. After working odd jobs for the next six years, she finally rediscovered her passion for acting and has not looked back since. | She credits the three years acting in Portland... Read More →
avatar for Kristina Haddad

Kristina Haddad

Acting Coach/Actor, The Actor's Lab
Lived and worked in L.A. for 20 years and have experienced the good, bad and ugly in the business...As a result I am a strong believer in cultivating a healthy, positive mindset and that - along with training - is critical to building a joy filled and abundant career. I love actors and artists that are passionate about the work and in growing and challenging themselves. Below is a little bit more about me: | | Kristina co-starred in the... Read More →



Friday September 4, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

2:15pm

The Incredible Adventures of Jojo (and his Annoying Little Sister, Avila)
Limited Capacity seats available

A six-year-old boy named Jojo who wakes up from a car accident deep in the woods. He reluctantly pulls his baby sister out of the wreckage, plops her into his backpack, and together they try to make it home alive; encountering deranged hobos, wolves, and raging rivers along the way.

If you’re a parent, this film may make you squirm. If you’re a child or a child at heart, Jojo and Avila will take you on an incredible journey.


Friday September 4, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

2:15pm

Be a Social Media Star
Limited Capacity seats available

Building a broad, dynamic, engaged community around your film is the goal of any marketing plan, and social media should represent a healthy percentage of your efforts. In this in-depth workshop, digital media expert Kristin McCracken will share examples of well-organized
social campaigns, break down the pros and cons of various platforms,
and offer the insider tips and tricks you need to know.

About Kristin
After abandoning a career in higher education, Kristin McCracken realized that writing about movies is way more fun. For 4+ years, she ran the website and social media for the Tribeca Film Festival; she now interviews filmmakers and consults on social media for films and festivals. Her most recent book is entitled '101 Things to Do Before You Turn 40.' (She wasn't able to complete them all, but she wishes you luck.) Learn more: mccrackhouse.com. 



Friday September 4, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

2:30pm

The Glamour & The Squalor
Limited Capacity seats available

Before the Internet made sourcing new music and rising bands a simple matter of keystrokes, there was the radio DJ. No one epitomized this role like Marco Collins. He was the on-off switch for an artist’s career, credited for helping break the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Beck, Weezer, Garbage and many others. Marco’s story is inspiring and universal. He turned his passion for music into a significant lifetime of work and battled some seriously determined demons along the way.



Friday September 4, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

2:30pm

SuperBob
Limited Capacity seats available

Robert Kenner, a postman from South London was struck by a meteor which bestowed him with powers in 2008. Today, Bob is an overworked “civil servant” for the British government. There's a lot of forms. He has no time for anything else. Least of all love. But today he has a day off. And best of all, he has a date with June from the library. Now all he has to do is act as if this isn’t the most exciting day of his life.


Friday September 4, 2015 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

3:00pm

Love Me Anyway
Limited Capacity seats available

Love Me Anyway is a sun soaked drama about a gay filmmaker falling for a dreamy surfer, a man trying to save his marriage and a young wife exploring the greener grass of an extramarital affair with another woman.



Friday September 4, 2015 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

3:00pm

Screenwriting Workshop: Fact vs. Fiction: The Dangers and Delights of Bringing True Stories and Real People to the Screen
Limited Capacity seats available

When adapting factual material, screenwriters frequently struggle between telling the truth and telling an entertaining yarn. Rarely do they succeed at both. What is the writer’s obligation when dramatizing real events and people? What are the challenges? Are there legal ramifications? Join screenwriter Randall Jahnson for a lively discussion about navigating the rough waters between fact and fiction. Drawing from his experience of writing The Doors and other biopics, Jahnson will share his knowledge for how best to avoid the creative, practical, legal, and ethical snags that await anyone who is converting nonfiction into popular entertainment.

Speakers


Friday September 4, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Central Library 801 SW 10th Ave Portland, OR 97205

4:00pm

Bridging the 'Indie Gap': How to Create a Sustainable Career on an Uneven Playing Field
Limited Capacity seats available

A film marketing, audience engagement, and personal branding guide to help indie filmmakers (and other independent artists) bridge what I've come to call "The Indie Gap," which is basically the divide between filmmaking as a hobby on nights and weekends, and the creation of a sustainable career as an independent filmmaker/artist.

Speakers


Friday September 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

The Business of Acting - Contracts
Limited Capacity seats available

SAG/AFTRA panel: A presentation of SAG-Indie contracts


Friday September 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

4:15pm

Angel Azul
Limited Capacity seats available

Angel Azul tells the story of an inspiring attempt to draw attention to the perilous situation coral reefs face worldwide. Jason DeCaires Taylor is an eco-sculptor who casts cement statues from live human models and installs them on the ocean floor to create an artificial coral reef. The story follows creation of an angel with wings made from live fan coral. She will reside in an underwater museum alongside 400 of Jason’s statues off the coast of Cancún. Over time the statues grow coral, providing habitat for marine life and a diversion for tourists, giving the natural reefs a reprieve. The story takes a turn when the coral on the statues starts to die. Jason faces his own problems keeping his workshop afloat, but never tires from his efforts to get out the message about this ecosystem in danger. Featuring: Peter Coyote.

Cast & Crew
PC

Peter Coyote

Actor/Narrator.

Directors


Friday September 4, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

4:45pm

6 Angry Women
Limited Capacity seats available

A young, unarmed black teenager is shot by a white neighborhood watchman. It's up to a jury of six to decide whether or not the man is guilty of murder. Shadowing the incendiary current events of police brutality, racial profiling and civil rights, the film presents the jury deliberation of six women, strangers brought together by their civil duty, each seeking to do the right thing. The ultimate question looms for each of them to answer: what is justice vs. what is legal?



Friday September 4, 2015 4:45pm - 6:15pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

5:00pm

Willamette Writers Networking Event
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Do you write for the movies - or want to, or just want to peek at some industry insiders? Join screenwriters, directors, authors, and readers in Portland's oldest and biggest library to network.

Sponsored by Willamette Writers Group. 


Friday September 4, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Central Library 801 SW 10th Ave Portland, OR 97205

5:00pm

Wildlike
Limited Capacity seats available

Sent to stay with her uncle while her mother is in treatment, 14-year-old Mackenzie is forced to flee as her uncle’s attention turns threatening. Unable to reach her mother and afraid of the authorities, she embarks on a journey across wilderness to find a way back home. As she plunges deeper into Alaska, a chance connection with backpacker Bartlett proves to be her only lifeline. Against the spectacular landscape of Alaska, a tense journey of redemption evolves.



Friday September 4, 2015 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

5:30pm

Cancelled - How to Handle Negotiations w/ Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Cancelled


Friday September 4, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

6:00pm

SAG/AFTRA Networking Event
Limited Capacity seats available

Network with other acting professionals.

Sponsored by SAG AFTRA.


Friday September 4, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

6:15pm

Deep Dark
Limited Capacity seats available

Hermann, a failed sculptor, is about to end it all when he finds a strange, talking hole in the wall. The hole (Denise Poirier, the voice of ÆON FLUX) has the power to fulfill his wildest dreams, or it just may become his worst nightmare. Deep Dark is a twisted tale warning you to be careful what you wish for...because it just might get you.

CAST & CREW
Directed by: Michael Medaglia

Actors: Sean McGrath, Anne Sorce, Denise Poirier

Produced: Lara Cuddy, Todd Freeman, Jason Freeman, David Woods, Michael Medaglia

Cinematography: Francisco Bulgarelli

Writer: Michael Medaglia

Music: Auditory Sculpture

 

RUNTIME

79 min


Cast & Crew
Directors


Friday September 4, 2015 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

6:30pm

The Business of Amateurs w/ short The Bad Boy of Bowling
Limited Capacity seats available


ABOUT: The Bad Boy of Bowling

This ESPN 30 for 30 Short tells the story of Pete Weber, the self-declared "bad boy of bowling" and the first rock star of the sport.

Director by: Bryan Storkel

Cast: Pete Weber

RUNTIME:

18 min

 

ABOUT: The Business of Amateurs

Documentary Feature: Social Justice/Activism, Sports

An athlete turned filmmaker seeks answers about student-athlete rights and discovers uncorrected injustices.

World Premiere
Directed by: Bob DeMars

 


RUNTIME
90 min



Friday September 4, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205
  • Length in Mins 108

7:00pm

Touched with Fire
Limited Capacity seats available

Carla and Marco are bipolar poets whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in the same psychiatric hospital they pursue a romance that fuels their emotional extremes, swinging them from fantastical manic highs to dark nightmarish lows, until they have to choose between sanity and love.


Friday September 4, 2015 7:00pm - 8:45pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

7:00pm

Actors Workshop: Improv for Actors Level 1
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. With Nicholas Kessler.

Speakers


Friday September 4, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

7:00pm

Planning for Post in Pre-Production
Limited Capacity seats available

During this two hour workshop at Oregon's grandest recording studio, musician, producer and audio engineer Brent Rogers will take 20 participants on a tour of REX Production & Post that includes a description of the post-production workflow, especially as related to audio elements including VO, ADR, SFX, Surround Sound Mixing, deliverables, and music.

Speakers

Friday September 4, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rex Production & Post 610 SW 17th Ave Portland, OR 97205

7:00pm

Cancelled - Dive In Movie: Jaws - Cancelled
Friday September 4, 2015 7:00pm - 10:30pm
Columbia Pool 7701 N Chautauqua Blvd Portland, OR 97217

7:45pm

The Black Sea
Limited Capacity seats available

Five friends arrive at a beach house on the Oregon Coast for a holiday weekend. Allison seems troubled but the other four don’t say a word or intervene, presuming domestic unrest as the cause. They unpack, build a fire, eat dinner, go to bed. And then she is gone.



Friday September 4, 2015 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

7:45pm

This Is Happening
Limited Capacity seats available

At his father's request, Philip Davis is to place his grandmother Estelle into a home. What he doesn't plan for is younger sister Megan tagging along. A small time pot dealer, Megan uses the trip as cover for a five pound marijuana purchase. When Estelle discovers Philip's plot, she takes off for Seattle, unaware that her granddaughter's drugs are stashed in the trunk of her car. The estranged siblings have no choice but to track Estelle down, reconnecting along the way.



Friday September 4, 2015 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

8:00pm

Pawn Sacrifice
Limited Capacity seats available

In a gripping true story set during the height of the Cold War, American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. Also starring Liev Schreiber and Peter Sarsgaard, Pawn Sacrifice chronicles Fischer's terrifying struggles with genius and madness, and the rise and fall of a kid from Brooklyn who captured the imagination of the world.


Friday September 4, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

8:15pm

Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI
Limited Capacity seats available

China first emerged into international affairs in the First World War. However it’s beginning is in the forgotten story of an unlikely group of Chinese peasants who were sent to an imperialist war they didn’t understand. Zhang Yan, a Chinese history student from the same Shandong villages as the Chinese labourers in WWI, searches to restore the collective memory of those in China and around the world who have almost entirely forgotten about the men who made this journey 100 years ago.



Friday September 4, 2015 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202
  • Length in Mins 90

9:30pm

A Space Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ incredible piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, in which Tom and his team built an entire space program guided by the philosophy of bricolage: something constructed or created from a diverse range of available things. They send two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?

Cast & Crew
Directors


Friday September 4, 2015 9:30pm - 10:45pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

9:30pm

After Party - St. John's Beer Porch
Limited Capacity seats available

Wrap up the day at the food truck complex in the historic St. Johns neighborhood, the St. Johns Beer Porch.  It has been a popular and affordable watering hole for over four years, and serves a nice variety of local micro-brewed beers and ciders, plus wine. The Chowdah, Thai Food, Falafel and Potato Potahto food trucks will extend their normal hours for our culinary enjoyment. Funky Portland decor, a fire pit, lots of outdoor covered seating add to the fun! Just west on N Lombard St. about 2 miles from Columbia Pool.

Free to attend. Cash bar and food.


Friday September 4, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
St. John's Beer Porch 7316 N Lombard St, Portland OR 97203 972

10:00pm

Aimy in a Cage
Limited Capacity seats available

A creative teenage girl is placed into a mind-altering procedure in an attempt to civilize her, while news of a virus epidemic spreads throughout the world.



Friday September 4, 2015 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

10:15pm

Audition
Limited Capacity seats available

Audition documents the production of a narrative film and its experimental casting process. Each of 100 actors plays one of two roles, man or woman, and all but two actors are gradually eliminated. Each scene weaves together the best performances, with the location, sound design, and story remaining consistent. The narrative follows two New York City singles who fall in love, but face a sudden change of heart that leads to a powerful altercation.

Actors include:
Jonathan Laffey
Marion Le Coguic
Cara Loften
Ariella Mastroianni
Austin Mitchell
Zachary Mooren
Andi Potamkin
Sam Quartin
Chris Viemeister
Peter Zerneck  



Friday September 4, 2015 10:15pm - 11:30pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

10:30pm

Shorts Block 6 - Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Shorts included are:

NEVER COOL. WP. A very short film that demonstrates a fundamental lesson of life. Billy D. Williams narrates. USA 2m. DIR: Benzo Theodore.

AUDREY. WP. AAudrey meets a man with a lot of the same interests; she shares her fears and reasons for being isolated. USA 10m. DIR: Habib Habib. 

IGNATIUS. WP. A'I think we should see other ppl' … what would you text back? USA 9m. DIR: Kyla Ledes.

LOVE IN A DISABLED TOILET. USP. Dana is having a terrible night, and that's before she gets stuck in a disabled toilet with the guy who broke her heart and his new girlfriend. Australia 11m. DIR: Jess Black.

RAG DOLL Inspired by a true story, Rag Doll is an edgy short film about a woman married to a gay man. USA 9m. DIR: Zena Dell Lowe.

ACE. WP. Kate is looking for guidance from adults but gets it from the young girl she babysits. USA 7m. DIR: Prudence Vindin.

THE BLIND DATE. Daryl and Joe were set up on a blind date. They were told there'd be one stripper one hot mom. USA 6m. DIR: Joe Towne.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER. WP. A paranoid girl thinks a young man is going to shoot all the oblivious patrons of a coffee shop. USA 8m. DIR: Danny Simonzad.

NO BREATH PLAY. WP. A young woman struggles to free herself when an experiment with BDSM leaves her bound and alone in her home. Canada 14m. DIR: Stacey Ashworth.

YOUR HANDS. Iris puts a brave face on a break-up, but letting go is a trip. USA 11m. DIR: Georgia King.

THE BENEFITS OF GUSBANDRY.  WP. USA 10m. DIR: Alicia J. Rose.

Total run time: 104m




Friday September 4, 2015 10:30pm - Saturday September 5, 2015 12:30am
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219
 
Saturday, September 5
 

10:00am

Dennis Nyback's Historic Film Tour of Portland
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Portland curator and verified film nut Dennis Nyback for one-of-a-kind 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.


Saturday September 5, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

10:00am

Director's Coffee Chat
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Come and hear the filmmakers talk about today's movies. Wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide what film to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio. We're excited to host both Steven Richter of Birds of Neptune and Daniel Barosa with his world premiere of GRU-PDX.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply. 


Saturday September 5, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

#PDXPITCH - Pitch Your Movie Idea
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you got a great idea for a movie? This is it! Come listen for free or put $5 in the hat to pitch your idea. The best pitch wins the pot!


Saturday September 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Screenwriting Workshop: Selling Your Script
Limited Capacity seats available

You’ve written it, now how do you sell it? We’ll look at the business side of the business, from how to get representation to assignments and deadlines to guerrilla marketing. Plus, 25 ways to make connections and get your scripts out there! How to scale the walls of Hollywood, even if you are a tad overweight and don’t like climbing.



Saturday September 5, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

11:00am

Filmmakers Lounge
Limited Capacity seats available

Filmmakers - this one is just for you, industry members and festival VIPs. While you're in town, come check out the Filmmakers Lounge. It's your place to relax, enjoy FREE WIFI, snacks, drinks and a few surprises. Free lunch will be served daily at noon.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Rogue Ales & Spirits


Saturday September 5, 2015 11:00am - 5:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:30am

Shorts Block 7 - Student
Limited Capacity seats available

Shorts showing:

 

PHYS-ED. WP. Day in and day out Slater does his best to explain himself. USA 2m. DIR: Noah Malone.

D IS FOR DREAM: A Portrait of Detroit. D is for Dream explores the issues of race, art, and Detroit's future. USA 7m. DIR: Scott Swanson.

FACETS. WP. A film about different facets of a girl. Canada 3m. DIR: Huifang Tan.

FOODFELLAS. WP.  A small-time fry cook is taken under the wing of a big-time fast food chain owner. USA 13m. DIR: Jacqueline (Cookie) Walukas.

CASEY AND THE DEATH POOL. Casey's underground death pool at Riverglen Retirement Community is threatened with the arrival of new resident Dorinda. USA 20m. DIR: Margaret Anderson.

JUNIPER. WP. Annabelle, an unhappy city girl, goes to seek inner meaning and human connection at a hippie retreat in the woods. USA 21m. DIR: Hannah McDonald.

THE WING. WP. After being forced into treatment for being different, Christopher tries to escape the mad house. USA 14m. DIR: Assaad Yacoub.

THE WALKER. A little old lady devises an inventive way to cope with the fast-paced and less-than-considerate world around her. USA 4m. DIR: Heather Collins.

THE BACKYARD HABITAT. We visit a Portland Certified Backyard Habitat, and learn how homeowners try to save the world, one yard at a time. USA 6m. DIR: Jules Walters.

THE SCHWARTZ TEST. Stuck at a party with his friend, Sam decides to approach his crush and ask her out. But other party guests and Sam's own neurosis get in the way. USA 10m. DIR: Josh Yunis.

 

RUNTIME 100m

 




Saturday September 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

11:45am

Welcome to the Circus
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome to the Circus is a story of power, art and unity. Set in the West Bank city of Ramallah, The Palestinian Circus School welcomes the french LIDO circus school. Together they create a mobile circus for the children of Palestine. Occupation affects every aspect of daily life, and travel is an obstacle of permits and checkpoints. The LIDO will travel without trouble, but not the Palestinian students. Will everyone be allowed to go to the final show in Jerusalem, or will they have to cancel?

Directors


Saturday September 5, 2015 11:45am - 1:45pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205
  • Length in Mins 80

11:45am

Divine Access
Limited Capacity seats available

Jack Harriman becomes an instant spiritual celebrity after humiliating Reverend Guy Roy Davis on a public-access TV show. While on the road speaking his brand of truth, forces natural and supernatural lead him to question whether he has a deeper calling.



Saturday September 5, 2015 11:45am - 1:45pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

12:00pm

Arova
Limited Capacity seats available

Dame Sonia Arova, a Bulgarian Ballerina, influenced the dance world a great deal. Among her many dance partners, she is known for partnering with Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, and Thor Sutowski.

Her training during WWII shaped how she would train other dancers. Wisdom, physical strength, and emotional endurance were woven into each dancer she taught. This legacy of training has been passed down through her pupils and continues to live through current dancers and teachers today. 

Directors


Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

12:00pm

PDX 48 Hour Film Project: What A Long Strange Trip It's Been. Highlights from Portland and Baltimore 2006 - 2013
Limited Capacity seats available

This special presentation is brought to you by joint partnership between the Portland 48 Hour Film Project and the Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project.  This screening features some of Portland’s best loved entries from 2007 to the present day as well as several winning films from the Baltimore 48HFP presented here for the first time outside of Charm City.  In honor of Zombie Day, we have included a couple of amusing zombie movie blasts from the past (from both cities). We also have an example of the short-lived  48HFP “stoner film” genre by longtime Portland 48 Hour filmmaking team, The Knight Crew.  Also, included is “Angel of the Odd”, which was created for a Baltimore 48HFP event that commemorated the bicentennial of EA Poe’s birth and stars Rob Hatch    


PORTLAND  48HFP

“Take The Money and Run”    (2012 PDX 48HFP Winner)

“Specimen #10” by Professor Bigfoot (Runner Up, Audience Choice PDX 48HFP 2013)

“Running Past The Finish” by 2444 Films  (PDX 48HFP 48 Zombie Film, Audience Choice 2013)

“Jive Genie” by Man vs. Film (PDX 48HFP Audience Choice, Runner Up, PDX 48HFP 2012)

“Swingset” by Rodney Dangerfilms (Audience Choice, Runner Up, PDX 48HFP, 20111)

“Double Jointed” by Knight Crew (Audience Choice, Stoner Film, PDX 48HFP 2009)

“Mr. Merryweather’s Magical Meth Lab by Kobra Kommander (PDX 48HFP winner 2009)

“Bear & Back” by Cinema Queso (Audience Choice, Runner Up PDX 48HFP 2009)

“Jesus vs. Zombies” by Random Reel  (PDX 48HFP 2009)

“Arbor Day’ by Cinema Syndicate (Winner PDX 48HFP 2007)


BALTIMORE 48HFP

“Beauty by Freida” by EMP Collective (2014 Baltimore 48HFP Winner)

“Cordially Invited” by Three Dudes With A Movie Camera ( 2013 Baltimore 48HFP Winner) “Old Bay” by DC Dogs (Baltimore 2012 Winner)

“Cranberries” by Birdface (Baltimore 48HFP Audience Choice 2013, Zombie Film)

“Angel of the Odd” by Rob Parrish w/ Rob Hatch (EA Poe 48HFP, Baltimore, 2009)


Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

12:00pm

Generation Maidan: A Year of Revolution & War
They deposed a brutal autocrat who turned snipers on his own people. That was only the first battle for Generation Maidan. Now they’re fighting corrupt politicians and pro Russian separatists. From the very first shots, a group of Ukrainian filmmakers called Babylon’13 captured history in the making . With emotions still smoldering Director Andrew Tkach interviewed those on the frontline to tell an unforgettable story.

Directors


Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205
  • Writer Andrew Tkach
  • Producer Andrew Tkach
  • Length in Mins 98

12:00pm

The Glamour & The Squalor
Before the Internet made sourcing new music and rising bands a simple matter of keystrokes, there was the radio DJ. No one epitomized this role like Marco Collins. He was the on-off switch for an artist’s career, credited for helping break the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Beck, Weezer, Garbage and many others.Marco’s story is inspiring and universal. He turned his passion for music into a significant lifetime of work and battled some seriously determined demons along the way.



Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

12:00pm

#STORYWORLD15: How To Make a Web Series Stand Out
Limited Capacity seats available

The good news is anyone can create a web series. The bad news is anyone can create a web series. With no shortage of shows being uploaded daily, what can web series creators do to stand out from the crowd? Listen to established web series producers and newcomers experimenting with innovative ways to find an audience. Speakers include Paige McKenzie and Mercedes Rose from The Haunting of Sunshine Girl. Hosted by Scott McMahon, founder of FilmTrooper.com


Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

Actors Workshop: Improv for Actors Level 2
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 more advanced 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. With Nicholas Kessler.

Speakers

Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Ryan Artists 1122 NW Marshall St., Portland, OR 97209

12:00pm

Shorts Block 13 - Experimental
Limited Capacity seats available

Shorts Block includes:

FOREST BORN. WP. A man hikes into a dreamlike forest where he finds communion, terror, and the possibility of new life. 22m. DIR: Josh Peterson.  

 

ELEGY. WP. Assaulted by raging elements, a lone wanderer treks toward a mysterious doorway. 4m. DIR: Nicholas Livanos.  

 

PRIMROSE. An unlikely love story set along Kenai Lake in Alaska. 5m. DIR: Clara Aranovich. 

 

NO BIRDS SING. WP. An injured knight returns to 21st century London. 6m. DIR: Harriet Macdonald.  

 

FOR THE GREATER GOOD. WP. When three people are called before The Better Earth Program, they learn sacrifices must be made. 8m. DIR: Michael Gavino.

 

ADVANCED DOODLING. A day-glo stop motion confection that blurs the line between art and art-making.10m. Mike Cantor. 

 

FIXING PUPPIES. WP. A man tries to clear his conscience by turning in a prized possession. The final moments of another man's life are chronicled at a public swimming pool. 15m.  DIR: Miles O’Neil.  

 

THE SYMPATHIST. WP. When feeling too much for others becomes unbearable, a young man seeks help. 18m. DIR: Benjamin Font.  

 

FRIDGE. USP. The apartment is frozen. It's hot outside. Hugo is lukewarm.18m DIR: Fernando Moreira

 

CHICKENHEAD. WP. Delusions are put through the filters of bad television and absurdist theater. 15m. DIR: Aaron Johnson.

 

Runtime 122 min




Saturday September 5, 2015 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

12:45pm

Oloibiri
Limited Capacity seats available

Two decades after the last drops of commercial quantity crude oil was drilled from Oloibiri, two of the towns sons, Timipre and Gunpowder, are disenchanted with the exploitation of their resources by the oil companies. Gunpowder’s rage intensifies as he abducts Powell, an American multinational CEO, who has a vested interest in the new Oloibiri oil.



Saturday September 5, 2015 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

1:00pm

Special F/X Make-up Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Tate Steinsiek, SFX and prosthetic make-up artist, will be demonstrating in detail, how to apply and paint a prosthetic.  Today's class will focus on creating a Zombie (in honor of Zombie Day on Monday!) but the techniques will work for Halloween costumes or F/X for your next film.  

Tate is best known for his appearances in Seasons One and Five of the SyFy reality series Face Off. He has worked on special effects and makeup for several films and television series, including Law & Order , Clash of the Gods, and The Amazing Spider-Man.

**Attn pass holders: Admission to the Special F/X Make-up Workshop is not included in the benefits of your pass, purchase of a ticket is required.

Speakers


Saturday September 5, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
PNCA - Pacific NW College of Art 511 NW Broadway Portland, OR 97209

1:15pm

Screenwriting Workshop: From Books to Movies
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the art of translating a book to the screen. Get tips on acquiring intellectual property rights and working with agents, publishers and filmmakers.


Saturday September 5, 2015 1:15pm - 3:15pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

1:30pm

The Makings of You
Limited Capacity seats available

Nothing happens until two people fall in love—and then the world changes.


Saturday September 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

1:30pm

Film Distribution
Limited Capacity seats available

You made your movie and you have big plans to distribute it! Or maybe you don't yet but would like to have a lot of options. Distribution workflow is something most filmmakers forget they will have to manage. With experts in wide distribution, data and workflow, this panel is here to answer the hard questions.

Speakers include:

Ryon Lane
Abby Davis
Alicia j. Rose
Greg MacLennan
Emily Best

Sponsored by G-tech



Saturday September 5, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

2:00pm

6 Angry Women & Mothering Inside
Limited Capacity seats available

Feature Narrative: 6 Angry Women
Director: Sridhar Reddy
A young, unarmed black teenager is shot by a white neighborhood watchman. It is up to a jury of six to decide whether or not the man is guilty of murder. Shadowing the incendiary current events of police brutality, racial profiling and civil rights, the film presents the jury deliberation of six women, strangers brought together by their civil duty, each seeking to do the right thing. But the ultimate question looms for each of them to answer: what is justice vs. what is legal?

Short Documentary: Mothering Inside
Director: Brian Lindstrom
Shot inside Coffee Creek Correctional Facility over the course of a year, Mothering Inside follows inmate moms in the Family Preservation Project as they try to stop the cycle of incarceration and develop healthy relationships with their children. Midway thru filming, the Oregon Dept. of Corrections announced it was closing the program despite a recidivism rate of zero. Can the program be saved? 

Directors
BL

Brian Lindstrom

Brian Lindstrom makes films in and about Portland.



Saturday September 5, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
  • Length in Mins 30

2:00pm

#STORYWORLD15: Indies Creating Immersive Stories
Limited Capacity seats available

Welcome to the future of storytelling! Listen to indie creators exploring the next wave of entertainment using VR (virtual reality), alternate reality games, and other new interactive technologies. Whether you're new to immersive storytelling or a fan of inventive ways indies are combining games and narratives, this panel will inspire you to think about stories in new ways.


Saturday September 5, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

2:00pm

Actors Workshop: Working with Casting Directors
Limited Capacity seats available

Putting yourself in front of casting directors can be one of the biggest challenges in the industry. This panel of local casting directors will give you the inside scoop on what makes a great audition, and what makes for a terrible one. Getting in the door is only the first hurdle; come find out 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
MF

Michael Fontaine

Michael Fontaine Casting
Casting Director Michael Fontaine's performing credits range from appearing on Broadway and acting as a series regular or as a guest on primetime and daytime network TV and in movies for television, to performing on TV variety shows and on theatre and variety stages all over the United States and in six foreign countries. Using the name B. Miller, Michael played Brad Majors in the original American production of The Rocky Horror Show with Tim... Read More →
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Lori Lewis

Free Spirit Casting
Lori has an extensive background in the entertainment industry dating back to her days as an entertainer/actor.  She began casting in 2001 as an extras casting assistant before moving on to principal casting in 2006.  Because of Lori’s background as an actor, she makes an extremely effective and empathetic casting director.  If you’d like to see more info on Lori’s background and experience, please check out her... Read More →


Saturday September 5, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ryan Artists 1122 NW Marshall St., Portland, OR 97209

2:15pm

I Am Thalente
Limited Capacity seats available

Homeless since age nine, Thalente Biyela is illiterate and his opportunities are limited. His skateboard becomes his escape from turmoil at home, giving him a way to express himself, and access to a community of friends who become family. Skateboarding soon becomes the driving force in his life, providing sanctity as he lives on the streets of Durban. An internet video of Thalente skating reaches pro-skater Kenny Anderson who offers to take him under his wing if he makes it to America. Thalente puts his heart and soul to the test to rise above circumstance and shape his future.


Saturday September 5, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

2:15pm

Red Umbrella Diaries
Limited Capacity seats available

The Red Umbrella Diaries focuses on seven LGBT sex workers as they prepare for the biggest performance of their lives, a night at Joe’s Pub in front of a live audience, ready to hear real stories from a world many can hardly imagine, let alone understand. The mission of the film is to capture the humanity of a group of sex workers as they explore the question: what happens when people whose voices are almost never represented in mainstream media take control of their own stories?

Cast & Crew
Directors


Saturday September 5, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

2:15pm

Aimy in a Cage
Limited Capacity seats available

A creative teenage girl is placed into a mind-altering procedure in an attempt to civilize her, while news of a virus epidemic spreads throughout the world.

Cast & Crew
Directors


Saturday September 5, 2015 2:15pm - 4:15pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

2:45pm

Audition
Limited Capacity seats available

Audition documents the production of a narrative film and its experimental casting process. Each of 100 actors plays one of two roles, man or woman, and all but two actors are gradually eliminated. Each scene weaves together the best performances, with the location, sound design, and story remaining consistent. The narrative follows two New York City singles who fall in love, but face a sudden change of heart that leads to a powerful altercation.

Actors include:
Jonathan Laffey
Marion Le Coguic
Cara Loften
Ariella Mastroianni
Austin Mitchell
Zachary Mooren
Andi Potamkin
Sam Quartin
Chris Viemeister
Peter Zerneck 

Directors


Saturday September 5, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

2:45pm

Gameloading: Rise of the Indie Games
Limited Capacity seats available

GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a feature documentary exploring the world of indie game developers – their craft, their games, their dreams. Disrupting the big-budget games industry, indie games have altered the art form through their innovative, varied and personal games. Small teams of passionate and creative developers are offering an alternate voice to players. GameLoading captures this pivotal point in history, where video games have become more personal than ever before.



Saturday September 5, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215
  • Length in Mins 95

3:00pm

Will Vinton Claymation Shorts Block; Tribute to a Legend
Limited Capacity seats available

After all, the world-renowned Claymation pioneer has already collected the highest honors in film (one Oscar/ four nominations), television (eight primetime Emmys) and advertising (multiple Clios and Ad Age wins), along with a lifetime achievement award from LAFF and literally scores of prizes from top film festivals around the world.   

Through the process of creating, developing and producing hundreds of films and thousands of commercials, Vinton and his teams popularized 3-D stop motion animation at a time when 95% of commercial animation was 2-D and ushered in a new age where animation has become a medium of adult entertainment. 

While Vinton’s indelible characters have become a fixture in American pop-culture history, it seemed time to recognize these achievements and the technical breakthroughs that made them possible as Vinton and his creative teams continually pushed stop-motion animation to its limits.  Among them were the frame grabber (which allows filmmakers to see what has been previously shot for jitter-free movement), stop-motion hardware and software to allow a single camera to shoot 3-D animation, and their methods for reference filming that imbues animated characters with uncanny realism. 

 “When I realized that 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Academy Award for “Closed Mondays” and the 30th anniversary of “The Adventures of Mark Twain”— both milestones in animation history—I felt it was time to acknowledge not only the influence that the California Raisins, the Noid, Dinosaurs “Herb & Rex,” M&M’s “Red & Yellow” and The PJs’ Thurgood Stubbs had on my generation, but to congratulate Will for doing it all in Portland, Oregon—instead of Hollywood, California,” says Portland film festival founder and Executive Director Joshua Leake. “Thanks to Will Vinton, Portland is not just a world mecca for gifted animators today, it’s the coolest place on the planet to make movies.”

CLAYMATION SHORTS PROGRAM

CLOSED MONDAYS - Oscar Award Winning Short -  8 minutes
LEGACY  5 minutes
DINOSAUR  17 minutes
MOUNTAIN MUSIC 9 minutes
A CHRISTMAS GIFT 7 minutes
THE GREAT COGNITO 5 minutes 
THE CREATION  9 minutes
THE PJs 23m (favorite episode of Wills)

 


Directors
WV

Will Vinton

American director and producer of animated films. He was born in McMinnville, Oregon, near Portland. He has won an Oscar for his work, and several Emmy Awards and Clio Awards for his studio's work. He also has three kids.



Saturday September 5, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

3:15pm

As Good As You
Limited Capacity seats available

Jo’s world is thrown into utter disarray when her wife Amanda passes away and she starts chasing a dream that she and Amanda had once shared – starting a family together. Jo asks her late wife’s brother, Jamie to be her sperm donor and craziness ensues. As Good As You is a human-scale, character-driven film set in a sleepy, safe Los Angeles; it’s a serious comedy about trying to grieve the right way, and maybe growing up a bit in the process.



Saturday September 5, 2015 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

3:30pm

Cinematography
Limited Capacity seats available

Cinematography is the act of capturing photographic images in space through the use of a number of controllable elements. Join our panel as they discuss their own unique approaches to this art form.

Amy Vincent, Eliot Rockett, Kevin Fletcher, Martin  Vavra & Daphne Wu


Saturday September 5, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

3:45pm

Screenwriting Competition Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

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


Saturday September 5, 2015 3:45pm - 5:45pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

4:00pm

Booze & Schmooze with Portland Film & Video Networking
Filmmaker networking with Portland Film & Video Meetup.

Saturday September 5, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

4:00pm

#STORYWORLD15: Marvel Transmedia
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we talk with Geoffrey Colo, transmedia producer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter. Hear how Geoffrey began his career in transmedia storytelling and how that led to his role with ABC & Marvel Television. Whether you're a fan of Marvel, interested in creating multi platform content on your own, or just hoping to get a better understanding of what transmedia is, this is a conversation you won't want to miss.

Speakers


Saturday September 5, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Stage 13 13 NW 13th Ave Portland, OR 97209

4:00pm

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 the most sought after roles. Learn how to make sure yours are up to par, and that you're employing everything you can to get noticed, and be cast! With Rich Morris.

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
RM

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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Scott Rogers

Owner, Scott Rogers Studios
Scott served as Acting Coach for 20th Century Fox Studios under a 3-year, exclusive contract, coaching actors for film and television projects. He recently served as Acting Coach on the feature film “Princess Ka`iulani” starring Barry Pepper, Will Patton, and Q’orianka Kilcher. Scott has coached principal actors, for more than 3500 hours on the sets of motion pictures and national television shows. He has produced, cast, and/or directed... Read More →



Saturday September 5, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Ryan Artists 1122 NW Marshall St., Portland, OR 97209

4:15pm

Fair Use: Documentaries & Narrative Films
Limited Capacity seats available

The courts have developed a simple way to find the Safe Harbor for fair use in documentary films. The man who the American Bar Association dubbed the Obi Wan Canobi of fair use will give you the three questions so you can use material pursuant to fair use and know that you are absolutely legal. He will give lots of examples and war stories in his highly interactive presentation. You will also learn about fair use in fictional films as used by leading directors such as like Oliver Stone, Terrence Malick, and Richard Linklater.



Saturday September 5, 2015 4:15pm - 6:15pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

5:00pm

The Black Sea
Limited Capacity seats available

Five friends arrive at a beach house on the Oregon Coast for a holiday weekend. Allison seems troubled but the other four don’t say a word or intervene, presuming domestic unrest as the cause. They unpack, build a fire, eat dinner, go to bed. And then she is gone.



Saturday September 5, 2015 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

5:30pm

Mega Summer Hit: A Slam Dunkumentary
Limited Capacity seats available

Reality is bent in this unique examination of a man striving for success. Thomas Kellogg is a mechanic who has been on TV thanks to longtime friend Kyle Newacheck (co-creator of Comedy Central's Workaholics). The two partner to put on a Twitter contest in which the winner gets Thomas to come to their house to dunk a basketball.



Saturday September 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

5:30pm

Made in Japan
Limited Capacity seats available

Made in Japan is the story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first female Japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. 40 years later, Tomi and her husband set out through Japan and the US to fulfill a dream of performing at The Opry one more time.



Saturday September 5, 2015 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

6:15pm

Hustle & Flow
Limited Capacity seats available

With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.

Special 10 year anniversary screening with Cinematographer Amy Vincent, ASC. 



Saturday September 5, 2015 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

7:00pm

Celebrate Filmmakers with Seed and Spark
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we celebrate local and visiting filmmakers.  Wine provided by Barrique Barrel in St Johns, and beer by Rogue Ale & Spirits.  Sponsored by ProPhoto Supply.

Hosted by Seed and Spark
Seed and Spark is an one-stop shop where filmmakers can crowdfund distribute and interact with their audience and the broader independent film community.

Seed and Spark projects at the festival are:
Benefits of Gusbandry
This Is Happening
I Am Thalente
Dead Saturday
EEL

Saturday September 5, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

7:30pm

Bereave
Limited Capacity seats available

Garvey contemplates a new, dark secret that he's unable to reveal to his family. Though it's his 40th anniversary, Garvey has run away from home for a strange misadventure until he meets Lauren, a beautiful woman that becomes his muse and angel, to help him go home. But upon his return, Garvey finds out that his loving wife Evelyn has gone mysteriously missing. Will he be able to save her?



Saturday September 5, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Living Room Theaters 341 SW 10th Ave Portland , OR 97205

7:30pm

WE ARE TWISTED F***ING SISTER
Limited Capacity seats available

When Twisted Sister got their big break in 1983, they became one of the biggest glam rock bands of the 1980s, their live shows drawing sell-out crowds and their music videos defining an early MTV. But “the band that killed disco” was no overnight success. WE ARE TWISTED FUCKING SISTER is the wickedly appealing and never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band’s legendary career, recounted directly by the band themselves, their managers and their biggest fans.


Saturday September 5, 2015 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

8:15pm

The Challenger
Limited Capacity seats available

With the help of legendary trainer Duane Taylor (Michael Clarke Duncan), struggling Bronx auto mechanic Jaden Miller (Kent Moran) finds that boxing is his ticket to a better life for he and his mother. Earning the title Bronx Boy, Miller becomes a local hero. After winning a big fight, a cable network takes notice and decides to give Miller his own TV show, The Challenger, which will follow him all the way to the Light-Heavyweight Title.



Saturday September 5, 2015 8:15pm - 10:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

9:30pm

After Party - Yur's Bar & Grill
Limited Capacity seats available

Grab your friends and head over to Yur's Bar & Grill for tonight's After Party!
Yur's has friendly, welcoming staff and a sociable, diverse crowd. It's a great place to bring friends, relax, and have a few drinks, or come and make some new friends. Enjoy expertly crafted drinks at a great price with good, hearty bar food. Join us at one of the best (and cleanest!) dive bars Portland has to offer.

Free to attend. Cash bar and food.


Saturday September 5, 2015 9:30pm - 11:30pm
Yur's Bar & Grill 717 NW 16th Ave, Portland OR 97209

11:30pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Limited Capacity seats available

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. USA 100m. DIR: Jim Sharman.

Remember this is an interactive show. 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.

11:30pm doors open
midnight the pre-show starts
12:40 movie starts depending on how many virgins are in the crowd. 


Saturday September 5, 2015 11:30pm - Sunday September 6, 2015 11:30pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202
 
Sunday, September 6
 

10:00am

Director's Coffee Chat
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Come and hear the filmmakers talk about today's movies. Wake up with coffee and snacks and let the backstories help you decide what film to see. In case you're camera-shy, the session will be recorded on both video and audio.

Sponsored by Pro Photo Supply. 


Sunday September 6, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

10:00am

Dennis Nyback's Historic Film Tour of Portland
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Portland curator and verified film nut Dennis Nyback for one-of-a-kind 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.


Sunday September 6, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
#PDXFF15 Headquarters 1139 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

11:00am

Film & Video Game Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Panelists discuss the blurring lines between the film and video game worlds.

Panelists inlcude:

John Worsley
Paul Culp
Dmitri Salcedo
Daniel H. Wilson
Tracy Greg Dawson 



Sunday September 6, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

11:15am

Work-In-Progress
Limited Capacity seats available

Free to attend. Bring your projects to present to fellow directors and film enthusiats. Bring you ideas and some film to share. We'll screen 5-10m from each project. Bring it on a drive or USB stick.


Sunday September 6, 2015 11:15am - 1:15pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

11:30am

Touched with Fire
Limited Capacity seats available

Carla and Marco are bipolar poets whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in the same psychiatric hospital they pursue a romance that fuels their emotional extremes, swinging them from fantastical manic highs to dark nightmarish lows, until they have to choose between sanity and love.



Sunday September 6, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

11:30am

Screenwriting Workshop: Dialogue To Die For
Limited Capacity seats available

What makes great dialogue? How can I make my characters each have a different and unique voice? 41 Professional Dialogue Techniques you can use *today*, Subtext, Subtitles, Humor, Sizzling Banter, *Anti-Dialogue*, Speeches, and more. Great for novelists!


Sunday September 6, 2015 11:30am - 1:30pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

11:45am

Kings of Kallstadt
Limited Capacity seats available

What do real estate tycoon Donald Trump and the Heinz Tomato Ketchup dynasty have in common? Their ancestors come from Kallstadt, a small, quiet winegrowing village in the German Palatinate region. Can this really be a coincidence? Director Simone Wendel – also from Kallstadt – explores the issue in depth.



Sunday September 6, 2015 11:45am - 1:15pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

12:00pm

Old?!
Limited Capacity seats available

OLD?! is a 55ute documentary showcasing over seventy people with poignant stories and plain-speak wisdom about the life journey of aging. These individuals, from 10 days to 101 years old, offer funny, touching and inspiring stories as they share their perspectives about what it means to be old. Throughout the film OLD?! invites us to embrace our own aging process.

Cast & Crew
Directors

Sunday September 6, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

12:00pm

Like Me
Limited Capacity seats available

LIKE ME is a feature length documentary that follows NYC comedian and actor Micah Sherman as he attempts to find his digital voice on social media. Feeling like many of his peers have figured out how to make the internet work for them in both their personal and professional lives, Micah struggles to catch up. However his general lack of boundaries & social anxiety may keep him from feeling comfortable fully expressing himself on social media.

World Premiere. Director in attendance.

Speakers
MK

Michael Kuell

Michael Kuell produces and directs commercials, music videos, feature films and educational programs.



Sunday September 6, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

12:00pm

Tyke Elephant Outlaw
Limited Capacity seats available

Honolulu, August 20, 1994. Tyke the circus elephant goes on a rampage in front of thousands of horrified onlookers. Her break for freedom will leave a city in shock and spark a global battle over our use of wild performing animals. Going back to find out what made Tyke snap, we meet her former trainers and handlers, witnesses to her rampage, circus industry insiders and animal rights activists for whom Tyke became a rallying cry. 



Sunday September 6, 2015 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

12:00pm

Keep In Touch
Limited Capacity seats available

After a major crisis, a man attempts to track down his “first love,” only to discover she was killed many years ago in a car accident. Stumbling upon her younger sister, a musician who bares a striking resemblance online, he obsesses and begins a relationship without disclosing his true identity. It’s a film about love, family and finding self worth.



Sunday September 6, 2015 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

12:15pm

Shorts Block 14 - Director's Picks
Limited Capacity seats available

SHORTS included:

Time/Space Reflections. An inventor in the future who loses her twin sister tragically, creates a dimensional portal to try to find her. The portal opens. They see each other for the first time, there is happiness, and jubilation. But soon they discovered that crossing the portal means death. 9m.  Director: Alba E Garcia Rivas

El Camino Solo. A successful business man doesn’t have time for anyone, not even his own family. That changes when his car runs out of gas on a desert highway in the middle of nowhere. Overcome by anger, he pitches his phone into the distance and tries in vain to get the occasional passerby to stop and help but no one will. Finally, at the end of his rope, a family of migrant workers stops for him but without a common language, he must learn to trust the kindness of strangers. 12m. Director: Shawn Telford.

The Return of Bug Eyed Bill. WP. "Young Billy and his mom, Susan, have hit hard times, each coping a little differently, until the infamous space outlaw Bug Eyed Bill storms into their world.". 6m. Director: Michael Parisien

Future Perfect. Xia, an English-as-a-Second-Language student and writer studying in New York, struggles with language. He lies to his parents about his goals, misses his classes and jeopardizes his student visa. When his former teacher invites him to a book reading in Brooklyn during class time, Xia has to choose between his passion and his obligations. His choice teaches him some sad realities about the ESL system, and the teacher he wanted to call a ‘friend.’ 14m. Director: Liam Billingham

Make Like a Dog. NWP. Frustrated and infertile, Stanley and Elvira go to pull their relationship out of the dog house. 11m. Director: Marshall Allman

Amends. WP. Two engaged lovers experience an unraveling from opposing views on smart phone etiquette. 10m. Director: Hunter Hampton



Sunday September 6, 2015 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

12:15pm

The Makings of You
Limited Capacity seats available

Nothing happens until two people fall in love—and then the world changes.


Sunday September 6, 2015 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

1:15pm

DIY Distribution
Limited Capacity seats available

What happens after you’ve completed your film? Will you submit your film to festivals in hopes that it will be discovered? Don’t fall victim to the American Idol Syndrome, where you dream of someone anointing you the next film auteur. When there is no magical producer or distribution company clamoring for your film, you will need a distribution plan. Some call it Do-It-Yourself (DIY), or self-distribution, or even direct distribution … either way you’re in luck! This unique workshop will give you a “realistic” DIY distribution plan that will clear your mind of the clutter, so you can get back to making your films and taking control of your filmmaking career. This workshop is presented by Scott McMahon, Founder of FILM TROOPER, a web resource that helps filmmakers become entrepreneurs.


Sunday September 6, 2015 1:15pm - 3:15pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

1:30pm

Lost & Found
In March 2011 Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history. The ensuing tsunami pulled over 90 cities into the Pacific. Over 18,000 people were killed. Everything was lost. 1 year later beachcombers along the Pacific North West coast of Canada and the US started finding Japanese items washing ashore. In turn the unlikeliest of friendships, across 2 continents, were forged in the wake of a massive natural disaster.

Directors


Sunday September 6, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

1:30pm

Visual F/X
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Visual Effect Supervisor's Ed Irastorza (GRIMM), Sue Rowe (THE MAZE RUNNER), and Jim Rygiel (LORD OF THE RINGS) for a moderated discussion on the current trends, techniques and technology used in feature films and television. Topics such as education, jobs, tax credits, best software to learn, use of practical vs CG and other topics may be covered. Calling all current and aspiring visual effects artists!



Sunday September 6, 2015 1:30pm - 3:30pm
5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall Portland , OR 97201

1:45pm

Actors Workshop: Auditioning
Limited Capacity seats available

No matter how much you’ve studied, time and time again actors fall into the same auditioning traps. Learn how to properly prepare for and execute your best possible audition, what directors are looking for, and the skills and tools 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
avatar for Kristina Haddad

Kristina Haddad

Acting Coach/Actor, The Actor's Lab
Lived and worked in L.A. for 20 years and have experienced the good, bad and ugly in the business...As a result I am a strong believer in cultivating a healthy, positive mindset and that - along with training - is critical to building a joy filled and abundant career. I love actors and artists that are passionate about the work and in growing and challenging themselves. Below is a little bit more about me: | | Kristina co-starred in the... Read More →
avatar for Damon Jones

Damon Jones

Agent/Owner, Actors in Action, LLC
Damon Jones is the owner and agent for Actors in Action, one of the leading talent agencies in the NW for the past 18 years.  Damon is a native Oregonian with over 30 years performance experience across the USA. He invested four years studying acting at the University of Oregon from 1980-1984. After college Damon pursued acting in the Los Angeles area for seven years attaining his union eligibility working on the film... 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 →


Sunday September 6, 2015 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

2:00pm

Drama
It's over a year since Anna split with John & life is only getting harder. She travels to Paris to the home of her best friend Jean. Jean is settling down with his French partner Philippe, but the timing of Anna's arrival isn't great. Philippe's mother is dying and it's taking its toll on them both. Thankful for the easy excuse to escape, Jean dedicates his time & attention to Anna who is devoted to another task entirely.



Sunday September 6, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

2:30pm

Congo Beat the Drum
Two musicians from Tel Aviv travel to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae artists from the past. The film follows Ariel Tagar (Kalbata) and Uri Wertheim (Mixmonster), from their basement studio in Tel Aviv, all the way to the Kingston ghettos, looking for their favourite singers of days gone by. In Jamaica, they encounter a strange, often challenging culture while trying to achieve their goal.

Directors


Sunday September 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

2:30pm

The Bad Boy of Bowling & The Business of Amateurs
Pete Weber is the self-declared 'bad boy of bowling' and the first rock star of the sport. As one USA Today writer put it, 'He's the greatest show in bowling. Or, depending on how you judge him, he's a giant black eye on a sport constantly searching for respect.'

Cast & Crew
Directors


Sunday September 6, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214
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  • Length in Mins 19

2:45pm

Right Footed
Limited Capacity seats available

Born without arms as the result of a birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. She learned to type with her toes and drive a car with her feet, and in 2008 became the first armless person to receive a pilot’s license. Right Footed chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate.



Sunday September 6, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

2:45pm

Right Footed
Limited Capacity seats available

Born without arms as the result of a birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. She learned to type with her toes and drive a car with her feet, and in 2008 became the first armless person to receive a pilot’s license. Right Footed chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate.



Sunday September 6, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

2:45pm

Sympathy Said the Shark
Limited Capacity seats available

When a young couple opens their door to a soaked, bloodied, and estranged friend they quickly discover that their night is going to get even stranger... Each person's perspective uncovers a darker secret until an even larger threat is right outside. 

Director: Devin Lawrence

RUNTIME

86 Min



Sunday September 6, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

3:45pm

For Love and Broken Bones
Limited Capacity seats available

A lonely, serious and ruthless debt collector falls in love with a feisty and passionate wedding planner who also happens to be his latest assignment. Can they both overcome old fears and let love into their lives? And can he save her and her son in time, before his powerful and dangerous boss, comes to get his money back?



Sunday September 6, 2015 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Laurelhurst Theater 2735 E Burnside St Portland, OR 97214

4:00pm

Actors Workshop: Directors on Actors
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 separates a good actor from a great one.

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
JF

Jason Freeman

Jason and Todd Freeman started like many do early in their lives loving to watch movies. Their father, Dale Freeman, showed them 16MM prints of the classics from every genre you can  imagine. Before the days of audio-commentary, Dale would stand up in front of the portable screen and relay the tale of how the majestic filmmakers overcame adversity and triumphed with the celluloid that would soon unfurl in front of their eyes. Since then... Read More →
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Todd E. Freeman

Jason and Todd Freeman started like many do early in their lives loving to watch movies. Their father, Dale Freeman, showed them 16MM prints of the classics from every genre you can  imagine. Before the days of audio-commentary, Dale would stand up in front of the portable screen and relay the tale of how the majestic filmmakers overcame adversity and triumphed with the celluloid that would soon unfurl in front of their eyes. Since then... Read More →
MW

Mischa Webley

Mischa is the award-winning writer/director behind the feature film festival hit, The Kill Hole, which stars Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up, Black Panther), Tory Kittles (True Detective) and Billy Zane (Titanic). The film premiered in 2013 and is currently playing on cable and online platforms all over the world. Mischa is also an accomplished screenwriter who has garnered recognition from competitions around the nation including the IFP Market and... Read More →
JW

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! And discomfort.   | Westby-made features include FILM GEEK (video store clerk loses his job and starts working at an auto parts warehouse), THE AUTEUR (sweet romantic comedy about the... Read More →


Sunday September 6, 2015 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center 1801 NW Northrup St., Portland, OR 97209

4:40pm

Birds of Neptune - Encore Screening
Limited Capacity seats available

Birds of Neptune - Dark Urban Contemporary Fairy Tale 

Mona and Rachel live alone in their childhood house trying to keep memories of a mysterious past intact.

RUNTIME - 97 min


Directors


Sunday September 6, 2015 4:40pm - 6:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

5:15pm

The Whole Gritty City
Limited Capacity seats available

Directors of three New Orleans marching bands prepare students to perform in the Mardi Gras parades. What emerges is a dramatic, music-filled story of children struggling to reach adulthood in one of America's most impoverished and violent cities.



Sunday September 6, 2015 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Clinton Street Theater 2522 SE Clinton St Portland , OR 97202

5:30pm

Theory of Obscurity: A Film About The Residents
Limited Capacity seats available

Theory of Obscurity tells the story of the renegade sound and video collective known as The Residents…a story that spans 40 years and is clouded in mystery. Many details surrounding the group are secret, including the identities of its members. They always perform wearing masks and costumes, which is part of their magic.



Sunday September 6, 2015 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Academy Theater 7818 SE Stark Portland , OR 97215

7:30pm

Closing Night Film Batkid Begins
Limited Capacity seats available

Celebrate the end of the 2015 Portland Film Festial with a screening of Batkid Begins, followed by our awards ceremony and hosted closing night after-party at Bodyvox.

ABOUT THE FILM

Documentary Feature: Biography, Family

On one day, in one city, the world comes together to grant one 5 year old cancer patient his wish. Batkid Begins looks at the 'why' of this flash phenomenon. November 15th, 2013.  San Francisco transformed into Gotham City and captivated the nation.  "One child. One wish. Millions touched."

 

Director: Dana Nachman

CAST & CREW
Actors: Teresa Clovicko, Audrey Copper

 

RUNTIME

87 min.


Directors


Sunday September 6, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

9:00pm

Awards Ceremony & Closing Night After-Party
Limited Capacity seats available

Our Awards Ceremony & Closing Night After-Party is being hosted at BodyVox (1201 Northwest 17th Avenue).

Life is Full of Gray Areas - our tribute to Black & White movies
What is your favorite black and white movie? As we prepare for the Portland Film Festival's "Martini Shot" for the 2015 season we give a nod to the Black & White film era & genre. Join in the fun by being a part of the decor by dressing in black & white, taste the black & white hors d'oeuvres, enjoy your very own black "martini shot" and dance the night away to amazing music.

Walk the 20' red carpet and enjoy hosted drinks and food by Rogue Ales & Spirits. 


Sunday September 6, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Body Vox 1201 NW 17th Ave Portland, OR 97209
 
Monday, September 7
 

9:00am

Zombie Day
Limited Capacity seats available

During a campy movie shoot, the zombie apocalypse begins!

Sign up to be a zombie extra for Portland Film Festival’s Zombie Day- the Guinness World Record setting event attempting the most extras in a short film!

"Zombie Day Appocalypse" is a short film directed by George C. Romero (son of the creator of the Zombie genre), written by Randall Jahnson ("The Doors", "Zorro"), and organized to set the Guiness World Record for most extras in a short film. Be an extra and help make it happen!

DATE: Septermber 7, 2015

LOCATION: To be revealed during Portland Film Festival (September 1-7)

HASHTAG: #ZOMBIEDAY

Twitter: @zombieday

 

What is Zombie Day? 

Primarily, Zombie Day is a film shoot for “Zombie Day Apocalypse.” The film will be directed by George C. Romero Jr. (son of famed zombie director George A. Romero), written by Randall Jahnson (“The Doors” and “The Mask of Zorro”), and is set in an undisclosed location in Portland, Oregon. The film is attempting to set the Guinness World Record for most extras in a short film.

Zombie Day is a jam-packed day devoted to zombie related events–so no matter what time you are available, you will have options to participate and have fun. 

The zombie shenanigans will be held on Labor Day September 7th—the last day of the Portland Film Festival, held September 1-7. 

 

When is the Portland Film Festival?

The Portland Film Festival is held September 1-7. The festival screens over 190 of the best independent films from around the world during the week leading up to and including Labor Day Weekend.

With screens spread out across the city, you can watch films from noon until midnight every day of the festival, attend workshops, classes, participate in networking events, acting or screenwriting master classes, walk the red carpet and more. Learn more about the festival or purchase tickets now at: portlandfilmfestival.com



Monday September 7, 2015 9:00am - 2:00pm
TBA

12:15pm

Audience Award Winners
Limited Capacity seats available

Audience Award Winning Short and Feature of the 2015 Portland FIlm Festival. The film will be determined by audience members of the festival. The film title will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9/6.

Winning Feature: Sympathy Said the Shark

Winning Short: Forest Borne

Monday September 7, 2015 12:15pm - 2:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

2:45pm

Narrative Jury Award Winners
Limited Capacity seats available

Narrative Jury Award Winning Short and Feature of the 2015 Portland FIlm Festival. The film will be determined by audience members of the festival. The film title will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9/6.

Monday September 7, 2015 2:45pm - 4:45pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

5:15pm

Documentary Jury Award Winners
Limited Capacity seats available

Documentary Jury Award Winning Short and Feature of the 2015 Portland FIlm Festival. The film will be determined by audience members of the festival. The film title will be announced at the awards ceremony on 9/6.

Monday September 7, 2015 5:15pm - 7:15pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

8:15pm

Z Nation - Sneak Peek Season 2 Premiere
Limited Capacity seats available

Z Nation Co-Executive Producer/Writer/Director Dan Merchant will be hosting the sneak peek screening of episode 201.  Merchant is a Lake Oswego based filmmaker and former 101.9 KINK-FM Morning Show Host.

 

Z NATION SYNOPSIS

Z Nation begins three years into a virus-caused zombie apocalypse, which has already killed most humans. A group of everyday heroes must transport Murphy, the only known survivor of a zombie bite who did not himself turn into a zombie, from New York to the world's last known functioning research lab in California. Murphy had been the unwilling subject of a government test vaccine in the days just before society fell apart, and his blood contains antibodies that are mankind's last and best hope for a vaccine. However, Murphy harbors a dark secret that threatens them all.   

 

KARL SCHAEFER ON THE SNEAK PEAK OF SYFY'S Z NATION Episode 201 at PFF's ZOMBIE DAY

"Z Nation is excited to share a sneak peek of Season 2 at the Portland Film Festival's Zombie Day.  Since Z Nation is putting the fun back into zombie shows it only made sense we'd be part of a fun, crazy thing like Zombie Day. Z Nation is produced just up the road in Spokane, Washington, so we Pacific Northwest zombie lovers need to stick together." - Karl Schaefer, Showrunner, Co-Creator Z Nation

KARL SCHAEFER ON SEASON TWO OF SYFY'S Z NATION

"A second Apocalypse is coming.  Z Nation is more dangerous, more challenging, funnier, crazier and the whole world is going to be after The Murphy - Season 2 of Z Nation is going to be a lot more of everything.  In the season opener you will see how and if everyone survives the nuclear bombs that were raining down at the end of season one.  We don't leave you hanging.  Z Nation goes flat out in season two." 

EPISODE 201

The Asylum presents a SyFy Original Series

Z Nation returns for it's second season on SyFy this Friday, September 11th @ 10pm.   

Z Nation is Created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler.  

The season 2 premiere episode is written by Karl Schaefer, directed by John Hyams and stars DJ Qualls as Citizen Z, Kellita Smith as Lt. Roberta Warren, Keith Allan as Murphy, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc, Michael Welch as Mack, Anastasia Baranova as Addy, Nat Zang as 10K, Pisay Pisao as Cassandra and Matt Cendeno as Vasquez.

The COMIC CON SAN DIEGO PANEL - Featuring Show Runner Karl Schaefer, Co-Creator Craig Engler and stars Kellita Smith (Warren) and Keith Allan (Murphy)

http://www.syfy.com/znation/videos/san-diego-comic-con-z-nation-panel-highlight-whats-going-to-happen-in-season

http://www.syfy.com/znation/cast/2     Here's a cast list for Season 2. 

NEW INTERACTIVE "FIND MURPHY" VIDEO GAME NOW UP ON SYFY.COM http://www.syfy.com/znation/findmurphy/


Monday September 7, 2015 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan Portland, OR 97219

8:30pm

Zombie Day Wrap Party at Green Dragon Bistro and Pub
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's celebrate everything Zombie and watch a cult classic zombie movie on a big screen outdoors with bands, music and beer. Thanks to the fine Rogue Ales & Spirits, we can party in one of the coolest locations in Portland.

Limited entry. Get there early. We're taking over the block and screening an outdoor movie. 

Monday September 7, 2015 8:30pm - 11:30pm
Green Dragon Bistro and Pub 928 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214