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Tuesday, September 1
 

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
 
Wednesday, September 2
 

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

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

2:30pm

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, Kinderchomper
I'm a documentary filmmaker who lives in the woods of northern Minnesota.



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

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

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

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

9:45pm

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
 

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

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

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

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
 
Friday, September 4
 

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

11:45am

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

12:15pm

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, September 5
 

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

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

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

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

2:45pm

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

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

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
 
Sunday, September 6
 

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

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

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

2:45pm

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

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