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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
 
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

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
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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... Read More →

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... 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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →



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

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

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

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
 
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

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, September 5
 

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

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

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

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

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
 
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

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

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