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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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Wednesday, September 2
 

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
 
Thursday, September 3
 

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
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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

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
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Saturday, September 5
 

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

3:45pm

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
 
Sunday, September 6
 

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
 
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