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

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 world’s greatest porn director) and RID OF ME (timid housewife wreaks revenge on her yuppie husband and his asshole friends). His films have played at the Tribeca Film Festival, Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival, Palm Springs FF, and many more. 
Westby recently completed the short film EVAN RACHEL WOULD for tomboy clothier Wildfang, starring Kim Gordon, Beth Ditto, and (you guessed it!) Evan Rachel Wood. He is currently at work on his next feature, the experimental documentary AT THE VIDEO STORE.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, September 6

4:00pm PDT