November brings film festivals to Portland
Independent film has seen many changes over the years. The independent movie has gone from something produced by students and shown at the campus union theater, to a multi-million dollar business. Nowadays, most major studios have a division committed to the production and acquisition of independent films and major stars are often known to grace these projects.
Making a successful independent film has become impetrative to the career of a young filmmaker. Gone are the days when one would work one’s way up in the studio system. A filmmaker must prove his or her box office potential to distributor or studio if he hopes for them to take a chance on his or her future projects. Independent film festivals are one way that filmmakers can get their work noticed. This November several film festivals will come to Portland, giving audiences and potential investors to see and vote on what may be the next break away hit.
42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival
November 12-17, 2015
This film festival is designed to give opportunity to those filmmakers who permanently reside in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. The festival is very artist friendly as there is no entry fee and past judges have included such prestigious folks as Todd Haynes and Gus Van Sant. The festival hosts several premier independent films and features workshops for filmmakers at the Portland Art Museum. This year’s festival will include a filmmaking master class called, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” which allows filmmakers to become teaches and discuss their craft with one another.
Highlights of this year’s festival include a documentary entitled, Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon which details the history of police violence and social control in our city, as well as a The Sandwich Nazi, a film about a colorful delicatessen owner.
The Festival kicks off on Thursday, November 12 and runs through Tuesday, November 17. Tickets are $9.00 per individual film or $50.00 for a festival pass which will include admission to parties and expo events.
November 13-15, 2015
Although it may be a bit of a drive from Portland, all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood will come to this sleepy college town for its annual film festival. The festival will include nightly parties and the opportunity to hobnob with industry professionals as well as the stars of tomorrow.
In addition to having many premier films, this year’s festival will include a screenwriters and filmmakers retreat which runs concurrently with the festival. The retreat offers an intensive 3-day Screenwriters/Filmmakers workshop which is taught by Hollywood insiders, agent Ken Sherman, writer Tom Sawyer and distributor Mike Katchman. The festival will give attendees tips for selling their films and screenplays in today’s market. Tickets to the workshop are $99.00 for students and $125.00 for everyone else.
Films for the festival have yet to be announced, but the event is in its tenth year and had screened films from all over the world in its history. Tickets to the festival will soon be available through brownpapertickets.com.
November 6-7 and 13-14
This annual amateur porn festival is in its 11th year. The festival is sponsored by The Portland Mercury and features erotic films produced by local filmmakers. This year’s selections include a film that entails a person being “distracted,” while reading Mike Huckabee’s, Gods, Guns, Grits and Gravy as well as a film about a man with a disturbing collection.
There are three screenings of the films each day of the festival and some of the screenings will be hosted by Dan Savage who writes the syndicated sex advice column, Savage Love. Tickets to the screenings are $20.00.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.