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Guess Who’s Back? Back Again?

Shady’s back – tell a friend! *dance break* Oops, sorry, got a little excited there for a minute…Anyway, I’m back (for today at least. and later this week. then hopefully forever and ever and ever like that creepy clowndoll you can’t get rid of but being ill makes life rarely go as planned, so we’ll see. right? ūüėČ ) WHY am I here? To let y’all know that the Portland Film Fest is back!!

Remember AIMY IN A CAGE from last year? The¬†mind-blowingly, amazingly, freakishly, insanely beautiful love child of John Waters and Marc Caro/Jean-Pierre Jeunet (that is currently on Amazon Prime – hint, hint, nudge, nudge)? It was one of the AMAZING pieces from last year’s festival and this year’s line-up promises to be just as interesting! I’ll be covering the festival and reviewing films from it for the next couple of weeks, and there’s just so much diversity going on here – there are films on pinball wizards; accountants dying to be stand-up comedians; Ovarian Psycos; pot growers; guys with allergies to the sun; haunted Mediterranean islands; politically-conscious indie musicals (YES!!!); family dramas; goat farming; gang life vs. street fashion; superstar role models; and MORE…*deep breath* Whew, that’s a lot of film! Obviously, I can’t get to them all, but I’ll be getting to as many films as I can. If you’re IN Portland, however, I HIGHLY suggest you go watch these beauts for yourself!


Poster - Courtesy of Portland Film Festival 2016-page-001

The fourth annual Portland Film Festival will take place August 29 ‚Äď September 5,¬†2016, at Portland‚Äôs iconic Laurelhurst Theater, and will include over 20¬†educational panels & forums, 12 archival presentations, and many parties,¬†events, and industry networking opportunities throughout the week.¬†Established in 2013, the Portland Film Festival is one of Oregon‚Äôs largest¬†film¬†festivals, and was named ‚Äúone of the coolest film festivals in the world,‚ÄĚ by¬†MovieMaker Magazine. This year, the festival has programmed a near equal balance¬†of films from men and women, furthering the festival‚Äôs commitment to supporting¬†diverse voices and visions.

‚ÄúThis year‚Äôs screenings, panels, and programs are an exciting cross-section of icons¬†of classic cinema, engaging new filmmakers, and the best of modern indie film.¬†We‚Äôre truly proud to bring this year‚Äôs eclectic program to local audiences. We‚Äôre¬†also thrilled that, for the first time, all of our films will screen at Portland‚Äôs historic¬†Laurelhurst Theatre. This year‚Äôs festival will be a not-to- be-missed event,‚ÄĚ said Josh¬†Leake, Portland Film Festival Founder and Executive Director.

The festival will present two opening and closing night films (a documentary and a narrative film on each night) and feature films in the following sections: Narrative Competition Feature, Documentary Competition Feature, Narrative Spotlight, Stranger Than Fiction, Tribute: Visionaries, and Milestones. New this year, the festival has created a section to screen classic films from the 70’s and 80’s, and will also be honoring two iconic writers, Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke) and William F. Nolan (Logan’s Run).

Visit their site for full deets and list of films!

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