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19 Feb. 2014

POW Fest 2014, Women Filmmakers head to Portland

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Joanna Priestly

Joanna Priestly

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (a.k.a.POWFest) runs March 6 – 9, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre.


In its 7th consecutive year, POWFest continues to be the only film festival in Portland exclusively

placing a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of

women in film; and only one of a handful of festivals in the U.S. dedicated to women-directed film.

Our goal is to shift the world of women in film, honoring the true pioneers while providing support

and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.


This year’s festival will debut a new program aimed directly at local youth. “Despite some key wins for

women in the film industry over the past couple years, sadly, there is no proof that demonstrates

women’s opportunities in any of the critical behind the scenes positions has materially improved in the past decade.

We can’t change the past, but we can work on improving the opportunities for our future female filmmakers. To that end, I am thrilled to announce the launch of a new skills building program

developed with Portland Community Media and specifically designed for high school-aged youth

called POWGirls. Over the course of three days–taking place during the 2014 POWFest–a group of

selected girls will develop, produce, edit and present a film,” shared POWFest Executive Director, Tara

Johnson Medinger.

POWFest’s 2014 line up is diverse from local and international features and shorts, to narrative and documentary, to

the innovative and youthful, to the next generation of young filmmakers.


A total of nearly 100 selections will screen over a period of 4 days,

including Portland premieres of several feature films and one world premier.


The schedule also includes thought-provoking content to engage the audience through

conversations with the over thirty directors in attendance; among them local directors Kimberly Warner,

Dmae Roberts, Samatha Pirnak, Alicia J. Rose, Teri Danielson and Sonia Halvorson – encouraging

dialogue beyond the theater as well; filmmakers attending hail from countries around the globe including the UK, the

Russian Federation and China.


Each year, the festival honors a female pioneer in the filmmaking industry. This year, POWFest

Hosts local award-winning director, producer and animator Joanna Priestley–with nearly

30 films that explore abstraction, botany, landscape, aging and human rights–sharing a

retrospective of her work on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. followed by a reception.


Purchasing an all-access pass to POWFest gives you the opportunity to see as many films as you

want during the festival without fumbling with individual tickets while saving money and showing

your support. Festival pass includes access for early seating; admission to our Opening Night Party at

VeloCult; Meet-the Directors 5-7pm on Friday 3/7; and Sunday’s Closing Night Reception at the

Hollywood Theatre, 9 pm.



Opening Night – Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 7:15 p.m., Hollywood Theatre

The Portland Premiere of REDEMPTION TRAIL, by director/writer Britta Sjogren, will open

our festival on Thursday March 6th at the Hollywood Theatre. The film stars LisaGay Hamilton, Lily

Rabe, Jake Webber and Hamish Linklater. Ms. Hamilton will be in attendance at the event along with

many of the crew including Director Britta Sjogren, Executive Producer Lisa Naito and composer Mark

Orton. Hamilton and Rabe star as two driven, imperfect women in this contemporary Western. From

opposite sides of the track they have nothing in common except a fatal pessimism about life, the legacy

of deep personal loss. But fate carves a bridge between the two outsiders — and, united in a grief that

sets them apart from the world, they form an unlikely, mythic alliance, seeking justice outside the law.


The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) empowers women to find their voice

and share their stories through innovative and quality filmmaking by showcasing the work of today’s

top women directors at our annual festival and strengthening the community of women in film in

Oregon year-round. We honor the true pioneers in the industry while providing support and

recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers. In the past seven years POWFest has

hosted the following prominent and very accomplished women directors: Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-

Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris

and Ondi Timoner.


For a complete list of programming and schedule details, visit

About the author

Sandra Varner has had her hands on the pulse of the entertainment industry and lifestyles coverage for decades, staying current, always.


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