The M Report Presents: 3rd Annual Portland Film Festival
In addition, the festival will hold two, Lifetime Achievement Tributes. One is for stop-motion animator Will Vinton. The other is for sculptor and puppet-maker Wendy Froud who has worked on Star Wars and for Jim Henson films.
75 classes, workshops, panels and networking events will be led by award-winning professionals and experts in the field of film. People who attend will also be treated to a Screenplay Competition. Four finalists from 380 submissions have been chosen and actors will read the entries aloud for a live audience. One of those entries will win a $20,000 production grant to make the chosen screenplay.
Last year, the festival drew 23,000 ticket holders and 240 filmmakers. Many of whom came from outside the United States, as well as 1200 industry members. This year hopes to see as many as 350 visiting filmmakers. The event starts on Tuesday, September 1 and ends on Monday, September 7.
Opening Night will screen two films, a narrative feature and a documentary feature. The documentary is GRU-PDX, about Brazilian band Quarto Negro and its six-month journey to Portland to record their second album, exposing the newly established music scene in Rip City. The narrative feature is Birds of Neptune, the story of two sisters living in Portland with a mysterious past.
The Closing Night film is Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, the real-life story of the Make-A-Wish Foundation working in San Francisco to turn a 5-year-old boy into the caped crusader for a day.
|Scene from '6 Angry Women'|
10 films will also vie for honors in the Documentary Competition. Some of the outstanding titles include Audition, a romance portrayed as 100 actors compete for two lead roles, Business of Amateurs, an ex-athlete seeking answers about the injustice of student-athlete rights, and Lost and Found, one year following Japan's largest earthquake a friendship forms between people on opposing shores.
A special screening of Hustle & Flow will be held in honor of the Oscar-winning film's 10th anniversary. Trailblazing cinematographer Amy Vincent will be in attendance to offer insight into the creation of the film and some of her other work. Vincent is one of few female cinematographers in a field that is very underrepresented.
More special screenings bring Malcolm McDowell's new film Bereave, a personal and professional comeback charted in The Resurrection of Jake the Snake and James Franco's latest in Yosemite.
|Scene from opening night film 'GRU-PDX'|
To learn about even more films, for the full festival lineup and to purchase passes and tickets, go to PortlandFilmFestival.com.