Movies hit home and local screens as festivals present films at a time when theaters have to keep their doors closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions.
Check them out:
• The 2020 POW Film Fest "Local Edition" will go virtual, Thursday, Oct. 1, and it benefits one of the theaters that has been forced to close: Clinton Street Theater.
Showcasing works by women and nonbinary filmmakers, the multiday festival in the past has featured full-length movies. But this year, short films from the Portland-metro area are emphasized.
The 13th annual festival focuses on a variety of genres with works by Alberta Poon, Dawn Jones Redstone, Cambria Matlow, Aileen Sheedy and others. POW Film Fest has partnered with Signal Parade to bring the live, virtual films to Portland and nationwide audiences.
The festival originally was scheduled for March.
"I am happy that we have this opportunity to present the programs to an even wider audience, virtually," said Tara Johnson-Medinger, POW Film Fest executive director. "We are also excited to be raising funds for a local theater that has been so supportive of our festival over the years." POW Film Fest is producing the festival in association with the Hollywood Theatre.
There is a prescreening opportunity to see Rachel Bracker's "With the Wind and Stars," a 360-degree virtual reality film.
The lineup (and filmmaker), followed by question-answer sessions: Shorts I, 6 p.m. — "Karaoke People" (Jen Tate); "No More Dope Parties" (Cambria Matlow); "Happenstance: The Funeral (Brandy Machado); "It's Lit" (Alberta Poon); "Magnificent" (Dawn Jones Redstone); "Bodies Like Oceans" (KC Cory). Short II, 8:15 p.m. — "Working Lunch" (Shilpa Sunthankar); "Candy Corn" (Molly Preston); "Audreality Presents: Portland Century Relay" (Audrey Rose Goldfarb); "Self Worship" (Asia Brown, Che Che Luna); "Fanatico" (Hannah May Cumming); "Love Biscuit" (Ashley Mosher); "Legend of Stella" (Aileen Sheedy).
Full details can be found at www.powfilmfest.com.
• The 43rd Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) had to be shortened in March, but the Northwest Film Center brings it back as "PIFF 2.0," Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3. It's part of the film center's Cinema Unbound Drive-In series at Zidell Yards.
There'll be 10 films presented, as well as talks and happy hours from Northwest and international filmmakers.
"While we can't go back to the way things were, in the spirit of PIFF, we're offering 10 films, talks and happy hours … to bring some closure to the festival and open a door to next year's festival," said Amy Dotson, Northwest Film Center director and Portland Art Museum museum curator of film and new media.
The lineup at Zidell Yards, 3030 S.W. Moody Ave.: Oct. 1 — "Young Hearts" (aka "Thunderbolt in Mine Eye"); Oct. 2 — "Sylvie's Love" (sneak preview); Oct. 3 — "Marona's Fantastic Tale," "Sibyl," "Martin Eden," "Vitalina Varela," "Pahokee," "The Dark Divide," "Where the House Was."
Tickets are $35-$55 per car. For more: www.nwfilm.org.
Other films are available on Video on Demand: "Children of the Sea" (Netflix), "Bacurau" (Amazon Prime).
• The fourth annual Portland Dance Film Fest, Oct. 2-11, will feature more than 60 screenings, workshops, world premieres and fun — all virtual.
"While we are saddened by the loss of in-person camaraderie, we are pumped to face this unique experience with the ability to showcase more art and artists than ever," a news release stated. "Dance for film marries the sacred art form of dance and the boundless brilliance of technology and filmmaking."
The lineup includes 26 "PDFF Picks" films, nine documentaries, 24 mini films and the world premiere of the 2020 Oregon Dance Film Commission. They were created by artists sheltering in place.
The Stay Home Screendance category will be free to view and audiences can vote for their favorite.
PDFF Picks will screen Oct. 2-4, Oct. 5-7 and Oct. 8-10. Tickets are $5-$30 per session, $10 for a documentary pass and $20-$87 for a festival pass.
There are PDFF workshops scheduled Oct. 3-10.
For more: www.portlanddancefilmfest.com.
• The Filmed by Bike folks have been generating content after its festival had to be shelved. The latest, in collaboration with The Brown Bike Girl, is the inaugural High Vis Film Festival that brings stories of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) cyclists to the virtual screen, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 2-3. It raises funds for Debut BIPOC Filmmaker Grant and Brown Hope.
It celebrates BIPOC cyclists often left out of mainstream film festivals.
There'll be a virtual happy hour Oct. 2, followed by an evening of short films, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 on YouTube.
"We hope that by shining a light on these incredible films by Black, Indigenous and all people of color, we can inspire other people to share their bicycle stories," said Courtney Williams, High Vis co-producer.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can (or $20 donation) and details can be found at www.FilmedByBike.org.
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