Tuesday, March 8, 2011

POWFest kicks off tomorrow!

The 2011 edition of the Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival begins its five-day run on the big screen at the historic Hollywood Theatre tomorrow night (3/9).  At which time, things will get off to a fine start with the Portland debut of Rolla Selbak's new drama Three Veils.  Selbak will be in attendance for the screening, which will be followed by a Q&A.

Thursday night's feature is the documentary Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World by Emiko Omori, best known for her 2007 work, Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm.

The biggest event of this year's fest occurs on Friday night when POWFest's "Guest of Honor" Gillian Armstrong rolls into town.  The award-winning Australian director of My Brilliant Career and Oscar and Lucinda brings with her a new documentary, Love, Lust & Lies, the fifth film in a series chronologically observing the lives of three women.  And, yes, Armstrong will be around to participate in a post-screening Q&A.

Saturday is by far the most packed day on the schedule, featuring three separate short film programs, a couple of short-form documentaries and Briar March's documentary about the effects of global warming on the Pacific island of Takuu, There Once Was an Island.

Everything wraps up on Sunday with an afternoon program of shorts, followed by Made in India, Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha's exploration of India's fast emerging surrogacy export market and, finally, another chance to catch Tonje Hessen Schei's locally produced doc, Play Again.

That's an awful lot of content to choose from over a relatively short period of time, so those looking to sort it out further should immediately take a dip into the official POWFest website for info on show times, ticket prices, workshops and more!

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