Tuesday, March 6, 2012

POWFest 2012: Opening Night is All About Local Talent

POWFest (Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival) 2012 hits the ground running on this coming Thursday with a night of short films produced by local artists.  The presentation underscores the festival's ongoing commitment to Portland talent.  Even as they've tapped notable guests from without (for instance), POWFest has always strongly reflected and honored women's contributions in the local film community and this year's edition is no exception.

Highlights include:

Not To Be Taken, directed by Emily Setzer
A pensively-pitched drama that takes place across two time periods, featuring an outstanding performance by Patricia Zapp as a woman haunted by past events.

A still from Emily Setzer's Not To Be Taken

The Lost Van Gogh, directed by Jessica Lyness
A whimsical piece centered around the provenance of a neglected artwork, smartly captured entirely from the painting's POV.

A still from Jessica Lyness' The Lost Van Gogh

Stella's Flight, directed by Courtenay Hameister
A very funny film about ennui and what it takes for one women to break out of the cycle of chronic boredom.

A still from Courtenay Hameister's Stella's Flight

CPR, directed by Kimberly Warner
My favorite of the bunch, drawing dual inspiration from the visual aesthetic of Mad Men and the narrative sensibilities of The Twilight Zone.  Cinematographer Gary Nolton's impressive images leap off the screen.

 A still from Kimberly Warner's CPR

Festival passes can be acquired at this link and tickets for individual screenings can be purchased here.

The opening night Shorts 1: Locals Showcase kicks off this year's edition of POWFest on Thurs., March 8th at 7pm at the Hollywood Theatre.  An opening night party will follow at 9pm @Large Films.

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