Saturday, May 26, 2012


EFF Portland is already nearing the end of its first year's run.  If you still haven't made it out to this year's festival, there's still plenty of stuff to see.  This evening, there's a two-part presentation of shorts going under the name The Upper Crust (part one's at 6pm, here's a link to part two, which begins at 8pm) and more (live performances, a premiere of work by Evan Meaney at 3pm, etc.).

Tomorrow night marks the official end of the festival.  And the good folks at EFF Portland have put together two enticing events to bring it all to a close.  Sunday afternoon at 1pm, the Clinton Street Theater hosts The Dill Pickle Club's latest installment in their ongoing lecture series, A Place Called Home: Lectures on Filmmaking in PortlandFor this month's edition, the D.P.C.'s rounded up local filmmakers Jim Blashfield, Brooke Jacobson and Matt McCormick (a piece on his most recent film was recently featured on the blog here) to talk about their craft and its relationship to place.

The official festival closing spot is occupied by the Portland premiere of Vanessa Renwick's  Charismatic Megafauna at the Hollywood Theatre.  Via e-mail, Renwick communicated that Charismatic Megafauna is the third piece she's made on the topic of wolf reintroduction (this installation piece being one of the others), part of a twelve year process of making a larger work on the topic.  The event will feature a live score performed by Lori Goldston, Jessika Kenney, Dylan Carlson and Greg Campbell.

Here's a snippet from the press release:
Portland Oregon-based radical documentary film maker Vanessa Renwick places 16mm film footage from her own teenage life in inner city Chicago, living with a wolf dog with stunning video documentation shot by biologists reintroducing wolves into the western USA in the late 90’s. We watch the wolf dog scavenging in the gutters of Chicago, and we watch humans performing the act known perversely as “wildlife management” on wolves.

The evening will also feature a rare screening of Renwick’s “Mighty Tacoma.”

Sound and Vision & EFF Portland present Charismatic Megafauna on Sunday, May 27th at the Hollywood Theatre.  More info on the program available here.  More info EFF Portland's showcases, tickets, venues and special events available here.

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