Dmae features the 7th annual Portland Oregon Womenâ€™s Film Festival (POWFest) which runsÂ Â March 6 – 9, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre. We’ hear fromÂ Christine Autrand Mitchell Â programming manager of POWFest and filmmakers Kimberly Warner (in studio) and special guest Joanna Priestly (via phone). Â
We’ll also hear a feature interview with playwright David Zellnic talking about defunkt Theatre’s production of Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom.Â
(encores 11am 3/1 on KZME 107.1fm)
POWFest is the only film festival in Portland and one of a handful nationally thatÂ Â spotlights women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community ofÂ women in film. We’ll get a round up of films and feature two local filmmakers.Â
See the POWFest Full Schedule:Â http://powfest.com/2014-festival-schedule/
Some film highlights:
Standing on the threshold between innocence and experience, a young ballerina glimpses a hidden truth about her future as she teeters between light and dark, order and chaos. 9 is a coming of age tale about the mysterious and sometimes frightening initiations that usher us into our becoming.
Redemption Trail is a contemporary Western about two powerful, yet deeply troubled women â€“Â refugees from political and personal trauma â€” who have both chosen to flee a past that haunts them. Â The daughter of a murdered Black Panther revolutionary, Tess, (LisaGay Hamilton) lives off the grid on a Sonoma vineyard, fiercely detached from all connections. Her hermetic life cracks when she gives reluctant shelter to a desperate young woman, Anna (Lily Rabe) who has attempted suicide in a nearby woodland.Â An unlikely alliance forms between the two, where other close relationships have failed.
Guest of Honor: An Evening with Joanna Priestley
Directed By: Joanna Priestley, USA / variou
Screening: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 7:00pm
Location: Hollywood Theatre
POWFest is honored to present a retrospective of award-winning filmmaker Joanna Priestleyâ€™s films as our closing night engagement on Sunday, March 9th at 7:00 pm. Please join us for a unique evening of animated films and conversation.Â Reception to follow.
â€œPriestley has spent the past 25 years pushing the boundaries of the genre with inventive, often irreverent shorts on topics such as aging, prison and plants.â€ â€”Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times
Directed By: Dmae Roberts &
edited by T. Howard
USA / 6 min
Screening: Friday, March 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM
Plays with La Valle’e des Larms (The Valley of Tears)
Location: Hollywood Theatre
A short film adapted from Dmae Robertsâ€™ radio documentary â€˜Mei Mei, A Daughterâ€™s Songâ€ first heard on NPR in 1989. Using the original radio piece as a soundtrack, the film mixes dramatized and archival footage, historical photographs and illustrations to tell the story of Dmae asking her mom, Chu-Yin Roberts about her childhood in Taiwan when she was sold as a child during WWII, suffering abuse, starvation and how she was saved by a female Buddha. This is the first film of a larger half-hour film adaption of the award-winning radio piece.
And in the latter part of the show, we’ll hear a feature interview of playwright David Zelnick Â on the West Coast premiere of his award-winning Â play Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom at defunkt Theatre.
Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom
February 14-March 22, 2014
by David Zellnik directed by Paul Angelo
Itâ€™s 1996 and advances in AIDS medications leave a group of men who faced near certain death a sudden, unexpected hope for a future. Puppy is a writer of pornography with a Marxist slant; an accident has left him confined to a wheelchair but his sexual fantasies know no limit. Sexually frank, hilarious, and deeply moving, this award winning play is a West Coast premiere, and playwright David Zellnik will be visiting Portland during the run.
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