Local Filmmakers Rule the Day in the Short Cuts V: Oregon Filmmakers’ Showcase at PIFF 37

Heart-Stephanie Hough

The Northwest Film Center’s continuing commitment to highlighting cinematic works produced in the Northwest region is explicitly expressed in this year’s Portland International Film Festival’s SHORT CUTS V: OREGON FILMMAKERS’ SHOWCASE.  On Tuesday, February 11, the Film Center is thrilled to present a program of short works by Oregon-based filmmakers, including films by festival favorites like Joanna Priestley and Vanessa Renwick, but also work by emerging talents like Stephanie Hough, Rachelle Sarfati, and Kimberly Warner.  The showcase also allows Portland audiences the opportunity to view Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s latest work. (Total program running time: 102 mins.)  All filmmakers will be in attendance for the screening.

Screening times:
February 11 – Tuesday 8:30pm

Complete program listings:

PORTLAND MEADOWS (Dir. Vanessa Renwick) – Portland
This rhythmic portrait explores the sights and sounds of Portland’s horse racetrack. (15 mins.)

SPLIT ENDS (Dir. Joanna Priestley) – Portland
Abstract compositions inspired by vintage wallpaper and wrapping paper stimulate a collective memory of youthful self-hypnosis and visual absorption. (4 mins.)

9 (Dir. Kimberly Warner) – Portland
A young ballerina glimpses a hidden truth about her future as she teeters between light and dark, order and chaos. (16 mins.)

3RD DEGREE (Dir. Sal Strom) – Tigard
Strom pairs found footage with an oral history from a World War II veteran. (2 mins.)

I AM HERE (Dir. Rachelle Sarfati) – Eugene
Sarfati recounts her story of missing memories and recovery after being hit by a train while on a film shoot. (5 mins.)

POSSESSED (Dir. Pam Minty) – Portland
Joan Crawford returns to the screen in a thrilling trailer mash-up. (2 mins.)

HEART (Dir. Stephanie Hough) – Portland
Brothers Jonas and Kevin Kierkowzki struggle to navigate their grief over the death of their younger brother.  Jonas has become emotionally isolated while Kevin takes the opposite route, chaotic and sometimes self-destructive. (22 mins.)

Brodsky’s unflinching documentary profiles a unique camp, where grieving children find comfort in one another to deal with their pain. (36 mins.)
Special thanks to Wieden+Kennedy for supporting NW Film Center’s five shorts programs at PIFF 37.



The 37th Portland International Film Festival hosts screenings at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium inside the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Avenue), the Empirical Theater at OMSI (1945 SE Water Avenue), Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Avenue), Cinemagic (2021 SE Hawthorne Boulevard), World Trade Center (121 SW Salmon Street, 1st Street, Building 2), and Regal Fox Tower (846 SW Park Avenue).

Over the last 37 years, the Festival has populated its schedule with diverse and innovative films for an audience of more than 38,000 annually from throughout the Northwest.  As Oregon’s largest, most culturally diverse film event, the Portland International Film Festival pulls together a multi-faceted experience with 128 films and special events presenting a full spectrum of features, documentaries, shorts, and visiting artists – and featuring submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and works by both returning masters and emerging talents.

This year’s Festival includes the return of the popular PIFF After Dark program, showcasing midnight movies like Ti West’s (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) THE SACRAMENT and Ari Folman’s (WALTZ WITH BASHIR) THE CONGRESS for adventurous festival attendees.  Contained within the PIFF 37 lineup is a sizable animation block with seven animated features on offer, including THE APOSTLE, MY MOMMY IS IN AMERICA AND SHE MET BUFFALO BILL, and the latest film by Portland-born animator Bill Plympton, CHEATIN’.

Other highlights of PIFF 37 include screenings of Tsai Ming-Liang’s (WHAT TIME IS IT OVER THERE?) STRAY DOGS, Rithy Panh’s THE MISSING PICTURE, Doug Pray’s (HYPE!) LEVITATED MASS, François Ozon’s (SWIMMING POOL) YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL, Jillian Schlesinger’s MAIDENTRIP, Alain Guiraudie’s STRANGER BY THE LAKE, Anthony Chen’s ILO ILO and Claude Lanzmann’s (SHOAH) THE LAST OF THE UNJUST.

The full PIFF 37 Program is available to the public online January 24 at nwfilm.org. Press screenings begin on January 27.

Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Avenue

Daily from 12-6 p.m.

Advance tickets by phone at (503) 276-4310

Advance tickets online at http://festivals.nwfilm.org/piff37/.

Admission Prices: 

$11 General; $10 Portland Art Museum Members, Students, Seniors; $8 Silver Screen Club Friends, Children

Opening Night: $25 general; $20 Silver Screen Friend and Portland Art Museum and OMSI Members

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, LAIKA, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Wieden+Kennedy, Delta Airlines, James F. Marion Miller Foundation, and many others.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum.  For more information, visit www.nwfilm.org.

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