Attention Filmmakers: Sign Up for Un-Conference (formerly BarCamp) at the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

Un-Conference

NORTHWEST FILMMAKERS’ UN-CONFERENCE
Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum, 1119 SW Park Ave.

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference (previously BarCamp) is organized by filmmakers/participants for filmmakers/participants. The process begins preceding the Festival when participants come together online to introduce themselves, suggest topics, and explore discussion ideas. Past sessions have included conversations on self-distribution, archiving work, navigating festivals, building social communities, and more. This is an event where novice filmmakers might meet their next crew and accomplished filmmakers might meet their inspiration. The Northwest has a wealth of filmmaking resources—none as invaluable as the filmmakers themselves—so pull up a chair and take part. Breakfast will be provided by KIND Healthy Snacks and lunch vouchers offered by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson at thomas@nwfilm.org to connect with your comrades-in-film.

FREE ADMISSION

 

Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

For more information, visit The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest40/

The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival – November 8-16

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The Northwest Film Center is proud to announce the line-up for its 40th annual survey of new work by regional media artists, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival (formerly the Northwest Film & Video Festival), which takes place November 8-16, 2013.

This year’s Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presents 40+ short and feature films from filmmakers across the Northwest, selected by guest Festival judge Mike Plante, the senior shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival.  Festival film highlights include Megan Griffiths’ (THE OFF HOURS) latest film EDEN, starring Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung; Jon Garcia’s sequel to his much talked about 2012 film THE FALLS; Nicole Teeny’s engaging, character-driven documentary BIBLE QUIZ; Zach Weintraub’s (THE INTERNATIONAL SIGN FOR CHOKING) minimalist exploration of a relationship in flux, YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG; and Alex Stonehill’s haunting documentary expose of xenophobia in a time of terror, BARZAN.  Also programmed into the Festival is HAWAIIAN PUNCH, a new feature by Nandan Rao (THE MEN OF DODGE CITY), and MMXIII by Ian Clark (SEARCHING FOR YELLOW), both directors have been named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in the past two years.

In addition to features, the Festival offers three programs of short films. Shorts I— a collection of films from Portland, OR, Tigard, OR, Seattle, WA, Walla Walla, WA, Olympia, WA, Belgrade, MT, and Vancouver, BC—will kick off the Festival on Opening Night at 7 p.m. with filmmakers in attendance. Shorts II and Shorts III are collections of films by makers throughout the NW region, ranging from the experimental to animation to narrative and non-fiction.  All three shorts programs will screen numerous times during the Festival.

Beyond the numerous screenings on offer, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival also provides opportunities for aspiring and working filmmakers to interact directly with peers and industry professionals through events such as the Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference, previously BarCamp, an opportunity for the regional filmmaking community to gather together and explore the issues and challenges facing today’s independent filmmaker; and the “Defining Yourself as a Filmmaker” panel, featuring directors Nandan Rao ($500 PARTY), Stephanie Hough (HEART), and Gabe Van Lelyveld (MANDAROSE). Filmmakers whose work did not make it into the Festival have been invited to submit their short film into the popular program, “What’s Wrong with this Picture?,” hosted by Seattle curator Warren Etheredge for a program illuminating the pitfalls of selling your film to a programmer in 2 minutes or less.

This year’s Opening Night party will be held in the former Broadway Metroplex space at 1000 SW Broadway.  Festival screenings will take place at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum, and at McMenamins’ Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan).

Festival sponsors and supporters include The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, LAIKA, Art Works, Oregon Cultural Trust, smart center Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, McMenamins, Pro Photo Supply, The Jackson Foundation, Willamette Week, Mission Control, Kind Healthy Snacks, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Honest Tea, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Funnelbox Production Studios, Koerner Camera Systems, Oregon Film, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, KZME, and Poster Child Events.

For more information, visit The 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival microsite, where you can access film descriptions, ticketing links, and more: http://festivals.nwfilm.org/nwfest40/

More Bang for Your Buck: Free Events at the 39th NW Filmmakers’ Festival

When this year’s edition of the NW Filmmakers’ Festival kicks off on Friday night, there will be a plethora of films and celebratory parties to take part in over the ten day schedule.  What you might not have noticed are the budget minded events sprinkled throughout the festival.

First up is the annual Filmmakers’ Un-Conference (aka Barcamp) on Saturday, November 10th at 10am-5pm at the School of Film.  Intended to foster community and the sharing of information between participants, this free event is a day-long  powwow where film creatives of all backgrounds can come together and educate each other.  Highly collaborative, Barcamp is fashioned in advance by the filmmakers/participants via an online wikiforum.  The topics broached in that virtual environment lead directly to the activities and discussions on the actual day of the event.  Past Barcamps have interrogated all facets of what it is to be a working independent filmmaker in today’s local scene, including distribution, the use of social media to promote work, and more.  All parties interested in accessing the online forum and attending this year’s Barcamp should contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson as soon as possible at thomas@nwfilm.org.

Fans of experimental cinema won’t want to miss the community conversation with filmmaker Saul Levine on Sunday, November 11th at 4pm at the School of Film.  In addition to his teaching career at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Levine has built up a remarkable body of work in 8mm and Super 8 experimental film.  This informal workshop-style event is being held in conjunction with Levine’s appearance at Cinema Project’s two-night presentation of his work and will cover both his contributions and a generalized overview of experimental cinema.  Admission to the Saul Levine workshop is free.  And it’s worth remembering that the Jim Blashfield workshop, Auspicious Circumstances: Inside the Artistic Process of Jim Blashfield, also happens on the same day at 1pm at the School of Film.  It costs a mere $25, a slammin’ deal if you consider that for that price one can come for Blashfield and stay for Levine.

Especially exciting for local animation devotees is the free LAIKA event, Behind the Scenes at LAIKA: Making Paranorman, which occurs on Saturday November 17th at 3pm at the Whitsell Auditorium.  Emmy Award-winning animation supervisor Brad Schiff and puppet fabrication supervisor Georgina Hayns will be on hand to wow attendees with a look at the craft supporting LAIKA’s latest hit film, Paranorman.  And, yes, like the much loved Coraline event at PIFF 37, there will be puppets on hand!