Wednesday, October 24, 2018

TwoOhSix Picks - 2018 Portland Film Festival

The 2018 Portland Film Festival is here! This is my fourth year covering the PDX's largest film festival and it has become one of my favorites because of the wide variety of movies that are available, a lot of which you won't be able to see anywhere else. For Portland film lovers, this is always a highlight of the year and there are several films I am really hoping to see.

Narrowing my picks down to twelve feature films was not an easy task but here it is, the official TwoOhSix Picks for the 2018 Portland Film Festival.

Here's a brief rundown from the official press release of what screenings and events you can expect to see during the festival. Pretty exciting stuff!

Monday, October 22
Filmmaker Welcome Reception and Champagne Toastat Gearhead Production Rentals located at 4720 SE 26th Ave.from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Kick off the festival with local industry filmmakers and influencers with hors d’oeuvres and champagne. This event is free and open to the public for adults 21 and older. 

Tuesday, October 23: Opening night film screenings and party at Custom Blocks.

Wednesday, October 24 - Sunday, October 28
  • Screenings of more than 200 independent and mass audience films– with more than half directed by women and more than 40 from Portland area filmmakers – as well as workshops, panels, film industry events and parties. 
  • Talks with NBC Universal archivist, Jeff Pirtle, and monster movies screened daily, including a historic screening of Spanish Dracula as well as digitally restored horror films like Bride of Frankenstein, The Mummy’s Hand, Dracula’s Daughter
and Creature from the Black Lagoon, among others.  
  • New LATINX program features a selection of films, workshops and classes held in Spanish - including the opening night film The Chunta by Portland filmmaker, Genevieve Roundané, about a small town in Mexico where men transform into women once a year. The festival will also host a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration on October 24 with DJ collective Noche Libre. 
  • New Indigenous Voices program features a selection of films about issues facing indigenous communities.  
  • Daily Director Chats from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Powell’s City of Books where attendees can listen to film directors from around the world discuss their movies the day they premiere at the festival while enjoying a complimentary lunch. Hear behind-the-scenes stories and get the inside scoop on everything that went right (and wrong) in making their movie. TBA special guests will moderate the daily director chats. Past guests include Jason Momoa, Haley Joel Osment and Eli Roth. 
Saturday, October 27
  • Future Filmmakers Movie Premiere Event: kids from the Boys and Girls Club, alongside film industry professionals, will premiere their monster-themed short films on the big screen. 
  • Closing Night Monster Bash & Awards Ceremony: honor the festival’s film competition winners and bring a close to the festival while celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein.

The annual Portland Film Festival, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, brings more than 200 independent and mass audience films to the city October 22-28, 2018. Featuring films, workshops, educational panels, networking events and parties, the Portland Film Festival is one of Oregon’s largest film festivals and was named “one of the coolest film festivals in the world,” by MovieMaker Magazine.

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