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OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Meet the lifeblood of the Festival—the filmmakers—at this heady celebration bringing together the Northwest filmmaking community. Delicious Northwest-inspired nibbles will be provided by The Pink Rose, with beverages from MacTarnahan’s Brewing Company and JOIA All Natural Soda.
ADMISSION: $5; free with opening night Shorts I ticket. Party 21+.
FILMMAKERS’ UN-CONFERENCE (BARCAMP)
Once again the Festival brings the BarCamp model to filmmakers with this un-conference that takes advantage of the Festival’s convergence of Northwest filmmakers. The day-long event is organized by the filmmakers/participants for the filmmakers/participants. The process begins in the weeks preceding the Festival when filmmakers come together online to confirm their participation, suggest topics, and start kicking around discussion ideas. Past sessions have included self-distribution, archiving work, festivals and exhibition, and building social communities for films. This year, breakfast will be provided by KIND Healthy Snacks and the day will kick off with a product demonstration by Pro Photo Supply. Contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about accessing the interactive wiki website where you can sign up, suggest discussion topics, and connect with your comrades-in-film. 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. Avail yourself.
Portland filmmaker/media artist Jim Blashfield has worked in animation, live-action, and combinations of the two for more than two decades, imaginatively expanding upon the notion of “genre” through his many music videos, documentaries, narratives, experimental films, video installations, and hybrid combinations thereof. Re-purposed ephemera, photo and cut-out collage, emotional contrast, and poetic, context-shifting commentary are among some of the approaches he has applied to the making of his quirky, often funny, and always unexpected work. How does a single individual’s creative vision comfortably and productively embrace such a variety of distinct genres on the one hand, and on the other, experiment successfully with the co-mingling of these seemingly independent forms? Jim Blashfield will talk about what interests him in the work he does and how he applies the techniques of both intentionality and experimentation/discovery to his work. Through informal discussion and Q&A, participants will be encouraged to discuss what they see in the work and to reflect on their own creative processes and interests. Open to all.
THE SCHOOL OF FILM AND CINEMA PROJECT PRESENT A CONVERSATION WITH SAUL LEVINE
Join an informal conversation on experimental film’s past, present, and future influences led by Saul Levine, a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and programmer for the MassArt Film Society. “Levine is the foremost dissenting filmmaker in America. ... His incessant, chaotic outpouring of political energy (over 35 years) seems less geared to a naïve notion of bettering the world than to a perpetual pressure to keep it from getting worse.”—P. Adams Sitney. Levine will also present two programs of his films with Cinema Project November 12 and 13 at Yale Union (YU). For full program details, please visit cinemaproject.org.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT LAIKA: MAKING PARANORMAN
Following up on CORALINE (2009), LAIKA’s second triumph, ParaNorman (2012), is currently dazzling audiences worldwide. As a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, Norman Babcock takes on ghosts, zombies, and, worst of all, grown-ups in order to save his town from a centuries-old curse in this exceptional 3D stop-motion animation from a studio rich with world-class talents. Today, two of the studio’s top animators will take us behind the scenes at LAIKA to get a view of the extraordinary efforts involved in the making of this remarkable production. Come meet Emmy Award-winning animation supervisor Brad Schiff, whose credits include CORPSE BRIDE, CORALINE, and FANTASTIC MR. FOX, and puppet fabrication creative supervisor Georgina Hayns, who in addition to working on LAIKA’s two features has worked on such features and shorts as CORPSE BRIDE, MARS ATTACKS!, and the Academy Award-nominated PERIWIG MAKER. Production puppets will also be on display. (90 mins.)
FESTIVAL WRAP PARTY
Following the screening of Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick’s THE GREAT NORTHWEST, we will congregate in the stunning subterranean dining room of The Pink Rose (located on the Portland Streetcar line on NW Lovejoy and 13th). Join us to share delicious Northwest-inspired nibbles, beverages from MacTarnahan’s Brewing and JOIA All Natural Sodas, and legendary tales of the Festival that was.
ADMISSION: FREE with admission to closing night film, THE GREAT NORTHWEST. Party 21+.