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Friday, November 7, 9 p.m.
Northwest Film Center School of Film
934 SW Salmon St.

We are throwing open the doors of the Film Center’s School of Film and taking over the classrooms and halls for a celebration of Northwest Filmmakers that will launch this ten day feast for the curious. Grab a drink at the cash bar and dig into conversation with the many filmmakers around you.


Sponsored by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and North by Northwest Winery.

Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Ave.

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Un-Conference is a Barcamp-style event organized by filmmakers/participants for filmmakers/participants. The process begins before 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 provided by KIND Healthy Snacks; lunch vouchers offered by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Lunch vouchers offered by Chipotle Mexican Grill. Contact Festival Manager Thomas Phillipson at to connect with your comrades-in-film. Sponsored by The Regional Arts and Culture Council. Free admission.

Saturday, November 8, 4 p.m.
Miller Gallery, Mark Building, Portland Art Museum
1119 SW Park Avenue

Hosted by Warren Etheredge

So, you worked hard and bled a little but your film isn’t exactly burning up the festival circuit. Is it you? Is it them? Is it something that might be easily fixed? You may have had plenty of unsolicited advice to go along with the rejection letters, but how about some straightforward advice from a cinematic sage? We’ve invited Seattle film guru Warren Etheredge back to the Festival to take a look at the first few minutes of brave filmmakers’ films and offer his (brutally honest) insight, delivered with his trademark wit and good will. (90 mins.) Free admission.

Irene Taylor Brodsky
Sunday, November 9, 2-4 p.m.
Northwest Film Center School of Film
934 SW Salmon St.

Tuition: $15

Interesting people, compelling social issues, and heroic tales can all tug on our filmmaking hearts crying out to be THE story that wins over our blood, sweat, and tears for the next weeks, months, and even years. of all the possible stories that intrigue and inspire, how do you know which ones have the potential to blossom into artistic and critical success? Is there a sorting process separating the good ones from the less good ones? In her two decades of documentary filmmaking, Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director, producer, writer, and cinematographer, Irene Taylor Brodsky has followed her heart to develop a sharp ear, and perhaps a bit of a third eye, for character-driven stories that offer new perspectives on who we are and how we think. This afternoon Brodsky will discuss her strategies and film projects in detail, commenting on the critical interplay of story selection and collaboration with other filmmakers in achieving success. Tuition includes admission to The Emmy Award- winning ONE LAST HUG (...AND A FEW SMOOCHES): THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP, which immediately follows the workshop. Register here.

Monday, November 10, 6 p.m. Reception, 7pm Screening
Portland Art Museum's Marion L. Miller Gallery
1119 SW Park Avenue

Metro's Let's Talk Trash events are designed to engage the public in discussions about how the greater Portland region can best manage its garbage in the future. As part of its Let's Talk Trash series, Metro challenged local filmmakers to creat short films (10 minutes or less) about garbage: Where does garbage go once it leaves the curb? Where should it go? What happens to garbage? How can or could technology affect garbage? What does garbage do for us? Or what could it do?
Tonight we view a selection of films submitted and the audience will pick the winning entry. The winning filmmaker will take home $500.

Friday, November 14, after 5 p.m.

Each Friday after 5 pm, enjoy $5 admission to the Portland Art Museum (The Northwest Film Center’s sister organization). Tonight, the Festival will be screening LUCINDA PARKER: WATER AND CLOUDS at 5 pm and 6 pm with a Q&A with director Michael Annus between shows. Admission is free with ticket to the Portland Art Museum.

Mark Orton
Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Northwest Film Center School of Film
934 SW Salmon St.

Tuition: $45

This workshop delves into the business of writing original music for film and focuses on how the film director can best communicate with a composer. Starting with an overview of the instructor’s film palette and style, it will discuss such topics as: the types of film scores (original, licensed, public domain, live captured, sound design); film music budgeting; what happens before a composer is hired (the temp score, the cue sheet, demos, typical contracts, and budgets); how to work with a composer (the spotting session, what a composer needs technically, the adjusted cue sheet, giving notes, film music vocabulary, filing a finalized cue sheet, the illusive locked picture); and different types of music licenses and rights scenarios. MARK ORTON, founding member of the genre-bending acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, has written original scores or contributed music to numerous films including MY OLD LADY, NEBRASKA, SWEET LAND, BOXTROLLS, THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, BUCK, THE REVISIONARIES, Fernando Meirelles’s 360, Ken Burns’s THE ROOSEVELTS, and DRYLAND, which screens at 3:30 p.m. following the workshop. Register here.

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