The Film Show
The Film Show is KBOO's lens on the local and independent film scene, airing the Fourth Thursday of each month from 11:30am to noon.
The Film Show appreciates the ongoing support and collaboration of the local production community, most notably the Oregon Media Production Association.
In Part One of this series, Jenn Chavez spoke with the proprietors of two historic theaters, one commercial and the other non-profit, about how they've been raising the funds to update their equipment. In this extended version of the second part of the series, S.W. Conser focuses on two Portland institutions, both dedicated not only to the educational value of film screenings and events, but also to keeping traditional 35mm films on their programming schedules.
Nick Bruno and Morgen Ruff give an audio tour of the Whitsell Auditorium's projection booth at the Portland Art Museum, where fifty-year-old film projectors sit side-by-side with multiple digital projection systems, and outline the Northwest Film Center's continuing mission to screen international, archival, and alternative programming. Then, Portland State University's Matt Ellis offers a hopeful but cautious assessment of the future of Oregon's only student-run movie theater, the 5th Avenue Cinema on the PSU campus.
To listen to Part One of the Go Digital or Go Dark series, click here.
Films to Raise Consciousness: Cascade AIDS Project's World AIDS Day Film Series and JHS Multicultural Film Festival
- Title: Docs to Raise Consciousness: Cascade AIDS Project's World AIDS Day Film Series and JHS Multicultural Film Festival
- Producer: Jenn Chavez
- Length: 28:58 minutes (39.77 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 192Kbps (CBR)
Jenn Chavez talks with two Portland exhibitors who have found creative ways to fund digital conversion while also leaving room in their programming for traditional film formats. Heyward Stewart, co-owner of the Academy Theater, has mounted a fundraising campaign, while Dan Halsted of the Hollywood Theatre is taking the opportunity to diversify the formats available in each of the venue's three cinemas.
To listen to Part Two of the Go Digital or Go Dark series, click here.
On the subject of local media, we hope that you'll take this opportunity to become a member of KBOO Community Radio by calling (877) 500-KBOO. Available thank-you gifts include tickets to any regular screening at Portland's Northwest Film Center.
Oregonians and cinephiles who don't recognize the name Penny Allen could be forgiven. There's no Wikipedia page for her, and only partially accurate information on the Internet Movie Database. But Penny helped kickstart Portland's independent film scene in the 1970's, hiring budding talents Eric Edwards, Gus Van Sant, and Henk Pander to run camera, sound, and scenic design on iconic Portland-centric features such as Property and Paydirt.
For their Summer Documentary Series, POWfest is bringing award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner to Portland to screen her docs DIG! and We Live in Public. Jenn Chavez gets Ondi on the line to talk about her career in feature films as well as her new web-channel A Total Disruption. Then, S.W. Conser previews TBA's late-night series The Works, with Getting To Know You (Tube) presenters Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom. And the Cascade Festival of African Films' Allison Mobley and Wiley G. Barnett stop by to announce a special encore screening of the historical epic Toussaint Louverture.
Note: The audio for the extended interview with Ondi Timoner can be found at this page.
Kicking off tomorrow, August 23rd at the Mission Theater is the POWFest Summer Documentary series, brought to you by the folks at Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (or POWFest) and NW Documentary. It’ll begin tomorrow at 7pm with this season’s Homegrown Doc Fest, a showcase of NW Documentary student work, and will continue throughout the week with best-of screenings of documentaries from past POWFests, themed shorts programs, family programming and more: for a complete schedule of those screenings check out POWFest's or Mission Theater's websites.
The fest plans to save the best for last though, with a special screening hosted by featured guest Ondi Timoner, the Sundance award-winning documentarian behind the cult-status rock doc DIG! and the acclaimed doc We Live in Public, a darker meditation on technology and media. She’ll be screening those two films back to back at the Mission on Friday August 30th starting 7pm, as well as showing clips of other films and hopefully discussing her current work on the web-channel A Total Disruption, which follows tech innovators, and the show BYOD, or Bring Your Own Documentary.
- Length: 37:34 minutes (85.99 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 320Kbps (CBR)
On this month's The Film Show, host Jenn Chavez talks experimental film and animation with several fixtures in the Portland art scene. First, PNCA faculty Rose Bond and animator Miriam Harris discuss what to expect from PNCA's genre-bending Boundary Crossings Animation Institute. Then Bob Moricz, prolific local filmmaker and festival director of the upcoming Portland Underground Film Festival, explains the fest's commitment to renegade filmmakers and non-commercial cinematic art. And as always, Jenn shares a film calendar of upcoming events in the Portland area.
- Length: 30:10 minutes (27.62 MB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
Spring brings offbeat film festivals to Oregon, and what could be more unconventional than the Youth Silent Film Festival? Festival creator Jon Palanuk talks with Jenn Chavez about inspiring teenage filmmakers to reinvent a classic art form. Then, S.W. Conser is joined by grown-up film director Eric Slade, whose new documentary Big Joy, a profile of trailblazing poet, playwright, and experimental filmmaker James Broughton premieres at this year's QDoc Festival.
This month's edition of The Film Show profiles local documentarians whose works shine a light on the issues of homelessness and affordable housing. Jenn Chavez gets the lowdown on Project Viewfinder, a mentorship program for transitional youth, with student filmmaker Antoine Thomas and Aaron Schwartzbord from the Northwest Film Center. Then, S.W. Conser asks former mortgage loan officer G.G. Williams about her new documentary Occupy: We the People, which is headed for the Cannes Film Festival.
As part of KBOO's spring membership drive, vouchers to the Northwest Film Center are available as thank-you gifts with your $60 pledge of support. Call (877) 500-KBOO for more information.