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New Film Festival Debuts in the Pearl

Posted By Kate Washington on August 13, 2013

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PORTLAND, Ore. – June 21, 2013 – In the spirit of imagination, possibility, celebration and love of film, the inaugural Portland Film Festival will take place Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2013.  With a combination of indoor and outdoor screenings, the festival will feature the largest free outdoor screenings in the history of the city.  Portland Film Festival is the brainchild of local filmmaker Joshua Leake who spent the last year traveling to film festivals around the world after his documentary, Emptys, won the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest.


“The Portland Film Festival is about bringing the community together to celebrate filmmakers from around the world and the power of a good story,” said Joshua Leake, director of the Portland Film Festival. “With room for 1,400 attendees, the outdoor film festival screenings will be the largest in Portland’s history. And, the outdoor screenings are free. My love of film combined with a desire to create a film festival experience that was truly accessible to everyone is what motivated me to create this festival.”


Indoor Screenings Aug. 27 – Sept. 1 + Free Outdoor Screenings Aug. 30 – Sept. 1


A partnership with the City of Portland and the Portland Parks Bureau allows for three nights of screenings under the stars at the city’s new Fields Park located in the Pearl District on NW 11th and Overton Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. Along with a line-up of great films, the outdoor screenings will feature a beer garden, food carts, live music, and good company. Indoor screens are being planned at theaters throughout the city Aug. 27 – Sept 1. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.


Portland resident and seasoned TV/Film producer and director, Jay Cornelius, is charge of festival programming. With more than 15 years experience in the industry, he has shot and edited shows for National Geographic, The History Channel, A&E, PBS, HGTV, Discovery-Times Channel and the Outdoor Life Network.


About Portland Film Festival


Portland Film Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing filmmakers and audiences, while celebrating the power of a good story. The festival focuses on the people, ideas, technology, skills and artistry behind filmmaking and provides both entertaining and educational opportunities to the public. The 2013 Portland Film Festival takes place Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2013 and is anchored with three, free nights of outdoor screenings Aug. 30 – Sept. 1. In addition to showcasing films, the festival will feature filmmaker workshops and Q&As. Connect with the Portland Film Festival on Facebook  and Twitter.

Author: Kate Washington

Kate is the PDNA's Communication Committee chair leader.

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