Part of the recently concluded Portland Film Festival is its Comcast-sponsored Future Filmmakers project, in which people in the industry work with children to make movies – in this case, monster movies.
Well, we have the winners. In the high school division, they are two sophomores at Catlin Gabel School, Ima Kennerly and Oscar Goranson, who wrote, filmed and edited a film called “Shadow”, which deals with the themes of mental health and stresses teens face especially with diversity issues. .
âWe wanted to take things that were scary and stressful for us and apply them to our movie,â Kennerly said. “I focused on what it was like to be a student of color in a predominantly white school.”
They won $ 500 in cash prizes.
Three friends created “Today Humans, Tomorrow Monsters” to win the college award; a cohort of K-5 students from Hillsboro won the youngest age group.
Call to poets
The Oregon Poet Laureate program is accepting nominations for the state’s next Poet Laureate until January 10, 2022. The next Poet Laureate will serve for a two-year term, starting in May 2022.
The Poet Laureate encourages the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central humanities and heritage issues, and reflects on public life in Oregon. They organize at least 10 public readings / events every year.
Anis Mojgani is the outgoing Poet Laureate and Elizabeth Woody, Kim Stafford, the late Peter Sears and Lawson Inada are former Poet Laureates.
It is administered by the Oregon Cultural Trust; for more information, see www.culturaltrust.org.
Events to come
Here are some upcoming events to consider:
â¢ The Imago Theater presents “The Birds” by Conor McPherson and the original story by Daphne du Maurier, until November 20. McPherson has taken Alfred Hitchcock’s âThe Birdsâ and turned it into a tension-filled bedroom drama in which four characters struggle to survive an ever more pervasive airborne apocalypse. For more: www.imagotheatre.com.
â¢ The first nationwide tour of Broadway’s “Mean Girls” stages at the Keller Auditorium, November 10-14. It was produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman and Paramount Pictures, based on the hit film (and written by Tina Fey). For more: www.BroadwayInPortland.com.
â¢ The âOne-Man Star Wars Trilogyâ features Canadian actor Charles Ross playing 40 roles from three âStar Warsâ films without props, sets or costumes, and takes place on November 14 at the Newmark Theater. For more: www.portland5.com.
â¢ Boom Arts presents Part 3 of âA Thousand Waysâ by 600 Highwaymen, in which a community of strangers – the audience – work together to stage a story told on a series of cards, using prompts, memories and interactions. It will be November 16-17 and November 19-20 at Zidell Yards. The first parts were “Phone Call” and “An Encounter”. Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone represent 600 highwaymen. For more: www.boomarts.org.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Gloria Chien and Soovin Kin, artistic directors of Chamber Music Northwest, have been named recipients of the 2021 CMS Award for Outstanding Service to Chamber Music.
âOver the months (during the COVID-19 pandemic), Soovin and Gloria have mounted project after project in several locations, from their home in Boston to their series in Chattanooga, Portland and Vermont,â said David Finckel and Wu Han , artistic co-directors of CMS. “As young directors (and stellar performers), they have set an example not only as artists but also as citizens of the world, and for that we should all be grateful.”
David Shifrin, Artistic Director Emeritus of Chamber Music Northwest, won the award in 2019.
It’s not too far from Portland, and the Warm Springs Museum is celebrating Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month with its 28th annual Warm Springs Tribe Exhibit.
It will be on display until January 8, 2022. The exhibition features 27 artists from Warm Springs and over 50 selections of paintings, drawings, multimedia works, beads, videos, photographs, and more. on the display.
To learn more about the museum, see www.museumatwarmsprings.org.
After the cancellation last year and the setting up of a TV special instead, Michael Allen Harrison returns with his “Christmas at the Old Church”, December 10-27. This is the 31st season of popular concerts. There will be 23 shows. For more: www.michaelallenharrison.com.
“Mother of color”
A film by Portland filmmaker Dawn Jones Redstone, who is making her directorial debut, has been chosen as one of six films in the US in Progress program that will be part of the American Film Festival in Poland this week.
US in Progress is an event connecting European buyers and independent American filmmakers to foster the industry’s transatlantic connections. It is a film still in post-production which will be screened in film festivals and distributed in early 2022.
Redstone and producer Tara Johnson-Medinger attended the festival in Poland.
The film tells the story of Noelia, a smart single mother of two who dreams of one day running for office, but struggles to cope and find care for her children. When offered the opportunity to interview for a position that will change everything, she begins to receive messages from her ancestors. Noelia feels that something more important is at stake as she crosses a series of hurdles to get to the interview and pursue her dreams.
âThe film uplifts our predominantly female and BIPOC cast / crews while telling a story that ultimately concerns all of the ways we love and care for each other in these times of fracture,â said Redstone.
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