PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES BACK
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR BARBARA KOPPLE AS THE 2018 GUEST OF HONOR
Portland, Oregon – February 12, 2018 –Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POW Film Fest), is excited to announce and welcome back Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple as the 2018 Guest of Honor.
Ms. Kopple will be on hand at the Hollywood Theatre, Saturday March 10, 2018 for a special evening that includes a reception; director’s screening of Miss Sharon Jones! and Harlan County, U.S.A; and will discuss her life and career with Portland filmmaker and PSU School of Film Assistant Professor, Courtney Hermann.
Miss Sharon Jones! follows the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy nominated R&B band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. In the most challenging year of her life, Sharon Jones confronts pancreatic cancer. As she struggles to find her health and voice again, the film intimately uncovers the mind and spirit of a powerful woman determined to regain the explosive singing career that eluded her for 50 years.
Barbara Kopple’s Academy Award-winning Harlan County U.S.A unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Featuring a haunting soundtrack—with legendary country and bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens, Merle Travis, Sarah Gunning, and Florence Reece—the film is a heartbreaking record of the thirteen-month struggle between a community fighting to survive and a corporation dedicated to the bottom line.
POW Film Fest is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films directed by women. In its 11th year, the festival features the work of some of today’s top women directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading women filmmakers. The fest also provides space to strengthen the Portland community of women in film by offering year round film workshops for girls and non-binary youth ages 15 -19 with their POWGirls program.
The Festival has had the honor of hosting a variety of emerging filmmakers and accomplished Directors including , Catherine Hardwicke, Kathryn Bigelow, Cheryl Dunye, Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley, and Barbara Kopple.
The double-feature event starts at 7:00pm with a screening of Harlan County, U.S.A followed by a Q & A with Ms. Kopple. The event will conclude with a screening of Miss Sharon Jones!. The event will take place at Portland’s historic Hollywood Theatre located at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Tickets for the event are $15. Tickets are available now here as well as the Hollywood Theatre box office. For more information, go to www.powfilmfest.com