What is art? That is the question that was posed at the 2015 film festival. Are film makers artists? Can artists be film makers? Instead of a brush filmmakers paint with light, color, and sound. That medium takes us on a journey to the far reaches of the planet or invisible dimensions. The film festival isn’t just about the film though; far from that. It is about the spirit of community where like minded individuals come together to celebrate achievements.
In an age where Hollywood is revered, actors and filmmakers alike are our gladiators that achieve such great feats of accomplishment. After all, if you achieve completing a film you have done something not many could ever hope to do. Here is how the film festival works, it’s impossible to see every single film unfortunately.
From the most inexperienced filmmaker to the oldest seasoned film maker each one gets a chance at their day on the silver screen. Independent film makers spend much of their own funds and resources making films. (As taboo a subject as asking one’s income). So when a filmmaker presents their work, it’s an achievement like no other.
This film festival and others in the past has seen an increase in female filmmakers. Why should the boys have all the fun? It has been an empowering move for females that have otherwise been afraid to step forward into a man’s world.
Portland has been a gathering place for the independent world of art in the last decade. It only makes sense in a town that doesn’t have tax to make movies and hold festivals. A growing trend that is only getting started when some of the most popular tv shows also shoot here. Portland has film festivals all year round. Make sure to support your local artist and keep an eye out for independent films all year long in your local theaters.