2007 Recap

PDX Fest 2007 came and went with a fury as folks rolled into the Hollywood Theatre for five straight days of innovative, ground-breaking and all around rockin’ cinema. This year we played host to over 100 movies, 60 plus visiting and local filmmakers, two amazing hands on workshops, and one giant installation exhibit!

We were thrilled to welcome a ton of out-of-towners to Portland to present their work, including Lynne Sachs, Jackie Goss, Brett Kashmere, Ben Russell, David Gatten and Jill Kennedy (who came all the way from New Zealand!). We were also very excited to present the Portland premiere of Helvetica, the much-anticipated documentary about the ubiquitous typeface. Director Gary Hustwit was there to field questions from the sold-out crowd along with internationally known designer David Carson. World travelers Sublime Frequencies came down to premiere two brand new documentaries culled from their recent travels to North Africa and Southeast Asia, featuring some of the most earth shattering musical performances you have ever seen. Other Portland premieres included Lynn Hershman Leeson’s innovative and passionate documentary about artist Steve Kurtz, Strange Culture, and Jade Ajani’s locally produced documentary, Growing Awareness, which explores Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and organic farming.

And of course the Peripheral Produce Invitational packed a whole lot of punch as a new batch of filmmakers competed for the coveted title of World Champion of Experimental Cinema. This year we saw some tough competition including a triple projection film, a raucous sing-along, and an epic live performance/3-D extravaganza. But George Andrus, a 91-year old video artist who works with the magical rainbows found in soap film, stole the audiences hearts and their votes, walking out proud with this year’s trophy and a gaggle of new fans. Definitely the most feel-good invitational yet!
For a full run down of the night, check out Shawn Levy’s blog.

Once again, we teamed up with Gearhead Grip and Electric to present the Gearhead Local Filmmaker Grant, a production grant worth $2,000 in equipment rental and supplies from Gearhead. Last year’s recipients Grace Carter and Holly Andres showed off their brand new film, Nora, to enthusiastic audiences at the fest this year, while the 2007 grant was awarded to long-time Portlander and bad-ass filmmaker, Vanessa Renwick.

All in all, it truly was the best five days of the year for us. Thanks to all the amazing artists and enthusiastic spectators who made this year’s festival one of our best yet. Your involvement and support is what makes this festival rock!

Check out the links above for more souvenirs from PDX Fest 2007!

See you next year!