Hello, fantastic backers! Sorry that it has been a second since our last update- Ben and Hannah have been digging out from under a HUGE pile of submissions (over 400!) and loving every minute of it. We will be sending out notifications the first week of April, when Ben gets back from the Ann Arbor Film Festival (we are all so stoked for him! Kind of a big deal).
We wanted to send a quick note to keep you up on all things EFFPortland: Things are happening!
We will also be hosting exhibitions of video installation at Place gallery and galleryHOMELAND in May and June, with openings, panels, performances, and other events happening concurrently with the festival. We JUST finalized plans to hold two evenings of performance programs at the University of Oregon's White Box Gallery, where we are also hosting Vanessa Renwick's new installation Medusa Smack, fresh from its debut at the Portland2012 Biennial. We are so excited to be able to bring so much time-based expanded cinema to the inaugural year of this festival!
Speaking of Vanessa, we are THRILLED to announce that a presentation of her collaborations with Lori Goldston, Mighty Tacoma and Charismatic Megafauna, will close out the festival at the Hollywood Theatre on Sunday, May 27. Earlier that afternoon, we will be partnering with the Dill Pickle Club and their film lecture series "A Place Called Home"! We are enthusiastically co-presenting the "experimental" installment of this series at the Clinton Street Theater, with lectures by Jim Blashfield, Brooke Jacobson, and PDX Fest founder Matt McCormick! This day of denouement for EFFPortland will be a nice nod to the makers that have made PDX such a fantastic place to be an experimentalphile.
While we are still finalizing our program of screenings, we can tell you that Friday night, May 25, will feature back-to-back showcases of Portlandian shorts and International offerings, and that Saturday night, May 26 is the night of "Director's Picks": Ben and Hannah's favorite favorites (they are fighting it out as we speak).
So stay tuned! We will have many many more updates, including a more detailed screening schedule and a roster of installation artists, very very soon. We'll have images, clips, news, and much, much more for you as the festival's opening draws closer, and come May we will be contacting you to get you your sweet, sweet EFFPortland swag. We couldn't be doing all of this without you guys, so THANK YOU again, from the bottom of our little EFF'd up hearts.