Oct 10, 2018|
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LEAKE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL ABOUT WHAT MOVIES WILL BE FEATURED, WORKSHOPS THAT ARE BEING OFFERED, AND NEW FEATURES FOR 2018.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BILL RUSSEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE UNION GOSPEL MISSION ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO WITH THE HOMELESS AND ABOUT THEIR SEARCH AND RESCUE PROGRAM.
AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BISHOP, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OR THE OREGON STATE SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION ABOUT THE WORK SHERIFF’S DO AROUND THE STATE.
AN INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA MILLER AND NICOLE VINCENT WITH EMPLOYMENT SOLUTIONS WITH UCP ABOUT HOW THEY HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES GET JOBS AND HOW THEY HELP EMPLOYERS HIRE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
AN INTERVIEW WITH ANNA WILLIAMS WITH THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO RAISING MONEY FOR AND FUNDING CANCER RESEARCH AND ABOUT THEY BENEFIT WALK “LIGHT THE NIGHT”.
Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)
This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program. I'm Gary blocks and the Portland film festival is coming up. It's got all the details on the so this time I would like to welcome John sleek Josh is the executive director of the Portland film festival in there just. Hi thanks for having certainly things are coming into the Portland don't postal is coming up with a fix this here now October 22 through 28. And tell me about it when who what where you see why princess gets and it's a question it's a full week. And in fact I was just online looking at her website that are tickets which is it PX FF. Dot com and we have over a hundred and eat different events and films screening. In week in a week while. Yeah I it's pretty much we have four film screening every 2 hours from 1 o'clock until midnight. How which is a lot of movies and a little movie and it's even more than a 180 films it's actually 209. PS we a lot of short films. And still short films end up getting put together and and and so you know you watch like. Nine or ten shorts and at times have feature other full length feature films through and he had tons of features I think we have eighty features. A lot of names that you know and some names that you don't know yet. In fact that's kind of one of the big things are festival is were called an independent. A film festival which means we tend to screen a lot of movies. That are made by actors producers directors that are up and coming. Armed so you know good example is arm about it's four years ago we screened a movie with a guy by the name of Jason Ramallah. Who is this at the end of this year opening up a movie called article man so it's kind of cool to meet people and see people before they're the huge celebrities that's pretty awesome and I. I'm bureau founder of the Portland go for story for you circus all is kind of a funny story. And I guess it it actually is. Pretty pretty poignant today to. I noticed. This homeless gentleman in my front yard I'm taking my cans. Cause like let's stack and doing taken icann's. So when I don't talk to him for about a half hour in any told me that you know he was homeless and and how we lived was he went around and and picked up cans and took command and that's how we lived. And I felt like that was such a a very foreign thing for me I mean you know I worked for it and and and you know unidentified job in you know it's like wow that was such and such a relief. Different way of making money so I ended up. Getting a camera and and followed four or five of these almost gentlemen around Portland on as they picked up cans as they you know met with those store owners. Hmmm you don't really got really got dirty dumpster diving and come animation short film. That I submitted to a festival in New York that was on hosted by. I'm a pretty well known actor Benjamin Hugh Jackman heard of him yeah yeah he says Maureen and you know. I'm super nice guy so anyways I had this film screen in New York confront 151000 people. Not yet or super awesome Bryant Park amazing night. In an of winning the film festival mr. Jackman did you check for 20000 dollars and a whole bunch of other cool things from and a NPA the Motion Picture Association of America. And I am taking that film and travel the world and visited a whole bunch of different film festivals and I mean a lot of really cool neat people. I'm in fact Dana meeting someone who item making I'm making a movie whip now in a film festival in London I can talk to you about that put Iran. So I came back to Portland and I wanted to screen this movie that I had. Reasonably good success I mean short films you don't usually make money off. And you know the fact that I had 20000 dollar check and mr. Jackman Tenet saying he liked the movie and so forth was pretty it was pretty on spying for me and I'm I looked for fassel to play in this film and in no owners really interest in playing it and a lot of the other festivals in town focused on foreign films. And he really didn't have an opportunity for a local port wondered screens movie. And so I went up to an old film instructor of mine on the guy by the name of co-founder of the festival. And arm I said Jay you know we should really do something and he was like yeah let's do it. And we and it's starting the porn film Brussels about 67 years ago. And you know what the funniest things happened is we interviewed a guy under it was a co-founder of a film cooperative. That Disney and applying for 800 million dollars for the six months after a festival so if you were there and our first year you could have met. This almost billionaire which is it's so weird you know it's so great to be in the independence fear because you really get to meet people. Before there the George Clooney's. And and that's kind of cool you know seeing someone I start come from it sometimes just getting into the industry and and and and and you know. Going from there are so but flimsy either our first year we had. We had such a great turnout was amazing it was all over the city. So it really is can come a love for me G Cornelius is an amazing person and it having his fifth kid. And his wife told him after that first year of the film fest will either either your my husband or you do that don't I. Look at that and he chose that and to stick with the family so for VOA's choice yeah definitely I don't have enough kids I guess the festival is my kids sometimes are. Yeah you know we're talking to do just leaked executive director of the Portland film festival. They'll and we're of these films come from whether they're from all over the world for me. Yes actually we play songs from all the world we have no like I'm we have some fossils are likely won't play for films from every country we don't really do you Jack always say is we have an open call. Submit your films and we this year I think we had how close to 4000 films that were submitted. And we had you know somewhere around 120 people that watched movies. Watched literally tons of movies and on the orange bracelet but there was an actually did some was really innovative this year and in fact all my other film festival friends. You know other people have film vessels around the country were like I that was such a great idea. We had focus groups in Portland so over three weeks we invited port lenders to come and we cater to it so people had dinner. And they watched movies for like four hours and we had some people that were there you know twenty days in a row which was just amazing. And so we actually got a lot of feedback from port lenders this year so it makes it I think. Pretty unique. Whereas a lot of times films are watched by film experts we really felt it was important bring the public in there. Armed in order to really important for us to to make sure we have. You know not only diversity by gender parity. On this here were screened over 53%. Of our films are directed by women. While capitals is pretty cool and you know your question about our all the films from around the world yes. But I'm super excited this year we have over forty films that were directed by port wonders. Really it's more films from Portland and if ever screened in the history of the city so up every once in awhile we'll screen three or four Portland films but never before have you been able to watch. At least one or two movies every day of the festival they were made by port funders in fact Sunday. We have five short blocks that were playing which have I believe over thirty films that are playing just on Sunday alone. So it's gonna be a great day for import lenders to come around cedar fellow. Fellow issues and and you know it's it's funny how we are trying to come up with names for the short blocks. So we have fourteen short blocks for the world. And those are documentary narrative and each of those we named after report on neighborhood. So we have like a half torn neighborhood shorts block school. I'm and we came to the Portland shorts we're like we you can name needs what we do what comedian and we have five short blocks and we're like well. We got five commissioners we got our we have four commissioners and a mayor. So we decided to name in each of our Portland short blocks after one of them you know after that Ted Wheeler and and all the other commissioners so. Arm although they haven't curator at the film or seen them we should probably no matter how and it was a short of the loss is named after himself. And there's even one in their about. Housing so it's definitely you know there's a lot of a lot of things that are important when it's important to our sport lenders in these shorts box and I just encourage people come out watch the so great. I was reading some or anywhere say that that the political pistols considered the coolest film postal in the world did you know super awesome are sexy years happened a couple years ago I want the most prestigious. You know film related to the magazines called movie maker magazine. Com makes a list and they called us one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world. In a lot of that has to do with the fact that you know we don't just do movies we do screen wanna movies but we do have a lot of networking events a lot of workshops a lot of parties. You know a good example is our opening night champagne toast. Everyone's invited it's free it's so we asked 21 and over until you come on down and you get a free glass of champagne. And you know we invite so special guests. On this year we've invited to com. Chloe who delay from the commitment you know from City Hall you've we also have. A senator Betsy Johnson. We have the head of AFL CIO Tom Chamberlain. We've also invited governor keep brown now we haven't got her confirmation yet but fingers crossed and so we should have a pretty good star studded to calm opening night. With people from all over the state here to celebrate not only film but creative arts I mean creative arts for Portland. Is one of the most important thing expect besides food. A difference probably the most important maybe error yeah food and Eric chatting with ninety wins Intel creative arts is such a huge employer but it's also you know it's one of I think not only huge pastimes but it's also one of the biggest. You know armed economic. On things that that happens in orient so I think you know come on now have a glass champagne. We have over 208 films this year. And out of the 208 films. Pump only seven films said they weren't gonna send someone to our festival. On average we have to eight people per film that attend so we have 200 films. 28 means we could have you know we can have up to you know 560. You know we can have a serious amount of people that are just industry. That happened in Portland zone. Should be should be a lot of fun and and you know we're doing some pretty special this year. We own and created. I'm you know this amazing. Festival. Space and it's all happening at. Custom Bloc's support unknown if you've heard about that now. Come on it's a new building it's an old stamp factory. And it's been converted to come by capstone partners they're kind of a huge developer in town. Com QVC might this Gladstone development and there's a new development in northwest with a new round. It's a Hershey store over there it's called new seasons and leave it amazing buildings these developers are like the hottest developer support and right now. An avenue building called cap called custom blocks and they're letting us take it over. We're building our fears out or getting workshops spaces there's going to be a VIP lounge so few VIP pass you've you've free drinks and food all day. And for popcorn. But it's just gonna be one of the coolest things in fact I've been to. Tons of foam castles I know Sundance every year. Hmmm I've been I've been I've been to film festivals and with the way Nina I'm Tony I've been to a lot of current us I've been around. And this space is deep cooler space ever I mean I've never seen a space as cool as us. Life. Well good question from all its its its industrial down and it is it is open. And it is over I think 70000 square feet so joint it changed so I mean it's it's you know we're gonna. I just can never seen as cool space I mean once you go when you see it you're going to be amazed tracked where do some really cool things there to be open to the public. Throughout the festival. Com we have gone thanks to Comcast a big supporter and sponsor. We've gone to Universal Studios. And we're bringing out their head historian and archivist. This guy knows more about monster movies more about movies than anyone on the planet at least for you know universal films which is. You know all these all the great classics. And Tom were actually screen a monster movie that's been remastered. Every day of the festival. And arms which is amazing and were flying up on this Jeff pearl who's that archivists from universal. And he's gonna do a talk about a pound monster movies but he's also gonna do a special screening. Other movie that from my understanding has never been played in Portland at least in the last 101520 years and it's called Spanish Dracula. When you originally made Dracula in the thirties with they'll get a scene and at night. Tom they brought in Mexican actors and crew and they re shot the film every scene per every scene was done. In fact for real people say this is a better version of Dracula. In the original one so which is super awesome so we're going to be screening now during the festival. On but also free to the public every day you can come down to the custom blocks and check out one of 36. Com never before seen in printed the behind the scenes and sounds stills from. Universal's monster collection basically had a gallery able monster movies. Which is super cool you don't get to see those very often don't. And you can come and check that out for free and I can see monster movies every day the festival and right around Halloween so that even makes it even more. Exactly exactly in the Spanish Dracula actually as a part of a partnership that Comcast and and we have developed. Armed with. The Boys and Girls Club which is super awesome. I'm this year it's our third time that we've done it. But we have a program called future filmmakers. And what we do is we bring in kids from their Boys and Girls Club and we make short films. And we screen and world premiere mental hospital and will be doing now on Saturday in the film festival ugly around 1130. And we have six films and have never been screened anywhere made by Portland kids. In fact this year we actually flew in armed. Chris Williams. Vanessa Williams is brother. He is on. A lot of different TV shows right now and is well known actor and he flew up from LA to make that short films to kids which is super cool. He's on Silicon Valley peers in nineteen show. Com and so Superfund we also first time ever. Brought in a Spanish speaking team. So one of the short films is actually be in Spanish with English subtitles. Which is super cool and that actually goes into our Latin extract. This year every day in a festival were playing films that were either made by me or are about. Lou Latin American culture sun. Well a lot of films from Mexico in fact were also doing a he DN tell us more of those which is kind of Halloween thing on Wednesday. Which will be super fun. That it's again for the film festival or early October 22. 228 source model that there's a full seven days and 01 days free. He's come down ever free glass of champagne these people pick up a schedule. And you know have some fun what is it like to put this festival together it's got to be a lot of work and it's not something he does do over a weekend right. Treat it was a 660 start the end of last year. Hey it is is the settles over you start clinical and excellent yeah it's it's you know I think we have 68 people that we fly and you know what I told you about her before we're fine in. I'm the head of the Oscars for East Coast which super cool. Armed we we fly in a lot of industry people on adds a lot of culture has a lot of expertise to the festival. Armed if you're interested in learning how to write a screenplay I'm we have on the woman that. Wrote down with Bradley Cooper. She's written tons of movies with him I'm shifted over board which kind of funny funny funny movie. And and so I mean come get really professional. Experience. But also get to meet people so if your interest in getting in the film you know you can learn and meet people that are there. Or through just interest in coming in and watching movies were have. We've played more independent films during our festival then most dieters do all year well. In the end workshops in the you can dissenting if that was who's been writing stupid you workshops to yes so I only yet tons of workshops. Trying to think so we have last year we had Tom cruise's son team. Casino talkers does all his own stunts yeah he does some pretty amazed but he actually has a huge team that you know helps plan everything and so forth they came this year we have a lot of other really cool. We have a gentleman that's written I think twelve of the last bond movies was on the right team. He's currently an editor at Vanity Fair he's gonna come and speak at a special that we're doing at the big mansion. Arm on Thursday which would be really cool. Com and he's also gonna do workshops. I'm patient Tyler she's pretty well known from archer and friends she's an actress she usually does have a workshop on acting she also talks about making movies. Hum. And this year we're actually doing some special for our VIP pass holders. We're doing home more intimate chats so we have a separate room on the third floor it's will be call our. Our our way. I don't RL our assets and every color our network billion dollar crowd are crow's nest effect and it's. Fifty people or less it's got fancy furniture and it's basically or you can sit down just have a conversation with people. And we're bringing all of our experts hauler celebrities up in that room. So VIP pass holders only will be able to go up and talk to people which is cool for relax and be able to have that chance to synta ovation Tyler you know. Of course be appropriate all that but I'm yeah I mean were important were were making as many fun experience is we can't and that's really what we find. Is important our festival is that word you know we we don't necessarily have that red rope. You know you go to Sundance you can't really meet people as much I mean there are a lot of people don't Sundance Sundance is great but there's always kind of a red rope between you. And then the industry people and there are fast oh we tend to throw that broke away and say you know meet people. That's great today and it's a lot of the stuff is happening at custom blocks which is southeast Portland right field in southeast ten to Maingear is a crippling over the city. Who in the past we've done everything around city but we felt doing and one location makes it easier for a little poker tour multiple thinks so. I'm yet everything is pretty much happening at the custom blocks except for opening night champagne toast which is happening at around your head which is a I'm pretty well known. On film. Supply company they got a huge warehouse and you can go and see all the lights they were used on wild and all the movies. In her closing night party will be Kerner camera systems. Which is where all the movies get their cameras from. But the films that are going to be shown at the festival early. Other an animation tapes films are yeah it's a little bit of everything you know let's that's a good question. You know were all we were all very sad. And and you know really. It was really hard and I'm sure for a lot of us to hear about we'll Vince passing no fear about that Vietnam and he was always a supporter of the festival in fact two years ago we gave them. I'm a word and we had talked about starting. You don't and in working more together and we ended up coming up with a few things we're super ex excited about. I'm but we do get permission for the family were going to be screening a blocks of lock of his shorts are cool at the festival. Com and this is a short blocks that actually he gave us two years ago to screen so it was. You know a short block that he. Put together itself to so. Be invited is two sons to come and speak and we just to get time to remember you know won the the pioneers of of not only animation but of creativity and imagination I think for Portland Georgia and east has been a big part of the Portland the world. It has in fact like is also doing workshop at the festival so if you wanna find out what they're up to you can common. And listen to them or Sony films are being made greater Portland all the times and later Timmy turner cornered it's the streets are blocked off because of films being made that so cool run into that yeah or TV shows Steve Nash is you have. A lot in my pink cougar BC until he's a big big thing and it's happening more and orient. And I think they're really benefit the people are seeing is that the jobs in the film industry pay really well and you know they're not nine to five job split. That would do jobs they do get are really well paid jobs and you know a lot of our. A lot of our own government officials are seeing now and they're increasing the incentives. To bring more Phil and I TV shows like Graham was a great example on shot and orient shot in Portland. And you know was just a great source of income and and creativity so it's always fun when that passes over in fact. You know wild was shot here and orient. And you know and how how awesome is that been for tourism and not everyone wants to go on you know on the right now with with Reese Witherspoon. That's a fifth that she's not part of the deal literally sorry guys is that there so just give a couple of minutes give meal with the till they need to know about this or Portland who possible. We can buy tickets now at PD XSF dot com I'm you can find out more about the festival the Portland film dot org. Basic tickets are ten dollars an advanced twelve dollars. I'm day of passes are available from a 1492399. Depending on your comfort level. If you're someone who wants to have free drinks every day and give free popcorn and can get a free swine bagged in a VIP pass is for you. But if you're someone that is now working in the industry comedy doesn't have tons of money on women industry past where you go standby. Orchard senior student. We have a cheaper rate freeware you get a pass and go see everything. Obviously we prefer past sales because on it's less work than selling every individual ticket is on but he can buy tickets online right now in and now we'll see everyone X specially. And our free opening event at the champagne toast. The only films in the festival I don't not this time I have you have in the past yeah. I don't muscle the showtime a couple years ago that we played which is nice so now. Com creates fine and you know we have a good selection of our films. I'm pretty much every genre you can think of you know and it's different because when you go to a movie here you know your choices do I might you go see a romantic movie. A comedy. Or any superhero movie you know he got like four choices every week can each week those things change out but you pretty much got those four choices. And in a film festival it's a little bit different you know every once all you will see a superhero movie but that's not really they independent jammed. On the what you will see are a lot of great documentaries. And you know another. Our opening night film for example. A large chunk dice. Is a film made by a port under she went down and filmed a festival and Mexico. That that happens every year and it's a festival of men dressed up like women. And then walked through the streets it's probably one of the most colorful movies I've seen all year. And so take a look at that it's from a local filmmaker. And then our other opening thanks so much is great is on call let's bomb and it was as of course Leachman and Steve Gutenberg so I hum yet. And I found interesting story about that is they submitted their film before was a movie four years ago to us. And it won a screenwriting competition trust and here it is coming back actually just finished film so it's kind of a really cool fun experience. To meet people and see them grow and and that's really what the festival's about is. You know. I'm introducing Portland to independent voices and you know. And that's so important and that's why I like our Latin next tracked this year I'm you know every day of the Cecil you can see a film made. Abaya or about. Latin America but also last year we started our indigenous voice is trapped. So every in the fassel you can watch a film about or made by an indigenous. I'm filmmaker so very cool stuff all the way yeah true though throughout the vessel yeah festival's coming up October 22 through the 28. It is the Portland film festival really darkening the executive director justly affects us thank you. Mitchell's go fees and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program.