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Darleen Ortega

Darleen Ortega has been a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color to serve in that capacity. She sees two to three films a week and has been writing about movies for well over a decade, including blogging two film festivals and publishing a list of the year's best films. You can find her movie blog at www.opinionatedjudge.blogspot.com.



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Documenting the Human Experience

Best films from Full Frame

I saw 16 premiere feature-length documentaries in four days

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Women of Color direct opening plays at Ashland

Fresh take on two classics at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Two plays directed by women of color offer a fresh take on two classics as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens a new season

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‘Get Out” Best Film of 2017

Game changing social thriller the best of the best

Here's my top best films of 2017

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World Cultures Resonate at PIFF

Film festival is a showcase of fresh perspectives

There is still a full week to go in the Portland International Film Festival -- Here's some of what I've seen so far.

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A Lens to the World

Immersed into an array of cultures at PIFF

Two weeks of world cinema will be scattered all over the city as the Portland International Film Festival begins Thursday, Feb. 15 and continues until March 1.

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Northwest Filmmakers Showcase

Festival brings array of short and feature films

An outstanding array of short and feature-length films produced by local artists highlight the 44th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, opening Wednesday, Nov. 1 and running through Sunday, Nov. 5.

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An Awakening of What You’ve Been Missing

Plays worth the journey to Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Several shows are still playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival that offer opportunities to experience theater in fresh ways.

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Beyond White Culture

Diversity at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Stories of people of color written by people of color now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

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My Top 10 Films of 2016

This year, there’s more overlap with the Oscars

This year my list of the 10 best films out of all of those I saw shares more overlap than usual with the Academy Awards -- perhaps in part because of the pressure on Hollywood to notice the work of artists of color, which tend to dominate my list.

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A sampling of films worth watching at PIFF

The first few days of regular and preview screenings at the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) have included some films you can still catch as the festival unfolds over the next two weeks.

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