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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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Absorbed by the Experience

Plays worth seeing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Live theater productions that offer soulful windows into how humans struggle justify a trip to Ashland

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A fashion icon’s remarkable story

The life and career of André Leon Talley

New documentary ‘The Gospel According to André’ a dramatic profile of a fashion icon who reached for his own expressions of style

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New Films and World Insights

Reviews from the Seattle International Film Festival

A great opportunity to catch a huge variety of films on the big screen from all over the world

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Rare Perspectives on Stage

Oregon Shakespeare Festival makes space for authentic, rarely-heard voices

It is no exaggeration to say that three plays currently on offer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are making space for authentic, rarely-heard perspectives, and are changing the landscape of the American theater.

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New Documentaries Worth Watching

Reviews from the Full Frame Documentary Festival

In order of my own appreciation, the first three films are especially well worth seeking out.

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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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