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.
Ashland play ‘Roe’ accords dignity to complex points of view
"Roe" is a beautifully directed play by Bill Rauch and features a wise and stunning cast. It's playing in Ashland through the end of October.
Documentary sparks conversation on how badly things can go wrong
When the criminal justice system makes mistakes, why are we as a culture not more curious about what went wrong?
Artists outside dominant culture find their voices
Based on the experiences of playwright Qui Nyugen's parents, who immigrated to the U.S. as refugees in the mid-1970s, the play moves back and forth in time between Vietnam and their early years in the U.S.
Scoping out the best at Full Frame
A terrific slate of films, all worth seeing
A new season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
For the first time in its history, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival acting company features a majority of actors of color.
Films with rich insight to the human condition
With a bit of Oscar commentary, I offer this list of the 10 best films of 2015
Last week before curtain call
Jump in and see what you can before it's over!
My favorites so far
The Portland International Film Festival is off to a great start.
Portland International Film Festival begins
Every year at this time, I am reminded of the range of stories I mostly don't get to see depicted in local theaters, because for a brief month in Portland, I get to broaden my palate. There really is a whole world out there beyond what Hollywood gives us -- and there is no better time to partake of that world than February in Portland when the Northwest Film Center gives us its Portland International Film Festival.
Director portrays First Nations people with dignity
The critical reaction to the work of Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu chronically illustrates how dominant culture bias affects what stories are told and valued on film.