Two new independent films worth checking out
Film distributers and theaters get creative about online access to films whose planned theatrical release were thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Impacts four days of screenings
Online viewing an option after festival canceled
The 43rd Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) opens Friday, March 6, and runs through March 15. The festival runs a full week shorter than in prior years, but with more mid-day screenings.
Theater in Portland this past weekend saw the opening of two terrific co-productions by important American women playwrights exploring questions of identity and life at the margins.
Alternatives to the more white, more male and less original Academy picks
The nihilistic "Joker" and Quentin Tarentino's bit of Hollywood narcissism top the list of this year's Oscar nominees.
Opinionated Judge by Darleen Ortega
What makes teenagers so exasperating to live with, and such fascinating story subjects, is that they reflect back to us what we least like to see in ourselves.
A timely insight into today’s economic woes
As the world of the union workers begins to crumble, we see how easily they can be pitted against each other
Local actors front award-winning rock musical
For the uninitiated, "Hedwig" is a gritty, glittery drag-punk musical centered on two characters.
Film approaches questions of faith with nuance and respect.
Those who are not religious may not immediately be drawn to this material, but the filmmakers help you understand why you should care.
Christmas play at the Armory
Play builds on the old and familiar notes of a Regency romantic comedy, picking up where Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" leaves off.
Pulitzer prize winning play at the Imago Theater
Play tells the story of Mama Nadi, whose brothel serves soldiers and includes women brutalized by the Congolese war.
New play bears witness to heartache
Since 1993, the women of Juárez, Mexico have been disappearing and no one has solved the mystery
Play looks at deep questions about race
Dramatic action punctuated with hip-hop dance moves
Profile Theatre makes the writers of original plays its focus
This production will keep you laughing and leave you with lots to chew on
Oregon Shakespeare Festival season near complete
As the long season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival nears it close, I don’t want to miss the opportunity to offer five more reasons to head to Ashland
Ashland plays brings richness of Latinx experience
One diverse and largely Latin American cast performs two plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season, offering opportunities for them, and us, to explore the complexity and richness of Latinx experience.
It's a play about black people apart from the white gaze; they suffer but the play is not about black suffering. It's about love.
In an age when synagogues face a resurgence of deadly violence, Paula Vogel’s beautiful play about Jewish identity, “Indecent,” grapples with themes of outsiders facing threats to their freedoms and basic human rights.
I had no idea about the exciting pop rock scene that flourished in Cambodia just before its magic was utterly destroyed during the Khmer Rouge genocide in 1975 to 1979, a topic explored in the marvelous new play, "Cambodian Rock Band," now playing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
“Between Two Knees” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland is a feat of theater magic so satisfying that, after seeing it three times, I am determined to savor it at least twice more before it closes in October.
Seeing so many films together functioned as a sort of world tour of cinematic language, style, and culture that set my brain humming.
I managed to catch 25 films at the Seattle International Film Festival in May and June--my idea of heaven!
“Seahorse” rocked my world. It follows the journey to parenthood taken by Freddie McConnell, who, as a trans man, is one of a limited number of human males who can, like male seahorses, undergo pregnancy.
"Mossville: When Great Trees Fall" tells the story of a once-proud and independent Louisiana community founded by formerly enslaved African Americans whose once-lush farmland has now been decimated by petrochemical and industrial plants.
The film's release all these years later feels, if anything, more impactful; we have the opportunity to watch the young queen of soul singing black gospel music in exactly the setting and with the exact community where such music is meant to be played, and the film conveys something of the music's genuine meaning for her.
"Us" is more disorienting than Peele’s first film, "Get Out." Although I found that film very scary, I identified the fear specifically with racism. "Us" is more subtle.
A few of the Portland International Film Festival films that have finished their festival run are worth watching for in theaters or online.
Now that the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is in full swing, here is a sampler of films to watch for (or avoid, depending on your perspective).
The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) begins two weeks of screening films from all over the globe this Thursday with its opening night film, "Amateurs," a cross-generational comedy from Sweden.
‘Roma’ is my favorite film of 2018
Unless we prioritize the perspective of those who are relegated to the margins, our understanding of reality is bound to be hopelessly flawed and incomplete.
Plays worth seeing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Live theater productions that offer soulful windows into how humans struggle justify a trip to Ashland
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
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
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.
Reviews from the Full Frame Documentary Festival
In order of my own appreciation, the first three films are especially well worth seeking out.
Best films from Full Frame
I saw 16 premiere feature-length documentaries in four days
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
Game changing social thriller the best of the best
Here's my top best films of 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Citywide festival puts focus on world diversity
My favorite time of year is upon us! For the rest of this month, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) will pack your local theaters
A review of the film 'Paterson'
There is something so necessary about Jim Jarmusch's new film, "Paterson." In giving us this gentle examination of the life of a poet-laborer and his wife, Jarmusch has demonstrated something that we are always in danger of missing: the mysticism of ordinary life.
The opinionated judge Darlene Ortega reviews "Hidden Figures."
New film depicts woman in a fight for her home
'Aquarius' is a canny film that has the power to stay with you for a long time
Movie about historic interracial couple shows a path forward
Loving” is a new dramatization about the couple behind a 1967 Supreme Court decision overturning laws against interracial marriage.