This Is Not PIFF

Portland Film Festival strives to make PDX the new Sundance.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Portland needed a Sundance—an arthouse festival for cinephiles—according to Portland Film Festival creator Josh Leake. Because never mind the Portland International Film Festival, the Oregon Film    More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 ENID SPITZ

What Makes the Third Annual Portland Film Festival So Portland?

PDXFF Just Announced its Lineup for September 1-7

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Movies & Television
Festival director Josh Leake has said he wants the Portland Film Festival to be the Rose City's Sundance. Looking at its newly-announced lineup—with features like "a quirky comedy about following your dreams" and "a musical journey into the forgotten corners of Jamaican reggae,"---PDXFF at least got the indie art-house vibe down pat. Not to be confused with the Portland ...   More
 
Thursday, August 13, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Portland Film Festival

What’s so Portland about this fledgling fest?


Movie Reviews & Stories
You might expect the Portland Film Festival to be some kind of bonanza for locavore cinephiles. You’d be wrong. Festival director Josh Leake hopes his event, now in its second year, becomes    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Dispatches from the Portland Film Festival: Advice from the Honey Badger Guy

13 people show up to hear "Randall" give advice about dealing with Internet commenters.

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Movies & Television
One of the Portland Film Festival's higher billed events, a panel featuring “Randall,” the narrator of the viral Honey Badger video, and the Totally Sketch YouTube comedy crew, ended up being what the moderator called an "intimate conversation"—meaning that a grand total of 13 people showed up.But despite the tiny turnout, the panel was an unexpectedly entertaining window into what it’s ...   More
 
Sunday, September 1, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

Dispatches from the Portland Film Festival: Chuck Palahniuk Hands Out Stuffed Kittens

The new film fest draws big crowds with an appearance by Palahniuk

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Movies & Television
Chuck Palahniuk heaves a bulging black garbage bag onstage and climbs up after it, striding toward the podium. The Bagdad, packed to the gills and with stragglers looming in the doorways, is filled with the kind of deafening roar typically reserved for rock stars. The man is, after all, Portland royalty.Palahniuk says nothing as the noise tapers off. Then slowly, calmly, he launches into a reading ...   More
 
Friday, August 30, 2013 EMILY JENSEN

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