PDX Short Docs is a platform for local independent filmmakers to show their short documentaries on the big screen. Film entries need to either feature a story from the Portland area or they need to be produced by local filmmakers (or both). The 2-hour screenings are followed by Q&A sessions with the filmmakers, where the art of documentary filmmaking and the issues facing Portland are discussed.
Thank you to all of the filmmakers who participated in the latest PDX Short Docs! It was a huge success!!
Thank you to my sponsors and partners: KBOO Community Radio, McMenamins Mission Theater, Portland Film Festival, NW Documentary, Outside the Frame, Open Signal, and NW Film Center.
p:ear - This is a short film about a non-profit in Portland, Oregon that mentors homeless and transitional youth. p:ear, which is a acronym for project: education, arts, and recreation, provides these young people with a sense of hope and a place where they feel like they belong. p:ear offers a number of life-enriching programs, but I chose to focus on their music and arts program for this piece.
Arbor Opera Theater - Director Shawn McDonald has adapted Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera, "La Traviata" to make it fresh and relevant to today's discerning audiences. For this adaptation, AOT partnered with the National Network of Depression Centers to craft a compelling story that sheds light on the stigma surrounding mental illness. After originally airing on Detroit Public Television's "Detroit Performs," this piece was picked up to air in PBS markets across the country.