HD Film Festival Schedule Released for HDFEST Portland
November 2010, Portland, Oregon– The schedule was released today for HDFEST’s Portland film festival event which is taking place December 2010 at the Living Room Theaters in Portland, Oregon. A complete calendar of events for the festival, which runs December 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/festival.html.
HDFEST was founded in 2000 and will be holding its inaugural Portland event this year. Past events have take place in New York, Los Angeles, London, Helsinki, Chicago, Paris, Sydney, and Seoul. Festival Director Issac Alexander discussed the choice of the Living Room Theaters for this year’s festival event, “Living Room Theaters was the first all-digital and only-digital theater in the country. As a result, we feel it is the perfect fit for this year’s high-def screenings.”
One of HDFEST’s key goals is to encourage independent high-definition filmmaking and enthusiasm for digital cinema. All films in the festival were shot exclusively on High-Definition cameras and are screened in HD resolution. Numerous filmmakers will be in attendance at the Portland film festival to discuss their work.
HDFEST Festival presentations over the 4-day festival will include High-Definition documentaries, experimental films, animation, music videos, features and shorts. Many films will be making their North American Premiere or West Coast Premieres. Almost all of the films in the HDFEST Portland line-up will be making their HD Festival Premiere, meaning they have never before been presented in high-definition resolution.
Feature Film Screenings:
Amongst the feature films screening this year include the opening night presentation of The Beginner directed by Ben Coccio. Coccio’s 2003 film Zero Day was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and he was named one of Moviemaker Magazine’s “upcoming directors to watch.” The closing night presentation will be the feature film The Presence, written and directed by Tom Provost, and starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Shane West (A Walk to Remember), and Justin Kirk (Weeds). The Presence, which was shot entirely in Mt. Hood, Oregon was produced by Tom Rice and executive produced by Dan Myrick, creator and director of The Blair Witch Project. Also screening is Not Dead Yet, written and produced by Portland area filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais and directed by Sam Hull.
Short Film Screenings:
High-Definition short films screening sequences include “Animation and Music Videos,” “Exploring the Imagination,” “Films from Around the World,” “High-Definition Comedies,” and “Documentary Shorts.” Amongst the short films screening at HDFEST Portland are Quality Time directed by James Redford and starring Jason Patric, the Australian short film Miracle Fish, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Macabre World of Lavender Williams a story about a young girl who sets off on a journey to find her father protected by a lovable zombie dog voiced by Christopher Lloyd. Films in the shorts showcases directed by local Portland area filmmakers including Salt and Silicone directed by Warren Pereira, and Benji & Mitzi directed by David Cohen.
Documentary Feature Film Screenings:
Feature documentary films screening at HDFEST Portland include Cangleska Wakan (The Sacred Hoop). This documentary addresses the Sioux concept of the Sacred Hoop, which advocates that everything in the universe is interrelated. This subject is explored through the voices of various contributors on Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Other documentaries include Violin Masters: The Gentlemen of Cremona narrated by Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-man 2) and Expedition Inspiration, the story of a non profit organization that takes breast cancer survivors into the mountains after their treatment.
A complete list of HDFEST Portland film festival screenings and events December 6th-9th can be found at www.hdfest.com/festival.html. The Living Room Theaters is located at 341 SW 10th Avenue in Portland Oregon. Tickets are $9 per screening and are available at the box office at Living Room Theaters. Please contact email@example.com for more information about the festival.