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An online gathering of regional filmmakers holding conversations around COVID-19.

We invite you to join us in closing out our series of Portland Book Festival partner programs with the Northwest Film Center & Literary Arts Zoom Happy Hour on Friday, November 20, at 4 p.m. (PST)  with award-winning writer Charles Yu (Interior Chinatown) and Director of the Northwest Film Center and Curator of Film and New Media at the Portland Art Museum, Amy Dotson for an in-depth discussion on telling stories and sustaining creativity across multiple platforms.
For more information on how to join our Film and New Media Happy Hour please email

Film and New Media Happy Hour September 19, 2020 | Film Distribution in the Age of COVID-19

Film and New Media Happy Hour August 7, 2020 | Inclusive Screenwriting Special Guests: Ashwini Prasad, Randall Jahnson, David Poulshock, Rebeca Alamo Gonzalez and KatMeow Garcia.

Film and New Media Happy Hour July 17, 2020 | Conversation with the producers of First Cow. Special Guests: Anish Savjani and Neil Kopp.

June 11, 2020 | Addressing Racial Biases in the Creative Community | Special guests Annie TonsiengsomKanani KosterSerita WesleyDru Holley, and Fran Bittakis.

May 29, 2020 | New Opportunities in VR & Experiential Storytelling | Michel Reilhac, Filmmaker, Experiential Artist and Head of VR, Venice Biennale and René Pinnell, CEO & Designer, K A L E I D O S C O P E.

May 15, 2020 | Special Guests: Alex Bulkley SHADOWMACHINE and Sarah Serata, Producer, Wendell and Wild.

May 8, 2020 | cdavid cottrill (IATSE Local 488, Studio Mechanics of the Pacific Northwest) and Michelle Damis, President of Portland local SAG-AFTRA.

May 1, 2020 | Patty Brebner, Director of Wieden + Kennedy Studios // JOINT and David Cress, television and film producer (Shrill and Portlandia).

April 24, 2020 | Josh Welsh, President, Film Independent

April 17, 2020 | Vivian Hua from the Northwest Film Forum, Todd Looby from BendFilm and Chelsea Smith – FilmFort/TreeFort


April 3, 2020 | Tim Williams from Oregon Film, Brian Lord from the City of Portland, Brian Rogers from the Oregon Arts Commission and Madison Cario from the Regional Arts and Culture Council

March 27, 2020 | Tim Williams from Oregon Film and Ben Popp from the Northwest Film Center.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.