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Film and New Media Happy Hour

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.

Please email to RSVP.

The Northwest Film Center’s weekly Film and New Media Zoom Happy Hour is an online gathering of filmmakers, artists, nonprofits and key funders. The goal is to create community and connection with partners who have been working diligently to develop resources and innovation that can help during this unprecedented time.

We are all navigating the outbreak of COVID-19. We are inspired by the incredible response from our partners across the state who have been working diligently to develop resources that we hope can help our creative community. The Film and New Media Happy Hour helps us learn more about how Coronavirus is impacting the film industry in Oregon and connect over our creative processes during this time of COVID19.

For more information on how to join our Film and New Media Happy Hour please email

September 19, 2020 | Film distribution in the age of COVID-19 with special guests Kendra Hodgson, Kyle Westphal and Chris Wells.
August 7, 2020 | Inclusive Screenwriting with special guests: Ashwini Prasad, Randall Jahnson, David Poulshock, Rebeca Alamo Gonzalez and KatMeow Garcia.
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 | Guests Annie Tonsiengsom, Kanani Koster, Serita Wesley, Dru 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.