Portland, Oregon – February 9, 2017
– The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is pleased to announce this year’s guest of honor, award-winning director Cheryl Dunye, who will be in attendance throughout the festival taking place March 2 – 5, at The Hollywood Theatre.  

Dunye has made over 15 films including MOMMY IS COMING, THE OWLS, MY BABY’S DADDY, and HBO’s STRANGER INSIDE which garnered her an Independent Spirit award nomination for best director. Her Debut film THE WATERMELON WOMAN, was awarded the Teddy at the Berlinale in 1996 and was recently restored by Outfest’s UCLA Legacy Project for the film’s 20th anniversary. Dunye has received numerous awards and honors for her work including a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship. Presently Dunye is a Professor in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University.

“We are thrilled to showcase the brilliant and impactful films of Cheryl Dunye at this year’s POWFest. Dunye’s strong voice and willingness to challenge social and cultural norms is a welcomed voice during some powerful times in the women’s movement, and one to be celebrated at our 10th Annual Festival.”  said POWFest Executive Director, Tara Johnson-Medinger.  

Cheryl Dunye will facilitate a workshop with the participants of the POWGirls program where girls ages 15-19 are mentored to realize their power, creativity and voice in media production. Dunye will also be in attendance for her screenings of THE WATERMELON WOMAN, BLACK IS BLUE and THE OWLS (Saturday 3/4, starting at 700pm) with Director’s Q&A at The Hollywood Theatre.

Celebrating its 10th consecutive year, POWFest continues to be the only film festival in Portland that exclusively places a spotlight on women directors with a goal to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women working in the film industry. Dedicated to creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill level, each year, the festival seeks to actively represent the work of diverse women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films and encouraging the next generation of female filmmakers.

Tickets will go on sale Wednesday February 15th and are $8-$15 individual screenings / $60 festival pass for premium access to all festival activities. Purchasing an all-access pass to POWFest gives you the opportunity to see as many films you want during the festival without fumbling with individual tickets while saving money and showing your support. Festival pass includes access for early seating and admission to our educational panels on Friday March 3rd at NW Documentary.

For a complete list of programming and schedule details, visit www.powfest.com




POWFest provides a space where women can thrive as media makers. We accomplish this by putting strong, women-directed films on screen, growing the next generation of women filmmakers, and making it easier for women to make films.Festival events feature the work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers. We also provide space and support to strengthen the community of women in film. In the past nine years POWFest has hosted the following prominent and very accomplished women directors: Allison Anders, Irene Taylor-Brodsky, Kathryn Bigelow, Gillian Armstrong, Amy Heckerling, Barbara Kopple, Penelope Spheeris, Ondi Timoner, Joanna Priestley and Catherine Hardwicke.

POWFest is produced by Sour Apple Productions in partnership with The Hollywood Theatre