PUFF 2018 Audience Choice Awards
Screening: Sound and Vision
Director: Myriam Boucher
This film arose from the idea of flapping wings. The recordings were made with the baritone saxophonist Ida Toninato in an immense desertic and reverberant space at night. The birds were recorded mid-flight.
Screening: Things That Go Bump In The Night
Director: Spencer Lee
Mob hitman Sonny Pulito has been tasked by the Portland Mafia to exorcise a possessed young woman in a North Portland home.
A Fine Cycle
Screening: Dead Serious
Director: Derek Willis
A woman experiences an anxiety attack as her life flashes and floods her mind escalating to an extreme representation of her pain just under the skin.
Thou Shall Not Tailgate
Screening: It's Always Local
Director: Greg Hamiton
A short-form documentary about art car creator, retired postman, and minister Rev. Charles "Chuck" Linville. An early adopter of DYI culture in Portland, OR, Rev. Linville is also one of the founding members of the Portland Cacophony Society, a collection of local artists, musicians, and pranksters that Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk wrote about in his Portland expose "Fugitives and Refugees". Diabetic and in his sixties, he has seen trends come and go, while living and creating on his own terms. By highlighting his art, music and opinions, this film will illuminate Chuck's unique personality and vision, illustrating how his brand of individualism and originality is vital to an increasingly homogenized culture.
Screening: Everything Is Political These Days
Director: Hester Schell
A “Black Lives Matter activist” confronts the white attorney on a case of another innocent man of color on trial for a crime he didn't commit. Who says you can't fight City Hall?Original hip hop soundtrack by Portland artist, Mic Capes.
Screening: Sexual Explorers
Director: Joah Keller
A cross country motorcycle journey from Portland, Oregon to the Women's music festival in Michigan. The film is a love story involving the open road. A woman and her motorcycle and the complexities of partnerships and friendships. The movie is simply made with the camera bungied onto my motorcycle. And Monkey Rider is full of original music.
Screening: Behind Closed Doors
Director: Angella Davis
Siegfried Morton is disenchanted with his life. He is bored testing on rats for his research and working as a psychologist at Whitemore Psychiatric Facility, that is, until he meets his feisty new patient, Delores Ayre. Delores is a provocative, yet vulnerable young woman, a sex-addict in recovery, who has been recently hospitalized at Whitemore for an attempted suicide. Sexually fixated and intrigued by her, the oppressed Siegfried transfers his "resiliency factors" studies from rats onto Delores, a much more tantalizing subject. How much can Delores take from his cruel and unethical "experiment" until she breaks? Or perhaps it is Siegfried who didn't anticipate his own vulnerability in the process.
Screening: Tell Me A Story
Director: Stephanie Leet, Angela Roxanne Lazar (Assistant)
After the death of their father, Nik and Lily retreat to their childhood sanctuary in the woods and reunite with their old friend, Jane. Years of unresolved pain and conflict come to a head when the sisters' mutual resentment finally boils over. Lily disappears into the forest forcing her sister to enlist the help of Jane. Now Nik and Jane must find Lily before someone (or something) else does.
Screening: Expanding The Media Medium
Director: Kate Lain
She Collage is part response to the work of Southern California-based collage artist Terry Braunstein, part reflection on the practice of art-making. Like Braunstein's art, the film is itself a collage-in this case, frame-by-frame hand-manipulated images of Braunstein, paper cutout stop motion animation, archival footage, and an assemblage of sounds.
Screening: Take Your Medicine
Director: Dawn Jones Redstone
A short comedy film about the relationship between free speech and white privilege, as told through the match-up of two rivals for a single Scrabble game.