PIFF

What to Watch at the 2021 Portland International Film Festival

A daring short, a radiant family drama, a ruthless black comedy, and more.

03/03/2021 By Conner Reed and Fiona McCann

Film

5 Essential Northwest Films—According to Steve McQueen, Gus Van Sant, and Others

The recipients of the 2021 Cinema Unbound Awards share their favorite PNW titles, from Blue Velvet to First Cow.

02/24/2021 By Conner Reed

Film

The NW Film Center Will Revive the 2020 Portland International Film Festival

A handful of titles that did not screen at PIFF in March will be available online and at the Zidell Yards drive-in from October 1–3.

09/21/2020 By Conner Reed

Air Quality

What’s Canceled, Closed, Postponed, or in Limbo Due to the Oregon Wildfires?

The city itself isn’t burning, but smoke in the air is affecting everything from outdoor movies to dining to sports.

09/10/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Sponsored Content

Virtual Reality Comes to the Portland Art Museum

The Museum and NW Film Center are the only U.S. partner for Venice VR Expanded 2020, the virtual-reality competition of the prestigious Venice Biennale.

08/27/2020

Pomo Picks

Portland Arts and Culture to Stream This Weekend: June 19

Seussical hits the web, the Symphony shouts out essential workers, and Profile Theatre pivots to audio.

06/19/2020 By Jordyn Mayer

What Now?

Cinema Unbound: How Filmmaking Is Changing Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Amy Dotson, director of NW Film Center, on the future of filmmaking.

06/01/2020 With Conner Reed

Interview

Clementine Is an Oregon-Made Coming-of-Age Thriller That Lingers

The film hits virtual cinemas May 8.

05/07/2020 By Conner Reed

Film

Roland Dahwen’s First Feature Film Examines Family Fallout with Intriguing Patience

Borrufa premiered at PIFF last month (before everything went up in flames).

04/03/2020 By Conner Reed

PIFF Review

The Climb Is a Formally Audacious Buddy Comedy with a Glaring Gender Problem

Michael Angelo Covino's first feature is impressive, funny, and troubling.

03/09/2020 By Conner Reed

Film

Our Top Picks for the Portland International Film Festival

First cows, first loves, and bloodthirsty puppets—we break down a robust PIFF lineup.

03/05/2020 By Conner Reed

PoMo Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 5–8

Profile, Artists Rep, and CoHo close provocative shows, PIFF kicks off, and Tommy Orange comes to the Schnitz.

03/04/2020 By Conner Reed and Daniel Bromfield

Film

A New Film Documents the Daily Work of Abortion Providers

In Our Bodies, Our Doctors, Portlander Jan Haaken sets out to demystify a little-seen corner of medical care.

03/07/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

PDX Index

The Portland International Film Festival, by the Numbers

Our 42-year-old celebration of cinema is back March 7–21. Here's how it stacks up.

02/26/2019 By Allison Place

Film

A New Series Dives into Feminist Experimental Film

Through October, the Northwest Film Center showcases work from the 1970s to today.

10/04/2018 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

13 Things to See and Do in Portland: February 2018

A dance tribute to Sgt. Pepper, jazz master Dr. Lonnie Smith, and tiny sculpted cats—here's what you can't miss this month.

01/30/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Film

Documentary Priced Out Grapples with Gentrification in Northeast Portland

The film zooms in on recent changes in the Albina neighborhood.

10/31/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

13 Portland Shows, Events, and Pure-Genius Things to Know This November

From Joe Biden to Ibeyi to Ta-Nehisi Coates, here’s what you can’t miss this month.

10/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Film

What's So Important about Bone Marrow Donation?

A local documentary sheds light on the difficulties of finding a bone marrow match for cancer patients with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

07/12/2017 By Bryanna Briley

Film

A Portland Filmmaker's Personal Cold War Connection

In 1964, a B-52 carrying nuclear bombs crashed 90 miles from Washington, DC. That's the subject of Buzz One Four, a new film by Matt McCormick—whose grandfather was the pilot.

02/09/2017 By Jason Buehrer