Shorts Program II: seeking comfort

Tickets can be purchased at the door! - $8 regular admission, $5 for Students with Valid ID and Seniors. 

March 11th, 2018 at 3:00pm | BILLY WEBB ELKS LODGE —6 N TILLAMOOK ST, PORTLAND, OR 97227


Four young women sit in their bedrooms, unapologetically telling their stories of rape. This documentary is a raw and unforgiving portrayal of the effects that rape and sexual assault have on young women. Based on 100 responses to a questionnaire about rape and sexual assault, the film aims to bring together and foster solidarity between everyone who has been a victim of sexual violence and encourages you, the viewer, to consider the (often unshared) stories of the women you know.

Phoebe Montague is a London based feminist filmmaker and singer-songwriter who graduated from London College of Communication in 2017. She has recently transformed data collected as research for the film into a book also titled 100 Women I Know coming out March 8th, 2018. Phoebe is also developing consent workshops with the aim to prevent young people from becoming perpetrators or victims. This film is inspired by her own experiences and it is her directorial debut. She strives to continue to make films that matter and support the marginalized.




Alexa Lim Haas is an artist and filmmaker from New York City. She was selected as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film
by Filmmaker Magazine 2017 and is a Borscht Corp Grantee for her first solo short Agua Viva. Her previous animated short Glove,
co-directed with Bernardo Britto premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and continued to play worldwide and win numerous awards including best animated short at SXSW. She received her BFA in filmmaking from the NYU Tisch School of
the Arts.


Jimena's ex-boyfriend now lives in their old place with his new girlfriend. She still has the keys and things to tell him. She goes in when no one is there because it just feels normal.
Mariana Sanguinetti creates an ode to intimacy and closure, with humor and a big heart.

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Mariana Sanguinetti
 (1995, Buenos Aires) is an actress and filmmaker from Argentina. She studied filmmaking at Universidad del Cine (FUC). She has worked in numerous short films and is currently working as an off-theatre actress and assistant director. ‘All over the place’ (Antes de irme) is her first film as a director. It was premiered in IFFR, and shown in numerous festivals.


In a city that houses millions, Smita discovers a strange prerequisite to renting a house in middle-class Mumbai. She would make an ideal tenant, except for one glaring flaw—she is an Indian woman without a husband.

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Reema Sengupta, 
A young  writer / director / editor who has directed over 200 narrative films, music videos, commercials, interactive video installations, and after-movies across India, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the U.S. Sengupta was awarded the prestigious Asian Film Academy Fellowship, where she represented India at the Busan International Film Festival. Reema’s first short film won over 10 awards. She graduated from the University of Westminster, London, with the highest percentage in the media art and design school.


Krishna wakes up in a strange place, with a strange guy. As she pieces together how she got there, she realizes that the reasons may be bigger than just the night before.

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Georgi Banks-Davies
started her filmmaking career at the tender age of six. She graduated at the top of her class from Newport Film School and has since established herself as a highly sought-after director of commercials. She has made several shorts which have screened and won awards at international festivals, and she is also developing her debut feature projects: The Sniper, written by Guen Murroni; and
The Burning City, written by Ariel Dorfman.


When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And when she was 12, she discovered sex. Now 18, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her brother's best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.


Dionne Edwards
is a screenwriter and director. After studying Film & TV production at the University of Westminster, Dionne spent a year at Working Title Films on their prestigious Action Internship. She went on to work at Linda Seifert Management, working with some of the UK's best writers and directors. Dionne was on the BFI Flare LGBT Filmmakers' Mentorship programme 2016/17 and was mentored by director Desiree Akhavan. Dionne is represented in the UK by Olivia Gray at Independent Talent and in the US by Gabrielle Lewis at Paradigm.


A couple, a pool, a ring. One misunderstanding leads to the next, pushing this
relationship to the edge.

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Friederike Jehn,
born 1977 in Fulda, Germany, studied sciences of theater, film and TV at the University of Cologne and directing and screenwriting at the leading film school in Germany Filmakademie Baden Württemberg. She lives in Berlin, Germany.


In a creative office in Stockholm, Cecilia tells an anecdote during a break and uses a racial slur. Asal, the new girl, questions her use of words, and Cecilia is very offended. The Turk Shop is a comedy about structural racism at work.

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Bahar Pars
is a multifaceted actor and director. She has gone between big roles in TV and film and main parts at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm, as well as directing both for stage and films. She is recognized internationally known for her part as Parvaneh in the Academy Award–nominated
A Man Called Ove. Pars's first film as a director, Ghetto Swedish, won several prizes at the 2016 Stockmotion Film Festival.

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A trip on an Indigenous-owned train line in northern Québec, shot in exquisite black and white, becomes an eloquent symbol of the pride and dignity that come with autonomy.

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Caroline Monnet
is a multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied in both Sociology and Communication at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the University of Granada (Spain) before pursuing a career in visual arts and films. She is based in Montréal. Monnet is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus and TIFF Talent Lab 2016. Her short films have screened at numerous festivals including Toronto International Film Festival (Ikwé, Warchild, Tshieutin), Les Rencontres Internationales (Gephyrophobia) and Sundance Film Festival (Mobilize). She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Drama for Roberta and best short documentary for Tshiuetin. She won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Best experimental film for Mobilize. She is currently developing with Microclimat Films her first feature film entitled Bootlegger, selected for both CineMart and Berlinale Co-Production Market 2016, as well as the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation residency in Paris.