POW Film Fest is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films directed by women. Now in its 12th year, the festival features the work of some of today’s top women directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading women filmmakers. Over the years POW has striven to encourage thoughtful and engaged discourse of the female perspective while heralding the need for greater parity in the film industry through the keen discerning eyes of women and non-binary film and media makers. POW was created, in part, to celebrate women in their quest to thrive and grow in the film industry.
The fest also provides space to strengthen the Portland community of women in film by offering year-round film workshops for girls and non-binary youth ages 15 -19 with their POWGirls program.
who we are
We are believers in the POwer of a Women’s FILM FEST. Our mission is to fill in the gaps of gender inequality by promoting films by women and non-binary directors.
Nora Colie, born and raised in Portland, OR, works in documentary and narrative film as a Director, Assistant Director, Archive Image and Film Researcher, and Film Curator. She spent many years working on Eugene Jarecki’s award-winning films, including The King, Reagan, The House I Live In, and Why We Fight. The latter two films both won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She is the Managing Director of the POW Film Festival.
Tara Johnson-Medinger is a Director/Producer who just completed her feature directorial debut, MY SUMMER AS A GOTH which will be released in 2019. She is also the Executive Director of the POW Film Festival and the POWGirls Media Education Program. Her film producing credits include:CITY BABY, ROCK N ROLL MAMAS, THE WINDING STREAM, WORKING LUNCH and THE MUSICIANER.
Jane hales from a northern land where they spell color with a "u". She got her first camera when she was 12 and thought she'd be a documentary camera person after film school. Instead, since 1983, Jane has worked as a Set Decorator, Buyer, Dresser, Art Director, and a Production Designer. She and her brother were taking eyeless photographs way before selfies became cool. In 2018 she made her first short documentary Memes through NW Doc's DIY class. She also works in a variety of capacities for food and wine events, writes a column for caregivers living with Parkinson's Disease, and has an almost finished novel set in Eastern Oregon. She is Operations Manager for POW, responsible for liaising between the festival and the filmmakers.
Bingbing Zhang is a graphic designer located in Portland,OR. In her spare time when she's not designing, she likes to watch films and take photos of random things. You can catch her working on her projects in a coffee shop or in the bookstore gathering inspiration.
India is an Aquarius sun and Virgo moon who often looks to nature for inspiration. She values clean, peaceful design that engages the viewer through meaningful connections to the layout, type, and color scheme. When she’s not busy designing, she’s expressing her creativity through fashion and laughing way too hard at The Office reruns.
Vee is a graphic designer and illustrator from China and currently living in Portland. She loves animals and loves discovering weird fun things through daily life.
Clare is an illustrator & designer based in Portland! She’s a freelance illustrator, and is currently third year graphic design student at Portland State University.
Amber is a Portland based yoga and meditation instructor who loves writing and traveling. She believes that sharing stories helps foster a deeper understanding of ourselves, each other, our environment and experiences. She is grateful to be a part of the POW Film Fest team that holds space for those working hard to inspire growth, compassion and connection through film.
Andrea de la Vega is an interior designer and illustrator living in Portland Oregon.
Chessa Casper is currently a student at PSU, pursuing a major in film as well as a Hebrew minor. Outside of school, she enjoys yoga, taking walks, and occasionally sewing her own clothes.
Jesselynn is a first year film student at Portland State who aspires to write or edit off-beat independent dramas. You can find her getting lost downtown or at home dutifully watching movies on Netflix.
Kyle is a first-year film student at Portland State University. He enjoys writing and walking around Portland early in the morning when the city is quiet.
Rebeca is a bold, caring, and quirky screenwriter, script editor, and indie producer (soon-to-be Open Signal certified) who is passionate about thought-provoking, compassionate content. She writes across multiple genres and formats with perfect accuracy in both English and Spanish.
Rebeca co-hosts PDX TV Writing Group, the only group in town that exclusively nurtures the creation of episodic content. She's an avid supporter of local talent and an intersectional feminist. Having experience as a youth filmmaker mentor and Film Festival judge, she also provides paid coverage services.
Rachel is a freelance writer, researcher, and radio producer. Her favorite food group is bread, and she loves all things nonfiction. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in anthropology.