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A fundraiser for the 2008 Portland Women's Film Festival, a non-profit event
The Portland Women's Film Festival a.k.a. POW Fest, in partnership with Film Action Oregon and Milagros, is hosting a celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.) on Sunday, March 9th, 2008, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Born out of the Socialist movement of the early 20th century, IWD is as an annual day of recognition for women who have fought against discrimination, for the right to vote, and for emancipation and equality. It's also a day to consider how far we still need to go to establish a truly equitable society for all.

The 2nd Annual POW Fest IWD Celebration includes a special screening of Portland-based films by women and a marketplace of women-owned and served businesses. The screening will feature completed short films and excerpts from works-in-progress by both established and up-and-coming Portland women filmmakers, including Beth Harrington, Wendy Downing, Ali Cotterill, Uli Beutter, Jackie Weissman, and Eliza Greenwood. This ASL-interpreted screening will be followed by a filmmaker Q&A. Tickets for the screening are $6, and all proceeds go to the 2008 POW Fest, an event that promotes women's independent films from around the world. The marketplace is free to the public and includes a children's play area.

POW Fest is Oregon's premiere showcase for international independent films made by women. Spanning May 15-18 and held at Portland, Oregon's historic Hollywood Theatre, POW Fest will exhibit women-made movies, moderate several exciting filmmaker panels, present a variety of emPOWering workshops, including the Dirt on Documentary Filmmaking and Screenwriting, and host an expo of women-owned and served businesses.

In addition, the festival will spotlight a retrospective of the Guest of Honor, female indie director pioneer Allison Anders', award-winning feature film work (Gas Food Lodging, Grace of My Heart).

POW Fest is produced by Sour Apple Productions, in partnership with Film Action Oregon and Milagros. Festival sponsors include: Bitch Magazine, New Deal Vodka, and Luna Bar.

For more information on IWD or POW Fest, go to www.powfest.com.

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