A Night with Barbara Kopple and Ellen Ratner


Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest), the Hollywood Theatre and NW Documentary are excited to announce “A Night with Barbara Kopple and Ellen Ratner,” taking place Friday, May 4th 2012 as part of the NW Documentary Film Series. The evening includes a reception; a director’s screening of A Force of Nature; a live Q&A with Academy Award® Winning Director, Kopple, as well as the subject of the film, philanthropist, Ellen Ratner, and a special 35mm screening of Kopple’s Academy Award winning film Harlan County USA.

A Night with Barbara Kopple & Ellen Ratner
Friday May 4, 2012
4:30-6:30pm – Reception at Magnolia’s Corner ($35 – includes A Force of Nature screening and Q&A) BUY TICKETS
7:30pm – Screening of A Force Of Nature, followed by Q & A ($10) BUY TICKETS
9:15pm – POWFest Classic Screening of Harlan County, USA on 35mm film ($5)  BUY TICKETS

A Force of Nature is a film that celebrates the life and work of journalist, White House Correspondent and philanthropist Ellen Ratner, following her from her home base in Washington, DC, as she dedicates her spirit and strength towards progressive causes – from helping hurricane-ravaged Katrina victims in Mississippi, to speaking with enslaved people throughout war-torn South Sudan. It is the inspiring story of how one unapologetically committed person can make a difference and help others do the same.

The event kicks off with a reception at Magnolia’s Corner at 4:30 pm (directly across from the Hollywood Theatre), A Force of Nature film screening at 7:30 pm, followed by a Q&A with Ms. Kopple and Ms. Ratner; moderated by Carl Wolfson host of Carl In The Morning (6-9am) on AM- 620 KPOJ. The event will conclude with a special POWFest Classic screening at 9:15pm of Kopple’s Harlan County, USA. This Academy Award–winning film unflinchingly documents a grueling coal miners’ strike in a small Kentucky town. With unprecedented access, Kopple and her crew captured the miners’ sometimes violent struggles with strikebreakers, local police, and company thugs. Screened from a 35mm film print.

Tickets for the event are $35 (reception, A Force of Nature screening and Q&A) and $10 (A Force of Nature screening and Q&A only), tickets for Harlan County, USA are $5 each and can be added to the above tickets at purchase.

Tickets sales will benefit POWFest, the Hollywood Theatre and Goats For The Old Goat an organization to fight hunger in South Sudan established by Ellen Ratner. Sponsors for the evening include The Faerie Godmother Family Fund, ADi and The Documentary Channel.




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