For the past three years, Portland Community College has included talented local actors and independent filmmakers with the Northwest artists whose work has been highlighted in the Art Beat event in May. I’ve had the privilege of identifying and nominating local actors and independent filmmakers. These actors and filmmakers have been able to show their work to the community and PCC students, many of whom are in the Multimedia program. Following the film and video presentations, the actors and filmmakers have conducted very educational and inspiring question and answer sessions.
During 2012, Art Beat has its 25th anniversary May 7th to 12th. This year, my plan is to bring talented actors in for a reading, either a rehearsed table reading or, if possible, a stage reading performed in the Moriarty Auditorium at Cascade Campus.
Coup de Cinema, an independent film made in Portland by filmmakers Sean Parker and Austin Hillebrecht had its event premiere at Art Beat in 2011.
Portland filmmaker Steve Coker’s indie film comedy, Crackin’ the Code was in the Art Beat lineup for 2010.
In 2009, I had the privilege of premiering my micro-budget indie film, Unremembered, during Art Beat.
For more information about past and upcoming Art Beat artists and highlights, visit the Art Beat pages on PCC’s site.