PDX Browncoats, Film Action Oregon, The Portland Mercury - Can't Stop The Serenity - Joss Whedon's 'Serenity' To Benefit Equality Now and the Women's Film Initiative - June 22 & 23 at the Hollywood Theatre

A Message From Joss Whedon
(Plus: You Are Dua Khalil)

Local Total:
$13,000

Global As Of 21 August:
$121,806.05 (est)

Women's Film Initiative:
Approx. $1,000

March 2007 Updates

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28 March 2007: While our planning meetings become increasingly more active, a couple of new pieces of information we can provide. First, we're happy to announce that The Portland Mercury has come on board today as a promotional partner. Once we're closer to the event, you'll see what that means.

Second, the plan for the actual showtimes is intended to be an evening show on Friday, June 22, and a matinee on Saturday, June 23, increasing the options for people who might not be able to make it if we had just a single evening show. Last year, we know there were people who couldn't make it, so we hope this year's schedule helps with that.

23 March 2007: This week, under the coordination of Devin Pike, 2007's follow-up to the worldwide charity screenings of Serenity conceived last year right here in Portland has reached a goal with fifty cities planning events. It seems like an opportune and appropriate moment to provide some context, looking back at 2006, to show just how impressive that is, and how well it bodes for this year.

According to the Internet Archive's cached copy of last year's CSTS website, marked as being from April 2, last year at roughly this time we had only six cities listed -- two as confirmed (Albany and Minneapolis) and four as pre-planning (Boston, Los Angeles, Portland, and Santa Barbara).

This year as of today we have 50 cities listed before April even begins, with 25 confirmed. Last year, we didn't even have 25 confirmed cities yet as of May 24. We believe the effort hit 25 confirmed cities last year around May 29 or 30.

That's really rather remarkable, and suggests that it's very likely we can have 50 confirmed cities by the time the June event weekend arrives, which makes it exceedingly likely that we can exceed last year's global take of $69,000 and make a real run at breaking $100,000.

19 March 2007: The buzz has started, with Shawn Levy of The Oregonian blogging about the coming de facto Browncoat Summer here in the Portland of Oregon: "Because, as all Browncoats know, you can't stop the signal. Especially if its area code is 503."

18 March 2007: Another important milestone was reached today, as we received confirmation from the Hollywood Theatre that our Serenity print has been booked. This was not unexpected, of course, but one always frets a bit about any and all potential snags, however unlikely they may be. So it's nice to take note along the way as things progress as planned and intended.

15 March 2007: PDX Browncoats is proud to announce (at last!) that this year's charity screenings of Serenity will be held on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at the historic Hollywood Theatre. You read that right: Two screenings this year. In addition, we are very excited to announce that 10% of the door will go to support the Women's Film Initiative. Read on for more.

Our primary charity, Equality Now, of course, was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.

Our addition this year, the Women's Film Initiative, was established in recognition that few role models exist for women interested in pursuing filmmaking behind the camera. Dr. Martha Lauzen of San Diego State University revealed that in 2004 only 5% of directors, 3% of cinematographers, 16% of editors and 12% of writers on the top 250 films were women.

The Women’s Film Initiative is comprised of four programs:

• INSPIRE: A Program for Young Women Filmmakers creates opportunities for female high school students to direct, produce, shoot and edit and their own films.

• The Faerie Godmother Film Scholarships will be provided to Oregon and SW Washington women studying film in a four-year college or university.

• The Women’s Vision Film Grants will support female filmmakers who tell engaging stories that increase social awareness and tolerance, both within and beyond our immediate communities.

• The Portland Women's Film Festival (POW Fest) celebrates the art and cinematic contribution of women filmmakers from around the world. Presented by Sour Apple Productions and Zonker Films, the Festival is produced in partnership with Film Action Oregon. POW Fest! will be held May 8 - 11, 2008.

With the selection of our venue and dates for this year's followup to our enormously successful screening last year, we're anxious to get to work on making this year's event bigger and better. As ever, we remind you to subscribe to this site via feed or email to make sure you're in the loop and kept up to date on any and all development.

14 March 2007: Keep an eye out here. It's very likely that our venue announcement, and potentially the date announcement as well, is coming in the very near future. Then, we can get things going.

01 March 2007: As we move closer to being able to make a determination on venue and date(s) for this year's event, we therefore move closer to the beginning of the period in which new information may come quickly. So this serves as your friendly reminder to subscribe to updates from this site via feed or via email. You're not going to want to miss any important or exciting announcements, so sign up early and make sure you're in the loop.

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Local Total:
$13,000

Global As Of 21 August:
$121,806.05 (est)

Women's Film Initiative:
Approx. $1,000