An Evening with Kurtis Hough

This Thursday, see the collected works of Kurtis Hough, Portland abstract animator extraordinaire.

Winner of the 2014 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, Portland filmmaker Kurtis Hough’s work blends animation, documentary, and the surreal into an investigation of the musical undertones found in abstract patterns of nature. Beginning with time-lapse photography of landscapes from around the planet, Hough’s work captures the lyricism and movements of unseen microscopic formations and natural events that typically go unnoticed by the human eye. The program includes the premiere of his latest film, PAINTED HILLS (2016) as well as a dozen other works, such as STUMBLE THEN RISE ON SOME AWKWARD MORNING (2004), MOSSGROVE/ BED OF MOSS (2011), CRYOSPHERE (2012) and TO SEE MORE LIGHT (2015).

Hough will be present to introduce the films. Hosted by the Northwest Film Center.

Thursday March 24
7:00-8:30pm @ Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Runtime: 80min
Buy tickets HERE

Drink & Draw at Mad Sons

Hey ASIFA Portland, you’ve got yourself a free DAY – this is a Leap Year!

2016 is now bursting with extra hours, so how about spending a few with your chums at ASIFA for a relaxing and engaging Drink & Draw!!? Mosey up the stairs at Mad Sons Pub on February 27th, from 4-7 pm and we’ll enjoy some sketchy behavior.

Multi-panel pass-around comics? Free form quick sketch? Large scale group doodles? We’re never quite sure what will go on, but it should be a great time to catch up, have a bite, hoist a drink and, of course, DRAW!

And to sweeten the pot (pitcher?), we’ll be handing out some ASIFA swag for most-entertaining creations!

ASIFA Portland Drink & Draw
Saturday, Feb 27th, 4-7pm
Mad Sons Pub (upstairs)
1109 SE Madison St.
Portland, OR 97214

Drink and Draw at Mad Sons


ARCS, ASIFA Portland, and Cascade SIGGRAPH present:


The inaugural HOMEBREW: A PDX Animation Showcase is an event long in the making. Celebrating recent works from the gamut of local animators, you’ll find the screening collection fun, refreshing and very Portland. Organized and moderated by Sophya Vidal, a long-standing member of the animation and theatre community, creative and thoughtful storytelling are at the core of the program. The screening will be followed by a panel with several of the creators, so bring your best questions and get to know your Portland Animation Ambassadors. This event is brought to you by The Animation resource Community Service (ARCS), Portland ASIFA, and Cascade SIGGRAPH. (3 hours).

Line-up includes works by Temris Ridge, Curtis Randolph, Mike A. Smith, Kurtis Hough, Paul DeSilva, Laura Heit, Lori Damiano, John Summerson, Joanna Priestley, Tina T. Hsu, Ben Luce, Marylin Zornado, Kyle Stephens, Lars C Larsen, and Beryl Allee. Animation styles consist of Hand drawn 2D, 3D, Cut-out animation, Stop-motion puppet animation, and Motion graphic work. Program is rated PG.

Event Details:
Festival Date: Sunday, Jan 24 @ 3pm
5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall St. Portland, OR 97201
Tickets: General is $10; ASIFA/SIGGRAPH Members get in for $5.
Purchase tickets: or at the Door.

About ARCS
ARCS stands for Animation Community Resource Service and is a growing online resource community for animations and story-makers in Portland, OR. The goal is to bring more awareness (and creation) of creative events, resources, and networking activities with locals in mind. See:
About ASIFA Portland
ASIFA Portland is the local chapter of the International Animated Film Society: Association International du Film d’Animation. Our group exists to boost the art of animation and the community that practices it, promoting free exchange of ideas. See:

Twitter asifaportland.

About Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH
We exist to serve the needs of the computer graphics community. Through meetings, screenings, workshops, conferences, networking and other activities, the chapter works to promote an increased knowledge of and greater interest in the artistic, educational and scientific aspects and applications of technology to graphics, enhancing communication between colleagues that have and interest in any aspect of computer graphics. See:

Twitter cascadesiggraph

Still from Mike Smith's "Cooped"

FREE screening: Award-Winning Short Films of Cordell Barker & Claude Cloutier

See a special screening of films by two animators competing for the 2016 Academy Awards!

Saturday January 2 @ 3:00pm
Shut Up & Eat – Rally Room
3848 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202
FREE and open to the public

The short list for this season’s Academy Awards includes two animators from the National Film Board of Canada: Cordell Barker and Claude Cloutier. Kicking off the new year with a bang, ASIFA Portland is pleased to present both of these master artists’ Oscar-nominated shorts, plus four impressive examples of their past work.

Cordell Barker’s 2016 nomination is for “If I Was God…” — a quasi-autobiographical musing on the director’s memories of school. Triggered by an incident involving a frog and electricity during dissection class, the young artist hopes to one day wield Godlike powers to get his own way. This will be Barker’s third Oscar nomination, following “The Cat Came Back” (1988) and “Strange Invaders” (2001). More recently, Barker’s madcap comedy “Runaway” (2009), which pokes fun at class disparities between passengers on a out-of-control train, took home a special jury award from the renowned Annecy International Animation Festival.

“Carface” will be Claude Cloutier’s first Oscar nomination. It’s a whirling automotive waltz, wherein carefree cars cavort in all directions to the tune of “Que Sera, Sera,” while the black ooze that fuels them is unremittingly pumped from Mother Earth. If Busby Berkeley and Mel Brooks were asked to co-direct the apocalypse, it might look like this uproarious spectacle of destruction. “Sleeping Betty” is a skewed, anachronistic take on the classic fairy; “The Trenches” blends archival images from WWI with Cloutier’s hypnotizing brushstrokes to create a powerful illustration of the futility of war.

1. If I Was God… – Barker (8:30)
2. Carface – Cloutier (4:44)
3. The Cat Came Back – Barker (7:40)
4. Sleeping Betty – Cloutier (9:13)
5. Runaway – Barker (9:10)
6. The Trenches – Cloutier (5:54)

Runtime: 49min

FREE Prophet screening, with Joan Gratz Q&A

FREE for ASIFA members – join/renew at the door!


Thursday December 3
7:00pm @ Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland 97209

“Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa’s words will incite rebellion.”

The Prophet, by celebrated Lebanese author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written. In this breathtaking feature film, eight of Gibran’s poems are interpretted by contemporary master animators — including Tomm Moore (Song of the Sea), Bill Plympton (Your Face), Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues), and Portland’s own Joan Gratz (Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase).

Oscar-winner Joan Gratz will be present to talk about this unique film collaboration, her segment in it (“On Work”), and her pioneering development of “clay painting.”

Only ASIFA members may attend, but anyone may join! Pre-existing members simply check in at our lobby table. LAIKA employees & PNCA animation students show institutional ID. Free for children age 12 and under if accompanied by an ASIFA member parent. Seating is limited to 76 persons; first come, first served. Doors open at 6pm.

General membership $20, students $15 — it’s worth the price for this event alone. Join here.

Animation Meet & Greet – Fall 2015

Join us at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub (in Southeast) to grab a pint, share some stories, catch up on things and maybe meet some new faces. Portland’s ASIFA and SIGGRAPH chapters are teaming up to host this event — and everyone is welcome!

Exchange business cards or just gossip about upcoming animated films… Let’s hang out and all talk about animation.

Saturday November 21
Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Co-hosted by ASIFA Portland and Cascade ACM SIGGRAPH

Grisly, Ghastly, Ghoulish Animated Horror

LAIKA Brand Manager Mark Shapiro travels the globe visiting animation festivals, on the lookout for new content and representing the company’s great work to fans worldwide. Culled from visits to Montreal, Annecy, Hiroshima, Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance, and more, this handpicked program of macabre and shocking short films comes from the singularly twisted minds of animators unafraid to bring their visions to life. Not a program for the young or squeamish, the selections include: GRACKLE BUMPER, Danny Madden (US); THE TWIN GIRLS OF SUNSET STREET, Anna Solanas, Marc Riba (Spain); CHAINSAW MAID, Takena Nagao (Japan); PANDY, Mateus Vizar (Czech Republic); SUPERVENUS, Frédéric Doazan (France); DANNY BOY, Marek Skrobecki (Poland); CANIS, Marc Riba, Anna Solanas (Spain); CRAZY LITTLE THING, ONAHANA (JAPAN); TIMBER, Nils Hediger, VIVIENNE MEDRANO (US); DINNER FOR FEW, Athanassios Vakalis (Greece/US); TEETH, Tom Brown (US). Adult Audience. (90 min.)

Grisly, Ghastly, Ghoulish Animated Horror
Sunday October 30, 7:00pm
Whitsell Auditorium (under Portland Art Museum)
1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
$9 General / $8 Students, Seniors

Monsters in the Thrift Store – Painting Day

This Saturday, make Halloween art at ASIFA’s third annual “Monsters in the Thriftstore” painting day.

Monsters in the Thrift Store
Saturday October 24
2:00 – 5:00pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Room 414
511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

Select and purchase one or more pieces of art from your favorite thrift store. Bring them and your own art supplies along to PNCA, and we’ll spend the afternoon adding in monsters, beasts, robots, fairies or whatever fantastical creatures you desire. This is an open painting session, which is free and open to the public. Some extra artwork will be provided for monsterizing. First come, first served.

Following the painting day, there will be a public gallery show for the art we make together, hosted by MAGDolls Hair Parlor… Details to follow.

presented by ASIFA Portland & Pacific Northwest College of Art