DocFest takes short peek at Rose City


From imaginative ideas come extraordinary stories — so goes the meaning behind NW Documentary’s Homegrown DocFest, where students make their own movies. “The stories are personal, funny, thoughtful and always open up new perspectives on the people and places around us,” says Ian McCluskey, NW Documentary executive director. “These stories might not be big budget, but they reflect the passion, personality and creativity of Portland. We bring award-winning professionals together to teach aspiring filmmakers how to use the latest digital tools to tell the stories that matter most.” Homegrown DocFest’s winter show, from students’ DIY Documentary workshop, will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. Local bluegrass band Jackstraw will perform. It’s a $10 admission, 21 and older only. All ticket proceeds go to NW Documentary’s educational programs. For more information, go to Some of the films to be shown: “Baby Boy Church” — Ron Morgan telling the story of discovering at age 36 that he had been adopted, and how it impacted his life. “It’s a Ring Thing: The Portland Horse Project” — A Portland street artist creates daily delights by using the city’s sidewalk horse rings in his creations. “Lost in the Gap” – Learn about achievement gap between white students and others more vulnerable through the voices of families, students and teachers. — Jason Vondersmith