The Rose Festival 'Goes Hollywood' with the Youth Silent Film Festival

January 21, 2010

Portland's Hollywood district, home to the nation's best all children's parade is going to get a little more festive this year. The Portland Rose Festival announced today two brand new events for 2010: the Youth Silent Film Festival and the Conchords Chorale concert "Let's Go To The Movies" at the Hollywood Theatre. Joining the Fred Meyer Junior Parade and the special movie screening "From One Rose," the two new events make it an all-Hollywood week June 6 - June 13.

"We're excited to partner with two new events that showcase our values of art and education with such diversity," said Liza McQuade, PRFF Sanctioned Events Program Chair. "The Youth Silent Film Festival is a revival of an old art form that can open a new world of creativity for young filmmakers and their audiences."

According to Marilyn Clint, Rose Festival Associate Executive Director, "The project is fantastic because it fits so well with what the festival did during the 2007 Centennial Celebration with our own Student Film Project." The product of that project -- the feature film "From One Rose" -- is scheduled for screening Saturday, June 12, following a showing of the top three award winning silent films and the announcement of the overall winner.

As part of the "Rose Festival Goes Hollywood" week, Portland's own adult vocal ensemble, the Conchords Chorale -- known for its enthusiastic approach and outreach to senior audiences -- will present an array of film favorites from the 1930's, 40's and 50's (in themed performances with an "Oscar Night" feel) Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. (Selections include music from "The Wizard of Oz," "Top Hat," and "Guys and Dolls.")

Screenings for the top 60 Youth Silent Film Festival finalists will be held on June 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the Hollywood Theatre. (There is no entry fee required to participate in the competition.) The Youth Silent Film Festival is presented in collaboration with philanthropist Jon 'JP' Palanuk, Award winning youth organist Nathan Avakian, Film Action Oregon, the Northwest Film Center, Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. and the Columbia River Theatre Organ Society. For more information, visit MakeSilentFilm.Com, or contact the organizers by email at:

Rose Festival Goes Hollywood week:

  • Sunday, June 6 - Wednesday, June 9 -- 8:00 p.m.
    YSFF Screenings
  • Wednesday, June 9 -- 1:00 p.m.
    Fred Meyer Junior Parade
  • Friday, June 11 -- 7:00 p.m.
    Conchords Chorale Concert "Let's Go To The Movies"
  • Saturday, June 12 -- 7:00 p.m.
    YSFF award winners -- "From One Rose" screening
  • Sunday, June 13 -- 2:00 p.m.
    Conchords Chorale Concert "Let's Go To The Movies"

Tickets for the Youth Silent Film Festival Screening are available at the Hollywood Theatre and through Box Office Tickets: 503.205.0715 (or 1.800.494.8497). Tickets for the Conchords Chorale concert and "From One Rose" screening are available at this website, TicketMaster outlets, or by phone at: 503.224.4400. (Groups of 10 or more can order discount tickets by calling: 503.227.2681.)