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The Portland Humanist Film Festival is proud to present a series of engaging screenings for 2015.

These will take place at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall at 1945 NW Quimby St. Portland, OR 97209. Visit this link for more details on the venue. Our next series will celebrate math and reason on the Pi day of the century, 3pm till just after 10pm March 14th 2015 (or 3.1415 if you prefer).

Scroll down to see the movies we will featured on Pi day, and thanks to everyone who attended, sponsored, or volunteered their time for this and previous PHFF events. We appreciate you all!

We will NEVER charge the public to gain admission to see our selections, but we do ask for a donation at the door to cover our rental and licensing fees. The Portland Humanist Film Festival was founded in 2010 and was established to be a provocative and enlightening cultural experience indicative of the rapidly growing Humanist movement in the Pacific Northwest. Its mission is to provide, through the medium of film, an expansive window into many of the aspects of existence, morality, history, science and philosophy that reflect the Humanist perspective.

By presenting a fusion of film genres that affirm the Humanist philosophy, the Portland Humanist Film Festival offers a meaningful dialogue for those who are curious about Humanism and its societal impact. So we invite you to laugh, think, be challenged and entertained as we present to you a carefully selected treasure of richly diverse and informative cinematic creations. The listed show times are approximate and there will be a pie raffle during the event.

We would like to strongly thank our sponsors and community advocates:


image from Solving for X Movie Solving for X. 3:10pm
Solving for X is a feature-length documentary about the quantitative approach to human rights data.

The film documents the work of Dr. Patrick Ball, leader of the Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Based in Silicon Valley, Ball and his team travel the world helping human rights supporters apply sophisticated computer analysis to human rights events. Three examples of this quantitative approach are explored in the film: in Kosovo, Guatemala, and Liberia. In each case, Ball and his team use complex tools to answer a simple question: who did what to whom.

Image for knidnapped for christ Kidnapped for Christ. 4:30 pm
This shocking documentary details the experiences of several teenagers who were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to the Escuela Caribe Christian re-education camp at their parents' behest. The film focuses on the plight of a Colorado high school student, David, sent to the school by his parents after he told them he was gay. The film also documents the experiences of two girls: Beth, who was sent to the school because of a "debilitating anxiety disorder", and Tai, who was sent for behavioral problems resulting from childhood trauma.

You may also have heard of this center of juvenile abuse from Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julia Scheeres. To make matters worse it appears that this camp is operating again under a new name see Wont-get-fooled-crosswinds

screen shot for letting go of god Letting go of God the Exodus session. 7pm
Travel with Julia Sweeney as she makes the exodus from both books of the Christian bible. In the words of the comic herself:

I went through a major personal philosophical change around the years 1999 and 2000. It all started because I had had an emotional experience that caused me to feel that God was with me. I guess you would call it a “religious” experience. This had made me curious about religion and God. I’d always – up until that time – had a loving and believing and yet humorous and skeptical kind of faith. I believed in God, when it helped me to believe in God..

image of a baked Pie for raffle Interlude featuring our Pie raffle. 7:45pm
It would hardly be a real Pi day without real Pie, so please enjoy the chance to win a tasty one on us.

We appreciate our local Shari's restaurant's who's kind pledge of donated Pies has made this possible. Thank reason for Pi!

Theory of Everything image The Theory of Everything. 8:15pm
Starring Eddie Redmayne "Les Misérables" and Felicity Jones, this is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age.

With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of - time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.