“Our Voice, Our Story, Our Way” is the theme of a new festival in Portland, reflecting the current wave of cultural change in theater and film, the Pacific Northwest Multicultural Readers Series and Film Festival (PNMC).

According to its website, PNMC “provides an artistic platform for playwrights, writers, and filmmakers of color, Indigenous origins to showcase their work to the public and other artists.” Hosted by PassinArt, Oregon’s longest-producing, award-winning African American theater company, the three-day event will include independent films and play readings, along with webinars and panel discussions with local, regional and national theater and film industry professionals.

PRP DJ Veronica Bisesti talked to festival curator Leasharn Hopkins, herself a writer, actor, director and producer based in Columbia, South Carolina about what drew her to the inaugural PNMC in Portland.

Due to the pandemic, all readings, films and other events are virtual. For the complete PNMC Festival schedule, go to http://pnmc.eventive.org   Call 503-235-8079 or email director@pnmcfestival.org for additional information.

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