Meet Linda. Painter. Traveler. Film enthusiast. Her favorite movies are independent productions and foreign films with surprising plot lines and refreshing subjects, interests that fit perfectly with the Portland Film Festival home stay program.
After living in Fiji for several years, Linda returned to Portland, eager to once again involve herself in the art community. Not only has she previously volunteered with the film festival, but she is also one of the many generous residents who has provided a home to visiting filmmakers.
We recently visited Linda at her creative living space to learn what hosting a filmmaker means to her.
If you had to share the most memorable part of your experience hosting a filmmaker, what would it be?
Linda: I really liked talking with her … just talking about film. We were both seeing a bunch of different films, and when we’d see each other, we could hang out over a cup of tea and talk about what films we saw and what was worth seeing again.
What sort of advice would you give to people who are thinking about hosting a filmmaker this year or the following year?
To be helpful … people come from all over, like the woman I hosted last year, who was young and always was interested in Portland but had never been here before. I could tell her what restaurants to go to and what she was interested in, steer her in the right direction … just kind of be a home space for her.
What would you say is the greatest value of a host and what they contribute to the filmmakers who come to the festival?
Well, I think that is the best value… having somebody who lives in a place and can help with navigating Portland.
What benefit do you think independent filmmaking brings to cinema?
It allows different voices to be heard. There are so many stories … in independent films, people that you wouldn’t normally hear from get to tell their story and present it in a way that they want to be seen, and the story remembered.
What makes Portland such a great city to harbor artists and independent filmmakers?
We have pretty liberal attitudes here and we kind of are open to a variety of people and situations. We welcome differences. I would say that’s probably why Portland is the way Portland is … it invites artists.
Are you going to attend the Portland Film Festival this year?
Of course! I’m going to attend as many as I possibly can. It’s always a fun part of the year for me.
Linda’s guest stayed in a tiny house outside, which Linda designed and built herself, for family and friends to have their own space when they stay with her. The tiny house rests among the fig trees and zucchini, the blooming flowers and ivy-covered arbors that cross the many paths of Linda’s thriving garden. Her homestay guest enjoyed the independence as well as the comfort that Linda offered.
Filmmakers, having already dealt with film budgets and travel expenses, truly rely on having a comfortable and FREE place to stay during the festival. It’s people like Linda who contribute to the growth of artists through simple acts of kindness.
Ever wanted to meet a filmmaker and learn about their story? Have an extra bedroom, a cozy loft, a converted garage? Don’t hesitate to share your space and support independent filmmakers! Housing is needed from October 30th to November 5th, although individual needs will vary. You’re not required to provide transportation or food.
Representatives will come to your home for a preliminary meeting prior to the festival. As a thank you, hosts will receive festival tickets and passes.
Apply to be a host through our 2017 Homestay Application. If interested, please send a brief response including your name, phone number, address, email through our contact form. Representatives will come to your home for a preliminary meeting prior to the festival.