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Darleen Ortega
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ART AS SOCIAL JUSTICE
[A version of this review appeared in the Portland Observer, here: http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/aug/16/art-social-justice/] The Oregon Shakespeare Festival's outdoor Elizabethan stage features plays this summer and fall that are all are worth seein...

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TENDER LOVE STORY RESONATES
[A version of this review appeared in the Portland Observer, here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/aug/02/tender-love-story-resonates/] What passes for love on most movie screens has always struck me as shallow: Movie love generally just "happens" to...

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A RIVETING TAKE ON THE ABORTION DIVIDE
[A version of this review appeared in the Portland Observer, here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/jun/23/riveting-take-abortion-divide/] In 1971, a young woman named Sarah Weddington argued Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Then age 26, sh...

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TRIED AND CONVICTED BY MISTAKE
[A version of this review appeared in the Portland Observer, here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/jun/01/tried-and-convicted-mistake/] When the criminal justice system makes mistakes, why are we as a culture, and especially those of us inside the sy...

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"VIETGONE" OPENS EYES AND HEARTS
[A version of this review originally appeared in the Portland Observer, here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/apr/26/between-vietnam-and-america/] Why do I know so little about the perspective of Vietnamese refugees to the U.S.? Why have I never seen...

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FULL FRAME REPORT
[A version of this set of reviews first appeared in the Portland Observer, here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/apr/12/documentaries-worth-watching/] I just made my annual sojourn to Durham, North Carolina for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festiva...

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OPENING WEEKEND AT OSF
[A version of this review originally appeared in the Portland Observer, here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/apr/06/diversity-talent-unsurpassed/] The first batch of plays in Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2016 season have opened, and offer no shorta...

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MY LIST OF THE BEST FILMS OF 2015
[This post originally appeared in the Portland Observer, here:   http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/feb/23/my-counterpoint-oscars-snub/] The Academy Awards, which will air on Sunday, are gradually making themselves irrelevant, as they shamelessly overloo...

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FINAL PIFF POST
The regular schedule of the Portland International Film Festival runs through Saturday, Feb. 27, and encore screenings will occur on Sunday, Feb. 28. My favorite film so far has been  "Thru You Princess,"  an Israeli documentary about a beleaguered New Orle...

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SECOND SET OF PIFF REVIEWS
[A version of this piece appeared in the Portland Observer here:  http://portlandobserver.com/news/2016/feb/17/strong-start-portland-international-film-festival/] Normally by this point in my Portland International Film Festival itinerary, I would have seen...
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