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Party Report: Portland Film Festival Opening Night and Party

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo and Chris Williams

Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo and Chris Williams following screening of Sex Ed.

Opening night at the Portland Film Festival wowed the crowd at The Crystal Ballroom with the world premiere of a feature film and a rocking after party. 

Mayor Charlie Hales has decreed now through September 1st Portland as the “city of film” in honor of the just unspooling film fest. 

Tuesday’s opening night at The Crystal Ballroom included the pre-requisite red carpet that attracted the likes of actor Haley Joel Osment and director Isaac Feder, who were both on hand to premiere their film, Sex Ed

Those in attendance at the screening included actors Justin Long and Chris Williams (the incredibly sweet brother of Vanessa Williams), Saturday Night Live alum Abby Elliott and actor/director Toby Froud. Other directors at the show included Callista Haggis, Jon Matthews and horror-meister Eli Roth of Hostel fame who attended with Sex Ed. star Lorenza Izzo who appears in Roth’s upcoming Knock Knock.

More: Lucy Liu spotted in Portland 

The Portland Film Festival pairs the best of indie film, filmmakers, with musicians, artisan food, guest speakers, workshops and networking events. Think of it as Portland’s own sunny Sundance.


Related Slideshow: Portland Film Festival Opening Night and Party

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Haley & Josh

Haley Joel Osment and Josh Leake at opening night of Portland Film Festival.

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Eli & Lorenza & Chris

Director Eli Roth, and Sex Ed stars Lorenza Izzo, and Chris Williams at Crystal Ballroom.

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Toby Froud

Toby Froud, known as the baby from Labyrinth, appeared to promote his new short film Lessons Learned.

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Chris and Josh

Chris Williams and Josh Leake following the screening of Sex Ed.

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Jon Matthews

Jon Matthews, an indie director, promoting his movie Surviving Cliffside.

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Michael & Theresa

Michael Dunaway and Theresa Ritichie at the screening.

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Josh Leake & Abby Elliot

Josh Leake and Abby Elliot, who is the daughter of comedian Chris Elliot.

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Waiting in Line

The line to get in to the VIP Party, outside the Crystal Ballroom.

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Wayne Wolfe & Brook Hubbs

Wayne Wolfe and Brook Hubbs chatting among the crowds.

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Party People

Callista Haggis, Karney Hatch, and Jon Matthews sharing filming stories.

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J'Hon and Terry

Grabbing drinks at the bar.

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Sex Ed Cast

Director Isaac Fedder, Haley Joel Osment, and Lorenza Izzo.

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Callista Haggis

Indie Director Callista Haggis.

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A dance troupe that performed right before the screening.

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Chris Williams

Chris Williams after the screening.

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David and Tiffany Neier

David and Tiffany Neier, two Seattle-ites visiting to see the movie.

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Christian Stanley and John Epple, just hanging on the couch at the VIP preparty.

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Ted Rooney

Ted Rooney will speak at the festival.

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Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment greeting fans after the screening.

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Sex Ed

The Cast of Sex Ed.


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