Shannon Neale, Amy Epperson, Chris Freeman, Iris

Boathouse Microcinema is a screening series of local filmmakers in Portland, OR run by Amy Epperson, Chris Freeman and Shannon Neale.  Screenings take place at The Boathouse, a long-running art studio space and former fireboat station on the banks of the Willamette River.


Fall 2019 screenings are on most Tuesdays:


Sep 10Staff Area
Sean Christensen, Cosmic Siblings, Dylan Jones, Midnight Variety Hour, Erin Tanner, Fern Wiley

Sep 17Comprehensive Planning
Elijah Hasan, Howard Mitchell aka GATO, and Perry Shimon

Oct 1 Ways of Being in the Metaverse
Nico Daunt, Michelle McKay, and Codec Ultra

Oct 8Getting to Know You(Tube)
Presenters Clamber, Zack Fleming, and Kevin McHugh

Oct 22Works in Small-Gauge: 16mm and Super 8 films
Curated by Nicole Elaine Baker

Oct 29Moonlightning
Hannah May Cumming, Alex Hartwig, Aubrie Nicole, and Jason Wilkinson

Melina Coumas, Katrina Edelen, and Christof Whiteman

Nov 19Flowers are Dogs Smiling, Waving
Lindsay Costello, Maggie Shiple, and Lucas C. Ospina



Archive of Past Shows (original listings and photos from the events)


Screenings are $8 cash or card at the door with no advance ticket sales.  Doors open at 7:30, screenings start at 8:00.



Boathouse Microcinema was started by Matt McCormick and Chris Freeman in early 2017.  Originally meant as a 12-week project, its initial success led the them to continue hosting screenings.  In 2018, Chris Freeman continued the series with new collaborators Amy Epperson and Shannon Neale.  Boathouse Microcinema continues to fill a unique space in Portland’s film and art community as the only artist-run space holding regular screenings.

Boathouse Microcinema works to program artists of underrepresented identities, including promoting the work and voices of women, people of color, and sexual minorities.  We acknowledge that our screenings take place on the stolen and colonized lands of the Multnomah, Clackamas, and Chinook people.  And that our location in Portland’s Eliot neighborhood is a historically black community that is continually gentrifying. 

Unfortunately The Boathouse is not ADA accessible.  Please contact us for accommodations.

Other Zine, Spring 2017 – “Boathouse Microcinema in Portland: Interview with Matt McCormick”

Willamette Week, Mar 2017 – “There is a Tiny Theater in an Industrial Wasteland Where Cool People Go and Watch Movies”

Portland Monthly Magazine, Sep 2017 – “A Riverside Moviehouse Breathes on the Embers of Portland’s Film Underground”

Willamette Week, Apr 2018 – “Film Compliation Portland 90 Exhumes Old Portland Without Nostalgia”

The Digital Divide on KBOO, Oct 2018 – Interview with Chris Freeman

Portland Mercury Blogtown, Nov 2018 – “Glitch Artist ariella tai Screens Their 2018 Film Retrospective at Portland’s Boathouse Microcinema”

Boathouse Microcinema is supported in part by The Precipice Fund, Calligram Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special thanks is also due to PICA.