Boathouse Microcinema was started by Matt McCormick and Chris Freeman in early 2017. Originally meant as a short-term project, its initial success led them to continue hosting screenings. In 2018, Chris Freeman continued the series with new collaborators Amy Epperson and Shannon Neale. Boathouse Microcinema filled a unique space in Portland’s film and art community as the only artist-run space holding regular screenings.
Boathouse Microcinema was proud to program artists of underrepresented identities, including promoting the work and voices of women, people of color, and sexual minorities. We continue to acknowledge that our screenings took 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.
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.