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.
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.