DocTalk: My Shanghai

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Join us Sunday, 7/21, for DocTalk at NW Documentary. Filmmaker Pam Wells and co-writer Joan Macbeth will discuss their documentary-in-the-works, My Shanghai, which tells the story of Virgina McCutcheon, a remarkable 91-year old woman who was imprisoned by the Japanese in WWII. In the documentary, she unleashes her wit and wisdom on love, loss, art, and the art of survival.

Wells is an award-winning screenwriter, author, producer and independent filmmaker based in Portland. Her essays and observations have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Oregonian, and more. When offered the opportunity to write Virginia McCutcheon’s memoir, she said, “Thanks, I’d rather make the movie.” A lot has happened since then, including raising over $20,000 on Kickstarter to fund post-production.

DocTalk is a monthly series of presentations by doc filmmakers, for doc filmmakers. The series is focused on bringing documentary storytellers together to share lessons learned, get feedback, and build a network of support. DocTalk is held on the third Sunday of every month, from 3-5pm, in the NW Documentary Media Center at 115 SW Ash Street, Suite 420.

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