The inaugural Festival of Positivity! A weekend of fundraising to draw attention to all that is going well in our world. All net proceeds of the Festival will fund FOUR very worthy causes tied together by the dual positive theme of young people (our future) and the arts (our expression). The Scholarship for Young Filmmakers will award resources to individuals 30 years of age and under who will be charged with making films that are based on "what is going well in our community, state, country, or world." This is the cornerstone of The Festival of Positivity in that the films will premiere at next year's festival.
Activities besides the Crystal show -featuring four bands and two comedians-include a ping pong tournament and a par-3 golf marathon.
The close knit band of friendly warriors that is behind the Festival of Positivity is inspired by other Portland, OR goings-on as well as gatherings like Sundance Festival and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. What we encountered are like-minded people spending their spare time doing what they love and helping others along the way..
Festival Founder David Kamens first visited Portland in 1997. A decade later he transplanted here and immersed himself into the scene and now wants to create a long-running, arts-inspired, youth-benefitting, Portland-based, 3-day long, sports and music-driven PARTY!.
We figure that it doesn't take much of an effort to find that which is not going well in our surroundings, so to celebrate that which IS going well, share some laughter, perhaps even shake our groove-thing a bit, and inspire a chain of positive occurrences....we can match the effort of those that have inspired us... and give back, leave a nice, recyclable mark, and know that a bit of positivity can lead to even more.
The Positivity Panel includes great Portlanders like money mogul Cole Mills, the fabulously organized Nichol Seeley, the ever-present Geoff Rogers, the tireless scribe Jo Sparkes, the inimitable Tim Titrud, the therapeutic Mella Kaufman, the can't-miss-kid Erik Peterson, and the perfect pitch of Allison Carter.
And "About Us" would not be complete without turning it back to you, our supporters, our friends both new and old that feel enough of the same way to "play along."