‘John Leguizamo Live at Rikers’ shows we’re more alike than some believe, while ‘Live Out Loud’ explores the healing power of filmmaking.
By: Darleen Ortega | October 18, 2022
Two films at this year’s Portland Film Festival offer space for voices that often go unheard because we have discarded their stories. In “Live Out Loud,” three houseless Portlanders are given the opportunity to become filmmakers — that is, they are quite deliberately equipped to tell stories they wish to tell. One can hardly imagine a strategy that contrasts more starkly with the experience of houselessness; people in that situation, many of whom have experienced significant trauma that has contributed to their circumstances, become accustomed to being treated like a nuisance who no one wants to hear from.