Return to Wonderland

Larry & Joe-Joe

Lead Artist – La’Tevin Alexander Ellis

Walla Walla

Lead Artist – Hayley Durelle

Oops! You Didn’t Again (Working Title) 

Lead Artist – Kamryn Fall

Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word Journey 

Lead Artist – La’Toya Hampton aka The Poet Lady Rose

Producer

Charles Grant

Screenings

September 2022

ABOUT

Join us as we Return to Wonderland – a multidisciplinary film festival that responds to the current moment in our country, and our world.

In Wonderland, four Lead Artists will open the door for us to imagine ways to listen, learn, and move forward; with a sense of curiosity and wonder. 

We know that it truly takes a village to make a piece of art, and none of us can do it alone. This year four Lead Artists will call upon their communities to find collaborators to help them tell their stories.  

So, without further ado, let’s discover the film shorts, and the Artists who will make them. 

Return to Wonderland - Projects

Larry & Joe-Joe

Lead Artist – La’Tevin Alexander Ellis

Larry & Joe-Joe is a coming of age series about two young men who become Kingpins of a major crime syndicate and increasingly become the antithesis for police brutality and the violence of white supremacy on black people. This scene is an excerpt from the larger series. It’s about a grieving father desperate for revenge for the brutal and racially charged murder of his son by three white guys and a white woman. To get his revenge, he begs Larry & Joe-Joe to retaliate for him but Larry & Joe-Joe are hesitant to incite a race war.

Walla Walla

Lead Artist – Hayley Durelle

On a road trip that’s equal parts adventure and chore, two resourceful young adults drive 400 miles from their town in rural Idaho in pursuit of an abortion out of state. Low on cash and fueled by friendship, they make the long trek up I-84 in a beloved but flakey 25 year old car.

Oops! You Didn’t Again (Working Title) 

Lead Artist – Kamryn Fall

As our main character finds themselves finally ready to start dating again, they’re haunted by a familiar face. Trying to focus on finding a new boo, secrets of the past come back to haunt them. Will these secrets be the key to finding something real? Or will they be the downfall of their love life?

Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word Journey 

Lead Artist – La’Toya Hampton aka The Poet Lady Rose

In 2020, when the COVID pandemic disrupted our world and redefined what “normal” was for many, even mentally and physically “healthy” well-equipped and well-resourced adults found themselves struggling with and adapting to the rapid, drastic change and often multiple losses. But what about the youth? How were they really impacted? You might think you know, but do you? Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word Journey will document a group of youth and their involvement in a writing and spoken workshop designed to develop, center and elevate youth voicing of their experience in the COVID world and beyond. Participants will share their works in a spoken word performance open to the community.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Our work is supported by Oregon Cultural Trust.

Thanks to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund.

Portland Playhouse receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Interested in Getting Involved?

We are always looking for volunteers as well as apprentices, crew members and corporate partnerships.

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