Scintillation Cocktails: Documentary Shorts

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Underground films are borne out of love, not out of a desire for fame or to have an impact on popular culture. The Portland Underground Film Festival (PUFF) has, at its core, the mission to pay tribute to those films and videos that challenge commonly held attitudes toward technique, content, and form. Our intent is to honor those films that excel in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic arts to create a new audio-visual language.

Scintillation Cocktails: Documentary Shorts



The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.

Pablo Picasso

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Scintillation Cocktails


Director JJS

Félix Pumares shows his t-shirts collection. And he dances. Oh, yeah!


Director Rev. Phil

A quick and dirty inquiry about what Portlanders circa 2004 like about plastic. This video begs the audience to ponder what will we miss when the age of cheap plastic has ended.

White Cane

Director Carlos J. Ramirez

A blind man's version of life. Its not as bad as it looks. 

En Mi Pueblo

Director Paolo Zuniga

"En Mi Pueblo" is a film that reflects upon memories of home and place as they once were. Images of a rural landscape evoke feelings of a distant past while the delicate voice of an aging man imparts a sense of intimacy upon a life once lived.


Director Bronte Stahl

The geography of the otherwise flat city of Charleroi is defined by slag heaps - hills formed from the waste material from coal mines. Filmed entirely from these terrils themselves, the film weaves large-scale industrial tragedy with the poeticism of ecological rebirth through a data-driven narration in which the terrils are the protagonists.

Unless You're Living It

Director Sarah Bliss

An edgy, unsettling portrait of place and power in rural white Ontario that challenges the correlation between seeing and knowing, and the ravages of late-stage capitalism. Hand processing, contact printing, tinting and toning engage the film as a body that, like the residents of Mt. Forest, sustains injuries, wounds and burdens, but also has the capacity for delight, revelatory pleasure, and transformation.

Comrade Cano

Director Sergio Osvaldo Valdés Arriaga

David Cano Garcia, a social hero and leader of the 30th Section of the Sindicato de Trabajadores Petroleros de la República Mexicana, was murdered in 1940. Seventy eight years later, his memory remains alive throughout his grandson, Raul Rubio Cano, who still thinks in him with plenty of love and respect.

You Cruise, You Lose

Director Elijah Post

Elijah Post embarks on a regretful, touristic 7-day Caribbean poker cruise. 

The Michelle Experience

Director Jason Rosenblatt

A glimpse into the passion and artistry of violinist, singer, songwriter and ambassador of folk music Michelle Alany.

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