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MILCK's flashmob performance of her song 'Quiet' at the Women's March on Washington,  January, 2017
MILCK's flashmob performance of her song "Quiet" at the Women's March on Washington, January, 2017

MILCK comes to Portland this week to emPOWer

See MILCK perform at the opening of the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) this Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Hollywood Theatre.

Vocalist and songwriter, MILCK, credited with uniting women in song after penning and performing what has been called the unofficial anthem of the Women’s March on Washington, will be making a special appearance in Portland this week, opening the Portland, Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) as it celebrates its 10th anniversary, this Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre.

Watch: MILCK perform “Quiet” with Choir! Choir! Choir! of 1300+

It’s fitting that MILCK would choose a women’s film festival as one of her first public performances since the March, as it was an award winning film director, bystander Alma Har’el, who happened upon MILCK’s flash mob of singers and recorded their a capella performance of “Quiet” as she was trying to leave the March.  The video Har'el shared that day amassed over 14 million views on Facebook alone.

The song of empowerment spawned a grassroots movement #ICANTKEEPQUIET that soon spread across the globe.  Requests for the sheet music came pouring in, so MILCK shared the arrangements and women began forming choirs and performing “Quiet” in communities across the U.S. and as far away as Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Italy and France.  Individuals have been sharing their personal truths using the hashtag #icantkeepquiet and the artist turned activist is looking to continue the momentum of personal engagement that she started.  Look for word on a new campaign to launch later this year, and in the meantime, download the lyrics here so you can sing along. 

In addition to MILCK’s performance opening night, POWFest will screen THIS IS EVERYTHING, GIGI GORGEOUS by Academy-Award winning director Barbara Kopple, portraying the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, who posted beauty and fashion videos from his bedroom only to later came out as a transgender female to an audience of millions.

And on Friday, March 3rd, at 9:30 am, MILCK will be participating on an Education Day panel “Creating and Maintaining Safe Spaces for Women’s Voices,” for women in film, publishing, music and theater. Joined by Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch Media; December Carson, co-founder of Siren Nation; and Carolyn Butts, publisher/founder of African Voices; the panel will be moderated by Oregon Music News’ publisher, Ana Ammann.  ($5 or free with festival pass). Location: NW Documentary, 6 NE Tillamook St, Portland, OR 97212

Tickets for MILCK and THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS are $15, admission to the panel is $5 or free with POWFest pass.

Proceeds support the only film festival in Portland exclusively placing a spotlight on women directors with a goal to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women working in the film industry and educating our next generation of filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.powfest.com


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