From Concept to Object: The Zine as a Creative Conduit

May 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Self-published, limited distribution, one-of-a-kind works of text and images, zines have been a subculture mainstay for decades and continue to evolve. This workshop will recontextualize this definition as it relates to filmmaking today and examine how zines can become tools in exploring, developing, and materializing your ideas. We will look at examples of filmzines and explore how they can help you get started on a project with no equipment or funding, be a gateway to other mediums, and allow you to visualize an idea from your head to the page. Being works of art in and of themselves, we will touch on the history of the zine and the merits of physical objects in the creative process.

Join Mila Matveeva, illustrator, film producer, and zine-maker, for a workshop on how the zine can become part of your creative work and leave with resources and a few prompts to get started on your own.

Mila Matveeva is a film producer and illustrator in New York City. Most recent projects include the forthcoming feature film We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, as well as season 2 of The Eyeslicer. She has worked with HBO, IFP, PBS, Kickstarter, Quad Cinema, and The Future of Film is Female, and is a contributor to Screen Slate and Exclaim!. She is a former member of Silent Barn, a collectively-run arts and music show space in Brooklyn, NY.

Tuition: $80

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.