A Zombie-Short-Film-Guinness-Attempt Comes to Portland

On the streets of Portland, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 7, while the rest of the country will be celebrating Labor Day, the Portland Film Festival will be ringing in Zombie Day Apocalypse. And what better way to celebrate than with a record-setting event.

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“American Pickers” To Shoot In Oregon


The “American Pickers” series will be filming in Oregon later this year.  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz will be cruising the state looking for vintage memorabilia and antiques for this documentary series (History) to showcase their valuable “picks” from unlikely places.

If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, email: your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: [email protected] 855-old-rust.

Read more here.

“American Pickers” is produced by Cineflix Productions for History. New episodes air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on History.

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HouseSpecial Signs Kelly Salmon As Its Northeast Rep

Kelly Salmon - HouseSpecial's new Northeast rep

Kelly Salmon – HouseSpecial’s new Northeast rep

JULY 28, 2015 (PORTLAND, ORE) Animated content production studio HouseSpecial (formerly LAIKA/house) President Lourri Hammack announced a new partnership with Kelly Salmon, owner of the independent New York-based repping firm Hunt & Gather (http://www.huntandgather.tv), for Northeast representation for all animated content.

Ms. Hammack: “When Gerard Cantor of Joinery spoke highly of Kelly and then quickly signed to her roster, I knew he was onto something special. Upon meeting Kelly, I understood his enthusiasm and we quickly joined forces. Kelly’s delightful style marries wisdom born from experience with a love of production—and she has great taste buds to boot.”

Before founding Hunt & Gather, Ms. Salmon cut her teeth at The Artists Company, Hungry Man, Believe and Curious Pictures as an Assistant Director and Production Manager. She made the switch to sales after being offered the opportunity to work with Jennifer Warren and with production companies Giraldi and IDENTITY. Most recently, Ms. Salmon held the position of Head of Sales at New York editorial house BlueRock.

Ms. Salmon: “My path to becoming a rep is a bit non-traditional, but it has made me appreciate and respect the time and dedication that goes into a project. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the finest producers, crew and agencies in advertising and I take those relationships and knowledge with me to be as resourceful as possible.

“I’m thrilled to join forces with the creative geniuses at HouseSpecial. Their honed talent of creating iconic characters and stellar reputation as brand stewards across all mediums is hard-earned and well deserved in the industry.”

Recently HouseSpecial celebrated a successful first year anniversary following its spin-off from feature film studio LAIKA. The animation company’s collaborations include creating multiple spots with Supercell and Barton F. Graf 9000 for the Boom Beach® CG-animated campaign, Planters® stop-motion spots out of TBWA\Chiat\Day NY and a Goodby, Silverstein & Partners stop-motion short for Häagen-Dazs®. The studio also gained notoriety this year with the award-winning CG short film A Tale of Momentum & Inertia, which found a second life as an advertising campaign for Indeed.com. Watch all the latest releases – http://www.housespecial.com/

For business inquires in the Northeast, contact Ms. Salmon at [email protected] or 917-622-0266.

About HouseSpecial: HouseSpecial, formerly LAIKA/house, can make anything move. We are animation experts. Our Portland studio’s creative team is well known for its ability to integrate design and develop characters that push brand narratives beyond the expected for clients like M&M’S®, Sony, Jose Cuervo®, Target, Häagen-Dazs®, Planters®, Supercell and Honey Nut Cheerios™. HouseSpecial artists are guided by their infectious passion for storytelling and an obsession to bring wonder to every collaboration.

PR contact: Alise Munson – [email protected] 503.276.0110
“Animation isn’t just a storytelling medium – it’s our life force and our passion.”

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“Homecoming”, Written By Oregonian, Christi Sperry, Gets Underway In Portland

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Lauren Bowles
AP Images/Invision

Local screenwriter, Christi Sperry, will see her dark comedy screenplay, “Homecoming”, begin shooting in Portland at the end of this month.  The cast is comprised of, Lauren Bowles (“True Blood”), Victoria Smurfit (“Once Upon a Time”), Max Ryan (“Death Race”), Michelle Arthur (“Fun With Dick and Jane”), Suleka Mathew (“Da Vinci’s Inquest”) and Kiowa Gordon (“Twilight Saga”).


Los Angeles and Portland July 27, 2015—-The first film under Ted Field’s Radar Pictures overall co-production deal with Filmmaker and Producer Paul Kampf is fast-tracking and confirming it’s cast. The dark comedy Homecoming, which will be directed by Paul Kampf has confirmed as its principals Lauren Bowles (True Blood), Max Ryan (Death Race), Victoria Smurfit (Once Upon A Time), Suleka Matthew (Davinci’s Inquest), Kiowa Gordon (Twilight Saga), and Michelle Arthur (Fun with Dick and Jane) as leads. Homecoming is set to shoot in Portland at the end of the month.  Read More »

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Sasha Roiz (“Grimm”) Appointed To Doernbecher Foundation Board Of Directors

The cast of "Grimm" at the February "Grimm Gala": Left to right: Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli, Sasha Roiz, Claire Coffee, Russell Hornsby at the Exchange Ballroom in support of OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital (NBC)

The cast of “Grimm” at the February “Grimm Gala”: Left to right: Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli, Sasha Roiz, Claire Coffee, Russell Hornsby at the Exchange Ballroom in support of OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (NBC)

Actor Sasha Roiz (Captain Sean Renard, “Grimm”) has held an interest in helping patients at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital for several years since coming to Portland to shoot the NBC Universal series.  Earlier this year Roiz put together the “Grimm Gives Back” fundraiser, that incredibly, raised $310,000 that was then donated to the “Grimmster Endowment Fund”. (Many items from the show were auctioned off, including a walk on role on the show).  Roiz has now been appointed to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation board of directors, and is one of 5 new board members.  For more information read here.

The Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to secure private philanthropic support for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. The foundation raises funds from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations, and invests and manages gifts in accordance with donors’ wishes.

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Interview Techniques Class At The Northwest Film Center


$225 (Tuition includes all needed interviewing equipment (camera, microphone, lights))

Help refine your documentary project by eliciting more meaningful content from your interview subjects. In Interview Techniques you’ll learn a variety of interview styles, get guidance on planning, researching, and formulating questions, as well as discuss broader ethical questions while gaining insight and feedback from instructor and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Courtney Herman.

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“Significant Mother” Will Premiere August 3 On The CW August

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Richard Keith and Erin Cardillo created this new comedy series, set in Portland, that features a restaurant themed backdrop (which Portland plays perfectly) starring, Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at Bernies”),  Krista Allen (“The LA Complex”), Nathaniel Buzolic (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Emma Fitzpatrick (“The Social Network”). Oregon Live, reported that Cardillo and Keith “really wanted to do a show that had a restaurant element,” “Rich and I are both big foodies. We were looking for a big foodie farm-to-table culture.”

“Significant Mother”was originally conceived as a digital series for CW Seed, (also shot in Portland, last year) but was then bumped up to series programming for the CW network.  The show premieres on the CW August 3rd.

Read the whole OregonLive article here.

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Portland Filmmaker Wins 9 National Telly Awards


Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 8.56.36 AM Portland filmmaker David Poulshock and his production company Red Door Films were recently awarded an astounding nine Telly Awards for TV commercials and web videos they produced on behalf of clients Spirit Mountain Casino and Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette.

“It’s a real honor,” said Poulshock, “especially for the recognition it gives the wonderful talent and stellar production crews who worked on these projects.” According to Poulshock, the overall production included six :30 spots for Spirit Mountain Casino, and five :30 spots and four 3-minute web documentaries for Goodwill.  Read More »

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Jumpdrive Studios Launches XO On Kickstarter

YouTube Preview ImageAt the start of 2015, I found a new job at Jumpdrive Studios and left a 10 year career in the music business behind. My love of video games has never been a secret, and getting to work on them every single day is like a dream come true.  On top of that, we teamed up with one of my favorite composers Jim Guthrie – who I very much admire.  His work on Sword & Sworcery and Indie Game: The Movie is basically what inspired me to start writing video game music in the first place, and what set me on my path into the games industry.  Read More »

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Congratulations to “Portlandia” On Two Emmy Nominations

YouTube Preview ImageCongratulations to “Portlandia” and IFC on their two Emmy 2015 nominations.  The nominations are:

Outstanding Variety Sketch  ( Dead Pets episode)

Tyler Robinson, Production Designer

Schuyler Telleen, Art Director

Katherine Isom, Set Decorator


Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Non-Fiction, Reality or reality-Competition Programming.

“We could not be prouder of the Portlandia team for their remarkable work this past season,” said Jennifer Caserta, IFC’s president. “We are extremely happy that Academy voters have recognized this unique comedy with multiple nominations for the fifth year in a row, and especially excited to be included in the newly created sketch series category.”

“Portlandia”, with two nominations. “Portlandia”, created and written by Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel, who also directs, was nominated in the newly created category of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series as well as Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program.  “Portlandia” is executive produced by Lorne Michaels and produced by Broadway Video. It returns to IFC for a sixth season in 2016.

Read more here.

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