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Phrenic’s Transmedia Storyworld Event | April 30th at The Mission Theater

Join us on Wednesday, April 30th at 7pm at the Mission Theater in NW Portland!


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One year ago, Phrenic launched in the App Store and became the first iOS thriller that users could watch, read, and play. This cloning thriller–created in Portland–is told using episodes, mobile games, choose-your-own-adventure stories, social media fiction and more.

Most people don’t need to think about transmedia–they already experience it through Star Wars characters or Marvel superheroes that crossover into different movies, comics, games and books. But as audience expectations change, independent storytellers now need to consider how their creative work can expand to all of the mediums and devices where people discover entertainment. It’s not just telling a story, it’s building a storyworld.

Phrenic’s one year anniversary party will show how this indie iOS thriller came to life and how its flexible storyline allows it to expand anywhere. The event will also highlight a few Oregonians involved in innovative storytelling.

This will be an interactive event that includes:  Read More »

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CITY BABY Available on VOD ~ April 22, 2014

 City BabySalad Days LLC is excited to announce that David F. Morgan’s feature film CITY BABY will be  available for online rental and purchase via digital entertainment curator FilmBuff. Look for  it on iTunes – – and all other leading VOD platforms beginning April  22nd, 2014.

CITY BABY is a Portland-centric coming-of-age story about a group of meandering 20-somethings trying to find meaning in the new world of adulthood. CITY BABY features live  performances by Glass Candy and  STRFKR/Starfucker, a soundtrack of local Portland bands  including Chromatics and The Helio Sequence, as well as a cameo from musical frontman  Stephen Malkmus (Pavement).

An updated REALITY BITES for the Me Generation, CITY BABY ruminates on themes of  love, class, and contemporary youth subculture. CITY BABY follows Cloey, played by  Benesh (PORTLANDIA, RID OF ME), who is reluctantly plucked from her party-girl lifestyle  and forced to deal with her real life. Pressure from her dad (Daniel Baldwin – TREES LOUNGE) to find a job, her best friend Paige’s (Jillian Leigh – A BIG FAT LOVE STORY) new relationship driving a wedge between them, and a balancing act of two romances with an aging rocker (Andrew Harris – SWEAT, LEVERAGE) and a yuppie ad agency guy (Richard Keith – GREYS  ANATOMY, VERONICA MARS) all weigh heavy on her young heart.


Cora Benesh, Producer
971-255-3912  Read More »

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Exciting Casting Opportunity for Lead in Columbia’s “Little House on the Prairie”

1933-LittleHouseOnThePrairieWe were recently contacted by Rachel Tenner Casting for Columbia Pictures (and part of the casting team that spearheaded the nationwide search for “Mattie Ross” in the film, “True Grit”) they are casting for the Laura Ingalls lead in “Little House On The Prairie” and are searching for a young girl to fill this role.  Below you will find the description and information. They are excited to give ALL girls the opportunity to audition and are open to all girls who want to give it a try!  Girls do not need to have representation.

Casting opportunity! Columbia Pictures is on a casting search for a GIRL (10 – 13) to play “Laura” in the film, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

For information & submission link, please go to:

[LAURA INGALLS] – LEAD. Female, 10-13 years old, the smart and spirited middle child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls. Laura is a tomboy and adventure seeker living in the Prairie Lands in 1870. Laura is the type of girl who marches to the beat of her own drum and prefers the outdoors to reading and homework. She has a close relationship with her family and dearly loves her ”Pa” and older sister Mary. When her family moves from their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin to Independence, Kansas, she embraces the adventures she encounters on their journey. Life is not easy, but Laura rises to the challenge…LEAD

NOTE: If you’ve already taped for this role — please do not resubmit. Script or info on other roles is not available at this time.”

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“Night Moves” To Get A May 30th Release

Jesse Eisenberger ("The Social Network") and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development") on Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" set in Southern Oregon.

Jesse Eisenberger (“The Social Network”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) on Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves” set in Southern Oregon.

“Night Moves” will be opening May 30th at the Angelika Film Center in New York, most likely followed by openings in Los Angeles and Portland before playing other cities nationwide.

The film will also be screening in advance of the release date, at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 21st, 24th and 27th), as well as at a few other U.S. festivals.

Night Moves” was shot exclusively in Southern Oregon.  The film revolves around radical environmentalists that set in motion an eco-terror plot that creates serious moral consequences.   “Night Moves”, world premiered at Venice,  was honored in 2013 with the Deauville American Film Festival’s Grand Prize and also played at the Toronto International Film Festival 2013.

“Night Moves” was written by Kelly Reichardt and Jon Raymond (“Mildred Pierce”, “Meek’s Cutoff”, “Wendy and Lucy”) and Executive Produced by Kim Saerom, Brett Cranford, Lourenço Sant’Anna, Alejandro De Leon, Todd Haynes, and Larry Fessenden, and starring Jesse Eisenberg  (“The Social Network”), Dakota Fanning (“The Secret Life of Bees”), and Peter Sarsgaard (“Blue Jasmine”).

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VFX/PDX User Group Meeting Today – W+K, Mocha & Nuke!

Heads up that VFX/PDX, the local visual effects artist user group, has a meeting on tap for today (April 17) featuring David Jahns of Joint Editorial, Wieden and Kennedy’s in-house post production facility.  He’ll be showing off the editing software Smoke from Autodesk and his workflow for the great work coming out of Joint.

Also we have Mary Poplin from Imagineer flying in to demo the popular tracking software Mocha, which won a Sci-Tech Oscar last year and is nothing short of amazing.

Last but not least, Deke Kincaid from the Foundry will be showing off the new features of Nuke 8, the leading feature film compositing software.

This all happens today, Thursday April 17th, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the newly remodeled Meyer & Frank Building, now home to Vestas and Urban Airship. 1417 NW Everett St

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OPB Nominated For 21 NW Regional Emmy Awards


OPB has collected 21 nominations for the NW Regional Emmy Awards 2014 from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  OPB’s local TV productions, and individual staff, have been recognized for their work in many categories, (historical and cultural segments, environmental programming and specials, as well as documentaries, arts & entertainment features, individual writing, producer and reporting honors) as well as an overall  “Station Excellence” award.  You can read the nominations breakdown here.

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2014 OPIF Tax Credit Auction Announced for July 9-18

We wanted to let you know of the Oregon Department of Revenue’s plans to conduct a tax credit auction for the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF) in July.  The total amount of tax credits to be auctioned will be $10,000,000.  This is the largest amount that we have had available to date, so it will be a good opportunity for people to be able take advantage of the tax credits.  The process will be exactly the same as the successful auction conducted last October.  We will be working hard to make sure all the tax credits sell out in the designated time frame.  If we are successful in that goal, this will be the only opportunity for people to contribute to the fund and receive OPIF tax credits for 2014.

The most important points to know right now:

•  The OPIF online auction will begin at 9 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. It will end at 5 pm PDT on Friday July 18, 2014.

•  No bids will be accepted before or after the designated times.

•  Bidders must submit payment along with Form TCA by Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 pm.

•  There will be $10 million in tax credit certificates available for the auction.

•  The credit certificates will be in $500 increments and the minimum bid will be $475.

We will be sending out more information (including the direct link to the auction website) as we get closer to the auction dates.  Should you have any questions now, please feel free to contact me via email ([email protected]) or phone (971) 254-4020.

Nathan Cherrington
IT/Financial Manager

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iOPIF to Begin Accepting New Applications May 5th

As we near July and the beginning of a new fiscal year, we are preparing to open up the application process for our “local filmmaker” program, commonly referred to as the Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (iOPIF).

We will begin accepting iOPIF applications on May 5th, 2014.  Our iOPIF Advisory Committee will evaluate all applications submitted between May 5th and May 9th as having been submitted at the same time.  We are looking for projects that are fully financed and ready to be produced this year.

-  No applications will be accepted before May 5, 2014.

-  The iOPIF application form is available here (PDF)…

-  All applications must be submitted electronically to [email protected]

-  In order for applications to be considered complete, the following must be attached:

•  Script, synopsis, or project bid
•  Budget (including Oregon projected spending)
•  Production schedule
•  Finance plan
•  Proof of funding
•  Producer’s letter of intent

Full details on the iOPIF incentive program can be found on our website:

Due to recent changes in the legislation for iOPIF, local “media production services” are now eligible for rebates through the program.  Media production services, as defined in the bill, will include post-production services and interactive video game development. For more information on the recent changes to the iOPIF, please read our previous posting and FAQ here…

We will notify all applicants of the status of their application by the end of May.  If you have any questions on the application process or the iOPIF program, please email [email protected].

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The NW Animation Festival is Coming Up: May 12-18


May 12-18, 2014 

Join us next month for the biggest animation festival in the United States


Northwest Animation Festival

Where: Portland, Oregon USA
Venue: Hollywood Theatre
Tickets: $5-$15 single shows
$60 all-festival pass ($114 value!)
on sale soon

International Shorts
Friday-Sunday May 16-18
See 174 of this year’s best short films from around the world. Hilarious, dramatic, strange and inspiring… Have you ever watched the Oscars and wondered where those nominees for Best Animated Short are coming from? This is the place to find out!

Oregon Industry Showcase
Thursday May 15
See a selection of excellent music videos, commercials, and special effects from Oregon’s powerhouse animation industry. Anne Adams of Oregon ArtsWatch interviews a panel of creatives & innovators, including Mark Gustafson, director of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Featured guest: LAIKA, the studio behindCoraline and ParaNorman, offers an hour-long glimpse into the making of their newest film,The BoxTrolls.

Guest Shows
Monday-Wednesday May 12-14
Discover Portland’s local animation scene.

  • Best of SIGGRAPH 2013 Computer Animation
  • Billygoat live music / animation performance
  • DMTV festival from Floating World Comics
  • Experimental Film Fest animation highlights
  • Gridlords #22


Late-night after-parties. “Meet the Animators” panel discussion. Animated installation art in the theater lobby. A family-friendly show on Saturday afternoon. A special “Strange & Sexy” block on Sunday afternoon.

Got your calendar out? Save the dates: May 12-18

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Cinema Pacific Festival Kicks Off In Eugene April 23rd

The fifth annual Cinema Pacific Festival starts on April 23, and the complete festival program is available online at (A handy guide is downloadable here.)

Richard Herskowitz, Director of Cinema Pacific says, “This year I’m particularly excited about our partnership with UO Libraries on the James Blue Project,  supplementing the exciting new archive of UO alumnus James Blue’s work that is being donated to Special Collections.  Also, Cinema Pacific is working closely with the Schnitzer Museum on an array of live performances, panels, and media installations featuring Portland-based media artist Vanessa Renwick, titled Art for Endangered Species, as well as the annual new media exhibition and party, the Fringe Festival.  At the Fringe Fest on April 25 this year, we’re going to join with Oregon Story Board  in presenting the upcoming video game by Eugene-based Pipeworks, Godzilla Smash 3.  As always, 36 Oregon filmmakers will be featured in our annual Adrenaline Film Project  with returning lead mentor Jeff Wadlow (“Kick Ass 2″). Finally, with UO Journalism and the Northwest Film Center, we are shuttling special guests, including eminent ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall, and comics artist Jung,  between Eugene and the “What is Documentary?” conference in Portland from April 24-26.”
You can subscribe to upcoming editions of the e-newsletter here.

We hope you enjoy this year’s festival, it promises to deliver exciting, and interesting programming.

-Oregon Film

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