“Lean On Pete” Will Shoot In Oregon

Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 4.19.44 PMLean On Pete“, Willy Vlautin’s novel, adapted into a screenplay by writer-director, Andrew Haigh (“Looking”)  will film in Oregon this summer.

 “Lean on Pete” tells the story of a 15-year-old boy named Charley Thompson, who, as Vlautin’s website explains, is “left to fend for himself by his wayward single father. Charley wanders to Portland Meadows racetrack one day and finds work with a surly, washed up horse trainer. He befriends an aging quarter horse named Lean on Pete, and before long, Charley and Pete find themselves alone in an unforgiving landscape scattered with a vivid cast of characters, desperate situations, and glimmers of hope.”

You can read more about the novel and story here. (Oregon Live).

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NY Times Gives A Shout-out To Pappas & “Tracktown”

 Alexi Pappas at the Oregon Twilight on May 6. Of Greek descent, she has dual citizenship and has been accepted onto Greece’s Olympic team in the 10,000 meters. Credit Thomas Boyd for The New York Times

Alexi Pappas at the Oregon Twilight on May 6. Credit: Thomas Boyd for The New York Times

There is excitement building for the locally filmed and produced, “Tracktown”.  It is set to premier at the Los Angeles Film Festival next month.  The film explores the struggle to find an equilibrium between a world-class running career, and a regular life, inspired by Pappas’ own life.  Jeremy Teicher co-produced the movie with Pappas, and it was filmed on location at Hayward Field, Eugene.

Read the NY Times Sports article here.

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POWFest Monthly Presents Free Evening of Youth & POWGirls Movies Monday, May 30


Join us for a collection of youth-directed films! This collection has it all! Narrative, documentary, experimental, comedy, drama, horror AND the POWFest premiere of the two newest POWGirls Films! Who could ask for more??

The Line Up:
Ear Buds ~ Directed by POWGirls
The Night Shift ~ Directed by POWGirls
Not Just a Tree ~ Directed by Reyna Colt-Lacayo, Marwaun Brooks, Mauricio Romero, Walden Smith
Human Lights ~ Directed by Emma Mills
We the Mountain, We the Sea ~ Directed by Agnieszka Kolaczynska (Agi K)
STOP. ~ Directed by Julia Retzlaff
Collision ~ Directed by Abbey Sacks
School of the Living Dead ~ Directed by Maisie Winnard
Girl ~ Directed by Abbey Sacks
Finding Ellie ~ Directed by Asuka Lin
Lily’s Journey ~ Directed by Julia Elihu, Andrew Boyles, Gabrielle de Boucaud, Akeel Najimudeen, Thomas Wade
Platinum ~ Directed by Katharine So
Sticks & Stones ~ Directed by POWGirls
Glazing Saddles ~ Directed by POWGirls

This is a free event, all donations will go towards our Spring Fundraiser which will support the POWGirls Program.

Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7pm. Join our facebook event!  Read More »

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Technolgy Association of Oregon (TAO) Presents: Awake

A group of former college friends and colleagues gather for a ramshackle lunchtime wake at the Cornelius pass roadhouse in Hillsboro, Oregon after learning their friend Keith Larson has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. Stricken by the sudden news of his mysterious passing they toast drinks in his honor and tell stories of his career to lighten the mood.

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The Art of Grimm on OPB TV

See Grimm fairy tales in the making! Join Oregon Art Beat on OPB TV this Thursday as they continue their “Made in the Northwest” series—a month-long tribute to local artists making the northwest an even more beautiful place to call home.

The series continues on OPB TV this Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m. with “The Art of Grimm,” which profiles the many Oregon artists and craftspeople behind the hit NBC series that brings fairy tales to life. You can also watch this and the other specials online at any time. Visit our show page for more info. 

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A work-in-process with live soundtrack!

Join Cinema Project for a special presentation with artist duo Silver Ochre.
Sunday, May 22nd, 7:30pm
222 NW Davis, Loft 301
$8 suggested at the door

Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016 is an ever-evolving reflection of America by two perpetually traveling artists.

From March to November, 2016, Thollem Electric and ACVilla are touring throughout the lower 48 states gathering visual footage and sonic influences, weaving them together in an attempt to capture the essence of this country at this moment in time.

They are screening and sharing the results as they go, rotating new footage into the existing version along their way, an ever evolving movie accompanied by a live soundtrack. *This project will be available for streaming worldwide in the form of seven 47-minute episodes. The final version will be debuted on January 20th, 2017 – US Presidential Inauguration Day.

The movie focuses the eye on the myriad points where people meet each other and their environment, a panoply of the unique and the common, the humorous and the tragic, every day idiosyncrasies and abstractions, undercurrents, hidden agendas and extreme creativity.
The music is inspired by a lifetime of traveling throughout the US, weaving together elements from different sources of this extremely multi-cultural country. Thollem will also be performing the developing score throughout this tour both with and separate from the movie.

This is a quest guided by questions with no precise answers: Who Are US? How do we find out?

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Image from Lower Boom's Warhol-inspired Screen Test series.

Image from Lower Boom’s Warhol-inspired Screen Test series.

“LOWER BOOM PRESENTS”, an innovative new distribution channel and network, launches with a celebration of NW filmmakers at Dig A Pony, 736 SE Grand, on Wednesday May 18th, at 7 pm.

Produced and curated by Lower Boom, LOWER BOOM PRESENTS features Pacific Northwest Filmmakers and Storytellers, with feature films, short films, music videos, special projects and more, showing exclusively to guests of the fabulous Hotel Eastlund starting May 18th.

In addition to a sneak peek at the channel’s programming (featuring filmmakers like Alicia Rose, Scott Ballard, Josh Lunden, Jessica Scalise and many more), Lower Boom will present an encore screening of their short film JOAN, screen their newest short film ….YEAH GOLF!, starring Bethany Jacobs and Amber Stonebraker,  preview their Andy Warhol inspired Screen Test series (shot on 16mm film), there’ll be swag galore and you’ll have a chance to win a free two-night stay at the Hotel Eastlund.

Dig A Pony has even created a special “Lower Boom” drink to add to the menu.


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Recording Resilience, Film Mentor

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Description: Entering its 7th year, Recording Resilience is a partnership between NW Documentary and the Dougy Center. This program serves teens who have tragically lost a loved one, by empowering them to create powerful video tributes about the person they lost. In the 5-day program, each student will write, narrate, and edit their own tribute documentary, using photos, music, and even original art.

This intensive program is filled with tears and laughter, bravery, sadness, healing. Each year, NW Documentary assembles a team of professional filmmakers, who have both the skills to help guide teens in the filmmaking process, as well as the empathy and courage to work one-on-one with inspiring teens.

Each Film Mentor will work as part of the team, assisting the students in the storytelling and editing of their personal pieces.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with, instruct, and inspire students ages 12-18. Outstanding communication skills, genuine empathy, and positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated mastery of documentary storytelling.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud, as well as and digital cameras andscanners.
  • Background check for working with minors.Dates:Core program takes place one week in July (TBD) from 10am-4pm, not including some pre and post production.Compensation:Stipend, equivalent to approximately $12/hour for 30+ hours during the week of the program. Also required: pre-program meeting, Post-program final edit and file delivery.

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State Parks “Road Sessions” Second Season to Premiere in June

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There are more than 185 State Parks and waysides in Oregon. I’ve been to them all… or at least everything you can find on a public map. It took me four months of travel, but with the help of Oregon Film and the Oregon State Parks system, I made a music video featuring footage of myself performing the same song in every wooded nook and cranny in Oregon. It was my love letter to my home, and it seemed other people liked it too. “Back O’er Oregon” went viral after being picked up on a few high profile YouTube channels, and I was stuck with the question, “what to do next?”

I dreamed up another idea during my summer driving around the state. What if I could share these places with other musicians? What if I could extend this story to make it more inclusive? That winter we hatched a new plan. The result was five videos that premiered on OPB music’s webpage last spring. Oregon Road Sessions series features Northwest-based musical acts performing their music live on camera in an effort to bring visibility to Oregon State Parks, and exposure to some of our region’s most impressive emerging local acts. Imagine NPR’s unplugged Tiny Desk Concerts series flipped on its head. Our video team took bands into the wilderness and plugged their instruments in.

Next month the second season of Oregon Road Sessions premieres on OPB; it was filmed in partnership with Oregon Film, Oregon State Parks, and Travel Oregon; and features regional acts Portland Cello Project, Lost Lander, Hey Marseilles, Haley Heynderickx, Mimicking Birds, and Sama Dams, each performing at a unique outdoor location. One video will be released every Thursday for six weeks, but if you want to get a head start, be sure to go and watch our first season on OPB music.

-Slater Smith

“Road Sessions” Season 1, released in 2015:  Read More »

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Local Filmed By Bike Film Festival Goes Global

14th Annual Filmed by Bike
May 6-8, 2016
Hollywood Theatre, Portland

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The 14th Annual Filmed by Bike Festival showcases the world’s best bike movies, and the organizers say this year is their best collection of movies to date: 59 films from 55 filmmakers representing 19 different countries will show throughout the festival.

Watch the Trailer

Produced by Hood River filmmaker Manny Marquez

About the Films

Filmed by Bike features five distinct programs of films. You can view the entire program here.

Outdoor adventurers, hikers, skiers, climbers, snowboarders and bike travelers will love the Adventure Night Program (Saturday May 7, 8 p.m.) that features a collection of movies about grand adventures in gorgeously remote regions of the world – all by bicycle. Watch as intrepid travelers battle the elements, pedal through snow, traverse the rugged road and put their bodies and bikes to the test on a quest for life-changing adventures. Where they go, what they see and who they meet just might surprise you.

Can’t decide what to see? Purchase a VIP Festival Pass for unlimited entry to all shows, a special bag of bike accessories, a brewery tour and more.  Read More »

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