Portland-Based Film “Birds of Neptune” Has Acquired Distribution Through Brinkvision


BONposterplainSteven Richter’s feature film “Birds of Neptune” has been acquired by Brinkvision for US distribution.  The film is scheduled to be released on DVD and VOD in early 2016.

The award winning film “Birds of Neptune” was shot in Portland, Oregon with an all local cast and crew and all local vendors.  It premiered at Slamdance early this year and has since gone on to screen at festivals throughout the US  and was the opening night film at the Portland Film Festival.

It will make its international premier late this month at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Latin America’s largest film festival.


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BendFilm Fest Begins Today!


The 12th Annual BendFilm festival begins today. For tickets and to see what the “the brave voice of independent cinema” is all about, check out the festival through October 11th.

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Casting Talent Workshop With Scott Ballard

Casting Talent Workshop: October 24th, 10AM-4Pm, $75.

If you have ever wondered how the casting process works or could use some guidance on better communicating with actors, this one-day workshop with director Scott Ballard, is a great place to start. Over the course of the day, workshop particpants will serve as the director in a mock casting session with professional actors and get inside the art and the technique of assessing and selecting the right talent.

731395_300x300SCOTT BALLARD (ScottBallardFilms.com) has produced six feature films and several shorts, and has written, directed and produced three of his own feature films locally (A STANDING STILL, WELCOMING DEPARTURE, DEATH ON THE ROCK). These have played widely in film festivals around the world, and have been featured in the Film Center’s NORTHWEST TRACKING series.  As a Director of Photography, he has shot for a host of independent directors in the HD and S16mm formats.  Co-owner of the studio Portland Film Works, and Creator of Great Notion Filmaker’s Collective, he has taught directing and cinematography at the Seattle Film Institute and PCC.  He holds an MFA in Film Production from Boston University.

Register online: http://nwfilm.org/school/classes/term/285/

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“Black Road” Premieres October 14th

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Black Road, Joma Films

The shot in Ashland and southern Oregon coast sci-fi thriller starring: Sam Daly, Leilani Sarelle, Simon Templeman, Michelle Lombardo, Danforth Comins and Andrew Wilson, written and directed by Oregonian Gary Lundgren and produced by Anne Lundgren.

You can buy tickets here to the premiere, Beverly Hills, October 14th, 8pm.

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“Voyagers Without Trace” To Premiere At OMSI October 22


On Thursday, October 22nd, NW Documentary will present the Grand Premiere ofVoyagers Without Trace”, a feature documentary directed by Ian McCluskey. This film invites views on a treasure hunt with the filmmaker, to uncover what happened to three French adventurers who became the first to kayak down the Green and Colorado rivers in 1938, but then disappeared into obscurity.

What: Voyagers Grand Premiere

Where: OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave. Portland Oregon 97214

When: Thursday Oct 22, 6:30 Doors Open

Tickets On Sale Now

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Eugene’s 3rd Annual EFS 72 Hour Horror Film Contest

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The Eugene Film Society and Ninkasi Brewing present the 3rd Annual EFS 72 Hour Horror Film Competition. From October 22-25, regional filmmakers will compete to make the best short horror film within 72 hours incorporating a mandated line of dialogue and prop.

Films submitted by deadline will be screened by a jury of media professionals and an audience at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts on Halloween night. The filmmaker awarded the “Jury Prize” will receive a $1,000 award and the filmmaker given the “Audience Award” will also receive a $1,000 prize.

Learn more here.

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A Seasonal Crop of Oregon- Made Fall Shows

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NBC Universal’s “Grimm” begins season 5 just in time for Halloween, and will premiere October 30 (Fridays 9/8c). The first episode, “The Grimm Identity” promises that “vengeance rises from the ashes”, and this season will contain the 100th episode that Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe) suggests will finally explain the ramifications of the  “keys and coins”.  Stay tuned!

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TNT’s “The Librarians” will be rolling out their season 2 premiere November 1 (8/7c).  “Returning to the universe of TNT’s hit movie franchise, The Librarian, this new series centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts, including the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny and Excalibur.”  “The Librarians” is shot on a sound stage in Clackamas County as well as many locations in the greater Portland area.

Portlandia” just wrapped on season 6, and most likely will premiere sometime in the new year.



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Historic Oregon Theater Is Added to HPLO’s “Most Endangered Historic Places” List

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The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (Restore Oregon) just released their list of the “most endangered historic places” in Oregon.  Communities nominated their top choices and the HPLO chose ten.  Of that ten, one is the 85 year old Egyptian Theatre, in downtown Coos Bay. Inside is an original Wurlitzer organ, hand-painted backdrops. According to OPB, the City of Coos Bay “purchased the theater in 2006. After it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, a required structural inspection revealed that the building is unsafe to occupy; repairs and other renovations will cost about $3.7 million.” (Listen to the OPB story here.)

Friends of other historic theaters around the state are hoping they too will be restored, and the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center, (partnered with Pacific Power, Oregon Main Street, and Travel Oregon,) researched an inventory and “needs assessment” of historic theaters in the state (2014-2015). You can view their findings here.

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Catherine E. Coulson Dies At 71

Coulson_Catherine_color_2012Catherine E. Coulson passed away at her home in Ashland on Monday.Coulson has spent 22 seasons acting in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, but perhaps she is best known as the “log lady” in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks”. Read more about Coulsons life and career in the OSF release here.

 Catherine Coulson played the Log Lady on the television series "Twin Peaks." Credit ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

Catherine Coulson played the Log Lady on the television series “Twin Peaks.” Credit ABC Photo Archives, via Getty Images

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Save the Date! Women In Film Portland’s Annual Holiday Party

WIFP_logo_colorWomen In Film Portland Holiday Party!

When: Thursday, November 19th 2015 at 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Where: University Place Hotel 310 SW Lincoln Street Portland, OR 97201

Join us for Women In Film Portland’s biggest networking event of the year, our annual Holiday Party! Meet the new board of directors and enter a drawing for fabulous door prizes (more details soon). This isn’t just a holiday soiree, it’s a fun networking event!

*Free admission for members current on dues.

* Catered event. No-host bar.

* Discounted hotel rooms for out-of-towners or anyone who wants to make a night of it.

*All Women In Film Portland members are encouraged to invite at least two non-members to this event.

For more information on Women In Film Portland visit http://wifpdx.org/

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