Discuss Indie Distro with the Experts, Saturday Oct 29th

Film Distribution in the Digital Age

Saturday, Oct 29, 10am-3:30pm
Northwest Film Center, 934 SW Salmon

Join Caitlin Boyle, founder and exec director of Film Sprout along with three awesome guests: Amanda Elder, former Director of Distribution at Collective Eye, Paula Bernstein, contributor at Filmmaker Magazine, and Beth Harrington, director of The Winding Stream. They’ll be talking all about Film Distribution in the Digital Age.

Register online ASAP to make sure you get a spot!


The Founder and Executive Director of Film Sprout leads this fast-paced seminar on how new platforms, new audiences and new approaches to sharing and viewing independent film are remaking the distribution landscape. Participants will learn how to tap into this new marketplace by envisioning and executing strategic, audience-driven distribution strategies. It IS possible to have increased control over how, and by whom, your film is seen, and its remunerative and impactful public life. Documentary film distribution will be the focus, though much of the content will apply to narrative and alternative projects.

Today’s new opportunities in festival, theatrical, grassroots, educational and digital distribution
How community activism and crowd-generated funding and publicity are blurring the lines between viewers and producers
How traditional streams like theatrical and broadcast are supported by more and more by activists, educators and social change-makers
Working your networks to connect directly with programmers, exhibitors and audiences
Tapping in to university, museum, faith-based, military, nonprofit organization and other emerging grassroots venues
How to identify and nurture an audience for your particular film
Nuts and bolts, practical steps for implementing an audience engagement strategy
Best practices and lessons learned from case studies and guest directors

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Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award Winner Announced

Northwest Film Center, The Governor’s  Office of Film & Video (a/k/a/ Oregon Film), and PLAYA announce the winner of a unique residency opportunity for screenwriters, filmmakers and creative teams.

The program called for proposals from filmmakers and related creators to work on a script/film/visual narrative project during a 4-week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon.


The Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award was open to Oregon Resident filmmakers, screenwriters and other creative teams to propose a narrative project focusing on an environmental issue or under-represented community here in the Northwest region.

Award winners will receive a $1,000 stipend for travel and expenses and a 4 week residency at PLAYA to develop and work on their project in the south central Oregon Outback.

The goal of the program was to focus on directly supporting the creative process by encouraging ideas, writing and steps to production in the early stages of development that would directly benefit from the support and setting of PLAYA (in Summer Lake). Submissions ranged from a genre-bending look at policing to a thriller throwing light on labor inequalities; from a documentary about a son uncovering his father through a lost screenplay to a near-future series imagining the ramifications of our next presidential election.

The inaugural Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award for 2016 was awarded to Cambria Matlow to write a feature length narrative script for a feminist environmental fable set in the desert during the Rogue River War (1855-56) in Southern Oregon. The story will focus on the perspectives of Mexican women, using Spanish language, an emphasis on character, social critique, contemplative pacing, and cinematic style.

Matlow’s project embraces the uniqueness of her voice as an experienced filmmaker and the depth and diversity of the stories emanating from the Northwest.

This partnership embraces the Northwest Film Center’s long history of filmmaking education and exhibition, along with the space and inspirational platform to work provided by PLAYA combined with the statewide efforts of Oregon Film to develop and strengthen the creative media industry in Oregon. The Oregon Filmmakers Residency Award seeks to expand the depth and breadth of storytelling while finding its characters, setting and source in the Northwest.

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Celebrating #OregonMadeShows

animal-house-of-blues-33-3-posterI first heard about the #OregonMade trademark at the Portland International Airport while viewing actual artifacts from several films shot in Oregon on display.

Now the Oregon Film Museum is stepping out and celebrating ‘Animal House’ with a huge party in Portland on October 30th, 2016. And the local communities, who hold their own local celebrations, are stepping up to support the Oregon Film Museum too.

Film is such a collaborative effort, but this scale of collaboration in celebrating Oregon creative projects is something I have never seen as a 47-year veteran of Oregon filmmaking.

So I wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU! to not only the Oregon Film Museum, but to all the local vendors supporting this! And a special shout out to Meg Trendler at Eugene Cascades to Coast/ Travel Lane County, and Travis Palmer and Lloyd Williams at The Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce for your part in contributing to the ‘Animal House Celebration’ with the arrival of the Deathmobile and set decoration of the “Animal House Set” in Portland!

Now, in addition to members of the 1977 cast and crew, Otis Day, Original Knight Robert Bailey and The Kingsmen, who were all a part of ‘Animal House’; The CRY!, Curtis Salgado and DK Stewart, who star in ‘Animal House of Blues 33.3 Edition” will be performing too!  “Animal House of Blues 33.3 Edition” is also being celebrated in Portland because it will be premiering Friday, November 17th in Cottage Grove at the Armory (which was where we filmed all the bedroom scenes in ‘Animal House’) thanks to The Eugene International Film Festival!

Animal House of Blues 33.3 Edition”  is a documentary about how an Oregon community helped save the Universal Studios production, and how the Blues Brothers came out of the filming of ‘Animal House’.

So come celebrate with us as The Oregon Film Museum does: “Celebrating the Art and Legacy of Films and Filmmaking in the State of Oregon.”

And Get Your Animal House Groove On!

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Saturday Workshop With Mark Orton

mo_1-music_landing_croppedWorking with the Film Composer 
Taught by Mark Orton
Saturday, October 22, 10am-4pm
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The Northwest Film Center is excited to be offering a Saturday workshop with local composer Mark Orton, who composed music for the films Nebraska and Boxtrolls, in addition to a new soundtrack for Buster Keaton’s The General and work on This American Life.

How to find, hire and work with a film composer, from the demo process to finished picture. The instructor’s musical palette and style will guide the discussion, along with real-life case studies from a variety of feature, documentary and fine art films. Emphasis is placed on developing strategies for successful communication between director and composer, the key to making beautiful music together.  Read More »

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Central Oregon Thriller to Premiere Halloween Weekend

Official Poster - BESETMENT

Official Poster – BESETMENT

Besetment”, an indie-produced feature film from Barbed Wire Films, will have it’s first public premiere on Sunday October 30th at the Volcanic Theater Pub in Bend, OR at 6pm.

Filmed in Mitchell, Prineville, Ashland, and Bend, OR, the film tells the tale of Amanda Millard, a down-on-her-luck girl, desperate to find a job.  When she gets a call from the Oregon Hotel in Mitchell, things start to look up. Mildred Colvin, the owner of the Oregon Hotel is a kind lady, and her live-in son and local mechanic Billy, though a little slow, seems quite taken with Amanda. In time, though, what started as a dream job in the scenic rural town of Mitchell, turns into a nightmare that Amanda cannot seem to escape.

Starring Abby Wathen, Marlyn Mason, and Michael Meyer, “Besetment” held a private cast & crew screening on October 8th, and will begin it’s voyage on the film festival circuit with it’s first stop at Flicker’s Rhode Island Film Festival in November.

The film was written, directed, and produced by Brad Douglas of Barbed Wire Films, who’s short film “The Settling”, also currently on a film festival run, took the Grand Prize Jury Award for Short Film at the Klamath Independent Film Festival on October 1st.  Refusing to take a break with two new films just released, Barbed Wire Films will also be starting production on their next feature in November.

If you live in or around Bend, OR, check out the Volcanic Theater Pub at 6pm on Sunday October 30th to see this Oregon-produced thriller.


Check out the “Besetment” Teaser Trailer, and follow all Barbed Wire Films’ productions on their official websites:

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“Gold Rush” Season 7 – From the Yukon, Now To Oregon

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This week, the stars of “Gold Rush” return from the Yukon to their home state, and the High Bar mine in eastern Oregon.  Whether Hoffman and family will make it rich remains to be seen, be sure and tune in Fridays 9/8C, Discovery Channel to find out!

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“Certain Women” Opens Strong & To Good Reviews

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Kelly Reichardt and Neil Kopps’ latest feature, “Certain Women” (written and directed by Reichardt) opened this week (New York and Los Angeles) to great reviews (New York Times, Variety, LA Times,Vanity Fair) and a strong box office (#2 indie box office.)

Reichardt and Kopp, have shot 4 projects together here in Oregon (“Night Moves“, “Meek’s Cutoff“,”Wendy and Lucy“, “Old Joy“) and although this film shot in Montana, it was posted here in state.

“Certain Women”, based on short stories from Maile Meloy‘s collection, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, is about the lives of three woman who “intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail”. Cast: Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, James Le Gros, Jared Harris, Lily Gladstone, produced by Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, Anish Savjani, Executive Produced by Todd Haynes, Larry Fessenden and Nathan Kelly.

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“SEED: The Untold Story” To Premiere At Portland EcoFilm Festival

Celebrate food justice at the Portland premiere of the award winning documentary, SEED: The Untold Story! SEED: The Untold Story is the Opening Night Film at the Portland EcoFilm Festival at Hollywood Theater, Thursday, October 20 at 7:00pm. A Q&A with the local Portland filmmakers, Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, will follow. Visit seedthemovie.com/portland for tickets and more info.

SEED: The Untold Story is an eye-opening environmental documentary about the dramatic loss of seed diversity and the movement to future of our food, from the creators of the award winning Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? and The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel. SEED: The Untold Story is Executive Produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine), and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

SEED won the GREEN PLANET AWARD at Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Discovery Channel ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD at Sheffield Doc/Fest in England, GRAND JURY PRIZE at the Nashville Film Festival, BEST IN FESTIVAL at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and AUDIENCE AWARD and FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARD at Lunenburg Doc Fest.


For tickets and more information, visit seedthemovie.com/portland.

Special thanks to Oregon Film and Friends of Portland Community Gardens for partnering with SEED for the Portland premiere.

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Celebrate Animal House with The Kingsmen, Otis Day, and The House, October 30th

Animal House Travels to Portland

Animal House travels to Portland: Pieces of and set items from the original animal house are reassembled in celebration of the collegial Oregon comedy

Original Cast and Crew from the movie Animal House reprise items from the Cottage Grove and Eugene sets of the infamous #OregonMade movie for a historic celebration of an Oregon film on Sunday, October 30, 2016. A 5pm VIP Reception is followed by a 6pm concert and celebration at The Exchange Ballroom (123 NE 3rd Avenue, Portland, Oregon). The public is invited to what will be a celebration of historic proportion. Tickets on sale now.

The “Louie Louie” Kingsmen perform in celebration of the anniversary of shooting the infamous party scenes in the Animal House movie shot 39 years ago in Oregon. Joining The Kingsmen is Animal House cast-member Otis “Make Me Wanna Shout” Day, The Cry and other Oregon garage-bands. The assembly of cast, crew, and memorabilia and artifacts from the original Animal House is the brainchild of The Oregon Film Factory, whose documentary on the making of Animal House, Animal House of Blues 33 ⅓  Edition, releases internationally this year.
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BendFilm Festival Underway

filmevents_bendfilm-f792bec57097857d The 13th Annual BendFilm Fest is underway, October 5-9th, some tickets are still available.  Opening night (tonight) will screen an #OregonMade documentary by Portland-native, Ian McCluskey (“Voyagers Without Trace“), and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists will perform live.

Six venues will be utilized, screening indie films, docs and shorts. “A Celebration of Independent Cinema.


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