#OregonMade “Kansas City Bomber” & Rose City Rollers Coming April 1

You probably already know about our upcoming screening of Raquel Welch in #OregonMade “Kansas City Bomber” (and, if you don’t, you should), but did you also know that KCB played a part in launching one of Portland’s most iconic sports teams? That’s right – the incomparable Rose City Rollers. And they are now partnering with us to present the film on April 1 at The Hollywood Theatre.

“Kansas City Bomber”  played a part the launch of Rose City Rollers, Portland’s premier roller derby league and home to three-time World Champions, the Wheels of Justice. RCR Skaters will be in the house ahead of the screening, and Executive Director Kim “Rocket Mean” Stegeman will give a short talk about how this film spurred the launch of whats now the largest modern-day derby league in the world!

So don’t miss this. Seriously. Get your tickets now.

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Spotlight On Location Professional – Mark Fristad

Mark Fristad scouting the Metolius River area in central Oregon

After attending art school here in the Pacific NW, I started my career as a graphic designer and soon moved up in rank as an advertising art /creative director. After ten years in advertising, I changed paths slightly to become a fashion photography art director working for many U.S. apparel brands. After many years of traveling the world on one shoot production after the other, I decided to find a occupation here in Oregon that would provide more stability for my family and I. As photography director, I was always involved in researching and finding new locations to shoot. It was a natural fit for me to use my creative background to help other production crews find the perfect location.  I started my location company about fifteen years ago and specialize in scouting and managing locations for still photography and small video film shoots. Most of my clients are apparel and shoe brands. Over the years I’ve had the pleasure with working with great brands such as: Ralph Lauren, Amercian Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Neiman Marcus, Apple, Nordstrom, Pendleton, Eddie Bauer, Adidas, Nike, Orvis, Reebok Born, Keen, Abercrombie & Fitch, J Crew, Nautica, Lands’ End, REI, Peruvian Connection,Woolrich, Duluth Trading Company,Target, Macys, Saks, LL Bean, JJill, The Limited, Vogue, WW Daily, Leatherman and many others. My favorite locations to shoot in our state are the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Hood, Central Oregon and the Oregon coast.

Mark Fristad Productions

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503 680-6807



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Ashland Independent Film Festival To Announce Full Line-Up At Festival Preview Night & Offers A Sneak Peek At 10 Highlights

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has unveiled ten film selections from its 18th annual edition. The full line-up will be released at Festival Preview Night, to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland. Heading the list of early highlights is the world premiere of Ashland filmmakers Gary and Annie Lundgren’s Phoenix, Oregon, starring James Le Gros and Jesse Borrego as two friends who, defying midlife haze, seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world’s greatest pizza.”

According to Richard Herskowitz, AIFF Artistic and Executive Director: “I pursued Phoenix, Oregon, because I so admire the Lundgrens’ three prior features. Also, I figured Gary had further sharpened his comedy skills directing the beloved AIFF bumpers from 2012-16. I wasn’t wrong. All the actors in the film’s wonderful ensemble create idiosyncratic, funny, and believable characters the audience will love and not want to let go.”  Also starring in the film are Lisa Edelstein, Rey Gallegos, Diedrich Bader, and Kevin Corrigan.

The five-day, five-night festival will run April 11-15 in several venues across Ashland. “This year’s festival offers an array of live performances, media art installations, and several major upcoming film releases. The titles we are releasing early are a representative mix of classic films, films about artists and activists, and sensations from the recent Sundance and South by Southwest film festivals,” said Herskowitz. Festival Preview Night is the first chance to see clips from festival films, pick up the Pocket Guide, and get insider information on special guests and new events for AIFF2019. The event is free, and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $10.

The festival’s selections include more than 100 films that were chosen from over 800 documentary, feature, and short films submitted to the festival, or specially selected by Herskowitz. The entire program, including information about show times, parties, filmmaker discussion panels, and children’s programs, will be available online at ashlandfilm.org beginning March 21.

Tickets go on sale to members on March 25 and to the public on March 31. Tickets can be purchased online from ashlandfilm.org or in person at the kiosk located on the downtown plaza in Ashland from 4 to 6pm beginning March 25. Film prices are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and $6 for students. There are various prices for events, including many that are free.  Details about ticket prices and box office hours are online at ashlandfilm.org.

Here’s a sneak peek at nine additional films with special guests coming to the 18th annual festival.  Read More »

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ISA PDX Third Thursdays March 21st As A Double Feature!

ISA PDX Third Thursdays March 21st is a DOUBLE FEATURE!
— With two guest speakers, producers Janice Williams and Darren Demetre!

It’s a real coup to have these two seasoned producers at ISA PDX. Janice and Darren have worked together on several projects, including CONFIRMATION and THE FINAL GIRLS. Between them, they have scores of TV and feature credits, and will talk about the script to screen process from their perspective in the trenches.

WHEN: Thursday, March 21st – 7pm
WHERE: NW Film Center Office & South Park *
934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205
* We begin at NW Film then migrate across the street to South Park.

Register now for this FREE event.

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#OregonMade “Clementine” Will Premiere At Tribeca

#OregonMade “Clementine” will have its world premiere at Tribeca 2019 and is to be shown in the US Narrative Feature Competition.  Tribeca 2019 will take place April 24-May 5th in New York City.

“Clementine” was directed and written by, Lara Jean Gallagher,  and produced by Aimee Lynn Barneburg, Davis Priestley, and Karina Ripper.

The movie takes place in Oregon (Florence and Portland) – “reeling from a one-sided breakup, heartbroken Karen breaks into her ex’s lakehouse. There, she strikes up a complicated relationship with provocative younger woman Lana in this beautifully rendered psychological drama and sexual coming of age story.”  Starring, Otmara Marrero, Sydney Sweeney, Will Brittain, Sonya Walger. Read about the team, and cast.



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#OregonMade “The OA” Returns In March!

Netflix’s “The OA – Part 2″ is set to return for its second season March 22nd.  This fantasy drama series was shot in Oregon last summer, in locations such as, Portland, Warm Springs and Pacific City.


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42nd Portland International Film Festival – March 7th-21st

Drawing an audience of 38,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 140 international shorts and feature films to Portland audiences annually. Audiences can experience a variety of parties, visiting artists, and plenty of festival adventure taking in this feast of cinematic fare.

Get your passes today.

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HouseSpecial – CG Animator

Apply online.

As a HouseSpecial animator, you will create the performance of computer graphics characters and objects within a shot, using animation software tools such as Maya to convey emotion, movement action and personality.  Our teams move fast; we never compromise on creativity.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to plan out shots using thumbnail drawings or other forms of thought out planning.
  • Can block in rough animation with strong clear posing, acting, timing & appeal for Director, and/or Supervisor, approval within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Implement Director, Supervisor and/or Client feedback to the highest possible quality of animation.
  • Can meet animation deadlines as established by production management.
  • Maintain a consistent level of productivity while meeting deadlines and producing high quality work.
  • Be consistently present in dailies, shot turn overs and other related meetings.
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills.
  • Animate props and effects, if needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Actively safeguards HouseSpecial’s Proprietary and Confidential Information.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience as a CG Character Animator in a fast-paced environment such as commercial, film or game production.
  • Strong understanding of traditional animation principles.
  • High level of expertise in Maya.
  • Ability to bring characters to life.
  • A firm understanding of an animation pipeline.
  • Fluent in other CG skills is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Animation, Film, Fine Art or Computer Science or other relevant area of study and/or equivalent job experiences.
  • Able to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Open to taking direction and able to embrace change.
  • Strong attention to detail, communication skills, a great attitude and common sense.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by in a CG Animator role and do not comprise the definitive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required.

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Features vs Benefits of a Loop Group

First things first: “What the hell is a Loop Group?”
Here you go:

And here’s a great historical perspective.

Has there ever been a cohesive Loop (ADR) Group in the Pacific Northwest? I couldn’t find one, so when I moved back to Portland from LA to raise my kid, it was time to build one. Throughout 2018, we trained, rehearsed, and even worked on a few great local projects.

Now that RebeLoop is ready to go, I asked our actors at a recent session, “How should we go about getting the word out to content creators?” Everyone had an idea. “Free demos?” “Spam the OMPA list?” “Beer? Weed?”

While free beer and weed was my favorite, cooler heads prevailed and our resident smart-guy, Neil, suggested, “just list the features and how they truly benefit producers.”

Fine, Neil. We’ll go that route.

Feature: Custom Background Audio
Benefit: Keeps you from pulling your hair out while burning studio time trying to find stock sounds that somehow magically fit your masterpiece. Or, in just a few takes, have a perfect match for every scene.

Feature: Free Demos
Benefit: Your skin will glow with confidence with firsthand experience as you watch fight scenes, emergency crews, large and small crowds all come to life before you commit a single dime. And if you can’t get some lead actors back for ADR, see if a RebeLoop actor can match and deliver what you need before any session.

Feature: Oregon Incentives Apply
Benefit: Warm feelings of pride as investors pat you on the back for saving 10% on talent and 20% on studio fees for your qualified OPIF and iOPIF project.

RebeLoop also welcomes anyone interested to come watch our training sessions, usually on the last Wednesday every month at Rex Post from 7-10 pm. You can even bring material to demo, and yes, there will be free wine and beer (no weed, audio gear hates smoke).

Contact [email protected] with any questions you may have.

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#OregonMade Film Series: Kansas City Bomber Raquel Welch Comes to Portland

Next up in our #OregonMade Film Series at The Hollywood Theatre is the Roller Derby classic: “Kansas City Bomber.” You may recall this film being featured in our Oregon Film history series Raiders of the Lost Archive – but, either way, here’s your chance to check it out on screen. The screening is 7p on Monday, April 1.

Raquel Welch plays aspiring roller derby sensation KC, a star-in-the-making who gets transferred to Portland early in the film, eager to become the dominant player of the local scene.  But while KC tries to be a strong, self-determined woman, her world often works against her.  She’s a single mom who leaves her kids (that include a very young Jodie Foster) at home to be cared for by her mother so that she can pursue her dreams of self-actualization via roller derby stardom, opening herself to both maternal withering criticism and charges of parental neglect. This is a side of 1970’s Portland we bet you haven’t seen; from the Kenton Club to the Roller Derby obsessed faces of countless Portland extras cheering and jeering KC to Rose City infamy.

You can book your tickets for the April 1st screening here.

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