Oregon Road Sessions: The Weather Machine – Debuts Music In Five State Parks

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Above Slater Smith and The Weather Machine play “Wild West Coast” at Peter Skene Ogden State Park .  Four more bands will be featured at four other state park locations.  (To learn more about this project, listen to OPB’s State of Wonder this Saturday at noon.)  You can read more about Slater Smith, and Oregon State parks’ quest to bring music to the outdoors at OPBMUSIC.

Last year Slater traveled to every Oregon state park and featured a shot in each for the band’s creative music video, “Back O’er Oregon“.

Video credits:Director of Photography: Will Walle Editor: Mimi Bergen Shooters: Will Walle, Mimi Bergen, Chris Sawiel Audio Recording & Mixes: Colin Robson Audio Assistant: Chris Riedl Motion Graphics: Nathan Holstedt Producer: Slater Smith
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Vu Pham’s New Permutations at Cinema 21

LOVE IS STRONG, a triad of short films by writer/director Vu Pham, will screen at Cinema 21
on May 2nd at 3:00PM. The films will be introduced by Lawrence Johnson, an award-winning
director of the films Stuff and Hand Game. Following the screening will be a Q&A with Pham
and the films’ cast and crew.

Pham’s previous works includes My Brother (2014), a film exploring the ambivalent relationship
between a Vietnamese-American man and his estranged brother. It was featured at the San Diego
Asian Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Through nomenstatua, his film production company, Pham’s works explore the depths of
perception and the events that bring our deepest impulses crashing to the surface. Admittedly, he
is driven by a desire to delve into the ferment of broken people who struggle to make sense of
the unbearable weight of reality.

LOVE IS STRONG showcases three “permutations” inspired by feature film stories in varying stages of development.

WHAT: Film screening of LOVE IS STRONG and Q&A
WHERE: Cinema 21
616 NW 21st Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
WHEN: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
3:00PM – 5:15PM; Doors at 2:30PM
SPEAKERS: Introductions and Q&A moderated by 2012 RACC Fellow Lawrence
Johnson, featuring director Vu Pham with Cast & Crew
DETAILS: Open to the public; $5-10 suggested donation at the door

*Viewer discretion is advised

Unmistakably original, Vu’s films are brave, thought-provoking portraits of difficult relationships. He has a way of elevating his actors to heights they rightly deserve. Pham is a singular voice in the new wave of Portland film and his work should not be missed.
—Steven Richter, Director of BIRDS OF NEPTUNE and CENTRO DE GRAVIDADE

You won’t find a filmmaker working in the Pacific Northwest who is more daring, uncompromising or original than Vu Pham. His films are like precise, exploratory incisions, revealing garish slivers of reality full of dire portent and reeking of menace.
Larry Johnson, Director of STUFF and HAND GAME
For more information about Pham’s work, visit nomenstatua.com

For more information about the event, visit the Facebook Page

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“Green Room” Announced for Directors’ Fortnight 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 7.18.31 AMThis year’s Cannes Director’s Fortnight lineup will feature a number of American independent titles, including the world premiere of Oregon-shot-and-produced “Green Room,”  the latest thriller from Fortnight alum, Jeremy Saulnier (“Blue Ruin”), produced by Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and Victor Moyers. Read more in Variety here.

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NW Documentary’s Greatest Adventure Yet

The folks at NW Documentary have been hard at work on their latest upcoming feature film Les Voyageurs Sans Trace, now nearing the final stages of editing. The story follows three French kayakers who descended the Colorado River in 1938 to explore the American West and filmed their feat in color film. The 16mm color film predates Hollywood’s first color movie, The Wizard of Oz, and is the first color adventure film. Director Ian McCluskey stumbled upon the story at a roadside marker. This chance encounter led him to contact a librarian in Salt Lake City who held the keys to their story, including a diary from the 1938 journey. McCluskey returned to Oregon inspired to follow in their footsteps and share the kayakers’ adventure as NW Documentary’s next untold story.  Read More »

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Do You Have A Digital Story? Add It To The Growing Oregon Map…

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 3.33.24 PMThe Oregon Story Board  are “looking at the film and video, animation and VFX, gaming, and digital media landscape across Oregon and bringing companies that are crossing boundaries and pushing stories together.” Their goal is to “increase the economic viability, innovation, impact, and stature of companies that fit within this network.” Check out the  interactive infographic that illustrates a map of digital storytelling companies in Oregon. If you have a digital story, please add it to the  growing map.

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Oregon Story Board Open For Applications For Accelerator Class Of 2015

OSB_rgbOregon Story Board have opened up applications for the second class of the Oregon Story Board accelerator program. Check out the FAQ for more information, and apply by May 8th, 2015.

The accelerator provides physical space, business mentorship, collaboration opportunities, infrastructure support, networks, and seed capital to early-stage companies in the film, video, animation, visual effects, digital media and gaming sectors during a four-month class.

OSB is spurring job growth and economic viability for companies at the intersection of these industries, with the premise that collaboration and shared resources will lead to more business opportunity in our creative, technology-infused economy.

Five digital storytelling companies graduated from OSB’s inaugural accelerator program this fall, which culminated in an exciting Demo Day presentation January 9th at the Hollywood Theatre.

Kick-off for the new accelerator class will take place in late June with a planned Demo Day in mid-late October.

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Will Vinton to Keynote McMinnville Short Film Festival

Oscar- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Will Vinton will be the keynote presentation at the 5th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival on October 3, 2015.  As a Director and Producer of 3D animation, Will Vinton has won virtually every film and television award given a filmmaker – several hundred in total. Will directed and produced the world’s first all Claymation feature film, the critically acclaimed ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN. Soon after, he directed the first three California Raisin commercials that launched a legendary series of hip commercials, entertainment, merchandising, and a CBS Saturday morning TV series, THE CALIFORNIA RAINSIN SHOW. And his theatrical feature, FESTIVAL OF CLAYMATION, a compilation of his early short films has been an enduring hit at college campuses everywhere.  Tickets for the presentation will be available as we get closer to the date. For more information, visit mcminnvillefilmfest.org.

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CW’s TV Comedy, “Significant Mother” to Shoot Series in Portland

Josh ZuckermanAlloy Entertainment, and CW‘s “Significant Mother“, is set to shoot in the Portland area late spring and will air in August.  The series shot three digital episodes for The CW Seed last year, and now has upped the series to TV.  The show will star Josh Zuckerman (“Desperate Housewives”, “90210”), Krista Allen (“What About Brian”), Jonathan Silverman (“Weekend at Bernie’s”), Emma Fitzpatrick (“The Social Network”) and Jay Ali (“The Fosters”).

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Ashland Independent Film Festival A Success

Ashland Independent Film Festival (photo: Tim Williams)

Ashland Independent Film Festival (photo: Tim Williams)

The 14th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival took place over the week end in southern Oregon.  AIF gives special focus to small independent features and shorts and always includes Oregon projects.

During the 5 days of screenings and events, 97 films were presented, as well as many workshops, Q-and-A’s and “talk-back” sessions.  All of the screenings were well attended at this packed festival.

Of note,  “A River Between Uspremiered to a sold-out audience, with the filmmakers, Sen. Jason Atkinson and  on hand to discuss this personal documentary.  The film documents the healing of the Klamath River through the “mending of hearts among farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples”*.

You can see the 2015 winners list here.

*(Daily Tidings)






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Lower Boom Launches!


Lower Boom is a new Portland-based micro-budget film studio, talent incubator, and Film Discovery platform developer, and they are having a launch party this Monday, April 13th, at Dig a Pony (736 SE Grand).

They are going to screen their inaugural project, the short film LETTER B, a fictionalized recreation of the Beatle’s documentary Let It Be, with an all-female cast as the band, and will also highlight their upcoming projects.  Read More »

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