#OregonMade “Leave No Trace” Acquired By Sony Worldwide

Debra Granik (“Winter’s Bone”) directed the #OregonMade “Leave No Trace”  premiered at Sundance last weekend.  Sony Pictured Worldwide was quick to acquire international rights, and it is expeceted that a sale of the films’ domestic rights will happen soon after the rave reviews it has already received. “Leave No Trace,” set in Portland’s Forest Park, tells the tale of  Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, who “have lived off the grid, blissfully undetected by authorities in a vast nature reserve on the edge of Portland. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they’re  removed from their camp and put into the charge of social services. Struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness, where they are finally forced to confront conflicting desires—a longing for community versus a fierce need to live apart.”

Starring Ben Foster as Will, and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Tom, written and directed by Debra GranikScreening dates: 1/20, 21, 26, 27, 28.

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Karen Doesn’t Dream (2018) – Teaser


Over the course of the last year, Portland State University Television (PSUTV) has been creating a feature film: Karen Doesn’t Dream.

This psychological drama follows Karen, a 27 year-old porn store employee and Seaside resident. Karen’s job has always been dreary and monotonous, serving the tourists and tenants of Seaside. But that was before she found the sleep tapes… To what extent will Karen feed a growing addiction, and what will this addiction bring out of her?

Produced and created by PSU Students, the project involved over 150 volunteers and thousands of hours of work. The project started development in the Fall of 2016 and was filmed on a micro-budget from grants and crowdfunding in the Summer of 2017. Karen Doesn’t Dream will go to festivals in the Spring & Summer of 2018 and will hit local theaters in the Fall of 2018.

Check out the teaser below:

Check-out the film’s Social Media:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KarenDoesntDreamFilm

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/karendoesntdream/

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Portland and Ashland Voted Best Places To Live + Work By MovieMaker

MovieMaker Magazine has annouced their “Best Places to Live and Work as a moviemaker” with Portland coming in at #11 in the “Big Cities” category, and Ashland at #5 in the “Small Cities” category.  Ashalnd was  beaten out by New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, and Pittsburg, and Portland by Atlanta, Vancouver (BC), Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Boston, Toronto, Austin and Montreal.

Director Alessandro Circiello shoots Magic Carpet, the Search for Now in Ashland. Photograph by Mary Wilkins Kelly

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#OregonMade Netflix Series, “Everything Sucks” Will Premiere Feb 16th, 2018

Everything Sucks” is the latest #OregonMade series to hit TV screens and set to air February 16th.  This newest Netflix series is described as a high school coming-of-age dramedy, set in the late 1990’s in Boring, Oregon.  It shot 10 episodes last year in Oregon City, Boring and Fort Rock.

“Everything Sucks” was created by Ben York Jones, and Michael Mohan, and is produced by Midnight Radio.  The series is described as a, “quirky, funny coming-of-age story that follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon.”  Teen actors, Peyton Kennedy  and Jahi Winston star as students and Kate Messner, Luke O’Neil, Patch Darragh (Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) as their parents.

Scott Patrick Green/Netflix

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVE #Blockbuster&Chill: Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (Chip Mabry, 2010)

The New Year (literally) rolls in with a vengeance this week as our intrepid Raider/Contributor takes us behind the scenes of Portland’s much beloved Rose City Rollers. There’s language to be wary of below and in the film itself, so if that kind of thing isn’t your proverbial cup’o’tea then stop here; but if that doesn’t daunt you, then paste on your Cadillac tattoo, strap on your helmet, lace-up your skates and bring your best James Caan and Raquel Welch impersonations because this week, we’re embracing Brutal Beauty.

If you’ve been following this column, you know that I recently paid my respects to the now-gone Sandy Blockbuster Video, one of the last-remaining links in the chain of video stores that once dominated the American home video landscape.  While saying so long to the store, I also seized the opportunity to pick through the thousands of discounted DVDs that were being offered for one last sale (before they got carted off to the great movie store in the sky), scavenging upon the still-twitching corpse of the store (at least I wasn’t alone).  Read More »

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R2C Group Lands LendingTree

#OregonMade R2C, Portland’s largest creative agency, (with offices in Portland, San Francisco, Providence, R.I and Philadelphia) has landed the job of media partner for the online loans company, LendingTree. The Portland Business Journal noted that AdWeek reports indicated that LendingTree had a media budget of $126.5 million in 2016.  R2C will be servicing part of that budget.

R2C, founded in 1998 by Michelle Cardinal and Tim O’Leary, is a data-driven creative media agency.  They will be handling media planning, buying and TV and radio analytics for LendingTree.

“R2C Group’s integrated media planning solution fully aligns with LendingTree’s data-driven marketing strategy,” said Brad Wilson, CMO of LendingTree. “The choice was clear to partner with R2C as we look to make TV a larger piece of LendingTree’s overall marketing mix. The promise we make to clients is what we call Transactional Brand Building—the idea that branding and sales can be achieved at once,” – Michelle Cardinal, Co-Founder and CEO of R2C Group. “We’re thrilled to apply our game-changing technology of ConsumerID and WaveCast to expedite LendingTree’s already impressive growth path.”

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Final Season Of “Portlandia” Premieres On IFC January 18th

#OregonMade IFC and Broadway Videos’ “Portlandia” is almost back for its eigth and final season.  10 episodes will air every Tuesday night on IFC.  Along with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, returning guest stars will include Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr., Natasha Lyonne, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kumail Nanjiani. Other guest stars coming to “Portlandia” include: Scott Adsit, Rachel Bloom, Aidy Bryant, musician Brendan Canty, John Corbett, Terry Crews, Dan Gregor, Cherry Jones, Rashida Jones, Andy Kindler, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, musician Krist Novoselic, Henry Rollins, Tracee Ellis Ross, novelist Cheryl Strayed, Tessa Thompson, David Wain, Brent Weinbach, Dolly Wells, Shannon Woodward, and singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

Over the last 8 years “Portlandia” has accounted for almost $40M of direct spending and supporting 200 annual jobs with nearly $15M in payroll, and $18M in in-state goods & services paid to more than 100 Oregon vendors each season.

With 20 award nominations to date, “Portlandia” has won 4 Emmy Awards and is currently nominated for another 3 Emmy’s for their 7th season. This is unprecedented among all of our #OregonMade internationally distributed TV series.  Read more about how the show has become embedded into the city culture – Kristi Turnquist’s piece in the Oregonian.  Enjoy season 8!

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Free Workshop About Production Insurance – ABI Insurance & Northwest Film Center


Free workshop for makers and creatives about production insurance, including navigating the application process and insurance jargon, and knowing what types of insurance your creative project needs at every stage, from pre-production through distribution.  Read More »

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Animal House 40th Anniversary Celebration – Save the Date!

We are excited to be a part of a celebration coming to Cottage Grove this August in honor of the dishonor that was “Animal House.” The Eugene and Cottage Grove shot film was released in the summer of 1978 and it is time to get together and have a massive Food Fight, Toga Party and put ourselves on Double Secret Probation – what else is summer for?

Check out the poster below for more details and like the event’s Facebook Page to be in the in Double Secret loop.

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Upcoming Wildlife Mini-Series aims to change how we see the natural world

Have you ever wanted to stand eye to eye with an elephant, or watch as a tiger slowly walks past you?  Or maybe you dream is to swim

with a manta ray, or see the frozen tundras of the north? Well, good news, one team is working to make this a new type of reality, and they intend to share these experiences with the world.

Based in Salem, Oregon, All Around Productions is taking aim at how we view, and experience our natural world.  Using Cutting edge film gear, and a willingness to trek to far off reaches of our globe, this small crew hopes to share visions and experiences like never before.  All Around Productions is a 360 Video Production company focusing most of there efforts on a single project, a global Wildlife Mini-Series filmed in immersive 360.  Even with the relative infancy of the Virtual Reality Market, this team already has a foothold in the market, acting as one of Getty Images first adopters, working on Immersive Dome content with Vortex Immersion in L.A. and a pro content provider on LittlStar.

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