Anderson Productions Expands their PDX Facilities

Now occupying the entire 2nd floor of 415 NW 13th Avenue – a convenient and central location in Portland’s creative hub, the Pearl District, Anderson Productions has recently expanded their facilities by relocating to the beautifully refurbished 4,000 square foot space.

Founded in 1994 by Gwen Anderson, Anderson Productions offers clients a full range of services including full service production and post-production. Anderson boasts some world-class engineering talent, with Chief Audio Engineer James Collazo.

Housed in the new facility, Anderson will now be featuring a full 5.1 surround sound Pro Tools HD audio suite with a sound-isolated Voiceover Booth. Two state of the art Avid Symphony HD edit suites, integrated with Avid ISIS technology, round out the new post installation. The company will continue to maintain and grow their graphics capabilities, offering everything from design to finished 2D-3D animation and motion graphics.

“We are investing in Portland,” said Ramiro Gomez SVP of Business Development. “This is an amazing town full of creative and talented people, and yes… we have tons of beer,” he added. Quick access to numerous microbreweries is another advantage of the new location.

This move will create greatly expanded capabilities for the company and the resources it can offer to its clients. “The addition of the audio and edit suites will allow us to better serve our clients,” says Angel La Riva, Executive Producer, “and our new space will hopefully provide them with a haven where they can be both comfortable and efficient.”
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For further information, please contact:

Ramiro Gomez
SVP Business Development
Anderson Productions, Inc.

415 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-287-3004


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“Welcome to Unity” Best Documentary Feature

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“Welcome to Unity,” has won both Children’s Jury Prize and Adult Jury Prize for Documentary Feature Film at the 2014 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

“Welcome to Unity,” a 90-minute documentary directed by Katharine Mahalic, is a light-hearted, comedic film that shows how crazy things get when seven foreign exchange students, including two from Muslim backgrounds, are brought into a Christian home in the tiny town of Unity, Oregon—population 100. It’s a story literally filmed by a group of exchange students as they sink their teeth into rural Oregon, becoming the stars of the high school football team, and simultaneously learning to live the “American Way.” A lighthearted, teen angst film that voyeuristically illustrates that adolescence is a universal experience, “Welcome to Unity” illuminates the integrity of the human spirit, proving that no matter how at odds the world may seem, there is always hope in finding “unity.”

The film had its genesis in a 2009 NPR report which inspired Mahalic and her field producer and cinematographer Anuradha Rana to go to Unity, provide the boys and townspeople with Flip video cameras and give them a crash-course in filmmaking. After a year of filming, Mahalic spent the next few years shaping the hours of footage into a quick-paced, funny and ultimately poignant film. Amazingly, Mahalic funded the film on her credit cards, getting her crew to donate their time. The total expenditure thus far on “Welcome to Unity” is less than a day’s catering budget for a Hollywood production.

Join us for a screening of this film as well as a conversation with the Executive Producer following the film.

Thursday, Nov 13
6:15-8:00 PM
Buckley Center Auditorium, University of Portland

See the trailer here:

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POWGirls Expands Program to Empower Young Filmmakers


POWFest will host POWGirls in 2015, a unique partnership program with MetroEast Community Media, specifically designed for girls ages 15-18. Over the course of four days in January, a group of selected girls will develop, produce, edit and present a film during the Youth Shorts program at the POWFest March 12-15, 2015.

“We want to serve girls who are passionate about creativity, leadership and technology,” said POWFest Education Manager Barb Myers. “We’ll give them video equipment and training to produce their own stories and screen them in front of an audience at POWFest.”

Executive Director Tara Johnson-Medinger added: “There is still a major gender disparity in the director’s chair with only 6% of top 250 US films of 2013 directed by women (The Celluloid Ceiling, 2014). The addition of the POWGirls program directly challenges this statistic while fostering the next generation of women filmmakers.”

“Our staff is excited to work with POWFest this year to provide the facilities and equipment needed to develop these young filmmakers,” said MetroEast Education Coordinator Jennifer Dynes. “With our six local cable channels, community media is a powerful resource for underrepresented female filmmakers to show their work to a larger audience.”

POWGirls will take place at the studios of MetroEast Community Media – 829 NE 8th Street Gresham, OR 97030 on January 23 and January 29-February 1. The instruction portion of POWGirls will consist of media production training; pre-production (collaborative story creation, storyboarding) camera operation, audio recording, and post-production using industry-standard equipment.

In addition, POWGirls participants will have the opportunity to attend screenings and all filmmaker events during POWFest March 12-15, 2015 at the Hollywood Theatre.

To register for POWGirls 2015, go to and click on the registration link.

Click here for photos, logos and flyer. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

POWGirls is sponsored by The Faerie Godmother Fund, MetroEast Community Media and Whole Foods.

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BENT Goes “Over the Garden Wall” for Cartoon Network

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Portland, Or – Animation studio BENT Image Lab conjures up a series of whimsical storybook promos for Cartoon Network’s “Over the Garden Wall”. Directed by BENT’s Solomon Burbridge, the promos bury the viewer deep inside the beautiful CG/stop-motion pages of a forest-woven book, seamlessly transitioning to clips from the show.

“I wanted to take the well worn old trope of ‘from the vaults’ or ‘magic book opening’ and add a new twist to it,” says Burbridge. “The idea of an infinite tunnel book was a great way to further this idea by giving the interior pages dimension and atmosphere. I wanted this to stand apart from and also support the show that it is promoting.”

Taking artistic inspiration from Victorian parlor tricks and paper craft, the opening shot rests on a practical book that flips open to reveal a CG owl, sitting above a deep forest path. The camera sucks the eye down the path and seamlessly transitions to clips from the 2D animated series “Over the Garden Wall”.

“The biggest challenge as with most multi-media spots is the integration, making sure it looks as seamless as possible,” says Burbridge. “From the stop motion book to the CG interior it had to seem at once fantastic and believable.”

The promos end the way they begin, with a flip through the book’s pages to reveal the show date and time, or a countdown until the big debut.

The promos are currently airing on Cartoon Network. “Over the Garden Wall” debuts on November 3, 2014.

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VFX/PDX User Group Meeting – Short Film Saturday! w/Lessons Learned + Proximity & More!

flyerThe Portland area visual effects and animation user group, VFX/PDX, has a special program on tap for the upcoming user group meeting on November 15th.  A little something called “Short Film Saturday!”  It’s been a prolific year for eye-popping short films in the area, and this show promises an in-depth look behind the scenes at the visual effects and other wizardry from this year’s crop.  Headlining will be Toby Froud’s Lesson’s Learned (presented with VFX artists Adam Sager and David Manuel) and  Joshua Cox’s Proximity.  Both have been making the rounds at film festivals, and it’ll be great to see these films in the context of a user group meeting – where these gifted visual storytellers are encouraged to nerd out about the tech and the production decisions made every step of the way.  A unique screening experience, for sure!   Worth noting – the puppets from Lesson’s Learned will be on display.  Read More »

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Eugene International Film Festival: Animation to Science Fiction- Australia to the Virgin Islands



45 filmed projects, from Australia to the US Virgin Islands feature at this years’ Eugene International Film Festival beginning November 7th through 9th.  Find the schedule here.

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DRYLAND Documentary Screens In 41st Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Nov. 15th

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“Dryland”, a 62-minute documentary by Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm of Hare in the Gate Productions, makes its Portland premiere next Saturday at the 41st Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival, in the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, at 3:30 p.m. The screening follows “Inside the World of Film Composing,” a workshop given by “Dryland” composer, Mark Orton.

Filmed over a decade and set in the American West, “Dryland” traces a young man’s quest for victory in a rambunctious contest, while battling to preserve a threatened way of life. This cinematic meditation on the fate of rural America reveals a paradoxical struggle between technological advancement and rural decline. Josh Knodel and best friend Matt Miller strive to win the Lind Combine Demolition Derby, save their town, and preserve the legacy of their families’ Eastern Washington wheat farms. Bittersweet yet exuberant, “Dryland” champions hope, in a celebration of hard work and harder play, fueled by ingenuity, heart…and axle grease.

Called “a bittersweet and beautiful new film” by Modern Farmer Magazine, “Dryland” ultimately champions hope, in a what Farm Aid terms “a raucous celebration of the culture of agriculture and an honest look at the reality of family farming.”

“Dryland”‘s mission is to spark fresh dialogue about agriculture and to build bridges between urban and rural viewers, keen to share insights about where our food comes from. The film’s “Rural Routes” tour provides screenings and panel discussions in cities and rural towns alike, working to preserve farmland and open space, and to foster sustainable agriculture for the next generation.

The filmmakers, along with composer Mark Orton and the film’s leads Josh Knodel and Matt Miller, will be on hand to answer questions.

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Producers Ask Oregon Crew and Vendors to List in 2015 Production Directory

The SourceOregon directory is a testament that Oregon is connected, professional, and statewide. If you have professional experience and would like to be on the list of qualified professionals who serve Oregon’s industry, you are invited to list. Publisher OMPA is committed to including every qualified professional crew member, vendor, agent, actor, production and post-production provider in the state. The more complete the directory, the better case that Oregon can make to be a fit for even more projects.

SourceOregon is endorsed and used by the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, the Portland Film Office, IATSE 488, SAG-AFTRA Portland Local, SOFaM, MOPAN, OMPA and industry members around the state. The book is used as a promotional tool to showcase the depth and breadth of Oregon’s industry, and has been requested by every major project that shoots in Oregon to crew up and find vendors.

Listings can be purchased at, starting at $35.

Juliana Lukasik“I cannot express how important it is to have a reference like SourceOregon. It is vital that the list is up-to-date with crew and vendor information and that all active members are represented so that our abundance of production services and crew in the state of Oregon is accurately represented. It is essential that we showcase a united list of capable crew to meet the growing demands of our industry. Anytime we are in need of filling a crew position, accessing the SourceOregon list is a no-brainer. Knowing that people have been pre-vetted by having submitted references to list in the book is huge and more often than not that person then becomes one of our regular go-to people.On top of that, listing in the directory is also the best pathway to join the trade association (OMPA) which has our back when it comes to fighting for more work in Oregon.”
- Juliana Lukasik, Principal/Director of @Large Films, Inc.
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41st Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival Kicks Off November 7th


“The Northwest’s premiere showcase of new work by regional filmmakers, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival—for 38 years called the Northwest Film & Video Festival—brings artists and audiences together for a singular community celebration. Each year the Festival draws more than 400 entries from filmmakers in Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, presenting to the public carefully selected programs of outstanding work and awarding critical recognition to top juror- and audience-recognized films. After the Festival, the event lives on in the form of the “Best of the Northwest” touring program, presented at key cultural and educational organizations across the Northwest.” – Northwest Film Center

Tickets are on sale now.

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Portland-Based Filmmaker’s “Walking The Camino: Six Ways To Santiago” Reaches Top Ten Grossing Docs of 2014

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To celebrate the film’s success, its Portland homecoming, and the DVD release, there will be a special DVD Pre-Release party this Sunday November 9th from 2-5pm at Velo Cult Bike Shop in the Hollywood District.

Watch video clips from the Bonus Materials DVD, purchase your discounted DVD or BluRay, meet the filmmakers, taste our specialty Camino Kolsch beer brewed by local Coalition Brewing Co., sample Spanish cheeses, and celebrate the unique and wonderful community that has made this film possible. Filmmakers present will be Director/Producer Lydia B. Smith and Editor Beth Segal, along with other crew and staff.

For tickets and more information, please visit

If you’re not able to make it out on Sunday, you can order your copy of the DVD, BluRay or Video on Demand thru the website*:

*There is a special $5.00 discount on all feature-film & bonus materials products when you order before November 11.  Read More »

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