In partnership with the Port of Portland, the Hollywood Theatre is opening a first-of-its-kind free microcinema at Portland International Airport today’s. The Hollywood Theatre at PDX will feature short films by Oregon filmmakers and host special events and visiting guests.Read more.
The #OregonMade exhibit, that has seen over 1.2 million pass by it in the last 7 months, closed yesterday.
Portland animation studio HouseSpecial announces the opening screening of their latest short film Lamentation at The Hollywood Theatre @PDX, the new movie theatre in Portland’s airport (C Concourse), beginning on February 23, 2017 and running regularly through the Spring.
The short film is inspired by Portland’s own world-renowned Pink Martini’s rendition of the sorrowful Romanian ballad Până când nu te iubeam (Before I Fell in Love with You), with vocals by Storm Large. Director Kirk Kelley, Founding Partner/Creative Director of HouseSpecial, employed traditional stop-motion animation, in-camera VFX and CG elements combined with high-speed footage captured in practical environments. As the film unfolds, Kelley takes the musical instruments needed to perform the arrangement and drowns them in sensuality, longing and sadness, creating a story that is as mesmerizing, cyclic and hauntingly obtuse as the ballad.
Mr. Kelley: “Pink Martini’s influence sweeps the globe—and they have touched me, as I’m continually inspired by their music that crosses every border and genre. At the heart of Până când nu te iubeam is a Romanian love ballad of devastating beauty and ethereal loneliness. It is both apocalyptic and cyclical. We can never grab hold and follow a narrative per se, but instead are drawn deeper into the vortex of the lament.”
The short film has screened at numerous festivals around the world including Amsterdam Film Festival (Winner – Best Music Video), Berlin Short Film Festival (Winner – Best Music Video), Best Short Fest – Ontario (Winner – Best Short Film), Silveron International Film Festival (Winner – Best Music Video), Austin Short Film Fest, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, London International Short Film Festival and the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival.
About Pink Martini:
Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and North America.
Director Bio: Kirk Kelley
Kirk’s a big-gun Director, and not just because he’s a Texan. A multi-talented creative leader and storyteller, Kirk has directed and supervised many premier ad campaigns over the last two decades. As creative steward of HouseSpecial’s diverse repertoire of M&M’S content, Kirk has garnered industry awards and accolades including multiple “Super Bowl™ Top Ten Spots.”
HouseSpecial can make anything move. We are animation experts. Our Portland studio’s creative team is well-known for its ability to integrate design and develop characters that push brand narratives beyond the expected for clients like Sony, Jose Cuervo, Target, M&M’S, Honey Nut Cheerios, Honda and Supercell. Our artists are guided by their infectious passion for storytelling and an obsession to bring wonder to every collaboration. Read More »
If you missed Oregon filmmaker, Matt McCormick’s new documentary, “Buzz One Four“, (screened at PIFF), stay tuned for release information. “Buzz One Four” recollects and investigates, in first-hand experience, the “ill-fated flight of a Cold War B-52 bomber loaded with two thermonuclear bombs that crashed 90 miles from Washington DC.” Despite the US Air Force classifying full details of the B-52 crash, McCormick’s perspective, as grandson of the pilot, brings a detailed account of this fascinating, little-known historic event.
Release information coming soon.
Fashion brand Miu Mi, created an ongoing short film series, Women’s Tales, back in 2012, initially in partnership with the Venice Film Festival. Miu Miu commissions two films a year. The short films must use Miu Miu’s clothing line as costumes, and only female directors have been invited to participate. Last year, Chloë Sevigny (a big fan of the fashion line) directed comedienne, Carmen Lynch, in film no. 13, “Carmen“, and with David Cress (Co-Producer), Kevin Sullivan,(Line Producer) Eric Edwards (DP), and many of the crew from “Portlandia”, they shot here in Portland. You can see the crew working behind the scenes in the extra footage. The film was shot with the very same camera (Arriflex 35 BL4) that Edwards used to shoot “My Own Private Idaho“. Sevigny is no stranger to Portland, she has appeared in many “Portandia” episodes, and played Bonnie in “Lean on Pete” (now in post production). “Carmen” used the Miu Miu 2017 spring collection.
Saturday, February 18th the Northwest Film Center is hosting a workshop with local composer Mark Orton (Nebraska, Box Trolls, This American Life) called ‘Working with the Film Composer.’ Participants will get the inside scoop on logistics and process of working with a composer. Plus, Mark will help answer your burning questions about contracts, licensing, and all the fine details in between! Geared toward the director, but great for musicians too.
Register in advance online:
OPB Television’s “Oregon Art Beat” took a look at what makes Astoria a unique arts town and tourism center this month, including this segment featuring the Oregon Film Museum:
Producer Katrina Sarson takes us on a tour of the Oregon Film Museum in Astoria. The museum highlights and celebrates movies that were made in the state of Oregon, housed in the old Clatsop County Jail. Make your own movie, be inspired by The Goonie Gallery and learn more about the history of movie making in our own state!
Curated by David F. Walker and the Hollywood Theatre, the Portland Black Film Festival will showcase “diverse perspectives and stories in an art form all too often dominated by white filmmakers. This year’s festival features films which showcase the cinematic achievements of African American stars and filmmakers and examine the black experience in America.”
“In partnership with the Port of Portland, the Hollywood Theatre is creating a movie theatre space in the airport’s C Concourse. The Hollywood Theatre at Portland International Airport will feature short films by Oregon filmmakers and host special events and visiting guests. Currently slated to open in early 2017, the new theater space will serve the Portland International Airport’s 16 million annual visitors, who can drop in free of charge to watch films while waiting for their flights.” Hollywood Theatre.
We will all be watching the 2017 Academy Awards later this month as “Kubo” garnered two nominations for, Animated Feature, and Visual Effects.