Winners Announced: 2014 Oregon Actors Awards

Oregon Actors Award winner Danny Bruno, who appears as Bud Wurstner on Grimm

Oregon Actors Award Winner Danny Bruno, who appears as Bud Wurstner on Grimm, with presenter Ted Rooney

The Oregon Actors Awards celebrate Oregon’s deep pool of professional on-camera actors, and the community that supports them in their business and their craft. Thanks to funding by presenting partner Koerner Camera Systems and support from the SAG-AFTRA actors union, the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television, the Portland Area Theater Alliance, the Alliance of Professional Performers-Northwest and OMPA, event costs were fully supported so that all of the ticket sales were donated to PATA’s Valentine Fund, which provides financial assistance to members of the Portland-area theatre community in times of medical or personal emergency. The event raised over $900 for the fund.

The 2014 Oregon Actors Awards winners are:

Best Male Actor: Danny Bruno (GRIMM series regular, Portlandia)

Best Female Actor: Jana Lee Hamblin (several appearances on Portlandia, A Standing Still)

Best Stunt Performer: Kendall Wells (The Librarians, GRIMM, The Hunted)

Talent Support: Dennis Troutman (Option Model and Media)

Megann Ratzow Above and Beyond” service awardHarold Phillips

The awards are as much about service to the community as they are about the craft of acting. Nominees spend much of their time coaching other actors, encouraging and participating in independent production to create new opportunities, and advocating for Oregon’s reputation as a world-class production center. The Megann Ratzow ‘Above and Beyond’ Award recipient was Harold Phillips, an accomplished actor and dedicated champion of fair working conditions for Oregon talent.  Read More »

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Witherspoon and Papandrea Push For More Female Dramas Like “Wild”


Reese Witherspoon (and her producing partner, Bruna Papandrea) have, of course, been getting all kinds of press attention for WILD , and now, more recently, their quest to find quality, female driven dramas.  Their production company, Pacific Standard, has only been around for two years, but already they have three projects (WILD, GONE GIRL, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS) under their belt.

(A few stories from around the globe: Variety, Vogue, LA Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian)

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‘Oregon Actors Awards’ Nominates and Celebrates Oregon Actors, this Sunday

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You are invited to celebrate the brightest rising stars in Oregon at the 2014 Oregon Actors Awards. The awards show, sponsored and attended by talent agents, actors and industry supporters from around the region, is this Sunday October 12 at BodyVox in Portland. The one-hour multimedia awards show starts at 6pm and is preceded by a red carpet entrance at 5pm. Hosted reception follows on-site. RSVP and more information is at

The Oregon Actors Awards recognizes on-camera talent whose work has been featured on network television shows, award-winning feature films, indie shorts and web series.

The 2014 Oregon Actors Awards are presented by Koerner Camera Systems and supported by OMPA, the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television, SAG-AFTRA, Portland Area Theater Alliance (PATA), and APP-NW. The event serves as a fundraiser for PATA’s Valentine Fund, providing financial assistance to actors in times of need.

This year’s Oregon Actors Awards nominees are:  Read More »

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Positive Opening Box Office For “The Boxtrolls” And Laika’s Continued Partnership With Focus Features

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Laika’s third big, stop motion feature, “The Box Trolls” (Laika and Focus Features) had some positive nationwide opening numbers, $17.3 million gross, Laika’s biggest opening yet.   Laika President,Travis Knight, and Focus Features CEO, Paul Schlessel announced late last week that they will continue to work together for three more projects.

“The Boxtrolls” Based on Alan Snow’s “Here Be Monsters”, the cardboard wearing Boxtrolls live beneath the streets of Cheesborough, only coming up from underground at night to collect items they need to build machines for their underground city. Ben Kinglsey, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Richard Ayoade all star in feature, with Anthony Stacchi (“Open Season”) and Graham Annabel (story artist on “Coraline” and “ParaNorman“) co-directing, and produced by Travis Knight and David Ichioka. Focus Features holds the worldwide distribution rights. “The Boxtrolls” was made at Laika’s studio in Hillsboro, Oregon, and employed a cast and crew of around 200 people.

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Indie Gaming Scene In Eugene Keeps Growing

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The Indie Game Convention (that took place October 3-4) was a huge success. The two day convention showcased 15 games all created by local Eugene developers, such as Pipeworks, Buzz Money (bought by Zynga), GarageGames among a few.  This new breed of gaming company creates a variety of jobs, from designers to engineers, programmers to producers and now in Eugene around 150 people are working in game development.

The event was supported by the local gaming industry as well as; DIVA, Eugene Mindworks, Oregon Story Board, Travel Lane County.

Ted Brown, one of the organizers of the event, said “Digital games are integral to modern youth culture.  Over the next five years, they will prove to be a pillar in Oregon’s new economy. Indie Game Con is how we’re going to bring it all together and raise the visibility of this industry here.”

Read more about the state of game development in Eugene in this Eugene Weekly article .

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BendFilm Celebrates 11 Years!

Heart Wide OpenAfter a short lull from all of the summer activity, Bend, OR is again abuzz with excitement as the town anticipates the start of our 11th Annual Film Festival on October 9, 2014!

This year we have our strongest program in recent years.  We’re showcasing the best, current independent cinema from all over the world.  AND we have a ton of excellent films from Bend and Northwest Filmmakers.  Our Jury is comprised of some of the most accomplished independent filmmakers working in the Northwest.   Judging from the excitement of our audience and the quality of films being made by local talent, the interest in film and filmmaking is alive, well and growing in the region.    Here are some highlights of the 11th Annual BendFilm Festival:



1.  For the first year, we are screening films at the Warm Springs Reservation to nurture interest in filmmaking on the Reservation.  (Return of the River and Winter in the Blood are the Native-themed films)

2.  Also for the first year, we are offering Child Care on 10/9 and 10/10 so film-loving parents of young children can enjoy the Fest.

3.  We are kicking off the Festival with a Carter-Cash infused music set from Portland-native, Jen Smieja followed by a screening of The Winding Stream, Portland Director Beth Harrington’s Doc on the Carter Family Music Dynasty.  Read More »

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“Deep” Film Premiere

DEEPPORTLAND, OR (September 10, 2014) – Ghanaian filmmaker Richmond Asamoah, is set to have a Red Carpet premiere of his new movie DEEP in Portand Oregon, Friday October 24th, 7 pm at the Portland Community College Cascade Campus, Moriarty Auditorium in Portland Oregon.  A special screening will take place Sunday October 26, at 4 pm at Portland International Church at 22 NE 80th Ave, Portland, OR 97213.

DEEP is a story of real life situations faced by real people. We all can relate to it. From the beginning of time, the world has faced challenges. Challenges that come from every direction, putting us in a state of confusion and offering few to no solution. This movie, with its different plots, draws attention to everyday family challenges and present God as the only solution to having a fulfilled life.

The film touches on sin, forgiveness, love, marriage, and using your talent. The whole journey began with what Richmond believe is critical to life. Living a life with great depth; a life full of love. It’s by this that peace can be guaranteed in our world. Stories never fade or die but exist to accomplish a purpose from generation to generation.

DEEP was written, directed and produced by Ghanian native Richmond Asamoah who has only been in the United States for two years. The film is produced along with Chidi Amajoyi. “I made this film in hopes that lives will be impacted! He wants the film to be thought provoking, with the understanding that love is the foundation of life,” said Asamoah. 

The movie has a diverse cast from America, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon Brazil and Burundi.  The soundtrack of the movie also includes music from Ghana, America, Nigeria and Cameroon. Richmond Asamoah, Chidi Amajoyi and the entire cast will be present at the Red Carpet premiere on Friday and will be available for interviews after the premiere. The movie is set to premiere in Ghana, Maryland and Chicago this winter. Tickets for DEEP can be purchased at  For more information about the movie please log on to

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Portland Opera & OMSI Film Series “Opera on Screen”


Portland Opera and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) have launched “Opera on Screen,” a series of high-definition film screenings featuring recent productions from the San Francisco Opera. The series opened on September 5th with Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Mozart’s Don Giovanni and continues with Puccini’s La Rondine, and Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The screenings take place at OMSI’s recently renovated Empirical Theater, which features a fourstory tall screen and a Dolby Atmos sound system, making it the most technologically advanced venue in the state. Each screening will be preceded by a special introduction given by a Portland Opera staff member.

General admission tickets for the complete series and individual screenings now on sale at Portland Opera subscribers and OMSI members receive
significant discounts on subscriptions and single tickets.

Upcoming screening schedule:
Fri, Sept 19, La Rondine “The Operetta Tradition”, at 7pm
Sun, Sept 21, Samson and Delilah “Femmes Fatale in Opera”, at 4pm
Fri, Oct 3, Don Giovanni “Innovation & Technology in Opera” at 7pm
Sun, Oct 5, Madame Butterfly “The Bishop Who Birthed Butterfly”, at 4pm
Fri, Oct 17, Samson and Delilah “Femmes Fatale in Opera”, at 7pm
Sun, Oct 19, La Rondine “The Operetta Tradition”, at 4pm

Madame Butterfly

Patricia Racette as Madame Butterfly/San Francisco Opera

About the Operas:
La Rondine is Puccini’s foray into operetta—the bittersweet tale of the Parisian courtesan Magda, who falls in love with an idealistic young man named Ruggero, only to decide she must leave him and return to her life of indulgent pleasure. Angela Gheorghiu is featured as Magda. The opera is sung in Italian, with English subtitles.  Read More »

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Is a Crowdfunding Campaign in Your Future?

Crowdfunding Mojo artAnyone interested in launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund a movie, or any other film project, may want to check out the audition scheduled for September 17.

Crowdfunding Mojo is hosting an open audition at NedSpace Morrison, 619 SW 11th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Anyone considering creating a crowdfunding campaign is eligible to become a cast member. Crowdfunding Mojo is a TV series following the stories of 12 intrepid inventors, entrepreneurs, innovators and creators as they plan, schedule, and launch their innovative crowdfunding campaigns, including ultimate successes and possible tragic failures.

Crowdfunding Mojo cast members will benefit in fantastic ways from being on the show:  Read More »

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The Oregon Story Board Announces Its Inaugural Accelerator Class


The Oregon Story Board announced its five early-stage companies that were selected for the first OSB Accelerator Class.  There is a vibrant mix of film & video, digital media, animation, content, and gaming industries – all that “make up Oregon’s digital storytelling ecosystem”.* The companies are:

  1. CHROMA Chroma makes high-design tools for the creative class. Their first product is Chroma Signal, a mobile app that allows users to create, share, and subscribe to YouTube playlists. Chroma makes it easier to create and distribute lo-fi TV content with great storylines.
  2. Built Oregon Built Oregon is a digital magazine that will highlight the statewide network of entrepreneurs and innovators through compelling narrative, engaging content, and focus on storytelling – both written and interactive. These stories will inspire entrepreneurs and create connections between businesses and support organizations. Built Oregon stories will be read and shared beyond the state lines. Check out their Kickstarter!
  3. Mountain Machine Mountain Machine is a game studio founded in early 2012 by a group of 6 friends with a passion for story, art, music, and video games. Based in Portland, Oregon, Mountain Machine is bringing a new perspective on emotional storytelling into the gaming world.
  4. Studio Kate Studio Kate is a Portland video production house that gives voice to people and issues that need to be heard. Studio Kate tells meaningful stories to jolt the world into understanding, empathy and action.
  5. A Fourth Act A Fourth Act designs processes and builds digital tools that unleash the full potential of stories to create long-lasting positive impact. By blending technology and participatory practices, we deepen the connection between storytellers and communities creating opportunities for co-creating knowledge, reframing issues, and inspiring innovative solutions. See them on FastCo and Ochre.


The program will start September 8th and run through the fall, with a Demo Day in January


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