“A good movie is like a blast to the head,” growled Dusty Decker — musician, actor, purveyor of the Albino Bumblebee (goat’s milk, Jack Daniels, honey) and something of a local legend in the valley of La Grande, Oregon. His off the cuff commentary, though in jest, nonetheless proved a perfect transition from bb gun toting and hatchet throwing to a roundtable discussion on independent film beneath the towering trees of his backyard. We were all there for the sixth annual Eastern Oregon Film Festival, and the conversation began with the occasion.
“Green Room”, Jeremy Saulnier’s (Blue Ruin) punk chiller-thriller earned some good reviews at it’s world premiere during the Cannes Director’s Fortnight this year. This Oregon-shot-and-produced feature had Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani and Victor Moyers at the helm, starring Patrick Stewart.
The Hollywood Theatre’s Movies for Grownups series, sponsored by AARP Oregon, presents the documentary ON PAPER WINGS, screening on Saturday, May 30 at 2:30pm! Advance tickets are available here.
In the spring of 1945, a Japanese balloon bomb claimed the lives of the only people killed in the continental United States as a result of enemy action during World War II. Forty years later, the decision to fold a thousand paper cranes would unite the Japanese and American civilians who were involved in and affected by this incident. ON PAPER WINGS is the story of four Japanese women who worked on balloon bombs, the families of those killed in the Oregon, and the man whose actions brought them all together forty years after WWII.
After the screening, filmmaker Ilana Sol and Dr. Linda Tamura—author of “Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence” and co-curator of the Oregon Historical Society exhibit, “What if Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?”—will discuss the long-term effects of WWII’s conflicts, and reconciliation, in Oregon. Presented in associations with the Oregon Historical Society’s exhibit, “WWII: A World at War, A State Transformed,” opening June 26.
INDIA’S DAUGHTER is the story of the short life, and brutal gang rape and murder in Delhi in December 2012 of an exceptional and inspiring young woman. The rape of the 23 year old medical student by 6 men on a moving bus, and her death, sparked unprecedented protests and riots throughout India and led to the first glimmers of a change of mindset. Interwoven into the story line are the lives, values and mindsets of the rapists whom the film makers have had exclusive and unprecedented access to interview before they hang. The film examines the society and values which spawn such violent acts, and makes an optimistic and impassioned plea for change. This film contains references to Sexual Assault, viewer discretion is advised. Read More »
The feature length motion picture Reconciler is on its way to Cannes! Produced and distributed by native Northwest companies, the feature film Reconciler has been picked up for international distribution and will be showcased this week at the internationally renowned Festival de Cannes, by Black Wolf Media. Reconciler was produced in Oregon by Justice Pictures, in association with IMD Films — both native Northwest companies.
“Justice Pictures is extremely fortunate to have secured a relationship with IMD Films and Black Wolf Media to distribute Reconciler to the broad and growing faith-based audience. I see IMD Films and Black Wolf Media as the perfect partners to take our films to market through their extensive relationships with major retailers and outlets around the world.” — Shawn Justice
Director of Reconciler and head of Justice Pictures, LLC.
Reconciler stars Sherry Morris (Book of Ruth) along with world-renowned wrestling star and multi-talented entertainer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. A true suspense film, keeping audiences guessing to the end, Reconciler is designed not only to entertain and thrill, but also to provide a message of hope and encouragement regarding the broken relationships in our lives. Read More »
Surface Pro 3 Retail Attract Loops
Microsoft tapped Hinge to create two :30 retail attract loops for the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3. Hinge was responsible for the original creative and developed both horizontal and vertical versions for use in store and out of home displays.
Surface 3 Retail Attract Loops
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its ninth annual festival scheduled to take place March 3 – 6, 2016. The regular deadline for entries is Friday, August 14, 2015.
Deadlines & Fees
Films must be directed or co-directed by women and can be of any length, style, or genre. Detailed information about submitting films can be found here!
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
In recognition of the power of women’s voices in film, the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film. Read More »
“The Film Program and the College of the Arts at Portland State University are pleased to announce the Koerner Camera Film Scholarship, the inaugural film scholarship in the School of Theater + Film. This scholarship will provide access to high quality film education and pre-professional training for two undergraduate film students with a course of study emphasizing cinematography. Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded each year for five years.
Michael Koerner is the founder of Koerner Camera Systems Inc., the largest motion picture camera rental house north of Los Angeles. With offices in Portland and Seattle, Koerner Camera Systems’ notable clients include “Grimm,” “Portlandia,” “Wild,” “The Librarians,” Nike, Adidas and Wieden + Kennedy. Read More »
#EOFF 2015 opened last night with “Planetary” – an inspirational and motivating visual documentary that played to a sold out audience at the Granada Cinema in La Grande. (“Planetary was originally released on Earth Day, April 22, on Vimeo On Demand).
#EOFF showcases a variety of shorts, features, documentaries, music and even an on-line program that “through the mediums of independent film and music, aims to enrich and expand the cultural experience within our community.
For more information and tickets, go here.
Filmmaker, documentarian, and music video director Lance Bangs will take part in the Hollywood Theatre’s Everything Is Festival: Portland, hosting LANCE BANGS PRESENTS on Sunday, May 31 at 9:30pm.
Known for his documentaries DAVID CROSS: LET AMERICA LAUGH (2003) and THE WORK OF MICHEL GONDRY (2003), his work on the JACKASS television series and movies, and his music videos for Sonic Youth, The Shins, Green Day, Nirvana, and more, Lance Bangs has had his finger in so many pies it’s hard to keep track. Read More »