“Displaced,” running Jan 20 to 28 at Portland’s Abbey Arts in Portsmouth as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, is an innovative documentary theatre experience that gives us a new and powerful way to connect with the phenomenon of homelessness and the extraordinary value of those who see us, even though we have forgotten that they exist. A solo show by actor, musician, and dialect guru Eliza Jane Schneider, “Displaced” uses interviews from her travels around the world busking and interviewing people living homeless in New Zealand, Liverpool, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lagos, San Diego, and Seattle.
We invite you all to come and we are seeking local shooters to video the show for us. Details are below. If you are available, please call 310-455-0007 email [email protected] to talk rates and timing.
THEATRE/MUSIC/MULTIMEDIA FULLY STAGED READING
Written & performed by Eliza Jane Schneider
Directed by Bruce A. Hostetler
Festival Dates: Jan 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @ 8pm; Jan 22 @ 3pm
Venue: Abbey Arts
7600 N Hereford Ave.
Tickets: $20; $15 Students (with ID)
Buy tickets: fertilegroundpdx.org
Displaced is an innovative documentary theatre experience that gives us a new and powerful way to connect with the phenomenon of homelessness and the extraordinary value of those who see us, even though we have forgotten that they exist. Through live-looped music (performed on a 7-string violin) and character impersonations by an actress described by Bruce Weber of the New York Times as “capable of astonishing transformations,” Displaced brings the world’s untouchables to life. Eliza Jane Schneider, the award-winning actress best known for voicing all of the female characters on Comedy Central’s South Park, spent the first two decades of her career traveling the world as a street musician. Her role evolved into that of a grass-roots journalist, one who shared space with, broke bread with and, ultimately, tape-recorded the unique and powerful stories of abandoned, mistreated and, often, triumphant human beings living in the streets of our planet’s wealthiest and poorest cities. Bruce A. Hostetler is the Artistic Director of CompassWorks, a Portland theatre company focused on illuminating untold stories through work based on interviews. He holds an MFA in Directing from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and directs throughout North America. This production contains mature subject matter and language.
“Grimm” has made Portland home for 7 years, hired around 1,000 people (80 percent of the crew have been local, and about 250 full time crew), spent a little over $55 million each year, and has helped many vendors and support businesses expand in equipment and employees, as well as showcase Portland’s varied locations. The show leaves behind a honed, skilled crew, and world class vendors and services. Last week, The Portland Buisness Journal took a look at all the angles on what the show has brought to Oregon – read more in the links below.
The Dutch version of the reality show, “The Mole” showcases virtually the whole state in it’s splendor. The Dutch show shot throughout Oregon last spring, and just begun airing to Dutch viewers over the week end. Read more on this story the Oregonian.
Netflix’s original animated series, “BoJack Horseman” , (its 4th season, coming this summer) created by ShadowMachine, has been gathering some accolades. Nominated this year for an Annie Award for Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production and Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production(announced next month) and recently won the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Animated Series (as well as nominations for 2016 Annie and WGA Awards.0
Tomorrow night sees “Grimm“‘s last season premiere – we will all be sad to say goodbye to the show’s quirky and murky portrayal of Portland’s fictitious underbelly, the real city locations, the Wesen, the Police precinct, and the many character actors and stars alike. Six seasons, seven years in the making, and well over 100 episodes later, “Grimm” is set to come to an end, but it leaves behind a healthy and successful legacy of collaboration between the city, NBC, the many crew members, special effects houses, extras, and literally hundreds of local services and vendors.
“Paint Your Wagon” shot outside of Baker City, filming between May and October, 1968 – a western musical film starring Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg, adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the 1951 stage musical by Lerner and Loewe. “Wagon”was set in a mining camp in Gold Rush-era California, although the actual location of the main set was close to Baker City, and the Eagle Cap Mountains along East Eagle and Jack Creek.
The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development.
Attn jammers! Global Game Jam gives creatives an opportunity to develop games among friends and new acquaintances in 48 hours with the Portland Indie Game Squad!
The event kicks off on Friday evening at the Art Institute of Portland with a keynote, icebreakers, idea generating activities, and team forming (approx. 1-2 hours). After jammers are satisfied with their ideas and teams, they will work on their games until they approach the deadline on Sunday afternoon, when they can share our games with each other in a showcase setting! To support a fun, inspiring environment, jammers are welcome to stay on site (48 hour access) at the Art Institute for the entire weekend.
The event is free, and registration is open to the public (18+). GGJ provides great opportunity for total beginners, industry veterans, and anything in between. PIGSquad will be hosting events leading up the the jam, and after for those who want to showcase their projects, and as always the last 2 hours of our jam will be used as a showcase.
To hold your place at the jam, sign up for a ticket via Eventbrite!
Conversation with fascinating people, Table sits at the crossroads of socializing and social issues; activism and pessimism; face-to-face communication and the virtual age. Blending race, gender, generation, and party into a conversation where opinions are equal and relationships are developed. Replacing fear based sound bites; Table creates memorable entertainment with dialog, story, and community wrapped in the lost art of an entertaining dinner party. Table is a loose interpretation of the Jeffersonian dinner where in order to address a major cultural issue of the day, the finest minds were assembled and asked to share compelling personal stories as the entire party looked for the answers.
Two episodes are being released today: Civility and Grace.
Jason A. Atkinson
Available now to order – two fantastic #OregonMade products for all of those you know who love Oregon as much as we do! These first two quality products we have created are limited in numbers, and printed (bandana) and hand-crafted (key fobs) in Oregon, and best of all, the proceeds will go towards a new fund we have created – the Oregon Made Creative Foundation. (Both $10)
WHAT IS THE OREGON MADE CREATIVE FOUNDATION? Oregon Film has partnered with the Charitable Partnership Fund (a 501[c]) to create a limited and unique line of products that celebrate the #OregonMade brand. All net proceeds will be used for grants for low or micro-budget #OregonMade creative content projects initiated in Oregon by Oregonians, or made in Oregon with Oregonians!
Voted “Best Local Web Series” by the readers of Willamette Week and completely made in Portland by Portland people, digital series The Benefits of Gusbandry can now be BINGE WATCHED on Amazon Prime and Seed & Spark Cinema! Stream, review and share today!
Dive into the laugh packed 77 minutes of Season One, and see why the NY Times praised the show for its “sharp writing and spirited performances…” – lauding the season finale as “…A delirious 16 minute masterpiece of pretension puncturing.” – READ MORE
Written and directed by local filmmaker/musician Alicia J. Rose, co-written by comedy powerhouse Courtenay Hameister, and produced by Lara Cuddy, The Benefits of Gusbandry offers a fresh and funny take on life as a 40 year old woman in Portland, focusing on the misbegotten adventures of Jackie (Brooke Totman) and her Gusband (Gay Husband/nee gay bff) River (Kurt Conroyd) – all based on Alicia’s own truly inspired (and slightly insane) real life experiences.
Where else in comedy would you find the main characters on a blind date at the glory holes of Fantasy Video, in line for sea urchin semen artisan ice cream at Salt & Straw, or dog piling each other at a queer art performance at Disjecta? Much like NYC in Seinfeld or Broad City, Portland itself turns into a main character in the show.
“(Brooke) Totman is straight-up comically delicious. She’s Kristen Wiig with a sprinkle of Leslie Mann when they’re both a little drunk, tired and horny. The series is personal, it’s hilarious as hell, and it delves into the crevices of friendship. This is Will & Grace resurrected—I find it funnier…Totman and Conroyd’s chemistry is charming.” – PASTE MAGAZINE READ MORE
“The story of their friendship is just as awkward as it is endearing, like a more honest Will & Grace.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MUST LIST
The Benefits of Gusbandry had a successful first season run on YouTube, garnering lots of fans and press on the way – only recently making the leap to paywall streaming via Amazon and Seed & Spark November 15.
The show is CROWDFUNDING NOW to make 3 new episodes of the show through December 15. There are fabulous perks available – especially for PDX people – including show tickets to Wonder Ballroom, Doug Fir and Mississippi Studios, dinner for 2 at Mothers Restaurant, wine tasting at Elk Cove, gift cards to Fantasy Video, hotel rooms at The Jupiter Hotel, and LOTS MORE – your HOLIDAY SHOPPING starts here!
The Benefits of Gusbandry is micro-budget PORTLAND production that is a labor of love made by a diverse and gender balanced cast and crew. The new episodes on the slate look to be the funniest and most politically ridiculous yet – the story arc culminating in a comedy of reproductive errors at a Planned Parenthood.
Help this Portland made media flourish and grow into a sustainable production!