“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 www.deepthemoviepremier.eventbrite.com.  For more information about the movie please log on to www.themoviedeep.com.

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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 www.omsi.edu/emperical-theater. 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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Governor’s Office of Film & TV Has New Executive Director

Tim Williams

Tim Williams


The Oregon Governor’s Office of Film & Television Board announced today the appointment of Tim Williams as Executive Director. Williams comes to the job after a lengthy search by the Oregon Film Board and plans to officially start in Oregon Film’s Portland office by October 1st.

Previously based in London and New York, and now living in Los Angeles, Williams has a long history in film and TV production and finance throughout the US and internationally. He recently worked for Fox Searchlight during preparations for their upcoming film “Wild” – which shot on more locations throughout Oregon than any other feature film. It was during this time that Williams got to know both the Oregon Film Office and the thriving media industry based in Oregon. He is replacing outgoing Executive Director Vince Porter who moved on to be Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s Policy Advisor on Jobs and the Economy.

“I am pleased that Oregon was able to attract someone of Tim’s caliber and experience to join us and to build upon Vince Porter’s great work over the past years,” said Oregon Film Board Chairman, Gordon Sondland. “We had an exceptional pool of talent from which to choose, and Governor Kitzhaber and I are looking forward to be able to work with Tim to continue to create a robust and stable film and television employment base in Oregon.”  Read More »

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“Simpsons” Mural Unveiled In Springfield, Oregon

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Honoring the 25th Anniversary of  “The Simpsons“, a mural went up on the side of the Emerald Arts Center in downtown Springfield with Matt Groenings’s blessing.  It can finally be put to rest ,that the Springfield in the show, is indeed the Springfield in Oregon!

Read more here.

Mural on the side of the Emerald Arts Center in Springfield, Oregon

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Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” Screens At 71st Venice Film Festival

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Laika’s  third big, stop motion feature, “The Box Trolls”  screened out of competition last Sunday at the 71st Venice Film Festival and in theatres later this month, (September 26th).

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 IchiokaFocus 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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“Brother In Laws” Currently Filming in Southern Oregon

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Bill Pullman (“Independence Day”, “While You Were Sleeping”) and Rita Wilson  (“Jingle All The Way”, “Runaway Bride”) are currently starring in “Brother In Laws” (working title) shooting in and around Klamath Falls this month and next.  Downtown Klamath Falls, a rural cabin, and Lake of Woods are some of a number of locations being used.  Line Producer, Jenny Hinkey, told NBC 2 News, that she expects at least $700,000 will be spent in the local economy.  Hinkey said, “In a very brief amount of time we can have a have a great impact on an area, and it’s a lot of fun for the community”.

According to Southern Oregon’s  Herald &News, Linda Warner from the Klamath Falls Downtown Association said the production “loved the energy of the downtown and the wonderful old buildings,” and were attracted to the location during a “Third Thursday” event taking place in town.  Some local businesses are already benefiting from the production setting up shop, a home decor store is being used as a location, and a scuba shop is renting some gear to the costume department.  The Ledge store owner and Downtown Association member, Mike Angeli said, “It looks like they’re really trying to spread the wealth”.

“Brother In Laws” is being produced by Broadway Video .  Read more here from Daily Variety.

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Fox Searchlight’s “Wild” Premieres In Telluride

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The 41st Telluride Film Festival announced it’s lineup today. Fox Searchlight Picture’s “Wild” will be premiering at the festival.  “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon, and produced by her production company, Pacific Standard, shot in more locations throughout Oregon than any other project filmed in the state to date.  From southern Oregon; Crater Lake and Ashland; to the Badlands, Smith Rock and Bend in Central Oregon; and also the Portland metro area, Timberline and Bridge of The Gods in the Columbia River Gorge, to name a few.  “Wild” will be in theatres this fall.

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Crater Lake, Oregon
Anne Marie Fox/Fox Searchlight Pictures

Cheryl Strayed (author of the book “Wild: From lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail“) and Jean-Marc Vallee (director of “Wild”, “Dallas Buyers Club”) are traveling to Telluride today for the premier.

Additionally, “Wild” will have it’s International Premier at the Toronto Film Festival September 8th, 2014.

 Telluride Film Festival takes place Friday, August 29-Monday, September 1,2014.

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Roy W. Dean Fall Filmmaker Grant Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Fall Grant.   The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services.  Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society. Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2014

New this year for the grant is the Britt Penrod Audience Award.  Twenty finalists chosen for the grant will have the opportunity to enter their trailers in competition for a $250 cash prize.  Trailers will be posted on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook contest page for site.  Fans get to view the trailers and vote for their favorite. 

Even if you apply and don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean, head of the non-profit grant sponsor From The Heart Productions and author of “The Art of Film Funding” now in its second edition.

Testimonial about the grant:
One Woman’s Legacy of Helping Filmmakers From the Heart

For more information on the grant, you can go to:
or email [email protected].

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