A region of the Pacific Northwest that has imagined its own independence as far back as the 1850’s, the ‘mythical’ 51st State of Jefferson, is a proposed U.S. state that would span the contiguous, mostly rural area of southern Oregon and Northern California.
Many a liberated spirit claim this State their home, and as of the 2010 US Census, if the Jefferson counties were a state, the state’s population would be 457,859 and be roughly the size of West Virginia.
As Summer turns to Autumn in this neck of the woods, independent film fans and creators have two film festival opportunities to celebrate the art and entertainment of their local industry.
The 2016 Jefferson State Flixx Fest is coming Sept. 22-25 and “is committed to showcasing films and screenplays that capture some of the Jefferson State’s iconic values: rebellion, beauty, irreverence, landscape, vision and independence, in whatever storytelling form that takes.”
Brought together by the Scott Valley Film Coalition, this festival will be held at the REC (Resource and Event Center), 11236 Hwy 3 – Ft. Jones, CA. See the schedule and list of films at FlixxFest.org.
The Klamath Independent Film Festival unofficially celebrates The State of Jefferson from Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, with a showcase of filmmakers from counties on the California/Oregon border (Klamath, Lake, Jackson, Josephine, and Curry counties of Oregon. Siskiyou, Modoc, and Del Norte counties of California). The KIFF will be held at the Ross Ragland Theater, 218 N. 7th St., Klamath Falls, OR.
In fact the KIFF 2016 Headlining Film is the “… future noir set in the rebel State of Jefferson in 2029” called Black Road, the third feature film from Southern Oregon duo Anne and Gary Lundgren, of Joma Films. Full schedule and list of films available at KlamathFilm.org.
Jefferson State Flixx Fest
Klamath Film Festival
State of Jefferson – Wikipedia
State of Jefferson – The California Map Society
Portland, OR August 15, 2016: Bent Image Lab, announces their Augmented Reality platform, “youAR”TM, is coming out of stealth mode into alpha testing.
For the last three years, Bent has been developing youARTM along with computer vision technology and systems enabling multiuser, real-time, markerless AR content to be viewed with a single lens smartphone.
Along with the announcement, Bent released a demo video showcasing the use of its proprietary AR and computer vision technology; “NEXT LEVEL AR!!! Bent Pokemon Go Tech Demo”.
The video is a fun play on how the current AR technology found in Pokemon Go could be enhanced showing how Bent’s advanced tech could add to the user’s experience in the future. Notably, characters can have an understanding of their environment and multiple users can interact.
“This is the first of many tech demos that Bent will be releasing in the upcoming months,” says Bent’s CEO Ray Di Carlo. “It only scratches the surface of the experiences to come. The ability to bring people together with this new media, and all of its potential social applications, makes this an exciting time.”
Just as smart phones have become ubiquitous in a decade, Bent foresees AR growing into a useful everyday experience for billions in the near future.
Bent’s youARTM project will vastly improve how Augmented Reality will be experienced, shared and re-posted to become truly social. “We are not just defining the parameters of a better AR game system in real space, which the video demonstrates,” says Bent partner David Daniels. “We are engineering an ecosystem that simplifies the complexity that will come with the emerging age of ‘Social AR’”.
Bent’s technology roadmap includes: mobile AR development, computer vision, cross-platform authoring environments, fast wireless asset deployment as well as art and animation toolsets for mobile developers. Multi-user interactions are possible using Bent’s robust, scalable back-end server deployments to effectively deliver AR content to users.
About Bent Image Lab: Bent Image Lab is a cutting edge creative digital company headquartered in Portland, Oregon. For over 14 years, Bent has created some of the world’s most compelling animated stories and award-winning commercial work. Bent collaborates with the industry’s top advertising agencies and creative artists, paving the front of the entertainment space by mixing classic artistry, cutting edge technology and finely tuned storytelling to deliver uniquely compelling media messaging.
The small town of Brownsville, Oregon celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the classic movie “Stand By Me” on Saturday July 23, 2016.
In 1985 Brownsville was turned into a town named Castle Rock and was teaming with film crews, actors and all the excitement of the movie making process. On August 8, 1986 the movie had a limited release at 16 theaters around the country. Today, 30 years later, the fans are more passionate than ever before and yearn to visit the locations of their favorite movie and mingle with others who are just as passionate.
Our goal was to offer a reason for the fans of the movie “Stand By Me” to come from near and far to celebrate the 30th Anniversary. We estimate there were at least 3,000 visitors to our one day event on July 23rd. Not only were the fans polite and well behaved, they also spent money at most of our businesses in town.
The owners of businesses I talked to were very happy with the event. I heard of two people who want to come back and open a business here. The Brownsville Art Center shared that they have two new members because of our event. The owner of the property where the tree stands, that was used for the tree house scene, estimated that at least 600 fans visited the famous tree! We even had a near exact replica of the tree house that was in constant use for photos. Food vendors said they did well (Backyard BBQ had to close in Lebanon on Sunday because they ran out of food and had to use Sunday’s supply at our event). There were 128 participants at the 5K Walk/Run, which was amazing for a first time event. We had 31 vintage trailers and 65 cars at the Cruise In, including a handful of cars used in the film! There were approximately 1,000 fans watching the movie in the park that night.
There is no other large scale event to honor the movie’s release that we know of. Because the focus of the fans was on Brownsville, where it was filmed, they were coming whether we had an event or not. Our plan was to create an event that filled the fans needs and introduce them to what our community and outlying area has to offer while they were here. We had people from around the world and across the United States fly in just for this event! Many of the fans who came for the first time this year said they will come back, and will tell their friends to visit.
The closest hotel was completely booked that weekend, and we heard others in the area were as well. Our AirBnbs were booked since last year for this event! Some of the fans shared photos of themselves visiting other locations near us in the days before and after the event. The Geocaching Challenge was a success with about 275 people participating, representing about 55 different cities in and out of our state (only one was signed up from Brownsville!). They too talked about coming back to do other geocaches that they found while here. The Linn County Historical Museum reported that they quit counting guests at 140 on that day. The Pioneer Picture Gallery was very busy. The Living Rock Studio said they have never had so many people tour their site in one day. I have been stopped on the street by business owners and citizens of the area who thought this was a huge success for our community and congratulated our team for a job well done. If the fans were happy, our citizens were happy, and our vendors and local businesses were happy, I would say the event was a success!
Thank you to the Oregon Film Office for sponsoring the movie! We showed some fan videos and Wil Wheaton’s recorded message before the movie Stand By Me.
Comments taken from Stand By Me Day July 23rd Facebook page:
“It was a fun day! Really enjoyed the vibe. People from all over were walking around Brownsville, and you could feel the good mood! Already looking forward to next year!”
“I thoroughly enjoyed all that Brownsville had to offer on Saturday. It truly was a magical event. From the tour guides being overly gracious in showing the sites of the town, to the duo of ladies passionately playing “Stand by Me” on their flutes on the staircase, the whole town put their heart into creating a memorable experience for complete strangers. And it was all FREE!!!”
“We had such a blast! Thank you for putting together this fun celebration for all of us SBM lovers!”
“If you didn’t enjoy yourself, something is wrong. Thank you Linda and all behind the scenes helpers.”
“Without you and your many volunteers and sponsors, this special celebration wouldn’t have been possible. Again, thank you.”
“Wow!!! Whoever put the event together this weekend. You are amazing, the turn out was great and everyone seems to be having a great time!!”
“We had such a great time being a vendor at this special event! My husband and I just caught the ending of it on TV this evening and had to watch it!”
“I loved spending the day in Brownsville. My family moved to California that summer after they filmed. I was 16, and went from CLHS to a school with over 1500 students. Talk about culture shock! Thanks for putting on a fantastic event Brownsville!”
“We’re moving to Brownsville this coming weekend and can’t wait to become active in our new community. This town is our dream come true and we’re so excited!”
“Thank you to Linda and crew for the signs next to the items/ places used in the movie with the scene from the movie.”
“You do a really, really wonderful job. This was the first year I attended Stand By Me Day, and I went on my own, but it felt like I was there with a bunch of friends celebrating a really cool movie.”
Facebook Statistics –
July 21 to 27
158 new people “Liked” my page in that time span
39,906 saw the page or posts one way or another (through a friends post or page etc.)
20,136 post engagements (liked, remarks, shared etc.)
10,681 people saw at least 3 seconds of videos on my page
Wil’s video had 13.K views
The photo of Wil’s wife & son in Brownsville had 8.1K views
A video with a couple dancing to Johnny Limbo had 2.9K views
The pie eating contest with the Mayor, City Administrator & Fire Chief had 2.6K views
A photo of the very same brown truck parked where it was in the movie had 1.8K views
Comments from Geocachers
“We had such a great time walking around beautiful Brownsville. It was fun caching during the 30th anniversary.”
“So much fun in one town today! I really appreciated the town’s hospitality and all the free fun. Of course we loved earning the coin and we did a lot of extra stuff too. We ended up on the last guided tour of the day and it was a rowdy good time. It was great to geek out on movie stuff and geocaching rolled into one. Thanks for everything!”
“What a great day! Although, unbelievably so, I have never seen this movie, which soon will be rectified, we had so much fun on this challenge today. So glad to be able to grab all the caches, learn all the trivia from the movie, earning the coin, and then taking a guided tour at the end of the day. Thank you for all your hospitality! Free parking, free tours, friendly townsfolk, and great food. You rock!”
My company, Portland Store Fixtures, is exactly what it sounds like: we rent and sell store fixtures. (In Portland.) We stock mostly used so we have a lot of interesting oddities, but the basics of our business are shelving units, showcases, clothing racks, cash counters, mannequins, display forms – everything you need to make a store look like a store.
The majority of our revenue comes from selling fixtures to retail establishments, and most of our rentals are to clothiers, jewelry designers, and other retailers who just need a rack or a mannequin for a one-day event like a convention or a festival. Since 2010, though, we’ve also had a healthy sideline serving as a prop shop for locally-filmed productions – in 2015, we brought in just over $10,000 renting and selling to productions like “Wild”, “Portlandia”, “Grimm”, “The Librarians”, and countless small local projects like commercials and web series.
Working as a prop shop was never something we actively set out to do – we never marketed ourselves that way, or researched how to go about it. It just kind of happened, bit by bit and production by production. The first film we rented to was William Friedkin’s “The Hunted” in 2003. I have no idea how they found us – of course, not many people do store fixtures, so they probably just picked us out of the yellow pages. (Back then, people actually used the yellow pages.)
We didn’t truly become a prop shop until 2010, when production in Oregon was starting to pick up, and by then I’m guessing the next production that came to us found us through the internet. After that, people came to us mostly through word of mouth. Prop masters in Oregon work on many different shows, so once they find a good resource, they’ll take that knowledge to other productions. Our business in general has mostly grown by word of mouth, so it’s not surprising that it happened that way with film and television productions too. The fact that our customers will recommend us to other people is a great assurance that we’re doing something right.
When a set designer is doing a retail setup for a movie or a television show, they tend to come to us – after all, we already have everything that makes a store look like a store. Usually retail set pieces are only needed for a scene or two, so the production will just rent what they need for a few days. It’s great for productions since they don’t have to pay full price for something they only plan to use once. It’s also great for our mission of sustainability – instead of being junked, a shelf that’s used in the background of a scene can go right back into our warehouse to be used again.
We’re also the obvious go-to for all things mannequin. During the first season of “Grimm”, they rented 80 various bodies – mannequins and dress forms – for an episode called “Of Mouse and Man.” The villain of the episode was a mouse creature that ran a junk shop (so you could say he was a bit of a pack rat) and the set designers placed our mannequins artistically and creepily throughout his store. It was definitely an interesting day watching all those bodies march out our back door – and even more interesting seeing which ones ended up in the episode!
If you’re planning to modify and/or blow up something, though, you do have to buy it. Back in 2010, the series “Leverage” had an episode called “The Runway Job” where the characters investigate a sweatshop that’s connected to the world of high fashion. One of the characters gets into a fight with three members of the Chinese Mafia who are wielding cleavers, and he uses a dress form from the factory to deflect the cleaver and disarm the fighter – pretty clever!
For that scene, they bought they dress form, and they also came into the shop to test a bunch of different forms to see which ones would make the cleaver bounce off, and which would actually absorb the blow. Usually customers want to avoid hacking their dress forms up with cleavers, so watching a whole series of them get sliced and diced certainly wasn’t an everyday occurrence. It was definitely fun, though.
A lot of the attention paid to the impact of the film industry focuses on the tax dollars we make and the employment opportunities afforded to local workers, which is of course fantastic – “Grimm” alone employs about 350 people full-time, and roughly 95% of those are Oregonians. Running a store that rents and sells to other stores, though, I’ve personally felt the impact of the film industry in Portland not just on my own business, but also on the businesses of my customers. I know City Liquidators sells a lot to productions, and the consignment store Seems To Fit sells and rents costumes.
Even if my customers aren’t renting or selling their merchandise, many of them are renting their spaces. Some places might think location shooting is a nuisance, but here in Portland if someone’s shooting down the street or in our lot it’s cool and exciting. A lot of the prop masters and other industry people that come into my store have said that’s one of the major reasons they like filming in Oregon – everyone is so appreciative about them being here. Here at Portland Store Fixtures, we love our production friends and we look forward to more projects that feature our products as well as our beautiful state.
A fan of the movie “Stand By Me” shared this on my Stand By Me Day July 23rd Facebook page. I think you should read it and remember that not all movies are just entertainment. Look at what this movie has done for so many fans…
Having just passed the 30 year anniversary of the classic movie “Stand By Me”, I was scrolling through the popular “Stand By Me Day” Facebook page with all its marvelous photos of the filming locations in Brownsville, Oregon, where this year, the biggest celebration was held in honor of the movie’s anniversary. Looking at the bridge and the roads that I recognize from the movie, surrounded by loyal fans, and listening to Wil Wheaton’s video where he remembers the whole experience from a 12 year old’s perspective, I found myself thinking about Chris Chambers. Not River Phoenix, although from everything I’ve read, the two were pretty much the same, but Chris Chambers. I’m thinking about that kid in the white t-shirt with the cigarette hanging from his mouth, delivering his young words of surprising wisdom and wondering “why am I, along with so many others, so intrigued and captivated by this person? Not “character,” but this “person?” Before I knew it, my hand started scribbling and this is what I wrote down as I sat at Barnes & Noble today sipping iced tea on this beautiful, sunny, ungodly hot afternoon. Read More »
Filmmakers, creators and writers should check out the recent announcement from the Northwest Film Center & The NW Filmmakers Festival this November for details on two new grant programs: The Oregon Production Award and the Oregon Filmmaker’s Residency Award.
The OREGON PRODUCTION AWARD is an open competition in which filmmakers are asked to make a short 2 – 3 minute film on the topic of “The Frame.”
The winning film will receive $1,000 in cash, or $1,500 in cash (if film is shot outside of Portland) from the Governor’s Office of Film and Television to be applied towards making a film to be screened the following year. In addition, we are working with the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) and its members to contribute in-kind production donations to help you along the way.
This program calls for proposals from filmmakers and related creators to work on a script/film/visual narrative project during a 4 week residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon.
“In honor of the 90th Anniversary of the Hollywood Theatre and the 90th Anniversary of Buster Keaton’s classic film, Buster Keaton’s, “The General”, which was shot in Cottage Grove, OR, the Hollywood Theatre and Oregon Film present a state-wide tour of the film with a new live score composed by renowned Portland film composer Mark Orton. (OPB did a short piece on this project which explores Orton’s thoughts and inspiration behind this project.)
One of the most revered comedies of the silent era, “The General” finds hapless Southern railroad engineer Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) facing off against Union soldiers during the American Civil War. When Johnny’s fiancée, Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is accidentally taken away while on a train stolen by Northern forces, Gray pursues the soldiers, using various modes of transportation in comic action scenes that highlight Keaton’s boundless wit and dexterity.” Hollywood Theatre.
Check back with us for the release of a special DVD. #OregonMadeShows #OregonMade
TOUR LOCATIONS AND DATES:
Friday, August 12
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR. Times.
Saturday, August 13
Bohemia Park (outdoor screening), Cottage Grove, OR
In partnership with the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce, the Cottage Grove Historical Society, and The Damfinos (The International Buster Keaton Society) 7.30pm
Sunday, August 14
Egyptian Theatre, Coos Bay, OR. 2pm
Tuesday, August 16
Tower Theatre, Bend, OR 8pm
Wednesday, August 17
Ross Ragland Theater, Klamath Falls, OR 7pm
Friday, August 19
Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR. Times here.
The show chronicles 4 families that fish for Dungeness crab in the treacherous, beautiful and rugged Oregon Coast. The show follows Newport locals; Marc Sehlbach; Mikey Retherford, Jr.; Chris Retherford; Gary Ripka, his son, Kenny Ripka; and Jonny Law.
“Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove” is slightly different in format from “Deadliest Catch”, in that the fishermen go home after their day’s work and the families feature prominently in their story line. The stakes are high, the weather unpredictable, and the fishermen must cross the treacherous “bar” as they go out, and again when they come back.
The stunning Newport, Oregon scenery is stunning, and the story lines gripping, in this new series.
“Deadliest Catch: Dungeon Cove” premieres 9pm September 13th.