Double Feature – Ekimmu/The Dead Lust & The Black Sea

Filmmaker Andy Koontz’s debut feature Ekimmu/The Dead Lust will screen at the Clinton Street Theater on Saturday May 6th as a double feature with Brian Padian’s debut feature film The Black Sea Movie. Both films were made independently and took over a decade to be fully realized with minimal resources. But the films share something else in common: both directors are also brain tumor survivors. “We met online and realized we had these things in common and wanted to have a screening to celebrate cinema and being alive” says Padian.

EKIMMU THE DEAD LUST is a no-budget indie horror film about a young couple who stop to help a

mysterious young woman lying along the dark roadside, unaware of the evil she contains.

THE BLACK SEA is part thriller, part existential tone-poem and concerns 5 friends at a beach house on the Oregon Coast and what happens before and after one of them disappears.

Both Koontz and Padian will be present for a Q & A after the screenings which is set for 7 pm Saturday 5/6 at the Clinton Theater located at 2522 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

Tickets available here
$15 for both movies.

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Outside the Frame Seeks Production Coordinator/Exec Assistant

Outside the Frame teaches homeless and marginalized youth filmmaking, and supports them in the production of their own films. We facilitate intensive film workshops, weekly programming and community screenings. We make homeless youth directors of their lives, rather than character actors. Learn more at

We are seeking someone self motivated to grow with us. This position is part Production Coordinator, part Executive Assistant/Office Manager, with potential to grow. Seeking someone flexible, organized, detail oriented, with film production experience who respects youth, doesn’t take no for an answer, has a current driver’s license and reliable access to a vehicle and is able to walk up a flight of stairs.

Manage the day to day administrative operations of the office:
Establish filing and organizational systems
Streamline and maintain daily logistics
Coordinate Film workshops:
Prepare materials leading up to workshops
Coordinate logistics during and after workshops
Schedule/coordinate screenings
Support preparation for Gala screening
Other duties as needed.

Rate: $15/hour. Average 20 hours/week.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
Please send a cover letter detailing interest, experience and availability and resume with relevant work experience to [email protected]

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Oregon Poetic Cinema Filmmaker Jack Nicholson Turns 80

‘Five Easy Pieces’ 1970: Karen Black and Jack Nicholson

This is an excerpt from the photo book being written by Oregon Filmmaker Katherine Wilson:

50 Years of Oregon Film, from Hollywood to Cinematic Literary Voices 1968 -2018

Five Easy Pieces & Poetic Cinema: the 1st Oregon Film of Jack Nicholson

There is a quote I love from Jack Nicholson about the low budget existential westerns he made in the early 60’s with Director Monte Hellman (Ride in the Whirl Wind & The Shooting) for Roger Corman: “Roger wanted some good Tomahawk numbers with plenty of Ketchup, but Monte and I were into these films on another level.” From the American Film Institute’s Interview 1994.

I love it because, in the late 60’s and early 70’s in Eugene, Oregon, we were also trying to do the same thing: make films on another level, by experimenting with 16mm ‘shorts’. We would make a short film or shoot a short scene as long as the ‘ends’ of the Army Navy Surplus store’s silver-nitrate film-stock pieces would allow us, similar to the way a Sonnet poem would only allow 14 lines. Otherwise, we needed to buy a very expensive Movieola to splice it all together.  Read More »

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Filmmaker Beth Harrington Announces New Project – The Musicianer


On the heels of her successful music documentary, The Winding Stream – The Carters, the Cashes and the Course of Country Music, filmmaker Beth Harrington is pleased to announce that she and her team are in pre-production on a new project. The Musicianer will be a music-based narrative digital series that builds on the research done on old-time music during the making of the The Winding Stream, and takes the subject matter in new and surprising directions.

The Musicianer tells the story of a 1920s-era singer who inadvertently becomes immortal. The series follows him as he moves back and forth in time trying to sort out who he is and what happened to him. He’s aided in this quest by an intrepid team of modern-day musicologists.

The film features the break-out roots musician Petunia of the band Petunia and the Vipers. Petunia is well-known on the Americana circuit for his captivating song-writing, charismatic singing and haunting “man out of time” stage presence.

Says Harrington of the project, “I created the series with Petunia in mind. We’d met while I was finishing my last film The Winding Stream and the idea of a musician “unstuck” in time seemed perfectly suited to the mysterious vibe he projects on stage. And this projects builds on the work done on The Winding Stream – the research, outreach and contacts. It seemed like a logical next step for me filmically even though it’s somewhat of a stylistic departure.”

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DisOrient Asian American Film Fest Of Oregon – Begins This Week In Eugene

The 12th Annual Disorient Asian America, Film Festival begins April 21 and runs through 23.

“DisOrient is a social justice film festival that takes place at the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene, Oregon.  It is dedicated to deconstructing the media stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans as “Orientals”. We believe in the power of film-as-art to educate, heal and improve the lives of people by giving voice to our experiences.”

Get your tickets now.

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CASTING CALL: Extras for New Alan Ball HBO Series


Untitled Alan Ball HBO Drama series is scheduled to shoot in Portland April 24-26; open casting call this Saturday

PORTLAND, ORE. Cast Iron Studios, a Portland-based film and television casting company, announced today that it is seeking general background performers, experienced stand-ins, photo doubles, Portland hipster types, and extras who own vehicles, bicycles and pets for Alan Ball’s new HBO drama series.

The series will shoot scenes in the Portland area April 24-26, 2017. Cast Iron Studios, which also cast “Grimm” and currently “The Librarians,” is handling the local principal and extras casting.

“Hundreds of extras are needed over the span of the three-day shoot,” says Casting Director Lana Veenker.

The positions are non-union, and pay starts at minimum wage (8-hour guarantee, plus overtime) for general background, to between $100-$150/day for other positions. Background performers can also earn bumps for the use of their cars, bicycles, pets, etc.

Those interested in working as extras on the show can submit online by this Wednesday evening via the company’s extras submission form, or attend an open casting call this Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Cast Iron Studios, 1430 SE 3rd Avenue, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97214. (No appointments needed; just show up. First come, first served.)

NOTE: This casting call is for non-union background performers only. No principal (speaking) roles are available at this time.

Follow Cast Iron Studios on Facebook and Twitter or join their Tools for Actors mailing list to stay apprised of upcoming casting calls.

Cast Iron Studios is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. There is no charge to create a basic profile on Casting Frontier, and no fees will be charged to extras who take part in the show.

For additional information, visit

No phone calls, please.


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Governor Brown Dedicates Grove Of Trees To #ThankYouGrimm!

This afternoon, Governor Kate Brown joined members of the “Grimm” cast and crew along with the City of Portland, State of Oregon elected officials, and representatives from  Oregon Film, Friends of Trees, Friends of Pier Park and Comcast/NBC. They all came together to plant a small grove of trees in beautiful Pier Park, North Portland, creating a lasting tribute to the work and the legacy of the long running show.  Read More »

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Ashland Independent Film Festival Announces Juried and Audience Award Winners

The Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF) announced the highly anticipated juried and audience award-winning films for work screened at the 16th annual festival, April 6-10, 2017. “I’m particularly pleased that the audience chose different films to award than the juries,” said festival director Richard Herskowitz. “Since many of our films this year deserved special recognition, I’m glad we were able to hand out local artisan Dennis DeBey’s beautiful statuette to so many deserving artists.”

James Ivory

James Ivory

James Ivory, legendary director and Klamath Falls native, received the AIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Ivory with the late Ismail Merchant made 24 feature films over their 44‐year partnership—the longest in filmmaking history. Their films garnered 25 Academy Award nominations including three for Best Picture and Best Director. Ivory began his filmmaking career in India with Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala in 1962. They went on to make some of the most important and eloquent films of our time, including Shakespeare Wallah, A Room with a View, Remains of the Day, Maurice, and Howards End (the latter two screened at AIFF2017).

Alex Cox

Alex Cox

The festival presented its coveted Rogue Award to filmmaker Alex Cox. Born outside Liverpool, England, Cox now makes his home in Southern Oregon. He received widespread acclaim in the off-Hollywood, counterculture movement of the 1980’s for his cult films Repo Man and Sid & Nancy.  He continues to create original and ambitious independent cinema including his latest crowdfunded film Tombstone Rashomon, which premiered at AIFF2017.

Rachel Lambert

Rachel Lambert

Director Rachel Lambert received the Faerie Godmother Award. This award goes to a rising female director, and is presented in collaboration with Portland’s POWFest. This award is supported by the Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Jenni Olson

Jenni Olson

This year’s Pride Award was presented to pioneering filmmaker Jenni Olson. Olson is one of the world’s leading experts on LGBT film history. Involved in every facet of the filmmaking world—archivist, film historian, writer, and more—Olson is also the producer of the documentary The Freedom to Marry shown at AIFF2017. This award is funded by the Equity Foundation.

The complete list of award-winning films follows:


Best Narrative Feature: My First Kiss and the People Involved

Gerald Hirschfeld Cinematography Awards: My First Kiss and the People Involved

Les Blank Award: Feature Length Documentary: Quest

Best Narrative Short Film: Last Leatherman of the Vale of Cashmere

Best Documentary Short: Kish

Best Editing: Feature Length Documentary: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Special Jury Recognition: Documentary Short: The Boatman

Special Jury Recognition: Narrative Short: Black Canaries

Special Jury Recognition: Documentary Feature: Whose Streets?

Special Jury Recognition: Documentary Editing: I Am Another You

Special Jury Recognition: Narrative Feature: The Missing Sun

Special Jury Award: Narrative Feature Cinematography: Cortez



Varsity Audience Award: Narrative Feature: Pushing Dead

Rogue Creamery Audience Award: Feature Length Documentary: City of Joy

Jim Teece Audience Award: Narrative Short: Plea

Audience Award: Documentary Short: The Tables



Lifetime Achievement Award: James Ivory

Rogue Award: Alex Cox

Faerie Godmother Award: Rachel Lambert

Pride Award: Jenni Olson

Indie Institutions: Zeitgeist Films and Skylight

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Nicalis Inc. Acquires Eugene’s Game Studio Cowboy Color

Nicalis Inc., developer and publisher of such video games as Cave Story, 1001 Spikes and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, announced today that it has acquired two talented and diverse game development studios: Irvine, California-based SuperVillain Studios and Cowboy Color of Eugene, Oregon.

Cowboy Color was founded in 2015, but in less than two years its team has produced a surprising number of retro-inspired games, including Legend of Ball, Handsome Mr. Frog and the frenetic multiplayer deathmatch game ChargeShot. “Becoming a part of Nicalis… it’s a perfect fit,” says Cowboy Color’s founder Britt Brady. Cullen Dwyer, also a founder of the studio, adds, “It’s a great honor to be in the company of games like Cave Story and 1001 Spikes.”

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This Fall Animating Life:The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA Comes to Portland Art Museum

The Boxtrolls, courtesy of LAIKA

Behind the scenes, the Oregon animation studio, LAIKA, is an amazing collection of animators, artists, cutting-edge tech, and good, old-fashioned story-telling, and this fall you will be able to explore LAIKA’s “creative process” from start to finish at the Portland Art Museum.

The Northwest Film Center and the Portland Art Museum have partnered with LAIKA to present the immersive experience.

For more information look here, the exhibit opens October 14, 2017-May 20, 2018.



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