#OregonMade Animation Apprenticeship Now Open for Applications

Together with award-winning animation studio ShadowMachine, the #OregonMade Creative Foundation has just launched a unique paid apprenticeship program focusing on hands-on, stop-motion animation production work.

ShadowMachine is about to go into production on a stop-motion series and we have worked together to create two, three month, paid apprenticeship positions on the project. 

You can find more info on the OMCF website.

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41st Portland International Film Festival Begins Feb 15

The 41st Portland International Film Festival will run February 15- March 1.  Passes and tickets are now on sale.

Since 1977, the Portland International Film Festival has been the Northwest Film Center’s annual showcase of new world cinema. Over three weeks in February, through the exhibition of nearly 100 feature films and 60+ short films, PIFF audiences across the City of Portland travel the globe in theater seats through our celebration of the world’s filmmakers and cinephiles. 

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Oregon’s Top Trainer Talks To The Animals

Lauren Henry and partner Roland Sonnenburg started Talented Animals in 2005, and, if a film was made in Oregon and there was a live animal in it, chances are they were trained by Talented Animals.

Willamette Week’s Jay Horton profiled Henry and Talented Animals which are now, arguably, the most sought-after animal trainer in the Pacific Northwest. Remember the llama and rattlesnake in “Wild?” Yup, that was them. But make sure you check out the upcoming “Lean on Pete” (playing at Portland International Film Festival on Feb. 28) to see their incredible work with horses.

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NW Documentary D.I.Y. Film Workshops Are Open For Enrollment!

NW Documentary’s D.I.Y. workshop series prepares students to write, direct, shoot, and edit their own short documentary! No prior filmmaking experience necessary.

Spring Workshops are as follows:

D.I.Y. Story Craft
Develop and workshop an in-depth creative treatment: leave ready to kickstart your next documentary project. Story Craft makes a great pairing with either of our D.I.Y. Documentary workshops!
Class runs Wednesdays, 6-8 pm starting February 28 and ending April 4.

D.I.Y. Documentary

From concept to creation to the big screen: bring your own documentary to life in only 10 weeks!
Class runs Mondays, 6-8 pm starting March 19 and ending May 21.

D.I.Y. Audio Documentary

For podcast, broadcast, or personal archive: engineer your own audio documentary in 10 weeks!
Class runs Thursdays, 6-8 pm starting March 22 and ending May 24.

Editing 101 [Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere]
These five-week classes are dedicated to equipping you with tools to make your videos look and sound their best.
Classes run Tuesdays [Final Cut Pro] and Wednesdays [Adobe Premiere] starting April 10/11 and ending May 8/9.

Sign up now and take the first step towards sharing your story with the world!

More information available on our website.

**Enroll in two or more workshops to save 20%!
This discount can be applied across terms. Contact us for details. 

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#OregonMade “Leave No Trace” Acquired By Sony Worldwide + Bleecker Street

Debra Granik (“Winter’s Bone”) directed the #OregonMade “Leave No Trace”  premiered at Sundance at the end of last month.  After the rave reviews Sony Pictures Worldwide was quick to acquire international rights, and Bleecker Sreet has aquired North Americn rights. “Leave No Trace,” set in Portland’s Forest Park, tells the tale of  Will and his teenage daughter, Tom, who “have lived off the grid, blissfully undetected by authorities in a vast nature reserve on the edge of Portland. When a chance encounter blows their cover, they’re  removed from their camp and put into the charge of social services. Struggling to adapt to their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a perilous journey back to the wilderness, where they are finally forced to confront conflicting desires—a longing for community versus a fierce need to live apart.”

Starring Ben Foster as Will, and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie as Tom, written and directed by Debra GranikScreening dates: 1/20, 21, 26, 27, 28.

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVE Kansas City Bomber (Jerrold Freedman, 1972)

This week our Raider/Contributor skates back to the 70’s to that highest of high times for that uber-niche genre of Roller Derby films. Whether you just barely remember Rollerball (the original) or your obsessed with Unholy Rollers, or you are more of a Roller Derby Modernist and rely on Rollerball (the remake) and Whip It, you must acknowledge that the Godmother of them all is Kansas City Bomber. But did you know that KC was actually happiest Portland? Raider/Contributor Phil Oppenheim takes us under the laces and beneath the helmet(less)s of the 1972 Raquel Welch classic…

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#OregonMade Outdoor Adventure Film Grant – SUBMISSIONS DUE!

Don’t forget to get your application in for the $18,500 Outdoor Adventure Film Grant, plus supporting in-kind donations from Koerner Camera, Mission Control and Digital One, now open at the #OregonMade Creative Foundation.

Submissions are due on January 31 – Time is Running Out!

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Karen Doesn’t Dream (2018) – Teaser


Over the course of the last year, Portland State University Television (PSUTV) has been creating a feature film: Karen Doesn’t Dream.

This psychological drama follows Karen, a 27 year-old porn store employee and Seaside resident. Karen’s job has always been dreary and monotonous, serving the tourists and tenants of Seaside. But that was before she found the sleep tapes… To what extent will Karen feed a growing addiction, and what will this addiction bring out of her?

Produced and created by PSU Students, the project involved over 150 volunteers and thousands of hours of work. The project started development in the Fall of 2016 and was filmed on a micro-budget from grants and crowdfunding in the Summer of 2017. Karen Doesn’t Dream will go to festivals in the Spring & Summer of 2018 and will hit local theaters in the Fall of 2018.

Check out the teaser below:

Check-out the film’s Social Media:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/KarenDoesntDreamFilm

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/karendoesntdream/

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Portland and Ashland Voted Best Places To Live + Work By MovieMaker

MovieMaker Magazine has annouced their “Best Places to Live and Work as a moviemaker” with Portland coming in at #11 in the “Big Cities” category, and Ashland at #5 in the “Small Cities” category.  Ashalnd was  beaten out by New Orleans, Savannah, Santa Fe, and Pittsburg, and Portland by Atlanta, Vancouver (BC), Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Boston, Toronto, Austin and Montreal.

Director Alessandro Circiello shoots Magic Carpet, the Search for Now in Ashland. Photograph by Mary Wilkins Kelly

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#OregonMade Netflix Series, “Everything Sucks” Will Premiere Feb 16th, 2018

Everything Sucks” is the latest #OregonMade series to hit TV screens and set to air February 16th.  This newest Netflix series is described as a high school coming-of-age dramedy, set in the late 1990’s in Boring, Oregon.  It shot 10 episodes last year in Oregon City, Boring and Fort Rock.

“Everything Sucks” was created by Ben York Jones, and Michael Mohan, and is produced by Midnight Radio.  The series is described as a, “quirky, funny coming-of-age story that follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon.”  Teen actors, Peyton Kennedy  and Jahi Winston star as students and Kate Messner, Luke O’Neil, Patch Darragh (Boardwalk Empire) and Claudine Nako (Grimm) as their parents.

Scott Patrick Green/Netflix

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