Productions Give Back with Film Shadow Program

As we bid farewell to “Grimm” and welcome both “The Librarians” and “Portlandia” back for their next seasons this coming Spring and Summer – we wanted to share a very special program we were able to put together last summer with the help of the producers of these shows, Open Signal, the City of Portland and NBC/Universal.

Five Students were welcomed on to the sets, stages, locations and into the VFX studios for all of the major TV series shooting in Oregon during July and August of 2016. All of these shadow encounters were captured on film themselves and then edited down into five different “episodes” detailing some of the work the Camera, Grip, Electric and VFX departments are doing. We have been offering these “episodes” back out to high school digital media programs as a potential teaching tool.

We are hoping to continue this program in the future but we are currently working to secure appropriate funding for this and many other of our community and workforce programs. Interested craftspeople, creatives, teachers and students should contact us for more information on the available episodes and the future of the program.

You can watch a short trailer highlighting all of the students and just some of the fun by clicking here or by clicking on the image below.

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Oregon Production Industry Featured At NW Youth Careers Expo

We had another successful year at the NW Youth Careers Expo, with over 6,000 high-schoolers attending the Portland Workforce Alliance run event.  In our booth this year, we had, Koerner Camera Systems, BLT Production Services, Ravenous Studios, and HouseSpecial, each of whom interacted and answered dozens of questions from excited and interested students.  This is an invaluable opportunity for students looking to connect with professionals in their chosen field of work.  Read more.



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via VFX/PDX – A VFX/CG/Post Job Fair – Coming Monday 3/20 @ CENTRL (east)

As Grimm fades to black, it’s hard not to get a little nostalgic considering the massive contribution to our local VFX scene. But this also signals a call to action and the need to pull together quickly, to keep as many of the dozens of Ex-Grimm artists here and gainfully employed as possible.  Local studios, agencies, and other companies operating in the VFX/CG/Post/Game space are on baord.

Next Monday, March 20, from 5-7pm at co-working space CENTRL (Eastside), VFX/PDX presents “A Very Grimm Happy Hour.” This is a VFX+CG job fair, done up Portland style.

Companies interviewing:
Hinge Digital
Deep Sky
Juliet Zulu
Cinco Design
…and more TBA

This event is open to all – Grimm is the catalyst, but any prospective/job hunting Portland based post production artist or support staff who’d like to express interest is invited. Not limited to CG/VFX – Editors, Producers, Coordinators, IT, etc. If interested and you’d like to submit your materials, please fill out this form to have your info pushed to those hiring. More information over at the VFX/PDX page.

“A Very Grimm Happy Hour” (aka: a Portland style VFX+CG job fair)
Monday March 20, 5-7pm
CENTRL Eastside
329 NE MLK, Portland, OR 97232

This is less than a week away and coming fast. Please help us spread the word quickly and forward to anyone you think might be interested, and share via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. (thanks)

Note a couple of other upcoming attention worthy user group events –
Design Week Animation Challenge and Demo Reel Review 2017 – April 24 @ Ziba
A night of VR with Isaac Cohen and PDX VR Demos – May 10 @ OMSI

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“Shut Up Anthony” At The Hollywood Theatre

03.16.17 ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Portland made indie feature Shut Up Anthony will screen at 7 pm, at the historic Hollywood Theatre, on March 16th.


Cast and crew will be in attendance!

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New Proposed Rules for Regional Incentive Program (rOPIF) and Revisions to OPIF Posted

New proposed rules for the rOPIF program passed during the 2016 session have been posted to Oregon Film’s website. The comment period will last until noon on April 30, 2017. Comments should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “New Rules Comment.”

Applications for the rOPIF program will open on May 1, 2017, but productions wishing to take advantage of rOPIF can only apply for production days taking place in regional locations occurring on or after July 1, 2017.

New rules for rOPIF can be found here.

Revised rules for OPIF (accommodating changes made during the 2016 session) can be found here.


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Ashland Independent Film Festival to Announce Full Line-up at Festival Preview Night and Offers a Sneak Peek at 10 Highlights

The Ashland Independent Film Festival will announce its 2017 film and event lineup at their Festival Preview Night on Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland. This is the first chance to see clips from festival films, pick up the Pocket Guide, and get insider information on special guests and new events for AIFF2017. This event is FREE, and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The five-day, five-night festival will run April 6-10 in several venues across Ashland. The 16th annual festival will give a nod to both the future and past with an exciting lineup that pays tribute to the roots of independent filmmaking and new collaborations between film, art, and live performance, according to Richard Herskowitz, the festival’s Director of Programming.

The festival’s lineup includes more than 100 films that were selected from more than 800 documentary, feature, and short films submitted to the festival, or specially selected by Herskowitz. The entire program, including information about show times, live performances, art installations, filmmaker discussion panels, and children’s programs,  will be available online at beginning March 15.

Tickets go on sale to members on March 20 and to the public on March 26. Tickets can be purchased online from Film prices are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students.  There are various prices for events, including some that are free.  Details about ticket prices and box office hours are online.

Here’s your sneak peek at 10 films and special guests coming to the 16th annual festival.

Photo Hermia and Helena

Hermia & Helena
With guest director Matias Piñeiro
The latest Shakespeare-inspired film from Matías Piñeiro finds Camila, an Argentine theater director, beginning an artistic residency in New York City. Amidst changeable romances, far-flung friendships, and long-lost connections, this delightful narrative accompanies her on an imaginative, wistful journey that shifts back and forth in time and geography from Buenos Aries to NYC and beyond. Piñeiro will also present his films Viola and Rosalinda during the festival.

Photo Freedom to MarryThe Freedom To Marry
With guest producer Jenni Olson
An inspirational look at the culminating court battle that took same-sex marriage from a “preposterous notion” just a few decades ago to the law of the land today. The film tells the untold story of “The Freedom to Marry” movement from the intimate perspective of the movement’s mastermind, Evan Wolfson, and its passionate litigator, Mary Bonauto. Presented by producer Jenni Olson, AIFF2017 Pride Award recipient.

Photo - Rachel LambertIn the Radiant City
With AIFF/POWFest Faerie Godmother Award recipient Rachel Lambert
Andrew is haunted by the eyewitness memory of his older brother Michael’s unthinkable crime and his own testimony that led to his conviction. Returning to his Kentucky home and fractured family for Michael’s possible re-sentencing after 20 years in prison, he’s confronted by his mother, his sister, and a teenage niece with troubles of her own. Starring Michael Abbott, Jr., Marin Ireland, and Celia Weston.

Photo - 500 Years

500 Years
with guest director Pamela Yates
The third film in Pamela Yates’ Resistance Saga, 500 Years tells the epic story of Guatemala’s majority indigenous Mayan population as they rise from the ashes of 30 years of injustice and oppression to convict a genocidal general and topple a corrupt president. Part of AIFF’s celebration of Skylight Pictures, which also includes the first two films in the trilogy: When the Mountains Tremble and Granito: How to Nail a Dictator.

Poster - Harold and LillianHarold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story
With director Daniel Haim and Zeitgeist Films distributor Nancy Gerstman
A moving account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and film researcher Lillian Michelson. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips, and candid conversations with Danny DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola and others, this fascinating documentary chronicles Harold and Lillian’s remarkable marriage and extraordinary careers through six decades of movie-making.

With guest director Jonathan Olshefski
In this intimate, vérité portrait, shot over nearly a decade, “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a allow us into the creative sanctuary that is their home and neighborhood hip hop music studio in North Philadelphia. The family evolves as everyday life brings a mixture of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil, the film depicts a family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing, and hope.

Photo - What Lies UpstreamWhat Lies Upstream
With guest director Cullen Hoback
In this documentary “whodunit,” filmmaker Cullen Hoback investigates the massive 2014 chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River that contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 people. Trying to get answers about what happened, he descends into a rabbit hole of government failure, chemical corporation collusion, and the eerily similar water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Photo - Strange WeatherStrange Weather
With guest director Katherine Dieckmann
Strange Weather is a story about ties that constrict and bonds that comfort; about what to give up and what to keep close as you recover from grief. Academy Award®-winner Holly Hunter stars as a woman coming to terms with the inconceivable suicide of her son while she and her best friend go on a road trip through the deep south.

Photo - Vanessa RenwickNLFU: Films by Vanessa Renwick
With media artist Vanessa Renwick
Vanessa Renwick has been self-producing films and videos in her own indomitable style since the early 1980s. Her DIY aesthetic can present a challenge to an indie film scene that sometimes seems to care more about slickness and commercial success than originality of spirit. NLFU is an eclectic sampling of her very best work, spanning more than 20 years. Renwick will also present a performance with live music by Tara Jane O’Neil at the Schneider Museum of Art on April 8, in conjunction with her Medusa Smack installation on view there through May 27.

Photo - Alex CoxTombstone Rashomon
With guest director Alex Cox
No one has a monopoly on truth, and in Tombstone Rashomon, the truth is viewed from six conflicting perspectives in a prismatic retelling of the mythic Gunfight at the OK Corral. From iconic director Alex Cox (Repo Man, Sid and Nancy), the film was made at the Old Tucson Studios—near the actual OK Corral—by a local crew that included recent University of Arizona film school graduates. World Premiere

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Tim Oakley at Thursday Night Talks (TNT) in Astoria

Props & Hops

Propmaster Tim Oakley

The Oregon Film Museum’s TNT (Thursday Night Talks) lecture series continues March 16th, 2017 with a presentation by Propmaster Tim Oakley of Portland-based Oakley Design Studios. Tim designs and creates props for feature films, television shows and commercial shoots. His work has appeared in over 100 motion pictures, including Dark Knight Rises, Jurassic World, Indiana Jones 4, and all of the Star Trek franchises. He also works on Oregon made television series The Librarians and Grimm, and locally-shot Green Room.

The Oregon Film Museum-sponsored TNT lecture series is a free event at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, on the third Thursday of each month. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with lectures beginning at 7:00 pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase. Minors are welcome with an accompanying adult.

For more information about this event please call 503-325-2203, or e-mail: [email protected]


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KIFF2017 Now Open For Submissions!

With over $1000 in prizes, and two free day pass vouchers to see most of the festival just for submitting, the Klamath Independent Film Festival is truly a filmmaker’s film festival, with a well rounded program showcasing the Klamath region and Oregon as a whole, to bring attention to regional filmmaking, and to expose Southern Oregon to filmmaking throughout the state, with support and attendance from statewide film organizations.

KIFF films are selected by a multi-person jury consisting of filmmakers and regular people to ensure a non-biased, balanced exhibition which celebrates films for film’s sake, in a way even general audiences can appreciate. Real films selected by real people, for real audiences to enjoy!

KIFF2017  is open to shorts and features by filmmakers who are residents of the State of Oregon, or California counties on the Oregon border…*OR* filmmakers from anywhere in the world whose film was shot predominantly in the aforementioned region. Check out KIFF2017 on FilmFreeway at the link below for more details…

2017 Klamath Independent Film Festival on FilmFreeway

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POWFest Celebrates 10 Years!

POWFest Celebrates 10 years of putting women directed films on screen with with BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN, THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS, GUEST OF HONOR CHERYL DUNYE AND MORE, at this year’s festival.

Portland, Oregon – February 16, 2017 – The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is pleased to announce the programming highlights of our upcoming festival scheduled to take place March 2-5, 2017 at The Hollywood Theatre. Tickets $9-$15 individual / $60 festival pass for premium access to all festival activities.
Celebrating its 10th year, POWFest continues to be the only film festival in Portland exclusively placing a spotlight on women directors with a goal to eliminate the gender disparity that exists for women working in the film industry. Dedicated to creating professional development and networking opportunities for women filmmakers of every discipline and skill level, each year, our festival seeks to showcase the work of women directors from around the globe while strengthening the community of women making films; encouraging the next generation of female filmmakers.  Read More »

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Oregon Business Talks “Portlandia”

Mike Green, Oregon Business, examines “Portandia’s” impact over the years as the show gears up to shoot its final season.



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