2018 Oregon Film History Conference – May 4

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Since 2015, Oregon Cartoon Institute has offered an annual one day crash course in Oregon film history attended by educators, historians, curators, librarians, archivists, writers and filmmakers.

Fourth Annual Oregon Film History Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
University of Oregon, White Stag Auditorium
70 NW Couch
Portland, OR

This year’s conference focuses on the minor cinemas of Oregon: newsreels, educational films, industrial films, promotional films, scientific films, television commercials, student films, experimental films, animation, home movies. The day culminates in a guest appearance by Will Vinton, who began in one of the minor cinemas, experimental animation, and went on to become one the most important figures in Oregon film history. Fellow independent, Seattle exhibitor-distributor Randy Finley, will join Vinton for an onstage conversation about their path to the Oscars.

Less formal than an academic conference, the Oregon Film History Conference is more specialized than an event open to the public. It provides an annual opportunity for professionals who share an interest in Oregon film history to step outside their specialty and interact.

The conference steering committee includes Anne Richardson, OCI; Elizabeth Peterson, UO Libraries; Libby Burke, BPA; Michele Kribs, OHS.

The conference is free, but registration is required. Participants must supply a qualifying affiliation with a school, museum, historical society, or other non profit organization whose work engages with Oregon film history in some way.

Registration closes Friday, April 27.

Founded in 2007 by Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback, Oregon Cartoon Institute uses new media, archival film, research, networking, and cross disciplinary discussion to explore Oregon film, animation, and print cartooning history. A 501c3 non profit organization, it has no brick and mortar presence, and always works in partnership with organizations which do.

The 2018 conference receives support from University of Oregon Libraries, Oregon Film, Oregon Film Museum, Dark Horse Comics/Dark Horse Entertainment, and the James Blue Alliance.

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#OregonMade Film Series: “Stand By Me” on 35mm

Continuing the celebration of its 50th Anniversary Year, Oregon Film goes this time to Brownsville which plays the mythic town of Castle Rock in Rob Reiner’s adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “The Body.” Once again River Phoenix stars, this time along side Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell and Kiefer Sutherland; Richard Dreyfuss and even John Cusack make appearances just for good measure. We all had a friend like Chris Chambers growing up, didn’t we? The City of Brownsville holds a popular Stand by Me Day on July 23rd but, fair warning, you may want to wear something disposable for the blueberry pie eating contest and avoid walking on the “TRAIN!” tracks. Come for Ben E. King’s rendition of the title song, if nothing more.

For more information and book tickets go to The Hollywood Theatre’s #OregonMade Film Series page.

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Drone regulations may actually help your production

For us in the film, television and digital storytelling industry, drones have provided an exciting new way to tell our stories. They have provided us new vantage points that were unthinkable a few years ago. In our last article (written for the OMPA), we talked about hiring the right drone pilot and some of the regulatory requirements. Today we’ll talk about some of the regulations you should be aware of and some that we should expect out of the FAA in the near future. Regulations may bring tears to our eyes or elicit big yawns, but believe me, they can be exciting.

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DWP 2018: Portland Indie Game Squad Presents: Drink N’ Draw

One of PIGSquad’s biggest annual events! Drink N’ Draw has grown from a small gathering at local pubs into an evening of locally-made games and art during Design Week Portland.

Games are set up for anyone to play, and we invite artists to come draw fan art of the projects on display. All artists (or non-artists!) are encouraged to make game-inspired art.

For those who are up to the challenge, we’re bringing back Art Battles: a series of 15-minute competitions of lightning round artwork creation based on local games! Featured game developers pick their favorite piece and the chosen artist wins a special prize. Art Battles are optional – everyone was welcome to just come and play!

Last year’s Drink N’ Draw was one of our largest events to-date with around 500 attendees! We had a blast, and we can’t wait to do it all again this year.

Attendees are subject to PIGSquad’s Code of Conduct.  Register here.

Date and Time

Fri, April 20, 2018

6:00 PM – 11:55 PM PDT

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Location

The Evergreen

618 SE Alder St

Portland, OR 97214

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A Burns Adventure – “Lean On Pete”

Burns, Oregon. Photo: Talented Animals/Lauren Henry

By Mark “Sparky”Haleston  

When a film crew arrives at a location it’s like a small army moving in. The industry in the northwest is vibrant and crews now are well versed even with the small market that exists here.

Portland and Oregon in general have great locations. They look lush with color and diversity. Within a 90 mile radius or Portland, we find the Pacific Ocean, an a 11,000 foot mountain, urban cities, rural farm land and high desert.

On location the public is always interested in what’s happening. “What are you filming?” is the question asked most often, “are you from LA?” The answer, “No, most of us live here.”  You only have to look at the licence plates.  Much of the infrastructure of equipment is also locally based.

In the past decade, filmmaking in the state has done well. Mostly in Portland. So what happens when it goes to a smaller town like Burns?  That’s our story. A short time ago a little movie called, “Lean on Pete” was filmed mostly in and around Portland but for a portion of it we needed a rural area.  All the workers and gear was packed up and headed southeast – it’s a long drive to Burns and once they arrived the population went up immediately.  The craftsmen in each department arrive, next the actors, trucks, cars, and equipment – like an instant bee hive.  Then the work starts.  The locals were somewhat confused, many had been told of the invasion but still they didn’t expect what was about to be revealed.  It’s an interesting process to experience. A certain level of the magic is shared and on-lookers are fascinated to witness how a movie is produced. We like to invite them to ask questions, people like to be included.  Social media usually then blows up with the stories of encounters, and meeting an actor is immediately bragging rights!

The days are long in August and September. Once the production is finished for the evening, it’s Miller time.  What is there to do in a small rural town? Seems like the crews favorite is taking over a restaurant or bar.  The locals at the daily watering hole are hit by a sunami of filmee’s thirsty for a few barley pops. The bartenders normal routine, shifts into overdrive and a bar that usually seats 14, now has 70 new customers.  This continues all over town. Retail is experiencing a turbo-boosted sales event! Film crews are good for the local economy. Imagine the needs for 200 people all of a sudden.

As the week goes on, everyone now knows the crew has arrived. It gets really comfortable, quick. The locals all know your name by Wednesday and are more than happy to expedite any special order from anywhere, overnight.  The trickle down effect when a dollar is spent in a local business, can circulate many time within the town.  One experience to prove the theory, was when crewmembers were all given $2 bills as per diem. During the weeks of production bills were showing up at every business in town.  One local bar in Burns actually asked the crew not to return. The reason was the lack of staff was a hardship on the owner, he was overwhelmed!  The other bar in town welcomed the entire crew with open arms and hired and a new server they hired was so festive he decided to match drinking skills with the new patrons!

Film crews do make a difference when they visit. Go and see, “Lean on Pete“, it’s a good story. Watch it and look at Oregon on film. It’s impressive.

Lean on Pete”  premiered to exceptional reviews at The Venice Film Festival in competition and also played Telluride and Toronto earlier this year.

– IN THEATERS April 6 –

Directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, “Lean on Pete” is a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse.

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“My Own Private Idaho” 35mm Screening Big Success – #OregonMade50

 

As part of its 50th Anniversary, Oregon Film has teamed up with the Hollywood Theatre to bring several films shot in Oregon back to the big screen – earlier this week was this month’s offering, “My Own Private Idaho.” Gus Van Sant’s Shakespearean tale with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves follows two friends, Mike and Scott, as they embark on a journey of personal discovery that is mostly set in Portland but takes them to Mike’s hometown in Idaho and finally to Italy in search of Mike’s mother. Visually and stylistically stunning in every way, “My Own Private Idaho” brings together many of the best attributes of the contemporary “Oregon Cinematic” genre. It was presented on a 35mm print and movie-goers were lucky to have DP, Eric Edwards stay for a Q & A after the show.

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#OregonMade “Bad Samaritan” Release Date May 4th

Electric Entertainment brings you #OregonMade, “Bad Samaritan” starring Kerry Condon, David Tennant, Robert Sheehan,directed by Dean Devlin (“Leverage,” “The Librarians”) and written by Brandon Boyce.

“Bad Samaritan” shot in and around Portland and city landmarks figure prominently in the feature about, “a pair of burglars who stumble upon a woman being held captive in a home they intended to rob.”

In theaters March 30th.

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Editing Workshops at NW Documentary: Adobe Premiere & Final Cut Pro X

NW Documentary’s spring-term Editing workshops are beginning in early April and there’s still space to register!

These five-week classes are dedicated to equipping you with the tools to make your videos look and sound their best. With our practical, hands-on instruction you’ll learn how to piece together a narrative and take the first step towards becoming the storyteller you want to be.

Editing 101: Final Cut Pro X
Tuesdays, April 10 through May 8
6-8:30pm

Editing 101: Adobe Premiere
Wednesdays, April 11 through May 9
6-8:30pm

 

 

More details available here: http://nwdocumentary.org/workshops

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13th Annual DISORIENT ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL OF OREGON

April 17-April 22, 2018   Eugene, OR

DisOrient is a social justice film festival showcasing the work of independent filmmakers, and features honest portrayals of Asian American and Pacific Islander experiences. The festival encompasses 5 days and 7 venues, with 29 filmmakers attending from Hong Kong, Canada and across the United States

A refreshing break from Hollywood, DisOrient features people of color in every film, and 18 films are written or directed by women. This curated film program brings the diversity of underrepresented voices and stories to Eugene. Filmmaker Q&A’s promote meaningful dialog about social justice, immigration, and what it means to be American.

Films will be shown at The Bijou Art Cinemas, The Broadway Metro and EMU Redwood Auditorium. This year’s films include:

  • The award-winning documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act
  • Badass Beauty Queen featuring activist and former Miss World Canada Anastasia Lin
  • Who Is Arthur Chu? Featuring Jeopardy! winner and social justice activist Arthur Chu
  • The Jade Pendant, a tragic love story set against the historical lynching in Los Angeles Chinatown in 1871
  • Find Me, a film celebrating the grandeur and healing power of our National Parks.

DisOrient will host a panel discussion of independent filmmakers — Asian Americans and Diversity in Film, and the Conversation Project Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in OR Past and Future. Both events are open and free to the public at the Mary Spilde Center LCC Downtown Campus, Friday April 20 from 1:30 -5:30p.m.

The Architecture of Internment exhibit, exploring Oregon’s role in the incarceration of Japanese Americans in Oregon, will be on display April 16-23 at UO Straub Hall. This exhibit is open and free to the public.

The Opening Night Gala, on Thursday April 19 at 9:30 p.m. at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, will feature cartoonist and activist Vishavjit Singh and local performing artists Alex Dang and Chin Yi Chen.

Tickets for Opening Night, VIP passes and all film programs may be purchased on-line at www.disorientfilm.org.  Please see the website for the full festival schedule and program.

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Northwest Filmmaker Lynn Shelton’s Latest Film Opens In Portland & Vancouver April 6

 

Fresh from SxSW, OUTSIDE IN is Lynn Shelton’s latest project. It was shot in Granite Falls, Washington, and stars Edie Falco and Jay Duplass.

OUTSIDE IN opens April 6 at Cinema 21 in Portland and Kiggins Theater in Vancouver. Lynn will be there for Q&As on April 7!

After serving 20 years for the crime of essentially being in the wrong place at the wrong time, 38-year-old Chris (played by co-writer Jay Duplass, TRANSPARENT, LANDLINE) is granted early parole thanks largely to the tireless advocacy of Carol (award winner Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE, THE SOPRANOS), his former high-school teacher. As he struggles with the challenges of navigating the modern world as an ex-con, and with a fraught relationship with his brother Ted (Ben Schwartz), Chris ends up confessing his romantic love for Carol — a love that, given her marital status, Carol cannot reciprocate. Or can she? Carol longs for something her husband no longer provides. Meanwhile, Carol’s daughter Hildy (Kaitlyn Dever) befriends Chris, finding a kindred spirit in this awkward, tormented older guy.

Known primarily for dramatic comedies such as LAGGIES, HUMPDAY, and YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, whose central characters fumble towards fulfillment and self-awareness, Shelton mines a more dramatic terrain with OUTSIDE IN. Exploring themes of reintegration and release as experienced by three small-town strivers searching for a way out of their physical and emotional trappings, Shelton finds universality through her distinctly regional approach to dramatic filmmaking. Playing two people inexorably drawn to each other despite being in vastly different places in life, Jay Duplass and Edie Falco concoct unforgettable screen chemistry out of two characters trapped a fraught relationship and tortured by yearning.

OUTSIDE IN shot for 20 days in October and November 2016, using the American Legion Hall in Granite Falls as the production base, offering close proximity to 85 percent of the film’s locations, most of which were within walking distance from home base. Despite grey skies and inclement weather, cast and crew warmed to small-town life in Washington State, with its close-knit bonds and unvarnished exterior. “It helped so much to inform my character, watching people go about daily life in Granite Falls,” says Duplass. “It’s the kind of town where people walk everywhere because they don’t have transportation and the clothes they’re wearing are 25 years old.” Concludes Shelton: “I loved the idea of embedding in an actual community — geographic specificity is something I always hold dear, because I think you can feel it on screen, through the grays and the greens and all the rain.”

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