“Leave No Trace” Selected For Director’s Fortnight At Cannes


Debra Granik’s #OregonMade “Leave No Trace” is one of 50 films that have been selected to screen during the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Fetsival this year.  “Leave No Trace”  already premiered at Sundance and received 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 Granik.

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Spotlight On Location Professional – Roger Faires

Roger Faires in the high desert of Oregon scouting for ” Meek’s Cutoff.” Photography by Simon Max Hill

Spotlight on Roger Faires – Location Scout and Manager.

We caught up with Roger scouting a feature out in the field and asked him how he feels about living and working in Oregon. “I’ve been doing this long enough to not be surprised; about 31 years. Yet here in Oregon, I get surprised. Still. About once a project. Sometimes more. This is no one-trick pony state. Farmland that rivals California’s Central Valley or the plains of Illinois where I was born. Deserts that rival desert anywhere and are usually higher in elevation. And a coast that is purely our own. The other states usually say they have parts of their coasts that rival ours. I say, “Prove it”.”

“So, that leads me to one of the better reviewed 2018 Sundance Festival films this year, “Leave No Trace”, starring Ben Foster and Thomasin McKenzie – and one that I scouted and managed. Through some hard work and my thicker-than-is-normally-good head came across a location who’s benefit to our film probably won’t get matched again soon on whatever next projects I do: A nudist colony! Yeah, you read right, Squaw Mountain Ranch outside of Estacada, Oregon. (About 30 miles from downtown Portland). Neither I, nor any of my peers, ever knew it was there until a chance conversation with a local elderly logging family revealed it’s existence. A place with layers of cabins, unique trailer grottos and a vibe that Jack Kerouac would write about. So without further adieu here’s a couple of photos for you to judge. Sorry, no nudes – just places – hey, I’m a Location Scout not a Casting Director!”

For more information, email Roger Faires or call him on: 503-975-1936.

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Selected Films From The Minor Cinemas Of [email protected] Theater, May 5, 2:00 PM

On Saturday May 5, at 2:00 PM at the enchanting Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis, archivists Elizabeth Peterson, Libby Burke, and Dennis Nyback will present a screening of selected films from the minor cinemas of Oregon.

FILM #1

Elizabeth Peterson will screen LUTHER METKE AT 94 (1979), directed by Jorge Preloren & Steve Raymen. 27 min, color, shot on 16mm.

“A portrait of Luther Metke who has lived in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon since 1907. Tells how he was a veteran of the Spanish American War, an early labor organizer, a poet, and a builder, and today serves as a vital and lucid example of the rural ethic in America.”

LUTHER METKE AT 94, an ethnographic film, comes from UO Libraries, where Elizabeth Peterson is Curator of Moving Images.

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2nd Pacific Northwest Lens Summit – Largest In The Country

Photo: Adam Wilt, Film & Digital Times

Koerner Camera Systems, based out of Portland, Oregon hosted their 2nd annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit this month. This the largest trade show in the country that specializes in motion picture camera lenses. About 250 people came to see lenses, filters, FIZ controllers and focusing aids, anamorphics and adapters, gimbals, cameras, and camera robots presented by thirty different exhibitors.

There was live demonstrations, hands-on time with all the new gear, and presentations for professionals in the film and television industry. Adam Wilt at the Film and Digital Times gave a great recap of the event.

Koerner Camera Systems, the premier supplier of high-end cinema gear for motion picture, television and commercial productions in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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“Droplets” Proof of Concept – Crowdfunding Reach

Students at Portland State University are asking for help with their film as supporters of student filmmakers! Check out our Proof of Concept above.

Logline: 

The lives of a sorority girl, a star athlete, an activist, and a low income student intersect at a college party that determines their true identities.

Synopsis:

Droplets is a story about racism, sexuality, mental health, and human rights. It depicts the lives of four college students: Daphne, Gerard, Leo, and Michael. These students all struggle with their identity in a far from perfect world. Daphne, a sweet, go-getter, struggles with her relationships as she becomes wrapped up in her life as a sorority girl when she doesn’t really want to. Gerard, a black, all-star football player, struggles with his sexuality as his homophobic friends and girlfriend (Daphne) become more aware of his secret. Leo, a hispanic, first generation college student is confident in himself to challenge the actions of seemingly autocratic and corrupt Vice President who has challenges of her own to face in the political arena of higher education, but is held back by personal relationships with his parents and closeted boyfriend (Gerard). And lastly, Michael, a white, depressed student who struggles to care about anything but his silently crippling depression compounded by the traumatic horrors of his past despite his inability to access funds to pay for therapy sessions and school due to budget cuts. While each of these episodes focuses on one of these characters, we join them all at a college party at the end of a long week where Daphne finds out that Gerard is cheating on her and that her real friends are not within the sorority; where Gerard becomes more comfortable with his sexuality in front of his friends; where Leo understands that he hasn’t tried hard enough to fight for what he wants, and where Michaels fate is left up to the audience when he gets in a drunken car accident.

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVE “Rajneeshpuram” episode of The Oregon Experience (2012)

Let’s just say that we’re big fans of both OPB and OHS, especially the original programming of the former and the film and media archives that are housed by the latter. And we’re always excited to watch the content that both of these great #OregonMade organizations create. And, yes, we’ve binged on Netflix’s Wild Wild Country but the roots of that incredible documentary are grown from several deep journalistic roots here in the state that should always be recognized.

The first is the incredible 20 part story from Les Zaitz in The Oregonian. The second is the other great finally-told-Oregon-story from Maclain and Chapman Way The Battered Bastards of Baseball (also available on Netflix) which, the story goes, brought them deep into that glorious film and media archive at OHS mentioned above (and, some say, led directly to their interest in the story of the Rajneesh after viewing much of the local footage stored there, but that’s a story for another time). And the third journalistic pillar that Wild Wild Country was built upon comes from OPB’s terrific series Oregon Experience

Raider/Contributor Phil Oppenheim takes us into this wild, wild country that was Co-produced by OPB and OHS with Co-producers and writers Eric Cain and Nadine Jelsing.

From the looks of last weekend’s box office, many of The Confluence’s readers were staging a pop-culture Raid of their own, proving their geek cred by identifying the onslaught of avatars in Steven Spielberg’s interpretation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One (nerd note: while the movie wasn’t #OregonMade, having been shot in the UK, the novel is at least partly #OregonSet, with the character Og Morrow living in Oregon; similarly, Cline’s second novel, Armada, starts off in the character’s hometown of Beaverton!).  But for the rest of us, we found that a more engrossing epic was streaming on Netflix: the six-part miniseries Wild Wild Country, a fascinating and immersive documentary about the followers of guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their (mis)adventures in trying to create an oasis for themselves in Central Oregon.  Read More »

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#OregonMade Screenwriter’s Residency Award

The OregonMade Creative Foundation, Northwest Film Center and Playa Summer Lake announce the second year of a unique residency opportunity for screenwriters and filmmakers.

This program calls for proposals from screenwriters, filmmakers and related creators to work on a script/story/pitch/narrative project during a 4-week residency at Playa in Summer Lake, Oregon.

The OregonMade Screenwriter’s Residency Award is open to Oregon Resident filmmakers, screenwriters and other creative teams (no more than 3) to develop and write a narrative project with a “western” theme that is set here in the Northwest. This “western” theme can have traditional roots or have a new spin on what is a broad genre – this means the idea could run all the way from “Rooster Cogburn” and “The Way West” to the more recent “Lean on Pete” and even “Wild.”  The more unique, diverse, and insightful the point of view, the better. Ideas and settings embracing new communities and points of view are very much encouraged.

And where better to develop such an idea but in the beautiful western setting of Playa at Summer Lake.

Find out more here.

Deadline for Submissions: 5pm on May 18, 2018.

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Bent Image Lab Spin-Off Augmented Reality YOUAR Inc. Was Recently Recognized In Forbes.

Bent Image Lab spin-off Augmented Reality YOUAR Inc. was recently recognized in Forbes.

For Immediate Release
April 9, 2018

Forbes covered our recent technical demonstration, for the first time, Apple and Android phones playing together in the same AR environment. Call us to plan your next AR project we’ll knock your socks off!

Portland-Based YOUAR Enables iOS and Android Devices to Share Persistent Augmented Reality

Android and iOS Devices to Play Together:

PORTLAND, OR — YOUAR, an Augmented Reality (AR) company, has released a video demonstrating their Convergent Computer Vision (CCV) solution enabling shared cross-platform persistent AR experiences for iOS and Android devices. YOUAR’s hardware agnostic, social augmented reality platform and application operating environment allows developers to create and share AR experiences across all AR enabled devices.

YOUAR’s patent-pending CCV, “UberCVTM”, and AR Cloud localization system makes sharing between ARKit, ARCore and other proprietary CV enabled systems possible.

Carlo Calica, YOUAR CTO explained, “ARCore and ARKit do not currently allow users to reload localization information, so they cannot save dynamic content and nothing is permanent. With UberCV, YOUAR environments and content is persistent. Users can add new content in person or remotely and when you open the app, everything is right where you left it.”

YOUAR Convergent Computer Vision / UberCV Demo
We are creating a system that can support an entire world of shared augmented experiences. Android and iOS devices playing together: made possible by YOUAR’s UberCVTM technology.
The demonstrations released today shows Android and iOS users sharing a common, interactive experience, walking their sharks in the park. The scene includes persistent AR content, a 3D Monolith, seen in POV on an Apple and Samsung phone with two additional Apple and Samsung phone user-controlled sharks in view. Normally automatic, developer mode buttons and functions have been added to explicitly illustrate the loading of a shared, persistent, environment and the launching of a shared application on the devices.

“Combining Android and iOS platforms is just the beginning” said Ray Di Carlo, CEO of YOUAR. “UberCV highlights our ability and commitment to deliver open, social AR Experiences across all platforms, not limited by brand or device type. Allowing users to choose any AR enabled device to engage in real-time interactions within the same persistent Augmented Reality experience is the key to unlocking powerful social AR”.

Visit YOUAR.io to view the demonstrations, get more info and sign up for early access to YOUAR’s developer and partner programs today.

About YOUAR
YOUAR is a Portland OR based augmented reality company building a social “AR Cloud” Platform that allows users to discover, create and share AR content, games and experiences anywhere. YOUAR was founded by Ray Di Carlo and David Daniels in 2014.

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2018 Oregon Film History Conference – May 4

Photo credit: Dawn Smallman

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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