RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVE #Blockbuster&Chill: Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers (Chip Mabry, 2010)

The New Year (literally) rolls in with a vengeance this week as our intrepid Raider/Contributor takes us behind the scenes of Portland’s much beloved Rose City Rollers. There’s language to be wary of below and in the film itself, so if that kind of thing isn’t your proverbial cup’o’tea then stop here; but if that doesn’t daunt you, then paste on your Cadillac tattoo, strap on your helmet, lace-up your skates and bring your best James Caan and Raquel Welch impersonations because this week, we’re embracing Brutal Beauty.

If you’ve been following this column, you know that I recently paid my respects to the now-gone Sandy Blockbuster Video, one of the last-remaining links in the chain of video stores that once dominated the American home video landscape.  While saying so long to the store, I also seized the opportunity to pick through the thousands of discounted DVDs that were being offered for one last sale (before they got carted off to the great movie store in the sky), scavenging upon the still-twitching corpse of the store (at least I wasn’t alone).  Read More »

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“American Vandal” To Begin Shooting In Portland Metro Next Month

Hot off the success of the first season of  Netflix’s “American Vandal,” season 2 has begun gearing up to start shooting in February in the metro Portland area. This mockumentary, created by Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, will conist of another 8 episodes. The show spoofs popular true crime documentaries like Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” and “Serial” and as in season 1, season 2 will focus on soving another crime in a new high school.



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R2C Group Lands LendingTree

#OregonMade R2C, Portland’s largest creative agency, (with offices in Portland, San Francisco, Providence, R.I and Philadelphia) has landed the job of media partner for the online loans company, LendingTree. The Portland Business Journal noted that AdWeek reports indicated that LendingTree had a media budget of $126.5 million in 2016.  R2C will be servicing part of that budget.

R2C, founded in 1998 by Michelle Cardinal and Tim O’Leary, is a data-driven creative media agency.  They will be handling media planning, buying and TV and radio analytics for LendingTree.

“R2C Group’s integrated media planning solution fully aligns with LendingTree’s data-driven marketing strategy,” said Brad Wilson, CMO of LendingTree. “The choice was clear to partner with R2C as we look to make TV a larger piece of LendingTree’s overall marketing mix. The promise we make to clients is what we call Transactional Brand Building—the idea that branding and sales can be achieved at once,” – Michelle Cardinal, Co-Founder and CEO of R2C Group. “We’re thrilled to apply our game-changing technology of ConsumerID and WaveCast to expedite LendingTree’s already impressive growth path.”

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Final Season Of “Portlandia” Premieres On IFC January 18th

#OregonMade IFC and Broadway Videos’ “Portlandia” is almost back for its eigth and final season.  10 episodes will air every Tuesday night on IFC.  Along with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, returning guest stars will include Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley Jr., Natasha Lyonne, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kumail Nanjiani. Other guest stars coming to “Portlandia” include: Scott Adsit, Rachel Bloom, Aidy Bryant, musician Brendan Canty, John Corbett, Terry Crews, Dan Gregor, Cherry Jones, Rashida Jones, Andy Kindler, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, musician Krist Novoselic, Henry Rollins, Tracee Ellis Ross, novelist Cheryl Strayed, Tessa Thompson, David Wain, Brent Weinbach, Dolly Wells, Shannon Woodward, and singer-songwriter Kurt Vile.

Over the last 8 years “Portlandia” has accounted for almost $40M of direct spending and supporting 200 annual jobs with nearly $15M in payroll, and $18M in in-state goods & services paid to more than 100 Oregon vendors each season.

With 20 award nominations to date, “Portlandia” has won 4 Emmy Awards and is currently nominated for another 3 Emmy’s for their 7th season. This is unprecedented among all of our #OregonMade internationally distributed TV series.  Read more about how the show has become embedded into the city culture – Kristi Turnquist’s piece in the Oregonian.  Enjoy season 8!

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Free Workshop About Production Insurance – ABI Insurance & Northwest Film Center


Free workshop for makers and creatives about production insurance, including navigating the application process and insurance jargon, and knowing what types of insurance your creative project needs at every stage, from pre-production through distribution.  Read More »

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Animal House 40th Anniversary Celebration – Save the Date!

We are excited to be a part of a celebration coming to Cottage Grove this August in honor of the dishonor that was “Animal House.” The Eugene and Cottage Grove shot film was released in the summer of 1978 and it is time to get together and have a massive Food Fight, Toga Party and put ourselves on Double Secret Probation – what else is summer for?

Check out the poster below for more details and like the event’s Facebook Page to be in the in Double Secret loop.

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Upcoming Wildlife Mini-Series aims to change how we see the natural world

Have you ever wanted to stand eye to eye with an elephant, or watch as a tiger slowly walks past you?  Or maybe you dream is to swim

with a manta ray, or see the frozen tundras of the north? Well, good news, one team is working to make this a new type of reality, and they intend to share these experiences with the world.

Based in Salem, Oregon, All Around Productions is taking aim at how we view, and experience our natural world.  Using Cutting edge film gear, and a willingness to trek to far off reaches of our globe, this small crew hopes to share visions and experiences like never before.  All Around Productions is a 360 Video Production company focusing most of there efforts on a single project, a global Wildlife Mini-Series filmed in immersive 360.  Even with the relative infancy of the Virtual Reality Market, this team already has a foothold in the market, acting as one of Getty Images first adopters, working on Immersive Dome content with Vortex Immersion in L.A. and a pro content provider on LittlStar.

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PRIMO: Student Miniseries Bringing The 80’s Back To Eugene

Claire Elise Williams, Connor French, Matthew Fairman, and Meg Schenk star in the series. Photo by Clay Davenport

With 80s era hits such as Stranger Things and Sing Street winning praise from critics and fans alike, it is no surprise that the University of Oregon’s television network, Duck TV, picked up and produced PRIMO, an 80s feel-good miniseries following four aspiring yuppies through a night on the town.

Each episode presents a different characters’ perspective on the same night, culminating into a dramatic and fun final episode.

Produced by Duck TV veterans Miranda Sarah Einy and Claire Elise Williams, the show draws inspiration from classic 80s films such as Breakfast Club, contemporary series such as Glow, and the work of Patrick Nagel.


Nagel-inspired artwork by Portland artist Aaron Moreland

Their cast and crew consists entirely of students at the University of Oregon, many of which also participate in the University’s film club, UFO. The Duck TV network celebrated its 15th anniversary this Fall.

The show took home five network awards and is Williams’ last time producing for Duck TV. It was also a final project for cinematographer Clay Davenport, who graduated in the fall and will be greatly missed by the network. Einy is producing a new series with the network premiering in Winter of 2018.



Watch the full series here: PRIMO



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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVE: Requiem for a Video Store

This week we make a literal visit to Sandy to say goodbye to a institution that not only changed our expectation deadlines (kind of establishing the mid-point between the “wait for it…” past and the “I want it now!” present) but also changed the world. Who recalls walking out of a Blockbuster video not just holding a stack of 4 or 5 movies (half of which you’d probably never watch)  but also carrying a blue plastic encased VHS player/rental? Those were the days: tuning the TV to channel 2, making a few video tracking adjustments, and then settling in for some hi-impact-lo-resolution images on 1/2″ tape. Remember: “Be kind, rewind.”

This is how Tom Cruise, Mia Sara and Tim Curry in Ridley Scott’s “Legend” became solidified in my head one New Year’s Eve in 1986. I mean, no one ever mentions “Legend,” do they?  Blockbuster! Boom.

DVDs came and made things better (no rewinding!) for a little while, but then along came the internet and that just wrecked the joint.

Raider/Contributor Phil Oppenheim says “farewell” to a stalwart game changer icon of the 80’s and 90’s.

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARCHIVE: Snowtime Serenade (1949; originally released as Jingle Belles, 1941)

It’s not often The Shining meets Tony the Tiger meets The Grinch meets hipster drum solos, but this week, they all do meet up for a delicious hot cocoa and a rockin’ sing-along around the fire at a 1940’s Timberline Lodge.

And, that, my friends, is where Raider/Contributor Phil Oppenheim takes over…

Picture the Timberline Lodge in December, with its famous drifting snowbank reaching up to the second story windows. 

The Timberline Lodge, 1941

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