Independent Feature, “The A-List” Wraps

We stopped by the set last week on the penultimate day of shooting for “The A-List“, an independent comedy feature  about a high school senior who is “coerced by his guidance counselor into fulfilling a list of all of her high school fantasies in order for him to graduate”.  This is a first feature to […]

Blue Like Jazz Is Playing In A Theater Near You

Based on the New York Times’ bestseller by Donald Miller, “Blue Like Jazz” tells the story of a nineteen-year-old sophomore who “tries to escape his Bible Belt upbringing for life in the Pacific Northwest at the most godless campus in America”.  A passion project from the start, filmmakers Donald Miller, (screenwriter) and Steve Taylor (director/screenwriter) […]

Check Out the Teaser Trailer for LAIKA’s “ParaNorman”

The first teaser trailer for LAIKA’s next stop-motion animated feature film “ParaNorman” was just released, and it looks great. We are looking forward to the film’s release in 2012! Check out the video above.

Portland Premiere Of “The River Why” To Benefit The River Network

River Network National River Rally (a Portland based national nonprofit since 1998) will kick off with the benefit screening of The River Why on September 9th, 7pm at the Hollywood Theatre.   Actors William Hurt, Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”), Alex Hurt and Producer Kristi Denton Cohen will be on hand before the screening and […]

An Italian Perspective on American Cinema

by Francesca Serra Oregon Film Intern from Napoli, Italy In Italy, the idea of American cinema is tightly connected with Hollywood and sensationalist movies where the hero is always handsome and honest and the audience knows that.  By the end of the movie, he will defeat all his enemies who, of course, are ugly and […]

25th Anniversary of Oregon’s Own “Stand by Me’

25 years ago, on August 8th, a film shot in Oregon was released nationwide in the theatres. It hasn’t stopped playing since. It is currently #175 on IMDB’s top 250 list, above “Avatar” and “Gandhi”. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay from Stephen Kings’ novella “The Body”; the Japanese Academy […]

Hand-made in Oreogn: LAIKA’s New Website and Featured Video

In addition to this week’s announcement of their two new feature film projects, Oregon’s LAIKA animation studio also rolled out a newly designed website including  the beautiful video embedded above.  The video provides unique insight into who LAIKA is, and how they combine a classic hand-made artisan craft with cutting edge technology to achieve spectacular […]

LAIKA and Focus Features Announce Two New Feature Film Projects in Oregon

CORALINE PARTNERS FOCUS FEATURES AND LAIKA RETEAM FOR TWO-PICTURE DISTRIBUTION DEAL; 3D STOP-MOTION ANIMATED COMEDY THRILLER PARANORMAN OPENS AUGUST 17, 2012 NEW YORK and PORTLAND, OR, May 4, 2011 – Focus Features and LAIKA, the two companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline are reteaming for LAIKA’s next two projects. The first of the […]

Portland-made Film Avails Itself of Rebate Program, Hits Big Screen

Shawn Levy from the Oregonian wrote an article about the upcoming premiere of the first iOPIF movie to be produced, “Wake Before I Die.” Read the Oregonian article HERE. WAKE BEFORE I DIE PREMIERE Sunday May 15, 2011  Free admission! McMenamins Bagdad Theater at 6 PM Portland, OR – April 22, 2011 –  Directed by brothers, […]

Earth Day Is Around The Corner and “A Billion Acts of Green®” Is Already Happening In Oregon

    It’s April, it’s beginning to sprout green everywhere you look and there are many good and green projects out there that make evident Oregonians are doing their part for Earth Day and a  “A Billion Acts of Green®” this year. The Ashland Independent Film Festival is screening a handful of Oregon made eco-films, […]