Northwest Film Center Announces PIFF 2.0

The Northwest Film Center announces PIFF 2.0, reimagining the final days of the 43rd Portland International Film Festival.

From October 1 to 3, 2020, PIFF 2.0 will present 10 films, talks, and happy hours from Northwest and International filmmakers, offered in virtual screening and events as well as new additions to the Film Center’s popular Cinema Unbound Drive-In series.

The series includes #OregonMade feature films “The Dark Divide” and “Young Hearts.”

“While we can’t go back to the way things were, in the spirit of PIFF, we’re offering ten films, talks and happy hours from Northwest and International filmmakers to bring some closure to the festival and open a door to next year’s festival.” – Amy Dotson, Director of the Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum Curator of Film and New Media.

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Deep Sky Animates a Five-Part Series for The Smashing Pumpkins

Episodes 1 & 2 of The Smashing Pumpkins’ new five-part animated series “In Ashes,” animated by Portland’s Deep Sky, are now available.

Deep Sky collaborated directly with Billy Corgan over the last 6 months to translate his narrative vision into cinematic form, set to the soundtrack of the band’s newest song releases.

Episode 1 – As The Crow Flies (Set to the soundtrack of The Colour Of Love):

Episode 2 – Inspirations, Aspirations (Set to the soundtrack of Confessions of a Dopamine Addict):

All videos released on The Smashing Pumpkins YouTube Channel

About Deep Sky
Deep Sky is a creative studio, based in Portland, Oregon, focused on design-driven animation and live action. With some of the world’s best artists, Deep Sky specializes in producing narrative animation and complex visual content that pushes conventional boundaries. Known for partnering with some of the most influential IPs and brands, from local to Hollywood to Europe, Deep Sky makes magic happen.

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High Vis Film Fest: Celebrating BIPOC Cyclists & their Stories (Oct 3 on YouTube Live)

Tickets are pay-what-you-can and benefit Brown Hope and our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant, supporting new and emerging filmmakers to share their bike stories

Co-Produced by Courtney Williams of The Brown Bike Girl, the People’s Bike Mayor of NYC

Saturday, October 3
6:00-8:00 pm – Pacific Time
A YouTube livestream event. Watch live or later!

About the Event

Here at Filmed by Bike, we spend eight months of the year connecting with our global community of filmmakers and scouring the internet and social media for interesting independent bicycle films. Every year, we showcase the best of those films at our signature annual film festival.

We dig hard.

Though we prioritize showcasing the stories that often aren’t being told and we look for the work of filmmakers who are too often left out of the conversation, films by and about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) are hard to come by. That’s why we’re excited to launch High Vis, a showcase of our festival faves from recent years combined with fresh new films, to celebrate this incredible work and these talented filmmakers.

Event includes a virtual Happy Hour on Oct 2 and a roundtable discussion after the films on Oct 3, including special guest Analise Cleopatra, director of Pedal Through.

*Tickets are pay-what-you-can and benefit Brown Hope and our BIPOC Filmmaker Grant*

Hope to see you there!

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2020 POW Film Fest – Local Edition – is ON!

The 2020 POW Film Fest – Local Edition will take place virtually Thursday October 1st! All proceeds from the ticket sales of this event will benefit The Clinton Street Theater.

POW Film Fest is Portland’s premiere film festival showcasing films directed by women and non-binary filmmakers. Now in its 13th year, the festival features the work of some of today’s top directors, while honoring the true pioneers and recognizing the next generation of leading women and non-binary filmmakers. Over the years POW has striven to encourage thoughtful and engaged discourse of the female perspective while heralding the need for greater parity in the film industry through the keen discerning eyes of women and non-binary film and media makers. POW was created, in part, to celebrate women in their quest to thrive and grow in the film industry.

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#OregonMade Feature Film “Alone” Releases Tomorrow (Sept. 18)

The #OregonMade feature film ALONE is releasing tomorrow on over 170 screens (roughly 50 drive-ins), as well as on VOD.

Set in the Pacific Northwest wilderness, the film follows recently widowed Jessica who, fleeing the city in a desperate attempt to cope, is kidnapped and locked away in a mysterious man’s cabin. Her escape from the clutches of this murderous captor land her in the heart of the untamed wilderness, with only her wits to rely on for survival as her pursuer closes in.

Find out more here.

ALONE will be appearing at these cinemas in Oregon:

Hood River 5 Hood River, OR
Independence Cinema 8 Independence, OR
Madras Cinema 5 Madras, OR
Roseburg Garden Valley Cinema 11 Roseburg, OR
Scappoose Cinemas 7 Scappoose, OR
Wildhorse Resort & Casino 5 Pendleton, OR


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“PHOENIX, OREGON” Movie’s Namesake, the City of Phoenix, OR, Wiped Out by Wildfire but the Producers Seek Funds to Rebuild

In the evening of Tuesday, September 8, 2020, a fast moving wildfire swept through the town of Phoenix, Oregon burning hundreds of homes and businesses, leaving almost the entire town flattened.

This is an especially monumental blow to the filmmaking team behind the 2020 theatrically-released comedy “Phoenix, Oregon”. Not only is the film named after the town, but several crew and family members of the producers lost homes.

Producer, Luis Rodriguez, who lives in Phoenix, Oregon saw family and friends lose everything and is still himself evacuated.

“It happened fast,” remembers Rodriguez. “I rushed to my mom’s house to help her evacuate, confused and unaware that we were leaving behind a home she’d never see again. Thousands were completely blindsided this way, losing it all from one moment to the next. It’s extremely heartbreaking to see the devastation left behind, and without the extra support from near and far, many families will have an extremely difficult time recovering unless we rally behind them.”

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BendFilm Presents: $7,500 BIPOC Womxn Film Grant

BendFilm is offering a $7,500 production grant for BIPOC Womxn artists.


  • Grant application launches Wednesday, August 26
  • Application due Wednesday, September 23.
  • BendFilm will notify finalists on October 1.
  • Live pitches will take place during the BendFilm Festival October 8 – 25
  • Simple application: HTTPS://FORMS.GLE/YEJX8NNA1HMDNF368

On-screen representation affects cultural understanding of BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ characters. Barriers need to be broken down until equal representation is achieved on-screen and behind the camera. Better understanding and exposure between neighboring cultures will help create dialog, cooperation, and partnerships that strengthen the interconnectivity of Central Oregon.

More information:

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Picture This: LED Volume Live Compositing Utilizing Unreal Engine

Using Unreal Engine, OptiTrack motion tracking systems and full frame camera sensors Picture This are now able to change time of day, camera POV and set locations in minutes.

All with realistic parallax in the backgrounds.

Multiple locations are now possible without company moves.

Volume back wall is 2.6mm with 12 foot side walls and ceiling. These pictures are from the demos from early testing on half size, this will be followed by full volume tests.

Watch these footage tests for your consideration.

Special thanks to Justin Rapp, Hunter Loveridge, Nate Comer, Kevin Fletcher and Randy Sellars. Also Department of Art and Coach and Sarge Cine.

Shot with Picture This Canon C500 and primes and Koerner Camera Systems Sony Venice and Anamorphic primes.

Also offering Unreal Engine production in green screen. Call for details.

Picture This Production Services


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#EOFF2020 Sneak Peek & Program Release Virtual Event

EOFF2020 Sneak PeekEastern Oregon Film Festival will share the details of its eleventh annual program via a virtual ‘Sneak Peek’ event on the evening of Wednesday September 16. At 7:00pm, guests will be able to log in, buy a pass, and watch the #EOFF2020 ‘Trailer of Trailers’ promo video. Starting at 8:00pm, festival Director Christopher Jennings will be going live on the Eventive platform to outline more details about this year’s lineup, ticketing and membership options.

Visit the website to purchase tickets.

After the ‘Trailer of Trailers’ becomes available on September 16th, attendees will have 4 hours 30 minutes to start watching, and can view the video for the next 24 hours. The 8:00 pm livestream can be viewed anytime until September 16th at 11:30 pm.

Join us at this event to get first access to #EOFF2020’s official program, schedules, film details and pass purchasing. This event will additionally work to test our new online delivery platform for this year’s festival. It will serve as an opportunity for attendees to provide EOFF with feedback and suggestions so we can make the experience perfect in October! Those who attend will learn about special programming components and opportunities to support EOFF as it moves into The Liberty Theatre next year, and will receive a special discount for this year’s festival pass.

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SmithRock.Com – An Extra Resource For Filming At Smith Rock State Park is an owner-run resource for people wanting to visit Smith Rock State Park, and pitches itself as, “an independent online guide for adventurers” that want to explore the park. For productions thinking of shooting at the Smith Rock State Park, you must first contact the park manager (at 541-548-7501) for all permit requests and questions about filming in the 650 acres that make up the park.
Marcia and Mike Volk are the husband and wife team behind  They started their business 20 years ago offering resources for rock climbers and have since expanded the site to the “250+ pages it is today, with the goal to “edutain”  their audience of 69,000 page views per month to give them a greater appreciation for this special place to keep it intact for generations to come.
The Volks now own property directly across the street from the main fee station at Smith Rock State Park and they frequently rent their property as a staging site for photographers and small film crews who need to leave a vehicle overnight.
Marcia Volk describes herself as someone who has a “passion to connect people with valued content that started with a childhood love of film and writing, then on to journalism and film school in college, adding a business degree that gave me the edge to get into Hollywood commercial film production. After honing my skills with the art of telling a story in 30 seconds, I went on to manage the production of other stories, from long-format video to online media as the business of interactive communication grew. I now own and create the content for, an independent online guide for 900,000 adventurers each year to Smith Rock State Park in Oregon.”  The Volks also operate an Airbnb on their property for overnight guests.
For help scouting other locations in Central Oregon, another helpful resource is the Central Oregon Film Office . 
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