OMPA and McMenamins’ Great Northwest Film Tour present… “Adventures in Plymptoons!”

Portland declares May 26 date “Bill Plympton Day”

The Great NW Film Tour is a new series geared toward independent releases, kicking off at McMenamins Mission Theater on Saturday, May 19

In a partnership with the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), McMenamins presents The Great Northwest Film Tour, giving new films a place to be shown, gather momentum and burst out onto the scene. At regular intervals, The Great Northwest Film Tour will host directors, actors and/or producers at our McMenamins hotels and theater-pubs with their latest work – could be a documentary, an action film, animation or beyond. Guests will be able to watch a premiere piece of film work, and maybe engage in a Q&A or listen to some music beforehand, all while enjoying McMenamins ales, wines, spirits and more.

First up is a film entitled Adventures in Plymptoons!, celebrating the life and work of legendary Portland animator Bill Plympton with a week-long series of screenings throughout McMenamins theater-pubs from May 19 through May 27, 2012. All screenings include a Q&A with director Alexia Anastasio and  producers Steve Tenhonen and Kevin Sean Michaels with special guests and activities to celebrate “Keeping it Weird” in Oregon. Tickets are on sale now and are $9 in advance, or $11 day of show. McMenamins is also offering special hotel packages on night when the Tour hits one of its hotels – the package includes lodging for two, two tickets to the film, two beers, a large popcorn and breakfast the following morning. Rates vary by property.

Newly announced!
The City of Portland has declared Saturday, May 26, to be Bill Plympton Day. Events will begin with a parade from Laurelhurst Park to McMenamins Bagdad Theater, culminating in a screening of the film Adventures in Plymptoons!, including a Skyped-in visit from Plympton himself.

Sat., May 26: Bill Plympton Day Parade
1 p.m. * Gather in Laurelhurst Park, near the marching band – all are welcome.
2 p.m. * March over to the Bagdad Theater
3 p.m. * First screening of “Adventures in Plymptoons!” — you must have a ticket to go to the screening!

While Bill cannot be in attendance on this day, we will Skype him in to the event. Director Alexia Anastasio and Producer Kevin Sean Michaels will be at every screening to do an intro to the film and a Q&A.

More information below:

Schedule of the Inaugural Great NW Film Tour, featuring Adventures in Plymptoons!

Saturday, May 19 * Featuring an appearance by Bill Plympton!
Mission Theater (1624 N.W. Glisan St., Portland, OR)
6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film * 21 & over

Sunday, May 20
Old St. Francis School Theater (700 N.W. Bond St., Bend, OR)
8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. film * Hotel overnight package available * 21 & over

Tuesday, May 22

Kennedy School Theater (5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR)
7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m. film * Hotel overnight packages available * 21 & over

Wednesday, May 23
Grand Lodge’s Compass Room Theater (3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR)
8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. film * Hotel overnight packages available * 21 & over

Thursday, May 24
Olympic Club Theater (112 N. Tower Ave., Centralia, WA)
8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. film * Hotel overnight packages available * 21 & over

Friday, May 25
Edgefield’s Power Station Theater (2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, OR)
8 p.m. doors; 9 p.m. film * Hotel overnight packages available * 21 & over

Saturday, May 26
* OMPA Benefit Party & Bill Plympton Day!
Bagdad Theater (3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR)
1 p.m. Gather in Laurelhurst Park
2 p.m. March to the Bagdad Theater
2 p.m. doors; 3 p.m. film * Minors welcome with an adult. [Note: The film has scenes of an adult nature and is not recommended for minors.]
6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. film * 21 & over

Sunday, May 27
St. Johns Theater (8203 N. Ivanhoe St., Portland, OR)
5 p.m. doors; 6 p.m. film * Minors welcome with an adult [Note: The film has scenes of an adult nature and is not recommended for minors.]


Synopsis of Adventures in Plymptoons!

Taken from

A documentary film about Oscar-nominated animator Bill Plympton. This is a portrait piece that includes interviews with family, friends, colleagues, critics and fans. Cast members include Will Vinton, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Martha Plympton, Moby, Ed Begley, Jr., Matthew Modine and many others.


About McMenamins Mission Theater
Constructed in 1912 with roots as a Swedish Evangelical Mission and Longshoreman’s Union, the historic McMenamins Mission Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1987, the Mission opened under McMenamins as Oregon’s first theater-pub, a movie house model that has been oft-emulated in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Today, the Mission’s mission is to present a dynamic roster of exclusive film premieres and intimate live shows, along with recent silver screen releases, cult classics, stand-up comedy, quiz shows and more. See for upcoming events at the Mission. As always, McMenamins pub fare and handcrafted ales, wines and spirits are available to enjoy during the show or performance.


About OMPA
The Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) is the largest nonprofit association for commercial, film and TV professionals in Oregon, uniting crew, talent agencies, producers, directors and others who cater to the industry. Since its founding in 1982, OMPA has educated and informed a diverse membership about important industry news, provided forums for networking and professional development, and advocated and actively participated in business growth and job creation.

Growing job and business opportunities for media story-tellers contributes to Oregon’s culture of creativity, in a green and economically powerful 21st-century industry that fuels desperately needed jobs and tax revenues. OMPA members benefit from industry information, access to other industry professionals, and a forum to shape the future of Oregon’s economy.

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