“Wild” In Oregon!

Photo: Dale Robinette  Oregon Film Signs created by Tim Oakley at Oakley Designs

Photo: Dale Robinette, Ashland Screening. Oregon signs and tree stumps created by Tim Oakley at Oakley Designs

It seemed fitting that Fox Searchlight’sWild“, special-screened in four Oregon cities the second week in December. The screenings kicked off with the Oregon premiere of the movie at Cinema 21 , Portland.  Reese Witherspoon (nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress), Laura Dern, Jean-Marc Vallée , and of course local Portlander and inspiration, Cheryl Strayed, were on hand to introduce the movie to a packed house, as well as an introduction from Tim Williams, Oregon Film’s Executive Director.

Oregon Film partnered with Travel Oregon, and Fox Searchlight to bring other, invite-only screenings, to Salem, Bend and Ashland.  Attending each screening, were city and state officials, local crew, production professionals, and business owners that had helped in the making of “Wild” – all were enthusiastic about seeing the film.  Cheryl Strayed was able to be in Ashland to introduce the film – especially poignant as Ashland was a featured location in the making of “Wild” and an important stop in Strayed’s book.  “Wild” shot in more locations throughout the state than any other feature to date.

In Bend and Ashland, we partnered with  Todd Looby from BendFIlm and Gary Kout,from SOFAM respectively, to bring screenings to those cities.  Other important sponsors who aided in making the statewide screenings a success were: the Laura Russo Gallery, Vista Hills Vineyard, Salem Cinema, Base Camp Brewing, Adelsheim Vineyards, Gran Moraine, Oregon Winegrowers Assoc., St Innocent Winery, Faith, Hope and Charity, McMenamims Old St. Francis School, Ashland Springs Hotel, Schmidt Family Vineyards and Southern Oregon Winery Assoc. and Vance Family Candles.  A big thank you to all.

“Wild” already rolled out in Oregon theaters, and will go nationwide December 25th.  Below are some links to the great press “Wild” has been receiving, and most recently 60 minutes with Reese Witherspoon.

OPB Morning Edition



Portland Business Journal

Ashland Daily Tidings

Oregon Film and Travel Oregon were at the “Wild” LA Premiere in November and were happy to be able to help create a “pop up” Oregon at the afterparty.  Oregon Wine, beer and Cider was donated to represent the state.  (Thank you Willamette Valley Wineries Association, Southern Oregon Wine AssociationColumbia Gorge Winegrowers Association, Oregon Brewer’s GuildNorthwest Cider Association and Crater Lake Vodka.)

A few images below from screenings throughout the state:


Setting up the "trail" carpet at the LA Premiere!

Setting up the “trail” carpet at the LA Premiere!

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Mayor Charlies Hales and wife Nancy sporting Danner red laces at the Portland pre-screening party at the Laura Russo Gallery.

Gary Kout, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Williams (photo: Dale Robinette)

Gary Kout, Cheryl Strayed, Tim Williams (photo: Dale Robinette)




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Jocelyn Schmidt from Schmidt Family Vineyards

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Oregon Film and Travel Oregon partnered on the Oregon Screenings, and here at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland (photo: Dale Robinette)

Gary Kout introducing the "Wild About Film" campaign in Ashland.

Gary Kout introducing the “Wild About Film” campaign in Ashland.

Tim Neville (NY Times), Kevin Max, (editor 1859 Magazine), at the Bend screening

Tim Neville (NY Times), Kevin Max, (editor 1859 Magazine), at the Bend screening

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