#OregonMadeShows Exhibit Opens At PDX

#OregonMadeShows Exibit

In collaboration with PDXART, and many other partners (please see list below) a new exhibit is up on Concourse E, at the Portland International Airport this week.  The exhibit showcases “vignettes” of artifacts, props and images from just a few of the 400+ feature films & television shows that have utilized Oregon as their production backdrop over the years.  From the early silent era films like “Fisherman’s Bride” (shot in Astoria, 1908), to “Grimm”, the popular NBC television series currently shooting in Portland, Oregon has played an important role in production. #OregonMadeShows bring considerable collaboration, recognition, revenue and employment to the state. To see all the feature films, TV shows and series that have shot in Oregon to date, see our filmography here.  The #OregonMadeShows exhibit will be up at PDX for 6 months.

In the fall of 2016, be sure and stop at the new Hollywood Theatre @PDX. The theatre will feature “short films telling stories specific to Oregon, provide artist residency opportunities inviting collaboration between national/international media artists and local filmmakers, and host special events and visiting guests.”

Also of note, the Oregon Historical Society has a vast moving image collection of early local filmmakers, early newsreels, family movies, commercial/industrial films, and scenic and wildlife films, some of which can be viewed at the museum.

For more #OregonMadeShows related events around the state, and production news, visit The Confluence blog.

Do you want to visit some of Oregon’s filming locations? Check out a few suggested itineraries. from Travel Oregon.

The 6 Vignettes: #OregonMadeShows #OregonMade


Now in it’s 7th season, “Portlandia”, created by Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel has won three Emmys  (“Outstanding Production Design”2015, “Outstanding Costume Design”2011, 2013), two Art Directors Guild Awards (“Excellence in Production Design” 2014, 2015), one Gracie Allen Award (“Outstanding Female Actor in Supporting Role – Carrie Brownstein”, 2012), a Peabody Award (IFC, 2012),  and a Writers Guild of America Award (“Best Comedy/Variety”, 2013), and numerous nominations. “Portlandia” has shot in many locations around the Portland Metro area, including In Other Words Feminist Community Center that stands in for the “Feminist Bookstore”.  The show “explores the eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture”. IFC

With thanks to IFC and Sidestreet Entertainment for the loan of costumes and props.

Costumes Designed by: Amanda Needham, Assistant designer: Jayme Hansen, Wardrobe Supervisor: Jordan Hamilton, Wardrobe team: Courtney Goe, Patsy Gelb, Jacque leek, Andrea Johnson, Katy Seibel and Bree Goertzen.

The Librarians

Produced by TNT and Electric Entertainment, the same producers that brought you “Leverage” – “The Librarians” series “centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts, including the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny and Excalibur.” TNT. Starring Noah Wyle, Rebecca Romjin, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Harlan Kim, and John Laroquette. “The Librarians” props and wardrobe are on loan to Port of Portland courtesy of Ex Libris Productions, Inc., Electric Entertainment and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland, Oregon. Props were curated by Prop Master John Pearson-Denning. The costume by Artisans: Dianna Lee, Sadako Moss, Alice Risser, Christine Smith-McNamara. Professional costume rentals available at www.osfcostumerentals.org


Fox Searchlight Pictures and Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard, produced (Oregonian) Cheryl Strayed’s novel, “Wild, From lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” into the feature film “Wild” that shot in more locations throughout Oregon than any other project filmed in the state to date.  From southern Oregon; Crater Lake and Ashland; to the Badlands, Smith Rock and Bend in Central Oregon; and also the Portland metro area, Timberline and Bridge of The Gods in the Columbia River Gorge, to name a few.  Over 100 Oregon crew worked on the movie, and almost 30 local actors.  Even though most of the film plays for California, around 60 locations in Oregon were utilized.

Starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, written by Nick Hornby .

Props Exhibited with the permission of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation.

One Flew Over The Cuckoos’ Nest

Starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Danny Devito, and Will Sampson, William Redfield, Christopher Lloyd,  Brad Dourif. Directed by Milos Forman, produced by Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz.

“One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” was adapted into a screenplay from the novel (written by Oregonian Ken Kesey) and the stage play by the same name. The film won critical acclaim when it came out in 1975. “Cuckoo’s Nest” shot on location at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. Many of the patients at the time were extras and crewmembers, and Dr. Dean Brooks, the hospital’s Superintendent, was cast as Dr. John Spivey. Brooks was integral to the film being shot at the Oregon State Hospital and he famously included the patients in the decision making process. “Cuckoo’s Nest” walked away with 5 Oscars in 1976. The hydrotherapy machine in the exhibit is an exact replica of the machine seen in the movie. To see the original, along with other “on-screen” props from the film, visit the Museum of Mental Health in Salem, Oregon. The replica was built by Oakley Design Worldwide.

The Goonies

Written by Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus, and directed by Richard Donner, “The Goonies” shot mainly in Astoria and Cannon Beach.   Starring, Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak and Anne Ramsey. “The Goonies” opened in 1985 and has now become a cult classic with fans from all over the world, many of whom visit Astoria every year on Goonies Day.

“From the imagination of Steven Spielberg, The Goonies plunges a band of small heroes into a swashbuckling surprise-around-every corner quest beyond their wildest dreams! Following a mysterious treasure map into a spectacular underground realm of twisting passages, outrageous booby-traps and a long-lost pirate ship full of golden doubloons, the kids race to stay one step ahead of a family of bumbling bad guys…and a mild mannered monster with a face only a mother could love.”

“The Goonies” and all related characters and elements are ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)  Props and artifacts are on loan from the Oregon Film Museum & Clatsop County Historical Society.  THE GOONIES and all related characters and elements are ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s16)

National Lampoon’s Animal House

“One of the most popular movie comedies of all time is also the film that made John Belushi a star. This raunchy, screwball comedy, directed with madcap zest by John Landis, offers a relentless spoof of 1960’s college life by following the hilarious adventures of the Delta fraternity. In addition to Belushi as “Bluto” Blutarsky, the outstanding cast includes Tim Matheson, Tom Hulce, Stephen “Flounder” Furst, Karen Allen, Donald Sutherland, Peter Riegert and Kevin Bacon, along with Otis Day and the Knights with their show-stopping performance of “Shout.””

Released in 1978 by Universal Pictures, and shot on location in Eugene (including the Autzen Stadium, and Hayward Field where Nike athlete Steve Prefontaine raced) as well as locations in Cottage Grove. The Palladian window arch seen in the exhibit,

is the only known remaining piece of the original “Delta House” location in Eugene. The house, owned by the Patterson Family, donated it to the University of Oregon, where eventually it became a rented fraternity house, and then chosen as a key location for the film.

Props are artifacts are on loan from Katherine Wilson.


A special thanks to Portland Store Fixtures for the mannequins.

This exhibit was made possible by our partners & with thanks to:

Photo thanks, Dr.Ulista Brooks and Deni Hoover
Photo thanks, Dr.Ulista Brooks and Deni Hoover




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