The new #OregonMade Film History Mural and Poster Exhibit is located in the Portland International Airport’s south pedestrian tunnel which connects the parking garage to the terminal (underground between baggage claims 3 and 4.) It provides travelers with over 160 uninterrupted feet ofmural art and posters, representing a small collection of Oregon’s rich film hist ory. By creating this exhibit, we hope to aptly celebrate the unique and varied locations Oregon has to offer, the projects that have called Oregon home over the years, and the professional production communities that come together to make Oregon so film-friendly.
Since 1909, Oregon has played host to over 450 shows, all of which have utilized the state’s varied backdrops, from the early silent-era Iilm, The Fisherman’s Bride, shot in Astoria, to more recent television series like, Grimm and Portlandia, that called Portland home.
An illustrative interpretation of Oregon’s seven general geographic areas (Oregon Coast, Portland region, Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge, Central, Eastern,Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon) runs along the bottom length of the mural,indicating the various areas in which these projects have filmed over the last 50 years. The exhibit currently highlights 21 of the most recognized #OregonMade productions, each labeled with a locations list.
Why An Exhibit?
Every year, filming locations across Oregon draw many film and television fans from all over, creating a boom in tourism and fostering pride and ownership of the #OregonMade community and brand. The exhibit can be seen annually by more than 19 million travelers, some already familiar with the filming locations and #OregonMade shows, and many others who will enjoy the opportunity to learn more. The mural and exhibit will not only bring visually impactful interest to the tunnel, but will serve to educate and encourage Oregon as the versatile production
destination it is for productions, locals, and tourists alike. The mural and exhibit have been created in support and collaboration with the Portland International Airport and the PDX art program, and made possible through the generosity of our partners, who came together to provide funding:
Travel Oregon – The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon, works to enhance visitors’ experiences by providing information, resources and trip planning tools that inspire travel and consistently convey the exceptional quality of Oregon. The commission aims to improve Oregonians’ quality of life by strengthening the economic
impacts of the state’s $11.8 billion tourism industry that employs more than 112,000 Oregonians.
Visit Industry.TravelOregon.com to learn more.
Travel Portland – Travel Portland believes in the transformative effects of both travel and filmmaking. We support our region’s economy by marketing the Portland area as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travel. And we celebrate the films that bring Portland stories to the world — and jobs to the local creative community.
Darren Cools illustrated and designed the mural in collaboration with Oregon Film -Darren Cools has been drawing and designing for a living since 2008. His independent client work includes Oregon Film, Adidas, Daimler Trucks, and Portland Metro, as well as many small businesses. He is currently the Creative Director for a large non-profit,
and likes to write in his spare time. He lives in St. Johns in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, three children and one cat. Darren loves to ride bicycles, run, swim, talk around campfires, and spend a lot of time reading books.