The Portland Circuit Presents: “FRANK & ZED”



Oregon Film and the OregonMade Creative Foundation have teamed up with four of the best independent cinemas in Portland, The Northwest Film Center, The Hollywood Theatre, Clinton Street Theater and Cinema 21, to announce the fifth film of The Portland Circuit, a unique program designed to give locally produced, #OregonMade feature length films a short preview screening window in the city.

These preview screenings consist of a four-day run, with one night at each theatre, in the four “quadrants” of Portland.

Coming April 27- 30, 2020 is Jesse Blanchard’s magnificently unique and extreme puppet monster movie:

“Frank & Zed”

Frank & Zed is the story of two monsters left behind when their maker is murdered by torch-wielding villagers. Centuries later, when they’re finally discovered, they must confront a bloodthirsty mob — and the history they buried along with their master.

Made entirely with classic glove puppets and full of old-school practical effects, from cloud tank shots to fiendishly complex puppet disembowelments and decapitations, Frank & Zed is a blood-soaked homage to classic monster movies and handcrafted cinema.

A breakthrough film by a visionary new director, Frank & Zed celebrates everything audiences love about horror and monster movies, but it also aims higher, telling a story that is deeply emotional and surprisingly tender.

“As fun as it is scary.” Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night)

“Unbelievably Ambitious.” Chris Walas (Oscar Winner, The Fly, Gremlins) 

This film is not appropriate for children.

About The Filmmaker

Writer/director Jesse Blanchard tapped into the explosively creative energy of Portland, Oregon’s arts scene to assemble a team who shared his punk rock sensibility and his ambition. Working and shooting mostly in Blanchard’s garage, the team (almost none of whom had ever worked on a feature film before) made everything by hand: the sets, the actors, and an array of intricate props that bring to life the folklore and rich history of Frank and Zed’s world.

“Frank & Zed” will hold preview screenings in four of the best independent cinemas in Portland –

The Hollywood Theatre – Monday, April 27 at 7p (Tickets)

Clinton Street Theatre – Tuesday, April 28 at 7p (Tickets)

Cinema 21 – Wednesday, April 29 at 7p (Tickets)

Northwest Film Center at The Whitsell Theatre – Thursday, April 30 at 7p

Puppets, puppeteers, and crew will in attendance at each screening.

Watch the teaser trailer here.

Directed By: Jesse Blanchard

Produced By: Jesse Blanchard, Evan Baily

Written By: Jesse Blanchard

Production Company: Puppetcore Films

Screenings of past films on The Portland Circuit include “Sex Weather,” “Phoenix, Oregon,” “Canopy Stories” and “My Summer as a Goth.”

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