Eastern Oregon Filmmaker Residency Program Announces 2023 Cohort

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is excited to announce the cohort for the 2023 Eastern Oregon Filmmaker Residency Program, taking place from April 30-May 26 in La Grande.

The selected attendees will be hosted at The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs and will engage with the community, Eastern Oregon University Students and Faculty, local businesses, and more as they focus on writing screenplays that are informed and enriched by their time in the Grande Ronde Valley.

This residency is supported by the recently formed Creative Opportunity Fund.

The nearly month-long stay will provide a tranquil retreat for our residents, as a means to develop and tune their screenplay, as well as to explore logistics around its potential to be produced in Eastern Oregon. “One of the festival’s primary goals has been and will continue to be building industry interest in our area while nurturing local projects and professional career pathways,” says Festival Director Christopher Jennings. “Over the past 13 years, Eastern Oregon Film Festival has brought hundreds of filmmakers to La Grande for our annual flagship event each October and nearly every one of them has expressed a desire to visit again.”

Listed below, this year’s cohort brings a variety of professional experience, award-winning talent, unique perspectives, and a passion for bringing stories to life that will energize creation and collaboration in the development of their projects.

Through planned adventures and engagement opportunities, EOFF’s goal is to build a connection between the artists and our community, laying the groundwork for more production in the future. The 2021 Residency resulted in the recent filming of Breakup Season, a feature narrative shot entirely in La Grande, from Writer and Director H. Nelson Tracey.  Explorations of The Grande Ronde Valley and its outstanding locations, both scenic and historic are planned. A public-facing event will be held in the final week of the residency program at HQ, located at 112 Depot Street (EOFF Headquarters). Information on attending the public events and details about the program can be found on the EOFF website at www.eofilmfest.com/filmmaker-residency or by emailing [email protected].

Special support and funding for this project has been provided by the Roundhouse Foundation, Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Creative Fund, Praise Photography, and many individual donations via our Feed a Filmmaker fundraising campaign. You can support these Filmmakers during their stay by donating at the EOFF website. Eastern Oregon Film Festival wishes to express gratitude for the ongoing support and investment in this program from our community.

2023 Eastern Oregon Filmmaker(s) in Residence are; Anna Baumgarten, Alex Bush, Garrett Detrixhe, Linda Mai Green, Kat Hunt, and Max McGillivray. (For more information on the 2023 cohort, see here.)


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