Selected Films From The Minor Cinemas Of Oregon@Siren Theater, May 5, 2:00 PM

On Saturday May 5, at 2:00 PM at the enchanting Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis, archivists Elizabeth Peterson, Libby Burke, and Dennis Nyback will present a screening of selected films from the minor cinemas of Oregon.


Elizabeth Peterson will screen LUTHER METKE AT 94 (1979), directed by Jorge Preloren & Steve Raymen. 27 min, color, shot on 16mm.

“A portrait of Luther Metke who has lived in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon since 1907. Tells how he was a veteran of the Spanish American War, an early labor organizer, a poet, and a builder, and today serves as a vital and lucid example of the rural ethic in America.” Continue reading... “Selected Films From The Minor Cinemas Of Oregon@Siren Theater, May 5, 2:00 PM”

2018 Oregon Film History Conference – May 4

Photo credit: Dawn Smallman

Since 2015, Oregon Cartoon Institute has offered an annual one day crash course in Oregon film history attended by educators, historians, curators, librarians, archivists, writers and filmmakers.

Fourth Annual Oregon Film History Conference
Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
University of Oregon, White Stag Auditorium
70 NW Couch
Portland, OR

This year’s conference focuses on the minor cinemas of Oregon: newsreels, educational films, industrial films, promotional films, scientific films, television commercials, student films, experimental films, animation, home movies. Continue reading... “2018 Oregon Film History Conference – May 4”

“Citizen Blue” (Miller, 2017), premieres at NWFC/Oct. 19, 7:00 PM

On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:00 PM, NWFC premieres Dan Miller’s new documentary about Oregon’s first Oscar nominated filmmaker, James Blue. Ben Popp leads the post film discussion with Dan Miller, Sheldon Renan, Richard N. Blue, Brooke Jacobson, Anne Richardson.

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James Blue (1930-1980) was on the founding faculty of AFI and was the founding director of Rice Media Center in Houston, where he also founded SWAMP (Southwest Alternative Media Project) and The Territory, a KUHT public television showcase for independent film. Continue reading... ““Citizen Blue” (Miller, 2017), premieres at NWFC/Oct. 19, 7:00 PM”

Writing The West@Black Hat Books, Oct. 12, 7:00 PM

Who writes the West? Rich Wandschneider, Richard Etulain, and Anne Richardson will pool their thoughts on October 12, at 7:00 PM at Black Hat Books, 2831 NE MLK.

Richard W. Etulain is a prize-winning historian specializing in the history of the American West. He has been honored as president of both the Western Literature and Western History Associations. His most recent book is about Ernest Haycox, a Portland writer who grew up alongside a brand new art form: the Western.

Rich Wandschneider is the director of the Alvin M. Continue reading... “Writing The West@Black Hat Books, Oct. 12, 7:00 PM”

Bill Plympton Speaks, Oct. 15 & 16, UNDERGROUND USA


On Oct 15, 2016, two time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton will appear as a guest speaker at Oregon Cartoon Institute‘s one day symposium UNDERGROUND USA. The following evening he will introduce a program of his short films at the Mission Theater.

UNDERGROUND USA is one day public history/arts education event which focuses on one chapter of Oregon print cartooning history. It was created in partnership with UO Comics & Cartooning Studies and PSU Comic Studies, and with support from Oregon Historical Society. Continue reading... “Bill Plympton Speaks, Oct. 15 & 16, UNDERGROUND USA”