It is a forgotten piece of film history for all but the staunchest of aficionados, and its box office draw was almost nonexistent; yet a little-known feature film in the last thralls of the silent film era stands as a remarkable footnote in history as the first feature-length student film ever made – completed by University of Oregon students. Continue reading... “University of Oregon Coeds Made The Very First Student Feature Film”
The series is called “The Fairfield Boys” and we are bringing the great American western to Oregon!
In the backwoods of the old west, two brother outlaws (The Fairfield Boys), are hunted by a skilled bounty hunter out for his own kind of justice. Inescapably the brother’s lives are intertwined with two unsuspecting runaways, changing all of their lives forever. From the rights and the wrongs, to the twists and the turns, they discover the bonds of family among thieves in this five part mini-series set in the old west. Continue reading... “The Great American Western Comes to Oregon”
Larry Drake plays the eponymous title character as the crazy son of a crazy heart surgeon who seeks revenge on the small town that killed his dad. Dr. Giggles doesn’t discriminate, and kills teenagers, cops, old lady busybodies, and anyone else who gets in his way.
Holly Marie Combs (CHARMED, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) stars alongside Portland locations like Franklin High School and Oaks Amusement Park. Continue reading... “#OregonMade “Dr. Giggles” Halloween Screening”
Yesterday, at the Hammond Marina, Warrenton, the 8th sign on the Historic Oregon Film Trail was unveiled. For film buffs, Oregon is a haven of locations and stories from more than 100 years of filmmaking. Inspired by these nostalgic backdrops, The Historic Oregon Film Trail, launched in Astoria earlier this year was designed to identify iconic set locations around the state. The latest addition to the trail—highlighting the scenic Columbia River views from “Free Willy”— will be in the neighboring town of Warrenton, Oregon. Continue reading... “8th Stop On The Historic Oregon Film Trail – Hammond Marina, Warrenton”
The short film Nowheres Wolf: A Call Not Answered is inspired by the life of Oregon’s famous wolf named Journey, aka OR-7. The film is mid-production and starting to take off, hitting some heartfelt points in the film and animation industry including developing non-toxic building materials for artists and makers as well as advocating for local wildlife.
In an interview with Oregon Wild, Nowheres Wolf creator Suzanne Moulton shared “I’m a big believer in “Think Globally, Act Locally” so I’ve focused on inspiring people to take small actions at home that can make a big difference in whether a local species dies or thrives. Continue reading... “New Stop-Motion Independent Film celebrating the iconic Oregon wolf named Journey”
This has become something of a tradition, at least in our minds. As we come to the end of another fiscal year, we want to take a moment and reflect on some of the things we have been able to accomplish during the past year and hopefully come up with some improvements for the next.
As part of Oregon Film’s effort to reach projects and talent that are not being directly impacted by our incentive programs, we helped create a separate non-profit called the, #OregonMade Creative Foundation (OMCF). Continue reading... “Oregon Film: Who We Are and What We Do (Update 2019)”
As part of the closing out of our 50th year, our friends and colleagues at Travel Oregon have put together an incredible itinerary of places to visit to further celebrate some of the amazing #OregonMade shows that this state has been lucky enough to host over the years.
From “Wild” and “Twilight” to “Paint Your Wagon” and “The General” – Oregon is awash with iconic locations from iconic shows – 110 years, to be exact.
And this is just the beginning. Continue reading... “Travel Oregon Leads You to Your Favorite Oregon Film and TV Location”
The Gem Theatre is located in Athena—a small, community surrounded by wheat fields in the northeast corner of Oregon. The theatre showed its first “moving pictures” in 1909 and closed in 1968. Four decades of decay followed—an all too common tale of theatres lost forever. But, in the case of the Gem, a handful of determined volunteers intervened beginning in 2004. Continue reading... “Athena’s Gem Theatre – Getting A New Lease Of Life”
Kristi Turnquist (Oregonian/Oregon Live) is looking back at our shared film history here in Oregon and will be writing about and “taking note of memorable – and notorious – moments” in coming weeks. Firstly, Turnquist took a look at 50 actors, all of whom have worked here in the state, and who have “helped turn their Oregon-filmed projects into fan favorites.”
Read it here. #OregonMade
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”