Testimonial Videos from the Local Film Community in Support of Oregon’s Film Incentive Programs


The videos embedded here are just two examples of testimony from local companies that have directly benefited from Oregon’s film incentive programs.  These videos will be played for the Oergon State Legislature at the continuation of the initial house hearing (on HB 2167) this Friday.  HB 2167 proposes increasing the annual amount allocated to the Oregon Production Investment Fund (OPIF).

The testimonial videos from Mark “Sparky” Haleston of STP/Elite and Lana Veenker of Lana Veenker Casting will be submitted along with personal testimony from several other people from the Oregon Film community. Continue reading... “Testimonial Videos from the Local Film Community in Support of Oregon’s Film Incentive Programs”

“Meek’s Cutoff” screening to Benefit Oregon Cultural Trust – tickets available

Join us for a special screening of “Meek’s Cutoff,” Tuesday, March 15th at The Historic Elsinore Theatre in Salem.

All tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the Oregon Cultural Trust. Tickets can be purchased in person (check only) at the Oregon Film office, or at Tickets West or at the Elsinore Theatre Ticket Office. Thanks to many ticket sponsors for this event, the OMPA has free tickets available.  For more information, please go to their website.

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Good Washington Post article about “Meek’s Cutoff”

I came upon a link to this article in the Washington Post about “Meek’s Cutoff”.  The film is due to be released in theaters in April and I’m very curious to see how it does.  The film has already made the rounds at the Venice, Toronto, and Sundance Film Festivals and by in large the critics have given the film very good reviews.

For those of you who would like to see the film in March, stay tuned since we have finalized the plans to screen “Meek’s Cutoff” at the Elsinore Theater in Salem on March 15.  Continue reading... “Good Washington Post article about “Meek’s Cutoff””

“How to Die in Oregon” Wins at Sundance

How to Die in Oregon

It was already a banner year for Oregon film makers at Sundance with six films represented at the festival with Oregon ties.  At the final day awards ceremony, 2011 became an award winning year for Oregon film makers.  Portland based director Peter Richardson won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival which as Shawn Levy described it “one of the most prestigious awards that can be won by a non-fiction film anywhere in the world.”  Continue reading... ““How to Die in Oregon” Wins at Sundance”

An Interesting Environmental Film Collection

….will be showing at the Siskiyou Film Festival in Grants Pass, January 28th and 29th. This festival is a production of the Siskiyou Project, now in it’s 10th year.  The festival has rounded up a really interesting collection of films, all of which focus on environmental issues and some specific to the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading... “An Interesting Environmental Film Collection”

DIVA’s OpenLens Festival Offers an “Art of the Storyboard” Seminar

Eugene, OR. DIVA’s 2011 OpenLens Festival offers an “Art Of The Storyboard” seminar with Portland film director/ festival host Daniel Schafer from 10:00 – 11:30AM on Saturday, January 29th. Registration is $50. Students: $25. The session will be held at the UO Baker Center Downtown at 325 East 10th, Eugene.

The festival’s visiting filmmaker and host, Dan Schaefer, discusses his career as a storyboard artist, illustrator, and conceptual designer and will share his insights into the intricacies of pre-visualizing a film and TV production in this informative seminar session. Continue reading... “DIVA’s OpenLens Festival Offers an “Art of the Storyboard” Seminar”

SXSW Hosting a Party in Portland on January 11

Last Year's SXSW Festival

Tomorrow at the Doug Fir in Portland, the South by Southwest festival will be hosting an event.  I picked this up from Rick Turoczy’s Blog Silicon Florist.  SXSW has quickly ascended to become the premiere event that covers Film, Music and Interactive all in one place.  In other words, it’s a festival about the future of our industry. Continue reading... “SXSW Hosting a Party in Portland on January 11”

Do You Have An Environmental Message, Concern…….Opinion….

……… then this year’s 48 Hour Go Green project is inviting filmmakers to SPEAK UP AND CREATE!

Simultaneously,  on February 18th, 2011, in cities around the world , 48 Hour Go Green kicks off.  Teams will be given a brief and then have only 48 hours to get their films written, shot, edited and through post (you can secure equipment, actors and choose team members ahead of time but must register prior to the kickoff) before finally submitting for competition.  The early bird special expires January 19th. Continue reading... “Do You Have An Environmental Message, Concern…….Opinion….”

Thank You Governor Kulongoski – Annual Meeting Huge Success

Industry Honors Gov. Kulongoski

Attending our Annual Meeting was Governor Kulongoski, members of the Governor’s Office of Film & Television Board, as well nominees for the annual awards and a large audience of industry professionals at the newly rennovated Lincoln Performance Hall at PSU on Friday evening.   PSU‘s technical team made it possible to catch up on industry happenings in Ashland, Bend and Eugene via  live broadcast by teleconference bridge.

Governor Kulongoski presented awards to:

Innovation In Media Arts AwardNaturalPoint OptiTrack, Insight VCS,

Innovation award to Natural Point Optitrack VCS

Film Advocate Awards went to Rob Burchfield (Traffiic Operations, Portland Dept. Continue reading... “Thank You Governor Kulongoski – Annual Meeting Huge Success”

Does Oregon Have The Best City To Live, Work & Make Movies In?

Every year Movie Maker Magazine surveys independent filmmakers in the united states to find the best cities live and work in.  They focus on a number of criteria; good cost of living, employment opportunities, quality of life, affordable home prices and of course financial incentives, availability of locations and quantity of crew and vendors.

The annual best places to “live, work and make movies” will be out in their magazine’s winter edition, which is released at Sundance next year.  We would love to be on that top ten list again…..so Continue reading... “Does Oregon Have The Best City To Live, Work & Make Movies In?”