Meek’s Cutoff Selected For Toronto Film Festival

Meek's Cutoff was shot entirely on location in the high desert in Burns, Oregon

The Toronto Film Festival has announced its 2010 lineup.  Among them is Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff” as part of the Comtemporary World Cinema  Programme.

Kelly Reichardt directed the short films Ode (99), Then a Year (01) and Travis (04). Her feature films include River of Grass (94), Old Joy (06), which won a Tiger Award at the 2006 Rotterdam International Film Festival, Wendy and Lucy (08), which was named best film of 2008 by the Toronto Film Critics Association. Continue reading... “Meek’s Cutoff Selected For Toronto Film Festival”

OPB's Think Out Loud, Fri. Aug. 13th:Oregon on Screen

What is Oregon’s on-screen image… and how are the TV and film industries faring here?

We’ve been reading lots of TV show news recently. The TNT show Leverage, which will wrap up shooting its third season on Friday, just announced it would be back in Oregon for a fourth season. Fans of the online series Thunderant will be happy to hear that it’s being turned into a new show all about Portland, debuting next year on the Independent Film Channel. Continue reading... “OPB's Think Out Loud, Fri. Aug. 13th:Oregon on Screen”

DP Thomas Del Ruth's latest

Oregon resident, Thomas Del Ruth, gets a shout out for his wonderful work on Rob Reiner’s latest film.  View Mr. Del Ruth’s extensive filmography at: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0215878/

‘Flipped’ and charmed

August 06, 2010|By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As he proved so winningly in “Stand by Me,” Rob Reiner is a filmmaker who has a way of telling stories about kids, suffusing them with ambivalence and insecurity about their still-evolving selves that feels both heartfelt and authentic.
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Interesting Trend in Box Office Receipts

I was reading this post from Deadline Hollywood today that predicts that the U.S. box office receipts will only account for 30% of the total worldwide box office receipts by 2014.  That’s an amazing number.  Why?  Because it will most likely change the way films are developed.  If you’ve already noticed that there are more and more films out there that require less dialogue (think all of the comic book films and “Transformers”) it’s probably because the studios are looking to appeal to the world wide market more than before. Continue reading... “Interesting Trend in Box Office Receipts”

"Meeks Cutoff" in Competition at the Venice Intl. Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival announced that Kelly Reichardt’s feature “Meeks Cutoff” which was shot in Burns, OR, will be in competition at this year’s festival in September. The film was produced by Oregon native Neil Kopp and it is his third film with Kelly (“Old Joy” and “Wendy and Lucy“).  The film stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, and Paul Dano.  Recently Paul Dano talked about filming “Meeks” in this interview.    For those who don’t know the story behind the making of the film, it’s pretty remarkable that they were even able to complete the film. Continue reading... “"Meeks Cutoff" in Competition at the Venice Intl. Film Festival”

Oregon Film Highlighted in the Hollywood Reporter

(Originally posted at http://www.oregonfilmandtvdollars.com)

Oregon’s film industry got quite the write-up yesterday in the Hollywood Reporter! The producers of TNT’s Leverage had wonderful things to say about shooting in Oregon, including this quote about Oregon’s talent from Co-Creator Jon Rogers:

“When we got up there we were expecting to fly in three or four cast members an episode, but we average about one or two,” co-creator/executive producer John Rogers says. “Some of the (local) actors have been so good, we’ve made them recurring characters on the show.”

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What Can the Oregon Film Industry Expect From a New Governor?

*Note: This is an opinion piece written by Portland-area actor Harold Phillips and originally posted on his blog at http://trishandharold.blogspot.com.  The views expressed here are his own, and are not necessarily the views of the administrators of the Oregon Confluence blog.

Well, someone out there gets it! Take a look at what showed up in my change yesterday when I bought a Viso at my corner mini-mart!

While the legality of writing on US currency is a bit questionable, the message is clear – the Film and TV industry in Oregon is bringing money into the economy! Continue reading... “What Can the Oregon Film Industry Expect From a New Governor?”

Yogi Bear Visits Silver Falls State Park

50 ft technocrane on a platform at the top of South Falls, Silver Falls State Park

Yogi Bear shot and completed filming on this live action 3D animated film project in New Zealand earlier this year but production needed some further shots for the opening scenes.  After scouting Oregon and a few other states, Silver Falls State Park was deemed dramatic and on a grand enough scale to easily portray Jellystone Park.  Continue reading... “Yogi Bear Visits Silver Falls State Park”

Special Presentation: “Arráncame la Vida”

The Portland Latin American Film Festival invites you to join director Roberto Sneider for a special presentation of the award winning Mexican film Tear this Heart Out (Arráncame la Vida),  Thursday May 27th,2010 at 7:00 PM at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, Or.) Continue reading... “Special Presentation: “Arráncame la Vida””

Moon Tribe Studios Completes Principal Photography for "Population 2"

Portland's Shanghai tunnel used as a location in "Population 2."

Directed by Gil Luna, Produced by Gil Luna, Jonathan Stark, Golightly Films, Timothy Schneider. “Population 2” is a new and exciting independent film shot at historic places in Oregon. The production just finished principal photography at three of Oregon’s most historic locations; The Gordon House (designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright), The Shanghai Tunnels and the soon to be torn down Fairview Hospital in Salem.

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