Dru Holley’s “Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting On Two Fronts” Makes Portland Premiere

In 1866, six all-Black cavalry and infantry regiments were created after congress passed the Army Organization Act. They came to be known as Buffalo Soldiers.

Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts explores the often-contradictory role played by the Black soldiers throughout American history, emphasizing the settling of the American West and colonialism abroad.

Director Dru Holley is a Vancouver, WA-based filmmaker, and the documentary features interviews with Quintard Taylor (Ph.D. Historian at UW), Ryan Booth (Ph.D. Candidate, WSU), and members of the Buffalo Soldiers of Seattle (based in Roy, WA), among many others.

Don’t miss the Portland Premiere on Monday, October 17 at 10:00pm at Oregon Shore Crab Theatre [Link]. The second screening is Sunday, October 23 at 12:15pm at Red Rock Crab Theatre. Dru Holley will be in attendance at both screenings, and the film is also available the stream throughout the fest.

Watch the trailer here.

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Peek Behind-The-Scenes On #OregonMade “Pinocchio”

#OregonMade “Pinocchio,” directed by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, has released a beautiful behind-the-scenes peek at the making of this stop-motion animated musical.  “Pinocchio” is a co-production of del Toro, The Jim Henson Company, and Portland-based ShadowMachine. ShadowMachine also created the popular Bojack Horseman and The Shivering Truth, among other shows. The film features Ewan McGregor, David Bradley, and Gregory Mann, other cast includes Finn Wolfhard, Cate Blanchett, John Turturro, Ron Perlman, Tim Blake Nelson, Burn Gorman, Christoph Waltz, and Tilda Swinton.  Del Toro is also producing with Lisa Henson, Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment. Blanca Lista will co-produce.

Read more from the Hollywood Reporter.  “Pinocchio” is coming to Netflix this December.

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OregonLive Discovers Some Background To “Outdoor School”

Vin Shambry on the set of Outdoor School. (Photo: OregonLive)

Kristi Turnquist (OregonLive) spent a day last month on set of the independent film “Outdoor School” talking to the creative team about the inspiration behind the film. (Read here.)

The Film tells the story of, Vin Shambry, “a Black 12-year-old boy in Portland, Oregon. Homeless, Vin sleeps under a tree in the park with his mother and baby sister, by day palling around with his school-yard friend, the daughter of a famous shoe designer. Vin’s 6th-grade class embarks on an educational coming-of-age adventure known as Outdoor School. Reluctant to leave his family, Vin goes on the trip, where his worldview is transformed by nature and caring adults.” (https://www.outdoorschoolthemovie.com/)

The main creative team consists of, Ime M. Etuk (Writer and Director,) Ifanyi Bell (Producer,) and Vin Shambry (Author and Executive Producer). Bell is also the Executive Producer of Open Signal Labs, and Etuk, Founder of Lion Speaks, a nonprofit with a mission to educate, expose, and empower under-served racial groups in the media industry, through educational opportunities in medial literacy, mentoring, training, and job placement.  #OregonMade “Outdoor School” has just recently finished filming in the Portland Metro area.

Read more on “Outdoor School” in OregonLive.

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“The GrimmCast” – A New Podcast Re-Watch Party Goes Down Memory Lane

Grimm (NBC)

Sean Hayes and Todd Milliners’ Hazy Mills Productions has announced a new podcast slate. One on the list is, “The GrimmCast,” described as a re-watch party and behind-the-scenes discussion with Erik McCormack and stars, Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, and Bree Turner.

Read more here from OregonLive.

NBC’s “Grimm” filmed in Metro Portland from 2011-2017.

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“The Road” is the Next #OregonMade Screening at The Hollywood Theatre

On Monday October 24, 2022, Viggo Mortensen walks the titular path with son Kodi Smit McPhee trying escape fires, famine, road warriors, cannibals and the memory of Charlize Theron in this post-apocalyptic road movie adapted from the Cormac McCarthy Novel as part of the #OregonMade Film Series at the Hollywood Theatre.

John Hillcoat directs the long trek of “the good guys” that takes in parts of Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Mount St. Helens and the Columbia River Gorge culminating on the Oregon coast at the moody wreck of the Peter Iredale at Ft. Stevens.

The screening is free to Hollywood Theatre members. Find out more and book your tickets here.

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China Forbes to Release New Solo Material



Pink Martini, Portland Oregon’s globetrotting, self-described “little orchestra,” is excited to announce that lead singer China Forbes, the Voice of Pink Martini since 1995, is releasing new solo material on the band’s label Heinz Records for the first time since her autobiographical album 78, which came out in 2008. The second single from this long-awaited new recording project is “Rise”, a personal and uplifting tribute to Forbes’s friend and former bandmate, percussionist Derek Rieth, who lost a long battle with bi- polar disorder and died by suicide in 2014.

Listen to “Rise” on Spotify here

Listen to “Rise” on Apple Music here

Listen to “Rise” on Soundcloud here



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#OregonMade “Significant Other” Set To Stream On Paramount+

“A young couple take a remote backpacking trip through the Pacific Northwest and face sinister events leading them to realize that everything about the place is not as it seems.”

Just in time for the spooky season, the #OregonMade, Paramount Pictures’ sci-fi horror movie, “Significant Other,”will World Premiere at the 2022 New York Comic Con, and will debut on Paramount+ on Friday, October 7th in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, and Italy (and later this year in additional international territories where Paramount+ is available.)

“Significant Other” stars Maika Monroe (“It Follows,” “The Guest,” “Watcher,”) and is written and directed by Dan Berk and Robert Olsen (“Villains “) and filmed in Oregon (Silver Falls State Park and the Oregon Coast) during the 2021-22 production season.

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Willamette Writers Fall Programming Begins!

I hope you’ve been enjoying the end of August. We had such a great time at the Willamette Writers Conference (have you seen some of the pictures?) and are now getting ready for a new year of programming.

Keep checking in on that events calendar. Right now, you’ll see a workshop coming up with Eric Witchey, Coffee at Your Kitchen Table, Graphic Novels for our young writers, plus our Write Place Productivity Meeting.

And, of course, there is a brand new feature up in the menu bar – our HILLSBORO CHAPTER! Meetings at the Brookwood Library in Washington County start next month. Make sure you get on the Hillsboro mailing list.

It’s going to be a great fall, with more announcements coming your way soon. For now, sharpen your pencils and open your laptops. We have work to do.

Happy Writing!

Kate Ristau
Executive Director

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Klamath Independent Film Festival includes Animal House extravaganza

For the 10th anniversary of the annual Klamath Independent Film Festival (KIFF), exclusively showcasing made-in-Oregon films, a grand celebration will commence honoring arguably the greatest comedy film in history and shot on location in Oregon – National Lampoon’s Animal House.

Taking place Sept. 16-18 at the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls and streaming online via Eventive, the film festival will feature over 30 films shot in Oregon or made by Oregon resident filmmakers, including several world premieres and multiple films made in the Klamath Basin. On-stage activities will be simultaneously livestreamed for online viewers and all films made available on- demand for a limited time.

Opening KIFF will be a street festival on Friday, Sept. 16 complete with food trucks and beer garden, presented as an Animal House-style toga party. Activities will include a making-of documentary, “Animal House of Blues,” a special presentation by original National Lampoon’s Animal House Casting Director Katherine Wilson, and a screening of the iconic film complete with toga costume contest and “shout!” dance-off on-stage. The evening will culminate with a cast reunion featuring multiple actors from the film. Attendees are strongly encouraged to dress up for the occasion in their best toga or college-related attire.

The festival will continue on Saturday, Sept. 17 highlighting selected feature-length films shot across the state, including a special panel discussion highlighting the Modoc Wars and Klamath Tribes surrounding two films made about the Modoc Wars – “Modoc Nation: An Untold Story of Survival,” and a narrative short film shot near Tulelake last year, “This is Their Land.” Saturday will culminate with a world premiere of a Klamath Falls-produced murder-mystery film, “Duplicity,” with cast on hand for the screening.

Sunday programming will open with a K-12 student film showcase and short film selections, ending with an awards ceremony that includes $5,000 in cash prizes and custom-made awards by the

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Southern Cascade Woodcrafters Guild. The Woodcrafters Guild, comprised of master craftsmen in the Klamath Basin, for the third year in a row will produce one-of-a-kind art pieces carved out of native Oregon wood specific to each of the winning films in each category. Six awards will be distributed in total, divided geographically as northern and southern Oregon divisions among K-12 student films, short films (under 40 minutes in length), and feature films (over 40 minutes).

The festival has garnered a reputation as the premier Oregon-centric film fest, drawing filmmakers and film fans to the Klamath Basin from across the Pacific Northwest for a multi-day celebration of Oregon’s diverse landscape and artistic endeavors. It features animation, documentaries, and narrative films spanning many genres. Additionally Klamath Falls last year was honored with a historic marker on the Oregon Film Trail in recognition of the film “Phoenix, Oregon” – made in Klamath Falls in 2018.

KIFF is produced annually by Klamath Film – a 501c3 nonprofit that promotes, inspires and supports filmmaking through programming, education, and outreach. Among its endeavors is an annual youth film camp, various film showcases throughout the calendar year, professional film equipment and liaison support for film crews interested in filming in the Klamath Basin, and the annual Klamath Independent Film Festival. The organization also hosts free monthly member meetings as networking opportunities that feature a Hollywood industry professional as featured guest each month, most recently Wilson regaling the participants with behind-the-scenes stories of the making of Animal House.

Tickets for KIFF vary from single-day passes for $25, weekend passes for $40, an online pass for $40, and a festival-wide pass including online livestreaming/on-demand access for $50. Tickets to the opening night street festival and Animal House toga party celebration are $15.

Tickets can be acquired in advance at www.klamathfilm.org/festival.

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Eastern Oregon Film Fest Official Selections Announcement

Eastern Oregon Film Festival will be celebrating its thirteenth year of independent film, music, and conversation in La Grande and has released the Official Selections for #EOFF2022.  The Festival opens Thursday, October 20 and runs through late Saturday Evening, October 22.

This year’s call for entries saw a record number of submissions, of which 33 films were selected for physical and virtual exhibition. Filmmakers whose work has been selected are invited to La Grande to celebrate with the EOFF community, connect with other artists, and represent their work in-person. The festival combines three days of film exhibition, live music events, Q&A’s and community-minded conversations.

The full program, schedule, trailers and ticket options for #EOFF2022 will be available in the coming weeks.  Passes are available for purchase on the festival website and will grant access to all films and after-parties. For those who cannot attend in person, virtual passes are available. All tickets can be purchased (with an early bird discount until September 7!)  at https://www.eofilmfest.com/tickets/

EOFF programming champions authentic voices, experimentation with cinematic form, and hilarious, heartfelt, or otherwise curious genre experiments. The program this year brings together a range of genres, formats, thoughts and imaginations, emotions and contemplations into a weekend packed with a life’s worth of storytelling.

Eastern Oregon Film Festival will screen films in-person, primarily at Eastern Oregon University, with special screenings at The Liberty Theatre and The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs. Live music & afterparties will be held at HQ, a creative studio and event venue in downtown La Grande. Additionally, select films and events will be available through the virtual on demand festival and can be streamed from your home, anywhere in the world.

Eastern Oregon Film Festival is sponsored in part by Eastern Oregon University, Koerner Camera, Oregon Film, HQ, Side A Brewing, The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs, and The Roundhouse Foundation and Eventive. For information on becoming a sponsor, volunteering, or to make a donation in support of this program please contact [email protected] and visit https://www.eofilmfest.com/.


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