Thank You, Commissioner Fish

For believing in art and artists, for finding solutions, for fighting for what was right, for helping us find a better way to do things, thank you.

For all of the handwritten notes, for all of the visits to sets and attendance at premieres, for pushing us to increase opportunities for everyone, thank you.

For being passionate about people and stories and causes, for being accessible and constructive, for standing up for friends and strangers alike, thank you.

For dedicating a street, a sign and a bike rack, for always calling with ideas and helping us enact them, for speaking out when many of us wouldn’t, thank you.

For making us passionate about the Thorns, the Timbers, dance, film, theatre and documentaries, for attending events, gatherings, celebrations and remembrances, for addressing crowds and individuals with insight and understanding.

For being a friend, a confidant, a creator, a supporter and a constant presence.

We will remember.

We will miss you.


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Spotlight On Scott Vanderpool – Welding Design & Fabrication Specialist

Scott Vanderpool, welding design and fabrication specialist for Portland Parks & Recreation and owner of Iron Stone Forge, LLC, has been designing and fabricating for business and pleasure in Portland for many years.  “I prefer to do artwork and technical/precision fabrications but I bring the artistic side whenever I can. Even something as simple as the welding itself.”  Vanderpool’s background is in aerospace and military, he has built critical aircraft, helicopters, rockets and assault boats made from steels to aluminum and titanium alloys.  Currently, he is, “building a 1930 model A, which I am Tig welding a chopped and channeled frame…I really just like making whatever I do look as natural and as nice as I can. I also try to imitate nature as close as I can in my work.”  Vanderpool has done some incredible work designing and installing a few signs stops on the #OregonFilmTrail at Ecola State Park, Pier Park and most recently Depoe Bay.

Contact Scott:
Iron Stone Forge LLC; 1302 NW 196th st., Ridgefield Washington 98642
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#OregonMade “The Mortuary Collection” – Special Screening in Astoria to Benefit Historical Society

The #OregonMade feature film THE MORTUARY COLLECTION will screen prior to its release in the city where was originally shot, Astoria, OR. The screening is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help The Clatsop County Historic Society – owners of the Flavel House, one of the main locations for the film.
The screening will be held the evening of January 4th, 2020 at The Liberty Theater (1203 Commercial St.  Astoria, OR 97103)
Doors will open at: 6PM
Screening will start at: 7PM
This is an open invitation, so spread the word and bring friends!
The Liberty is a large theater, but it is recommended to get there early to make sure you get a seat.
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#OregonMade Screening Series at The Hollywood Theatre: THE SHINING on 35mm

Come embrace the hedge maze of winter when the next #OregonMade installment brings Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING on 35mm print to The Hollywood!

Admittedly, Oregon’s claim to ownership of this film is a little stretched (most of the film was shot in the UK and The Overlook is scripted as being in Colorado) but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and it’s hard to ignore the place that Mt. Hood’s iconic lodge has in the massive zeitgeist of this film.  So come embrace it with us. After all, you’ve always been the caretaker here, Mr. Torrence.

February 10, 2020, 730 pm.

Book your tickets here.

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Academy-qualified SOLE DOCTOR Is Now Available At Amazon Prime


Coming off a successful festival run that included screenings at BendFilm Festival, Portland International Film Festival, Palm Springs International ShortFest and Napa Valley Film Festival, SOLE DOCTOR, directed by Portland filmmaker and journalist Paula Bernstein, is now available on Amazon Prime.

The five minute cut of SOLE DOCTOR has qualified for 2020 Academy Award consideration (for documentary short subject) after screening theatrically in New York and Los Angeles alongside Gene Graham’s “This One’s for the Ladies.” The full 11 ½ minute version of the film is available online at

SOLE DOCTOR is a short documentary set at George’s Shoe Repair, a family-run business in Portland, Oregon that has served the community for over 50 years. Approaching retirement, George is preparing to pass the store on to his son, Joshua, a former modern dancer. Mia, Josh’s young daughter, also learns the family trade.


Bernstein says: “Inspired by my favorite documentary filmmakers and my local Portland filmmaking community, in summer 2016 I set out to capture what made this small family-run cobbler business special. I loved the rapport between George and Josh – and wanted the viewer to get a sense of what it felt like to spend time with them at the shop. Instead of going in with a specific narrative in mind, I let the ‘story’ unfold naturally – over the course of two years. It was important for me to make a hopeful film that focused on craftmanship, family bonds, and community.”

Watch SOLE DOCTOR now at Amazon Prime OR

Paula Bernstein is a Portland-based filmmaker and journalist who regularly contributes to Fortune Magazine, where she reports on the entertainment business. She is the co-author of Identical Strangers: A Memoir of Twins Separated and Reunited. SOLE DOCTOR is her first film. Visit her at

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Oregonian Location Manager, Mike Floyd, Wins “Location Manager of the Year” At California On Location Awards

Many, well-deserved congratulations to Mike Floyd – Honored by the California On Locations Awards as, “Location Manager of the Year’!

Floyd, Oregonian Location Manager, recently worked on a Jeep photo shoot in Northern California with Chris Arace Photography and Mesa Lange Productions.  Floyd was nominated by Nate Adams of the Humbolt/Del Norte Film Commission.  Floyd is one of three finalists in the “Location Manager of the Year – Print Media division”.  Floyd said,  “I was a little surprised to be an Oregonian in the California On Location Awards, but I am pretty excited to be part of it.  I look forward to the awards ceremony this Sunday.”

The California On Location Awards honors “the best Location Professionals in entertainment.”  The Awards Show will take place December 15th, 2019 at The Hilton Los Angeles-Universal City.  We wish Floyd every success!
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Oregon Film on PDX Executive Podcast

The PDX Executive Podcast interviews industry insiders from Portland and beyond. This week host Dan Bruton talks to Oregon Film Executive Director Tim Williams.

You can listen to it here.

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Oregon Business Update On The #OregonMade Production Industry

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Oregon Business

Sander Gusinow, Oregon Business, Arts and Entertainment, explores the growth of filmed projects and production business in Oregon over the last five years.  Read the article here.

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#OregonMade, “Timmy Failure” To Premiere At Sundance 2020

The #OregonMade, live-action, “Timmy Failure:Mistakes Were made” will be premiering in the “Kids” section of the Sundance Film Festival 2020. This section of the Festival was created especially for the “youngest independent film fans. Programmed in cooperation with Utah Film Center, which presents the annual Tumbleweeds Film Festival, Utah’s premiere film festival for children and youth.”  “Timmy Failure” was inspired by the popular books of the same name (by Stephan Pastis, a New York Times best-selling cartoonist.  Pastis also wrote the movie).  “Timmy Failure” will also be showing on the new Disney +.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made / U.S.A. (Director: Tom McCarthy, Screenwriters: Stephan Pastis, Tom McCarthy, Producers: Tom McCarthy, Jim Whitaker) — The hilarious exploits of Timmy Failure and his 1,500-pound polar bear partner, Total, as they operate Total Failure, Inc., a Portland detective agency. Based on the book by Stephan Pastis. Cast: Winslow Fegley, Ophelia Lovibond, Wallace Shawn, Craig Robinson, Kyle Bornheimer. World Premiere.

The Festival hosts screenings in Park City, Salt Lake City and at Sundance Mountain Resort, from January 23–February 2, 2020. The Sundance Film Festival is Sundance Institute’s flagship public program, widely regarded as the largest American independent film festival and attended by more than 120,000 people and 1,300 accredited press, and powered by more than 2,000 volunteers last year.


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New Oregon Film Trail Sign For Depoe Bay Harbor

A new Oregon Film Trail sign will be unveiled in Depoe Bay (4 PM, Thursday, December 19th, 2019).  The sign honors the town harbor’s starring role as a location in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s NestThe Depoe Bay Chamber is hosting an unveiling of the newest sign on the Oregon Film Trail in the World’s Smallest Harbor – between dock 1 and 2. A reception will follow at Dockside Charters harbor location.  This sign marks an important filming location related to the classic feature film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and features a few facts and anecdotes about the film as well as a reference to two other films shot close by (The Burning Plain and Sometimes A Great Notion).. The Depoe Bay harbor featured prominently in the film when Jack Nicholson’s character, Randle “Mac” McMurphy, staged an escape from hospital and led his fellow patients to the harbor where they commandeered a fishing boat and took it out for a day’s fishing. Dockside Charters provided the picture boat for the film when it was shot in March 1975.

This newest sign on the Trail comes on the heels of two others (relating to the same film) that were installed in Salem last month; one at the Oregon State hospital and the other at the Department of Correction’s, “Dome Building.” Visitors to Depoe Bay will be able to stand next to the sign and see the picturesque harbor in front of them. This sign is a collaborative partnership between the Oregon Film Office (partnered with the Oregon Made Creative Foundation) and the Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce and has been funded in part by a grant from Travel Oregon.  Additional funding came from the Oregon Coast Visitors Association.

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