Netflix has just closed a deal in the $17 million range for worldwide rights to It’s What’s Inside, the thriller written and directed by Greg Jardin that has been one of the Sundance Film Festival’s buzziest titles. It’s the second 8-figure deal of Sundance, after the Jesse Eisenberg-directed A Real Pain sold to Searchlight for $10 million. Both those deals were brokered by CAA.
“It’s What’s Inside” shot in Oregon in 2023. Congrats to the filmmakers and the entire creative team.
MoveMaker Magazine just released its annual list of Best Places to Live and Work as a Filmmaker and Portland has made the list again. Coming in at #15 (just under our friends and colleagues to the southeast in SLC), Portland stands alone on the list for the PNW.
Here’s an excerpt from MMM:
Portland is making it easier to get film permits in its efforts to grow as a filmmaking destination, and a sizable crew base means it can handle up to four feature films and commercial work at the same time.
Mark your calendars for Feb 6th at McMenamin’s Kennedy School. Portland Film Festival is launching their Indie Film Series for 2024/25 with powerful narratives from the Black community. ✨
🎬 “Windows” by Mischa Webley, A journey of self-discovery behind unfamiliar walls. (Recent winner of Portland’s Amplify Grant.)
🎬 “So Misunderstood” by Seretse Njemanze & Jehnovah Carlisle – Office life meets personal upheaval during the pandemic.
🎬 “Akata” by Iyore Odighizuwa, A tale of cultural identity and unity.
🎬 “13” by Danielle Nicolet, A poignant quest for closure and truth.
#OregonMade and Astoria shot SOMETIMES I THINK ABOUT DYING, starring Daisy Ridley, is being released by Oscilloscope Laboratories in the US (it opened theatrically in France on January 10th and will be playing in theaters in Canada, the UK and hopefully lots of other places in the near future) on January 26, but the film will be at theaters locally on February 2nd.
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Opens Friday 2/2. (Q&A screenings with Rachel Lambert, Director and Dave Merheje, “Robert” at the 7pm shows at a special screening on Thursday and on opening night Friday, 2/1 and 2/2).
It was recently announced that My Dead Friend Zoe, an Oregon-shot upcoming film starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Natalie Morales, Ed Harris, and Morgan Freeman will have its WORLD PREMIERE at South by Southwest in March.
The exact date of the premiere isn’t set yet but expect more details in the coming weeks.
“My Dead Friend Zoe” is a dark comedy drama feature which is unlike any film about veterans that we’ve seen before. At its core MDFZ is a buddy film about a complicated friendship, a divided family and the complex ways in which we process grief.
Filmed along the Southern Oregon Coast, the fourth feature film from Barbed Wire Media, “Bad Fish,” is set to release in 2024. Ahead of an official release, producers Brad Douglas and Ray Robison are letting local audiences enjoy a sneak preview of their latest horror-thriller film.
Principal photography took place in and around Brookings, Oregon, and the oceanside community who supported filmmaking efforts will get to enjoy a big-screen viewing at the Redwood Theater on Tuesday, January 16th, 2024.
Women in Film Portland (WIF-PDX) is proud to announce the launch of a new program, Educate/Incubate, designed to advance the careers of local women and nonbinary filmmakers in the Portland film community. The program will be one of the largest in scope ever run by WIF-PDX. It will include public educational events, a cohort of hand-picked resident filmmakers, and a community screening. The organization is hiring a part-time coordinator position to assist with the program.
“We were thinking about ways to make an impact in the community and what the needs are,” said Stephanie Hough, board president of WIF PDX, “Through the Educate/Incubate program we’ll be able to activate the amazing sense of community that exists in Portland around filmmaking, and connect incredible emerging talent with the resources they need.”
If you have been watching Netflix recently, you might have noticed the hit show “The Fall of the House of Usher.” The series, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, captured 14 million viewers in just two weeks after its release this fall. And it has an Oregon connection — Mat Johnson, a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Oregon. He and director Mike Flanagan together wrote the script of the episode called “The Black Cat.”