ShadowMachine Collaborates With Guillermo del Toro On “Pinocchio”

Pinocchio concept art

ShadowMachine has begun a collaboration with writer-director, Gillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”) , on a new, and darker, version of the age-old classic, “Pinocchio.”

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The Oregon Outdoors & Health Grant – Now Accepting Submissions Through May 17th

Oregonians and visitors are inspired by nature. It feeds our souls and enriches our well-being. We instinctively know that a life spent outdoors, is a life well spent indeed. Not coincidently, it also turns out that taking time off to explore and spend time in nature can heal us.

The successful Outdoors Film Grant project will tell a unique story that correlates the effects of spending time outdoors with better health and well-being.

Applications opened April 5, 2019
Deadline for applications: 5PM PST, May 17, 2019
Delivery date due: Q1 or Q2, 2020

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ISA Third Thursday Features TV Writer Hal Cantor

Screenwriters & Filmmakers, ISA Third Thursdays April 18th is ALL ABOUT TV!  It’s a Portland first with screenwriter, playwright and teacher Hal Cantor, who has written For Fox Television Studios, Sony Pictures Television and Showtime. Hal will give us his take on the craft and business of writing for television in today’s madcap TV marketplace.

WHEN: Thursday, April 18th – 7pm
WHERE: NW Film Center Office & South Park *
934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205
* We begin at NW Film then migrate across the street to South Park.

Register for this FREE event.

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The Outdoor Adventure Film Grant 2019 Announces A Winner!

Analise Cleopatra (Photo: Chris Franklin)

The second annual Outdoor Adventure Film Grant – “Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone” (OAFG19) announces the winning application – “Three Sisters, Three Rivers” – filmmakers Aly Nicklas, Meredith Meeks and Analise Cleopatra, will spend ten days this summer bikepacking 325 miles through some of Oregon’s most iconic landscapes. Beginning in Bend and ending near Roseburg, the film will address both barriers and entry points for access to wilderness—especially for those of us who are raised without a relationship to the outdoors. Analise, as the film’s main subject, will share an intimate perspective on one’s first immersion into the backcountry. Despite being an avid stargazer, Analise Cleopatra has never spent more than a single night in a tent. Analise will graduate from spectator to participant as she learns not only to navigate nature but also to push her body to the limit. From basic camping rules to her first mountain bike ride, we’ll document the fear, the pain and the growth that comes when you give in to life outside your comfort zone.

“Oregon’s Outdoors are for Everyone”

The mighty Umpqua River (Photo: Aly Nicklas)

Oregon’s open spaces and related pursuits are for all Americans and visitors, yet there is a well documented inequity in America that is deeply rooted in our shared cultural history, and as a whole, our outdoor spaces are not equally utilized for a multitude of historical, social and cultural reasons. The OAFG19 – Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone Grant – is aiming to help open up an unfolding and evolving conversation about the future of inclusion in storytelling, both in front of and behind the camera, utilizing Oregon’s outdoor spaces as a backdrop.

The OAFG19 – “Oregon’s Outdoors Are For Everyone” – looked for experienced filmmaker candidates who were able to demonstrate a compelling short film pitch that promised to portray the excitement and rigor of an outdoor-adventure, action sport, or pursuit that has the potential to inspire others.  The hope is the finished short film will equally illustrate the inspiration of adventure, the triumph of the human spirit, and the distinct possibility that outdoor pursuits can mobilize and empower people to get outside and make their own stories in the great Oregon outdoors.

The $20,000 Grant is being provided by the #OregonMade Creative Foundation in conjunction with Travel Oregon.

Follow the filmmakers:

Aly Nicklas Instagram

Meredith Meeks Instagram

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#OregonMade Film Series: “The Goonies” on 35mm Print

Kick off your summer in the most perfect way possible: doing the Truffle Shuffle.

Yes, that most iconic of #OregonMade films is back as Goonies Never Say Die and this time we’re watching it as it was meant to be seen – on 35mm film. This screening is both to celebrate and support the new Historic Oregon Film Trail and its official kick-off in January in Astoria recognizing “Kindergarten Cop,” “Short Circuit,” and, yes, “The Goonies.” There’s a lot more signs and a lot more films for us all to celebrate and we hope you will join us for this one.

Tickets will definitely go fast, so book your tickets now.

And, just for fun, here’s the original 1985 trailer.

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Ashland Independent Film Festival Unveils Complete 2019 Program Details

Film Still - Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements

The Ashland Independent Film Festival has announced its lineup for the eighteenth annual festival, April 11-15, 2019, screening in venues across Ashland. The year’s selections include over 150 films chosen from more than eight hundred submitted to the festival, or specially selected by AIFF Artistic and Executive Director Richard Herskowitz. The entire program, including information about show times, live performances, art exhibits, filmmaker TalkBack panels, children’s programs, and more is now online at


Program highlights include Portland-based filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky’s Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements, with the filmmaker present on opening night, April 11, accompanied by her son and parents who are featured in the film. Moonlight Sonata is one of several features in the program that premiered at Sundance in January 2019, including Penny Lane’s Hail Satan?, Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s American Factory, Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan’s Pahokee, and Nanfu Wang’s One Child Nation. Actors James Le Gros and Jesse Borrego will be accompanying the world premiere screening of Gary Lundgren’s Phoenix, Oregon on April 13. Filmmakers Harrod Blank and Jessica Oreck will bring their films Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You and One Man Dies a Million Times, fresh from their South by Southwest premieres in March. Other special screenings include archivist Rick Prelinger’s presentation of highlights from 13 years of Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, his screening of archival rarities presented to rousing audience participation annually in its home city. And Eliza McNitt’s Spheres, a virtual reality journey to uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos, executive produced by Darren Aronofsky and narrated by Jessica Chastain, Patti Smith, and Millie Bobby Brown, will be presented on three Oculus Rift VR systems at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum from April 12-14. It will be joined by family films and kids’ filmmaking workshops on AIFF Family Day, April 13 at ScienceWorks.

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Coming for Design Week: The Portland Animated Shorts Showcase! @OMSI 4/10

Fans of animation and short films take note – we have an absolutely LOADED program of shorts coming for our first Design Week Animated Shorts Showcase.  This is shaping up to be a big night that we hope to repeat yearly.  A screening of Mark Smith’s Two Balloons headlines, with behind the scenes presentation + Q&A.  Another highlight will be looking back at our (AEPDX – Animate Everything Portland) Design Week animation invitationals over the past 5 years, as Jamal Qutub has put together a cool “best of” retrospective!  And much much more, including some stellar student work from PNCA and PSU.  Design Week is packed, but this stands out as the can’t miss animation event therein.  Taking place on Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30-9pm at OMSI’s Empirical Theater.  All details and links for tickets are at the VFX/PDX user group page.  Come out and support some great Portland animation!

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Annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit Is Coming Right Up – May 4th

The annual Pacific Northwest Lens Summit is just over a month away – Saturday May 4th – 10AM-5PM.

Free registration now!

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The Art of Makeup – A Career School In Portland

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a career school in town for professional makeup artistry!  We provide a quality education in the art, business, and techniques of professional makeup artistry for the film, television, special effects, theater, media, and fashion industries.

The Art of Makeup is an ongoing resource for continuing mentorship, networking, and community job placement assistance.  Our graduates are placed on our job board for 18 months with the goal of giving them on set experiential opportunities for continued education and networking opportunities to get them working.

Character & Special FX Student Final
Photography by Jeff Mawer
Student graduate makeup by
Lexine Keen and Sage Lawrence

We are currently members of OMPA, and stay involved with the community, regularly participating at OMSI After Dark, The Northwest Filmmakers Summit, The Oregon Ballet Theater performances, and recently shared a booth with Oregon Film at the Northwest Youth Career Expo.

We are always looking for field trips, partnerships and collaborations to offer our students real world experience as well as guest speakers to share their career experience and knowledge of their industry. If you or your production company can offer a tour, internship, would like to visit our school and talk to our students, or if you have any other idea to get graduates involved in the community, please let us know!  We are here to support our local film industry and provide skilled local makeup artist talent.

To contact us:




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Medford-Based theDove TV Wins NRB Station of the Year Award

TheDove received the 2019 NRB Television Station of the Year Award on Friday, March 29, at Proclaim 19, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Anaheim, CA.

The NRB Television Station of the Year Award recognizes a television station that displays innovative and creative programming through its daily schedule; is a force for the Gospel in its coverage of Christian events, issues, and stories; demonstrates a commitment to produce original programming to meet the spiritual needs of its viewing audience; and works in partnership with churches and ministries to provide a media platform for voices unable to be heard elsewhere.

theDove Media, Inc. is an Oregon Non-Profit Organization. Their Vision is large; to be a media industry leader in producing compelling faith-based content with excellence and trustworthiness.

The NRB Media Awards program is designed to encourage excellence in production service to the community, faithfulness to the mission, commitment to the Gospel and personal integrity. NRB recognizes that material awards and public recognition are not an ultimate priority in relation to our spiritual calling to take the message of hope to the world through media. However, by honoring and celebrating outstanding facilities, ministries, programs and producers, the Association hopes to inspire others to raise their standards and create more compelling, relevant, and challenging Christian programming.

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