10th Annual Portland German Film Festival October 4-8, 2019 At Cinema 21

Zeitgeist Northwest will present the 10th Annual Portland German Film Festival (PGFF) October 4-8, 2019 at Cinema 21.

Our annual festival showcases feature films, documentaries and short films that represent the state-of-the-art in German film making. We are also delighted to include films from Austria and Switzerland to give our audience the chance to experience the diversity, history and progress of German-speaking countries in Europe. All films are shown in German with English subtitles to allow a broad audience access to these German-language movies.

PGFF opens with TRAUMFABRIK, which will have it’s International Premiere at this year’s festival. They fall in love as extras on a movie set and play the leading roles in the love story of their lives against the turbulent backdrop of history.  The opening night party will follow directly after the film at Cinema 21.

BALLOON (Ballon), based on the true story of one of the most spectacular escapes from communist East Germany, in which two families sailed over the heavily fortified border in a homemade balloon. This film mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (#Mauerfall30).

DIRECTOR AND MEDIA ARTIST LUTZ DAMMBECK will be showing two of his films at PGFF,  THE NET and BRUNO & BETTINA and he will be there for a Q&A after the screenings.

Bertholt Brecht is looking back on his life in 1956, the year of his death, in East Berlin: from provocations in the Augsburg of the First World War, to the early poetic and amorous height flights in Munich and Berlin in the 1920s, his escape from Hitler and US exile in BRECHT.

Switzerland is represented by the bio epic The Reformer. ZWINGLI: A Life’s Portrait (Zwingli) portraying Huldrych Zwingli, the main proponent of the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland and the eco movie FAIR TRADERS , a true story of ethical business following the story of three entrepreneurs.

The Austrian highlight of the festival is Bruno Ganz’s last movie The Tobacconist (Der Trafikant), based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler. A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. As well as two wonderful documentaries about  VIENNA’S CINEMAS and THE CASTLE.

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“Pig” #OregonMade, Starring Nicholas Cage and Alex Wolff

Oregon will be featured as the back drop for the new feature project, “Pig” which began production yesterday with Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff starring. The story depicts a truffle hunter (Cage) who, “lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness and must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.”

Michael Sarnoski is directing Cage, Alex Wolff in the feature that was written by Vanessa Block and Michael Sarnoski.

Pulse Films, BlockBox Entertainment, Valparaiso Pictures and Saturn Pictures are producing in association with Escape Artists and Sweet Tomato Films. Read more.

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The Original Fare Season 6 Premiere Plus VIP Dinner

5:15PM: Reception at Magna

Join Kelly Cox, host & Creator of The Original Fare on PBS along with guest LA Chef Diep Tran and Chef Carlo Lamagna for a welcome reception with Vietnamese & Filipino snacky snackys and drinks!

6:00PM: Screening + Q&A

We’ll walk across the street to Clinton St Theatre for the premiere of Season 6’s Vietnam episode featuring owner of Red Boat Fish Sauce, Cuong Pham, and Chef Diep Tran. (Plus some special cameos by Miss Universe Vietnam and an old beau!)

Followed by a special showing of Carlo’s episode from Season 3 before Kelly moderates a discussion on Asian Ingredients & their Heritage with Diep, Carlo, and Nong Poonsukwattana.

8PM: VIP Dinner

Back at Magna Diep & Carlo have created a joyous mash-up of Vietnamese & Filipino dishes. Sure to be filled with heart and fish sauce!! Cocktail Pairings will be optional.

Reserve your tickets here now.

Please contact [email protected] for any questions!

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#OregonMade “Dr. Giggles” Halloween Screening

The day before Halloween brings the next installment of the #OregonMade Film Series at The Hollywood Theatre, and it’s gonna be a good one. Dark Horse Entertainment’s 1992 film: “Dr. Giggles.”

Larry Drake plays the eponymous title character as the crazy son of a crazy heart surgeon who seeks revenge on the small town that killed his dad. Dr. Giggles doesn’t discriminate, and kills teenagers, cops, old lady busybodies, and anyone else who gets in his way.

Holly Marie Combs (CHARMED, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS) stars alongside Portland locations like Franklin High School and Oaks Amusement Park. It’s the perfect pathway to autumn nights and Halloween hi-jinx.

Wednesday, October 30 at 730p.

Watch the trailer here.

Book tickets here.

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#EOFF2019 : Ten Years Of Cinema And Celebration

Eastern Oregon Film Festival will celebrate its TENTH annual three-day event October 24-26 in La Grande, Oregon. 

LA GRANDE – Festival-goers will be taken on a journey with this year’s film program. Opening night explores Milena Pastreich’s PIGEON KINGS, which documents a group of men in South Central LA who train pigeons for the competitive sport of Avian Acrobatics. Also screening is Taryn Southern and Elena Gaby’s sci-fi documentary exploring the co-evolution of humans and technology in I AM HUMAN. Closing out the festival will be  Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer’s haunting and inspiringly imaginative EMPTY METAL. In total, EOFF will be screening # films, from short to feature-length in narrative, documentary and experimental formats. 

View full list of film selections here: https://www.eofilmfest.com/2019-official-film-selections/

In addition to official selection screenings, EOFF will host a screening block featuring The Best of Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival presented by The Northwest Film Center in Portland, OR. A SECRET SCREENING is also slated for Saturday that showcases the work of a local filmmaker who took part in EOFF’s filmmaker project sponsor program. This “silent film” tells the story of a woman who receives troubling news about her apathetic boyfriend, which forces her into a critical decision. Director Benjamin Morgan’s unique short film stars local actors Jocelyn Berado and Gregory Rawlins.


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OPIF Tax Credit Auction – Support the Fund That Supports Our Industry

We wanted to share a recent testimonial from Eric Stolberg at Digital One about his experience with the OPIF Tax Credit Auction:

As a small business owner, my email inbox is overflowing by 8am and there is never enough time in my day. So the first time I saw a notice to take part in the tax auction, I rolled my eyes and thought “Taxes? Yuck! Why would I want to read about taxes? Taxes are boring and complicated. I don’t have time for this…” Yet, a couple of months later, Lisa’s post about how simple it was to take part in the auction came through. For some reason, I shot my CPA the question “Should I do this?” His simple reply was “Yes please!” I took 4 minutes to fill out the online form. It was so damn easy, I turned around the next day and did it again.

Eric Stolberg – DIGITAL ONE


The annual OPIF Tax Credit Auction helps support the economic development work we do with the media production industry here in the state.

The Oregon Production Investment Fund (“OPIF”) is a state incentive program that retains, recruits and promotes film, television, commercial, animation and interactive work in Oregon. It is funded through the sale of discounted tax credits to people and businesses that have an Oregon state tax liability.   Read More »

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“Food Stories” Grant Open For Applications Beginning September 16th

Food Stories  – From Farm and Field to Market

With over 38,000 farms in Oregon, both large and small, growing more than 250 products from wheat and beef, to salmon and berries, there are many delicious reasons to make a stop somewhere on the road from the farm to the market. In fact, Oregon is the number one U.S. producer of; blackberries, hazelnuts, peppermint, cranberries, rhubarb, grass seed, florist azaleas and Christmas trees.

All these products, and more, have seasons and stories that make the perennial journey from the farmer’s fields to farmer’s markets interesting, moving, and sometimes even epic and entertaining.  In many cultures across the world, stories about our growers and producers are often recounted and handed down generations.

The “Food Stories Grant” is being provided by the #OregonMade Creative Foundation in conjunction with Travel Oregon. This grant will offer $20,000 in funding to enable the selected applicant to explore the notion that Oregon’s foodie culture is not just about the end products we enjoy eating, tasting and drinking, but also encompasses the stories that create the products. Ultimately, the successful applicant will tell a unique story that weaves seasonal farming.

In addition to “documentary styled” content, proposed projects are encouraged to embrace different types of mediums (for example, 2D, 3D, Stop Motion animation, or graphics) and story structure (for example, narration, or non-linear storytelling).

Filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and/or stories including diverse subjects are encouraged.

The Pitch:
A compelling short film (approx. 3-10 minutes) that will explore the statement “A lot can happen on the journey from farm and field to the tables and meals we all enjoy.” What inspires you to dig deeper and explore the culture and traditions of farmers, farming and the way in which food and wine is entwined with life in Oregon?

Applications open 9 AM PST September 16th, 2019
– Deadline for applications: 5PM PST, October 14th, 2019
– Aiming to notify the winner by 5PM PST November 12th, 2019
– Delivery date due: Q2 or Q3 2020

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Third Annual Portland Dance Film Fest

Dance Film Brute


Portland Dance Film Fest opens next month!

October 3rd – 5th, 2019
at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium


Dance Film Alice in Nite Hawk

Portland Dance Film Fest is excited to partner with NW Film Center to provide a screen and an audience for artists who are making relevant and inspired dance for film from around the world. This year’s festival will include 20 dance film shorts, four dance mini documentaries, & the Oregon Dance Film Commission.

The ODFC is a grant and platform for selected local artists to create a dance film culminating in a world premiere during the 2019 festival. This year’s ODFC brought together choreographer Heidi Duckler and filmmaker Devin Tau to make an original dance for film, Alice in Nite Hawk for this year’s festival during Picks 3 on October 5.

Watch the trailer here.

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CASTING CALL: Oregon Residents Who Have Bought Health Insurance Through HealthCare.gov or OregonHealthCare.gov


is currently seeking:

Oregon Residents Ages 20-45 Who Have Bought Health Insurance Through HealthCare.gov or OregonHealthCare.gov

To be interviewed on-camera for a video for Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace


We want to hear what having your coverage means to you!

SUBMIT: Submissions (details below) due by 6PM Friday September 6

CASTING: If selected, we will contact you with an appointment for a casting call on Tuesday September 10

FILMING: Week of September 30, one-day shoot

COMPENSATION: Up to $1,000 for TV and Digital use in the state of Oregon, with potential for additional compensation

Please send us an email with the following details, so we can get to know you!

  • Full Name
  • City of Residence
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Photo (a selfie is fine!)
  • What does having your coverage mean to you?
  • Did you qualify for help paying for coverage?*
  • Are you bilingual Spanish/English?*

Send your email to [email protected]
Be sure to include your Full Name and Contact Phone

*Not a requirement for consideration.

No phone calls, please.

If you are an Oregon actor represented by a talent agent, and you meet these specifications and are interested in submitting your testimonial, please have your agent submit you for this project on Casting Frontier.

Established in 1999, Cast Iron Studios is Oregon’s premier film and television casting company. For more information, visit our website.

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Why indie films need creative marketing

Show biz on an indie budget takes creative marketing.

Official Poster

This summer, Willamette Week, Portland’s Pulitzer-winning paper of a juicy half-of-a-million readers, reviewed a press release from Hapstance Films, and look what happened — an engaging full-paged story in last week’s issue. Check it out here.

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