Sustainability Labs Return to PAM CUT

The 2022 Sustainability Labs applications are now open. This NEA funded program is in its second year and seeks to place focus on mid-career artists and creative makers themselves, rather than a specific project. Creative story-telling field can be a difficult one to continually navigate without fears of burn out and feeling overwhelmed. These labs were created for that very purpose, to give makers an edge as they move forward in their career, by being able to pitch themselves while expanding their talents to a multitude of creative pathways.

Over the course of one week in October, five fellows will work with mentors and a life coach on developing future goals for personal, professional, and financial growth based upon their creative aspirations. In addition, fellows will be treated to guest speakers and presentations from a number of successful industry professionals and leaders. After the final week, the fellows will continue to work with their mentors over the course of 5 months culminating in a presentation to the public and for a select group of respected individuals at the Cinema Unbound Awards in March of the following year.

The 2021 fellows were made up of artists from New York, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C. and Oregon working in Documentary, Narrative, Television, Immersive, and Animation. This program is seeking out mid-career makers working in these mediums, plus Podcasting, Gaming, VR, AR, etc.

Find out more here.

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The College Girl, Directed By Portland-Based Writer/Director Jon Salimes, is Now Available On Amazon Prime

‘The College Girl’ was shot in 2015 and finally premiered on Amazon Prime on April 20th, 2022. Described stylistically as Jim Jarmusch meets Kevin Smith, this deadpan satire follows an innocent young girl from farm country who moves to the big city to pursue her dreams. But as time goes on, she finds that her expectations might be out of touch with cold, hard reality.

Awkward friendships, awkward relationships, awkward classes, awkward calls to mom and dad, lame parties, nightmare internships, and—gasp—taking the bus are just a few of the rites of passage Jane faces with a weary and aloof resolve.” – Matt Wild, Milwaukee Record

The cast proves to be one of The College Girl’s strengths, as Salimes coaxes performances that are unusually fluid and natural for a low-budget film—presumably produced on a tight schedule with limited opportunities for rehearsal or retakes. Filmed in black and white with an eye for cinematic detail and composition, The College Girl’s plot advances sluggishly, yet it’s a sweet and funny story about a small-town girl coming of age on campus in a big city. The dialogue rings true.” – David Luhrssen, Shepherd Express

The film can be streamed or purchased here.

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Oregon Doc Camp Returns May 11-13

Documentary filmmakers so often find themselves working in isolation, away from larger centers of filmmaking — Oregon Documentary Camp seeks to create an environment for learning, connecting, and support for filmmakers wherever they are. Doc Camp includes workshops, panel discussions, film screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and the chance to share stories with other filmmakers.

Doc Camp is crafted for working media professionals, ideally, those who have experience completing a documentary feature or short. Due to the pandemic, this year we’re offering both online and in-person programming.

Find out more here.

  • Doc Camp Online – 1-day online event
  • Doc Camp Nights – 3 in-person evening events in Portland, OR
  • Doc Camp Lab – A 3-day in-person event for 24 filmmakers in Portland, OR
    • Includes access to both Doc Camp Online and Doc Camp Night
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Laika Announces A New Animated Feature, To Be Written By Ozark’s Bill Dubuque & Directed By Travis Knight

Laika announced today they are teaming up with “Ozark” co-creator, Bill Dubuque, to bring a new stop-motion animated feature, “The Night Gardener” to the screen.  Laika’s CEO, Travis Knight, will be directing.

The film is based on Dubuque’s original idea and is described as a gritty neo-noir folktale centered on a young man in rural Missouri, who’s fighting to keep his family together in the wake of a tragedy.

The Night Gardener is a beautiful and timeless story that quickens the pulse as often as it breaks the heart,” Knight said in a statement. “Bill is a masterful storyteller. He’s crafted a lyrical world layered with complex characters, provocative ideas, and keenly felt emotion. It’s gonna be one helluva movie.”

“I’m delighted that Travis Knight saw in The Night Gardener a story worthy of the time-intensive process and collective talent of LAIKA’s in-house artisans,” Dubuque said. “LAIKA’s creativity and dedication to detail are, in my opinion, as close as one can come to conjuring storytelling magic.”

Laika has produced five animated features and is currently working on its sixth, “Wildwood” (based on the fantasy novel written by Colin Meloy— singer and songwriter for The Decemberists).  “The Night Gardener” will make the seventh #OregonMade stop-motion feature, and also on the Laika slate is the first live-action film based on John Brownlow’s upcoming debut novel, “Seventeen.”

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#OregonMade “Showing Up” Premiering in Main Competition At Cannes

This morning the 2022 Cannes Film Festival announced its Official Selection.  We are excited to see #OregonMade, A24’s “Showing Up” nominated in the main competition group.  “Showing Up,” was directed by Kelly Reichardt, written by Reichardt and Oregonian, , and produced by Oregonians, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani  and Vincent Savino (see all cast and crew here).

This is Michelle Williams’s fourth collaboration with director Reichardt, following “Wendy and Lucy” (2008), “Meek’s Cutoff” (2010), and “Certain Women” (2016), and the 6th film Reichardt has shot in Oregon. The film, shot mainly in the Portland metro area last year, is described as a “vibrant and sharply funny portrait of an artist on the verge of a career-changing exhibition. As she navigates family, friends, and colleagues in the lead up to her show, the chaos of life becomes the inspiration for great art.”

“Showing Up” is in competition with:

“Holy Spider,” Ali Abbasi
“Les Amandiers,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
“Crimes of the Future,” David Cronenberg
“The Stars at Noon,” Claire Denis
“Frere et Soeur,” Arnaud Desplechin
“Tori and Lokita,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Close,” Lukas Dhont
“Armageddon Time,” James Gray
“Broker,” Hirokazu Kore-eda
“Nostalgia,” Mario Martone
“R.M.N.,” Cristian Mungiu
“Triangle of Sadness,” Ruben Ostlund
“Decisions to Leave,” Park Chan-Wook
“Leila’s Brothers,” Saeed Roustayi
“Boy from Heaven,” Tarik Saleh
“Tchaikovsky’s Wife,” Kirill Serebrennikov
“Hi-Han (Eo),” Jerzy Skolimowski
The festival is taking place in person this spring from May 17 through May 28.
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#OregonMade “Buffalo Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts” to Premiere at SIFF

The #OregonMade documentary Feature “Buffalo Soldiers Fighting on Two Fronts” will be part of the Seattle International Film Festival. Come to an in-person screening April 16th or 17th, or see it in the virtual cinema from April 14th-24th.

Saturday, April 16th at 4:15pm
SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122)

Sunday, April 17th at 3:30pm
Ark Lodge Cinemas (4816 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118)

You can also watch the film online (US residents only)!
Read about virtual cinema streaming

Get your tickets now.




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Eugene Made “Maxie” to Premiere at Broadway Metro on April 29

Maxie, an award-winning independent film shot entirely on location in Eugene and Springfield will premiere on April 29, 2022, at the Broadway Metro in Downtown Eugene.

The film was shot in 2020, during the height of the pandemic, and follows two homeless adolescents over an eventful weekend, as they attempt to get clean and begin anew.

The cast and crew are all local talents from Eugene, Springfield, Roseburg, Florence, and a couple of transplants from California.

Maxie was written and directed by Jarrett Bryant, an ex-television writer, and transplant from Los Angeles. Jarrett has worked on two television shows: New York Undercover and Gvs.E. He also optioned several screenplays and one is currently in development with a production company in Hollywood.

Henry Huntington, the Director of Photography, and a local cinematographer from Florence, OR, who studied film at Lane Community College, was the gifted eye behind the camera.

Our lead actors:

Liv Tavernier, former Roseburg High School theater student and graduate, plays the role of Sid. Liv was awarded the Best Actress Award for her performance in Sweden, Canada, and Las Vegas.

Miles Dixon, former Churchill High School graduate, plays Maxie in the title role, is currently an undergrad at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Miles was awarded the Best Actor Award for his performance in Sweden and Canada.

Malakhai Schnell, former South Eugene High School graduate, studied acting at LCC, plays Nathan in a supporting role.


Maxie has been awarded eight Best Feature Film Awards in various film festivals in Klamath Falls, Washington, Hollywood, Canada, Sweden, Nevada, and Los Angeles. In addition, one First Time Director Award, one Best Screenplay Award and a semi-finalist award for cinematography in 2021.

Maxie trailer:

Facebook Page:

Film Review:

Theatrical Release Info:

Please direct additional questions or requests to view a private screener to: Jarrett Bryant 541-285-7626 or [email protected]

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OMPA Event | Tapping Into the Power of Your Voice as a Career


Tuesday, April 12 2022 | 6:30–8:00pm PDT | Free-$10

This is an online event centered on Black, Brown and Indigenous creatives of color while open to the community at large. Join us for conversation around getting started in voiceover work with some talented voiceover artists. Come connect with Jazzy Greene, Susannah Mars, Adrienne Livingston and Josh Millman as they share their voiceover journeys. We hope to inspire upcoming creative and professionals with similar backgrounds.

Register and learn more here!

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Mt Angel Theater Studio & TUNE TOURS

Seasoned photographer and musician, Jon Deshler has taken over the Mt Angel Theater & Studio. A unique 3000 sq ft space in a special town, built out by a novel local, his friend – Stu Rasmussen. Deshler once owned and worked out of what is now the Coopers Hall in SE Portland and has for a time been working just outside of the Portland metro area south of Oregon City in the beautiful countryside of the north Willamette Valley. Having collaborated with Rasmussen over the last twelve years on myriad projects, the two became friends and supporters of each others endeavors. With Rasmussen’s passing last November Deshler has taken the reins of this special space. Complete with permanently installed and comprehensive overhead stage lighting, this 100 seat theater has been converted from its original 1912 silent movie house purpose to a live performance, production, and livestream theater and studio.

Deshler having worked with most Oregon Corporations over his long career has decided to blend his current endeavors with the potential of this studio and local communities in this post covid era. Internationally published for clients like: AFLAC, Consumer Reports, HP, Kaiser, InFocus, Intel, Nokia, Sony, Wacom, and many more, most recently Deshler began a covid response with his music which became TUNE TOURS – an outdoor, from safe distances, live performance, and video production endeavor in the beautiful Oregon landscape. In the summer of 2020 Portland’s KOIN 6 did a story on this effort:

Most recently Deshler has expanded and enhanced his own video productions for TUNE TOURS, as seen in this piece from the Painted Hills – He’s offering live music concerts every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons with an emphasis on retirees in the area, photography and music lessons and workshops, and he’s exploring additional ideas and collaborations to best utilize this unique studio. Please Contact Jon with inquiries, and for more information at: email: [email protected] or call @ cel:323.449.1183

Cheetah Ambassador

Shot for the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Two Hens Kiss

Chicken model test

Old Church Poster Image

Single complex long exposure on one sheet of 8×10 film.

email: [email protected] or call @ cel:323.449.1183

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Pop Art Makeup Workshop!

Pop Art Makeup

Step back in time when Andy Warhol ruled the art scene with his bright colors and art style that popped off the canvas! Art that looked like it belonged in a comic book. Now it’s your turn to create a fun colorful look using makeup as the medium and the face as the canvas.  Challenge your creativity using lines, circles, and bold colors for this fun Pop Art Makeup look! Bodypaint and beauty artist Linda Wong will be the instructor. As always, we will be taking professional photos of your work in our photography studio. Bring a model or paint yourself.

Date: April 30th

Time: 1-4:30pm

Tuition: $50. Includes all supplies needed and professional images of your work

Place: The Art of Makeup School

11830 Kerr Parkway

Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Register at Pop Art Workshop

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