“Wild” In Oregon!

Photo: Dale Robinette  Oregon Film Signs created by Tim Oakley at Oakley Designs
Photo: Dale Robinette, Ashland Screening. Oregon signs and tree stumps created by Tim Oakley at Oakley Designs

It seemed fitting that Fox Searchlight’sWild“, special-screened in four Oregon cities the second week in December. The screenings kicked off with the Oregon premiere of the movie at Cinema 21 , Portland.  Reese Witherspoon (nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress), Laura Dern, Jean-Marc Vallée , and of course local Portlander and inspiration, Cheryl Strayed, were on hand to introduce the movie to a packed house, as well as an introduction from Tim Williams, Oregon Film’s Executive Director. Continue reading... ““Wild” In Oregon!”

Witherspoon and Papandrea Push For More Female Dramas Like “Wild”


Reese Witherspoon (and her producing partner, Bruna Papandrea) have, of course, been getting all kinds of press attention for WILD , and now, more recently, their quest to find quality, female driven dramas.  Their production company, Pacific Standard, has only been around for two years, but already they have three projects (WILD, GONE GIRL, DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS) under their belt.

(A few stories from around the globe: Variety, Vogue, LA Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian) Continue reading... “Witherspoon and Papandrea Push For More Female Dramas Like “Wild””

Cinema Pacific Festival Kicks Off In Eugene April 23rd

The fifth annual Cinema Pacific Festival starts on April 23, and the complete festival program is available online at http://cinemapacific.uoregon.edu. (A handy guide is downloadable here.)

Richard Herskowitz, Director of Cinema Pacific says, “This year I’m particularly excited about our partnership with UO Libraries on the James Blue Project,  supplementing the exciting new archive of UO alumnus James Blue’s work that is being donated to Special Collections.  Also, Cinema Pacific is working closely with the Schnitzer Museum on an array of live performances, panels, and media installations featuring Portland-based media artist Vanessa Renwick, titled Art for Endangered Species, as well as the annual new media exhibition and party, the Fringe FestivalContinue reading... “Cinema Pacific Festival Kicks Off In Eugene April 23rd”

“Wild” Has Been Attracting Public Interest As Well As Local And National Press

Reese Witherspoon’s caption to go along with her picture, “Good morning from deepest Oregon”.

“Wild” has been getting a lot of public and press attention in Ashland and Crater Lake in the last two weeks.  Reese Witherspoon has been adding interest by posting daily pictures from the film’s locations in southern Oregon.

Below is a recent round up of some local, national and international news pieces on “Wild”:

KDRV and KTVL had some video coverage, and the Herald, Mail Tribune and The Daily Tidings also covered the story. Continue reading... ““Wild” Has Been Attracting Public Interest As Well As Local And National Press”

Official “Start of Production” Release for “Wild” is Out – New Cast Revealed






LOS ANGELES, CA  October 11, 2013Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that director Jean-Marc Valléebegan principal photography in Oregon this week on WILD. The film stars Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (WALK THE LINE, MUD).  The screenplay is adapted by Oscar nominated writer Nick Hornby (AN EDUCATION, High Fidelity) from author Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller Wild, the book that re-launched Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Continue reading... “Official “Start of Production” Release for “Wild” is Out – New Cast Revealed”

“Wild” Set to Film Throughout Oregon in October

Film stars Reese Witherspoon with Jean-Marc Valée directing

A few months back it was announced that Portland based author Cheryl Strayed’s successful memoir “Wild” was being made into a feature film with Fox Searchlight producing and distributing the film.  Reese Witherspoon’s company Pacific Standard originally optioned the theatrical rights.  Acclaimed director Jean-Marc Vallée (recently directed “Dallas Buyers Club) is directing.  Now with just a few weeks to go before principal photography, it appears that the film will cover more parts of Oregon than any other project of recent memory. Continue reading... ““Wild” Set to Film Throughout Oregon in October”

36th Portland International Film Festival in February


The Northwest Film Center is poised to yet again unleash PIFF excitement on film audiences of the Portland Metro area.  The Opening Night presentation of the 36th Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) hits on Thursday, February 7th at the Newmark Theatre (1111 SW Broadway) with this year’s Spanish submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, BLANCANIEVES, a 1920s, silent- set reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Snow White,” offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms and full of imagination.

Beginning Friday, February 8th, PIFF expands to take over a clutch of venues across town, including the Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum, Cinema 21, Cinemagic, Regal Fox Tower, World Trade Center, and Regal Lloyd Center 10. Continue reading... “36th Portland International Film Festival in February”

39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival

Northwest filmmakers put their hearts on stage this November 9-18 during the Northwest Film Center’s 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.

Feature film highlights include Lynn Shelton’s YOUR SISTER’S SISTER, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Emily Blunt, and Mark Duplass; James Westby’s RID OF ME starring Katie O’Grady; a special FREE 50th Anniversary screening of POLLUTION IN PARADISE, the 1962 KGW-8 produced film that documents the beginning of the environmental movement in Oregon that became the hallmark of former Governor Tom McCall’s tenure; and closing the Festival is Matt McCormick’s THE GREAT NORTHWEST. Continue reading... “39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival”

“My Summer as a Goth” Feature Film Production Launches Kickstarter Campaign



Tara L. Johnson-Medinger
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Portland,OR-based filmmakers Brandon Roberts and Tara Johnson-Medinger look to the community and Kickstarter to raise $20,000 by October 31st, 2011 to fund the next phase of effort in this classic “girl meets boy” tale with a gothic twist.

Continue reading... ““My Summer as a Goth” Feature Film Production Launches Kickstarter Campaign”

Update – Portland Creative Conference September 17

Make sure you get your tickets before the early bird registration!  Below is a discount code to save even more money.

Join other Creative Industries professionals for a celebration of inspiration, imagination and innovation at the Portland Creative Conference on Saturday, September 17th at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, featuring local and national creative thought-leader presenters.  Early bird registration is just $64 after the 20% we can offer you as long as you register with our Discount Code: “GOFT”. Continue reading... “Update – Portland Creative Conference September 17”