Baker’s Place On Oregon’s Film Trail

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Oregon is featured in more than 500 films, and a project by the state film office is marking movie locations with informational signs.

Baker County has three signs, all dedicated to the 1969 musical “Paint Your Wagon,” which was filmed here in 1968.

The markers can be found outside Baker Heritage Museum, 2480 Grove St., inside the lodge at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, and outside the city hall in Richland, once the ground thaws (this one will eventually be placed at Richland’s future playground).

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“Paint Your Wagon” and Its Place in Oregon’s Cinematic History

On Thursday, Nov. 16, Oregon Film, Kickass Oregon History, the Baker Heritage Museum and the Hollywood Theatre screen PAINT YOUR WAGON (1969), one of the most spectacular movies in Oregon’s long, rich, and varied film history.  

As the story goes – Gov. McCall appointed Warren Merrill, Oregon Film’s first director, in 1968 specifically to ensure that the permitting and transportation process for the Paramount feature shooting in Baker County went as smoothly as possible. This means as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the production of the film, we also celebrate 50 years of the Oregon Film Office. Continue reading... ““Paint Your Wagon” and Its Place in Oregon’s Cinematic History”

Raiders of the Lost Archive “Eclipse Clips”

As Oregon Film starts to think about turning that wily age of 50 we are reflecting on some of the history that brought us to this point in our lifespan – and why not start at the beginning?

The story goes – after he made the beaches available to the public – Gov. Tom McCall needed just that little bit more to cement his legacy, so he assigned staffer Warren Merrill to help out a large Hollywood production creating No Name City at the confluence of two rivers in Baker County and, Lo and Behold, the beginnings of Oregon Film were born and so was…

PAINT YOUR WAGON (Joshua Logan, 1969)

Contributor Phil Oppenheim takes us from there. Continue reading... “Raiders of the Lost Archive “Eclipse Clips”

The 8th Annual “We Like ’em Short Film Festival” Opens in Baker City

Just before you hunker down somewhere within the Path of Totality, make sure you find time to do something fun right in the Heart of Totality.


The We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival allows young, first time, filmmakers and professionals from around the world the chance to show their films in our beautiful small town known for its lively arts community. The goal for WLES is to bring films from local, national and international filmmakers to our region and showcase why the Baker Valley is so inspiring. Continue reading... “The 8th Annual “We Like ’em Short Film Festival” Opens in Baker City”