Go “Back O’er Oregon” On State Park Day, June 7th

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 1.21.07 PM June 7th is a celebration for Oregon’s huge array of state parks.  State Park Day is offering free camping and day use as way to thank the public and  welcome use of these beautiful areas.

You can catch a glimpse of Oregon’s many state parks on the “Back O’er Oregon” music video that Slater Smith and his band The Weather Machine  debuted last year on Rainn Wilson’s website Soul Pancake.  The project was a creative collaboration between Oregon Parks and Recreation and the Governor’s Office of Film and Television. Continue reading... “Go “Back O’er Oregon” On State Park Day, June 7th”

“Night Moves” To Get A May 30th Release

Jesse Eisenberger ("The Social Network") and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development") on Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves" set in Southern Oregon.
Jesse Eisenberger (“The Social Network”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) on Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves” set in Southern Oregon.

“Night Moves” will be opening May 30th at the Angelika Film Center in New York, most likely followed by openings in Los Angeles and Portland before playing other cities nationwide.

The film will also be screening in advance of the release date, at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 21st, 24th and 27th), as well as at a few other U.S. festivals.

Night Moves” was shot exclusively in Southern OregonContinue reading... ““Night Moves” To Get A May 30th Release”

Brittany Murphy’s “Something Wicked”, Begins Its Run In Oregon, April 11th.


We are excited to see “Something Wicked” roll out in Oregon next week (after it’s premiere April 4th in Eugene) before a wider release in coming weeks.

Below is the press release:


Pacific Northwest Regal Cinemas Sees First Rollout Of Psychological Thriller

April 8, 2014 – Portland, OR – The long-awaited final film of the late actress Brittany Murphy will hit theaters in Portland, Salem, and Bend beginning April 11, 2014, with more than 15 additional regional Regal Cinema theaters to follow weekly. Continue reading... “Brittany Murphy’s “Something Wicked”, Begins Its Run In Oregon, April 11th.”

Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild” Shot More Locations In Oregon Than Any Other Project To Date

(All these great Oregon pictures were taken by Reese Witherspoon while on location for “Wild”)

It was gratifying that “Wild” shot in more places in our state than any other feature film to date.  Reese Witherspoon (“Walk The Line, Mud”) traveled the entire length of Oregon from southern and central regions, up to the Gorge and Portland metro while shooting (author), Cheryl Strayed’s, NY Times best-seller novel, “Wild”.  Witherspoon is not only starring in this Fox Searchlight feature, but producing with business partner Bruna Papandrea (“Warm Bodies”, “all Good Things”) under their Pacific Standard banner, and River Road’s, Bill Pohland (“The Tree of Life”, “Twelve Years A Slave”). Continue reading... “Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild” Shot More Locations In Oregon Than Any Other Project To Date”

Tips For Renting Your ‘Hot Property’ As A Film Location

Filming “Train Master 2” in Portland

Of the five major broadcast television networks’ 23 new one-hour dramas offered up last year, only two were filmed in Hollywood. State tax incentives from outside California have successfully lured many productions to other economies, and created a growing market for a variety of property owners in Oregon as location providers. Indicating the extent to which films are made outside the confines of studio lots in America, about five years ago- when California still commanded the lion’s share of the film location market -Los Angeles County issued permits for over 30,000 film location days, with about 75% of Southern California’s location filming shooting in private residences. Continue reading... “Tips For Renting Your ‘Hot Property’ As A Film Location”

The Impact of Oregon Film

Hi All– I’m the new intern here at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television.  I love all things film and Oregon, as well as baking and studying communication theory.  If you want to talk about the entertainment industry, I’m practically a walking IMDb.

Have a good one!   -Katlyn Prentice


You can learn quite a bit by the clothes you wear.  Walking around my campus in Boston, sporting my new Portlandia sweatshirt, I learned a lot about the impact that Oregon filmmaking has on rest of the country.  Continue reading... “The Impact of Oregon Film”

Curtis Salgado Lends a Hand for Media Arts Education Scholarships

Oregon blues legend Curtis Salgado lights a fire at the OMPA Classic on July 12.

Salgado headlines the OMPA Classic on July 12

Legendary blues man and May 2013 recipient of the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award Curtis Salgado takes center stage at the OMPA Classic, a fundraiser for the Media Arts Education scholarships, presented by Pacific Office Automation. The OMPA Classic takes place on July 12, 2013 at The Resort at The Mountain (Lakeside Lawn) in Welches, Oregon and includes a golf tournament, croquet tournament and awards party with an auction and raffle. Continue reading... “Curtis Salgado Lends a Hand for Media Arts Education Scholarships”

Did You Know. . . . .

Did you see these bumpers stickers last week in Salem during “Industry Day”?

Did You Know. . . . .  is a new awareness campaign, created in partnership with the film community, that aims to illustrate facts that enlighten the public and the business community alike, to the extended benefits of having a thriving film, TV and multimedia industry in Oregon.

Did You Know . . . . . that even within the industry itself there is sometimes confusion over what our office does and what we are responsible for?  Continue reading... “Did You Know. . . . .”

Free Spirit Lori Lewis Returns to Portland Casting

Lori Lewis of Free Spirit Casting at Stage 13

Early last year, when Lori Lewis ran into Leverage producer Paul Bernard at a Hollywood Theater event, “He flat-out asked,” recalls Lewis, “Are you back yet?” The erstwhile casting director had to admit to her urge to return to the work she adores, promising, “Next year, after knee surgery.” This week, Oregon’s film industry welcomes Lori Lewis, plus one new knee, back into the casting scene. Lewis says, “I’m super excited to be back, and so overwhelmed by everyone’s warm embrace that I feel incredibly blessed and fortunate.” Continue reading... “Free Spirit Lori Lewis Returns to Portland Casting”

OpenLens Festival – Eugene, January 26, 2013

RESERVE THIS DATE – SATURDAY, JANUARY 26TH! The Ninth Annual OpenLens Festival is a celebration of the independent spirit in Oregon filmmaking. This year’s event features a film critic seminar, a meet-the-filmmaker public reception, film screenings, and a closing reception and awards ceremony. The Saturday, January 26th Festival will be held in the UO Baker Center Auditorium at 320 E. 10th Street in Eugene.

This is the third year the Short Film/Video Competition has accepted films from across the entire state of Oregon.

Continue reading... “OpenLens Festival – Eugene, January 26, 2013”