Independent Filmmaking around the Globe

Independent Filmmaking around the Globe Edited by Doris Baltruschat and Mary P. Erickson With a Foreword by David Hamilton from Hamilton Mehta Productions University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2015 Independent Filmmaking around the Globe calls attention to the significant changes taking place in independent cinema today, as new production and distribution technology…

Mid Century Oregon Genius: Harry Smith and Homer Groening, Jan 16-17

By Anne Richardson Members of Pacific Northwest Media Research Consortium receive discounted admission to two installments of the Mid Century Oregon Genius screening series, which will be held at Portland’s Hollywood Theatre on January 16 and 17. HARRY SMITH’S HEAVEN AND EARTH MAGIC – JAN. 16 @ 7PM Dennis Nyback’s recreation of Harry Smith’s multi-projector,…

All Hail the Video Store

By Mary Erickson When I was little, my family owned an RCA Videodisc player. This groundbreaking technology, introduced in 1981, used an LP-sized disc encased in plastic, which was inserted into a slot in the front of the machine. Halfway through the movie, we’d have to take out the disc, flip it over, and reinsert…

Wearing Many Hats as an Independent Filmmaker

This article was originally published at If a Tree Falls on October 13, 2014. By Jackie Weissman I’m betting that some readers here don’t really know what a producer does, let alone what an independent producer does.  Well, a producer gets films/TV/media, in general, made.  They do everything that needs to be done to get…

Shaun Scott and “Pacific Aggression”: An Interview

By Mary Erickson Seattle filmmaker Shaun Scott’s fourth film, Pacific Aggression, delves into the intricacies and intimacies of life within and without the digital world. Meryl Applegate (played by Libby Matthews) is on a digital fast of sorts after admitting she was online stalking writer Frank Waters (played by Trevor Young Marston), who had visited…

Oregon-Made Film Chronicles Creativity’s Ups and Downs

This article was originally posted on the Oregon Arts Watch blog on September 15, 2014. Film Preview: I Live For Art By Gary Ferrington   “One of the primary revelations that came as we worked on this film was that creativity takes courage.” Renee Slade and Ri Stewart, filmmakers Anything that exists must be first imagined, suggests Stanford…

Public Access TV in Bellingham!

By Helen Morgan-Parmett Immortalized in the film Wayne’s World, public access television surged in the late 80’s and early 90’s promising communities access to produce and distribute their own unfiltered content. The Pacific Northwest remains one of the more vibrant regions for public access TV, with at least 23 stations in Washington and Oregon alone.…