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.…

Another Door Closes in a Local Community

By Mary Erickson We are in an era of hefty media conglomeration at all levels of contemporary media’s journey to its audience. Comcast wants to take over Time Warner Cable, further monopolizing the cable delivery system in the U.S. This week, Time Warner (different yet formerly related to Time Warner Cable) rejected a takeover bid…

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The Grand-Daddy of Animation: Will Vinton and Four New Films!

Holy smokes! Will Vinton, aka The Father of Claymation and an iconic Portland figure complete with handlebar mustache, is gearing up to produce four new animated feature films! According to The Portland Tribune, Vinton Entertainment and Portland-based studio Gnosis Moving Pictures are partnering to work on new animation works, including “The Quest,” “Jack Hightower” (a…

Old film clips archived, restored, and telling PNW history

The Seattle Times published a story about an eight-year restoration project that brought life in Grays Harbor in the 1920s to life through old film clips. Jack Broom reported that the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections‘ Nicollete Broomberg, a visual-materials curator, and Hannah Palin, a film-archive specialist, worked with UWTV and the 7th Avenue Theater…

Growing Film in the PNW

This Friday marks the opening of a new movie theater in Oregon. A romantic soul, committed to bringing cinema to a tiny ocean-side community, made the move from an independent theater in Bellingham, Washington, to start another one in Florence, a town about halfway down the Oregon coast. The City Lights Cinema, a four-screen theater,…

Introducing the Pacific Northwest Media Research Consortium

This post officially opens the blog for the Pacific Northwest Media Research Consortium, an international network of scholars and other supporters who are interested in media phenomena in an idyllic corner of the world. It’s an exciting time for media in the Pacific Northwest. Just this month, we’re witnessing the emergence of two new film…

PNW Media Research

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Media Research website. We are a group of researchers committed to making a positive contribution to the landscape of media in the region.