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…

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…

Regional Resource Spotlight: Willamette Writers

Here is our inaugural entry for our Regional Resource Spotlight. Willamette Writers is featured this time because 1) it is a great organization that contributes to local and regional media production in a variety of ways, and 2) it became our 100th follower on Twitter! PNW-MRC: Tell us a bit about Willamette Writers. WW: Willamette…

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.…

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…