Will Vinton, Father of Claymation, Passes Away

A Portland film legend passed away today. Will Vinton, animator extraordinaire, died at the age of 70. Vinton founded Will Vinton Studios in 1976 and created multiple award-winning works, and other notable films, commercials, and television series; the studio contributed to the vibrant animation community for which Portland is world-renowned. I spent an afternoon with…

Video Stores Still Holding Out

By Mary Erickson As the film and TV industry continue to tectonically shift, driven in part by Netflix and other streaming services increasing their foothold among preferred viewer platforms, there remain some vestiges of the “good ole days.” The neighborhood video store, once the queen of Friday night entertainment, has for the most part faded…

Film Festival Review: The 2018 Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival

by Alex Bauman, Natalie Bex, Nick Branch, Daniel Deshaies, Michael Dragovich, Sam Gabler-Brown, Cassandra Gammie, Tynan Hall, Amber Holloway-Cook, Mikayla Lawrence, Kathryn McClain, Nathan Milburn, Rebecca Partin, Carrin Romain-McErlane, Briana Schlemmer, Catherine Sebastian, Jacob Shelley, Grace Snitselaar, Mckenna Snyder, Jessica Vangel, and Lucas Vigil The second annual Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival took place in…

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…

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…

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…