Northwest Filmmakers Are in the Spotlight
Posted August 21, 2007
The work of some of the Pacific Northwest's most talented independent producers will be showcased over four nights on OREGON LENS, a yearly special on Oregon Public Broadcasting now in its ninth season. Tune in to the stations of OPB TV August 27-30 at 10pm to see a diversity of work that surprises and challenges the viewer.
"I'm always excited about the opportunity to share the incredible work of these independent filmmakers," said Steve Amen, executive producer and host. "Their subject matter may be diverse, but they all share a passion for filmmaking.”
First up is Making Pictures, an in-depth look at the stories behind the photographs by the Eugene Register-Guard's award-winning photojournalists. This behind-the-scenes documentary airs Monday, August 27 at 10pm and illustrates the important role community newspaper plays in out daily lives.
On Tuesday, August 28 the hour offers a number of works by northwest independent producers including, Rent Trap and Tooth and Nail, the best films in the 48 Hour Film Project competition where production teams have only two days to write, shoot and edit a film under tight guidelines. This evening also features a number of stories by U of O students in the Oregon Documentary Project. The stories include What About Us, a look at The Children of Incarcerated Parents Project, and a historical look at Vanport and how the flood and subsequent relocation impacted Portland's minority communities, Deceptions in Truth, a look at the photographs of Major Lee Moorhouse taken in the 1880's and how they embellished and often altered others perspectives of Native American culture.
Two films are featured on Wednesday, August 29. No Boundaries takes us to southeast Oregon's picturesque Steens Mountain Wilderness for a look at a volunteer cleanup effort to remove miles of barbed wire fencing in order to open the land up once again to the wildlife. Below The Clouds/Rainier Impressions, is an intimate portrait of the mountain as you follow in the footsteps of the filmmaker who spent four years bringing this extraordinary vision of Mt. Rainier to life.
The last film in the series airing on Thursday, August 30 is Eloquent Nude, which offers an intimate conversation with Charis Wilson, the wife, model and muse of Modernist photographer Edward Weston, who created some of the best nudes ever recorded on film.
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