Portland, January 15th, 2013.  Organizers had to turn away people at the door during  Oregon Film & Television’s Annual Meeting. Filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Gordon Sondland, chairman of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber exchanged pleasantries before the meeting. The event at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall included news about the future of Oregon’s Film, Television, and Digital Media industry.

Dean Devlin (Producer, Leverage) and Governor Kitzhaber presented Film Advocate Awards to Catherine Comer and Jamie Johnk from Clackamas County Business and Economic Development.

Governor Kitzhaber presented Film Advocate Awards to Catherine Comer and Jamie Johnk from Clackamas County Business and Economic Development.

Catherine Comer, (Business & Economic Development Manager) and Jamie Johnk (Economic Development Coordinator) were honored because they represent a “best case” example of the cooperation between the needs of the film and media production industry and the community at large. Often the needs of production temporarily inconvenience the public, but instead of seeing these instances as having a negative impact, Catherine and Jamie see them as opportunities. They understand that to facilitate production is to bring revenue and economic development to their county.

Additionally, organizers explained that storytelling has always been a part of Oregon’s DNA. We have great novelists, great song-writers, and great filmmakers. We also have great innovative storytellers. One such group of innovative storytellers is Second Story Interactive Studios.  Founded in 1994 by Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson, Second Story is thought of as one of the leaders in the interactive industry, collecting over 400 awards and accolades.

Governor Kitzhaber presented the Award for Innovation in Media Arts to Second Story Interactive Studios's Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson (photo: Frank DiMarco)

Governor Kitzhaber presented the Award for Innovation in Media Arts to Second Story Interactive Studios’s Julie Beeler and Brad Johnson (photo: Frank DiMarco)

Guests at the GOFT Annual Meeting participate in an interactive display by Second Story (photo: Frank DiMarco)

Guests at the GOFT Annual Meeting participate in an interactive display by Second Story (photo: Frank DiMarco)

Governor Kitzhaber presents the Film Advocate Award to Derrick Roberson, Sergeant Erin Smith and Sergeant Peter Simpson (photo: Frank DiMarco)

Governor Kitzhaber presents the Film Advocate Award to Derrick Roberson, Sergeant Erin Smith and Sergeant Peter Simpson (photo: Frank DiMarco)

Derrick Roberson, the Recreation Coordinator for Portland Parks and Recreation, operates as a communication liaison between Location Managers and the Portland Parks and Rec. staff. Sergeant Erin Smith, Traffic Division Motor Sergeant for the Portland Police Bureau, ensures streamlined bookings of officers, motorcycles and cars when film crews need them on set.Sergeant Peter Simpson, Public Information Office for the Portland Police Bureau, helps when productions need PPB permissions or assets, for example whenever “Grimm” needs to use old Portland Police uniforms or the likeness of PPB vehicles for the show. (Pete also does the occasional guest appearance.)

Supporters were told the Oregon Film and TV industry is strong and growing.

Carrie Brownstein talked about ”Portlandia” (IFC - Season 3).

Carrie Brownstein talked about ”Portlandia” (IFC – Season 3).

Board Member and Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

Board Member and Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb

Here’s a video of the meeting.

Part of the mission of the organization is to lobby for incentive money for filmmakers. The Northwest Economic Research Center at PSU drafted a report about the Economic Impact Analysis for the Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television. It found Since 2007, the Portland Metropolitan Area has seen a 24% increase in film and video production jobs.  “While the industry appears to be healthy and growing (especially in Portland Metro), it is important to measure this success against the incentives needed to attract out-of-state productions. In 2011, the total amount used for all incentive programs was $11,824,973. The incentive funds come from the sale of tax credits and the return of some withheld income. The employment returns for the program are strong, but the tax revenue raised through increased activity did not fully fund the program.” Here’s a link:

http://oregonfilm.org/docs/NeRC_ORFilm_Economic_Impact_2011.pdf

Projects Currently in Production in Oregon

  • ”Grimm” (NBC – Season 2)

    Director:
    Marc Buckland
    Exec. Producers:
    Sean Hayes; David Greenwalt; Jim Kouf; Todd Milliner; Lori Hitner
    Producer:
    Steve Oster
    Cast:
    Silas Weir Mitchell; David Guintoli; Russell Hornsby; Bitsie Tulloch
    Location:
    Portland Area
  • ”Redwood Highway”

    Director:
    Gary Lundgren
    Producer:
    Gary Kout, James Twyman
    Cast:
    Shirley Knight, Tom Skerritt, James LeGros
    Location:
    Ashland, Talent, Grants Pass, Selma, Cave Junction, Brookings

Recently Completed Projects

  • ”Portlandia” (IFC – Season 3)

    Director:
    Jonathan Krisel
    Exec. Producer:
    Lorne Michaels
    Producer:
    David Allen Cress
    Cast:
    Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan
    Location:
    Portland Area
  • ”Leverage” (TNT – Season 5)

    Directors:
    Dean Devlin; Marc Roskin; Jonathan Frakes
    Exec. Producer:
    Dean Devlin
    Cast:
    Timothy Hutton; Gina Bellman; Christian Kane; Beth Riesgraf; Aldis Hodge
    Location:
    Portland Area
  • ”C.O.G.”

    Director:
    Kyle Partick Alvarez
    Writers:
    David Sedaris, Kyle Partick Alvarez
    Producers:
    Kyle Partick Alvarez, Lauren Bratman, Cookie Carosella
    Cast:
    Denis O’Hare, Casey Wilson, Jonathan Groff
    Location:
    Portland Area, Hood River
  • ”The A-List”

    Director:
    Will Bigham
    Producers:
    D.J. Halferty, Kevin Callies
    Cast:
    Hudson Thames, Elizabeth Bond, Skyler Vello
    Location:
    Portland Area, Lake Oswego
  • ”ParaNorman” (Stop-motion Animated Feature)

    Director:
    Sam Fell and Chris Butler
    Producers:
    Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
    Cast:
    Kodi Smit-McPhee; Casey Affleck; Tempestt Bledsoe; John Goodman; Leslie Mann; Jeff Garlin; Christopher Mintz-Plasse; Elaine Stritch
    Location:
    Portland Area

 

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